We view project manager development from two perspectives:
In project-oriented organizations we need to further develop project managers mainly for two reasons:
How should we structure the project manager development?
We assume that we have a well defined project prioritization in place.
This project prioritization model corresponds to a project management career model, the first key element of the development of project managers. The career model contains job descriptions and a system of different salaries, benefits and incentives. It supports learning by doing with a certain tolerance for mistakes.
Since natural learning by doing is not yet enough the career model, in turn, corresponds to a project management curriculum, as second key element of the development of project managers.
Ideally, a project management curriculum reflects the basics of learning in organizations:Guided by the different levels of learning, it contains a "healthy mixture" of stand-alone seminars and training programs with a classical teaching approach and others which offer interval training.
Ultimate criterion of training effectiveness is successful learning transfer in terms of sustainable behavioral change. Therefore, we need to complete the curriculum by mentoring and coaching.
As an individual, I want to work in an environment where I find enough room to
If I pursue the career path of a project manager I prefer to work for an organization that supports my own development as project manager, i.e. where
Such an organization would pretty much look like the one we portrayed by the three graphics above. I would certainly seek employment in a company offering project manager development that provides a structured project management curriculum which fits to the project management career model and that fits in turn to the project prioritization model.