Conversations, dialogue help garner perspectives outside of what has been seen as normal. Similarities, contradictions, opinions; just some of the possible outcomes.
When we think about capacities for conversations, we have our home, workplace, and social events. But every so often, an opportunity comes along to be a part of something bigger; something completely new that is at its very core, a synergy of great minds in an encompassing industry.
Imagine an event that offered accessibility to deep experience and unlimited potential. Imagine that the purpose of this event was for sharing and collaborating. Imagine that the event was also dedicated to a select group to explicitly summarize their insights into a verbal narrative.
Don’t lose sight of the vision just yet. What if this event also were to offer the prospect of meeting individuals, of whom, only had been built virtually?
This is the picture PMI’s 2019 Global Conference painted for me. An absolutely fantastic experience that was amplified by the amazing folks I got to spend it with. Certainly, not discounting the great food and drinks either, and even with all the interesting sessions, for me, the takeaway were the personal relationships, individual conversations, and shared experiences.
Thank you to Kimberly, Laura, Marjorie, Kiron, Lori W., Dave D., Lorelie, and Dave M. And thank you to those that signed up to speak with me. I truly hope I was able to provide you with valuable insights and recommendations that help to make your path to success just a little less bumpy.
I just returned home after a fulfilling three days at the Global Conference in Philadelphia. Having had the opportunity to attend the 50th anniversary event made it that much more special, especially as it was the venue in which the new PMI brand was launched.
Having been invited to provide some early feedback on the new brand a couple of months ago, it was not a surprise to me, but what was surprising was how much I saw it with fresh eyes upon seeing the logo and positioning statements everywhere - on posters, screens, clothing, you name it!
Another outcome I will remember for a long time was the opportunity to re-connect with members of my extended PMI family whom I had met over the years as well as the chance to finally shake the hands of or hug the active participants in this community whom I have communicated frequently with over the past couple of years but never met.
The keynote sessions were thought provoking and a number of the track sessions were well designed and presented. What struck me most was just how much agile has been woven into the fabric of the offerings - it shows that PMI's commitment to tackling delivery complexity through agility (and maybe in the future anti-fragility) is not superficial.
But what I cherish the most was the chance to work with a team of talented, like-minded, highly supportive experts to share our experience and ideas with the many (brave!?!) attendees who took the time to book sessions with us or who dropped by to ask us questions ranging from career development to challenging organizational blockers.
Dave, Dave, Lori, Lorelie and Andrew, we were a heck of a squadron with excellent ground support provided by Marjorie, Kimberly and Laura.
"I'll be your wingman, anytime!"
As I write this, I look back over the first day of PMI's Global Conference and have a hard time believing how much I've learned and experienced within a single day!
The day kicked off with an energizing, humorous and candid session by Adam Grant on how to better champion new ideas.
During our "Ask an Expert" sessions I had the privilege to meet with a couple of our community members, Jennifer & Ed, to discuss a couple of topics near and dear to my heart - PMOs and personal development. It was a wonderful opportunity to share some of the hard lessons I've learned from leading PMOs and the (sometimes random) path I've taken through my career.
I was also delighted to meet a number of folks who I have interacted with virtually through this community, the PMI LinkedIn discussion group and other online networks which only reinforced my support for the sixth principle of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development.
Throughout the day, I was impressed by the impact of the new PMI brand - it has really grown on me!
If this was day one, I can't wait to see what day two brings!
ProjectManagement.com has again pulled together a group of experts to help answer any questions you may have about Project Management and Projects in general. I'm proud to be one of them!
It's pretty easy to ask us stuff. You walk up to the desk, a friendly PMI person will talk to you, figure out who can help you the most and make an appointment. What can you ask us? Just about anything. Our group has a very wide range of knowledge and experience.
Here's a small mind map of who we are and what we can help with.
Please stop by and visit with us! We're all proud to have been selected as experts and we're even more proud to offer help to anyone that asks.
I'm the Dave with "trouble" by his name. :)
When contacted as a potential candidate for the Ask the Expert panel, I felt proud and had somewhat a sense of validation. Let me explain. Eleven years ago, during the recession, I was laid off and on unemployment. To that end, I chose to look at the other side of the coin, as an opportunity to reinvent myself and my career.
In the span of these eleven years, I have focused diligently on my professional development and career growth to have a voice. My voice is one of many, however, with a level of effort required to be in the choir, a level of commitment to not simply make oneself better, but to take it as a chance to share, grow, and contribute back to the professional community as a way to fortify and inspire.
After earning my PMP designation, I decided to put myself out there in this community, to be comfortable with being uncomfortable, to actively engage with the community as a way to solidify and expand on my understandings, assumptions, and experiences.
That was in 2016. Three years later, coming up to four, I am happy to now have this amazing opportunity to actively partake and engage in such an amazing event such as the Global Conference as an invited member of the Ask the Expert panel. It is an honor to sit amongst my peers in this fashion, with not just the ability to meet some of my online cohorts in person, but to meet others in the community as well to discuss interesting topics and learn from one another.
I look forward to being amongst the community and part of the celebration. See everyone there!