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Kristin Jones
Danielle Ritter
Craig Dalrymple
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Kenneth A. Asbury
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Full Speaker & Sessions Roster Available for the PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2018

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Initial Speakers Announced For the PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2018

Full Speaker & Sessions Roster Available for the PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2018

The complete speakers & sessions roster for the PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2018 is now available for viewing on the event registration page. This symposium will focus on the intersection of emerging technologies and your career as a project manager.

An overview of the schedule is as follows:

  • Keynote: Project Manage Your Professional Career and Prepare Yourself for Your Future Challenges - Presented by Olivier Lazar.
  • Session 1: Preparing Project Managers in Driving Industry Innovation through Digital Transformation - Presented by Christopher Bolick
  • Session 2:  Cyber Security is Not Just for the Big Boys and Girls - Presented by Jim Smith & Rudy Watson
  • Session 3: Are Project Managers Ready for an AI Takeover? - Presented by Oliver Yarbrough
  • Session 4: Drones! Coming to a Project near You! - Presented by Kevin Coleman
  • Session 5: Under the Hood of Blockchain - Beyond the Basics - Presented by Tareq Shaheen

Be sure to register and invite your peers & colleagues to join you for this exciting day of information. Don’t forget, registrants will have the ability to watch archives of the sessions for 90 days after the event. If you aren’t able to attend be sure to register for this member benefit!

Posted by Craig Dalrymple on: May 31, 2018 09:38 AM | Permalink | Comments (9)

Recognizing Chapter Excellence at the PMI Chapter Awards Ceremony!

Categories: chapters, member, PMI

PMI recently honored 12 finalists and three winners during the PMI Chapter Awards Ceremony in October at the PMI® Leadership Institute Meeting 2017─North America in Chicago, Illinois, USA. These chapters were recognized for their volunteer efforts, for motivating chapter leaders, and for their contributions toward achieving PMI’s goals.

Here are the finalists and winning chapters in each category!

Category 1 (25-300 members)

The four finalists in this category were as follows: 

PMI congratulates all of the finalists and the winning chapter, PMI Central Mississippi Chapter.

You can view a video featuring all four of the finalists in Category I below:

Category 2 (301-1,500 members)

The four finalists in this category were as follows:

PMI congratulates all of the finalists and the winning chapter, PMI Mumbai Chapter.

You can view the video featuring all four of the finalists in Category 2 below: 

Category III (1,501+ members)

The four finalists in this category were as follows:

PMI congratulates all of the finalists and the winning chapter, PMI Washington DC Chapter.

You can view the video featuring all three of the finalists in Category 3 below:

For more information about PMI chapters or to see how you can get involved with your local chapter, please click here. If you are already a chapter member and would like more information about the PMI Chapter Awards Program, please contact Chapter Support at ChapterSupport@pmi.org.

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: November 15, 2017 06:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

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 ProjectManagement.com!

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)

Recognizing Outstanding PMI Chapters Around the Globe!

Categories: chapters, member, PMI

PMI recently honored 11 finalists and three winners during the Chapter Awards Ceremony in September at the PMI® Leadership Institute Meeting 2016─North America in San Diego, California, USA.  These chapters were recognized for their volunteer efforts, for motivating chapter leaders, and for their contributions toward achieving PMI’s goals. 

Here are the finalists and winning chapters in each category!

Category I (25-300 members)

The four finalists in this category were as follows: 

PMI congratulates all of these finalists and the winning chapter, PMI Southern Italy Chapter. You can view a video featuring all four of the finalists in Category I below. 

Category II (301-1,500 members)

The four finalists in this category were as follows:

PMI congratulates all of these finalists and the winning chapter, PMI Buffalo, NY Chapter. You can view the video featuring all four of the finalists in Category II below: 

Category III (1,501+ members)

The three finalists in this category were as follows:

PMI congratulates all of the finalists and the winning chapter, PMI Montreal Chapter. You can view the video featuring all three of the finalists in Category III below: 

For more information about PMI chapters or to see how you can get involved with your local chapter, please click here. If you are already a chapter member and would like more information about the PMI Chapter Awards Program, please contact Chapter Support at ChapterSupport@pmi.org.

