Competency

PM CAT is a survey tool based on world leading research that helps you to identify which of your personal competencies need further development to be a more successful project manager. The survey takes between 15-30 minutes and you will see your results immediately.  More information…

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Emotional Intelligence This competence begins with understanding yourself, and how your emotions affect you and others.
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Personal Communication Effective communication requires a range of skills that allow us to communicate in different ways, for different reasons, to different people.
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Leadership Leadership is fundamentally about how you manage yourself and work with other people. It differs from management in that it is focused on people and not on tasks.
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Teamwork Teamwork is about building strong relationships and lines of communication across all members to ensure that each person makes a clear contribution to a mutually beneficial outcome
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Relations and Engagement Building relationships and facilitating commitment and engagement improve performance. Team leaders can influence performance by enhancing relationships, engagement and commitment.
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Conflict and Crisis Conflict and crisis includes moderating or solving conflicts and crisis by being observant of the envirnoment and delivering a remedy for disagreements.
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Negotiation Negotiation is the process between two or more parties that aims to balance different interests, needs and expectations in order to reach a common agreement and commitment while maintaining a positive working relationship.
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Strategy Projects are initiated in an organisational, societal and political context. It is important for project managers to operate effectively in this context.
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Change and Change Management Most projects are about change; they implement change, they cause change, and projects are constantly challenged in managing scope, time and cost constraints. The change management competency addresses these two types (organisational and project configuration), and a managers abilities to best manage these.
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Power and Politics Project’s operate in environments where power is both implied and explicit. These influences are a mix of culture and politics, executed by personal style.
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Governance is derived from the Latin word gubernum meaning ‘to steer’. Project governance is to steer the project towards the targeted benefits.
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Culture This competence element describes how the individual recognizes and effectively uses informal personal and group norms.
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Compliance Projects are increasingly operating in highly regulated environments, including legislation, environmental, and health and safety. In addition to these external frameworks, organisations may also expect compliance to their internal procedures. The most important project issue is to ensure the targeted benefits are on track to being delivered.
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Project Initiation For all projects, Initiation and Scope Definition is the “starting block” of the project life cycle. A thorough and well thought out start is critical in establishing the key elements needed for ultimate project success.
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Project Planning Project Planning is vitally important to the success of a project, yet on many projects planning is weak. Developing a thorough and well thought out plan of time, cost and scope involves considering risks and opportunities, understanding the project stakeholders and evaluating the different ways to achieve project outcomes that best deliver the project.
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Project Execution, Monitoring & Control The way a project's execution phase is conducted depends on the organizational context within which the project is implemented.
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Project Transition This phase focuses on executing the transition to operations and a stable state. The operations team will be involved in maintaining or supporting the project's deliverables, including operations, technology and human resources experts, therefore requiring considerable engagement from the project manager.
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Organizational Project Management (OPM) Projects mostly operate in a matrix structure, alongside other projects and programs. Projects are answerable to the owner/sponsor through the governance processes, and accountable to the organization through its OPM processes.
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