Stacy Goff is president of ProjectExperts®, a project management
consulting, tools and training company. His audiences include information technology,
aerospace & defense, government, finance, insurance, large and small consultancies,
manufacturing and pharmaceutical organizations. His professional affiliations
include the Project Management Institute, and the American Society for the Advancement
of Project Management (asapm®) of which he is a founder and Vice President.
He is also the USA Representative to IPMA. His tools and methods include: KnowRisk®,
Quest For Better Estimates® and a project management competency model for
his project-oriented enterprise professional development program. He can be reached
at: stacyATprojectexperts.com or visit
his website at: www.projectexperts.com.
Everyone appears to be boarding the Project Management Competence Fast Train
(a reference to Shanghai's MagLev Fast Train). But few people really understand
the nature of PM Competence. Some know how to develop it but few know how to assess
its presence in a project team or project-oriented enterprise. Even fewer know
how to adequately certify it.
While professional societies have made significant progress in developing Competence-based
Program and Project Manager Certifications, the "forgotten many" stakeholders
have been largely ignored. It is not enough to build Project Manager Competence:
you must build competence throughout the team. This paper shares a perspective
gained in 24 years of training, coaching, and assessing factors leading to
demonstrated Project Management Competence.
The audience for this paper includes project managers, their managers, team
members, human resource managers, and vendors of project management training.
It also includes executives of project-oriented enterprises and professional organizations
who aim to improve project performance by improving all stakeholders' project