August 21, 2012 | Author: PM Hut | Filed under: PMP
Should I Bother Getting a PMP Certification?
By Woody Walker
This is a question I get from friends, colleagues and employees on a weekly basis…and my answer is always YES, YES, YES! I am that passionate about it!
My answer is not yes because I think a piece of paper magically makes you a better project manager, my answer is yes because studying for the PMP forces you to understand the framework and knowledge processes behind the art of Project Management and fills in some of those gaps that you would not get just through experience.
Project Management like many industries has a language all its own…”crashing” the schedule, defining the “critical path”, updating the “Gantt chart”, etc. We need to speak the same language as other project managers to communicate efficiently and effectively between ourselves. This alone allows us to elevate our project management skills.
Another piece that I find extremely valuable is the integration of the knowledge processes and the project documents…how does all the planning come together to allow me to efficiently and effectively deliver a project. The PMBOK brings all of this information together for you in a very clear and simple manner.
I have heard time and time again from co-workers and employees that, “it all came together for them” after studying and passing the exam. The years of previous project management experience combined with the formal project management education can take you to another level in your understanding of the Project Management processes and why they are so effective when used appropriately.
P.S. For those of you not familiar with the PMP – it is a certification offered by the Project Management Institute and stands for Project Management Professional (PMP)®. As stated by PMI, the PMP recognizes demonstrated competence in leading and directing project teams. If you want to learn more, please visit http://www.pmi.org/default.aspx.
Woody Walke is a Senior Director – Project Management Office at Ciber North America. Ciber helps clients solve problems and grow by driving tangible business results from their technology investments.