Wednesday, May 26, 2010

PMI Member Benefit: Knowledge Shelf

Knowledge Shelf, a component of the PMI Virtual Library, is a growing online resource for project management knowledge. It’s a great place for practitioners to expand their understanding of different aspects of project management. Many of the articles and papers in the Knowledge Shelf can help you learn how to most effectively practice project management in your organization.

Peer-submitted articles on a variety of subjects are available for PMI members. A panel of volunteer practitioners review the articles for value and readability prior to their posting. Periodically, the Knowledge Shelf will feature a sample, peer-submitted article which will be available at no charge to all PMI.org visitors. Additionally, a selection of white papers, most originating from organizations, can be accessed by all PMI.org visitors at no charge.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Wall Street Journal Discusses PMP Certification

"The Project Management Institute says it has seen a 30% jump in registration for its handful of certifications. The most popular is the Project Management Professional certification for experienced managers, while the fastest-growing is the Certified Associate in Project Management, which prepares nonmanagers to be part of a project-management team, according to the nonprofit professional association.

Gregory Balestrero, president and chief executive of the Project Management Institute, says the uptick comes at a time when executing on initiatives is critical to businesses recovering from the recession. And more than that, the designation helps a manager stand out in a difficult job market. "It's a buyer's market for employees, and a certification can be what sets applicants apart," he says."

Read more at WSJ.com

New PMI Communities of Practice

PMI is excited to launch three new communities of practice, formed by PMI volunteers, as a resource for members to connect to those who share their interest in a particular facet of project management.

The Innovation and New Product Development Community of Practice provides a place to share, learn and advance project and program management knowledge and practice in the application of product and service innovation and commercialization.

The Learning, Education and Development Community of Practice provides creative and innovative techniques for teaching and communicating the value of professional project management.

The Project Risk Management Community of Practice seeks to build the capacity of project managers so that they can contribute actively to the implementation and usage of sound risk management practices, and leverage those practices to improve project management effectiveness.

For a limited time, PMI members can participate in as many communities as you’d like at no extra charge. The more you get involved, the more you’ll enjoy your PMI membership.

Learn more

PMI Northern Nevada Seminar Day: Achieving Empowerment

PMI-NNV’s 7-PDU seminar is set for July 24, 2010, at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV. This one-day event has something for every-one, from seasoned PMPs to novice project managers in all industries. Presentations and breakout sessions provide empowering concepts and tools useful professionally, personally and in your community.

Plan now to attend this powerful day full of ideas and tools from local, regional and international speakers to achieve personal empowerment, increase your skills and move forward in your career.
  • PMI’s international Project of the Year award winner, Newmont Mining (Elko, NV), will present a case study keynote address by Richard Gerspacher and Patricia Downing showing how they over-came many obstacles to complete this significant coal-fired energy plant 10 weeks early and under budget.
  • Four Breakout Sessions in two areas: Project Leadership and The PM Toolkit – provide workshops on topics vital to all levels of project managers.
  • Job Seekers – attend the keynote by Mahmood Khan from PMI-Silicon Valley Chapter and speak with regional recruiters on hand during lunch and afternoon breaks; network with PMI members from many western states.
  • People Skills – learn ways to motivate people to achieve and succeed from coach and author Idora Silver. Hone techniques for recruiting and retaining volunteers from noted author Linda Lysakowski.
More information and registration.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Project Manager Roles across the Life Cycle

Take an active role in improving the profession by participating in the following survey:

Studies have separately investigated the leadership role of project managers, project manager skills, and the influence of critical success factors across the project life cycle. This study integrates project manager roles and characteristics, and the project life cycle. The purpose of this study is to examine the influence of organizational, project, and project manager characteristics on project success. The study also investigates whether different stages of the project life cycle results in the utilization of different project manager roles.

Valecia Dyett, Lynn University, vdyett@lynn.edu


Review the results of past PMI-sponsored surveys.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

US Dept of Labor Study: IT Project Managers needed

As part of PMI’s on-going effort to continually increase awareness and support the project management profession, the Institute is collaborating with Research Triangle Institute (RTI) on the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. The O*NET program provides information regarding more than 900 occupations nationwide. The USDOL's O*NET data is available free of charge and used by millions of people who are exploring the world of work including students, educators, workforce development staff, veterans, those who've been laid off, as well as many others.

PMI is asking for the assistance of all of IT project manager members’ help in identifying the role of an “Information Technology Project Manager” -- a new and emerging USDOL O*NET standard occupational classification scheduled to debut in the near future. Those who meet the criteria below and are selected by RTI will receive US$40.00 for their time and effort.  Read more (PDF file).

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Successful May 12th Meeting in Sierra Vista

Thanks to everyone who attended our recent chapter meeting in Sierra Vista.  Around 25 people came to network and listen to Alex Cline's presentation on contract scope management, using his Iraq experience with a vehicle maintenance contract as a case study.

In addition, thanks to everyone who offered to help with the organization of future meetings in Sierra Vista.

Based on the survey I distributed at the meeting, the chapter board will be considering monthly meetings in Sierra Vista, probably on Thursday evenings.  (Dinner meetings were definitely favored over breakfast meetings.)  Stay tuned for more details.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Positions Available

From chapter member Ron Wampler, via our discussion boards:

"Calling PMPs.  I'm looking for outstanding Project Managers for my full time positions.  Note: I am not a recruiter... These are open positions reporting directly to me."
For more information read the full post on our discussion board.

Chapter Communications

As PMs we know the importance of communications. We also know different people have different communication needs, preferences, and styles.  As a chapter we must strike a balance between informing and overwhelming.

Here’s a summary of current chapter communication channels, so you can make informed decisions about how to receive information about PMI Tucson, and how to communicate with fellow chapter members.

President’s Blog (What you're reading right now)
Chapter-related updates and information in byte-sized pieces.

Chapter Website
http://www.pmi-tucson.org/ The main chapter website. Contains general chapter information, and a members-only area where presentations etc. are posted. Both chapter members and non-members can create profiles/accounts on the site.

Mailing Lists
We have two separate mailing lists driven by your chapter website profile. One list publishes the event notices, and the other publishes general announcements. With the creation of this blog, we hope to keep email announcements to a minimum. Update your mailing list preferences via your profile, or use the unsubscribe links at the end of chapter emails.

LinkedIn Group
Show your affiliation with PMI Tucson by joining the chapter’s LinkedIn group. Start discussions, and network with other LinkedIn users

Discussion Boards
The chapter’s main discussion boards are on the main website. Anyone can read the discussions - once you log in, you can edit/add information. You can also subscribe: to the discussion forum, so you're notified when someone creates a new discussion topic; and/or to individual topics, to receive updates when people post additional comments about that specific topic.

There’s a dedicated employment related discussion thread – if you’d been subscribed to it, you would already know that Coventry Healthcare is currently looking for PMP-certified project managers.

Member Directory
Once you’re logged into the chapter website you can access the directory of chapter members. Use your profile to enable your contact information, so other chapter members can contact you.

Email
Contact the folks without whom there would be nothing to communicate about, the chapter board, via email.

Events
Probably the most effective, and low-tech, way to stay connected with the chapter is to attend an event/meeting. The current event schedule is here. Everyone is welcome to attend a meeting – members/non-members/certified/not-certified.