Managing the Professional Development of Project Teams

I must not rust.

— Clara Barton, Founder, The American Red Cross

It is the first of all problems for a man to find out what kind of work he is to do in this universe.

— Thomas Carlyle, Scottish essayist and historian


After reading this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Understand the four component parts of a career and professional development plan
  • Develop your own personalized career and professional development plan
  • Monitor and progress along your own career path
  • Understand the PM and BA position family
  • Know why the future project manager skill profile will include business analysis, business process management, and information technology disciplines

It is my sincere wish that I have helped you start on the journey to becoming the chef I talked about earlier. For me, becoming a great project manager is a passion, and I have made it my life's journey, too. The fact that project management is organized common sense means that that journey can be successful and fulfilling for me and for my clients. It can be that way for you, too. I've spent over 40 years on my journey, and I'm still learning how to be a greater project manager.

I've shared my journey with you in the chapters and pages of this book. I've captured my life experiences as a maturing project manager, consultant, trainer, and author. I give them to you as your survival kit. Learn to use them well, and they will serve you well. ...

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