The PMI’s new talent triangle

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    Bill Dannenmaier

    The talent triangle redefinition recently done by PMI is so broad that there is nothing specific to PROJECT management in the triangle.

    Ways of Working: (Previously Technical Project Management) Whether it’s predictive, agile, design thinking, or new practices still to be developed, it’s clear that there is more than one way that work gets done today. That’s why we encourage professionals to master as many ways of working as they can – so they can apply the right technique at the right time, delivering winning results.

    Power Skills: (Previously Leadership) These interpersonal skills include collaborative leadership, communication, an innovative mindset, for-purpose orientation, and empathy. Ensuring teams have these skills allows them to maintain influence with a variety of stakeholders – a critical component for making change.

    Business Acumen: (Previously Strategic and Business Management) Professionals with business acumen understand the macro and micro influences in their organization and industry and have the function- or domain-specific knowledge – to make good decisions. Professionals at all levels need to be able to cultivate effective decision-making and understand how their projects align with the big picture of broader organizational strategy and global trends.

    Why wouldn’t an operational manager or any worker or investor want business acumen, power skills, and ways of working?

    Taxonomic definitions should always be clear in creating unique boundaries among categories, this talent triangle is so fuzzy as to be meaningless. So it fits perfectly with PMBOK 7 I guess.

    Imagine if the same style was taken to biology. defined a rhinoceros in such loose terms: “A rhinoceros has four legs.” Nobody could discriminate between a rhino and a chair or couch.

    I just don’t get it.

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