The Journey from Idea to Implementation: A PMI Volunteer’s View on the Development of a New Certification
(Part 1)

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Beth Ouellette is a Project Portfolio, PgMO & PM Expert, Professional Facilitator, Educator & Coach, and Managing Director, The Ouellette Group.

In this article series, Beth Ouellette, Chief Executive at the Ouellette Group in New York, talks about her experience working on PMI’s Requirements Management Steering Committee. This group helped to perform the work that eventually created the PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)SM certification, which officially launched in September, 2014. As Beth explains, the work and planning that goes into the creation of a PMI certification begins long before it’s made public.

Through extensive research and planning, PMI strives to create certifications that bring the most value to the profession. PMI volunteers play an essential part in ensuring that these certifications meet the crucial needs of the business community and are at the cutting edge of the profession.

Part 1: My Background with PMI
I officially started my tenure as a PMI volunteer in 2003. It is one of my longer relationships! I had been working in project management for a number of years in various companies, starting out as a computer engineer and eventually working my way up to where I was running a project management office (PMO). In 2003, PMI approached me to become part of the core team for the PMI Portfolio Management Standard.

This was some of the hardest work ever. We worked 12-15 hours a day, from Friday through Sunday; because as a team of volunteers, we were working …

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