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Happy New Year!

President Obama Signs Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act!

December Book Club

Community Update: News You Can Use

Improve Project Success While Earning Badges!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We hope that 2017 has greeted you with a renewed sense of enthusiasm that will set you up for success in the months to come. To get you started, we've got some updates and new content to share with you!

Updated User Guidelines! We have updated our community user guidelines. These guidelines were created to help ensure that your interactions within the community are as rewarding as possible. You can find the guidelines here and at the bottom of every page. Please make sure you read them thoroughly and reach out if you have any questions. 

New podcast! Did you know that we had podcasts available for you to listen at your convenience? Now you do! Listen in to our newest podcast addition, PM Debate with Philip Diab! Listen to Philip and Mary Elizabeth Diab debate topics that affect the profession and share your point of view in the comments! This is just in time content that you can take advantage of on your way to work or while taking a quick break from your daily tasks. You can find Philip's podcast, and others, by visiting the Podcasts page here in the community.

PMI Scheduling Conference 2017! Registration for the PMI Scheduling Conference 2017 is open! Join us on 29 March 2017 from 9am-5pm ET to hear leading experts explain what your CEO wants you to know about project scheduling, how to build a scheduling center of excellence into your PMO, and so much more! This is a FREE event for PMI members only and you can earn up to 6 PDUs for this event! You can find more information (and REGISTER) by visiting the Events page.

Don't forget you can gain influence within the community by contributing content, networking with one another, and lending your expertise by answering questions in the discussion forums.

We're thrilled that you chose to join us for another year that is sure to be filled with exciting new challenges and stories of success. Here's to a fantastic 2017!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: January 12, 2017 03:25 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)

President Obama Signs Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act!

From Tommy Goodwin, Government Relations Manager, PMI

Great news! On 14 December, President Barack Obama signed the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA) into law!

As the global advocate for project managers and the project management profession, PMI supported this first-of-its-kind law in the United States to improve workforce development opportunities for project and program managers and improve the success rates and efficiencies of federal government projects and programs.

“PMIAA is an important step to improving the [U.S.] government’s ability to effectively manage its portfolio of projects and programs and will help ensure program managers are able to serve as stewards of taxpayer dollars,” said PMI President and Chief Executive Officer Mark A. Langley.

PMI led the charge on Capitol Hill to demonstrate that organizations that invest in project and program management talent and standards improve outcomes, accountability and efficiency. With PMI’s Pulse of the Profession® research showing that government entities globally waste $101 million for every $1 billion spent on project and programs, lawmakers from both political parties were eager to support legislation that would help improve project and program outcomes and increase the value that Americans receive for their tax dollars.

PMI is grateful for the support of the bipartisan, bicameral authors of the PMIAA legislation—Sen. Joni Ernst from Iowa, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota, Rep. Todd Young from Indiana, and Rep. Gerry Connolly from Virginia—as well as the following co-sponsors:

  • Sen. Bob Casey from Pennsylvania
  • Rep. Mike Bishop from Michigan
  • Rep. Susan Brooks from Indiana
  • Rep. Matt Cartwright from Pennsylvania
  • Rep. Steve Chabot from Ohio
  • Rep. Barbara Comstock from Virginia
  • Rep. Scott DesJarlais from Tennessee
  • Rep. Tammy Duckworth from Illinois
  • Rep. Sam Graves from Missouri
  • Rep. Richard Hanna from New York
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger from Illinois
  • Rep. Steven Palazzo from Mississippi
  • Rep. Steve Pearce from New Mexico
  • Rep. Hal Rogers from Kentucky
  • Rep. Pete Session from Texas
  • Rep. Jackie Walorski from Indiana

Now that the bill has been signed into law, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has one year to implement the new law… and PMI will be working with OMB and the federal agencies to ensure the U.S. government realizes the benefits of this landmark legislation.

See the news release for more information.

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: December 20, 2016 07:42 AM | Permalink | Comments (11)

Community Update: News You Can Use

Categories: community, news

Wow! 2016 has zoomed by and, while it has had its fair share of challenges, we had a lot of successes here in the community. As a community we have delivered over 900 pieces of content (you read that right), over 1,350 blog posts, and over 20,000 discussion posts and the year hasn't ended yet! Our community has LOTS to say and that's music to our ears because it tells us that you want to share. You care about helping your peers solve issues and you have a passion for sharing the knowledge you have with one another. This is only part of what makes our community so great.

With a little over 2 weeks left in the year, I wanted to share a few things you may have missed in the rush to wrap up year-end activities:

  • As some of you may have already heard, the United States Senate unanimously approved the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act. This is a major step forward for the future of project management. You can read more about this groundbreaking legislation, it's origin, and why it's important here. We will share more information about this bill as things develop.
  • Got something to say about ethics in the workplace? There's a survey for that. Click here to share your views on this important topic. Your participation matters!
  • Do you have colleagues who would benefit from being a part of the community? Do you want to earn a new badge? If the answer to either of those questions is a resounding "YES!" then read how you can earn badges and contribute to improving project success when someone you refer to the community completes registration on the site. 
  • Do you have experience with Bowtie methodology for Enterprise Risk Management? If so, one of your fellow community members could use your help! Take a look at James Chew's discussion post to see if you can help provide some solutions.

It's been an amazing year with all of you. On behalf of the Community Engagement team, thank you for being a part of our thriving community. Your participation and engagement is the reason why we are here.

Happy holidays to you and yours and best wishes for your success in 2017!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: December 15, 2016 08:02 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

BREAKING NEWS: Program management legislation passed by the U.S. Senate

Categories: PMI

The U.S. Senate today voted to approve S.1550, the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act. This landmark legislation, created with the purpose of improving program and project management policy across the U.S. government, now moves to the desk of U.S. President Barack Obama for final approval.

You can read the official announcement from PMI by clicking here

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: December 01, 2016 12:30 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

Connect with Fellow Chapter Members with One Touch of a Button!

Categories: chapters, community, member

Would you like to connect with your fellow chapter members here in the community with the touch of a single button?

We’ve made it easy for you! Click here to create online connections AUTOMATICALLY with other members of your local chapter. You have the ability to strengthen your local connections by:

  • Recognizing accomplishments
  • Collaborating on content
  • Sharing knowledge through online discussions

Create a sense of community for your local chapter all through!

Also, be on the lookout for your local chapter leaders who may invite you to connect and continue local conversations, globally.  Help them recognize the contributions of people like you, highlighting how local experts are impacting the global community by making them a part of your network.

Haven’t completed your profile? Let your colleagues know who you are! Get started today! Here’s how:

Click here to:

  1. Upload a photo
  2. Provide a basic profile description
  3. Select a unique URL

Take these simple steps to begin reaping the rewards of this active community today!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: November 10, 2016 07:18 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

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