The following document consists of a list of generic core competencies related to projectmanagement. The list identifies competenciesthat would be required to (1) understand thebusiness environment; (2) know how to man-age the people involved in the project; and(3) apply the technical/administrative aspectsof the project. This list of generic projectmanagement competencies is derived frominput received from Canadian employers andmanagers who are members of the ProjectManagement Forum. It is meant to serve as aguide in discovering the right balance of skillsfor anyone who is working or interested inthe profession of project management. Thelist may help identify the needs of anemployer, the qualifications of an employee,or the areas of potential development fortrainers and educators. How this list is used,and how the competencies are measured, isleft entirely up to the individuals concernedwith the profession since their needs areunique.Traditionally, project management was con-cerned with the technical implementation of a project. However, companies increasingly areusing project management techniques to planand structure a project from the outset (orstrategic front end). Therefore, a mix of com-petencies is required to be able to move aproject through the various life cycle phasesof concept, development, implementation andfinally, post-project review. Depending on thephase, some competencies will be requiredmore than others. This list captures the proj-ect management competencies that would berequired for the full spectrum of the project.While an experienced project manager maypersonally bring several of these competenciesto the project, the project team as a wholeshould possess most, if not all, of the compe-tencies listed. However, because all projectsare different, a skill that is required in oneindustry may not necessarily be as importantin another.
Who are project managers?
Strategically, they set direction, provide sup-port, anticipate and remove obstacles.They carry all responsibilities associated withthe project and its deliverables.toBasic attributes (or values) of the person
These are the qualities that a person is expected to possess when entering the job.
The will to manage and lead, conceptual and ana-lytical thinker, adaptable, results-oriented (wantto get things done), able to influence others, flex-ible, energetic, positive and confident, competi-tive, demonstrates initiative, innovative, creative,proactive (self-starter), focused, and a risk-taker.
The Project Management Forumincludes the following corporations:
ABB Inc., Division SystèmesAcres International LimitedAthabasca University (joint with U. of Calgary)Bank of CanadaBates Project ManagementBC Hydro and Power AuthorityBell NexxiaCDI Corporate Education ServicesDofasco Inc.Enbridge Pipelines Inc.Evans Consoles Inc.Falconbridge LimitedFluor Daniel Canada, Inc.Imperial Oil Resources Ltd.Ontario Power GenerationPublic Works and Government Services Canada(PWGSC)The RPA GroupShell Canada LimitedSPMgroup Ltd.University of Toronto
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