A certified project manager enrolled in a project management course shares about his training. We share the questions we asked the student and the answers that concern not only project management certification but also software development.
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Why did you decide to do Project management?
After many long years of software development, at one point I thought I wanted to try something new and different, something I had never encountered before. I’ve always been interested in what actually stands on the other side of the curtain when developing a project. As a software engineer, very often I had to deal mainly with the development of tasks without understanding their business meaning, to really understand how things happen, what stages the development of a complete project goes through, how they are taken. solutions and this was the main motive for me to start dealing with Project management.
Which project management certification did you choose?
After much searching, I finally chose to sign up for the BVOP Certified Project Manager program at BVOP.org. I researched the topic carefully and decided that their Agile approach in project management best suits my interests and professional experience so far. After successfully passing my BVOP Certified Project Manager (BVOPM) exam, I plan to continue my qualification and enroll as a BVOP Certified Program Director (BVOPGM).
Where did you find information about the BVOP Certified Project Manager program?
In fact, the internet is full of information about this certification program. The first article I saw was Top Project Management Certifications for 2020 on the American media CIO.com. Then I read the even more detailed publication “Best Project Management Certifications” in 2020 and 2021 on the Australian edition of ScrumTime.org.
I kept looking for reviews and information and then found PGOV.org which also published their recommendations for modern project management certification. I don’t remember what I read after that, but I know that there are many reliable sources where one can make one’s inquiries and research.
Which helped you in the transition from software engineer to Project manager
Initially, I had no experience in Project management. Two years ago, I managed to complete my master’s degree in e-business and e-government, but I felt that this was not enough. It is for this reason that I became interested in different courses, I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and start a new course that is more business-oriented, and this is where I came across the PMA academy. Thanks to her, I was able to face real cases, I was able to get rich reviews of my work, and my mentors were able to give me a lot of practical focus on things. This is what triggered my interest in Project Management.
I began to understand more and more why our project manager requires us to give him different assessments of tasks, I began to understand the idea of transparency and how communication is essential for a project.
Do you think that your technical knowledge will be useful and will you not make technical decisions instead of your teams?
The role of a Project Manager is not to give technical guidance to its teams. He must have full confidence in them and actively communicate with them. Of course, technical knowledge is a huge plus for a project manager, because he will very easily understand the essence of the work, will speak the same language with his teams and the communication itself will be much easier, but this does not mean that he should interfere in the work of its teams. Its purpose is to maintain active communication with the client and the teams, to help build documentation that is related to cost planning, risks, management of people and resources, but taking technical decisions must be left entirely to the teams.
Agile – do you think it is a solution or a problem?
Each methodology has pros and cons. Agile has been making a lot of noise lately, but of course, it’s not the universal solution to every problem. It is up to each organization to decide which part of the Agile methodologies would work and how it will integrate Agile into the company. If a methodology is not understood and applied correctly, the results can be catastrophic. It is for this reason that it is important to understand that before applying a methodology, we need to understand whether it will work for us. That is why I believe that Agile is not the universal solution to all problems, but applied correctly can greatly facilitate the teams and the development of a project.
If you could go back in time, would you take this one again?
Everyone chooses their path, and once I have chosen this path and reached this level, then it made sense. Of course, I might change some things to make it easier for me, but I do not regret my choices during my professional career. Every difficulty, every obstacle was worth it, because in this way one manages to build oneself as a person and as a professional.