What beats giving money to charity and non-profit organizations? How about giving your time? Many non-profit organizations lack the funds needed to hire qualified PM professionals yet need help across the project management landscape. You can answer that need by volunteering your time to causes that are important to you.
Many organizations encourage and support philanthropy, but how do you maximize the benefit? Corporate models that go beyond just sponsorship may form the basis of something more substantial that PMs and their teams can get involved with.
For project managers, helping others with your expertise can be a very rewarding experience--and you don't need 20 years of experience to have an impact. Here are five top reasons for helping others by using your PM skills.
To maintain your certification (be it PMP, CAPM or PgMP), you have to meet the ongoing requirement for Professional Development Units. For the budget conscious of you out there, there are plenty of ways to fulfill your 60 PDUs within a three-year cycle that cost no money.
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There has been an explosive change within the last two decades over how software is developed and deployed. Agile methods and Scrum have led this charge and continue to gain momentum. A new report, "The State of Scrum: Benchmarks & Guidelines", is now available. This report reveals who is practicing Scrum, why they are practicing Scrum and the outlook for Scrum. Almost 500 professionals in over 70 countries were surveyed by ProjectManagement.com, ProjectsAtWork.com and Scrum Alliance for the report. Participants represented multiple industries from IT to education, finance, government, healthcare, telecommunications and more. Learn how your Scrum practice compares!
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Question: Since our agile team is self-managed, we have recently received notice that we can also oversee procurement on items that would not be commonly used by the rest of the organization. None of us has a background in this area. How do we make good buying decisions?
People who are agile should not be buying things. That slows down software development. Tell management you will need a Procurement Department to make purchases so you are not involved in this low-level process in any way.
Agile projects do not need anything except enthusiastic and inventive people to create success. Leave any procurement issues to those who follow traditional project management processes.
If your team is often short of money to add all the extra bells and whistles to the project, being in charge of procurement gives you the opportunity to ask prospective vendors for free merchandise to use for the project or for team incentives.
There are some common questions you can ask to help the team make better procurement decisions. It is a positive move to gain procurement responsibility since you are in the best position to evaluate buying options and get the features you really need to optimize your project success.