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Kristin Jones
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Dave Garrett
Craig Dalrymple
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PM Wars Tournament, 28 - 31 October, PMI Global Conference

Where the Gurus Are!

October Community News You Can Use

Ask the Expert Returns to PMI Global Conference!

Join Us for a Series of Industry Focused Round-Tables and Networking Hours

PM Wars Tournament, 28 - 31 October, PMI Global Conference

The inaugural PM Wars Tournament will be hosted this year at the 2017 PMI Global Conference. Attendees of the conference can compete and demonstrate their skills and knowledge in a fun competition throughout Conference in the Expo Hall.

Click this link to sign up in advance and reserve your spot in the competition. Registration will also be available in the expo hall during the event but space is limited; reserving today can ensure you get to participate!

PM Wars at the PMI 2017 Global Conference pitches you head to head against other attending PMs in a test of your Project Management knowledge. You'll have 90 seconds to answer as many questions as possible. You get +2 points for a correct answer and -1 for a wrong answer. You are allowed to skip questions, but only three times.

This tournament will be conducted using a single elimination style bracket where the most knowledgeable PMs will advance. Registration will be available at the PM Wars booth at the start of the event; slots are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The tournament rounds will last throughout the PMI Global Conference, cumulating with a final battle to determine which PM's knowledge stands above the crowd! Prizes will be granted for first and second place: 

Bose Quiet Comfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones for Apple devices.

Fitbit Charge 2.

NOTE: Participants must be in attendance at Global Conference and able to compete in their chosen or assigned time slots. Anyone not able to compete at their time(s) will forfeit their competition and the other PM will advance.

Date: 10/28/2017 (Sat.)
Time: 9:00am - 6:00pm EDT
Location: Exhibit Hall
Register Online Today

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: October 13, 2017 04:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (9)

Where the Gurus Are!

Categories: events, PMI, PMO

Access to project management's thought leaders: PMO Symposium 2017

Transition. Transformation. Conversion. Change. These words are chiseled into today’s Project Management lexicon, but so is the word, “success” – the end goal for every project. As adaptive PM methods become more ubiquitous in organizations around the world, we recognize that no one approach will do. Rather, project leaders embrace and apply multiple approaches—predictive, Agile, or some hybrid thereof—to get their project across the proverbial finish line, all while trying to build sustainable benefits and agility. As one colleague commented after a project meeting last week, “It would be nice to just climb to the top of the mountain and ask the guru how to achieve project management nirvana!”

Ok, so let’s go with that concept for a second. Where do we find the guru, or gurus? How do we get an audience with them, pick their brain, learn from and apply their wisdom? Dr. Rita McGrath, a keynote speaker at this year’s PMO Symposium, might suggest that the ability and willingness to seek out actual information, confront bad news, learn fast from failure and design appropriate approaches is critical; that rapidly changing, volatile environments require us to adopt an entrepreneurial mind-set, what we need to learn even if we can’t visualize the outcome at the onset. This may sound like more uncertainty at a time when the quest is to seek more clarity. There is, however, a method to this perceived madness. McGrath’s talk on transient advantage is just one of the many mind-opening presentations on the agenda at the 2017 PMO Symposium (#PMOSym), November 5-8, in Houston, TX.

Nearly 80 industry thought leaders will share their perspectives, relevant strategies, and in-depth case studies at the Symposium, and will also give their insights on the future of project management and how the PMO—a change agent now more than ever—can build a rock-solid foundation for successful outcomes, leadership, and lasting value in a rapidly-evolving environment. The 2017 agenda allows for peer-to-peer interaction throughout the 4-day event, and is stacked with multiple breakout sessions and essential Knowledge Hubs. This year’s speakers and panelists span the globe and represent a wide swath of industries, organizations, and government agencies.

The Symposium’s host city of Houston is, by recent events, emblematic of change and transition as it now deals with the aftermath of last month’s Hurricane Harvey damages. Projects like the City’s reconstruction of a 38 mile stretch of US Highway 290 is one that has required an adaptive approach to manage the project. This timely and highly relevant case study has now been added the Symposium’s Learning Excursion series. The professional trip to The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) offices will illustrate how the agency has faced numerous challenges with the project’s reallocation of inter-agency responsibilities and evolving funding sources. PMOs from various organizations will be able to see and evaluate the project’s evolution that has resulted in implementation adjustments during construction.

