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					                                                        27 Aug 2002
TC-AIMS II
        Transportation Coordinators’ –
 Automated Information for Movements System II




How to Become a PM                                      Gary Winkler
                                                     Project Manager
                                                 Transportation Information Systems
                                             “Becoming a PM” Agenda


                     Soul Searching – To be… or not to be… a PM?
                     Becoming a PM
                       • Career Models
                       • Gaining proper knowledge, experience, and training
                       • Getting selected by the Board
                     Summary
                     Q & A ( 15 minutes)




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                                             Army Acquisition Corps Mission


             To develop the systems of a strategically responsive force
             armed with the combat capabilities to dominate across the full
             spectrum of operations.

                       As a PM you will do some or all of these:
                                                 •Enable Responsiveness
                                                 •Enhance Deployability
                                                 •Improve Agility
                                                                            This is
                                                                            This is
                                                 •Enable Versatility        why we
                                                                            why we
                                                 •Design Lethality         are here!
                                                                           are here!
                                                 •Design Survivability
                                                 •Improve Sustainability


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                                              You are PM Material if…


                 You have very
                 You have very                                                                 You will serve
                                                                                               You will serve
                  high energy                             You have a strong
                                                          You have a strong                    wherever and
                                                                                                wherever and
                  high energy
                     levels.                              drive for closure.
                                                           drive for closure.                  whenever the
                                                                                                whenever the
                      levels.
                                                                                              Army needs you.
                                                                                              Army needs you.



                                       You accomplish
                                       You accomplish                    You can balance multiple tasks,
                                                                         You can balance multiple tasks,
                                      the hard jobs and
                                      the hard jobs and                competing deadlines, creativity and
                                                                       competing deadlines, creativity and
                                         make it look
                                         make it look                  discipline, knowns and unknowns,
                                                                        discipline, knowns and unknowns,
                                            easy.
                                            easy.                         and are skilled at contingency
                                                                          and are skilled at contingency
                                                                                     planning.
                                                                                     planning.


                   You like the idea of being CEO of a billion dollar
                    You like the idea of being CEO of a billion dollar
                   business, you can handle the pressure, the pace,
                   business, you can handle the pressure, the pace,
                                                                                          You can integrate
                                                                                          You can integrate
                    the diversity of knowledge (breadth and depth)
                     the diversity of knowledge (breadth and depth)
                    required to do the job well. You don’t mind IG,                        your work-life
                                                                                            your work-life
                     required to do the job well. You don’t mind IG,
                   AAA, and CID investigations into your business.                            with your
                                                                                              with your
                    AAA, and CID investigations into your business.
                                                                                            personal life.
                                                                                            personal life.
                             You can stay above reproach.
                              You can stay above reproach.

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                                             You are not PM Material if…

                                                                                   You cannot handle
                                                                                   You cannot handle
                                    You will only take a
                                    You will only take a                         extreme pressure, 24/7
                                                                                 extreme pressure, 24/7
                                      PM assignment if
                                      PM assignment if                           work, and doing what’s
                                                                                 work, and doing what’s
                                    it’s “the right one”.
                                     it’s “the right one”.                      needed at any time to get
                                                                                needed at any time to get
                                                                                      the job done.
                                                                                      the job done.




                  You hate
                  You hate                                    You are risk
                                                               You are risk                      You are not a team
                                                                                                  You are not a team
                 ambiguity,
                 ambiguity,                                  averse and not
                                                             averse and not                        player and lack
                                                                                                    player and lack
               uncertainty and
               uncertainty and                               willing to take
                                                              willing to take                   interpersonal skills.
                                                                                                 interpersonal skills.
                  change.
                   change.                                      chances.
                                                                chances.




                                                                               Your personal family
                                                                                Your personal family
                                         You take no
                                          You take no                       situation is too demanding
                                                                            situation is too demanding
                                          interest in
                                           interest in                       and incompatible with a
                                                                              and incompatible with a
                                        people working
                                        people working                      PM’s workload, schedule,
                                                                             PM’s workload, schedule,
                                            for you.
                                            for you.                       and flexibility commitments.
                                                                           and flexibility commitments.

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                                              Development Model

                                                                 Apply
                                                                acquired
                                                              leadership/                     PM’s operate
                                                               functional                     at this level.
                                                          competencies in key
                                                          leadership positions

                                                        STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP
                                                        STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP


                                                   Build cross-functional/leadership
                                                   competencies through education,
       Without this                                     training and experience
       background
     you won’t be a
                                                       BROADENING EXPERIENCE
                                                       BROADENING EXPERIENCE
         good PM.

