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The PM have to be a technical expert on the subject of the project?
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The Project Manager necessarily have to be a technical expert on the subject of the project? (Ex: Only IT professional managing IT project). Or does not that define the PM's ability to manage in another industry/sector?

leave your opinion below. Thank you!
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Diego -

This is a frequently argued question. A purist would say that a good PM is a good PM regardless of which industry they move to. The reality is that hiring managers, team members and stakeholders will want a PM who has sufficient knowledge of the domain. Doesn't mean that you need to have done the work of a team member in that domain but it is usually a bit more than talking the talk...

Kiron
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1 reply by Diego Canas
Sep 15, 2017 8:02 PM
Diego Canas
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I also agree with the request of hiring managers.
Thank you for your contribution Kiron!
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Kiron is right here, the PM does not have to be an 'expert' on the task at hand, but should have enough general knowledge that he/she can lead the team, and understand the technical requirements.
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1 reply by Diego Canas
Sep 15, 2017 8:03 PM
Diego Canas
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Exactly, I agree with you John. Thank you very much!
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As @John and @Kiron stated the key is knowledge. Something missing for lot of people when they are assigned to a project is to take knowledge of the domain. But you have not to be an expert. It is a common practice in South America (I saw you are Brazilian) searching for a project manager that must be technical expert. That is because they are not searching for a project manager. When you take the job then you understand that.
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1 reply by Diego Canas
Sep 15, 2017 8:04 PM
Diego Canas
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I think this happens cause of the lack of maturity in project management of some organizations. I don't know!
Thanks for your contribution Sergio!
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I agree with my fellow colleagues here. You do not need to be an expert but if you have the knowledge then that should be good enough if you have the right PM Skills.
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1 reply by Diego Canas
Sep 15, 2017 8:04 PM
Diego Canas
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I agree with you, Rami. Thank you so much for your point of view!
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No, not the technical expert. The technical lead/SME/engineer/etc. should be the expert.

The PM should be knowledgeable of the field, there to provide expertise in project management.
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1 reply by Diego Canas
Sep 15, 2017 8:31 PM
Diego Canas
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Thank you Andrew for your opinion!

I also think that the PM has soft skills and experience in project management, and is an integrator of all the technical skills of the team.
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Sep 15, 2017 3:51 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Diego -

This is a frequently argued question. A purist would say that a good PM is a good PM regardless of which industry they move to. The reality is that hiring managers, team members and stakeholders will want a PM who has sufficient knowledge of the domain. Doesn't mean that you need to have done the work of a team member in that domain but it is usually a bit more than talking the talk...

Kiron
I also agree with the request of hiring managers.
Thank you for your contribution Kiron!
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Sep 15, 2017 5:06 PM
Replying to John Tieso
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Kiron is right here, the PM does not have to be an 'expert' on the task at hand, but should have enough general knowledge that he/she can lead the team, and understand the technical requirements.
Exactly, I agree with you John. Thank you very much!
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Sep 15, 2017 7:08 PM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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As @John and @Kiron stated the key is knowledge. Something missing for lot of people when they are assigned to a project is to take knowledge of the domain. But you have not to be an expert. It is a common practice in South America (I saw you are Brazilian) searching for a project manager that must be technical expert. That is because they are not searching for a project manager. When you take the job then you understand that.
I think this happens cause of the lack of maturity in project management of some organizations. I don't know!
Thanks for your contribution Sergio!
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Sep 15, 2017 7:21 PM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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I agree with my fellow colleagues here. You do not need to be an expert but if you have the knowledge then that should be good enough if you have the right PM Skills.
I agree with you, Rami. Thank you so much for your point of view!
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Sep 16, 2017 1:37 PM
Rami Kaibni
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My pleasure Diego.
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I asked this question because yesterday i saw another question that Rami participated in. The discussion said that moving from any industry to IT is common and among other industries was more complicated.

From that, I asked myself this question and I was curious to see the point of view of the other colleagues.
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