He dispelled the myth that you have to be a subject matter expert in order to be an outstanding project manager.
Martin said that it is more about “looking at the core competencies that people need in order to be able to challenge people in projects” and that “it should be very people focused and not just about the hard deliverables.”
“Young people can be good project managers and you don’t have to wait for people to be subject matter experts, the world’s changing at a very fast pace and we don’t have time to wait for people to become technical experts,” added Martin.
“It’s about developing people in the right way and I hope that people go back and look at how they recruit and develop their talent and take a different approach with the changing world.”
Martin was joined by Kate Rooke and Andy Cooke, consultants at PA Consulting who discussed blending project management and system engineering skills to enhance a project.
Kate said that “although the disciplines have developed their own frameworks and processes, the really great solutions that you’ll get will be when they come together.”
Andy went on to say that he believes that by “understanding and using the strengths of the different disciplines, overall we can get projects to deliver in much more efficient and effective ways.”
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