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: October 28, 2016 09:03 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

To Ask, Answer or Observe...

I have been following a fascinating conversation started by one of our highly active community members, Mr. Stephane Parent, on the topic of those who ask questions and those who answer them within the community.  He posited that both are valuable ways of contributing to the community, and asked his colleagues how they felt about the way that these two trends play out on ProjectManagement.com.

The discussion (linked here:  http://www.projectmanagement.com/discussion-topic/39289/Question-or-Answer-) has been energetic and responses from other members validate that, yes, both actions create a more healthy community environment.  Of course, one member also pointed out the very real “third trend”:  those who log in and neither ask, nor answer.

In responding to this “third trend”, several have mused that members who are not actively participating in such discussions are difficult to connect with and that it is hard to feel a sense of connectivity to a silent community segment. 

But does that mean that our silent members are not contributing to our community?  It may be easy to draw that conclusion, but I wouldn’t start sketching it too soon.

Most communities, both online and in-person, have what community managers often hear referred to as “lurkers”.  These individuals do not tend to voice their opinions, respond to questions, or ask them in the public forums.  They quietly log in or enter a room, listening to the conversations, picking up resources, watch presentations and make notes, and quietly leave.  They may go almost completely unnoticed, but they are still part of the community and most would tell you that they feel engaged by the community. 

There is actually a commonly understood ratio of community member “types”, particularly online, and it usually looks like this 1:9:90.  For every 100 members, you generally have 1 highly active contributor who tends to generate and lead activity within the community, about 9 frequent participators who respond to and interact with community activity, and about 90 members who quietly observe and rarely raise their voice.  This is not a hard and fast ratio, but there are always higher numbers of “lurkers” than there are active contributors, and we are no exception.

There may be many reasons that this happens – even within a community of peers, not everyone is comfortable asking a question in a public forum, particularly if you feel that you are surrounded by subject matter experts who may perceive the question to be “simple”.  And, no matter how long they may have been practicing within the profession, some members may not be confident that their experience translates to actual expertise.  Circumstances can impact responses, and the best practice that works 99% of the time for them in their situation, may not be at all effective in another. 

But our silent members are still here to learn from one another and, while they may not be very vocal in the public threads, that doesn’t mean they are not highly engaged within their own network.  Their contributions may not be visible to the community at large, but they may have immeasurable impact elsewhere. 

Consider the mentor who logs in and reads new content, follows discussions, and watches webinar presentations, and may be sharing all of this with a new practitioner in his or her company.  Or the PMO Director who is not very visible online, but brings a wealth of knowledge back from ProjectManagement.com to her colleagues looking for tools and resources, helping develop his or her team and connect them with peers who can, in turn, help them develop themselves.  The consummate talent scout who is helping a chapter build out a local, industry focused program by reaching out to great speakers and authors.  And finally, some members may be facing very challenging issues which require discretion and cannot be addressed on a public forum – while these members may not post their questions on the discussion boards, they may be drawing upon their community network offline to seek help and talk through scenarios.

We may often tend to think of ProjectManagement.com as our community, however, as the Community Engagement team, we prefer to think of it as the “home” for our community – because we know that the website is only one of many places that the professional project management community gathers.  And this means that community members may have different comfort levels, needs and modes of engagement in the different spaces where community meets, whether in the forums, in a virtual event, at a chapter meeting, or industry conference or even when they just decide to get together on their own. 

When you look at our community in this way, it might surprise you to learn just how chatty our “silent members” are in these other spaces, and how they are contributing in ways we don’t see online.

Posted by Danielle Ritter on: July 20, 2016 03:32 PM | Permalink | Comments (10)
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