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What is the meaning to you to get the PMP certification?
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It seems like getting a driving license after passing test and some exercise. He/She has to use the skills and knowledge at the real traffic conditions out there. Like this, he/she has to study in more detail to reflect the knowledges in the his/her real project and feedback the outcomes after complete of the project.
Do you agree that if he/she can tailor all the processes of the knowledge areas in the PMBOK Guide for any project, he/she is a safe driver of the project?
Tailoring is the key to run the project with safe in risky conditions.
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I'd say 'yes’; if a PM tailors the PMBOK to a project, s/he will likely manage the project successfully.
I think a primary reason PMs encounter problems despite having a PMP is that they regard the PMBOK as a recipe book, and believe they simply need to follow it exactly to get perfect results every time. These PMs try to force PMBOK strategies onto their projects, then wonder why their projects fail. Instead, I see the PMBOK concepts as an artist's palette full of different paints. A PM must be skilled and knowledgeable enough to know how much of which concepts to apply to a project to produce the desired results. Moreover, a PM should understand the PMBOK concepts deeply enough to uniquely combine them to address the project’s needs in ways not described in the PMBOK. This is what ‘tailoring the PMBOK to the project’ means to me.
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1 reply by JOONMIN SUH
Dec 10, 2017 8:29 PM
JOONMIN SUH
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Thank you for your comments. Project is unique and that is why we should taoilor the guide fit for purpose with understanding them as you pointed.
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If someone decides to use a book to assist them in running a project, make it an overlay book that sits on top of the MBOK, say for example Rita's Exam Prep book, which gives clear direction for projects and relates it to the PMBOK section which can be referenced for deeper understanding.
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1 reply by JOONMIN SUH
Dec 10, 2017 8:55 PM
JOONMIN SUH
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Thank you for your recommendation. I believe it will support who in struggle only with PMBOK guide.
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I agree with Eric, PM has to tailor PMBOK to a project according to his own environments and conditions to be successful. PMBOK may be used to get direction and guidance in execution of project
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Studying the PMBOK and earning the PMP provides a solid foundation in which can then be used as the basis and structure the practitioner can then leverage in their daily project management activities. It is a guide, expecting the professional to apply as needed or within the confines of their specific projects or organizational practices.
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Joonmin -

I'm a huge fan of tailoring, but that's just one component of being a successful project manager.

I like your analogy of getting your driver's license - in Ontario, we have a written test followed by a two part practical road test. Having this type of progressive testing would be a good way to assess overall competency, especially with soft skills.

I've met a number of PMPs who understood what they should do but struggled with the how when it came to those soft skills.

Kiron
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Its a nice comparison to driver's license ! You can teach the driver how to safely drive, but the driver's personality and decision making ability would make them a better driver. Same as to being a PM, the main challenge would be to adjust your personality in line with the team. You might sometimes have to follow Theory X with some team members to achieve the goal (like speeding to avoid a slow moving vehicle). This all comes with your skills of adjusting to what is put in front of you. (whether it is a vehicle or a person) Tailoring is key.
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3 replies by JOONMIN SUH and Jay Gopal
Dec 01, 2017 3:56 AM
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Thank you for your comment. Can you educate me what is the Theory X?
Dec 04, 2017 1:50 PM
Jay Gopal
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They are McGregor's theories of motivation and management. Theory X is looked up as negative and Y as positive. There are bunch of articles about them if you google them. This seems pretty easy to understand if you want to learn more - https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newLDR_74.htm
Dec 04, 2017 7:15 PM
JOONMIN SUH
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Make sense. Thank you for your kind answer.
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Of course you can tailor the processes to suit the needs of your projects. PMBOK gives you the big and ideal picture and then comes the PM's intelligence on how to tailor them to accommodate your project needs / requirements.
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1 reply by JOONMIN SUH
Dec 01, 2017 3:52 AM
JOONMIN SUH
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@Rami. Thanks for your reply.
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Nov 28, 2017 3:46 PM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Of course you can tailor the processes to suit the needs of your projects. PMBOK gives you the big and ideal picture and then comes the PM's intelligence on how to tailor them to accommodate your project needs / requirements.
@Rami. Thanks for your reply.
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Nov 28, 2017 11:48 AM
Replying to Jay Gopal
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Its a nice comparison to driver's license ! You can teach the driver how to safely drive, but the driver's personality and decision making ability would make them a better driver. Same as to being a PM, the main challenge would be to adjust your personality in line with the team. You might sometimes have to follow Theory X with some team members to achieve the goal (like speeding to avoid a slow moving vehicle). This all comes with your skills of adjusting to what is put in front of you. (whether it is a vehicle or a person) Tailoring is key.
Thank you for your comment. Can you educate me what is the Theory X?
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Theory X (and Y) was developed my Douglas McGregor. Basically it asserts two sets of assumptions about how managers view employees. Theory X asserts that employers don't like to work, will do anything to avoid it, and should be pushed or punished into working. Theory Y asserts that employees enjoy working, and don't need to be mirco-managed, and should have a degree of autonomy. In summary, Theory X people are generally pessimistic, not well liked, but get the job done (some managers are this way). Theory X people are optimistic, well liked, and also get the job done (most leaders are this way).
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2 replies by JOONMIN SUH and Jay Gopal
Dec 03, 2017 6:34 PM
JOONMIN SUH
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Hi Sante
It's very interesting theory :-)
I will go further about the theory X.
Thanks for your kind answer.
Dec 04, 2017 1:51 PM
Jay Gopal
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Thanks, Sante. Just saw your response after replying.
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