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People in Projects by Project Management Institute

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Elements of Misuse

Too Many Skills

The first element of misuse is exploiting a project manager’s skills within other departments. A successful project manager is a seasoned, knowledgeable worker and has a superb suite of skill offerings. In fact, demonstrated proficiency in prior positions most likely leads to one’s promotion to a project manager position. However, a project manager’s skills may be so exceptional that organizations could be enticed to leverage those skills in other areas, often to the disadvantage of the project manager.

A popular example is requiring a project manager to be a resident technical expert outside of normal project activities. In general, being a technical “jack of all trades” and an effective project manager combines ...

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