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What is Competence?

So, on our social channels we have talked the past few weeks about self-improvement, positive change and acquiring new knowledge and skills. All of this leads us now to the matter of “competence”. What is Competence? And when is someone deemed competent? Do you need a degree to be competent? What about if you have done something 9000 times over and over…and you are then automatically competent?

There are a lot of definitions are frameworks in the world, each with its own criteria for competence, but if we keep it simple, and try to avoid the academic quagmire, competence can simplistically be defined as the combination of KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and BEHAVIOUR (or EXPERIENCE). You cannot have one or two only…you have to have all three!

Likewise, for Project Management. Just possessing the knowledge is not good enough. If you have not committed the act of Project Management, or you can’t demonstrate/show your PM abilities …knowledge is just a pack of books on a donkey’s back! Competence is all three: KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and BEHAVIOUR (or EXPERIENCE).

So have a look at PMI’s Talent Triangle and their drive towards certifying well rounded PM’s. Or read up on IPMA’s Individual Competence Baseline (ICB) , and how they assess Project Management Competence.

Where are you in all of this?

Do you possess the right and required knowledge or skills?

Are you a competent PM? And who can attest to this?

In our next video we will be building upon this discussion by talking about certification or accreditation.

Click to view our competence video

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