Question: Am I a commodity? How does project management avoid commoditization?
A commodity is a product that is difficult to differentiate. Project management is a critical role that consists of leadership, insight, communication, and so much more. As long as PM is defined as following process groups, then yes, it will be done by lower and lower skilled people.
This is such an important topic that I addressed it in Chapter One of the 5th edition of my favorite project management book, The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management, which came out late last year. (Get a free eBook of this first chapter by clicking here.)
There is a concern that project management training is becoming a commodity. To the degree that two suppliers can't differentiate between their products, that is true. However, we find that our hands-on project management curriculum makes learning faster, more fun, and translates better from the classroom to the job. Innovative learning strategies like our Project Management Simulation are clearly more effective and more valuable.
This post was inspired by a question posted on LinkedIn. Read it.