On top of that, my primary job involves getting projects to pay attention to "projet learning." PMBOK talks about lessons learned as a closing process. The main point that needs to get across to project managers is that lessons learned isn't something you do only at the end of the project in the closing phase of the project, it's something you do as an iterative process at the end of each phase of the project. They understand the iterative nature of the project management process groups. The next step is to make sure that they spell this out in their project plan so that they include project learning activities as an element of phase closing processes.
Now that I've opened my eyes to the potential for linkages between what I was working on (KM), how the PMO and Project Managers think and operate, I've finally made up my mind. I'm studying for PMP certification.
What did it for me?
- The projects I manage are very small (on a NASA scale). PM methodologies can be tailored to even the smallest of projects. Just thinking of what I do as distinct projects is helpful. Reporting and communicating about my projects with project management tools, techniques and terminology in mind can't hurt.
- Since I work primarily with PMP certified folks, it helps to understand their language and their mental framework (even if I am neither an engineer or scientist).
- I just like to have specific learning goals. Informal learning is great, but once in a while, I like to focus on something that fits within clear boundaries. PMP certification is definitely a well scoped out learning goal, though I realize it's just a beginning in terms of project management learning.