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Domain Knowledge Vs Project Management
Last Post 20 Sep 2011 11:32 AM by Buck Field, MBA, PMP. 12 Replies.
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Archana Sharma New Member New Member Posts:9

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17 Feb 2011 02:23 AM

    While selecting project Manager for your organization, do you also check his/her domain knowledge(industry) as a mandatory requirement along with his/her Project management knowledge?

    Please respond : Yes/No
    amty_c New Member New Member Posts:1

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    21 Feb 2011 09:17 AM
    Yes, but not as a mandatory requirement. Domain knowledge can definitely help a PM contribute effectively.

    ~ Amit
    Piyush Govil New Member New Member Posts:13

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    25 Feb 2011 10:21 PM
    What I have observed current trend, industry preferred a person onboard with domain knowledge.

    Who's so ever writes JOB DESCRIPTION, writes what all available technical skills sets for a particular position, which is highly impossible to have in a single person. Job description for a Project Manager or Program Manager carries expertise on certain domain with hands-on experience on technical tools ( tools and technique not related to PM) and all necessary knowledge areas of Project Management. In the end * preferred PMP certification but not mandatory.

    As per trend or preference, if a person starts his/her career in a particular domain so it is assumed he/she retires with the knowledge of same domain, then where will INNOVATION comes in picture. This simply means Industry Leaders focussed on how to get the work done and meet the targets... and not INNOVATION.

    INNOVATION seems more like a topic to give presentations and make visions( which have tendencies to shift year on year basis till one can extend :-) )



    ryoichikubo36 New Member New Member Posts:1

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    27 Feb 2011 01:23 AM
    No.Not as a mandatory requirement for my organization.
    But I personally think, that the project manager should have either domain knowledge or at least sympathy (or interest?) in domain knowledge, because it is very sad to work with the project manager whose concern is very much limited in his/her own carrier success.
    Mark Coleman New Member New Member Posts:27

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    28 Feb 2011 03:40 PM
    In my company we always look for domain knowledge in a project manager.

    To us this is our product area and technical disciplines.
    Eric Eben New Member New Member Posts:19

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    17 Mar 2011 12:46 PM
    I think the prior comment on innovation is interesting. If a person has in-depth domain knowledge, they are more likely able to manage product innovation.
    sandeeprao New Member New Member Posts:1

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    25 Apr 2011 03:29 AM
    Hi,
    I do not think there is any necessary of project manager having the domain knowledge.
    Project manager's real role is to follow the 5 process group which are tailored for his project and get the things done from the domain experts or resources.

    Erhan Cevikel New Member New Member Posts:6

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    26 Apr 2011 05:48 PM
    Can a Contruction project manager manage an IT project? Perhaps! If "Perhaps" is a satisfactury answer to a company, let it be.
    On the other hand, domain knowledge helps PMs to stay longer at their positions and deliver quality products. Consequently, those PMs earn respect for the Project Management.
    mtsaravanan New Member New Member Posts:2

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    22 Aug 2011 02:57 AM
    Domain knowledge definitely helps to be an even better PM as it gives the idea on how specific domains function. It may not be a requisite for a PM to have domain expertise as every PM may have his/her own way of understanding and conducting activities, but domain knowledge helps in conducting a project in a more structured way.
    mtsaravanan New Member New Member Posts:2

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    22 Aug 2011 02:59 AM
    Domain knowledge definitely helps to be an even better PM as it gives the idea on how specific domains function. It may not be a requisite for a PM to have domain expertise as every PM may have his/her own way of understanding and conducting activities, but domain knowledge helps in conducting a project in a more structured way.
    Buck Field, MBA, PMP New Member New Member Posts:8

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    22 Aug 2011 09:00 AM
    I would give the consultant's answer: it depends. While expertise in an application area possess obvious advantages for the most common types of projects, in cases such as project rescue, where innovative approaches, skills, or viewpoints are necessary to bring in results not obtainable within accepted practices of the domain, NOT being highly invested in a particular paradigm can prove key to success. More than once, we've had teams do the impossible by breaking from traditional rules and methods.
    mghorner New Member New Member Posts:3

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    20 Sep 2011 09:23 AM
    Domain Knowledge is very helpful in building credibility with stakeholders and team members. Unfortunately, Subject Matter Experts are sometimes not confident in PMs who do not know the jargon of a particular industry.This may also be true as one looks for support upward in the hierarchy. Having obvious Domain Knowledge can be a short cut to earning trust and confidence.
    Buck Field, MBA, PMP New Member New Member Posts:8

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    20 Sep 2011 11:32 AM
    Great input MG,

    Justified or not relative to introducing risk, lacking the right jargon and domain knowledge can seriously undermine credibility and lead to other problems, whereas the trust and confidence "shortcut" seems like it could be tough to beat for ROI of the PM's time. Thanks for pointing this out - fantastic!
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