Friday, April 30, 2010

Digital-Only Publication Option Now Available from PMI National

In response to many member requests to support sustainable practices, PMI is now offering members the option of receiving their monthly publications in digital-only format, without receiving the printed edition.

Starting immediately, those members who choose the digital delivery option will receive an e-mail message letting them know when each issue of PM Network, PMI Today and Project Management Journal are available. The message will include a link to the publication, which will be housed on PMI.org. If you choose to continue to receive the print edition, you will also receive this e-mail message.

Visit your My PMI page and click on membership preferences to select digital-only delivery.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

PMI Scholarships Available

The PMI Educational Foundation offers a broad array of academic scholarships, including one for $1,000 sponsored by the PMI Phoenix Chapter. The only geographic restriction on that scholarship is that applicants must be residents of Arizona. Many other scholarships through the PMI Educational Foundation do not have any geographic restrictions.

There's a June 1st deadline for applications and all required supporting materials.  The PMI Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship sponsored by the Phoenix chapter is posted at here; all the other PMI Educational Foundation Academic Scholarships are posted here.

Lee Lambert Workshop

On 4/22/10 Lee Lambert visited Tucson and gave a very entertaining workshop "Defining, Estimating, Scheduling, and Status/Forecasting Projects."  Thanks to PMI Phoenix and AZ Tech Council for helping to make this event happen.

If you were at the workshop, here's the info you need to claim your PDUs:
  • REP Provider Code: 1358
  • Event Code: 383316
  • Date: 4/22/10
  • 8 PDUs 
If you have any problems claiming, let me know.  If you'd like to print a certificate for the event, you can get one here.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Meeting Planned for Sierra Vista on May 12th

Read all about our upcoming event in Sierra Vista here.  There's been some talk about arranging a carpool for people driving from Tucson to Sierra Vista.  Read the discussion here.

New PMI Government Community of Practice Launches

After years as a PMI component organization, the PMI Government Specific Interest Group voted to dissolve and transition into a community of practice. The community understands that principles and practices of project management must be advanced in order to improve the successful execution of projects in a government and public agency environment.

PMI members interested in government are encouraged to visit the new community at http://government.community.pmi.org/. At the log-in page, enter your PMI.org username and password to access the Government Community. Click the subscribe link to gain immediate access to site content.

The community will provide government and public agency project managers a platform to freely exchange information and share experiences. Join the Government Community of Practice in advocating project management across governments around the world.

PMI Educational Foundation is Recruiting Community Liaisons

The PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF), a nonprofit charitable organization, is recruiting community liaisons; the purpose of the liaison position is to create a channel of communication between PMI communities and the PMIEF.

Through the liaison position, PMIEF will continually provide communities (e.g. PMI Tucson) with new information on how they can help make a difference in the community through project management with programs such as:

• Scholarships for students, teachers and non-profits;
• Teaching youth project management as a life skill;
• Careers in project management;
• Helping nonprofit organizations and NGOs use project management to more effectively and efficiently accomplish their mission.

PMIEF also wants to hear your ideas and looks forward to hearing more about how we can help you make a difference.

Click here to view the position description located in the “Volunteer” section PMIEF Web site. If interested, please contact Kevin Archbold.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Chapter Reporting of PDUs

Starting 4/23/10, as an additional member benefit for chapter PMPs, the chapter will start to report PDUs to PMI on your behalf when you attend chapter events.  However, please bear the following in mind:
  • You must register via the chapter website for us to process your PDU claim. If you're a walk-in, you'll have to report your PDU's yourself.
  • You must be a chapter member.  Even if you register via the chapter website, but you're not a chapter member, you'll have to do the reporting yourself.
  • We'll be reporting PDUs for PMPs only.  If you hold additional certifications (e.g. PMI-SP) you'll have to report those PDUs yourself.
  • We'll only be reporting PDUs for "regular" dinner and breakfast events.  Different procedures come into play for special events, such as training workshops, and co-hosted events etc.
Thanks to Sayali Avalakki for organizing and implementing this process.