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2016-09-30 Survey regarding PM competencies relation to PM methodologies

Project Manager competencies and their relation to traditional and agile project management methodologies.

Survey.FlickrAs part of the Purdue University Master’s Degree Program, a research survey is being conducted to determine if relationships exist between project manager competencies and project management methodologies. If a relationship exists, better training and support can be provided for project managers who are utilizing a specific methodology to increase their effectiveness.

A follow-up article with the survey results will be posted after the survey has concluded. The survey closes September 30, 2016.

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The author, in researching the topic of project manager competencies and project management methodologies, found that although there is much research on both topics, there was no found research on how the two topics correlate to each other. If there are project manager competencies found that vary based on what project management methodologies are in use by the PM or the organization, then that information can be used to better target training opportunities. The information could also be used by organizations to better select potential new hires depending on what methodologies the organizations are utilizing.

The aim of the research being conducted is to determine if there are differences in project manager competencies based on the primary project management methodology used. The survey itself should take no longer that 15 minutes to complete and can be accessed on line from the link below. All individual answers will remain confidential and only summaries of combined survey results will be published.

At the end of the survey, you will be given the opportunity to opt-in to a limited number of one-on-one phone interviews to gain further insight into your responses. This section, like the survey itself, is completely voluntary and is not required to complete the survey. If selected, the phone interview is anticipated to take no longer than 20 minutes.

About the Author:

KeithMcDermottMy name is Keith McDermott and I am a Messaging Systems Administrator with Purdue University in Indiana. I am also working towards my master’s degree in Computer and Information Technology, with a focus on IT Project Management, from Purdue University.

While my career goals have shifted since I began my degree, I can see how the skills I have already learned have made me into a better and stronger project team member. I have learned a great deal about the project management profession and have a strong respect for those who help guide projects of all sizes to a successful completion.

As a Systems Administrator, I enjoy the ability to focus on the bigger picture of how my systems and services fit into the overall IT goals of the University. In working with project managers in my area, I enjoy their guidance and leadership and work with them to ensure the best possible outcome for our common goals.