INDUSTRY REPORT PREPARES PROJECT MANAGERS FOR THE CHALLENGES OF TOMORROW

Future project leaders will need to broaden their skills in the coming years as the digital transformation of the business world continues to sweep through every industry in every part of the globe.

Those are among the findings in the 2018 Pulse Of The Profession® report from the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. The report highlights feedback and insights from 4,455 project management practitioners, 447 senior executives and 800 project management office (PMO) directors. Those surveyed come from a wide variety of industries and locations.

PMI focuses on future trends because, as the report notes, organizations “need to look – and think – forward.” It’s an issue in the business world that looms large as technology continues to disrupt virtually every industry.

One projection rings the loudest: more people educated in project management and process improvement methodologies such as Six Sigma will be needed. PMI projects that about 88 million people will be needed for project management-related work by 2027 around the world.

PMI points to the following three major trends that will arise in project management in the coming years.

 

Formal Approaches

Organizations continue to use a variety of approaches to project management, including predictive, Agile methodology or some type of hybrid. PMI expects that to continue in 2018 and beyond but said the main issue that businesses need is a formal approach in place.

Businesses that use a formal methodology on projects reached their goals 73% of the time, PMI’s report found. Of those surveyed who used a formal approach, 63% came in within budget and 59% met deadlines.

Broadening Skills

A more complex business environment is expected to continue to drive project managers to hone their skills in a variety of process improvement strategies, including that of Lean and Six Sigma. Both methodologies, which focus on reducing waste and process variance, provide strategies that work well in collaboration with project management.

According to the report, performance improvement will continue to be a key metric as project managers focus on keeping relevant with their skills and keeping organizations competitive.

Part of this is driven by the expanding role of project managers, Business leaders surveyed by PMI said project managers now are expected to serve as a strategic advisor, innovator and communicator. All these roles tie into making operations more efficient and nimble, the primary goal of process improvement methodologies such as Lean and Six Sigma.

Disruption

For decades, organizations have simply reacted to disruption. In the case of some industries, it wasn’t a particularly quick reaction (newspapers, for example). But PMI projects that going forward, project managers will be asked to take advantage of coming transformations brought on by technology.

That will require having expertise in the data-driven world. About 25% of those surveyed by PMI reported that the most needed skill for project managers is the ability to learn and apply technology to projects. That ranked above communication, leadership and adaptability.

Not doing so could have dire consequences for companies. A project manager at a multi-national aerospace company told PMI that project managers “cannot apply the same mindset we used to have.” Another said project managers now must take on the role of providing insights and helping develop strategy by leveraging data analysis.

As project managers expand their responsibilities within organizations and acquire more knowledge in process improvement and technology, they will continue to play a key role in driving businesses to achieve goals.

NO SURPRISE: MANY IN-DEMAND JOBS RELATED TO SIX SIGMA

In a list that will surprise few people who work with Six Sigma, many of the best jobs in the United States recently ranked by Indeed are related to the process improvement methodology.

And even those that are not directly tied to Lean or Six Sigma jobs are still in industries where the methodology is increasingly put into play to make operations more efficient.

Indeed, the online jobs website, looked at two main factors in ranking the best jobs of 2018. The first is salary. They only considered jobs with a baseline salary of at least $75,000. The second factor was the rate of increase in the number of job openings in the profession as posted on Indeed since 2014.

The list includes the following.

Project Manager

Project manager sits atop the list, with an average base salary of $81,023. There has been a staggering 277% growth rate in job listings for project managers since 2014. That’s no surprise, given the recent report from the Project Management Institute indicating a rising, global demand for project managers as well as increased salaries.

That salary increase proved especially significant for those with certification in process improvement methodologies such as Lean, Six Sigma or Lean Six Sigma.

Preconstruction Manager

As with everything in the construction business, there are ties with project management and process improvement methodologies. Six Sigma often is used in industries such as construction that are customer-focused, such as in this recent example.

