Stairway to Project Management Competence
In today’s competitive world, most of the project professionals are faced with the challenge of working in and/or with organizations that, although, do not understand even the basics of project management, expect its projects to progress without any time delays and/or cost overruns, as per an infinite wish list that sponsors claim to be the project scop PMP certification e. Ask these sponsors for ideas of how to achieve the impossible.
They’ll throw the ‘Nothing is Impossible’ optimism on your face. Although some may agree with it, but others may say, ‘Nothing is Impossible; Especially for the Person who doesn’t have to do it’. Its true that, “Where there is a Will, there is a Way“, but ask your sponsor to lead the way and bang comes the response, “Don’t ask me. I’m supposed to make my Demands and you’re supposed to have the Will to figure out the Way“.
Challenges exist in all professions; however, the ones faced in the profession of project management can drive you off the cliff. But who said project management was for the feeble-hearted? As project professionals, our outlook should be to overcome all such challenges and yet achieve the agreed project targets. Thus, it becomes crucial for us to analyze the project management competence of the organization in which we would be managing a project and then apply the ‘horses for courses’ rule to it. It’s like they say, “If you want to get somewhere, start by realizing where you are” and this forms the very foundation
At this stage, organizations understanding of project management is like a man’s understanding of driving was, when he was a kid. Riding at the backseat of a car; with the wind on his face; enjoying the view; when all the while not realizing his inability/incompetence to drive a car. The phrase ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ should be the official punch line for this 1st stage. Organizations in this stage are UNCONSCIOUS (or ignorant) about its INCOMPETENC