It's April and, here in North America spring has finally arrived...we think. We had a pretty decent snow storm a few weeks ago and we're hoping that's the last of it until winter comes around again. In the meantime, we hope that you've taken some time to reflect on your project successes during the first 3 months of 2018 and maybe even gathered some valuable lessons learned that will help make your future projects even more successful. With that, here's what's going on in the community:
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!
Additionally, if you're working on something really exciting, we'd love to know about it. Leave a comment below and let us know what's going on in your world!
We are excited to announce the ProjectManagement.com February book club! The book club provides an opportunity to participate in webinars and discussions around selected books relevant to the overall practice of project management. The book club occurs in three parts:
The first 25 PMI members registered for the closing book club webinar will receive a complimentary copy of the book and will be notified via email. Additional participants will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of the book at their own expense.
All community members will be able to view the book club opening webinar and participate in the discussion forum. We will evaluate the content of each opening and closing book club webinar to determine the eligibility and breakdown for PDUs.
Our book club book for February is Implementing Positive Organizational Change – A Strategic Project Management Approach by Gina Abudi, MBA.
Gina Abudi has 30+ years' experience in providing consulting services and training/education with a focus on projects, process and people to mid- to large, global organizations. She is President of Abudi Consulting Group, LLC and an adjunct faculty member at Granite State College. She blogs regularly at GinaAbudi.com. Gina is the lead author of Best Practices for Managing BPI Projects (J Ross Pub, 2015) and author of Implementing Positive Organizational Change (J Ross Pub, 2017).
About the book:
In today’s increasingly competitive global marketplace, organizations that do not regularly undertake change initiatives will find it difficult—if not impossible—to continue to be successful in the long term.
Most organizations only launch change initiatives when forced to address some pain, such as decreased revenues or profits, where the sole focus is on the benefits to the organization. Often, the people side of change management is overlooked, causing 60-70% of these efforts to fail.
Implementing Positive Organizational Change explains how to develop a continuous improvement culture of change that will be perceived by employees as a positive opportunity to create something new, exciting and valuable, instead of something negative to confront and resist. This comprehensive guide describes how to communicate with and engage stakeholders and employees to gain buy-in and support, and outlines a strategic project management approach that helps ensure successful implementation and desired results.
Our February book club host is David A. Maynard, PMP. Dave is a native New Yorker who after graduation from college, traveled to Houston to work for NASA at the Johnson Spacecraft Center, where he worked for many years.
He participated in the Shuttle avionics architecture design, the “glass cockpit” development and in crew training. Incrementally David’s level of responsibility increased, becoming a Senior Engineer, Project Engineer, Project Manager and Program Manager.
After leaving NASA, Mr. Maynard was asked to become the General Manager of Systems Management Inc. (SMI) in Orlando, FL. whose mission was to turn-around troubled projects, programs or operations.
David teaches Project Management at Purdue University, Fort Wayne (IPFW). He is active in the PMI-Northeast Indiana Chapter of which he was a founding member. He volunteers for PMI in various capacities.
To register for the closing live book club webinar, please visit the webinar page on ProjectManagement.com, find the book club closing webinar and click on the “Register for this webinar” link.
Please visit the book club information and discussion on the Project Management.com books page.
For additional questions, please visit the ProjectManagement.com Book Club FAQ page.
The PMI Awards have highlighted the best of the best in project management since giving out the first award in 1974. In 2017 the following projects and project managers were recognized for excellence:
PMI Award for Project Excellence 2017
Tank 12 Closure
ICT fitout delivered ‘As a Service’ for 1 William Street
AP Farm Ventilation Upgrades Project
PMI Fellow Award 2017
PMI Project of the Year Award 2017
Hanford Double Shell Tank AY-102 Recovery Project
PMI Continuing Professional Education Product of the Year Award 2017
PMI Eric Jenett Project Management Award of Excellence 2017
PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award 2017
Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
PMI Research Achievement Award 2017
PMI Scholar-Practitioner Award 2017
PMI Project Management Journal® Paper of the Year Award 2017
Floating in Space? On the Strangeness of Exploratory Projects
The Projectification of Everything: Projects as a Human Condition
PMO of the Year Award 2017
PMI Teaching Excellence Award 2017
Learn more about the 2017 winners, their projects, and other finalists by visiting the PMI Award Winners page.
Do you know someone who exemplifies the best of the best for project management? Don't miss your opportunity to nominate them for the 2018 awards!
Learn more about the 2018 nominations on the Critical Path blog. The nomination deadlines are fast approaching!
Frequent visitors of ProjectManagement.com’s “Knowledge & Tools” tab may notice something new in the bottom left corner of the tab’s links. That something is PM Port, a reference to show you what is being said about project management on websites and publications around the world.
PM Port, which also can be accessed directly at PMI.org/PMPort, is powered by LexisNexis, a leading business research service. Staff curators select articles twice a week that are valuable and useful to project, program and portfolio managers. Turn to PM Port if you are interested in economic trends that can affect your career; if you want to see tips that have worked for your colleagues and can help you succeed; or if you want to read the latest “buzz” on what’s hot in the profession, such as agile approaches or gig-based project managers.
Additionally, this resource provides stories that might not be front and center now, but could affect the future. One example is an article written by a middle-school teacher who incorporates project-based learning whenever possible. Another is a news item about a solar power project in Sierra Leone.
PM Port provides a wide spectrum of interesting reads about your profession. Check it out today and bookmark it so you can keep up with the latest project management news!
As we mentioned in an earlier post, we have officially migrated our webinar platform from Adobe Connect to WebEx! Going forward, all of our live webinars will take place on the WebEx platform. Due to that change, we want to outline some information that is sure to continue to make your webinar viewing experience an enjoyable one!
A few things that will change:
A few things that will not change:
We have also put together a comprehensive list of Tips for Webinar Attendees to ensure that you're ready to participate when you login.
If you have any questions about viewing a live or on-demand webinar, make sure you reach out to us and we'll be happy to help.