Preconstruction managers are project managers who oversee a project from design to implementation. They ensure a project meets all the client’s requirements. They earn an average base salary of $95,337, according to Indeed. There has been a 126% increase in the number of job listings for preconstruction managers since 2014.

Data Scientist

What does this have to do with Six Sigma? Essentially, the typical uses of data science are the same approaches used in process improvement. You could argue that data science is essentially a new extension of process improvement. Processes are defined and measured, improvements are developed and changes implemented, and the results are measured to determine the level of success (or not). That’s much like the process used in data-driven Six Sigma and Lean. Many have made that connection.

Data scientists make a base salary of $132,915, according to Indeed. The number of job listings have increased 106% since 2014.

Agile Coach

Agile is a process improvement methodology developed in the software industry. The goal is to get quality products to consumers as quickly as possible. The focus is on cutting the waste of project development. That’s the same focus as Lean. Some case studies have argued that the two can work together to make even more improvements to a process.

Agile coaches are in high demand, particularly in the highly competitive software industry. They make a base salary of $120,142. The number of job postings for agile coaches has increased 113%.

Healthcare Industry And Six Sigma

Many of the industries that include the fastest growing jobs, such as software and construction, are heavy into project management and the implementation of process improvement strategies such as Lean and Six Sigma.

Another is healthcare. An aging U.S. population is driving massive growth in healthcare and, therefore, some of the fastest growing jobs are in healthcare. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that healthcare is expected to add four million jobs by 2026.

Project managers and Six Sigma-trained professionals are increasingly in demand in healthcare. Part of the reason is the need for a change of culture in an industry that, up until recent years, had operated in much the same way for decades. Also, the implementation of new technology has driven the need for process improvement professionals.

In some cases, hospitals have trained the entire staff as Six Sigma Yellow Belts. Others are putting Lean and Six Sigma to use in optimizing supply chains and in leveraging Big Data.

Training in Six Sigma can prove beneficial to anyone who works in the above jobs or within these specific industries. As competition increases and awareness of process improvement strategy grows, expect certification in Lean and Six Sigma to become more popular than ever.

AGM – AO – EVO Operations

Key accountabilities and decision ownership
Ensuresregular monitoring of regular processes and day to day jobs execution for smooth running of all services in the ERP/ SAP domain, Monitor system performance & maintenance – reflect through incidents trend.
Assures proper tracking and reporting of ERP/ SAP system related measurements including system health reports, outage reports, L1, L2, predictive analysis, and management/ operating summaries.
Active participation in operations strategy &implementation driving quality and efficiency including best practices & metrics for system operations. Adapt to future technologies and requirements like S/ 4 HANA, Successfactors, merger requirements, Cloud etc.
Ability to grasp, define, and implement artificial intelligence and machine learning into tools which will be used by staff to proactively maintain system stability. Leverage AI, automation capabilities and plan shift left to improve resource utilization.
Should be able to facilitate and engage in deep leveltroubleshooting, provide direction, perform RCA, defect fix, support customization and configuration.

Core competencies, knowledge and experience
08 to 12 years experience in Operations with at least 4 years as Operations Manager in ERP/ SAP environment preferably intelecom domain.
Strong experience in SAP/ ERP domain with good exposureto modules like ABAP, Basis, CBM, FIN, SCM, HR, CRM, SRM etc.
ITIL & DevOps Certified.
PMP/ Prince 2 desired.

Key performance indicators [max 3]:

System stability and performance improvement reflecting inSLAs/ KPIs

Automation and Process Improvement with AI capabilities to ensure efficient and stable systems.

Cost reduction using various levers like technology, process, functions etc

Salary: Not Disclosed by Recruiter
Industry: Telecom/ ISP
Functional Area: IT Software – Other
Role Category: Admin/Maintenance/Security/Datawarehousing
Role: System Administrator
Employment Type: Permanent Job, Full Time
Keyskills: ABAP, CRM,Automation, SCM, PMP, ServiceMonitoring, Machine learningTools, Prince2.

