Peter Bryan is a Certified Project Manager. Received his certificate from the management certification organization

Mr. Brian was so nice to answer our questions. We asked him about his motivation to become а certified project manager.

Why did you choose to become a Certified Project Manager?

Many endeavors in life are projects that go through stages such as planning, managing, finalizing, etc. Knowing the various project management methodologies/concepts/theories/best practices/tools and completing them would help me both in my professional and personal life. Therefore, I would like to complete a project management course.

Which project management certification did you choose and why?

I chose the BVOP Certified Project Management (BVOPM) certification because it combines Agile and Waterfall processes. BVOPs have borrowed many Scrum practices and extended them. That is why the BVOP training is, in my opinion, recommended for every modern professional.

How did you find out about the BVOP Certified Project Manager program?

I read many articles. Titles like “Best Project Management Certifications and Courses” always caught my eye. I read them all. I learned important details from the reviews. I looked for real comments from professionals.

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What qualities of yours will benefit you as a certified project manager?

I try to be a perfectionist in my work and I am oriented toward achieving a final result that is as good as possible. At the end of the day, the customer for whom I am launching the given project must be satisfied to want to buy/use the product or service I offer again. Happy customers will bring more customers. The greater the number of customers, the more successful any business would be.

What negatives of yours will prevent you from being a certified project manager?

Perfectionism, apart from being a plus, can also be considered a quality/skill that gets in the way. Because nothing is perfect in this world. There are no perfect people, and therefore there is no way that something that an imperfect person wants to do can be done perfectly. Rather, it would be good to strive to meet certain quality criteria that, if met, would satisfy the client for whom I started the particular project. Something that would prevent me from being motivated to do a good job on a project would be doing activities that I perceive as uninteresting, boring, and/or pointless.

A possible action plan to change the qualities/skills that would prevent me from doing my job well:

The plan to eliminate perfectionism as a negative quality/skill in project management would be to set my calendar (or project management software) to pop up notifications at certain intervals that are just for me and remind me, that there are no perfect people and perfectionism is a chimera. In practical terms, these notifications can remind me to optimize resources, deadlines, and materials at each specific step of the implementation of a given project. Maybe this way I will become less of a perfectionist and look more realistically at project management in general.

As a certified project manager, how would you present yourself to your manager?

We already know each other, but I still think it’s important to talk about our relationship and work on the project.
I am highly motivated and I know that together we will present ourselves in our best light. I know how to look at different angles and offer good solutions.

As you know, I have prepared a project life cycle and we should go step by step following it. We will review all the points we will be working on and clarify any ambiguities. If you have any questions about the work process and anything related to the project, I would be happy to discuss them. I will help with everything in my competence.

For me, we must talk to each other without misunderstandings, so that the work goes smoothly and smoothly. I will organize regular meetings every first Monday of the month where we will discuss everything in detail. I will not interfere with your work, you are competent. If necessary, contact me for advice or consultation. I’ll be happy to help, I’m always here.

It is important to meet the stipulated deadlines, so if there is a problem or limitation, please let me know, and I will also let you know if it will interfere with your work in any way.

Give an example of a hierarchical structure of a PMO (Project Management Office)

Program Manager – Liam James. In his capacity as Global Director of Procurement, he can oversee both the program execution of my project and the projects of my colleagues.

Project Sponsor – Samantha Cooper. As a senior marketing manager, she has the necessary knowledge and qualities to determine the financial parameters of the project in its various stages. Another option would be Petya Kostova, who in her capacity as product director has the range of knowledge and capabilities to perform these functions.

Project Director – Paula Brown, being a senior project manager, can be the head of the project I’m working on and report to her about the achieved milestones and progress against our target dates.

Steering Committee – Chris Johnson, Liam James, and Barbara James. The first two are the people who deal with the strategic development of the project and have a more general vision of how it contributes to the overall development of the company. They can prioritize mine or another project based on what they think is best for the development of the company at the moment. Chris Johnson would also be of great help if problems with missing resources in certain areas are discovered during the project.

Regarding my relationship with the positions listed:

Functional Manager – I will report on the relationships between the teams and ask for assistance on more complex cases.
Program Manager – I will have the responsibility of keeping him informed of the progress of the project.
Project Sponsor – I will make regular reports on project costs.
Project Director – I will report on the development of the individual modules, and the achievement or any delays in the individual modules.
Steering Committee – I will report at regular intervals (weekly, monthly) on the overall development and needs of the project.

One Reply to “A certified project manager talks about his ambition”

  1. Every project brings with it many unknowns that are sometimes unpredictable at the beginning. For their problem-free solution, the team must be on good terms. Otherwise, we may risk the good execution of the project. Early in my career, I was challenged to manage a project. I had to manage the process of about 10 companies under our organization. In the beginning, it was extremely difficult because there was a lack of communication between them, coordination of duties, and compliance with the work of others. So after a month of tension at work, I decided that every morning we would have a meeting with the group leaders and discuss the day’s work. So at the morning coffee, everyone got to know each other and started working in sync, and after a week we already had a significant improvement in the work process. I believe that good communication is extremely important for a successful work process, as well as for building a good reputation for the organization in which we work.

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