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August Book Club Announced!

We are excited to announce the ProjectManagement.com August 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 ProjectManagement.com 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. 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. 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 August is Reaching Your Next Summit! by Manley Feinberg II.

Manley Feinberg II is the founder of Vertical Lessons, Inc.  He is an award winning international keynote speaker, business leader and author.  Leveraging more than twenty years of business, professional speaking and adventure experience, his insight and energy will inspire and equip you to step up and reach your next summit. Manley’s 11 years of leadership influence contributed to a workplace culture that landed Build-A-Bear Workshop on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® List four years in a row. Manley served two terms as the president of the St. Louis chapter of the National Speakers Association. On a personal note, Manley likes to sleep on the side of mountains.  Even more shocking is that his wife has been putting up with that for more than two decades, and he has two teens that still kiss him on the cheek in front of their friends.

 

About the book:

“When anchors fail, people die.”

Your climb to excellence is never easy. The human drive within calls us to what is possible. In Reaching Your Next Summit!, Manley Feinberg II, world-class mountain climber, shares nine Vertical Lessons and one essential question. These principles will renew your commitment and inspire your quest for excellence. You will realize more of your potential as you sharpen your focus, act with courage, and generate momentum in reaching your next summit—and beyond.

Our August 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 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.

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: August 22, 2017 06:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

August Community News You Can Use

It's August, which means the end of summer is near in North America! Time for pumpkin scented everything and back to school for students. As we prepare to close out summer, we hope that your return from vacation is putting you in a position to tackle pending tasks with ease! If you find that you need a bit of assistance, we hope these updates help set you on the right path.

PMI Organizational Agility Conference 2017: Have you thought about what Agile means for your organization? Do you know how to be Agile when processes are not? Attend the PMI Organizational Agility Conference 2017 to set your organization up for success! This is an exclusive PMI member-only event and there's still time to register! JUST ANNOUNCED: Dave Gunner, PMP, PfMP will be the keynote speaker for this event. Don't miss the opportunity to learn skills that will help you and your organization define what agility means to you. Register today!

Speaking of Agility...: Did you miss the recent webinar with Afterburner's Joel Neeb? You can watch it on-demand! In "The Final Step to Agility for Your Project," Joel teaches you how to conduct a structured Debrief to assure your team can scale successes and eliminate the failures that may have occurred during the project. Check it out!

Project Naysayers?: All projects have proponents—but also those who don’t want the project to move forward for various reasons. In his recent article, Michael Zekser offers some practical techniques to address and resolve tense situations so your project can move ahead.

Is PM company specific?: Meredith Perpetua works in the Pharma industry and posed a great question to the forums this week: is project management company specific? Is it any different for the pharma industry than for any other? Join the discussion and let her know what you think!

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!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: August 15, 2017 10:24 AM | Permalink | Comments (8)

It’s Time for Difference Makers

Categories: community events

Calling all Idea Generators!

Tell us below how you make a difference through project management by filling in the blank: I'm a _____.

It's no secret to our community that you, the project, program and portfolio professionals out there RIGHT NOW, are leading organizations to success. We know that you and your peers are continuing to influence change in a constantly evolving global environment. You are true project management difference makers making an impact day in and day out and we want to know how.

We're celebrating #DifferenceMakers at this year's PMI Global Conference, something that we talk about often here on ProjectManagement.com. Our time together in Chicago will be spent with thousands of project and program managers, chapter leaders and business professionals from around the world sharing knowledge, strengthening community and leading the evolution of the profession.

Here's how you can make an impact on the event today: We're planning an onsite activity in celebration of using project management to make a difference and we may use your response below at PMI Global Conference so take a moment and fill in the blank: I'm a ______.

