Regardless of where a project manager lies on the career continuum, a career management plan is important. Read how PMs at two very different stages in their career can advance themselves in three common focus areas.
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We start the new decade with a bang as we present the 13th edition of our annual virtual conference and exhibition! Whether you’re a seasoned PM or new to the field, PMXPO provides an excellent opportunity to learn, network, earn PDUs and broaden your perspective on project management. This year’s show is headlined by keynote speaker Cara Brookins, a bestselling author who rebuilt her broken family by building her own house watching “how-to” videos on YouTube.
Join us for PMI Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2019! This virtual event will explore the latest trends in business analysis and provide you with the insights, resources, and tools to advance your career and enhance project success.
The PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2019 explores the impact of rapidly changing technologies on the project management profession across industries. Participants will gain an understanding of how to better position themselves for growth and to identify talent for their project teams.
What motivates Generation Y to work on projects? Young professionals are increasingly looking for a specific work environment characterized by opportunities for learning, meaningfulness and achievement. Projects outcomes offer the kind of work environment that fits the expectations of young professionals quite well. In this session, we share our findings from the research project, The Future of Project Work, and discuss what motivates young professionals to work on projects. Young project professionals are specifically attracted to this work, as projects fulfill their needs for autonomy, learning, purpose and social connections. We will discuss the motivators of young project professionals and how organizations can support project management careers.
Project Success Trifactor: Transformational Leadership, Organizational Change Management, and Project Management
In OCM, the most common mistake is to focus only on transitioning to the new systems or processes and not on the people. People are the single most important factor that drives successful change adoption. Organizations that fail to deliver their strategic initiatives often find the lack of stakeholder involvement and engagement counterproductive. Stakeholders view proposed changes through their beliefs and perceptive filters. During this session, learn the difference between change and transformation and why the latter is preferred. You will also learn about the different leadership and OCM practices to engage in through the project phases and which to avoid. Learn how to move from the abstract to the “why” and then on to the concrete “how” we’re going to change and drive successful project outcomes.
For professional practitioners, Agile Government is the Change Management Frontier and it holds valuable lessons for every marketplace arena. During this reality-based, technically sophisticated webinar, you will discover how to invert paralysis and gain insights into pragmatic steps that will fuel amazing career opportunity for you!
In this installment of the Discover PMI – Ask Us Anything Series, we will introduce KICKOFF™ - a FREE, 45-minute course and toolkit for informal project managers or members of project teams. KICKOFF™ guides users through the basic of project management, with bite-sized, engaging content and actionable templates, so they can effectively manage their projects from start to finish.
Save Time With Tools And Templates
Taking time to reflect on ways you have integrated your PM skills into your day-to-day life can be an invaluable exercise. The more consciously you are aware of your competencies, the more successful you may be in your PM career—and your life journey. Use this simple worksheet as a starting point and in conjunction with the article Applying PM Skills to Day-to-Day Life.
How content you are in your current and future career potential? With your physical and mental health? With your current and future financial status? This assessment will help you think through areas in your life that are most important to you—and develop a practical and sustainable purpose statement to guide you when to say "yes" to some things and "no" to others. Use in conjunction with the blog "Your North Star – Creating a Practical and Sustainable Purpose Statement."
Translate your improvement plans into concrete actions and real results using this simple questionnaire, which helps you chart development focus areas and tie them to situations you encounter on the job. Adjust to fit your situation, and add rows/sections as needed.
Use this template in conjunction with the article How to Strengthen Your Resilience to help evaluate yourself across 12 dimensions and look for areas to improve—and strengths that will enable you to help others.
No matter where you are on the career ladder, consider creating a roadmap for moving forward by comparing your current state to the requirements needed to achieve your career goals—and then identify the actions you need to take to make it all happen. Use this template in conjunction with the article What’s Your Career Plan?
Learn From Others
Unless project managers accelerate their attempts to future-proof their careers, they will find themselves being left behind by a discipline that is increasingly focused on skills that they haven’t yet acquired.
In today’s social media-rich environment, there are far more opportunities for project managers to express opinions, to stand for something. That's a valuable approach to advancing a career, whether you are a contractor or an employee.
Interpersonal skills can often be the most challenging aspect of emotional intelligence. Here we focus on the importance of empathy (understanding and being aware of people's feelings) and social skills (knowing how to work with others in various situations). How do you measure up?
How does the reality of not knowing what will happen in 2023 impact our lives? What can the average project manager do to be prepared to adapt to whatever comes their way this year? These three strategies can help.
Celebrate trailblazers by nominating students, faculty, researchers and authors who are working to advance the profession for recognition with a PMI award! Nominate by 15 March 2023.
Ignore emotional intelligence at your own risk. As a project manager, much of what we do is based on exercising EI. We are responsible for inspiring, motivating and influencing team members—and we must use EI first to get our mental health in order, then to help promote collaboration.
We increasingly talk about the need for project managers to be more strategic in their thinking, but what does that really mean? How can a PM make a direct connection between abstract concepts and the work that they do every day? And more importantly, how can they help their teams make that connection?
Approaching strategic thinking or problem solving from a prescribed means is rarely productive. You can use tools and frameworks out of the box, but one needs a more tactically considered approach to be effective. Is it time for an analytic tune-up?
How can we motivate team members from passive compliance (or even worse, resistance) to committed dedication or even passionate innovation? Paying a salary does not motivate someone. Enter power skills to the rescue.
Power skills are being recognized by teams and organizations as critical for the workplace. They are at the heart of leading successful teams, engaging stakeholders and conquering challenges to the project plan. Read this report to learn which power skills are most critical to project success.
Building your credibility as a changemaker is the start of your journey, not the end. It’s also essential to inspire change in your project team and beyond. Here are some tips to help you and your team embrace change.
There is a treasure trove of actionable takeaways that our PMs penned in 2022. Which one of these fun, heartwarming and engaging articles is your favorite? Discover what you might have missed, or revisit a popular favorite!
How much of what you do involves negotiations? Probably more than you realize. It pays to actively and deliberately improve your negotiating skills. Otherwise, you may miss opportunities, shortchanging your project and hindering your professional future.
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