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Only about 50 percent of North American companies offer formalized project management career paths. Although executives are increasingly recognizing the importance of project management to organizational success, these corporations are not yet offering project managers the professional development opportunities they need. This article focuses on the ways that project managers can respond to this lack. It encourages project managers to use their professional skills to develop a personal career path. It then describes a process for developing such a path, one that can involve using a project manager assessment tool. Two sidebars accompany this article: The first features a PMP's plan to map his quest for credentials; the second profiles an effort by PMI's Career Framework Initiative, an effort in which the initiative is developing two tools--Learning Management System (LMS) and Learning Content Management System (LCMS), both slated for release in 2006--that will enable corporations to better define the role of project managers within the organization's overall structure and help its project managers outline their career advancement paths.
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