Dispatch From the Future
Three issues face the international project management community. They are:
- An International Project Management Body of Knowledge
- An International Project Management Organization, and
- Professional Certification.
In the face of different political, economic, cultural and legal frameworks
I have reservations that an International Professional Certification is in the
near future. The current National certification processes need much maturing.
There may be some identification of equivalence. The task looks formidable given
that the recognized "professions" do not have an international certification.
I have serious doubts that an International Project Management Body of Knowledge
will be prepared that will satisfy all. Although PMI may come close in developing
a useful generic PM Standard, possibly using the PMI BOK structure.
I believe that we will soon have levels of certification and project management
certification authorities that recognize the reality of experience and competency
credentials. The European based IPMA has adopted a career progression program.
In the near future we can look to a similar model to be developed in North America.
The pressure of industry and government demands will require such a program.
The PMI PMP Certification Program will continue to be a best seller. The entrance
requirements are basic and it is a "relatively" easy approach to becoming
certified as a "professional". Increasingly, North American corporations
will demand the PMP qualification on job profiles. It will become imperative
for North American project management practitioners to qualify for a PMP and
"punch their PM ticket" to accompany technical knowledge.
I believe that an international project management organization is immediately
at hand. This is dependent on full collegial cooperation between the professional
project management organizations. World wide initiatives for the advancement
of the project management discipline are increasing in intensity and will lead
to the advancement of a global project management profession.