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Is actively participating in ProjectManagement.com considered to be voluntary by PMI?
When we participate in activities developed by PMI chapters we receive, at the end of each year, a certificate of volunteer

But for this to happen (get the certificate) the chapter has to create a V.R.M.S.

What is the process here at ProjectManagement.com?
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Dear Luis,

To answer your original question, Is actively participating in ProjectManagement.com considered to be voluntary by PMI? I would have to say no, I would not view engaging with the greater project management community as voluntary as a big aspect of project management is developing and expanding your professional network, contributing original content that is a catalyst for debate amongst your peers, sharing project experience and associated lessons learned and generally keeping up to date with new trends within project management. Also ensuring that you have built up enough certified PDU's to maintain your PMP certificate means the onus is on the individual not PMI and projectmanagement.com is PMI official web portal to allow you to do this. On a separate note it will be intersting to see how PMI incorporates the individual chapter structure into PMI new regional structure going forward.

Daire
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2 replies by Daire Guiney and Luis Branco
Jan 06, 2020 5:51 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Daire
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.

Being a project manager or a member of the Chapter Conference team, being a speaker at a PMI Conference or one of the chapters is considered voluntary, so PMI awards a certificate of volunteer in addition to the PDUs.

In my opinion it's exactly the same as actively participating in ProjectManagement.com
Jan 06, 2020 6:39 AM
Daire Guiney
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Dear Luis,

The comparison I would make is to online learning and classroom based learning is the same; Yes I would agree and depending on an individuals participation both students should come out with a similar learning experience. However, contributing to a website or spending time composing and presenting content for a presentation, volunteering at a Chapter meeting would in my own opinion be a different type of contribution that merits acknowledgment and thus the certification process. If we start acknowledging every small contribution an individual makes to the project management community we end up diluting the experience and the associated incremental learning process. Personally I respect a person who takes time out of their day to share and educate others in project management teachings.

Daire
Jan 06, 2020 5:24 AM
Replying to Daire Guiney
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Dear Luis,

To answer your original question, Is actively participating in ProjectManagement.com considered to be voluntary by PMI? I would have to say no, I would not view engaging with the greater project management community as voluntary as a big aspect of project management is developing and expanding your professional network, contributing original content that is a catalyst for debate amongst your peers, sharing project experience and associated lessons learned and generally keeping up to date with new trends within project management. Also ensuring that you have built up enough certified PDU's to maintain your PMP certificate means the onus is on the individual not PMI and projectmanagement.com is PMI official web portal to allow you to do this. On a separate note it will be intersting to see how PMI incorporates the individual chapter structure into PMI new regional structure going forward.

Daire
Dear Daire
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.

Being a project manager or a member of the Chapter Conference team, being a speaker at a PMI Conference or one of the chapters is considered voluntary, so PMI awards a certificate of volunteer in addition to the PDUs.

In my opinion it's exactly the same as actively participating in ProjectManagement.com
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1 reply by Gregory Gray
Jan 06, 2020 6:39 AM
Gregory Gray
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I would have to agree...
Hi Luis,

I believe you have a good discussion point here :)

A very active member in projectmanagement.com gives back to the community? Sure
Can in some cases be considered voluntary service towards the community? Indeed
Just replying "Thanks for sharing" is sufficient to be considered a volunteer? Don't think so

We need to consider the following:
Were does one draw the line?
How do we assess, quantify and qualify someone's interactions as substantially added value?
How do we scaled this for such a big community?

Thanks,
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2 replies by Gregory Gray and Luis Branco
Jan 06, 2020 6:38 AM
Gregory Gray
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Really good questions posted here.
Jan 06, 2020 6:40 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear João
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.

"Thanks for sharing" assumes that a person reads what has been written and, in my opinion, writing a review can act as a support and incentive for the writer.

That is, it took a certain amount of time and effort to read and write

How many people volunteer at the chapters and their activities are limited to welcoming guests to events, or preparing the cofee break and receiving the volunteer certificate?
Personally, I think it should be excluded.
* I return and respond because I enjoy the holistic approach to this platform.
* I participate because I value other opinions and insights.

Professionally, I would have to agree with Joao (so give them the credit)
* First, it's hard to gauge other's intent
* Hopefully, there's value-added to participant's careers.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Jan 06, 2020 6:50 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Gregory
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinions.

Weighing the pros and cons, what would your decision be?
Jan 06, 2020 6:20 AM
Replying to Joao Sarmento
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Hi Luis,

I believe you have a good discussion point here :)

A very active member in projectmanagement.com gives back to the community? Sure
Can in some cases be considered voluntary service towards the community? Indeed
Just replying "Thanks for sharing" is sufficient to be considered a volunteer? Don't think so

We need to consider the following:
Were does one draw the line?
How do we assess, quantify and qualify someone's interactions as substantially added value?
How do we scaled this for such a big community?

Thanks,
Really good questions posted here.
Jan 06, 2020 5:51 AM
Replying to Luis Branco
...
Dear Daire
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.

Being a project manager or a member of the Chapter Conference team, being a speaker at a PMI Conference or one of the chapters is considered voluntary, so PMI awards a certificate of volunteer in addition to the PDUs.

