Session Description:

Any organization in order to be successful needs to build core competencies.

For non for profit organizations this are key strengths that differentiates them and make them successful. For commercial companies this capabilities are providing competitive advantage and are allowing them to win in marketplace.

As a project managers, we need to ask ourselves a question: Are we delivering value?

Is project management a core competency in my organization?

Purpose of this session is to:

  • Present characteristic of core competence with key ingredients.
  • Assess value project management is providing for organisations.
  • Evaluate project management as a core competence and
  • Finally answer question - “Is Project Management a core competence for organizations?”

This Session is built on study conducted by author on this topic and for you to understand project management perception and any development needed to address future challenges.


This presentation is intended for project management practitioners willing to learn more about value and future of PM profession, as well for students and others considering a career or specialization in project management.

Key words:

  • Project Management
  • Efficiency
  • Core Competencies
  • Value
  • Skills and Capabilities

Zbigniew J. Traczyk has over 25 years of experience in project, program and portfolio management. He is currently managing a portfolio of projects leading Global Technology Services Delivery at IBM in 15 countries.

Mr. Traczyk is an active PMI member and a Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification holder. He served from 2012 to 2014 on the PMI Board of Directors on the Governance Committee as the PMI secretary/treasurer and chair of the Performance Oversight Committee.

In his professional career, Mr. Traczyk has managed many complex international projects in the financial, telecommunications and public sectors. He holds a master’s degree in electronics engineering, MBA from Henley Business School (U.K.) and a master certificate in project management from the George Washington University. He graduated from the PMI Leadership Institute Masters Class in 2008.

Mr. Traczyk is an IBM-certified senior professional and a PMI volunteer leader for the past 12 years. From 2007 to 2010, he served as a PMI mentor in the EMEA region. Between 2005 and 2006, he was a member of PMI Ethics Standard Development Team, contributing to the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

Mr. Traczyk provided leadership on PMI Community Transformation Project in 2005 and 2006. He took a leadership role in strategic alignment scorecard development and contributed to the chapter-with-branches model, leading the first pilot implementation. He was a founder of the PMI Warsaw Poland Chapter and served as the chapter president, 2003–2006. During his term, the chapter was recognized in 2005 with PMI awards for chapter of the year and collaboration. In 2008 he supported PMI Research Conference. Mr. Traczyk contributed to numerous PMI Leadership Institute Meetings in EMEA and North America.