Bridging the PM Competency Gap



Book Title:    Bridging The PM Competency Gap: A dynamic Approach to Improving Capability an Project Success
Author:  Loredana Abramo, PMP & Rich Maltzan, PMP
Publisher:  J. Ross Publications
List Price:  $37.95
Format:  hard cover, 294 pages
Publication Date:   July 2017       
ISBN: 978-1-60427-140-9
Reviewer: Joseph Stein, PMP
Review Date: July 2018



This book proposes options for PMO driven development plans to ensure project success by promoting personal and professional growth within the company’s body of Project Managers.  It’s the PMO’s role within an organization to establish tools, methods and aides for project model consistency, but tools alone can’t guaranty success. The authors of this book promotes the concept that project success is a by-product of technical understanding of PM related tools and techniques, leadership and strategic management of goal alignment.

Project manager’s level of competency is all too often equal to the challenges they encounter in their project environments, owing to lessons learned on the job.  With the rise of project complexities, it’s incumbent on the PMO to provide their PM team with the training and expertise to meet greater challenges.  Since not all project managers convey the same traits and experience levels, the challenge is to recognize individuals own unique needs or “competency gap”.

The writer clarifies many desirable PM competencies found useful to support organizational initiatives, build strong cohesive teams that communicate well and perform efficiently.  The author recognizes the practical concerns that face all projects which if left unchecked can erode the effectiveness of the project delivery.  The reader is introduced to a large verity of evaluation tools and techniques available to help PM’s recognize their own operating methods and how to leverage PM tools available and increased awareness of human behavior to their best advantage.

Overview of Book’s Structure

This book develops the concept of project management competencies and how to recognize, understand and overcome gaps in competency.  The “gap” in project management competency impedes our ability to manage successful project implementations.  This book describes analysis tools and models for PM talent and competency evaluation, and development training possibilities to tailor competency development programs to best fit the requirement of the audience.

This book examines PM competency factors that have a positive influence on project teams and satisfy stake-holder goals and objectives.  A comprehensive review of widely regarding self-assessment tools and feedback techniques are reviewed for practical measures across the PM talent scale for leadership, technical and strategic traits.  Baseline measurements are used to leverage strengths and augment weaker inclinations.  The product of self-assessments tools lead to recognition of competency gaps.  The authors interviewed 36 leading Project Management experts for their observation and advice of what competencies factors they find most importance and the warning signs and outcomes if missing.


This book covers problematic areas of project management concerns and makes compelling arguments for the need to help the PM achieve maturing levels of competency.  Assessment techniques are reviewed for their approaches to help identify levels of competency and provide insight for competency gap identification.


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About the Reviewer

Joseph Stein, BS, PMP

Dallas TX, USA




Joseph Stein is a PMP Certified, IT Technical Manager with CVS who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Arizona State University.  Mr. Stein has over 30 years in the technical field with expertise that includes UNIX System Administration, Oracle Database Administration, Programming and Computer application development over a wide range of industries including Manufacturing, Telecommunications and Health services.  Mr. Stein has been PMP certified since 2016 and plays an active role in the project management process bridging enterprise information technologies.


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