Prince 2 / PMP JOB- Deputy Manager

The Project Manager is responsible for executing all aspects of diverse, complex projects across an international matrix environment of teams from Group Technology and worldwide OpCos. The Project Manager has accountability for ensuring on – time and on – budget delivery of new and enhanced products that meet expectations.
All aspects of ProjectManagement including scope definition, detailed project planning, financial management, building and managing international matrix teams and stakeholder management.
Ensure adherence to the governance process. Able to demonstrate best practicein all aspects of project management.
Accurate progress reporting and issue/ risk management with timely and effective escalation

Engagement and management of numerous external third parties alongside internal matrix team

Accountabilities
Delivery of all projects to time, quality and cost, while delivering the capability to realise the benefits as stated in the business case.
Identify project stakeholders, engage stakeholders at project start, and hold regular stakeholder meetings, progress review meetings and closure meetings.
Working across the organisation to ensure all the deliverables are understood and commitment is gained from resource managers.
Matrix management of all assigned resource across company including 3rd parties as appropriate.
Competencies:
A good knowledge of voice and data networks.
A good knowledge of OSS and business process re – engineering.
Comprehensive understanding of project & programme management lifecycles.
KPIs
95% of projects to be delivered on time
95% of projects to be delivered withinbudget and scope
Quality and accurate reporting of all projects managed
None

Salary: Not Disclosed by Recruiter
Industry: Telecom/ ISP
Functional Area: Site Engineering, Project Management
Role Category: Project Management
Role: Project Manager-IT/Software
Employment Type: Permanent Job, Full Time
Keyskills: Project management, Change management, Risk management, PMP, Project planning, Product management, Stakeholder management, Prince2, closure, Business case.

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“I don’t work in manufacturing.”

Those five words have been used, again and again, to decry the usefulness and application of the Six Sigma methodology.

Sure, Six Sigma was created and perfected in a manufacturing environment. But it’s a process improvement methodology. We’ve looked around, and we haven’t yet found an industry that isn’t absolutely reliant on processes.

Everything is a process. The way paperwork is filed. The way teams are assembled. The way inventory is shipped.

That’s why Six Sigma is industry agnostic. It doesn’t matter where you work or what you do – if there’s a need for management, then that means there’s a process. And if there’s a process, then Six Sigma can help make it more efficient.

So why don’t more managers – or executives, or entrepreneurs – pursue a Six Sigma certification? It might be because they see their jobs as soft skills-oriented instead of process-oriented.

But why not excel at both?

Six Sigma and Soft Skills

This isn’t a secret. The best project managers are those people with exceptional soft skills and technical skills. According to the Project Management Institute’s Pulse of the Profession Report, almost one-third of employees surveyed felt like great project managers needed both.

But, like anything, developing soft skills is a process. That’s what Six Sigma does best.

DMEDI is a process improvement tool that you can use, right now, to start down the path toward better communication, conflict resolution, and more.

  • You first have to Define your goal. Let’s say your goal is “be friendlier.”
  • How can you Measure that goal? If you’re trying to be friendlier, you can measure something like the number of casual conversations you engage in daily, or how often people laugh when they’re around you.
  • Then you Explore all the options that might help you realize your goal – smiling more, asking people how their day is going, offering compliments, etc.
  • Next up, Develop a plan. Set up a system to help you follow through with your new behavior.
  • Finally, Implement the plan. Test it to make sure it’s working, by using the measurement you created earlier.

It sounds rote and robotic – but it works. Almost everything in life is a process, and with some careful analysis, every process can be tweaked and improved to get the results you’re looking for.

Even soft skills.

The Benefits of Six Sigma Certification

The pros of Six Sigma certification far outweigh the cons. It’s a shift in mindset, and managers of all types can benefit tremendously from any level of Six Sigma training.

