Successful project management professional should be able to oversee implementation of a project from the beginning to the end. They need to have the ability to ensure that all the stakeholders in the project are involved effectively to ensure that all the goals set are met in an effective way within the stipulated time. A PMP certification holder should have the right knowledge, experience, analytical skills and possess the following personality traits.
Effective PMPs are visionary. They have the ability to view the big picture and never lose the sight of the goals set. The professional should be able to break down the large objectives into small and manageable ones. They have the ability to remain focused throughout the project implementation process without getting distracted with irrelevant issues. They have the ability to see the trees and forest at the same time.
Efficient and Organized
Good project management professionals are efficient and organized. This means they possess high-level time management skills, punctuality and meet the deadline set effectively. Such professionals have the talent to differentiate between what is and what is not essential. At all times, they get perfect solutions to problems that arise and know the right time to cut their losses and stop implementing a strategy when it fails to work.
Reliable and Honest
Responsible, honest and reliable; are important traits for a project manager. The manager should mean what he or she says say what they mean. The members of the project team should respect the PMP loyalty and integrity. The manager should consistently fulfill the promises made and holds others accountable in an equitable and fair way if they feel to meet the expectations.
Effective and clear communication is vital. An effective manager ensures that stakeholders and team members updated about all the information they require and carry out consultations with them. He or she should ask questions and listens to the answers provided. The manager is receptive to new suggestions and ideas that can help move the project forward in the right manner. In addition, they share the reasons behind their actions and decisions.
A PMP should have excellent leadership skills. He or she should have the ability to for a cohesive team where all the members support and help each other. The manager should know how to delegate tasks according to the knowledge they have. In addition, they are optimistic and enthusiastic.
Project management professional gave us her opinion about the Project Management Body of Knowledge and it supreme changes occurring from the PMBOK4 to PMBOK5. The important changes occurring in the update to PMBOK5 include; changes in knowledge areas, failure, new and explicit concepts, maturity and project management office.
In the new knowledge areas, the vast communication between management has ensured a split to enhance the stakeholder management. New concepts have been incorporated into the new PMBOK5. The section about business value is completely new and well explained in chapter one. PMBOK5 in chapter three is explained that projects can now be terminated prematurely. In chapter eleven you get to understand about risk management, which now it includes; attitude, threshold and appetite.
PMBOK5 added a newly changed concepts. Now, the project manager is no longer responsible for achieving the project set objectives. In chapter one, the concept of the project manager is being the leader of the project team. Chapter two properly explains the stakeholders where it provides a sufficient information for anyone to perceive oneself as being directly affected by a decision, activity or outcome of a project hence, a proper project stakeholder. The project sponsor role is well accounted for in chapter three where the sponsor is entirely responsible for the project success.
In the terms; maturity, a lot of emphases has been laid on the provision of adequate alignment with the PMI standards. It also requires proper explanation of topics and agitates for practical advice from project management reality. Maturity enhances Precision and optimum performance in projects.
PMBOK5 has further expanded the definition of Project Management Office. They have stratified it into three possible ways of existence:
The clear definition of Project Management Office helps enhance the precision of a project.
The addition of process has also been enhanced in the PMBOK5. The processes added include:
- Plan Scope Management
- Plan Schedule Management
- Plan Cost Management
- Plan Stakeholder Management
- Control Stakeholders engagement
In addition, process changes have been enhanced in the PMBOK5. The changes include:
- Control Risks
- Control Communications
- Manage Communications
- Control Procurements
- Identify Stakeholders
- Direct and Manage Project Work
- Validate Scope
- Plan Quality Management
- Control Quality
- Plan Human Resource Management
- Plan Communications Management
- Manage Stakeholders’ Engagement
In conclusion, the important changes to PMBOK5 are in response to market changing trends and the natural evolution of the project manager role in the global market. It aims at enhancing optimum performance in project management.