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Competency model for the project managers of technical projects
Author(s): William R. Duncan
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Paper Abstract

Traditional job description techniques were developed to support compensation decisions for hourly wage earners in a manufacturing environment. Their resultant focus on activities performed on the job works well in this environment where the ability to perform the activity adequately is objectively verifiable by testing and observation. Although many organizations have adapted these techniques for salaried employees and service environments, the focus on activities performed has never been satisfactory. For example, stating that a project manager `prepares regular project status reports' tells us little about what to look for in a potential project manager or how to determine if a practicing project manager is ready for additional responsibilities. The concept of a `competency model' has been developed within the last decade to address this shortcoming. Competency models focus on what skills are needed to perform the tasks defined by the job description. For example, a project manager must be able to communicate well both orally and in writing in order to `prepare regular project status reports.'

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 1992
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1617, International Competitiveness and Business Techniques in Advanced Optics and Imaging, (12 May 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.58926
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William R. Duncan, Duncan Associates (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1617:
International Competitiveness and Business Techniques in Advanced Optics and Imaging
Ernest Sternberg; Allen J. Krisiloff; Roland R. Schindler, Editor(s)

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