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February Community News You Can Use

#PMLoveStories 2017

January Book Club

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February Community News You Can Use

It's February and love is in the air! We want to embrace all of the positive vibes floating around so we have some updates to help you remember what made you fall in love with project management!

#PMLoveStories 2017 - Do you love project management? Do you have a particular project that you loved working on? Do you love being a project manager? If so, we want to hear from you! Tell us your #PMLoveStory by submitting a video or contributing to the conversation here on! For more details, check out this blog post that tells you all about how to share the project management love!

PMI Scheduling Conference 2017 - Speaking of your love of projects, we have a virtual conference that will show you how to make more of your schedules in a changing profession. Registration for the virtual PMI Scheduling Conference 2017 is open! The event takes place on 29 March 2017 from 9am-5pm ET and is exclusive (and FREE) to PMI members. Make sure you register today!

New Homepage! - We listened to your feedback and worked hard to redesign the homepage around your needs. We've made it easier to find the most recent discussions, active members, and newest content posted to the site. Look around and tell us what you think!

Not feeling the love? - Conflict on your project can arise from many sources, but how do you deal with it? How do you manage those conflicts without derailing the project? Simon Lange is looking for your feedback in his most recent discussion post. Let him know how you would handle conflict!

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: February 10, 2017 08:23 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

#PMLoveStories 2017

Categories: community

It's that time of year again! Love is in the air and we are celebrating all February long on!

Spread the love by answering one or all of the questions below and uploading your PM Love Story in picture or video format HERE.

Why do you LOVE project management?
Why do you LOVE being a project manager?
Was there a project you LOVED working on? Why?

You can also share via Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #PMLoveStories OR in our PMLoveStories discussion thread.

One last thing – HAVE FUN!

This is all about spreading the love – keep it informal and feel free to use cell phone video!

We can't wait to hear your PM Love Story!

Posted by Kristin Jones on: February 01, 2017 06:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (18)

January Book Club

Categories: book club, community

We are excited to announce the January 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:

  1. Opening pre-recorded webinar which will be used to introduce the book. During this 30 minute pre-recorded webinar, the author will provide a high level overview of the concepts in his/her book, familiarizing participants with the information.
  2. Discussion thread on with input from the book club host and author.  During the last week of the discussion, questions will be collected to present to the author in the closing webinar.
  3. **PMI-member exclusive** Closing Q&A live webinar with the author responding to questions submitted both through the online book club discussion thread and during the webinar.  The webinar will be a panel style discussion with open dialogue between the moderator and the author.

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.  PMI members will be able to participate in the book club closing webinar.  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 January is Managing the PMO Lifecycle: 2nd Edition by Waffa Karkukly.

Dr. Waffa Karkukly, PMP, ACP, CMP is the Principal and Managing Director of Global PMO Solutions with over 20 years’ experience in IT, project management, and PMO establishments, Waffa has an extensive experience in establishing practical PMOs. Revitalizing and assessing the value propositions of existing PMOs to ensure alignment with organizational strategy. Waffa has helped fortune 100, midsize and small sized organizations improve their project management practices and PMOs establishments through building scalable standards and proven solutions that improved their delivery process.

Prior to establishing Global PMO Solutions, Waffa held many positions ranging from big 5 to small startups were she held the responsibility of establishing PMOs that included Portfolio, building governance models and benchmark process improvement. Waffa helped organizations achieve their value proposition through building and sustaining transformational change management to improve organizations’ delivery and performance.

Waffa holds a BSC in Information Systems from DePaul University, an MIT from Northwestern University, and a PhD from SKEMA School of Business. Waffa‘s dissertation was in the PMO realm an area of her expertise and passion. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP), and Certified Change Management Practitioner (CMP).  Waffa is an author, coach, and active industry member who has many publications pertaining to project management, PMOs and change management.  She is a frequent speaker, presenter, and panelist at the international level of various PMI and other project management events and forums.

About the book:

Managing the PMO Lifecycle (PMOLC) is a collective effort to highlight what goes into the set-up, the build-out and the sustainability of the Project Management Offices (PMOs). It provides the drivers, the benefits and the know-how. The book’s main purpose is to be a reference and a practical guide for practitioners investing in setting up, building-out or supporting new or existing PMOs through providing a practical step by step guide and practical case studies.

In addition the book addresses various audiences on the corporate ladder to help them understand their roles and contributions to PMO success.

Last, the book is a guide for students seeking a career in the project management profession, allowing them to gain practical knowledge in the domain, and for those academics researching in this area leveraging the insights that the book offer through a detailed literature review, case studies, and surveys.

"Whether you are sustaining success with your PMO, starting up a new one, or even thinking about transforming one, the PMOLC clearly articulates that not one size fits all - what must bring the greatest value to your organization is key to your design principle and ultimate success. A wealth of insights that all leaders and practitioners will benefit from." Ian Laliberté ,Vice-President, PMO, IT Strategy and Change MBA, PMP, Prince2 Practitioner.

Our January book club host is Tolitha Lewis, PMP.  Tolitha has been a PMI Volunteer Leader since 2008.  She was elected as a Director to the PMI Information Systems Specific Interest Group (PMI-ISSIG) in 2008 and served until the completion of the transition to a Community of Practice (CoP) in 2011. In 2012, Tolitha was appointed to the Leadership Team of the Consulting CoP, now referred to as the Consulting practice area, and has been a leader in the webinar program ever since.   Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Tolitha is a Sr. Project Manager.

To register for the closing live book club webinar, please visit the webinar page on, 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 books page

For additional questions, please visit the Book Club FAQ page.

Posted by Carrie Dunn on: January 31, 2017 03:39 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Discussions Streamlined!

Categories: community

Have you ever wanted to ask a question in one of our discussion boards, but became overwhelmed by the number of boards to choose from? Were you afraid that your question would go unanswered in an inactive board? Well fear no more because we have streamlined our discussion boards on!

We had one goal in mind while consolidating our discussions boards --> to make them easier to use so that you get the answers you need. When you visit our Discussions page, you'll find that we kept our most active boards while filing and tagging posts from inactive boards in the appropriate areas. 

Here are some tips for making the most of discussions on

  • Provide question details when possible to provide context for your question - the more your peers know, the more they can help!
  • Tag your question with up to three tags - tagging your question helps direct your question to people who can help. It also helps it to be found when using the filter option!
  • Discussion questions should comply with's User Guidelines.

Go check it out and get involved in the conversation! Ask a question about a project you're working on or find one where you can lend your expertise. You never know, you may have the answer someone is looking for!

Posted by Kristin Jones on: January 20, 2017 01:54 PM | Permalink | Comments (7)

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 (7)

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