Bridging the Pm Competency Gap: A Dynamic Approach to Improving Capability and Project Success

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Rapidly evolving technologies, global business interdependencies, and changes to processes and tools have led to project management competency gaps in many firms. This book provides proven strategic approaches needed to grow and evolve your project managers' competencies, in step with the needs of your business.

KEY FEATURES

--Presents several strategic approaches to establishing a continuous learning environment to advance project managers' competencies not only in proven methodologies and techniques, but in emerging tools, cultural challenges, business acumen, and required leadership skills
--Provides guidelines for planning the continuous learning environment selected, and metrics to track effectiveness of competency development techniques, from peer reviews and jury boards, to project KPIs and dashboards
--Describes tactical options for implementing competency development as part of organizational culture, leveraging internal and industry-based expertise and tools for virtual collaborative knowledge sharing
--Illustrates methods for ensuring the competency model remains current to align your project managers' skill sets and maturity level with the changing needs of the business
--WAV offers downloadable templates and assessment tools, available from the Web Added Value Download Resource Center at jrosspub.com

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About the Author:

Loredana Abramo, PMP, has over 25 years of experience in deploying telecommunication networks in the US, Japan, Singapore, and Australia, filling such roles as Project Managers' Competency Development Leader for Emerging Technologies, Deputy Director of the PMO, Lead Engineer, Technical Deputy, and Business Operations Manager. She is a published author, who also translated Peter Taylor's The Lazy Project Manager into Italian, and is an international speaker that has delivered numerous presentations at PMI, IEEE, and IPMA global events in North America, Australia, Malaysia, and Italy.

Loredana has a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering and is board certified as a Professional Engineer. She has a Convergence Technologies Professional accreditation from the Telecommunications Industry Association and a Certificate in Advanced Project Management from De Paul University. Loredana is a Member of PMI and a Senior Member of IEEE. She is currently based in Naperville, IL, USA.

Rich Maltzman, PMP, has been an engineer and PMO leader for almost 40 years. His international project work has been diverse, including the integration of two large PMOs of merging multi-national corporations. As a second but intertwined career, Rich has also focused on consulting and teaching at several universities in the US and China. Mr. Maltzman is a published author of numerous articles, PMP courseware and three books, and is a recipient of the distinguished PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award.

Rich is an international speaker that has delivered presentations at PMI and IPMA conferences in North America, Africa, The Netherlands, Costa Rica, Mexico, Italy, and Malaysia. His educational background includes a BSEE from the University of Massachusetts--Amherst and an MSIE from Purdue University. In addition, Rich has certifications from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, and INSEAD of France.

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Project management has grown from a career path position to a strategic competency necessary for the survival of many firms. As a result, competency gaps in the education and training of project managers have developed. This book is a must-read if you wish to better understand and repair these changing competency gaps. --Dr. Harold Kerzner, Sr. Executive Director, Project Management, International Institute for Learning

This reference will help bridge the gap between the current and desired states of what your project managers need to know, need to be, and need to do for successful project results. --Dr. Barbara A. Trautlein, Principal and Founder, Change Catalysts

What's the reality of today's projects? Every day your organization is either learning and improving, or falling behind. This important book is a must-read! --Kimberly Wiefling, President, Wiefling Consulting, Inc.

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