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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Project Management

Categories: news

PMI is committed to providing fair and equitable access to the support and resources needed by those working in the profession, regardless of (and not limited to) race, age, gender, or nationality.

Recently, PMI’s President and CEO, Sunil Prashara, issued a statement to the PMI community driving home our pledge to honoring diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) within the project management profession. You can read Sunil’s CEO pledge here.

As the world gets more and more complicated to traverse in such unprecedented times, we want to ensure that the voices of our global practitioner community are heard. We want to understand the challenges that you are facing and how you are (or are not) having conversations around DE&I within your workplaces and with your colleagues. We also want to know if you are helping to drive diversity, equity, and inclusion in your workplaces and communities. Our global community is home to some of the most passionate professionals I have ever had the chance to interact with, so we want to know your challenges and successes in this space.

We also want to understand how to support you as you have these conversations to ensure that they that will be productive and beneficial. Let us know in the comments below, or by email at [email protected], how you are approaching DE&I in your work life and/or communities.

Together, we will continue to be One Team. One Song. One Dance. One PMI.

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: September 02, 2020 02:58 PM | Permalink | Comments (8)

Community Transformation Update!

Categories: community, news

As previously announced, PMI will be introducing a new community experience – planned for release in 2021! Over the last few months, we have worked to identify the best solution for our community members based upon user inputs and PMI’s overall transformation.

Along with moving to a different platform, the new community experience will be fully integrated with, allowing you to manage and update your profile in a single location. In response to community member feedback, you will no longer have a separate and login and profile.

In preparation for these changes, we are requesting that users with a login only either 1) link their account to an existing account or 2) create a account. Affected users will see a notification in the menu upon logging into that directs you to take action. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this time of change! Please note that if your account is already linked to your account, then you do not need to do anything at this time. This change does not affect users already logging in with a account.

We are excited for what the future holds for PMI’s online community and look forward to hearing your feedback, as the new community experience evolves. Stay tuned to the Critical Path for the latest updates!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: August 19, 2020 12:00 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Community Update: What's the Status?

Categories: community

Hello Community!

It's been a while since I wrote to you to mention the upcoming changes to the community. You're probably wondering "what's going on?" I don't blame you. I would be, too.

Here's the update. Right now we're still working through some initial design, planning, and resourcing so we can really begin the work of building an awesome community experience for you. So right now there isn't much to tell other than that. 

What I can tell you is that the community experience will be much more connected to your digital experience with PMI as a whole. I've seen the preliminary design work and, you guys, it's impressive (but I can't share it yet...sorry!). We're also exploring some new ways to recognize you for the things that you do within the online community that helps others connect to the information and resources that help make them more successful and we'll be expanding upon existing programs to deepen engagement. 

All that said, we're at the gate and are just waiting to take off. As soon as I can share more with you I will. Where I can be super transparent, you'll get the scoop directly from me. And where I can't, I'll let you know.

Creating a great community experience for you will take time and will not happen overnight. This will unfold over the course of the next few months (and beyond) and as we make significant progress to community and the experience I'll be sure to share it with you here.

Thanks for hanging in there with us and stay tuned. There's more to come!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: May 27, 2020 11:08 AM | Permalink | Comments (9)

Managing Your Well-Being During a Crisis

These are surreal times that we are living in right now. The COVID-19 global health crisis is taking a toll on everyone. Some are personally affected by the virus. Some are on the front lines battling this pandemic. And many of us are charged with ensuring that work continues to move forward for our organizations and those that we serve.

Personally, it hasn’t been easy. I’m grateful that I am able to get work done and find ways to maintain some sense of psychological and emotional balance while ensuring that my team (and all of you!) still feel like someone is there for them. That is invaluable during this time. However, that’s not always the case for many.

Here are a few things to remember for yourself while you’re trying to get through.

Check-in with yourself

It’s ok to not be ok. And it’s easy to stuff those feelings down and tuck them away in order to make sure that others feel cared for. But the fact of the matter is that it’s not helping anyone if you don’t address your own feelings. If you’ve ever taken a plane ride anywhere, what’s the first thing the flight attendants tell you about the oxygen mask? Put the mask over your own face before trying to help your neighbor. If you need a break or help or someone to talk to, seek that help and give yourself room to breathe so you can be of help to others when they need it most.

Stay active and eat well

Taking care of our bodies is essential to supporting our own care. Studies have shown that regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet can have positive impacts on the brain and its chemistry, relieving stress, improving memory, and lending to a good night’s sleep. Even when we aren’t in times of crisis, physical well-being and mental well-being go hand in hand and are essential to ensuring that you feel some balance. And just because we’re social distancing right now doesn’t mean you have to skip out on physical activity and healthy diet. There are plenty of apps available that can help you get a 30-minute cardio session in or create a culinary masterpiece that will have your taste buds dancing!

Take a break

This is easier said than done if you have a team of people helping you move work forward. If you are a team of one, look for ways to get what you can done and set the expectation with stakeholders that you may be unavailable for a few days just to reset, if you have the luxury of doing so. It’s okay to unplug and not be connected for a period of time to allow yourself room to breathe. In fact, it’s almost a must. You can’t be any good to anyone else if you’re not allowing yourself a little breathing room (see the oxygen analogy under “Check-in with yourself”). I also think it’s extremely important to note here that if you have a team, you need to make sure they have the opportunity to take a break, as well. I cannot stress this enough. This isn't an easy time for any of us. Give them time outside of the weekends to recenter. Insist upon it. Let them take care of themselves, too.

Talk to someone

There are a thousand different ways that publications and journals will tell us to make sure we take care of ourselves during uncertain times. And there will be times when it seems like none of it is working. Reach out and talk to someone. That someone can be a counselor, a best friend, someone in your network, or a support group. If you’re having a hard time coping, acknowledge it and find someone you can safely express your concerns to. Don’t feel like you have to hold it in.

Continuing to operate "business as usual" isn't easy during a crisis. It’s even more difficult when we’re not sure how we’re going to get through it. But it can be done. Take care of yourselves – first and foremost. And then make sure others have what they need to keep moving forward. 

To all of those on the front lines and deemed essential during this pandemic - THANK YOU. Your work is not in vain and we're here to support you.

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: April 13, 2020 08:51 AM | Permalink | Comments (20)

Changes Coming to the Online Community!

Change is in the air at PMI and within the online community!

Over the coming months will be undergoing a community transformation and we want to make sure you are up to date on the latest information while also giving you an opportunity to provide your feedback as we move through the process.

As part of this transformation we will be migrating our current community to a new community platform and making updates that ensure that we continue to deliver the experiences you love within the online community (active discussions, the ability to connect with like-minded individuals, access to resources and information), while using the feedback that you have offered us as input to enhancements that will make connecting with each other and the resources you need and want easier. And while there may be some interruption to your current experience as we get further along in the migration, we want you to be assured that any changes to that experience will be communicated in advance to the extent that we can, and that ultimately our goal is to support the features you currently use, while benefiting from new and exciting features that will be available to you as part of our new enhanced platform.

This is your community, so your input is important. We’ve already been speaking with a few of you to gain your insights on what will be meaningful to see in the future. And we want to make sure that we continue to hear from you. We are in the beginning stages of this work, but please stay tuned to this space for future updates and for ways that you may be able to get involved and lend your voice.

This is an exciting time for PMI’s online community and we hope you're as thrilled as we are about the possibilities of what's to come!

Stay tuned to The Critical Path blog for regular updates!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: February 21, 2020 09:48 AM | Permalink | Comments (18)

"Familiarity breeds contempt -- and children."

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