PM Essence
PDUs and Fame - Write a Technical Paper

- Lt. Col. (Retd.) L. Shri Harsha, PgMP, PMP

Communication skills, both written and speaking, are some of the critical factors for growth in the professional career, that can be mastered with practice. Capturing technical thoughts and achievements on paper is the litmus test of one’s writing skills. Another added advantage is that the authors can earn vital PDUs useful for renewal of PMP certification.

Some tips for writing a good technical paper, based on my experience are summarized for the benefit of the community.

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Abstract : This should summarize the entire gist of the paper and should draw the attention of the audience to explore further.

Introduction : The theme of the paper should be introduced to the audience. Point to note here is that the target audience is not laymen, but intellectuals. So avoid generic introductions, try to focus on why the subject is the content of the technical paper.

Main Content : This is where the meat of the paper lies. This can be organized under various heads as appropriate to the subject being discussed. However, a couple of headings which should not be missed are the challenges/lessons learnt/ future roadmap. This is not a summarization of the information already available. The “Cut copy paste” style will not help in writing a good technical paper. Use others’ thoughts on the subjects to generate discussion on your thoughts. Extend the discussion on how you leveraged the already available thoughts, concepts, technology etc. Alternatively, if it is a new philosophy which you want to advocate, do so with rational justifications defining how it can be done and use the already available information to substantiate your claims.


Conclusion :
This portion should trail off with some thoughts that the audience can explore and extend your thoughts to the next level. It is not a summarization of what has already been said in the main content.