The Green Belt is the most basic form of Six Sigma certification, and it is perfect for those managers or individual contributors who spend a lot of their time gathering and analyzing data.

The Black Belt is the ideal certification for individuals who consistently lead project teams and act as mentors to others. It builds on the data-focused management of the Green Belt and incorporates leadership skills like time management and decision-making.

The Master Black Belt is the highest Six Sigma certification, and it’s best suited for managers who fill an executive role, or act as a liaison with upper management. These practitioners are able to teach Six Sigma principles to both project teams and corporate executives.

Which certification is right for you?

If you manage others, you can’t go wrong with any of them.

CERTIFICATION HAS BIG IMPACT ON PROJECT MANAGEMENT SALARIES, ACCORDING TO 2018 PMI SALARY SURVEY

At some point in the last decade, employers around the world turned the corner when it came to project management. The time when project managers were a luxury and not a necessity seems a distant memory.

A new salary survey of those working in project in management reflects the emphasis organizations – private, nonprofit and governmental – have put on project management.

A large majority – 70%  – of project management professionals surveyed in the 2018 Project Management Salary Survey conducted by the Project Management Institute (PMI) reported an increase in salary the previous 12 months.

The survey also shows the impact of earning Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification. PMP®-certified project managers reported salaries that were, on average, 23% higher than those without PMP® certification across the 37 countries included in the survey.

Higher Salary Potential

To gather information on current salary levels in project management, PMI® surveyed 33,000 project management workers around the world. While 37 countries are included, about a third of all respondents work in the United States.

PMI segmented project management workers into eight different job descriptions, ranging from entry-level positions to senior executives in project management. They also asked respondents to report their education level, industry, size of company and whether they had earned PMP® certification.

With all figures expressed in U.S. dollars based on current exchange rates, the 10 countries with the highest median salary for project management professionals are:

  • Switzerland – $130,966
  • United States – $112,000
  • Australia – $108,593
  • Germany – $88,449
  • Netherlands – $86,292
  • United Arab Emirates – $84,930
  • New Zealand – $84,480
  • Qatar – $82,314
  • United Kingdom – $81,227
  • Belgium – $78,035

In the United States, only 22% of project management professionals reported that they their salaries remained the same or decreased (just 3% decreased). The other 78% saw gains, with 29% reporting an increase between 1% and 2.9% and 18% reporting gains of 3% to 3.9%.

Salaries varied widely by position. At the top end are those working as the director of a project management office. They earned a median salary of $141,000. For those at the project manager level, salaries were segmented into three tiers: project manager I ($87,426); project manager II ($96,500) and project manager III ($110,000).

Certification Impact

Across all job descriptions and in almost all countries, having PMP® certification corresponded with a higher salary. The lone exception in all the 37 countries surveyed was China.

PMP® holders also reported that, as expected, years of experience led to higher pay. But they also reported having higher median salaries with PMP® certification across all years of experience.

In the U.S. alone, the median salary for PMP® holders was 25% more than those without. In South Africa, the difference was a staggering 58%.

The importance of certification is shown in those findings. And that’s important to know for those who work in project management as both demand and competition ramps up in the profession.

How big is the demand for skilled project management professionals? Over the next decade, organizations will need 88 million people to work in project management roles, the study found.

Or, to look at it another way, the 2017 Project Management Job Growth and Skills Gap report found that 2.2 million new project-oriented employees will be needed each year through 2027.

GLOBAL DEMAND, EXPERIENCE DRIVE SALARY INCREASES FOR PROJECT MANAGERS

For those interested in a career that can take them anywhere around the world, project management might provide the answer. It’s also a great career for those who are willing to stay in the profession and reap the benefits of experience.

That’s especially true for those who earn certification in project management and process improvement methodologies such as Six Sigma.

 

The 2018 Project Management Salary Survey from the Project Management Institute (PMI®) offers a look at the opportunities around the world for those wanting to make a career in project management. The results show that salaries have increased for 70% of those surveyed in the past 12 months.