                                              Gain expertise in a single Acquisition Career
                                              Filed (Level III Certification) and meet AAC
                                                       Membership requirements


                                                        FUNCTIONAL EXPERTISE
                                                        FUNCTIONAL EXPERTISE


                                             DEVELOPMENT                         MODEL

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                                                                      Competency Model


             PM’s must know                                                                  Vision
                                                                                       Strategic Thinking
             everything on this                                                       External Awareness
                                                                                     Human Resource Mgt.
             chart because…



                                                                              S
                                                                                  STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP
                                                                                  STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP


                                                                           IE
                                                                       N
                                                                          C
                                                                                                                                         … you will either
                                                                            Creativity & Innovation   Entrepreneurship
                                                                      E

                                                                                                                                         have to do these
                                                                  T


                                                                         Service Motivation            Financial Management
                                                                  E




                                                                        Conflict Management              Political Savvy                   or lead others
                                                              P
                                                              M




                                                                       Cultural Awareness                  Partnering
                                                          O




                                                                      Team Building                         Technology Mgt.                  doing these
                                                          C




                                                                                                                                                functions.
                                                     IP




                                                                                  BROADENING EXPERIENCE
                                                                                  BROADENING EXPERIENCE
                                                  H
                                                 S




                                                         Technical Credibility            Problem Solving           Continual Learning
                                              R




                                                       Flexibility                     Oral Communication            Interpersonal Skills
                                             E
                                          D




                                                      Decisiveness                         Accountability              Resilience
                                        A




                                                     Customer Service                Written Communication                Integrity/Honesty
                                      E




                                                                                     Influencing/Negotiating
                                    L




                                                                                  FUNCTIONAL EXPERTISE
                                                                                  FUNCTIONAL EXPERTISE
                                                                      FUNCTIONAL              COMPETENCIES


                                                              COMPETENCY                                   MODEL

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                                 Army A&TWF Career Field Breakout
                                                                      (40082 Total)

                                                                Industrial/Contract
                                                              Property Management                 Program
                                                                       (130)                  Management (4724)
                                                                        0%                          12%

                              Systems Planning,
                                                                                                         Purchasing (393)
                            Research, Development
                                                                                                               1%
                             & Engineering (11249)
                                     29%


                                                                                                            Contracting (8170)
                                                                                                                  21%


                        Information Technology
                                 (2613)
                                   7%
                                                                                                       Test & Evaluation (2080)
                                                                                                                 5%
                                      Acquisition Logistics
                                             (4059)
                                               10%                                                   Manufacturing,
                                                                                                  Production & Quality
                                                                  Business, Cost Estimating
                                                                                                    Assurance (1947)
                                                                  & Financial Management
                                                                                                           5%
                                                                            (4087)
                                                                             10%

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                                                    What Boards Look For

                                                        Experience in a PMO
                                               •Leadership roles (APM, DPM, Division Chief, Lead
                                                                     Engr)
                                                       •During major events in a program



                   Multi-functional Expertise                                    Top Block Performance – a given

                      •At least 2 or 3 different areas
                          •Level III Certifications
                                                                           Senior Rater Potential
                                                                                •GO/SES comments
                                                                              •Senior rater profile

                                         Training

                                 •DoD and Military Schools                           Education – a given
                                   •Acquisition Training
                                                                                        •Master’s a plus


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                                       What I Concluded from the Board


                     Civilians that applied lacked proper experience
                       • A GS-13 who is not a CDG or APM will not get
                         selected
                       • Even CDGs and APMs need multi-functional
                         background and experience
                                 − Major programs
                                 − Major program events
                                 − Multiple ACF certifications
                       • GS-14s need multi-functional background &
                         leadership experience
                       • PMO experience is a MUST!
                                 − Major programs
                                 − Major events
                                 − Leadership
                     Senior Rater Potential – Need GO/SES endorsement
                     Education and training were adequate
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                                             How to Attain Experience


                     Lateral into the right jobs
                       • Once, twice…
                     Volunteer for tough assignment in large program and get results!
                     Pursue developmental assignments to gain cross-functional expertise
                     (6 months or longer)
                       • Get results
                     Pursue HQDA staff experience in ASA(ALT)
                       • Gain policy and process experience
                       • Will lead to getting the right jobs for needed experience
                     Network, talk to people, ask for help- have a track record of success



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                                               Summary


                     Make sure you want to be a PM, for the right reasons
                     Identify your development needs
                       • Talk to others
                       • Get a mentor or two
                     Get the experience and training you need
                     Apply to the Board
                     Keep trying, keep improving


                                                 The AAC doesn’t need you to
                                                 become a PM, it needs you to
                                                  become a Successful PM!

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