PM Profession Survey Answers — Fully Yes & No/Never

I’m starting the long-promised review of the answers to my survey: Is Project Management a Profession Yet?  I’ll ignore the “undecided” answers (8 percent) and start with the two extremes.

First the “nays”: five percent answered No — and it never will.  I’m not sure how one can be so confident that PM will never have any sort of professional status.  Project management already exhibits early markers of an emerging profession — certifications required for some jobs, graduate programs at respectable universities, professional associations — so “no and never” is a hard position to sustain.

That said, the “yeas” have a far tougher chore, IMO.  Yet 16 percent answered Yes, fully — like law, medicine, or academia.  Wow… now those are some rose-colored glasses.  If you think PM is a full-fledged profession, I suggest that you ask yourself these questions:

  • Does PM have a legal or regulatory framework underpinning it? 
  • Has anyone been arrested for practicing PM without a license?
  • Do you have to go to a accredited “PM School” to even be allowed to take a PM “Bar” Exam? 
  • Is there a “theory of projects” akin to the theoretical constructs that underpin even “soft” disciplines like history and economics?

More on the other answers in the next days.

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  1. [...] I’m trying to tie up some loose ends, especially follow-ups promised in earlier blog posts (here).  In particular, here are the top two answers from the “Is Project Management a Profession [...]

  2. [...] subject (initial post here, survey here, survey results here).  I doubt it ever will, at least not fully like law, medicine, or academia.   Furthermore, I believe that because project management is essentially a social science [...]

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