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Who is a project manager? Are You a Project Manager?

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Who is a project manager? Are You a Project Manager? At one time or another, everyone is a project manager. Yes, everyone.

Okay, what is a project? The common definition of a project is a temporary endeavor to create a unique tangible or intangible product, service, enhancement, or result. That means that almost everything we do is a project.

  • Developing new website for your company
  • Implementing help desk support for year
  • Evaluating the feasibility of moving company offices
  • Testing new or updated software
  • Hosting an annual banquet
  • Making cookies for your kid’s school
  • Overseeing a contract your organization has issued to a vendor
  • Writing a book
  • Refitting a ship
  • Reorganizing an organization
  • Building a new home
  • Responding to a proposal request
  • Deploying troops to for military operations

Do we need the formal title of project manager to confirm their status as a project manager? No, of course not. Titles are vanity as much as anything else. They relate to our work environment, organization culture, and common practice.

  • Software Test Manager
  • Executive Secretary
  • Help Desk Manager
  • Director, Professional Services
  • Engagement Manager
  • Buyer
  • Petty Officer
  • Product Manager
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Staff Sergeant
  • Senior Developer
  • Chef
  • Office Manager
  • Major
  • Attorney
  • IT Analyst

Do we need to be paid to be a project manager? No. This should be rather obvious as many projects are not at paid. Consider a few examples: church fundraiser, family reunion, and a wedding.

There are project managers and then there are project managers. Some are project managers simply because what they do or sometimes do are projects, others are project managers as that is their specialty.

So, how do you become a project manager?

Reality is that most people simply rely upon on-the-job-training (OJT), are self-taught, or just do it trial and error. Despite that, there is no substitute for training. Successful Projects Don’t Happen by Chance.℠

Want to establish yourself as a project manager? Get training and certification. Get live training so you can ask questions and participate in discussions.

Good or bad, most project managers get their first formal training when applying for certification. The primary certification is the Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP). Well over a million project managers have earned certification, which is many times more certificate holders than all alternative project management certifications combined. PMP certification requires documenting 4,500-7,500 hours leading and directing projects over at least 3-5 years, depending on whether the applicant has a 4-year college degree or not. Applicants must also complete 35 contact hours of project management instruction, typically in the form of a PMP Certification Exam Prep Class.

Please check out our full schedule of 100% live PMP Certification Exam Prep classes. We also teach basic project management and advanced project management. In all, if you have a group, we would love the opportunity to conduct in-person onsite training. Please email us with your requirements.

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