From Plans Chief to Project Manager

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Plans Chiefs and Project Managers – Two sides of the same planning coin

If you’re a Plans Chief you can manage projects. If you’re a Project Manager you can probably become a Plans Chief. In this episode I share insight from my path from Plans Chief to Project Manager and the parallels between the roles of All-Hazards Planning Section Chiefs and Project Managers. This was earlier in the development of what we know now as the ‘Foundational 5’, when I had not thought to incorporate leader’s intent to help guide the objectives, organization, resources and communication elements together.

https://content.blubrry.com/peopleprocessprogress/Two_Sides_of_the_Same_Coin_-_PSC_to_PMP.mp3
Listen here! – From Plans Chief to Project Manager (originally aired January 4, 2019)

Parallels between PSCs and PMPs:

  • Help develop S.M.A.R.T. objectives
  • Facilitate process
  • Work across all areas of an organization
  • Put together or suggest organizational structures
  • Request and coordinate resources
  • Assist in communication planning

Learn more about these positions:
– Planning Section Chief description from FEMA at https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_planning-section-chief_draft-nqs-job-title-position-qualifications.pdf
– “Who are Project Managers?” from PMI at https://www.pmi.org/about/learn-about-pmi/who-are-project-managers
– Listen to my podcast episode about the All-Hazards Planning Section Chief course at https://blubrry.com/peopleprocessprogress/54849504/bts-ep21-5-tips-for-the-l962-all-hazards-planning-section-chief-course/

Stay safe, wash your hands and Godspeed,

Kevin

Kevin Pannell, PMP, Creator & Host, ‘People, Process, Progress’ podcast
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