For the past year, PMI has been going undergoing a strategic transformation to be able to support Project Managers in every aspect of their career journey.
This has really made me think about myself and my own career journey and I've asked myself: What am I doing to invest in myself? What am I doing to become a stronger, better Project Manager? Here are a few suggestions that I'd recommend
1. Develop your career strategy
One thing that I'd recommend you start with is looking at where you want your career to go. If you can see where you want to be in 3,5,10 years then it'll help you analyse how you can get there. Do you want to move towards Program Management? Diversify your skills as a Project Manager and become an expert in a specific area (agile/ transformation etc)?
2. Know your resources!
Your PMI membership can be a great way for you to know and utilise resources at your fingertips. Free On-Demand Webinars, Virtual conferences, in person conferences and great Career Development blogs are all available for you to be able to support and help you along the way. Don't forget that there are many Vendor offers available for you that might be useful to find available resources.
When it comes to the renewal cycle for PDUs, I try to plan to achieve a minimum of 20 PDUs every year. Within that, I break it down into topic areas where I want to personally improve and then I look for resources that can support me in this area. So it could look like this:
4. Ask the right questions:
Here's a few questions that might help you understand / learn where you want to develop/progress to:
Why is this important?
I completely agree with the PMI strategy of focusing on the individual Project Manager and their career path. It's important to remember and really look long term about our career path and how we can get there. I also think that it's important to have this discussion with your company/ manager about where you want to go and how you want to develop.
During my recent yearly discussions with my boss I discussed that my interests over this year have developed and change and this is where i'd like to move/develop towards. My company appreciates that I take control of my career path and let them know how this will link with their wider strategy/organisational goals.
When it comes to career planning, I think that it's important that you take the time out of your daily work to think really hard and honestly about the answers and work out what's best for you in your long term career. What does your career plan look like? How do you plan your career development? One great thing is that the PMI will be there to support you on your journey and keep providing you great opportunities to help you be the Best Project Manager that you can be!
Guten Tag, PMI world!
Thirty-one days ago…
A totally unexpected email popped into my Inbox. An email that really made my day!
As a long-time PMI volunteer, leader and speaker, I attended several PMI events in many countries. Every one of them gave me valuable opportunities to learn, share, network, and indeed grow in the profession.
Allow me to rewind another 30 days…
Online information on the PMI EMEA Congress was very inviting and exciting. Historic Berlin, the venue, was even more enticing. However, with no direct volunteer role to play here, I was resigned to follow the event over social media.
The surprise email changed all that. PMI was inviting me to cover the EMEA Congress onon Soci Media, to interact with peers and provide live social media updates. Here was a chance to let the entire PMI community get a taste of the conference virtually!
Tamil, my mother tongue and the oldest living language, has a famous phrase that roughly translates to “Will you refuse a reward to eat sweet, delicious sugarcane?”
Of course, you wouldn’t. Neither would I!
A hectic few weeks required collating documentation and applying for my Schengen visa, buying flight tickets, and booking a hotel room.
Landing at the Tegel airport, I was impressed with three well-known German traits put into practice: Speed, efficiency, and thoroughness. Immigration processing, baggage collection, and the taxi lines were a breeze. Traveling to the hotel, I couldn’t help notice the clean roads, plus the quaint mixture of modern skyscrapers and historic buildings.
Let me fast forward back to the present.
Here it is. Day One of the big event! I’m really excited!
I really look forward to joining my able team members, Priya Patra and Emily Luijbregts in taking you, our valued PMI community member in front of, and behind the scenes of PMI EMEA Congress 2018.
We will cover the key points made by speakers in all key sessions, interview speakers, chat with your peers, and maybe even post a quiz/trivia question or two.
We will do this over Social Media channels such as Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook, as well as through this blog.
Stay tuned to get continuous updates all through the day!
Meanwhile, have a great day, or as they say in German, “Ich wünsche ihnen einen wunderbaren Tag!”
Today, I plan to attend and cover these great sessions:
What I've learnt at #PMIcon17
Education and Training,
Human Aspects of PM,
PM & the Economy,
PM Think About It,
Reflections on the PM Life,
Categories: Agile, Best Practices, Career Help, Change Management, Communication, Communication, Documentation, Education and Training, Generational PM, Human Aspects of PM, Human Resources, Innovation, Innovation, Leadership, Lessons Learned, Lessons Learned, Mentoring, PM & the Economy, PM Think About It, Reflections on the PM Life, Stakeholder, Strategy, Talent Management, Volunteering
It's been a week since #PMIcon17 started and it's been a time to reflect on a few things that were really visible to me during the conference that I think is valuable to share with the wider community.
Personally, I felt that the Conference not only highlighted the opportunities that we have as Project Managers to learn and develop as stronger Project Managers but also showing the possibilities that are available in the PM world to contribute and grow.
Where will I be going from now? I'll be continuing to connect with everyone that I met to make sure that we can continue collaborating and sharing knowledge. I'll also be making sure that my 'contribution' to the Project Management industry remains involved, active and giving back just as much as I have been learning!
What will your contribution be? How can we collaborate together?
I've just finished my final slot on the "Ask the Expert" booth and it's been a jam packed morning! The overriding theme this morning has been coaching people to understand what their value is and what they really want from their careers and lives. It's been a really interesting journey to see how people want to develop and progress in their professional careers and how differently that this looks across the Project Management spectrum. Here's a quick summary of who I met with today*:
Here's some pictures from today:
*Please note all names have been changed for privacy reasons.
I thought I would add to David's post "I've Learned..." because I feel it's always nice to have some key takeaways from peoples' experiences to, shall we say, leap-frog past those things ourselves? We don't want to learn EVERYTHING from our own mis-steps along the way...
So what can I share that might help a few souls out?
- that you can ALWAYS learn something new from another person, no matter their age, education, background, or experiences.
- that diversity matters - diversity in all ways - when it comes to assessing challenges and finding their solutions.
- that in times of change and uncertainty, the best thing you can do for the people around you is to be open, honest, and to help them see why and how they still matter - how they've contributed to what once was, how they can help shift through the change, and how they will continue to provide value moving forward.
- that if you trust and give people the opportunity to step up to higher expectations, and provide them the necessary support they need (tools, training, moral support, backing, or other), they will rise to the challenge.
- that it's okay to be wrong, and
- that it's better to say no when your plate is full, than to think you can do it all, AND that people will understand, especially if you open up and choose to tell them why.
For this last point, I find it can be one of the most difficult ones to stick with.
I am passionate about so many things, and I love to see positive change, in our working environments, and in the world too. So, when people ask me if I can volunteer to help them do something, my heart and mind are often quick to say "YES"...
Not only is this not healthy, it is not a reality when we have family, when we would like to care for ourselves, and when we still need to pay the bills. So, be careful with what you say yes to, and balance that volunteer time with everything in your life.
I've deliberately said no to many things of late, and a few more where I said, maybe - in a few months...when (and if) the waters calm!
I'll be sharing other lessons around engaging your teams, collaboration and lean processes that will increase the performance within your organization, when I present on Sunday, Oct. 29, 4:45...you can find more details about my session here.
What have you learned that you might share?
If you'd like to discuss anything in particular with me, please book an appointment with me at the Ask the Expert booth during the following times. (And if you miss this chance, or won't be there? Book a time with me anyways...)
Saturday, Oct 28th: 3:00 to 4:30
Sunday, Oct 29th: 10:00 to 12:00
Monday, Oct 30th: 9:00 to 12:00
Looking forward to meeting you there!