And 26% reported increases of 5% or more during that same period.

Global Reach

The project management profession has taken flight around the world. The PMI survey included 33,000 project management workers in 37 countries.

PMI estimated last year that by 2027, organizations around the world will need a staggering 88 million people working in project management. Of that number, about 75% will be in China and India, two countries with large populations that are experiencing massive growth.

Of the workers included in the 2018 salary survey, those with certification in project management reported salaries that are 23% higher on average across all countries.

Six Sigma and Project Management

PMI has done studies on the connection between Six Sigma and project management, a topic the organization says has “not yet received the attention it deserves in project management conferences and publications.”

Six Sigma methodologies such as DMAIC and DMADV have been a main component of successful strategies for many businesses, including Motorola, Toyota, Boeing and DuPont. The benefits of Six Sigma include an understanding of what customers require from a product or service, eliminating mistakes in processes, improving product quality and delivery, reducing waste and costs and a commitment to continuous process improvement.

Six Sigma can be applied to a project to manage scope, quality, cost and time. PMI reports that the methodology has such potential in project management that it “may have the appearance of an impossible dream.”

That’s not the case, however, and those who apply Six Sigma coupled with project management certification present very attractive job candidates to potential employers.

Around The World

Where are the opportunities in project management? About a third of the 33,000 project management professional included in the PMI salary survey work in the United States. However, there also were large numbers of project managers in other countries. Those with the most included:

  • Canada
  • India
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • United Kingdom
  • China
  • France
  • Japan

The highest median annual salaries – expressed in U.S. dollars – were in Switzerland ($130,966), the U.S. ($112,000), Australia ($108,593) and Germany ($88,449). However, median salaries in 15 countries were over $70,000 a year, and that includes project managers at all levels of experience.

Experience Pays Off

The survey also showed the wisdom of not only getting certified in the profession, but also the value of sticking with the profession. In every country, experience equaled significant increases in salary.

Salaries in the U.S. provide a good example. According to PMI, these are the median salary levels for project management professionals in the U.S., based on years of experience.

  • Less than 3 years: $75,000
  • Three to 5 years: $85,000
  • Five to 10 years: $100,000
  • 10 to 15 years: $115,000
  • 15 to 20 years: $122,000
  • 20 years or more: $130,000

That trend repeats itself across almost every country. Of the 37 countries surveyed, 12 reported median annual incomes of more than $90,000 after 20 years.

Clearly, project management offers a secure and potentially lucrative career path. It also gives people an opportunity to work around the world in profession that transcends political borders and unites people on the shared mission to improve how organizations operate.

Lean six sigma JOB- Quality lead for Digital Marketing

JOB DESCRIPTION

Role: – Quality lead for Digital Marketing
Level: – Manager / 7

Overall purpose: To bring in the practice of quality beyond transactional level and focus on instituting rigor for quality improvement initiatives for business excellence

Responsibilities: –
Develop Quality plans , programs , procedures and tools to manage Quality across project(s)
Provide Quality discipline input to the Project delivery teams.
Ensure project – specific indoctrination and general training for Quality personnel is conducted and provide quality – related training
Provide direction , guidance and resources to support the success of the Delivery Quality team
Should be able to run Lean , Six Sigma , Kaizen initiatives to improve overall quality
Should be able to introduce frameworks for conducting RCAs and draw out fishbones for error analysis
Work with BE team to identify process excellence and automation opportunities for preventing errors
Recommend annual budgetary needs and ensure appropriate expenditures within that approved budge

Salary: Not Disclosed by Recruiter
Industry: IT-Software / Software Services
Functional Area: ITES, BPO, KPO, LPO, Customer Service, Operations
Role Category: Senior Management
Role: Head/VP/GM-Quality Assurance & Quality Control
Employment Type: Permanent Job, Full Time
Keyskills: Business excellence, Digital marketing, Automation, Project delivery, KaizenTools, Lean six sigma, Quality improvement, Quality Lead, Process excellence.

