Project management and design projects

31 Jan 2005 - 11:04pm
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Prasant Sivadasan
2004

Hi,

Is a project management certification useful for designers? I have seen
a few project management certifications - one at CompTIA [1] and another
at PMI [2].
I'm sure all design projects require some form of project management,
but do design projects require the rigor that these certifications
offer? I haven't yet seen designer resumes that mention a project
management certification.

[1] CompTIA - http://www.comptia.org/certification/project/default.aspx
[2] PMI - http://www.pmi.org/info/default.asp

Thanks,
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Prasant Sivadasan
Interaction Designer | Sun Microsystems

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1 Feb 2005 - 3:50am
Navneet Nair
2004

On Tue, 01 Feb 2005 09:34:09 +0530, Prasant Sivadasan
<Prasant.Sivadasan at sun.com> wrote:
> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted material.]
>
> Hi,
>
> Is a project management certification useful for designers? I have seen
> a few project management certifications - one at CompTIA [1] and another
> at PMI [2].

At Digité (www.digite.com) we are in the process of building a
project/project portfolio management system and during the process
I've been required to learn a lot about Project Management as a field
and I believe it can bring a lot to how one manages design projects.

A PMI certification might be a bit too much IMHO unless it helps you
move up the career ladder or if you wish to move into Project/Program
management which is a very good option for UX people wanting to move
up to something else.

There are a lot of books on project management that should help you
though. Two books I would suggest are 'Deadline' by Tom DeMarco and
'Critical Chain' by Eli Goldratt. These are like novels and de-mystify
the whole field of PM for the lay person. Apart from that there a tons
of books on software project management including 'Mythical Man
Month', 'Antipatterns' and 'Software Project Survival Guide'

All this however does not help improve the 'quality' of design. And
though I'm still not a good project manager, but the theory does help
a bit.

There is one aspect that kept me away from project management all this
while. My typical assessment of PMs are people you like breaking down
projects into tasks and specifically tasks that have a definite due
date... (so that they can breathe down your neck when the date
approaches) This was some how contradictory to the free spirit of
design I've always believed in ;). But then our chairman once made a
statement that has struck with me.

His precise words were: "Creativity and disciple are not in conflict..."

That really helped me look at things differently...

Cheers
Navneet

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