Emergence of the Project Manager onto the Business Stage

Recently the Project Management Institute (PMI®) introduced new requirements on certification holders in order for them to maintain their certification status.   What is most interesting about the latest set of changes introduced by the PMI is the significant change in emphasis on what a project manager needs to do in order to gains PDUs.    With the new changes the PMI is elevating the role of the Project Manager out of pure task focused execution and into the broader areas of Leadership and Strategy and onto the Business Stage.


All PMI® certification holders must amass a specific number of Professional Development Units (PDUs) across a certification cycle.  For example, certified Project Management Professionals (PMPs) must achieve 60 PDUs over a 3-year period to maintain their certification status.    This continuing certification requirement is common across most professional bodies/organisations e.g. Accountants and Engineers follow similar programmes.   Previously PMP holders had a lot of freedom and flexibility regarding how they ‘picked-up ’PDUs to meet the goal of 60.  With the new changes & restrictions, the PMI is both recognising the changing role of the project manager in Business and at the same time enhancing the value of project certification.

The New Project Manager

Under the new model project managers must now amass a specific number of PDUs in each of three Talent areas; Technical Project Management, Leadership and Strategic & Business Management.  Technical Project Management is, as it was before, concerned with the knowledge and expertise required to structure and manage project tasks and activities.  It is in the introduction of the two additional areas, Leadership and Strategic & Business Management; that the PMI is recognising the evolving role of the project manager and the new opportunities for project managers to take on a more business focused and strategic role in their organisations.

More and more project managers are recognised as being critical key engines for transforming strategy into reality.  More and more project management competency and maturity is recognised by organisations as a sustained competitive advantage, and one that is not easy/quick to replicate.   This resource based view of competitive advantage is not new, it has its origins in the 1960s; however, the project manager’s role in achieving competitive advantage is something that has only really started to emerge in recent years.

Now more than ever, when organisations are looking to source and engage project professionals it is critical to partner with an organisation that understands projects and project managers from all three lenses; as technical experts, as leaders and as strategic and business managers.  Finding the right project talent for your organisation now requires additional understanding and if not done correctly can result in a limited hire.

Find out more….

Information on the PMI Talent Triangle is available at www.pmi.org.

Information on Clarion’s project management talent services is available at projects@clarionresourcing.com.


On April 19th, 2016, posted in: Blog, Project Management, Talent by
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