Thinking about joining us in Chicago? Early-bird rates are available through 9 August! Find out more here:

 

 

 

 

Posted by Kristin Jones on: July 26, 2017 10:35 AM | Permalink | Comments (17)

July Community News You Can Use

It's summer here in North America and, while some are taking a break, we're still here giving you all the project management goods you can handle. We hope that you are taking a mid-year pause to reflect on the success that the first half of 2017 has brought you. We also hope that you have had the chance to catch up on a few things happening here in the community and in the profession. If not, we're here to give you a quick rundown of some things you might want to know about: 

PMI Organizational Agility Conference 2017: Registration is open for the virtual PMI Organizational Agility Conference 2017! With sudden market shifts and new priorities by the minute, agile transformation is an organizational imperative. You need to understand what agility means for your organization—and how to help lead it through change. This event is FREE for PMI members. Register today!

June Book Club: The book for the June Book Club is Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering by Eric Rebentisch. Exclusive to the June Book Club, we are opening the closing webinar to all ProjectManagement.com registered users! You can find more information about June's book club (including how to get the book and where to join the discussion) by visiting this page.

Join us in Chicago 28-30 October: PMI Global Conference will be heading to Chicago! Project, program and portfolio professionals are leading their organizations to better outcomes while influencing change in an ever-changing global environment. Join us to connect with like-minded individuals to learn new ideas and approaches, form new relationships or strengthen existing ones while investing in your own growth. For information regarding sessions and to register, visit the PMI Global Conference event page.

Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap 2017–2027: Demand over the next 10 years for project managers is growing faster than demand for workers in other occupations. Organizations, however, face risks from this talent gap. Read more about PMI's latest commissioned talent gap analysis by Anderson Economic Group (AEG) which points to outstanding opportunities in jobs and career growth for project managers within the 11 countries studied.

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!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: July 05, 2017 09:09 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

June Book Club Announced!

We are excited to announce the ProjectManagement.com June book club!  The June book club will be open to all ProjectManagement.com registered users. 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 ProjectManagement.com 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. 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 people 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. 

Exclusive to the June Book Club: All community members will be able to view the book club opening webinar, participate in the discussion forum, and 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 June is Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering by Eric Rebentisch.

Eric S. Rebentisch is a research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Lead Researcher of MIT's Consortium for Engineering Program Excellence. His primary areas of research include High Performance Enterprise Product Development, Lean Product Development, Lean Project Management, Enterprise Change Management, and System Architecting and Development Strategies. He is editor of “Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering” and author of numerous other publications. He has played key roles in analysis, policy recommendations, and transformation initiatives within the US and other governments.

 

About the book:

Integrating Program Management and Systems Engineering shows how organizations can become more effective, more efficient, and more responsive, and enjoy better performance outcomes. The discussion begins with an overview of key concepts, and details the challenges faced by System Engineering and Program Management practitioners every day. The practical framework that follows describes how the roles can be integrated successfully to streamline project workflow, with a catalog of tools for assessing and deploying best practices. Case studies detail how real-world companies have successfully implemented the framework to improve cost, schedule, and technical performance, and coverage of risk management throughout helps you ensure the success of your organization's own integration strategy. Available course outlines and PowerPoint slides bring this book directly into the academic or corporate classroom, and the discussion's practical emphasis provides a direct path to implementation.

The integration of management and technical work paves the way for smoother projects and more positive outcomes. This book describes the integrated goal, and provides a clear framework for successful transition.

• Overcome challenges and improve cost, schedule, and technical performance

• Assess current capabilities and build to the level your organization needs

• Manage risk throughout all stages of integration and performance improvement

• Deploy best practices for teams and systems using the most effective tools

Complex engineering systems are prone to budget slips, scheduling errors, and a variety of challenges that affect the final outcome. These challenges are a sign of failure on the part of both management and technical, but can be overcome by integrating the roles into a cohesive unit focused on delivering a high-value product. Integrating Program Management with Systems Engineering provides a practical route to better performance for your organization as a whole.

Our June book club host is David A. Maynard.  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) aHe is active the PMI-Northeast Indiana Chapter of which he was a founding member.  He volunteers for PMI global 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 on the Project Management.com books page

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

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: June 06, 2017 12:18 PM | Permalink | Comments (13)
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