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Career Development

Career development isn't something that happens to us, it's something we create. These templates, guidelines, and worksheets will help you take an active role in your career development by understanding and cultivating the skills you need to get ahead. For managers, we've also included a collection of resources for developing in-house skills in your project management group. You'll find additional resources on our Career Know-How page, and you may want to check out our templates for leadership skills as well.

Developing Project Skills and Experience
  • 25 Project Management Terms Defined
    Are you unsure of terms like "sunk costs" and acronyms like RACI? This excerpt from the Dictionary of Project Management Terms, (3rd ed.) defines 25 terms from common PM-centric lingo, so you can be sure everyone is speaking the same language.
  • Project Team Leader Description – Roles & Responsibilities
    A list of the responsibilities of a project manager or team leader.
  • Project Manager Development Profile
    A one-page form allowing comprehensive assessment and development planning for individual project managers across categories such as management skills, career ambition, and short- and long-term growth potential. Appropriate as an individual coaching/assessment tool as well as a guideline for personnel growth and assignments.
  • Project Manager Assessment Tool
    Placing staff into project manager roles can be the most difficult task associated with launching a PMO if it relies heavily upon subjective or cursory assessments of project management capabilities. This assessment reduces some of that subjectivity using detailed questions about the skills and experience required to perform the PM's past and current work: education, project experience, tool familiarity, people management abilities, and more.
  • Leadership and the Project Lifecycle
    A table showing the evolution of leadership responsibilities during the different phases of a project. This table can be used as a guide for selecting people with the right leadership and management attributes to lead projects, and it can be used to educate new project managers on how their role is influenced by the activities of each project phase.
  • Priorities, Goals, and Actions Alignment Worksheet
    Capture critical personal goals, prioritize them, and develop personal action plans aligned with those priorities.
  • Ways to Gain PM Skills and Experience
    Pointers and suggestions for accelerating the development of skills and experience you need to expand your project management career options.
Tools for the Soft Stuff
  • Speaking Up – How to Make Your Case
    Speaking up is a key leadership skill, whether or not you're officially the team leader. This guideline can help you make your case more effectively when you see ways your team could improve the project or work together better.
  • Personal Time Management Assessment Log
    A form you can use to record where your time is going each day, analyze your use of time to look for ways to get more effective, and eventually get rid of impacts to your project and your sanity from having to spend valuable time on the wrong (or not best) things!
  • Preventing & Solving Meeting Disruptions
    Suggestions for handling those "impossible" people who continually disrupt, derail, and detract from meetings.
  • Guidelines – Personality Types Impact on Team Interactions
    A guideline explaining how an understanding of the "personality types" of your team members can be useful for avoiding conflict and promoting effective collaboration among your team members, who may differ in the way they perceive and organize information, communicate, and make decisions.
Developing Groups of Project Managers
  • Project Manager Development Profile
    A one-page form allowing comprehensive assessment and development planning for individual project managers across categories such as management skills, career ambition, and short- and long-term growth potential. Appropriate as an individual coaching/assessment tool as well as a guideline for personnel growth and assignments.
  • Project Manager Support Survey
    A short survey form for determining what training and support your Project Managers feel they, their team members, and related functional managers need.
  • Project Support Group Survey and Results
    This template provides a survey approach for use by a new or proposed "Project Support Group." Such a group is formed in some organizations to support all its project managers, especially newer project managers who may need training, mentoring, or coaching.
  • PM Coaching Guidelines
    Ideas for setting up and carrying out a coaching arrangement, where a more experienced project manager coaches a less experienced PM during a project.
  • Project Coaching Check-in Calendar and Worksheet
    One of the best ways to help your project managers, especially newer ones, is to have colleagues provide advice and assistance throughout their projects.
  • PM Support Website Requirements Checklist
    A requirements list and prioritization template created by a company planning an internal website to support its project managers and teams.
  • Association High-Level Plan for PM Training Program
    A project management and leadership training program for a number of different "customers" of a professional association.
  • Project Manager & Team Member Performance Appraisals
    Process and forms for promoting recognition of project performance as part of someone's normal yearly performance appraisal. This template addresses both individual team members and project leaders.
  • Project Team Rewards and Recognition Guideline
    Project work is serious, but it shouldn't be drudgery. Remember to include team rewards, recognition, celebration, and general hoopla in your project planning. This guideline provides ideas, suggestions, and a detailed example from one team's reward-planning activities.
  • PMP® Exam Study Group Guidelines
    Guidelines for establishing and running a study group of project managers who are preparing to take the Project Management Institute (PMI) certification exam to become a Project Management Professional (PMP®).
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