Adding Value – PM Assessments

IT Project Management is a broad field, the range of activities and applications makes it incredibly hard for one PM to master every aspect of the Project Life-cycle, each project manager will have clear strengths and weaknesses when it comes to their management style.

These weaknesses are not a bad thing, and if you can identify a weakness you can improve your knowledge or work towards making it a strength. That is where our PM Assessments come in.

Administered by our training partner PMIdeas, we use these assessments to peg each associates specific strengths, and the results can be used as a tool to plan future personal development goals that each of our Project Managers can work towards.

The PM Assessments are based on the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBoK) which is considered the world standard in Project Management and assesses each candidates knowledge of the 10 Knowledge areas contained in the PMBoK:

The ten knowledge areas, each of which contains some or all of the project management processes, are:

  1. Project Integration Management
  2. Project Scope management
  3. Project Time Management
  4. Project Cost Management
  5. Project Quality Management
  6. Project Human Resource Management
  7. Project Communications Management.
  8. Project Risk Management
  9. Project Procurement Management
  10. Project Stakeholder Management

How do these assessments work?

Once an associate has met with us we will arrange for them to receive a link to their PM Assessment, this assessment is a series of multiple choice and free form questions, relating to specific areas of the PMBoK. Results are graded in the following form for each question:

The candidate understands this concept

Partially Competent:
The candidate understands the concept but did not explain it as it appears in the PMBoK

Not yet competent:
We are unable to determine if the candidate has fully grasped this concept.

Once completed, each candidate receives a score out of 496, the closer they manage to get to this score the more in line with the principals of the PMBoK they are. Based on their scores each candidate can then choose to expand their knowledge in areas they are weakest or focus on their strengths and work in their key area of knowledge.