What is working professionally?
Professionalism is a demonstrable awareness and the application of expert and specialised knowledge within a specific field and the acceptance of standards relating to that profession application of competences and qualities, including knowledge, and appropriate skills.
Some of these skills include the ability to communicate; a core skill for people working in projects, programmes and portfolios to ensure objectives and requirements are understood, plans and benefits are shared, stakeholders are aligned, teams are motivated and knowledge is embedded.
There are many situations in project-based working where ‘deals’ need to be made – from agreeing the release of a functional expert to support the project, to negotiating large contracts with suppliers and everything in between.
Negotiation is a vital skill that project and programme managers utilise during the project life cycle. Another key skill for any project professional is the ability to manage personal time and prioritise work, balancing what is most important with what is most urgent using an electronic diary or calendar, etc.
Working professionally also involves continually developing competence; project professionals seek knowledge and skills through continuing professional development (CPD). CPD is vital for project professionals to keep up to date and enhance their own competence over time, and to advance the standing of the profession and the trust that society puts into the ability for projectbased working to deliver value.
Project professionals also have a duty to act ethically and report any wrong doing. All project-based work operates within a legal and regulatory framework relevant to the industry and countries where the work is performed. The the project professional is responsible for understanding the regulatory environment so that they can work professionally. The APM FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism provides a framework to set standards and guide the development of project professionals.
Watch: Professionalism when managing conflict of interests
Project management - The ethical vs. the practical BLOG
Finally, it appears the future of the 2012 Olympic Stadium has been resolved with West Ham United winning out over Tottenham Hotspur’s proposal... read more
Being a communication specialist can help you as a project manager BLOG
Every project has goals and to achieve these goals there are a range of factors that must be taken into consideration... read more
How to get the best from your project communication lead BLOG
Everyone would agree that getting the communication right is one of the keys to project success.
The importance of ethics in professional life RESOURCE
The APM has just become a Chartered body which is something to be celebrated. It is a recognition of a major step-change for our profession... read more
Be the architect of your career BLOG
It is 1990 and Elton John’s ‘Sacriﬁce’/‘Healing Hands’ double A-side single gives him his first solo number one.
APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition
You can read more about working professionally in chapter three of the APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition.
The APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition is a foundational resource providing the concepts, functions and activities that make up professional project management. It reflects the developing profession, recognising project-based working at all levels, and across all sectors for influencers, decision makers, project professionals and their teams.
The seventh edition continues in the spirit of previous editions, collaborating with the project community to create a foundation for the successful delivery of projects, programmes and portfolios.