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Keynote Speaker Announced for the PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium 2017!

Dr. Wanda L. Curlee has been announced as the keynote speaker for the PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium 2017! The keynote address is titled: 

Controlling the IoT (Internet of Things) to Manage like a Rockstar. 
Best practice approaches for managers to embrace, align and drive successful efforts in the enterprise.

Dr. Curlee is an engaging corporate events and conference keynote speaker that shares best practice and relevant industry information which actively aligns with and complements her career as a project, program and portfolio manager tasked with delivering complex federal and commercial IT efforts.

Dr. Curlee has published three books; two delve into complexity theory and one is about virtual PMOs. She has earned four PMI credentials: PfMP, PgMP, PMP and PMI-RMP.

You can learn more & register on the PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium 2017 website!

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: April 12, 2017 10:54 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

April Community News You Can Use

Spring has sprung here in the United States and while we are seeing our fair share of rain, we are anticipating the beauty and sense of renewal the season brings! To help usher in a new season, we've got some helpful information to help move you forward, as well!

April's theme - Consulting: The theme this month is consulting. If you're considering becoming a PM consultant, Michael Wood's article provides you a few things to ponder as you prepare to make that decision. Read more about life in the PM consulting lane.

PMI Information Systems and Technology Symposium 2017: Registration is OPEN for this PMI member exclusive event! Risk, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things—as technology transforms project management, PM professionals are either ahead of the game, or falling behind. Stay current and competitive with the 2017 PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium. Visit the event registration page for more information.

Join us in Rome, Italy: Do you LOVE project management? I mean, obviously you do or you wouldn't be a part of this community! BUT...if you are in the EMEA region (or have always wanted to go to Rome), PMI EMEA Congress is less than a month away! Register today to learn lessons from experts such as Gabor George Burt and Magnus Lindkvist that will help advance your career. Visit the PMI EMEA Congress page to learn more and get registered!

PKI Projects: Do you have experience in PKI projects? Do you have best practices to share? Kenneth Myers could certainly use your input. Share your expertise and join the discussion!

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 Marjorie Anderson on: April 06, 2017 10:28 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

Join us for the PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium 2017 (Members Only virtual Event)

Risk, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things—as technology transforms project management, PM professionals are either ahead of the game, or falling behind.

Stay current and competitive with the 2017 PMI Information Systems & Technology Symposium. Exclusive to PMI members, this free, virtual event delivers a full day of intelligence on innovation and its impact on your PM career.

Visit the event page to learn more and Register today!

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: March 28, 2017 03:40 PM | Permalink | Comments (12)

March Community News You Can Use

Can you believe we're already nearing the end of the first week of March? Where has the time gone? Hopefully, the first quarter of 2017 has been productive and you've been able to do some really exciting work. And we hope the community has helped you get it done! 

To that respect, here are some updates (and upcoming events) you'll want to be aware of that can help take your work - and expertise - to the next level.

PMXPO 2017 - 10th Anniversary - That's right, it's the 10th anniversary of PMXPO and it's going to be amazing! This year's keynote is Alison Levine, First American women's Everest expedition Team Captain. You won't want to miss this annual virtual conference and exhibition, which gives you the opportunity to learn, network, earn 6 PDUs and gain valuable knowledge. The event is FREE and will take place on 27 April.  Sign up today and be a part of the excitement!

Your expertise is needed -  The Standard for Business Analysis and the PMI Guide to Business Analysis is now open for public review and comment! Lend your voice to the development of these standards. They will be open for review and comment until 28 March 2017. You can find more information here.

PMI Global Conference 2017: Call for Presentations -  Does anyone want to go to Chicago, IL USA? Better yet, if you have content that you believe will benefit other practitioners, we want to know! The call for presentations for PMI Global Conference 2017 is open! The deadline to submit your proposal is 23 March (that's only 2 weeks away), so get those submissions in today! 

When is Agile the right approach? - Most people know Agile is ideal for software development projects, since software functionality can be released in increments, but when else is Agile ideal? Eric Simms wants to know your thoughts! Join the discussion and give your opinion.

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!

P.S. Registration for the virtual PMI Scheduling Conference 2017 is still open! The event takes place on 30 March so if you're a PMI member and you're not registered, get to it!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: March 09, 2017 08:03 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

Deadlines for Nominations & Application for PMIEF Awards & Scholarships

Categories: awards, community

Hard work goes into effective project management and those who excel have the opportunity to be recognized with awards and training scholarships. Nominate a colleague (or yourself!) based on their professional achievement, development, dedication, and contributions to organizations. Deadlines are approaching for a variety of awards; don’t miss out on the opportunity to be considered!

Professional Development and Training Scholarships

Applications due 1 September

The PMIEF Professional Development and Training Scholarships assist project managers, non-profit staff, school administrators and teachers.  These scholarships support the recipients’ professional development to obtain or maintain project management-related certification, credentials, course credits or substantive knowledge.

Visit the PMIEF Professional Development Scholarship Information Page to learn more about these global scholarship opportunities to help support your professional development.

PMIEF Awards Program

The Project Management Institute Educational Foundation honors individuals who demonstrate dedication, original concepts and leadership in academic and professional development in project management.

The Community Advancement Through Project Management Award

Applications due 20 May

The Community Advancement Through Project Management award recognizes pro bono/skilled volunteer project management contributions that transfer project management skills to a nonprofit or nongovernmental organization (NGO) and thus increase their capacity to accomplish their mission. The award is separated into three different categories: Corporations/Government Agencies, Individual Project Managers and PMI Chapters. Those in each category completing projects since 01 January 2014 to 20 May 2017 are eligible. The PMI Chapter Category is sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The application deadline is 20 May 2017.

The Kerzner Award for Excellence in Project Management

Applications due 15 May

The Kerzner Award for Excellence in Project Management is sponsored by the International Institute for Learning, Inc. (IIL) to recognize a project manager who most emulates the professional dedication and excellence of Harold Kerzner, MS, MBA, PhD. In addition to public recognition of his or her professional dedication and excellence, the recipient of the Kerzner Award will receive IIL training. The total value of the training, US $2500 cash prize and trip to PMI © Global Conference 2017—North America is up to US$13,000. The application deadline is 15 May 2017.

To apply now or learn more about PMIEF Awards, please visit the PMIEF Awards Page for more information.

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: March 02, 2017 03:08 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)
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