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Come and hear from Brett in person at PD Day South 2017!

Brett Boghigian

Brett Boghigian wears many hats at Indigo. Chemical engineer by training and current Head of Project Management, a position that puts him in charge of the stage-gate process from product inception through to final delivery, Brett also serves as Facilities and Operations Manager, and hence has been instrumental in the relocation and renovation of company headquarters in Boston. A few weeks back, during a brief lull in a day that had him running between strategy sessions with his project management team, meetings with building contractors, and phone calls with consultants, we met up for a chat. Despite his busy schedule, Brett still had enough left in the tank to talk in depth about his time at Indigo and the challenges of his job—one that demands equal attention to Indigo’s large-scale ambitions and the granular details that go into their achievement.

 

Read more: PD DAY Speaker Brett Boghigian on Project Mgmt

Did you attend the Career Advancement Clinic sponsored by PMI Mass Bay? If not you missed a lot!

PMI MassBay’s Career Advancement Clinics are always well attended events and the CAC in June was no exception. Attendees were provided the opportunity to participate in a variety of career enhancing activities throughout the evening. It was held on Thursday June 15, 2017 at the Verizon Technology Center in Waltham, MA.

So, what did you miss?

Read more: What you missed at the PMI Mass Bay Career Advancement Clinic

The goal of obtaining the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is a worthwhile, yet challenging pursuit each project manager must decide on obtaining. You might wonder, “What’s the point of getting the PMP? I’m dy working in the field? Why go through the effort?” My answer to those questions can best be addressed with an illustration. Suppose you need to go to the doctor’s office. You schedule an appointment with a receptionist and she asks if you’d like to see either the doctor or a board-certified doctor? Without hesitation, you would most likely select the board-certified doctor.

Shannon Pettiford

Why? Being certified implies one is more official, has sought industry training, and has the expertise in the field. It is for those reasons why the PMP certification is so important for project managers to obtain.

The lesson you should know is obtaining your certification is key to differentiating yourself from others ensuring relevance in a changing economy.

My journey began when I took the 5 day PMP training course back in 2013. During the next year, I had many setbacks that prevented me from giving the test. As I took on more senior roles as a project manager within organizations I became complacent towards certification. As months progressed I began to reason, “Why bother? Why go through the effort?” However, that line of reasoning was short-sighted because change is inevitable in any industry and job market. In surveying the job market several of the more reputable companies either stated that certification was required, or that it would be needed within 6 months of employment. After giving a half-hearted approach to studying for the exam for several months, I asked a professor what recommendation she would give to getting me focused on the exam. She said to schedule the exam in a couple of months. By doing it would bring things into focus. How true she was with that advice!

Read more: My Journey towards PMP Certification

This is part of an ongoing series that will look at different industry verticals and what is needed to be successful as a Project Manager.

 

TODAY’S FOCUS: MARKET RESEARCH AND STRATEGY CONSULTING

When you think about Project Managers, what is the first thing that comes to mind? In many cases we think the people who manage information technology, Agile or large infrastructure projects.  Some people will immediately think of the phases of a project as described in the PMI PMBOK.

One of the most common questions about project management we hear from candidates is “why do employers require specific industry experience when recruiting for their PM roles? – Aren’t PM skills transferable to all industry verticals?”

The answer to that question can be simple and complex at the same time. In short, while Project Management competencies are common across industry verticals. In the case of Market Research and Strategy consulting roles, client facing Project Managers lead their projects from initiation to completion and exercise their leadership skills (soft skills) to coach the analyst team, negotiate with vendors, and manage stakeholder expectations on quality of deliverables and schedule. Sounds like a PM to me, but let’s look deeper.

Read more: WHY DO PROJECT MANAGERS NEED TO HAVE SPECIFIC INDUSTRY EXPERTISE?
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