20 August 2009
Is Project Management a profession?
Below is a list of articles and opinion pieces on the topic of whether project management is a profession.
Is Project Management a standalone profession? (or will it ever be?) What do you think?
Joseph R. Czarnecki; “They [PMI] they have helped to establish project management as a profession”
Dennis Stevens; “By any definition, Project Management is a profession.”
Josh Nankivel "We should be trying to improve the success of project management"
Hal Macomber; “Nothing is more important to the success of projects than the on-going upgrading of skills of the project managers.”
Paul Ricthie; “perhaps we should never say never”
Bas de Baar; “It shall be promoted as a core competency needed by all the personnel working in the organization so that they can successfully work in groups and help organization in achieving its goals.”
Demian Entrekin; “Like most movements, the goal is always more disciples.”
Dr Paul Giamamalvo “It is considered by the majority of its practitioners to be a process, methodology or system”
Ed Naughton; “People who successfully complete MBA programmes do not consider themselves as part of the MBA profession.”
Max Wideman; “[PM] is a very important discipline, one of several falling within the overall domain of general management.”
Questions for you; Is management a profession? To what degree does this question matter to the way you conduct your work? Do you have a set of professional standards? Do you know the boundaries of your capabilities?
And a question for the business analyst community; Do the same arguments and conditions apply?
I'll wrap this up with a quote from Glen Alleman; "I’ve come to the conclusion that the topic is a dead end with no benefical outcome to the business we work in other that to spur more debate."