Breaking tradition

The world's current lack of skilled and accomplished project managers is driving companies around the globe to look beyond the traditional mold of a project manager. Today, many are focusing on an individual applicant's competencies rather than their work histories. This article describes how companies are identifying potential project managers among individuals not traditionally considered for project-related positions. In doing so, it identifies the skills that are attracting the attention of recruiters and human resource professionals--and the methods they are using to recognize these skills. It looks at how organizations in the retail and pharmaceutical industries--where culture and ways of doing business are highly distinctive--find project managers. It then explains how one Web development firm found the right project manager, an individual with no project experience who was selected over individuals with well-established careers in project management. It also discusses the skills that can set candidate
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