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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!
When Laura contacted me in mid-August to invite me to join the Ask the Expert team for the 2019 PMI Global Conference, I experienced a wide range of emotions.
Happiness at the chance to (re)connect with PMI staff & fellow practitioners whom I have only interacted with briefly in person in the past.
I've been involved with PMI since 1999, and while I had many in-person interactions in my first few years when I served as a director on the board of the PMI Lakeshore Chapter and helped contribute to the PMP exam in three exam item writing sessions, over the past few years it has been virtual with my work on some of PMI's standards and practice guides and my engagement in this community.
Pride that I was one of the folks selected out of all the great contributors to the Projectmanagement.com community. It reinforces my belief that if you pursue recognition it will escape you, but if you try to help out and do the "right thing", it will be a natural outcome.
As is the case with most social media, interaction in this community are low risk. At worst, someone will criticize a blog post or take exception to a discussion thread response. Being part of a team of "experts" almost paints the target on your back to be challenged in person. Well, in the immortal words of Barney Stinson: Challenge accepted!
I look forward to seeing you at the 2019 PMI Global Conference!