Of course you want to develop your career!  So it makes sense that you should be interested in developing your project management knowledge and experience; combine these together and we can talk of competency. As part of developing your career you would therefore ideally measure your competency. Having the ability to measure your competency against a benchmark would be great, but not an option for most people in many professions.  Well, this option is very much open to you!

The new APM Competency Framework, released in June 2015 does just this.  It describes APM’s new view of the competences necessary for effective project, programme, portfolio management and PMO in today’s environment. It’s been created by professionals for professionals and it provides a common reference for all organisations and individuals engaged in project activities regardless of their size, sector or geographic location.

So how does it work? There are 27 competencies that make up the full framework.  Review each competency and score yourself (be honest!) on a scale of 0 to 5 where 1 is Aware and 5 is Expert.

You are likely to score low on some competencies and this is fine. You don’t need to be an expert in everything and in fact the APM have defined a series of 14 role profiles that are available to all corporate members. For example a Programme Manager (Advanced) should score “proficient” on Conflict Management but only needs to score “aware” for Asset Allocation.

The APM have provided a handy self-assessment form where you can record your scores and even ask your manage to complete a scoring as well.  It’s important to be honest and recognise you will have gaps in knowledge and application, but that’s the point.  Knowing your areas of weakness, assuming they are relevant to your role, gives you a clear focus for improvement.

So, the fuel to developing your career is developing your competency. To develop your competency you need to benchmark. Click here to get the ball rolling.