Success stories and testimonials from Project and Programme managers can be hard to find, because often, their companies and organizations don’t want their secret to get out. For many, their IPMA-certified professionals are their competitive advantage, or their political strength.
Of course, PM-related certification needs to correlate to organisation success for there to be testimonials in the first place, and that is another way that IPMA’s and our Member Associations have an advantage, with our 4-L-C, Four-Level Competence-based certification system.
Our Member Associations in the Scandinavian countries, including Denmark, Norway and Sweden, have shared just a few of their testimonials with you, and we offer them below. The names of the speakers and their organisations are omitted (see AAA, BBB, etc, below), to protect their privacy, but they are available from the respective Member Associations. Thank you to these speakers, and their Member Associations!
Denmark; Project Development Manager
AAA established several years ago an extensive project manager training. The organisation had for some time been a member of the Association of Danish Project Management which inspired to go for the IPMA Certification – also as a carrot for the participants – as a formal termination of the training processes. Today we have approx. 100 certified project managers. It was a new way of thinking to aim at something with value elsewhere than in our own organisation, AAA. But, in spite of the fact that the IPMA Certificate can be used elsewhere only a few persons have used it as a lever for employment elsewhere.
Denmark; Vice President, Human Resources
BBB employs the best project managers in the building and construction sector in Denmark. A specific focus on project managers has lead to the establishment of the BBB Project Academy, which includes training targeted at the upper levels of the IPMA Certification. The IPMA Certification ensures, along with comprehensive ISO Certification, that BBB can document the organisations project handling as well the competences of the individual project manager in relation to costumers and cooperating partners. Internally, the certification process provides at better starting point for the professional development of project management. Furthermore, the focus areas of the certification provide a common frame of reference, which promotes the professional project management dialogue in the organisation.
Norway; Project Manager
After many years as professional PM and department manager for other PMs I started looking for a way to check, refine and document my own and my colleagues PM competence. Studying the different alternatives for certification I decided to go for IPMA certification. The IPMA certification process forces you to dig into your own experiences and “best practices” and to confront that with a well acknowledged PM model. The certification process is a sort of personal “SWOT-analysis” which pinpoints your own PM-characteristics and gives you feedback for enhancements. After my own certification, our company uses certification as an important part of each PMs development and career plan. Certification of PMs is also important when we approach the markets with our ability to deliver projects.
Sweden; Consultant Manager
CCC is one of Sweden’s oldest and largest consultancy companies within the industry sector. We have so far 30 project managers certified at different levels and we will continue to certify our consultants. To us as a consultancy company it’s important to show that our project managers are certified, it means safety to our customers! To us as a company it’s also important to offer a career path for our employees and the certification gives them an opportunity to grow and develop within the profession. Personally I am fond of the way the IPMA certification assesses the behavioural competencies of the project manager.