Practical tips for PM – 20; How are you different?

In his book ‘High performance entrepreneur’ Subroto Bagchi talks about six areas in which a company should differentiate their service, product from the already existing competitors. The six areas are 1. Domain 2. Tools 3.Methodology 4.quality 5.Innovation and 6.Branding.

I feel that every Project Manager can differentiate themselves in these 6 areas.

Let me elaborate.

1. Domain – Though PM principles, tools and techniques are supposed to be similar across domain as per PMBoK, a software project manager does things very differently than a PM in infra domain. Some tools like work authorization and critical path may be used extensively in infra projects whereas scheduling tools like MS Project, QC tools like peer reviews and HR tools like team building may be better used in software projects. So know how PM tools can be put to best use in your domain.

2. Learn more about PM tools – Get PMP certified. Use tools prescribed in PMBoK for real projects and you may be surprised. Of course, there is a lot more than what is in PMBoK about project management. Learn ‘Failure Mode Effect Analysis’ and see if can help fix the failures with your knowledge of PM tools. Document it as a six sigma project and tell the whole organization.

3. Methodology – Methodology may sound like the boring part. But methodology is not about documentation for audit. It is the finesse that comes through experience. The discipline you bring to the daily work, which should become a best practice and benchmark for your team.

4. Quality – The focus you show in satisfying your client, senior manager and even the team. Signature your plans and communication with excellence. They should become showcase-able  process asset for the organization.

5. Innovation – Innovation is about how you tailor the existing templates and processes and deliver great value to the stakeholders. Keep a goal of at least one innovation a week for your team. Encourage  team leads to share ideas and allow them to experiment.

6. Branding – You do all this, you name becomes a brand. People see that they can get more value from you. The word spreads and you get manage higher responsibilities. More talented people want to join your team. The clients ask for you to manage their projects.

If you put these six horses in your career chariot, they will take you places.

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Ganapathy Subramanian, Founder and CEO of MS Academy has a B.E degree from CEG Anna University. After 20 years in IT industry, he left a senior management position to pursue and lead his dream project - Management Scholars Academy. In his successful IT career, Ganapathy has been VP-HR at Polaris FT Ltd and Director-Projects at CSC India Pvt Ltd. He has designed, developed, and deployed many innovative leadership training programs, PM competency diagnostics frameworks, and performance management systems for project managers. These programs helped the corporates build PM competency and excel in project management practices. Ganapathy has traveled extensively in the US, UK, Japan and Singapore as a consultant for AT&T, Lucent, Citibank, CSC, Unilever and Visa. Ganapathy has been a mentor to many project managers in CSC, Polaris and now to hundreds of PMs through MS Academy. He has coached many PMs to appear and get the PMP certification. The reason MS Academy's PMP training program has become so popular so quickly is that the trainers give personal time and attention during and after the boot camp and guide the PMP aspirants step by step towards their goal. Please visit or contact for further details.


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