Achieving proficiency in any skill is a complex matter. It requires the right blend of innate abilities and learned concepts. But before proficiency can be achieved, self-knowledge must be attained.
Systemation offers individual and organizational assessments prior to the start of any training program to establish a baseline, define gaps in learning and highlight areas on which to focus. Post-assessments are given after each program’s completion to measure improvement, benchmark a group against peers or design a customized training program.
Systemation’s Project Management assessments are finely tuned to perform accurate and insightful diagnostics, providing the level of detail you need to achieve project and business success.
The Organizational Project Management Capability Assessment begins by evaluating an organization’s project managers using our Project Management Knowledge and Skill Assessments. Then we conduct thorough interviews with a variety of stakeholders, including a member of executive management, mid-level managers and project managers – we even speak with the clients! This 360-degree review not only indicates if a project manager is able to practice the requisite skills, it also shows how amenable and conducive the organization is to allowing the project manager to do so.
But we don’t limit our assessment to what people tell us – the proof is in the pudding. We carefully review multiple samples of project documentation, including charters, plans, status reports, change control, risks, issues, processes, standards and guidelines, and other tools, such as scheduling and timekeeping. We also evaluate the tools project managers use.
Finally, we combine all the information gathered from all sources, analyze it and prepare and present our feedback in an easily digestible but comprehensive briefing format.
Utilizing 132 multiple-choice questions derived from Project Management Institute’s (PMI) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) Fourth Edition, the main objective of the Project Management Knowledge Assessment is to evaluate a person’s knowledge of project management.
The Assessment’s report shows how the individual’s knowledge level relates to PMI’s five process groups, nine knowledge areas and general management. In addition, it compares the individual’s results to either a group of peers within their company or to all project managers within the broader project management community.
The Project Management Skill Assessment focuses on evaluating a person’s ability to perform the skills required to be an effective project manager. It uses a 360-degree evaluation format that gathers perspectives from the project manager, their supervisor, team members and clients. This assessment not only indicates if a project manager practices the requisite skills, it also shows how amenable and conducive the organization is to allowing the project manager to do so. When used in conjunction with the Project Management Knowledge Assessment, one is able to determine the root cause of why a project manager is not practicing a particular skill effectively.
After all the input is collected, a report is generated that compares the group’s views of the project manager’s skill level with the individual’s own self-perceptions. In addition, it summarizes a person’s skill level profile into PMI’s five process groups and compares it to either a group of peers within their company or to all project managers within the broader project management community.
PMBOK is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.