Learning to Lead, to Create Quality, to Influence Change in Projects

Lee A. Peters, Peters & Company, Zionsville, IndianaJohn Homer, BMW Constructors, Indianapolis, Indiana

Project Management Journal (March 1996)

TEACHING THE CRAFT of any profession is a continuing challenge. In project management, we rely on a combination of self-discovery and apprenticeship to teach the craft of managing projects. Ultimately, a new project manager learns by observing, by being coached, and by doing.

The paradox still exits: how to produce a mission-capable project manager in a relatively short time. Project managers are anointed overnight with little attention given to prior skill development. These skills are paramount because three of five crucial developmental ...

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