Project Management has been practiced informally for a long time, but began to emerge as a distinct profession in the mid-20th century. As with all other fields of expertise, project management also requires specific competences in order to be successful.
The following competence groups are typically used to describe project management competences:
- The classic, technical definition of “planning, organizing, coordinating, directing and controlling” (i.e. the hard skills) has been losing ground over time, but still remains important.
- More recently, “managing” represents “behaviors that can be summed up in roles”. This approach recognizes that the soft skills are also of great importance.
- Since the beginning of the 21st century, contextual management competencies have also become important due to ever shorter lead times and increasing customer requirements & product diversity.
Some project management gurus proclaim that a single competence group (such as the behavioral one) is decisive for effective project management. This way of thinking is similar to the traditional leadership approach in that it does not consider situational dependence.
Methologic values all competence groups in ratio’s that are situationally dependent. Remember: all competence groups are equal, but situationally some competence groups can be more equal than others!
Methologic can help you with managing your project and/or improving your project management processes, tools & people. Our people are PMI, IPMA, PRINCE2 & CompTIA certified, and experienced in applying both agile & traditional project management methodologies.