PMI Talent Triangle

Understand the importance of the three legs of the PMI Talent Triangle

Three Legs of PMI Talent Triangle

In today’s environment it is not enough for Project Manager’s to possess just technical project management skills. They also need to possess leadership skills and strategic and business management skills. These three skills form the three legs of PMI’s Talent Triangle.

Technical project management

Knowledge, skills and behaviors related to specific domains of Project, Program and Portfolio Management.

Technical skills include requirements, scope, schedule, cost, quality, resource, and risk management; time, budget and cost estimation; knowledge of Agile practices, etc.


Knowledge, skills and behaviors specific to leadership-oriented, cross-cutting activities that help an organization achieve its business goals.

Key leadership skills include influencing, negotiation, conflict management, team-building, interpersonal skills, and coaching and mentoring.

Strategic and business management

Knowledge of and expertise in the industry or organization that enhances performance and better delivers business outcomes.

Examples include benefits management and realization, business acumen, industry knowledge, market awareness, and understanding of operational functions of the organization.

The examples of specific skills in each of the three areas are shown in the diagram below.

PMI Talent Triangle