PMP JOB- Sr. Technical Project Manager

Job Description

Overview:
Program Management:

Managing large complex program with multiple sub-projects.
Managing multiple multiple projects for large account.
Proposal development.
Team development.
Cross-functional team leadership.

Key Responsibility:

Well versed with project and program management (initiation, monitoring, stakeholders management, quality, engineering oversight, financials, risks/issues).
Good communication, presentation, collaboration, negotiation skills.
Must have PMP.
Adaptive to learn new technologies.
Understanding of business management

Technology background:

Preferably from development background having exposure to IBM technology stack background, or opensource/MS.
Could have managed large programs on cloud environment, digital transformation.
Able to follow and participate in technical discussions/reviews.
4) Should have Experience in
– Project Management
– Project Planning
– Project Monitoring
– Project Control
– Project Initiation
– Project Lifecycle
– Leading & Managing the Teams
– Resource Management
– Conflict Management
– Quality Control
– Budgeting
– Issue/Risk Management
– Cost Estimation
– RFP
– Certifications
– Agile/Scrum Process

Salary: Not Disclosed by Recruiter
Industry: IT-Software / Software Services
Functional Area: IT Software – Application Programming, Maintenance
Role Category: Project Management
Role: Project Manager-IT/Software
Employment Type: Permanent Job, Full Time
Keyskills: Project Management,PMP, Program Management, Digital Transformation, Proposal Development, Quality Management, Open Source, Quality Engineering, Team Development, Business Management.

Prince 2 / PMP /Agile scrum JOB-Technical Program Manager

Designation Technical Program Manager
Job Description Program Manager is responsible for managing program of global scope, impact and complexity. In this role will be responsible for center of excellence Technology, necessary to pivot enterprise and consumer support to next-gen. He or she builds the master plan or roadmap to guide the choices in developing and refining the program and coaches & facilitates teams through the software development life cycle using Agile, Scrum, and Lean methodologies and works cross-functionally to ensure projects are effectively developed and deployed with quality and on time delivery into our production systems.

Responsibilities of the program manager

Planning and designing the program and proactively monitoring its progress, resolving issues and initiating appropriate corrective action;
Defining the program governance (controls);
Managing the programs budget on behalf of the SRO, monitoring expenditure and costs against delivered and realized benefits as the program progresses.
Ensuring the delivery of new products or services from projects is to the appropriate level of quality, on time and within budget, in accordance with the program plan and program governance arrangements
Facilitating the appointment of project team, coordinating the projects and their interdependencies, and managing and utilizing resources across projects;
Managing stakeholders communication;
Aligning the deliverables (outputs) to the programs outcome with the aid of the business change manager; and
Managing the main program documentations such as the program initiation document.
Skills and attributes of the program manager

The program manager must have strong practical experience in project management, which was gained through managing large and complex projects. He or she must have the following:

Good knowledge of techniques for planning, monitoring and controlling program
Sound business case development and approvals skills, Good understanding of the wider objectives of the program
Ability to work positively with the wide range of individuals involved in program management
Strong leadership and management skills, sufficient seniority and credibility to advise project teams on their projects in relation to the program
Good knowledge of budgeting and resource allocation procedures
The ability to find innovative ways to resolve problems.
Basic Qualifications

PMP Certified & or Prince 2 Certified
CSM Certification / Exposure to Scrum Methodology
10+ years of overall work experience with 5+ years of program/program management, in IT, and software development.
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present complex information clearly and concisely.
Strong analytical and quantitative skills with the ability to use data and metrics to justify requirements, features and drive management of program.
High attention to detail and proven ability to manage multiple, competing priorities simultaneously with minimal supervision.
Collaborative working style. Must work well in a team environment.
Must have bias for action and strong work ethic.
Proven ability to deliver first class customer experiences with a deep understanding of best practices