The Challenge of Learning: PMP Boot Camp

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Previously on My Quest For Excellence: I love love LOVE learning.  From my perspective it was an incredible opportunity to participate in a four-day PMP Boot Camp class a couple of weeks ago. The class exceeded my expectations.  It has opened my eyes and expanded my horizons. Aside from the Project Management Body of Knowledge concepts I have learnt a couple of other fascinating things.

  • Project management is a proactive leadership, not a reactive management.

Project manager (PM) is a leader of the project.  However, this also applies to our lives outside of project management. In my opinion, this is one of the most important traits of a leader – taking initiative, being proactive, being conscious enough to notice the problem and take the necessary steps to fix it.

  • PM is similar to a conductor of an orchestra – PM integrates all the pieces together into one whole.
  • Project manager is the total package – PMP designation is just the bow on the box. It beautifies the message, enhances the delivery, and improves the presentation.

Just think how many different skills PM has to possess to be successful at bringing projects to completion. PMs have to be knowledgeable in so many areas – cost management, quality management, risk management, procurement, communication, human resource management, etc. This is probably the primary reason why I am so drawn to project management – I want to know everything.

  • 90% of project manager’s time is spent communicating.

For a PM excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential.  Relationship building is the most important job of the project manager. Although I have not had the chance to manage any super large projects yet, even I have an idea of how much communication has to happen to be able to integrate all the people, processes, areas and other aspects of a project.

  • It is less risky to hire internal candidates due to ready access to track record.

I have always been a huge proponent of this notion.  Hearing a person in a position to actually apply the concept was music to my ears. There are so many unknowns in hiring someone from outside.  When you hire from within, chances are you have already dealt with that individual in one role or another on one of your project.  Otherwise, you can open her HR file or reach out to her past managers and peers to become more familiar with her past work, skill set, and her attitudes.

Of course, this PMP Boot Camp course would not be possible without an excellent instructor. Larry Stanton always keeps his classes engaging, interactive, and focused. This was not the first class I have taken from him and they are always a pleasure to attend. Larry is retiring from his current job in September 2015 and will be available for consulting.

I want to conclude this post with a story that highlights the importance of PM’s job – defining roles and responsibilities and making sure the team knows what needs to happen to complete the project.

This is a story about four people named: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.  There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.  Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody‘s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.  – Anonymous

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