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 ProjectManagement.com! 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 ProjectManagement.com 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!
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!
ProjectManagement.com is proud to be working hand-in-hand with the PMI Educational Foundation to celebrate #GivingTuesday and making a difference in your community!
The mission of the PMIEF, a charitable nonprofit organization, is to inspire and empower people to realize their potential and transform their lives and their communities through the use of project management knowledge. Their vision is that all people worldwide have a better tomorrow by applying project management skills in their daily lives.
Learn more about the PMIEF and how they are empowering people to become leaders and effective problem-solvers in order to help them reach their full potential and change the future.
In support of #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration,PMIEF volunteers from the Board of Directors and Community Engagement Committee have contributed #unselfies, unselfish selfies, explaining why they give back through PMIEF. To learn more and participate with us, visit www.pmief.org.
Volunteers have used project management knowledge and skills for social good in a variety of settings, ranging from spending a few hours training nonprofit or civic group members on the basics of project management, to creating intensive project management training programs for youth lasting for a semester of more. Many people are interested in using their project management skills to give back to their communities, but it can be extremely overwhelming to know where to start.
How do I get started?
One tip given by experienced volunteers is to start by connecting with PMIEF and taking advantage of the resources in the Learning Resources Library. PMIEF staff can help make connections with others who have started similar programs to provide support and lessons learned, and PMIEF resources provide tested content.
The Learning Resources Library includes 31 no-cost resources directed at a variety of target audiences with varying depths of information, many of which have been translated into a number of different languages. This allows volunteers to focus on making connections with partners and working through the logistics that allow programs to succeed. Read on to learn how others have leveraged PMIEF resources to provide project management programming for social good in their communities.
How do I develop a program and choose an organization?
Experienced volunteers recommend starting small when trying to develop programming. One of the hardest parts of starting a program using project management for social good can be finding an organization to work with. Many people who are interested in developing programs find that the best place to start is with an organization that they already have a connection to, and many larger programs develop from shorter sessions of only an hour or two that helped to raise awareness and interest in further training.
Tools for developing a short program:
Individuals who are interested in this kind of short programming might follow the examples of Øyvind Johnsen or members of the PMI Heartland Chapter.
How can I develop an education program for youth in my community?
Volunteers who are interested in providing project management education and training beyond the awareness provided by The Tower Game and Careers in Project Management have turned to Project Management Skills for Life®, available in eight languages. Volunteers have found that Skills for Life, which generally takes about 4-6 hours to complete, is extremely flexible and can easily be matched with any number of projects to create a customized experience.
How can I develop project management training/education for adults?
While Skills for Life has been used as a part of many youth programs, volunteers have found it to be equally appropriate for work with adults, and a number of volunteers have used Project Management Skills for Life® as the basis for presentations and trainings for staff at nonprofit/NGO organizations.
In-depth project management youth education
Ready to get started?
If you're ready to get started volunteering to leverage project management skills and knowledge for social good, one of the best places to start is in the Learning Resources Library at pmief.org, where you can download all of the PMIEF Learning Resources at no cost. The full library includes case studies on how other organizations have implemented social good programming, short presentations targeted at a variety of audiences, curricula for use by secondary school teachers, and more.
Welcome to our open house! All day long, in celebration of #GivingTuesday, along with the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF), we're celebrating using project management to make a difference.
We're thrilled to open up our community today to all project professionals around the world to talk about making a difference through the use of project management. We have two LIVE webinars along with articles, blogs, and discussions focused on how people just like you are utilizing their project management skills to make a difference in their communities. Here's a full listing of today's content!
We hope that you become inspired to give back to your community and make a difference no matter how big or how small. In the spirit of celebration and togetherness today's content is open to anyone and everyone so invite your friends and colleagues to join in on the fun!
Guess what?! We're handing out badges today to everyone who participates in our event! Download the content guide to validate your participation and earn the badge below.
Thank you for celebrating with us and the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation! Enjoy!