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The AMA Handbook of Project Management, 3rd Edition by Jeannette CABANIS-BREWIN, Paul C. DINSMORE

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CHAPTER 17Competency and Careers in Project Management

J. KENT CRAWFORD, PMP, PROJECT MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS, INC.

JEANNETTE CABANIS-BREWIN, PROJECT MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS, INC.

Research into the causes of project failures has identified a primary cause of troubled or unsuccessful projects: the lack of qualified project managers.1 At one time, this lack was primarily due to the fact that qualified project managers were, in fact, quite rare. Project management was “the accidental profession,” not one for which people chose and trained.

Today, with the proliferation of degree programs, training courses, and a growing professional body, this is less true. The problem facing projects now is an organizational one. In many organizations, employees have ...

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