Bridging the PM Competency Gap


Book Title: Bridging the PM Competency Gap: A Dynamic Approach to Improving Capability and Project Success
Author: Loredana Abramo, PMP and Rich Maltzman, PMP
Publisher: J. Ross Publishing
List Price: $37.95
Format: 263 pages, hard cover
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 978-1-60427-140-9
Reviewer: Lawrence Reid, PMP
Review Date: 03/2018



“Every project is about a gap.” A gap is the difference between the status quo and the desired outcome. Bridging the PM Competency Gap by Loredana Abramo, PMP, and Rich Maltzman, PMP, is a book about identifying and fulfilling training opportunities in project management.

“A project manager’s level of competency is often not equal to the new and dynamic challenges encountered in his/her profession.”

For example, I was the administrator of a windows-based Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tool. When the time came to move it to the web base format, additional training was required.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The chapters of Bridging the PM Competency Gap are well-organized to walk the reader through the process of developing a continuous learning plan.

  • Chapter 1 Problem Statement: In Other Words, The Gap
  • Chapter 2 Wanted: Bespoke Strategic Approach
  • Chapter 3 Know Thy Audience
  • Chapter 4 Options
  • Chapter 5 Planning Your Bridges
  • Chapter 6 Time to Deliver!
  • Chapter 7 Indicators of Success – How Do You Know if Your Bridge Is Built and Working?
  • Chapter 8 The Feedback Loop and Improving the Bridge
  • Chapter 9 Leveraging Expert Judgment
  • Appendix 1 Select References and Useful Links
  • Appendix 2 A Competency Survey of 250 Project Managers
  • Appendix 3 Details of the 4-D Approach Applied to PM Competency
  • Appendix 4 Case Study: Philips Excellence Project Management


Continuous learning is required to remain relevant in today’s rapidly-changing world. Bridging the PM Competency Gap provides a roadmap to develop a continuous learning environment (CLE). The publisher, J. Ross Publishing, provides additional free Web Added Value™ materials for download from their website at www.jrosspub.com.

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About the Reviewer

Lawrence Reid, PMP

Bedford, Texas


Lawrence Reid
, PMP is a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) specialist with extensive experience in project management, needs analysis, implementation, customization, and integration for companies in the aerospace, financial services, manufacturing, and medical industries. Lawrence has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and has obtained the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. He is a member of the Dallas and the Fort Worth chapters of the Project Management Institute.


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