Enrollees in the SPSM Certification Program often give me interesting feedback on the required course Microsoft Project For Purchasing Professionals.

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Many of them have never even heard of Microsoft Project before.

It made me wonder…is the idea of using Microsoft Project intimidating? Would more people seek to become SPSM’s if Microsoft Project wasn’t required?

The minute that I begin thinking that maybe a few more people would pursue SPSM Certification if it weren’t for this purchasing course, I recall what my job is.

My job is not to cater to the way most purchasing is done today. It is to lead purchasing into the future. And that future has purchasers not processing transactions. Not dealing with day-to-day supplier issues. But managing projects. Purchasing and supply management is becoming a project management function.

So, yes, Microsoft Project For Purchasing Professionals should be required of tomorrow’s purchasing leaders. Getting project management skills should be on every purchasers agenda.

At least every purchaser who wants to be employed in the 2010 – 2019 decade.

Charles Dominick, C.P.M., SPSM
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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