Coupled with topics on successful, transformative project management are talks on the qualities that change-driven leaders possess. According to Adrian Gostick, a leadership guru and #1 best-selling leadership author, it is culture that drives innovation and execution. Strong cultures encourage leadership from everyone in the organization and as the project leader, you are the core influencer of the kind of culture at play in your team, division, or whole company.  Gostick will deliver a keynote address at the Symposium that focuses on developing a “Culture of Belief” to drive results, especially within a dynamic work environment. Each of the Symposium’s four keynote speakers not only bring recognized expertise, but will also elicit thought-provoking discussions on Agile Transformation and The Evolving PMO, as well as the practical application skills needed to help lead an organization’s transition to a more adaptive culture.

Project management nirvana? Perhaps this is an oxymoron. But, finding one’s own sense of PMO competency and assuredness in today’s climate is achievable, as the Symposium’s many gurus will attest. So in a sense, mission accomplished: access to the project management gurus and PM enlightenment – and, no exhaustive mountain climbing required.

PMO Symposium  |  Houston, TX  |  November 5-8, 2017

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: October 10, 2017 08:06 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

October Community News You Can Use

It's October and the fall season is now upon us in the United States! As with seasonal change, new activities come to fruition, while existing ones get tucked away until a new cycle begins. Whether fully engaged in projects or cramming to meet deadlines, we hope you can take a moment to read about new and exciting activities taking place here on! Hopefully, the following updates will pique your interest and alleviate the stressors we all face on a day to day basis.

PMI Organizational Agility Conference 2017: Did you miss this recent virtual event? If so, don’t fret, you can now watch it on-demand! During these six separate presentations you will learn skills that will help you and your organization define what agility means to you. Check it out!

Stuck in the Leadership Vacuum?: Have you ever noticed there are some problems that no one wants to tackle? For a variety of reasons, most people simply stay on the sidelines, complain and do little—all while the problem continues to fester with no resolution in sight. In his recent article, Craig Curran-Morton PMP provides some possible clues to look for in these situations.

Ask the Expert Session at PMI Conference – Ask the Expert is back by popular demand at PMI Global Conference 2017 as part of the event's career series! These one-on-one sessions allow you to discuss your project question or problem, get advice about navigating the project management career path, or talk through issues currently facing the profession from a trusted and established expert. For more information, visit the PMI Global Conference Career Series page.

PMI Talent Management Conference 2017. How can PM professionals cultivate the skills the market—and employers—demand? How can organizations develop PM talent that adapts to change and leads them to success? Stay ahead of career requirements and organizational demands at the PMI Talent Management Conference 2017, the only talent management event designed exclusively for PM professionals! Register today!

That's all for now! If you have any questions about community events, user guidelines, or any other community happenings, feel free to reach out to any member of the Community Engagement team. We're happy to help!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: October 05, 2017 11:23 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

Ask the Expert Returns to PMI Global Conference!

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Ask the Expert is back by popular demand at PMI Global Conference 2017 as part of the event's career series! These one-on-one sessions allow you to discuss your project question or problem, get advice about navigating the project management career path, or talk through issues currently facing the profession from a trusted and established expert.

Over the course of our annual three-day event, you'll have the opportunity to meet with experts from various industries representing a wide variety of areas of expertise to discuss all things project management. Learn more about our 2017 experts below and through their blog, PMI Global Insights.

Dave Maynard

Cheryl Lee

David Davis

Karen Chovan

Dan Furlong

Emily Luijbregts

Nic Jain

Gina Abudi

Larry Cooper

Unsure about what you can ask during an Ask the Expert session? Check out our FAQs to get a better idea of how to plan your conversation. Attending PMI Global Conference and ready to sign up? You can schedule your one-on-one session now and begin building your event experience!

Posted by Kristin Jones on: October 02, 2017 03:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Join Us for a Series of Industry Focused Round-Tables and Networking Hours

Over the next few weeks, will be hosting members only, industry focused round-tables and networking hours for Pharmaceutical, Health Care, Construction, and Legal project management professionals.

The events will each be sixty minute networking gatherings for project managers of all backgrounds and levels of experience in the related industries. We’ll discuss hot topics and current challenges supported by high levels of participant discussion and commentary.

The first 100 project managers who register for each session will receive invitations to the related event and be eligible to attend. The events will use the webinar platform (but will not be PDU granting events). Participants will be encouraged to arrive on time, introduce themselves in chat, and participate in an active, moderated discussion. If you would like to join, please follow the appropriate industry link below to receive your invitation.

Click on the Appropriate Industry Link to Register!

Registrants will be invited based on when they submit their request as well as the accuracy of the information provided. Please be sure to double check all of your contact information to ensure we can reach you!

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: September 27, 2017 11:25 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

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