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By john.mommersteeg ·
How important is the type of experience for a Project Manager to successfully manage a technical project, i.e. is a Technical Project Manager required to lead a technical project such as a data network assessment project? Or can an experienced Project Manager still do the job of managing a project following the PMBOK from PMI?

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by mslizny In reply to Type of Project Manager

I believe that project management is a skill that is particularized to specific fields of application. I teach Project and Project Management, and each person I teach uses the project management standards to do their particular field of work. If your background is print production, you would be using project management skills to bring books, magazines, etc. to print. I think you would need at least some technical background to be a technical project manager.

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by john.mommersteeg In reply to Type of Project Manager

Somewhat helpful.

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by eBob In reply to Type of Project Manager

If the PM has an absolutely outstanding staff and other resources, and if communications amon all players is completely open and honest, and through, then it is possible for a PM from any field to lead a project in any other field.

But the reasonwe need PMs is that those fantasy conditions don't exist. And therefore, the PM needs a reasonable amount of technical knowledge within the field being exploited in the project.

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by john.mommersteeg In reply to Type of Project Manager

Im concur with the comments.

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by RealGem In reply to Type of Project Manager

It's not the most important thing, but it's still fairly important.

But, technical experience is only important because it helps the PM understand how the project must be done. Obviously, knowing what to do is a crucial aspect of planning.

But, having a PM with technical experience is a double-edged sword. Sometimes the PM is blinded by their experience and is not open to new ideas. A PM without direct experience does not have this problem and so they allow the team members more say inthe development of the plan.

By the way, you cannot easily manage a project by "following" the PMBOK Guide. The guide is not a real methdology, although it does give some good structure. For example, the guide will recommend that you manage change, but it doesn't tell you how to do that.

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by john.mommersteeg In reply to Type of Project Manager

The first point can be managed through the risk management plan.

I concur with the second point about the PMBOK.

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by JimShep In reply to Type of Project Manager

Generally, a PM can be anyone, as a previous person said, knowledge can hurt a PM as well as be of assistance. Using PMBOK is a little like saying you used a dictionary as source of words. PMBOK is valuable but as a reference not a procedure. Technical people are needed to define your work breakdown structure and identify the resources needed. I would suggest using TechRepublic on working ideas in PM. There are two main things a PM should do, first is communications between all parties, second is more communications. A PM's best tool is being able to talk to all parties so there are no surprizes (limited at least).
Getting all parties to honestly evaluate their risks, assumptions, decisions and opportunites, is a PMs first accomplishment.
PM is the fine line between no management anmd micromanagement. Good luck !

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by john.mommersteeg In reply to Type of Project Manager

The comments all make sense and I concur.

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