Closing up the PM “professional” survey

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).

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.

New Poll — Is Project Management a Profession Yet?

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).

Don’t forget the “corner cutting” poll

I’m getting some good response to the “corner cutting poll” on the right sidebar of the blog itself, but I’ll leave it open for a while longer. 

For my newsreader subscribers, the poll’s direct URL is here:

Initiative success measures — poll results to date

The results for the poll are still tallying — it is still open and the link is in a widget on the upper right-hand side of this page.  We only have 11 responses, however, so if folks want to skew them there’s still time!

POLL RESULTS as of 3 July — What is the most important measure of initiative success?

  • Delivered on time — 0%
  • Met the expectations of key stakeholders — 27%
  • Delivered on budget — 0%
  • Achieved company/organization objectives — 55%
  • Initiative leader remained employed — 9%
  • Other — 9%

Reminder: Initiative/Project Success Poll

I’ve only gotten a few responses to the poll of what makes an initiative successful (here).  Maybe the topic is lame, of course.  Also, I’ve discovered that I can’t create “sticky” posts, so my poll has dropped down the blog. 

As a workaround, I’ve started keeping my active polls in a widget on the upper right-hand corner.

Poll: What makes an initiative successful?

The project success topic I blogged on earlier seemed like a good subject for my first polldaddy poll.  It should be multiple choice and allow free text entries.  I’ll compile the results in a week.

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