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Is project management a profession? The experts in the matter of establishing conditions for a profession say no. Why? Most of it has to do with the accumulation and study of theory. I've been on the fence about whether or not we should seek professional status for project managers. I'm married to a registered nurse. Her brother is a registered engineer. My cousin is a licensed physician. One son is finishing his law degree so he can sit for the Bar while the other is studying for the landscape architect's exam. I know what these people have done to become professionals. It's time that project managers do the same.
The world needs project managers who know how and why projects succeed and can create the circumstances so they do.
We live in a project age. An age that I predict will last for generations. Sure, the industrial age was less than 200 years. The information age surrounds us. Some say the knowledge age is upon us. But the project age — this time where great things happen in a project setting — is only going to become more important as companies, communities, and professions deal with the rapidly changing technological environment. The world needs project managers who know how and why projects succeed and can create the circumstances so they do.
The PMI is working hard on this issue. The Project Management Professional® (PMP) certification is one step in that direction. The PMI Board recently revised their mission to bring to the forefront the project manager's responsibility to do good things for the world. We need some good things at this time. (Detroit needs lots of good things.)
This is a very good time to commit to life-long learning and the highest standards of performance.
We also need leadership — project leadership, community leadership and leadership for our team mates.
This is a good time to build our credentials…a very good time to commit to life-long learning and the highest standards of performance. It's the project age. Nothing less will suffice.