In my opinion it's exactly the same as actively participating in ProjectManagement.com
I would have to agree...
Jan 06, 2020 5:24 AM
Replying to Daire Guiney
...
Dear Luis,

To answer your original question, Is actively participating in ProjectManagement.com considered to be voluntary by PMI? I would have to say no, I would not view engaging with the greater project management community as voluntary as a big aspect of project management is developing and expanding your professional network, contributing original content that is a catalyst for debate amongst your peers, sharing project experience and associated lessons learned and generally keeping up to date with new trends within project management. Also ensuring that you have built up enough certified PDU's to maintain your PMP certificate means the onus is on the individual not PMI and projectmanagement.com is PMI official web portal to allow you to do this. On a separate note it will be intersting to see how PMI incorporates the individual chapter structure into PMI new regional structure going forward.

Daire
Dear Luis,

The comparison I would make is to online learning and classroom based learning is the same; Yes I would agree and depending on an individuals participation both students should come out with a similar learning experience. However, contributing to a website or spending time composing and presenting content for a presentation, volunteering at a Chapter meeting would in my own opinion be a different type of contribution that merits acknowledgment and thus the certification process. If we start acknowledging every small contribution an individual makes to the project management community we end up diluting the experience and the associated incremental learning process. Personally I respect a person who takes time out of their day to share and educate others in project management teachings.

Daire
...
1 reply by Luis Branco
Jan 06, 2020 7:01 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Daire
Thank you for your opinion

Writing a blog, writing an article, creating some kind of topic and moderating reflection, making a video here at ProjectManagement.com is all time consuming and, let's face it, it's like giving a presentation at a PMI Conference or hosted by a chapter.
In all the cases mentioned we are creating content and / or encouraging the acquisition of knowledge.
Jan 06, 2020 6:20 AM
Replying to Joao Sarmento
...
Hi Luis,

I believe you have a good discussion point here :)

A very active member in projectmanagement.com gives back to the community? Sure
Can in some cases be considered voluntary service towards the community? Indeed
Just replying "Thanks for sharing" is sufficient to be considered a volunteer? Don't think so

We need to consider the following:
Were does one draw the line?
How do we assess, quantify and qualify someone's interactions as substantially added value?
How do we scaled this for such a big community?

Thanks,
Dear João
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion.

"Thanks for sharing" assumes that a person reads what has been written and, in my opinion, writing a review can act as a support and incentive for the writer.

That is, it took a certain amount of time and effort to read and write

How many people volunteer at the chapters and their activities are limited to welcoming guests to events, or preparing the cofee break and receiving the volunteer certificate?
...
1 reply by Joao Sarmento
Jan 06, 2020 7:12 AM
Joao Sarmento
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Hi Luís,

I agree with on "Thanks for sharing" being an incentive to the writer. I was not diminishing the value of the acknowledgement towards the writer, but stating that just by itself shouldn't be considered volunteering. Great content, constructive feedback, posing clever (and sometimes daring) questions definitely is giving back to the community and can be considered volunteering within this community.

Providing a more blunt example of my view: your participation in this community and mine:
* Your contributions are highly valuable towards growing the community and it's knowledge and the wealth of experience shared is huge. To ignite these passionate discussions/conversations, I'm sure it demands time and effort. Summing all up, I consider you a great volunteer and an example to us all.
* Although I consult this community's posts and content regularly, my contributions are a lot more scarce than yours. Although they might be important (no self indulgence here), I don't believe I should be considered a volunteer, but an active and contributing member.

The question remains, where do your draw the line? :)

Regarding the example you provided, that decision is usually taken by the chapter's leadership based on the individual's contribution towards a specific chapter objective in a certain time length. Sometimes being a responsible and consistent enabler of something is very important and not that easy to find :)

Thanks, my friend!
Jan 06, 2020 6:38 AM
Replying to Gregory Gray
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Personally, I think it should be excluded.
* I return and respond because I enjoy the holistic approach to this platform.
* I participate because I value other opinions and insights.

Professionally, I would have to agree with Joao (so give them the credit)
* First, it's hard to gauge other's intent
* Hopefully, there's value-added to participant's careers.
Dear Gregory
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinions.

Weighing the pros and cons, what would your decision be?
Jan 06, 2020 6:39 AM
Replying to Daire Guiney
...
Dear Luis,

The comparison I would make is to online learning and classroom based learning is the same; Yes I would agree and depending on an individuals participation both students should come out with a similar learning experience. However, contributing to a website or spending time composing and presenting content for a presentation, volunteering at a Chapter meeting would in my own opinion be a different type of contribution that merits acknowledgment and thus the certification process. If we start acknowledging every small contribution an individual makes to the project management community we end up diluting the experience and the associated incremental learning process. Personally I respect a person who takes time out of their day to share and educate others in project management teachings.

Daire
Dear Daire
Thank you for your opinion

Writing a blog, writing an article, creating some kind of topic and moderating reflection, making a video here at ProjectManagement.com is all time consuming and, let's face it, it's like giving a presentation at a PMI Conference or hosted by a chapter.
In all the cases mentioned we are creating content and / or encouraging the acquisition of knowledge.
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