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The PMI Talent Triangle™



While technical skills are core to project and program management, PMI's research has shown they’re not enough in today’s increasingly complex and competitive global marketplace. Companies are seeking added skills in leadership and business intelligence — competencies that can support longer-range strategic objectives that contribute to their bottom line.

The ideal skill set — the Talent Triangle™ — is a combination of technical, leadership, and strategic and business management expertise. What this creates is a focus on developing the additional skills needed to meet the evolving demands of our profession. But in doing so, it also creates new opportunities to elevate your value as a strategic partner in business success.

The Talent Triangle™ is designed to assist talent management within organisations as well as the careers of PMI credential holders. For more on this visit PMI's Talent Management Resources page.



PDUs and the PMI Talent Triangle™

The Talent Triangle™ divides the education and training component of the PDUs into three sections, and you are required to earn a minimum number of PDUs in each section; but provided the minimums are achieved in each section, there are no maximums specified (see more on earning and recording PDUs). 

The focus of the three sections of the Talent Triangle™ are:

Technical Project Management: Knowledge, skills and behaviours related to specific domains of Project, Program and Portfolio Management. Education options in this skills domain include courses on Advanced project management, Techniques to improve your WBS, How to gather and document requirements, Risk management for your portfolio, how to use scheduling software, etc.

Leadership: Knowledge, skills and behaviours specific to leadership-oriented skills that help an organization achieve its business goals. Education options in this skills domain include courses on Negotiation, Communication, Motivation, Problem solving, Conflict resolution, etc.

Strategic and Business Management: Knowledge of and expertise in the industry or organisation that you work in, that enhances performance and better delivers business outcomes. Education options in this skills domain include courses on Product knowledge, Industry knowledge, Business acumen, Innovation strategy alignment, Market strategy alignment, Finance, Marketing, etc.

Many training courses now define the split between these three elements; where this has not been done by the training organisation or event organiser, PMI expected the credential holder to make a reasonable determination by following these steps:

First, determine the duration of the activity to arrive at the PDU total, and then ask:

  • Was any leadership content covered? If so, in how much time?
  • Was any strategic and business management content covered? If so, in how much time?
  • How much of the remaining time covered technical content?

Remember all PMI require is for you to use your best judgment! To help in this process and to understand where a course you have attended fits in the Talent Triangle™ download the PMI Flyer


Using the PMI Talent Triangle™ to plan your career development

Continuing to enhance the skills you use day-to-day in your current role will help you grow and succeed. By evaluating the work you're presently doing, or the skills needed in a future role you aspire to achieve using questions similar to those listed below, you might see topics that would be valuable to focus on:

  • Am I up-to-date with agile? 
  • Where do you want my career to take me?
  • What role appeals to me?

The answers to these questions will help uncover potential areas for further professional development focusing across all three 'arms' of the talent triangle. When planning for the types of learning it's important to always keep in mind your long-term goals as well as short-term objectives. 

By following these guidelines and analysing your professional development in the past, present, and in the future you will be building skills needed by both your current and any future employer, and helping yourself to grow in the profession. If you are one of our former trainees, our Speed Coaching may be helpful in framing your ideas. 


Note: if there is any conflict between the summary information contained on this page and the detailed information contained on the PMI website or in the CCR handbook, the PMI information takes precedence. This information is provided to assist PMI examination candidates and credential holders to understand their obligations, it is not necessarily up to date or accurate. All CCR forms are copyright of PMI.