Talent Triangle

Discover the Talent Triangle

As the global business environment and the project management profession evolve, the Project Management Institute (PMI) adapts their credentials to promote the development of new employer-desired skills. Employers need project practitioners with leadership and business intelligence skills to support long-range strategic objectives that contribute to the bottom line.

A recently completed Role Delineation Study (RDS) provided an updated description of the project management professional role. Research included a large-scale survey of global Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification holders to validate updates to domains, tasks, knowledge and skills. The RDS captures perspectives of project management practitioners from all industries, work settings, and regions. It serves as the foundation for the PMP exam and ensures its validity and relevance.

The ideal skill set — the PMI Talent Triangle — is a combination of technical, leadership, and strategic and business management expertise. The Talent Triangle should not be confused with the well-known Iron Triangle (Time, Cost and Scope).

Technical Project Management

Technical Project Management is the knowledge, skills and behaviours related to specific domains of Project, Program and Portfolio Management. Examples are:

  • Requirements gathering techniques
  • Project controls and scheduling
  • Risk management
  • Scope management
  • Agile tools and techniques


Knowledge, skills and behaviours specific to leadership-oriented skills that help an organization achieve its business goals. Examples are:

  • Knowledge, skills and behaviours specific to motivating and guiding others
  • Ability to articulate a vision and guide or influence others to help achieve that objective
  • Negotiation, communication, motivation, problem solving, and conflict resolution

Strategic and Business Management.

Knowledge of, and expertise in, the industry or organization that enhances performance and better delivers business outcomes. Examples are:

  • Ability to connect the dots between your work and target organisational strategy to drive project outcomes
  • Understanding of overall business context
  • Product knowledge, industry knowledge,
  • Business acumen, innovation strategy alignment, market strategy alignment, differentiation strategy alignment, customer strategy alignment
  • Finance, marketing, etc.

The PMP exam changes to cover the new content on 11 January 2016.

The PMI has also updated of their Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Program to reflect the above changes. The CCR deals with the recertification of practitioners holding PMI credentials such as CAPM, PMP, PgMP, etc. The new CCR structure became effective on 1 December 2015. The CCR program will be aligned with the employer-identified skills depicted in the PMI Talent Triangle to ensure PMI certification holders are equipped to remain relevant in a continually changing business environment.

To learn more about the Talent Triangle and changing CCR requirements join ProjectPro’s next  Project Management Professional (PMP) workshop from 6-8 April 2016 at the Centurion Lake Hotel, Centurion. Register from www.projectpro.co.za or email us at training@projectpro.co.za

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