The world of project management has grown tremendously. The Project Management Institute (PMI) recognizes that technical skills that were once conceived as core to project and program management alone are insufficient in today's complex and competitive global market place. Companies are expecting project managers to have baseline technical PM skills, and competencies in leadership and business acumen that will support the company’s longer-range strategic objectives and directly contribute to the bottom line.
To facilitate growing these critical competencies in project and program managers, PMI has developed the PMI Talent Triangle. The new Triangle requires that continuing professional development units (PDUs) be earned in three areas: Technical Project Management, Strategic and Business Management, and Leadership.
This FAQ focuses on some of the basic questions that prospective and existing PMI's credential holders may have about the process of earning PDUs.
According to PMI, these three areas are defined as follows:
|Technical Project Management||Knowledge, skills and behaviors related to specific domains of Project, Program and Portfolio Management|
|Leadership||Knowledge, skills and behaviors specific to leadership-oriented skills that help an organization achieve its business goals|
|Business and Strategic Management||Knowledge of and expertise in the industry or organization that enhances performance and better delivers business outcomes|
The total number of PDUs to be earned for maintaining the certifications has not changed. However, PMI recommends two ways to earn these PDUs. These are earned both through Education and through “Giving Back”. Please note the emphasis on AND.
The education requirements focus on the three areas of the Talent Triangle. Given below are a few specifics on the breakdown for certification holders to meet the education requirements and visually represented in Figure 1.
"Giving Back" focuses on three types of activities. These activities include volunteering, creating a body of knowledge, and working as a professional.
To avoid repeating the details that already published, the following is a collection of links to guide your understanding.
Compiled by Sriram Rajagopalan and reviewed by Kathleen Langone, Speakers Committee for PMI Mass Bay Chapter