Are you looking for a project management job in Cameroon? Or are you looking for a school in Cameroon that qualifies you for the PMP Certification?
Either way, read this post and thank me later.
First, I’ll tell you four things you must not say in an interview for a project management job in Cameroon for a company like SevenGPS.
Then, I’ll help you sort out the kind of virtues Seven Group’s CEO is looking for in her project managers.
Finally, I’ll show you at “number 7” why it is important to have a PMP Certification in Cameroon.
So, let’s get started!
“I’m really well organized and I can organize people...”
“I like to help people stay on schedule…”
“I’m good working with vendors…”
“I’m good at solving problems...”
Generally speaking, you might be right. But here is what Jason Dodd thinks:
... these kinds of motivations are surface level. In my experience, many people approach project management with the mentality that everyone can do it. There is some degree of truth in this, but if you’ll be good at project management, there are a lot more qualities you must develop…some traditional and some unconventional...
Horn in on this word: “genuine.”
As a project manager, the only way you’ll get people literally do things for you is to have what Jason Dodd of PM Perspective calls “goodwill currency.”
This in essence means, you must show your team that you care about them. Look at it this way. Just like you, they have a job, a family, and challenges in their lives other than your project. If you have an honest interest in their lives, the easier it will be to make them believe in your leadership.
So, if you are the kind of project manager who doesn't like interacting with people. Or who prefers to send emails rather than “go and talk to people,” SevenGPS is not the place to be. Why? Because “people” is what project management is all about.
Do politicians have a bad reputation? Maybe. Maybe not. You answer. But this is my point.
Politics here means acknowledging the fact that every human being comes to the “table” with their own set of objectives.
Again, think of it like this: everybody wants “something” from whatever project you’re working on. And that “something” depends on who that person is.
It's up to you to figure out what those objectives are. And if possible, navigate your way through these objectives so that everyone accomplishes some of their objectives throughout the project.
According to Jason Dodd, this is good politics. You need it to succeed and grow your career as a project manager. Don’t expect people to wrap their objectives and throw away because of your project.
If you stopped asking questions like a kid because Dad or Mum asked you to stop asking too many questions, it’s time to start being inquisitive again.
However, don’t ruin your reputation with stupid questions. Instead, be a healthy skeptic. That’s to say, always look for evidence to back up what your team and executives are telling you is true for your project.
So, If your boss comes to you and says: “I want you to build this scope, for this amount of money, within this timeframe.”
Be skeptical about all those three things. Why? Because generally, those three things did not come from a deep analysis. If you were skeptical and find out later that they came from a deep analysis - you still win. Take away point: don’t just do it because top management asked you to.
As a rule of thumb, don’t be very much interested in the ‘what’ and ‘when'.
So, if you find yourself always asking: what do you want me to do, and by when? Know there is important information you are always leaving on the table.
Mr. Janwouo will prefer a project manager who asks: “why do you want this and how do you think we should do it.” These are more important questions. Again, like a kid. Ask why a lot.
The military understands this best.
This is what this point boils down to: as a project manager, always consider different scenarios and possibilities for every project.
Because just as Eisenhower said, your plan is good before the start of the war. But just after the beginning of battle, your plan can change at anytime.
So don’t be worried because your organization is constantly changing things even right in the middle of projects. Here’s the truth. Things will constantly change and you’ll have little control over those changes.
In Mr. Janwouo’s eight years of experience in multinational companies, there are few if not no perfectly planned and executed projects.
Jason Dodd guarantees your plan is going to change on day-1 of execution.
In most circumstances, you’ll have to make a decision before you have all the information. This is because, you won’t have the time to wait for all the information you need to make a decision.
So, good project managers concentrate on having as much information as they can have in the meantime. Then, they make the decision. And live with the fact that they’ll not always be right.
Our project management course here at Seven Academy meets the requirements of the Project Management Institute (PMI). At the end of this course, you become a project management professional and will have all the knowledge, tools and techniques necessary to acquire PMP certification.
Moreover, PMP is recognized internationally and is a guarantee of professionalism and credibility in the world of project management. In Canada, certified people have an average salary of 21% higher than non-certified managers.
In addition to this, and with the experience of our experienced trainers, we contextualize our content to associate a practical dimension (business case) and allow the learner to better understand the general concepts.