Project Management Specialists

 

WHAT DOES A Project management specialist DO?

Project Management Specialists break down large projects into smaller, manageable tasks, ensuring they are completed on time and within budget. They Analyze and coordinate the schedule, timeline, procurement, staffing, and budget of a product or service on a per project basis. They lead and guide technical staff, direct and support project team members to ensure that they understand their tasks and have the resources they need to be successful. They communicate project updates and progress reports, address any concerns, and ensure the project meets the client’s expectations.

This program equips people who have the right foundational skills to acquire the knowledge and skills good Project Management Specialists need to thrive in this role.

demand

The US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a positive outlook for Project Management Specialists (Occupational Code: 13-1082.00) over the next ten years, with employment growth expected to be 6% from 2022 to 2032, with approximately 68,100 new job openings each year during this period. This growth is faster than the average for all occupations, meaning that job opportunities for Project Management Specialists are expected to be plentiful.

A Day in the Life

 typical day for a Project Management Specialist (PMS) can vary greatly depending on the industry, project size, and company culture. However, here’s a general glimpse into what their day might entail:

Morning:

Review emails and communication: Catch up on any overnight updates, messages from stakeholders, and team reports.

Prioritize tasks and schedule: Review project plans, prioritize tasks for the day, and update team members on their assignments.

Attend stand-up meetings: Participate in quick morning meetings to discuss progress, roadblocks, and next steps.

Address urgent issues: Resolve any immediate concerns or challenges requiring the PMS’s attention.

 

Throughout the day:

Manage team and communication: Support and guide team members, answer questions, address concerns, and facilitate communication between team and stakeholders.

Monitor project progress: Track project metrics, analyze data, and identify any potential delays or risks.

Hold meetings: Participate in various meetings with stakeholders, clients, team leads, or external partners to discuss progress, updates, and next steps.

Manage risks and issues: Proactively identify and address potential risks, develop mitigation plans, and handle any arising issues promptly.

Update project documentation: Maintain accurate project documentation, including schedules, budgets, and risk logs.

 

Afternoon:

Lead project-related meetings: specific to the project’s phases or requirements.

Review and approve deliverables: Review deliverables, provide feedback, and approve them for further progress.

Manage budgets and resources: Monitor project budgets, allocate resources efficiently, and identify areas for cost optimization.

Prepare reports: Generate reports for stakeholders summarizing project progress, budget status, and potential risks.

Follow up on action items: Ensure that action items from meetings and discussions are assigned and tracked for completion

 

Admissions Requirements

Complete the following LinkedIn Learning Courses, and/or Learning Paths (or demonstrate equivalent proficiency) before starting this program. Go to https://www.columbuslibrary.org/resources-by-subject/. Search LinkedIn. Select LinkedIn Learning for Library. Enter your Library Card # and PIN.

Once logged in, search for these courses (or Learning Paths) by name. Some items in the list below are individual courses. Some are Learning Paths. Learning Paths are bundles of related courses.

 

How to become a Project Management Specialist

Develop transferable skills:  such as:

Communication: Clear and concise communication is crucial for managing stakeholders, team members, and clients.

Organization and time management: Showcase your ability to prioritize, organize complex projects, and meet deadlines in your previous roles (e.g. GTD).

Teamwork and leadership: Project success often hinges on collaboration. Emphasize your experience leading and motivating teams, resolving conflicts, and fostering collaboration.

Problem-solving and decision-making: Highlight your ability to identify and solve problems, make sound decisions under pressure, and adapt to changing situations.

Budgeting and resource management: Managing budgets and resources efficiently is vital for project success.

Shadow a Project Manager: If possible, shadow a Project Manager in your company or network to observe their daily tasks, challenges, and decision-making process.

Network and connect with Project Management professionals.

Consider relevant certifications: such as Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) or Project Management Professional (PMP) can demonstrate your commitment to the field and enhance your resume.

Focus on industry-specific knowledge: If you have experience in a specific industry, research common project management methodologies and challenges within that sector.

Graduation Requirements

   

Complete all program related prerequisite courses.

Complete all program assignments, exercises, and courses.

Complete all assigned program projects.

Complete program mentored experiences.

Prepare for and complete program/job related professional certification exams.

Complete all program related job readiness assignments.

 

 

Program Description

Course Hours Skills
Elicitating, Planning, Analyzing, and Collaborating Requirements 24

Elicit and develop stakeholder requirements right the first time, allowing for repeatable measurable actions which can be tracked, traced, and reported.

Structure conversations to elicit needs, build and manage requirements for maximum benefit.

Determine what criteria a solution needs to meet to satisfy the stakeholders needs.

Understand the REPAC framework in depth: its focus, perspective, depth, paradigms, classifications, forms, and functions.

Learn from a running case study taken from a real-world project that used the REPAC method.

Agile Principles, Practices and Frameworks 24

Agile Principles & Mindset

Agile Methodologies

Value Driven Delivery

Agile Leadership

Establishing a Shared Vision

Critical Interpersonal Skills

High Performing Teams

Developing Teams

Adaptive Planning

Estimating

Planning Releases and Iterations

Continuous Improvement

Introduction to Disciplined Agile, DAD, and DASM 16

Choose Your Way of Working (WoW)

8 Principles, 7 Promises, and 8 Guidelines

Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD)

People Focus: Roles, Rights, Responsibilities

Process Goals and Choices

Choosing the Right Lifecycle

Disciplined Success

Professional Scrum Master (PSM-1) Certification 16

Scrum Definition

Scrum Theory

Scrum Values

Scrum Team

Scrum Events

Scrum Artifacts

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) OR Project Management Professional (PMP) 40

Domain I-People

Domain II-Process

Domain III Business Environment

Total hours 120  

Milestones (Credentials)

Disciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM)

Professional Scrum Master (PSM-1) Certification

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) OR Project Management Professional (PMP)

JOB ROLE

13-1082.00 Project Management Specialists