People are getting their PMP® (Project Management Professional) certifications at a breakneck pace. This year alone, new PMPs are averaging just under 4,300 a month. You would think this would be great for the industry, having more qualified project managers engaged on projects. Instead, the question is being raised if people who should not be PMPs are in fact being certified. Are hiring managers creating an environment for those with no project management experience to game the system?
Geoff Crane sees a pattern.
- A new credential is created
- The credential is marketed, making success promises to hiring managers
- Hiring managers make the credential a requirement
- Shortage of credential-holders increases perceived value of the credential
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