The goal of project manager selection and training is to assure that project managers of information technology projects at Virginia Tech possess the experience, skills, and competency necessary to deliver information technology projects within budget, on schedule, and within scope. Project managers must have demonstrated project management experience commensurate with the complexity and risk of the project they are managing. The project manager qualifications table below gives qualification guidelines. It is the responsibility of the project decision authority  to determine if the project manager is qualified to manage a given project. Project managers are expected to maintain a personal portfolio containing descriptions of prior experience. If desired, use the project manager qualifications template to record experience, training, and certifications.

Project Manager Qualifications

Project Type / Requirement PM* Training PM* Experience PM* Competency
Low complexity & risk X    
Medium complexity & risk X X  
High complexity & risk X X X

*PM = Project Management

Recommendations

  1. All project managers must have demonstrated project management experience commensurate with the complexity of the proposed project as determined by the project decision authority.
    • Low complexity projects may be led by a project manager with little experience. Coaching from an experienced project manager is a good way to gain needed experience. Interested project managers may contact VT IT Project Management for details.
  2. All project managers of information technology projects are strongly encouraged to complete training on the project management standard for information technology projects at Virginia Tech.
  3. All project managers are required to have project management fundamentals training unless demonstrated experience and training are adequate as determined by the project decision authority, or you have a project management certification.
    • Required project management fundamentals training is available free of charge to Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students through Lynda.
    • To access Lynda tutorials log in through the Online Learning and Collaboration Services website. Once logged in to Lynda.com search for "Project Management Foundations" or “Agile Foundations”.
    • Print and keep the course completion certificate in the personal portfolio.
  4. All project managers of highly complex projects must have demonstrated project management competency through one of the following:
    • Project management certification from a recognized, reputable project management organization, such as:
    • A degree in project management from an accredited college or university plus demonstrated project management experience.
    • Commonwealth project manager qualification by satisfying the qualification standards and passing both the "Core Processes" and "Facilitating Processes" tests.

Maintaining Project Manager Credentials

  • Maintain your project manager qualification by continuing to reference and use this project management standard for information technology projects at Virginia Tech. This includes the methodology, processes, forms, and templates provided.
  • Project Managers that have not managed an information technology project for more than five consecutive years are recommended to complete project management fundamentals training and/or training on the project management standard for information technology projects at Virginia Tech.