The inaugural meeting of a new Community-of-Practice was held online on 20 October 2021 ( The objective of the CoP is to expose members to the most promising new directions for better project performance.

The CoP is necessary because industry practice in project management seldom goes beyond certification in PRINCE2 or PMP. This is not good enough because research has found people with certifications are NO more successful that people with no certification [1]–[3]. Our latest research based on international data from Australia and China has added to this understanding and found people with the highest level of certification (IPMA-A and ChPP) are more successful in realizing benefits than others [4].

When we looked closer, we found only people skills are correlated with project success. We adapted the industry leading IPMA ICP4.0 framework and identified the people skills that are necessary for success [4]:

  • Leadership
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Communication
    • Negotiation
    • Conflict and Crisis
  • Teamwork
  • Stakeholder Engagement

The CoP introduced a new tool to help project managers assess their competency against these people skills . You are invited to take advantage of this new tool to complete your self-assessment. It should take 12-30 minutes and you will see your profile visually like the figure below.

The next CoP will discuss the results and identify the people skills most needed by project managers.


[1]         J. A. Starkweather and D. H. Stevenson, “PMP® Certification as a Core Competency: Necessary but Not Sufficient,” Proj. Manag. J., vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 31–41, Feb. 2011.

[2]         J. T. Catanio, G. Armstrong, and J. Tucker, “The effects of project management certification on the triple constraint,” Int. J. Inf. Technol. Proj. Manag., vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 93–111, 2013.

[3]         N. Joseph and C. Marnewick, “Investing in project management certification: Do organisations get their money’s worth?,” Inf. Technol. Manag., vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 51–74, 2018.

[4]         R. Young, Y. Wei, and Z. Lu, “Which project management certification is best ? Identifying the project manager competencies and certifications that lead to higher project success rates.,” Suzhou, 2021.