Thanks to Kiron Bondale for triggering ideas for this paper.
That was some years ago, now revisited by Max Wideman.
Published here September 2022.


Introduction | Digging Deeper | But That's Not All
Factors to Consider | Time to Rethink

Factors to Consider

Let's say you plan to switch departments within your own company, and you have a successful track record of delivery in your existing role. Let's also say that you have an established network of champions within your current department as well as the one you wish to enter, then the lack of experience in the work of the target department should not be a serious obstacle, and certainly not a showstopper.

Moreover, if you have the good fortune to work in a geographic location where the demand for competent, experienced project managers exceeds the supply of such talent, you could be offered a new position that advances your career.

But in your case these likelihoods are probably wishful thinking.

Few companies are large or broad enough to provide the lateral, domain-switching opportunities which a project manager may wish to pursue. In addition, the explosive growth of the project management profession over the past two decades has resulted in a surplus of qualified talent in many parts of the world. Yes, there are some regions where demand still exceeds supply, but the number of qualified project managers willing to relocate significant distances remains low, and the economic or political conditions within some of those regions might not make them suitable for many professionals.

This raises the question of how valuable is it to obtain a project management credential? Again, this may be viewed from two perspective, namely to better position you in the project management market place, i.e. your prospects, or for your own personal satisfaction? Again it depends on what credential we are talking about, but currently a majority of hirers of project management talent have only a minimal understanding of what project management is really all about and therefore do not give it a heavy weighting.

It's your track record that will carry the most weight. So be ready with a full description of your most successful project, and all that this implies as to your capability.

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