You are a competent, experienced, and dedicated project manager. Your projects are more likely than those of your fellow PM colleagues. Your past successes as a PM make it easier for you to complete projects on time and within budget. Many of the more difficult projects are handed to your senior leadership due to your track record of success. Great! How do you improve?
Although you are a great project manager, there is always room for improvement. You want to grow and improve, and if your passion is for the profession, you will strive to be great. But how do you go about it? Learn books, take classes, and get certified. While there are many ways to improve your PM skills, I have found these to be the most useful and interesting.
This decision is entirely up to you. It is a great way to show your commitment to the profession. There are many certifications available, including PMP, PgMP and PfMP. The certification you choose will depend on the area of focus. You will learn a common language and be required to continue education. I see this as a positive. You will also be able to network and connect with like-minded professionals. Win-win-win.
Networking is a great way for people to meet in your field of work… and it’s the same with project management. You don’t need to go to your local PMI (Project Management Institute), chapter to meet like-minded professionals. You don’t have to stick with your PM colleagues at work, who may be too similar-minded and stuck on the exact same method, to network and gain any new insight or knowledge. While colleagues are great, I don’t doubt that they are valuable. But the stories, experiences, and opinions of others can help you move from good to great in project management. You can search on Facebook and LinkedIn for articles about project management written by PM experts.
Train on different PM products
One product may be all you need for project management. It may also be a product that you have developed yourself within your organization. There are many software tools available. Learning about them can help you improve your PM skills. It can also help you to lead by recommending tools and functionality that you think might be useful for your team and your coworkers.
However, the point of trying out different PM products is to gain more knowledge about your profession and discover what’s available to you to do your job better. So learning about tools can be very beneficial. This timeline maker plugs into PowerPoint and allows you to create simple, eye-catching project visuals in minutes. It’s great for high-level presentations.
Attend some tech conferences
Lucky me, I live in Las Vegas. Nearly every major technology conference is either held here regularly or visits here periodically. Interop, Black Hat (a great conference for digital security that PMs should be attending), the Techwell conferences about software development practices, AWS reInvent (Amazon Web Services), VMWorld are some of the regulars. These conferences are great for learning new tech skills. You may even see PM software and PM-related tool vendors at Interop. If you are a technical manager, I recommend you attend one of these events. You can also catch any videos online from these conferences.
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