The exercise calls for you to form an assessment of yourself as a possible project manager and then to, if at all possible, confirm it with another person

The following items will be assessed in particular:

  • The degree to which you have carried out the assignment completely, or clarified why you could not and investigated alternatives
  • Your ability to describe your experiences clearly and draw conclusions from them, not just narrate events
  • Your ability to focus on the overall purposes of the assignment, not just its specific steps
  • Your use of some in-text references to what you have read, where appropriate; please cite all sources properly

When you have completed the assessment, to the degree that you are able to, think about it for a bit; then prepare a short paper describing the following:

  • a brief summary of your experience taking the assessment, noting anyone else who was involved and what you did (if possible, attach a copy of your actual instrument)
  • the areas that emerged from the assessment as your particular strengths, as shown on the assessment instrument that you’re attaching
  • any areas that emerged from the assessment as areas in which you would like to strengthen your competence, also as shown on the assessment instrument that you’re attaching
  • anything that surprised you about the results of this assessment, if anything
  • what specific steps you could take to strengthen your project management competence — be as specific as you can, in the interests of getting the most value from the exercise for yourself
  • your overall opinion of this instrument as a measure of project management competence — what it measures well, anything that you believe it does not measure well or at all

It is really important that you get a second opinion about your skills from someone who knows you, preferably in the work context. If for some reason you can’t get a second opinion as part of this exercise, be sure that you explain well why it’s not possible.