PMI Southwest Indiana Chapter

The PMI Talent Triangle®


Assure Your Angle on Success

Project management is the career where technical, business, and people skills routinely intersect.

In todays’ increasingly complex and competitive global marketplace, technical skills are simply not enough.  Companies are seeking added skills in leadership and business intelligence to support longer-range strategic objectives that contribute to the bottom line.  The ideal skill set of the top 25 project management skills—the PMI Talent Triangle®—is a combination of technical, leadership, and strategic and business management expertise — and now, digital skills.  What this means to you — is a focus on developing the additional skills you need to meet the evolving demands of your profession. But in doing so, it also means new opportunities to elevate your value as a strategic partner in business success.

To stay relevant and competitive, you must develop these employer demanded skills


Business oriented skills; applies to all certifications

  1. Benefits management and realization
  2. Business acumen
  3. Business models and structures
  4. Competitive analysis
  5. Customer relationship and satisfaction
  6. Industry knowledge and standards
  7. Legal and regulatory compliance
  8. Market awareness and conditions
  9. Operational functions (e.g. finance, marketing)
  10. Strategic planning, analysis, alignment

Domain expertise, certification-specific

  1. Agile practices
  2. Data gathering and modeling
  3. Earned value management
  4. Governance (project, program, portfolio)
  5. Lifecycle management (project, program, portfolio, product)
  6. Performance management (project, program, portfolio)
  7. Requirements management and traceability
  8. Risk management
  9. Schedule management
  10. Scope management (project, program, portfolio, product)
  11. Time, budget, and cost estimation

Competency in guiding and motivating; applies to all certifications

  1. Brainstorming
  2. Coaching and mentoring
  3. Conflict management
  4. Emotional intelligence
  5. Influencing
  6. Interpersonal skills
  7. Listening
  8. Negotiation
  9. Problem solving
  10. Team building


The PMI Talent Triangle® defines continuing education topics for all PMI certifications. To simplify how to use this tool, we’ll focus on how it applies to the PMP® certification. 

You must earn 60 PDUs over the course of three years to maintain your certification. Of these 60, PMI requires a minimum of eight in each of the three categories, Technical Project Management, Strategic and Business Management, and Leadership.  With these continuing education requirements, it’s easy to see how the Talent Triangle® helps you to learn new skills and adapt to an evolving industry; thus, helping you perform better in your role and make you more valuable.

Plainly put, the Talent Triangle®is your guide to a successful career.

The Technical Project Management category of the Talent Triangle® focuses on the practical knowledge of doing your job. This includes understanding the current industry standards and applying that knowledge to succeed in your role.  You must understand that the project management industry is a growing organism, and your professional knowledge will slowly grow out of date as you focus on your day-to-day job.

When studying for the PMP® exam, you learn the ideal way to manage projects.  The Technical category of the Talent Triangle® will give you real-world knowledge and help you stay current with new industry standards.

The Strategic and Business Management category of the Talent Triangle® focuses on improving your job performance. Specifically, training in this category focuses on outside factors influencing your industry, like current industry standards, and how you can use that knowledge to succeed.

Training in this category also serves a dual purpose. It enhances your performance in your role while helping you understand and achieve your business’ long-term goals. By understanding your industry and how projects add value and contribute to a company’s success and vision makes you a more valuable project manager. These skill sets give you a more entrepreneurial spirit and investment in the strategic performance and outcomes of your organization’s projects.

The Leadership category of the Talent Triangle® focuses on the ability to lead and develop a team. These skills help you to inspire your teams to achieve their goals as well as completing the project. Leadership is most concerned with the success of the group over individual accomplishments. In these studies you learn how to motivate team members and yourself to complete projects and achieve team or individual goals.  The skills you learn will also make you an effective team leader by teaching you how to be a problem solver and be proactive rather than reactive.

Training in this category will help you succeed as a project manager because you will have the skills to train a team to complete the project efficiently, effectively, and on time.  This will also make you more valuable to employers because you will learn tactics for working with all stakeholders included on a project.

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