Why Project Management Professional PMI/PMP?
PMP is developed and sponsored by the Project Management Institute (PMI), which prides itself as the “world’s leading not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession, with more than half a million members and credential holders in 185 countries”.
Founded in 1969, PMI, an independent, non-profit organization aiming to promote and develop project management is today regarded as the world’s number one organization for people interested in professional project management. It hosts the largest number of project management enthusiasts and professionals while providing direction, regulation and professional development opportunities in project management. PMI develops other popular PM certifications such as Certified Associate Project Manager (CAPM) and Program Management Professional (PgMP). PMI certifications are some of the most popular and most widely accepted certification in the project management arena. PMI is also responsible for setting the most widely recognized standards for project management due to the depth and extensiveness of its research and its commitment to uplifting project management practice. It maintains relevance by employing a diversity of inputs from industry and experienced professionals to reflect contemporary practice and current needs in the project management profession.
The PMP credential is the crown jewel of PMI. And with the backing of PMI, is it any wonder that PMP has risen to become the world’s recognized certification validating project management expertise? There are more than 400,000 PMP certified project managers all over the world according to the October 2010 edition of PMI Today.
PMP is a top gun. It’s not for slackers or “passengers”. It’s for people who take responsibility for “initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, closing” a project. It’s about success in project management.
PMI is project management’s leading global professional association. The PMI certification program’s maintenance of ISO 9001:2000 standard in quality management systems highlights its commitment to quality and professional excellence.
To further the cause of quality in project management and maintain leadership in the project management profession PMI created PMP, a rigorous exam-based, professional certification program that is today regarded as the world’s top project management credential. The PMP is a major pillar behind the success of PMI’s certification program.
Globally recognized and acknowledged, having the PMP credential tells people and organizations that you are a competent project manager with a solid foundation in project management expertise. You can deliver results –it’s the badge of a performer. No question about it, PMP is a top gun – you have been tested and you have scaled the bar. You’ve demonstrated practical competence in project quality, project scope, schedule, budget, communications, risk, procurement, project integration management and other key areas of project management.
Many organizations depending on project management expertise either in-house or from external contractors and vendors are requiring the project managers working on their projects to have the PMP credential. It is continually opening doors for experienced project managers. The value of PMP is no longer a secret.
Central to achieving the PMP is the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) – Fourth Edition (latest version). It is regarded by PMI as the world’s standard for the project management profession – the PMI bible. The guide attempts to describe all important knowledge within the profession of project management. The PMBOK guide covers the fundamentals of project management that apply to a wide range of projects. Important fundamental statements from the PMBOK guide are that “A project is a temporary endeavor to create a unique product, service, or result” and that “Project management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and technique to project activities to meet the project requirements.”
Based on the vast experience of many professionals in the field, generally accepted principles and practices are described, while suggestions, current thoughts and thinking on project management are espoused.
PMI expects you to use the PMBOK Guide as one of the references for the PMP Certification Examination. It is not the sole resource you should use but it is an essential for anyone interested in achieving PMP certification status. PMBOK guide can in fact be regarded as the main reference material for the exam.
Note that PMBOK is a guide not a set of rigid rules cast in stone. It is a guide that is updated from time to time to capture current and best project management practices. New edition are released to reflect growth and developments within the profession of project management.