PMI India, with the support of a volunteer group representing PMI’s internal Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.) that promote project management within their own organizations, launched a research report on project manager competency development framework. It is aligned to PMI’s Project Manager Competency Development (PMCD) Framework – Third Edition.
The report has been created for project leaders (team leaders) in IT, IT-enabled services (ITeS), and telecom sectors in India. This volunteer group was led by Srinivas Haritsa and Anand Ashok from Wipro, Anees Haidary from Sasken, Vineet Chandra and Karthick from Nokia, and Srividya Natarajan from Mindtree.
The PMCD that comes in three versions comprises the global standards published by PMI around the world to define competencies needed for a project manager. PMI India engaged with a third-party research partner to interview 400 leaders from 216 companies for the research based on the framework.
The launch event in Bengaluru on 15 February saw the participation of quality and delivery heads, project management practice heads, learning and development heads, and volunteers from a number of organizations such as IBM, DXC, Deloitte, Nokia, Ericsson, Infosys, Sasken, and Wipro.
Currently, 22 volunteer groups are part of the PMI internal R.E.P. program. They collaborate, discuss challenges, and share best practices on project management competency development areas in their organizations.
The launch provided an opportunity to talk about the framework and the research findings, and invite participating companies to pilot the PMCD framework within their organizations. A case study of a pilot done in Sasken Technologies Ltd. was shared. A leader from Nokia also shared with the participants details of a pilot that the company is planning.
The research exercise based on the PMCD Framework has been tailored to suit the needs of project leaders in the IT, ITeS, and telecom sectors in India. It would help organizations quantitatively rate the project management capabilities of their project managers.
Though the report has been prepared for these three sectors, it is relevant to other sectors as well, such as manufacturing or construction, and also for other geographies.
Besides, it can be used both for grading a project manager’s performance as well as at the time of hiring a new project manager.