Project Management

#1
Quick question regarding the usefulness of a project management qualification.


Basically, I've had a couple of interviews recently, and each time I'd been questioned about how I would tackle running a project - asking me about the organisation aspects mainly. Now perhaps I am being self-conscious, but I wonder if this because I'm coming across as disorganised during the interviews.


My current level is recent PhD grad (although I have publications etc) and these interviews were for applied/business positions (so they could also be stereotyping me).


I am starting a job in a couple of weeks (within academia) as a research project support officer (I think this is the academic equivalent of assistant project manager - but additionally I'll also be supplying technical skills), and I'm considering if it's worth also doing a project management qualification alongside this role.


Would this be seen as an asset (within industry) with the PhD?
 
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#3
Thought project management was something to do with Prince(2) or Risk ?
I thought it was about the ideal way of running projects, such dealing with outside agencies, breaking things down etc?

Perhaps I'm completely off the mark, but I thought it might be another good way of demonstrating organisational skills if I do decide to try and make it in industry (as I know people have preconceptions about distractible professors etc).
 
#4
Project Management, IF employed correctly, pulls together all resources (people, money, materials, etc) and produces an end result within a given timeframe.

PRINCE2 is but one of many methodologies employed in project management: Critical Chain, Process Based, Agile, etc are others.

I have seen many careers fulfilled by people being very adept with the discipline: conversely, I have seen others crash and burn, resulting in many casualties.

My advice is to avoid it as you would a ginger-haired Welsh stepchild.
 
#5
PRINCE2, fully implemented, is a fantastic tool for finding out how much trouble your project is in, eventually. There are many approaches - a drastically slimmed-down, trimmed-down PRINCE2 approach is pretty good, it'll at least cover all the bases and introduce some of the right concepts.

A crusty old PM will tell you that the right approach ensures that all parties have skin in the game and a direct interest in the project's success and good reason not to want it to fail.
 
#6
Interestingly, I've just searched LinkedIn for Prince2 and PhD and it seems it's not such an uncommon combination.

Even though I suspect running a research project is probably slightly different to running a business project, there is some overlap - in terms of deadlines, stakeholders, different agencies etc.

Also thanks for the replies so far - I am finding this useful (especially as my career to date is eight years mob (unprompted) and then ten years in education (although the PhD was paid/salaried).
 
#7
I work in a large organisation and interact daily with project managers. I asked about Prince2 with some of them as it seems to be a favourite seller for a few training companies trying to grab some ELC claims. Of the ones who had heard of it, non of them had it as, as has already been said, its a tool of which there are many. Demonstrable organisational skills, communication and product knowledge seemed to be the main area of focus. Can delve a bit deeper if required
 

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