Posted on August 9, 2009 by Paul Ritchie
I enjoyed this Popular Mechanics piece on the problematic foundations that underpin forensic science — CSI Myths: The Shaky Science Behind Forensics. Per the piece’s header:
Forensic science was not developed by scientists. It was mostly created by cops, who were guided by little more than common sense.
In fact, I was reminded of the debate that we’ve had about project management as a profession (here, survey here, survey results here). The article reinforced just how far we have to go to true professionalization.
While we have many common sense PM practices, how many of them are demonstrably linked to project success? Which are the most important and why? The Value of PM is still pretty fuzzy…
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Posted on March 16, 2009 by Paul Ritchie
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 Yet?” survey (survey here):
- 38 percent: Yes, but second-tier — like engineering or non-university teaching (33 of 86 answers)
- 26 percent: No, not yet — could reach at least second-tier profession (22 of 86 answers)
I’m with the “No, not yet” crowd. I can see project management achieving some of professional attributes, but I see few in place now. For example, certifications are all well and good — and the PMP is becoming more universal — but they are a long way from licensure. Take a look at the some of the requirements, benefits, and documentation for the Professional Engineer license (here).
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Posted on November 14, 2008 by Paul Ritchie
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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Posted on October 20, 2008 by Paul Ritchie
Here are the first results (31 responses) from my latest poll “Is Project Management a Profession Yet?” (BTW, if you haven’t given your two cents, centavos, etc., the poll link is here.)
For now, I’ll note that my answer is “No, not yet”. I do believe that PM will eventually be recognized as a profession of sorts. However, per a comment by Craig Brown, I’m not sure that “professional” status will be central to the identify of the field.
More about the results and my take over the next few days.
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Posted on October 12, 2008 by Paul Ritchie
Don’t forget Crossderry’s latest poll question: Is Project Management a Profession Yet? Please enter your answers and comments on Crossderry’s right sidebar (or you can use the direct URL here).
I’ll blog on the results once we get a reasonable number of responses (we’re at 22 now).
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Posted on October 5, 2008 by Paul Ritchie
The recent spate of comments have inspired my next poll question: Is Project Management a Profession Yet? Please enter your answers and comments on Crossderry’s right sidebar (or you can use the direct URL here).
I’ll summarize the results after we get a reasonable number of responses (FYI, my last poll had 59 total).
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Posted on October 4, 2008 by Paul Ritchie
NOTE: This post is converted from a reply I made to Dr. Paul Gianmalvo’s comment on an earlier post (post here, comment here).
When I call project management a profession, I’m simply using one of the vernacular definitions: “a principal calling, vocation, or employment..” I don’t believe it qualifies for stricter definitions like: “a calling requiring specialized knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation.”
IMHO, I doubt PM will become a profession in the sense of such legally-sanctioned monopolies like the legal or medical fields. In other words, I think it unlikely that all PMs will need legal sanction for their education, certification, and licensing.
Many PM practitioners would like more formal recognition of their calling. And it is true that PM certifications are required before firms can even qualify to bid on, never mind win, many government contracts. Perhaps PM will end up something like the engineering field, where there are explicit certifications and licensing requirements, but only for some roles. I find it hard to believe that we would get more recognition than that.
That said, it was only 100 or so years ago that lawyers only had to “read law”, so perhaps we should never say never about the professionalization of PM.
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