JBC Associates wishes to congratulate Michael Sensenig, PMP, on receiving his Project Management Professional Certification. Mike is a Transportation Construction Manager with JBC Associates who decided to pursue his PMP Certification when it became a family affair. We asked Mike “why” he decided to pursue the PMP certification and the value he feels it brings to his work.
- What made you want to pursue the PMP certification?
MS: My wife, Valerie, works in Pharmaceutical Project Management and started working on her PMP Certification. She was asking me questions about CPM scheduling and costs, and I began to realize that the topics she was studying seemed to be very closely related to what is required in managing PennDOT projects. I then realized that Scott Schaeffer had his PMP and I spoke to him about it. He, along with John Zawaski, encouraged me to pursue a certification.
- Does it change your approach to your job on a daily basis?
MS: The topics covered in the PMP Certification are not exclusive to construction and can be used across all disciplines. I think learning the science of Project Management can help you to understand how the different parts of a project are related and how to better view projects as a whole, from inception to completion. I also think that understanding Project Management is very beneficial to the Construction Inspection side of our industry as well.
- What benefit do you see it bringing to our clients?
MS: The Project Management Framework, on which the PMP is based, helps you to see how projects are related and provides a framework for you to use from Project to Project, with a mindset of always improving. We have already begun to implement some of the processes from the PMP on the Project I am currently assigned. We have begun to track issues and lessons learned in order to provide knowledge to future inspectors on this project and to future PennDOT Projects as well. By following the Project Management Framework, we can continue to improve from Project to Project, and provide a well-rounded approach to Project Management to our Clients, both in Construction Management and Construction Inspection.