Expert PMI Practitioners Roundup

254 days ago 15 minute read
Expert PMI Practitioners Roundup

What will you learn in this post?

You'll learn first hand the value of achieving a PMI Certification from highly experienced project management practitioners.

We asked our chosen experts to share their thoughts, advice and opinions on two matters, firstly, how PMI Certifications help raised their professional profile, and secondly, we asked them for general 'career-starting' advice.

If you're undecided on whether or not you should embark on PMI training and get certified, we hope that this resource helps you make that call! If you still have any questions drop us a line and we'll help you out.

Quick overview of the Project Management Institute and 'PMI certifications'

The world is becoming increasingly projectized and obtaining a PMI professional certification will ensure that you are prepared to meet the demands of projects and employers across the world. PMI certs and associated training is developed by active 'practitioners for practitioners' and their suite of certifications are based on rigorous standards and ongoing research to satisfy the needs of today's 'real-world' organizational needs. With a PMI certification on your CV, you can work in literally any industry, culture, and with any project management methodology.

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What is the inspiration of this post and this PMI 'expert-roundup'?

We've trained thousands of students from a broad age-range and diverse backgrounds in a variety of disciplines (such as Microsoft Office, Project Management, Business Communications, Adobe Photoshop and Finance), and a question we've noticed being regularly raised through our help desk was, 'Are PMI certifications worth it'? So, rather than explain to each and every student the reason why we at GoSkills absolutely believe they are, we thought we'd reach out to PMI Industry Experts and ask them to share their opinions as to whether the time commitment and cost are 'worth it'! [Hint: they do....]

Our hope is that this resource will give you a balanced and fair view of whether or not studying a PMI certification is for you. Should you have any specific questions regarding PMI training or on any of our courses or training methodology please contact us.

Without further ado, here are the experts!

 

How did your PMI Certification help you?

A PMI Certification is the number one credential in North America and has been for the last nine years. Employers look at it as being equal to a degree and they want it for project managers.

What advice would you give to someone starting their career?

You must find someone to mentor you and take time to pass along their knowledge to you.

How did your PMI Certification help you?

I think the biggest advantage was people start respecting your opinion, ideas and solutions. Career growth was accelerated, as a result. Increase in salary was never a major motivation, however, going up the ladder automatically boosted the financial side of the equation.

What advice would you give to someone starting their career?

Focus on understanding the real value of standards and associated certifications. Getting certified helps you jump on the other side of the wall however implementation of that knowledge is where the real challenge exists. You'll always have customers asking you to implement PMBOK in their organization. Believe me, it's close to impossible if you try doing it in one shot. All this will come with experience of failures and successes.

Known globally as 'The Risk Doctor', David Hillson is a thought-leader and expert practitioner who consults, speaks and writes widely on risk management. David is recognized as a risk thought-leader within PMI, and has received multiple awards including the PMI Fellow Award. He is currently Vice Chair for the PMBOK® Guide-Sixth Edition update project.

How did your PMI Certification help you?

I obtained my PMP in 2000 because I was delivering project management consulting and training to international clients. In fact it has delivered zero value in my career. I view it as a must-have in the field, what Herzberg calls a "hygiene factor" - if you don't have it then you are lacking something, but if you do have it there is no positive benefit. I was also elected as a PMI Fellow in 2010 (not a certification but perhaps relevant here) - this has brought significant benefits in terms of professional recognition.

What advice would you give to someone starting their career?

Know your goals. Find a mentor. Maintain a good work-life balance. Put family first.

How did your PMI Certification help you?

The PMI certification has helped in that it gave me a competitive edge with other PMs, especially those that are technically strong. There is still a strong misconception that in-depth hands-on experience of an IT product or solutions will make the best project manager to implement and achieve the project deliverables. While a strong hands-on experience is advantageous for a project, there is more to implementation than IT-domain expertise. Management is all about people, product and services, and its applicability to the business. PMI certification certainly delivers this as a project practitioner will learn how to manage a project, programs and portfolio successfully. PMI certifications also provide a practitioner ideas on how to solve a future project or business related problem which is based on well-tried industry-wide standards not only by Project Management Institute, but also with other best-practices and framework governing bodies. Of course, I had an increase in my salary, but the level of credibility a career-minded individual will get upon getting PMI certified is also an advantage.

What advice would you give to someone starting their career?

The world is changing with the current global economic trends we are experiencing, it is my belief that a young person starting their career or just within the 2-3 timeframe, should invest in doing analysis, not only of their strengths and weaknesses, preferences, and how to position your career, it is far more important to analyze the country you live in as a start as that it where you are going to work initially. Country analysis should tell you where the business is moving, and where it goes, the jobs are there, and if you invest in your education, then a person can have so many options to choose from on how to take advantage of these business or career opportunities (from a candidate perspective), then match these with what your career-reports indicate to start a promising career. To summarize these, know yourself and understand where the opportunities are, match them with what you required in a career and move forward.

How did your PMI Certification help you?

Signal potential clients my expertise and experience in project management.

What advice would you give to someone starting their career?

First gain practical experience, then, seek certification. But never lose sight of the necessary practical value of project management. First and foremost, it has to help delight your clients and yield business value.

How did your PMI Certification help you?

The PMP certification is a valuable credential. I accept that getting it is a challenge but it brings a number of opportunities. It helped me in various ways, it opened new career options, and it provided a platform for professional eminence. For example, I was invited as a speaker to 2015 and 2016 EMEA Project Management Global Congresses in addition to 8 other international events.

What advice would you give to someone starting their career?

Actually, we manage projects everyday in our life without recognizing it. Starting a new job, planning a holiday coming up, organizing a party, preparing food for a special occasion, moving to a new house or to a new country. All of those are different examples of project management. What project management training gives to you is a structured way of managing those. Therefore, you can better calculate the actual time required for reaching the esteemed goals, understand the risks involved and the budget required. Hence I generally recommend my friends to go through the project management framework and get a sense of it at the beginning. During your working experience, you will start recognizing the synergies between the theory and the your real life experience.

How did your PMI Certification help you?

Recognized reputation within the company.

What advice would you give to someone starting their career?

Take [the] certification, [try to] get the PgMP, and seek breakthrough projects to manage!

How did your PMI Certification help you?

The PMP credential is recognized world-wide as a mark of professional distinction. In many organizations a PMP is required for employment consideration or promotion to a position of increased responsibility.

What advice would you give to someone starting their career?

Four insights:

  • Acquire your PMP technical knowledge and skills as quickly as possible;
  • Continue to dig deeper into project management and acquire a second credential for example, Risk Management or Agile;
  • Develop your leadership skills and the behavioural aspects of working with people. Understand emotional intelligence, communication styles, and personal motivators;
  • Find and get involved with your local PMI organization (Chapter) and met regularly with other project management professionals...build your professional network.

How did your PMI Certification help you?

Made me more credible as Trainer, Mentor, Speaker and Consultant.

What advice would you give to someone starting their career?

Sky is the limit, but go out of your comfort zone, and play hard.

In summary

If you are reading this then you are very likely interested in learning more about how to get PMI training so that you can get a certification to bolster your CV, and for that we'd like to congratulate you on your desire and drive to succeed! If you have any questions let us know, otherwise get yourself enrolled in a Project management course today and reap the benefits!

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We'd strongly recommend that you bookmark this page for future reference since we will be adding more experts to this page throughout the year. If you're a PMI practitioner and consider yourself an expert and would like to get involved send us an email and we'll go ahead and include your 'two cents'.

Our overall synopsis from our experts' opinions is that they've all benefited from taking PMI certs. 

A big 'thank you' to our experts!

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