A 5 step guide to become a better project professional in a constant changing environment.
Ok, so…. you are already leading a project and using what you learned to make every stakeholder happy. Or almost every one of them. You’ve got the hours required to apply your PMP, or you are already certified, or you’re even thinking about Prince2 or any other certification. But…. Do you really think that a certification will keep you alive in this ferocious and changing environment? Exactly. It will not. Therefore, I suggest you start developing a plan to actually become better and better every day or otherwise see how others are assigned to bigger projects when you are sitting staring at your screen filling out documents. If you are a project manager you know what I mean.
Here are my five suggestions to survive and exceed your expectations as a Project Manager:
1. Never stop learning.
I know. This is obvious. Otherwise, there would not be PDU or other requirements for recertification. But I am not only talking about that. I am talking about learning something new, like a language, a new sport, a new skill that will make you feel the energy in your brain, that one that you haven’t felt since you learned how to ride a bike.
2. Network, Network and Network.
You never know when your next opportunity will be available. Start meeting other professionals in your field, not only because you could easily find a job when you need one but because meeting people is key to learning from others. Likewise, you may meet someone that understands you and how you feel when dealing with that difficult contractor or stakeholder.
3. Mentor someone in Project Management methods.
Please do not go and tell your neighbor to fill out a gantt chart to plan his next trip to the Bahamas. You can always find someone who will approach you because they see you have Project Management experience. Use this opportunity to teach what you know and help others achieve the same goals you have achieved or even more.
4. Read the PMBOK or any other Project Management book of your preference
Investing the time to read your reference materials as many times as you need to master all project management concepts and not forget them. It is good from time to time to refresh these concepts.
5. Give back to your community using your PM skills.
What is better than seeing others in need of receiving help? Especially if you help them with your expertise.
By following these steps you can make a difference in your career and in our profession. At the end, is all about becoming better and better at what we do. Don’t you agree?
Tell me your thoughts in the comments and let’s open a dialog. I would be excited to hear other opinions on this topic.
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Luis is a PMO Manager and a Project Management Professional with several years of experience in several industries such as Manufacturing, IT, Business Process Outsourcing and Education. He has worked in projects in many countries too: USA, Mexico, Canada, Italy and Switzerland among others. One of the things that Luis enjoys about Project Management is seeing how theory can be put in practice and how practice can become theory.
Helping others succeed in this profession is also something that he enjoys about Project Management.
Luis is passionate about PMO, Portfolio Management, Six Sigma and ITIL. He holds 3 internationally recognized certifications: PMP, ITILv3 and a Yellow Belt in Six Sigma.
He is always available to speak and learn about new trends in the industry. His goal is to become a worldwide recognized author in Project Management.