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!
The complete Organizational Agility Conference Agenda is now available for download on the event page. If you’ve signed up for this PMI Member-Only virtual event you can use agenda to get a timeline of all the events and presentations and plan out your day.
If you haven’t yet signed up, it’s not too late! You can register directly on the event page and earn PDUs while participating in these sessions. Don’t miss out on your chance to better understand why your agile transformation might fail, gain tips on how to accelerate your transformation, how people and connections are key to Agile 2.0, how to develop leaders into transformation agents, and more!
If you would like further information, each of the session abstracts are available below, as well as in the agenda on the event page.
Session Abstracts from the Org Agility Conference Agenda
Keynote Address — Why Your Agile Transformation Might Fail with Doug Rose.
Many agile transformations fail. It’s not because of lack of effort but because organizations underestimate the radical changes needed for a more agile mindset.
During this session, Doug Rose goes over three problem areas to watch for when starting your agile transformation.
Rapid Experimentation in Value Streams - Tips for Accelerating Your Transformation with Horia Slușanschi.
How do you transform your organization into a better version of itself?
This session will share the journey of transformation and highlight some effective techniques that helped accelerate the rate of learning and improvement across the enterprise.
It will cover:
Plus, it's all organizational agility focused - it's not IT-centric.
Agile 2.0 – It’s About People and Connections! It’s Not About Scaling with Todd Kamens.
What does Bloat, the Puffer fish (played by Brad Garret) in the movie Finding Nemo, have to do with Agile? Find out in this session.
Agile 2.0 moves past training on the methodology and focuses on the people and connections we make that will deliver an amazing product.
A Transformation Path to the Strategic and Agile Project Portfolio Management Office. With Sara Nunez.
Changes in today’s market place, technology, digital business, new regulations and people expectations (just to name a few)— are all challenging the way we do business. They have created an accelerated environment where we need to be more strategic and agile in order to deliver with excellence. PMO leaders need to bring “to the table” extensive knowledge and experience transforming their functions and aligning with the business during this critical time. PMO is the critical function that enables excellence and agile execution to accelerate business results.
During this session, learn the characteristics of the Agile and High Performing PMO and a transformation approach to support the business.
Servant Catalysts: Developing Your Leaders to be Transformation Agents. With Skip Angel.
Are your leaders actively involved and engaged in your transformation towards greater organizational agility? The success or failure of your transformation could be determined on how you answer that question.
This session will focus on how to shift your leaders from having a passive “checkbook commitment” mindset to actively providing guidance and direction as part of the change efforts. We will talk about how to get greater leadership engagement:
Connect the Dots: Linking Strategy to Execution. With Dr. Gail Ferreira.
During this session, we will discuss the connection between strategy and execution to create portfolios for enterprise agile projects.
Enterprise portfolio management is a tool-supported process for selecting initiatives and managing project portfolios for generating the greatest value. Value is measured by finding what results each project will generate, with executives selecting projects that will produce optimal results.
For enterprise portfolio selection in agile projects, strategic tools can be used to help formulate vision and strategy, which in turn can generate strategic themes that move into a funnel for prioritization and selection.
As you can see, you'll have access to fantastic speakers and many great sessions as a part of the Organizational Agility Conference. Head over to the event page to learn more and register!