Do you manage "Projects"?

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    Oct 26, 2010 3:20 AM GMT
    Let's hear a shout out to any project manager, program managers, or portfolio managers out there?

    Are you certified, or degreed?
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    Oct 26, 2010 4:05 AM GMT
    managing projects is part of my job. i work in market research so ill take a project from beginning to end (with input from the account manager at key points, of course). ill write a survey, manage the data collection, analyze the data and write the report.

    im not sure what you mean by degree or certification. i mean i have a degree in business economics but it really has little to do with the job.
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    Oct 26, 2010 4:16 AM GMT
    Not MS Project Mgt. Certification or PM Certification if that is what you are asking, but most of the my career has been in the role of PM the collection, design, and clean-up of data, as well as the mgt. of those vendor for the analysis and submission of data to a regulatory body for the investigation of a clinical compound and possible approval of a drug candidate into the market.
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    Oct 26, 2010 4:25 AM GMT
    Hunter9 said...

    im not sure what you mean by degree or certification. i mean i have a degree in business economics but it really has little to do with the job.


    There are Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees in "Project Management", "Program Management", and "Portfolio Management".

    Certifications include, but are not limited to:
    The Project Management Institute's Project Management Professional (PMP); Program Management Professional (PgMP); Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM); Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP); Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP).

    There are other project management certificaitons (i.e. CompTIA's Project+), but none are ISO17024 certified.



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    Oct 26, 2010 4:26 AM GMT
    Landscape architect project manager In the house !!! Currently overseeing 7 projects, including a new orleans renovation...
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    Oct 26, 2010 4:33 AM GMT
    Yes, almost straight out of grad school, I was proposing and managing research projects that ranged from $10K to $2M. No training whatsoever, except working on other people's projects and seeing how they did it (for better or worse.) And subsequently doing some things wrong and doing some things that worked better. Some training might have been a good idea.

    On the other hand, I worked at a big corporation for too long, where they put "professional project managers" in charge of my projects. These guys were even more clueless than the scientists, but they added an additional 20% to the "overhead expenses." After a while, the company sent them out on the road to prevent them from doing any more damage at home. ... I mean "to network" and do "business development." I'd get calls from people at other companies and government agencies after their trips... "Who the hell WAS that guy and what was he ON?"
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    Oct 26, 2010 5:36 AM GMT
    I've been a project manager and a product manager. Now I'm a marketing manager.
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    Oct 26, 2010 6:01 AM GMT
    Yes. Product dev manager in my previous job, and did a lot of project management as part of that job too.

    I have a "prince2" certification - it's a UK methodology that's pretty much unknown in the US, but it's technically the same as PMP.

    It's only partially useful, but a good theoretical basis nonetheless. I personally like Critical Chain a lot, though.
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    Oct 26, 2010 6:38 AM GMT
    Yup, I manage several research projects at my work, all looking at issues related to drugs in sport. I don't have any business qualifications though I do have psychology degrees; however, most of my experience has come from working part time jobs when I was at university.
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    Oct 26, 2010 11:03 AM GMT
    I have my PMP certification. I work in the Property & Casualty Insurance industry and my projects involve policy administration systems. Currently, I am leading a team of Business Analysts who document the business requirements for a large implementation.