International Project Management Day – TODAY!!

Yes, today 6 November 2008 is International Project Management Day. Many of you may be surprised reading this; I came across it by chance so yes, I was surprised.

The idea, promoted by Project Management Institute has a web site (see link at the end of this article) and the following introduction:

The international project management day is intended to encourage project based organizations worldwide or organizations who utilize project management methodologies to schedule some type of recognition event within their organizations or coordinated locally with others to truly demonstrate appreciation for the achievements of project managers and their teams.

I think the words underlined are interesting. I think all organizations should recognize achievements of project managers and their teams.

The web site has an article by Frank P. Saladis and I think it is worth including part of it here:

Project management is a profession that many people just don’t seem to understand. Even project managers have difficulty explaining to their family and friends what they actually do. During a keynote address I delivered recently my daughter was in attendance and remarked to me after the speech that I mentioned the word “PMBOK” at least 20 times. She had no idea what it was. Since I was in the presence of a group of project managers I basically took it for granted that everyone would know what I was talking about. There is a lesson learned here (lessons learned, what a concept!) We really can’t make any assumptions about how people perceive the job of the project manager and we especially can’t make any assumptions about the terminology we use or about the methods and procedures used to manage and complete our projects.

I like the idea of an International Project Management Day. However, the fact that we have such a day shows to me that project management is not yet ingrained into every organizations life. This is part of the problem. Saladis goes onto say “It is also apparent that many people view project management as “added work”, overhead, or something that prevents real work from being accomplished…..”

We need to do more work around the real benefits for and of project management in organizations. And to finish with here’s an idea; how about a project to really introduce projects into your organization, really embedding this in everyday work? I did write in the first draft a project to introduce project management worldwide but feel this is far too complex. Introducing project management into an organization is a tough enough challenge! Meanwhile, let’s celebrate what project management has done, it has achieved a lot and can achieve a lot more , if only……!

You can see the web site here

I wonder what your organization is doing to recognize the day!

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4 Responses to International Project Management Day – TODAY!!

  1. Vivi says:

    Here’s how the new winner of PMI’s Professional Development Provider of the Year award is observing IPMD:

    In honor of this occasion, Cheetah Learning (www.cheetahlearning.com) is posting a survey asking PMP’s what global problem PM can solve.

    Your readers can fill out our survey at

    http://app.icontact.com/icp/sub/survey/start?sid=2852&cid=131806

    To learn more about International Project Management Day, listen to Chief Cheetah Michelle LaBrosse’s podcast at
    http://podcast.cheetahlearning.com/podcastgen, and check out her blog at http://www.everydaypm.com

    To interview Michelle LaBrosse about International PM Day, and how PM can help attain any goal, please contact me via email.

    Best
    Virginia Randall

  2. Hi Ron,
    I have a little bit of a concern celebrating “Project Management Day” firstly because given the rather abysmal success rate of projects the world over, I don’t think we have yet earned the right to celebrate much of anything.

    Secondly, I am confounded by Frank’s insistence that project management is a profession, when there is sound academic research, some of which was funded in part by PMI, that shows that project management “is NOT a profession and probably never will be”. (Zwerman, Thomas et al, 2004 and Giammalvo, 2007)

    So while I agree with you that more work needs to be done, the focus of that effort should be on delivering projects more consistently on time, within budget in substantial conformance to the specifications while actually fulfilling the purpose for which they were undertaken in the first place. When we can do that consistently and do it well, THEN we will have earned the right to celebrate Project Management Day. Until that time, we better not risk injuring ourselves patting ourselves on the back…..

    BR,
    Dr. PDG, Jakarta

  3. Ron says:

    Two very interesting comments. Many thanks to Paul and Virginia.

    I agree Paul, project management is not yet a profession but the one thing we are not very good at here in the UK is shouting/saying how good we are. So why not raise some awareness….?

    I will look at the survey and listen to the podcast. Thanks for pointing this out Virginia

    Ron Rosenhead

  4. To help the awareness raising:

    APM had its annual conference recently with its project management awards evening at the end of the first day (29 Oct). For details: http://www.apm.org.uk/Winners_2008.asp

    I also saw a Project Management supplement dedicated to ‘careers in project management dated 16 Oct

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