As a member of my local chapter, I am attempting to increase awareness of the communities of practice. What I would like is to tell your story, what has the CoP meant to you and how have you benefited from membership. - Alex
Great question, Alex! Thank you for increasing awareness of the communities of practice with your local chapter. As of March 15, 2015, the 40+ communities of practice have been fully integrated into the larger community and knowledge base here on projectmanagement.com. With this change come even more opportunties to benefit from an online community and all of us from the former Agile CoP leadership team are excited about the change. It's also a good time to reflect on why we joined and volunteered with the CoP and how we benefited.
A long time Agilist, I first became a member of the Agile CoP to use one of the benefits of my PMI membership. I was intrigued that the PMI, well known champions of traditional project management practices, was offering a community and knowledge base for Agile practices. If you want to learn more about how and why the PMI started embracing Agile, read Derek Huether's 3-part series of blog posts: When PMI Introduced The Elephant. When I saw a call for volunteers in the Agile CoP newsletter several months later, I volunteered to edit the CoP blog. I had been writing my own blog for about a year, so I had skills and experience to contribute and, in return, I could build a network that spanned both the PMI and the Agile communities.
Being a part of that network has been the most amazing experience for the last four years. I have made friends with wonderful people around the globe, some of whom I have yet to meet in person and many I have. The more I consistently engaged with the community, more opportunities opened, such as helping two Agile thought leaders with their books. As a community leader, I was able to attend three Leadership Institute Meetings where we had a front row seat to some momentous evolution within the PMI. Of course, not everything is rainbows and unicorns. We have also had significant challenges. Through both the highs and the lows, I have learned a lot from this network and will cherish the memories.
Because of my experience with the Agile CoP, I would encourage anyone to actively engage in an online community such as projectmanagement.com. As a member, you will have access to the collective knowledge from practictioners around the world. Be more than a consumer. Contribute. Like all of you, I am incredibly busy with my real-life job and personal commitments. The beauty of an online community is that it is possible to contribute on your time table. It doesn't have to be a big project. Find something that sparks your interest and you can do in the time you have. The more present and consistent you are in the community, the more you will become known and your network will grow.
If you want to learn more about how you can contribute to projectmanagement.com, check out the Contribute Content page. To find PMI volunteering opportunities, go to the Volunteer Relationship Management System.
Hope to see you around the community!