Tuesday, April 12, 2016

President's Blog - April 2016

Dear Chapter Stakeholders – 

In this edition of the President’s Blog: 

  • our first networking event on April 28th; 
  • the opportunity to provide feedback on PMI-Tucson professional development opportunities; 
  • how to update your member information on the PMI-Tucson website;
  • volunteer opportunities; 
  • the next selection for Book Buzz.

Inaugural Networking Meeting 

In January of this year, I presented the PMI-Tucson goal of establishing quarterly networking events to provide increased value to chapter members. Given the limited amount of networking time we have before our regular meetings and also that we usually have a set of people interested in job opportunities, this seemed the natural way to expand our available services to members. Under the direction of new Director of Networking Mari Diffley, I am pleased to report our first event has been scheduled! 

Register here for a social at Reilly Craft Pizza and Beer (on Pennington) on Thursday, April 28th from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. TEKSystems has graciously agreed to sponsor the event, which will be jointly attended by members of GeekMeet. 

We welcome your feedback on this event, even if you are unable to attend. Please feel free to contact any board member to give us your input. Tell us your thoughts about the format, location, and/or anything else about the event. Also, please feel free to suggest other networking ideas. 

Professional Development Opportunities 

Jason Falter, our VP of Programs, would like membership feedback on desired professional development opportunities. For example, if the Chapter sponsored a day-long event where participants attended a series of one-two hour lectures on a variety of different topics – and received PDUs -- would that be of interest? What about PMI-Tucson sponsored PMP-prep courses? Send Jason your feedback. 

Member Records 

We are in the process of reviewing the data integrity of our member data. We often receive notification that our communications haven’t reached some members, or that our data is out of synch with the corporate PMI database. Also, there is a lag in time between when a member renews online with PMI and when the chapter receives notification of the renewal. So, please take a moment to verify that your profile on the PMI-Tucson website is accurate. To do so, login to the website, then choose View profile. Please check your email address, phone number, organization, and job title, and make corrections, as needed. If you have any issues, please send your changes to our VP Membership (Dr. Elizabeth Lugosi). You may also want to check your PMI profile on the PMI corporate website. Log in, then choose myPMP and then Profile. We appreciate your help!

Volunteer Opportunities 

As always, we need volunteers to help us expand our programs and provide more benefits to members. One of the goals of VP Membership is to develop a PMI-awareness campaign. This could involve mail contact or in-person visits to local companies. It would also be wonderful to have more company representatives present at our meetings as so many organizations are interested in project management and PMI-Tucson members would benefit from learning more about Tucson businesses. We would also like to have conversations with college leaders/student group leaders in order to introduce them to PMI-Tucson and to explain the benefits of joining our Chapter. If you would like to be a volunteer to engage with students or faculty members, please contact our VP Membership -- Dr. Elizabeth Lugosi. (Remember, volunteers earn PDUs!) 

Book Buzz 

We have a winner! The next selection for the quarterly PMI-Tucson Book Buzz meeting is Balanced Scorecard Evolution: A Dynamic Approach to Strategy Execution by Paul R. Niven. The text is rather lengthy, so to encourage involvement, each participant need only come prepared to discuss one case study. Coordinate case selections via email with me prior to the event on Saturday, June 4th. Start reading, and we’ll see you there!