APM, the Association for Project Management, is going to be busting the big project management myths at the upcoming APM Project Management Conference on Thursday, March 19, which got us thinking about what we think the biggest myths are, and why they are not true. Here’s a run-down of the three most regular myths I come across:
1) You must be certified to work in PM.
It saddens me when I come across people who think that they are not going to get anywhere in project management because they are not certified. Of course it is advantageous, but from a recruitment perspective, it is not always necessary. While two-thirds of bosses told CIO.com that they found PM certification to be valuable, they did not say they would not consider uncertified candidates.
2) PM is paperwork-heavy.
It’s an exciting time for the industry at the moment, with the stream of constant changes continuing to alter the way we work. One of the impacts the development of PM software is having is the reduction of paperwork. Our industry stands to benefit from the automation of processes, and software is continuing to hack away at a considerable amount of man hours.
3) Project failures are fatal.
Whether it’s a business that is counting on a project being completed by a certain date, or a manager scared their reputation will crumble after something went wrong under their watch, project failure rarely proves fatal. The important thing is to learn from mistakes that led to the delay or hold-up, and figure out how they can be avoided in the future. If you react to them in the right way, and treat them as an opportunity, failures within project management are nothing to fear at all.
I singled out these three issues because they are views that could potentially be held by three different parties: the certification issue is one for prospective project managers, while the paperwork issue is one for businesses considering the best way to approach a big project, or thinking about PM. The third and final point is to be kept in mind by all parties while a project is in play.