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I have started listening to PM Podcasts recently as I am searching novel methods to enjoy trafic jams.
I've come across yet again the concept of Virtual Footprint and Reputation.

As I know there are a lot of involved experienced influencers in the field on this plateform, I am turning to you now for advice.

"Where to start?", "Which method is most appropriate for starters?", How insightful should it be?", are some of the questions that come to mind.
Looking back at the few years of experience I have, I recall that I enjoyed helping members of my team and others around me. I believe this would be a way for me to get involved at large with potential insightful experiences.

Looking forward to reading some of you.
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There is no need to begin with something because they are performing project management from the time they wake up to the time they return to bed. So, everybody is performing project management. With that said, then perhaps you are talking about to formalize the way they perform project management. If that is your question, then they have to decide which way they will take. Will they follow the PMI? Will they follow IPMA? Or GPM? Or will they more confortable if they follow a method, then they should go to PRINCE? Or what?. According to that you to the specific community. Forget about taken books with interpretations or ways to implement something. They have to go to the basement first.
Hello Sergio,
Thanks for your feedback.

I'm not focusing as much on the certifications. Instead, I am considering expanding my virtual footprint. As I have acquired my PMP, I was able to notice an increased interest for my competencies from potential employers. I would be interested in expanding my knowledge and network through content creation.

This way, I would be able to leave a mark on the field and meet people I can learn from.
My personal challenge in this exercise is the fact I've never really created or managed discussions boards. Except here, a little.
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Sep 13, 2020 10:28 AM
Sergio Luis Conte
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You are welcome. Just to clarity my previous comment is not about people have to have a certification. I have wrote about the different ways to face project management because, as I wrote, everybody in this world is performing project management but when you go to a company you need some kind of formalism. So, if you are searching for a complement of project management I firmly believe you have to go for business analysis. In fact, one the best piece or work I found is the PMI´s practice guide for business analysis mainly because it clearly describe the "collaboration points" between PM and BA. But beyond that and with no focus on organizations my recommendation is to complete with all related to business administration (just in case your focus was not that) just a formal MBA (that´s not needed, no matter I have one) or reading things like PESTLE Analysis, Porter Five Forces , Tom Peters Seven S Model, Prahalad/Ackoff/Mario Bunge works on system theory applied to organizations, etc. In my personal experience the focus is to be ready to understand that organizations are open and adaptable systems and we are contributing to create solutions, where solution is "the thing" to be created (the field of BAs) plus "the way" to create it (the field of PMs).
Some tips:
- Ask yourself what are the growing areas of project management. Start reading everything you can on that subject. There are resources on this site as well as recommendations to other resources (books etc). I will suggest one growing area - agile.
- Realize that your content value will come from a mix of your experience, your knowledge and your ability to synthesize that information.
-Seek a mentor in your focus area if you can.
- Volunteer
- Innovate such as possible.
Bogdan

I do not recall how I started to build a digital footprint. Think it just happened since I had curiosity about new things, trying out new tools, apps and communities.
For example with corona, I checked out several discussion forums on zoom, on apps like SU university, virtual non execs and others. Years before I checked LinkedIn groups.
Also offering free webinars to PMI Chapters extended my footprint and network this year, as did virtual mentoring.
Sep 12, 2020 8:34 PM
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Hello Sergio,
Thanks for your feedback.

I'm not focusing as much on the certifications. Instead, I am considering expanding my virtual footprint. As I have acquired my PMP, I was able to notice an increased interest for my competencies from potential employers. I would be interested in expanding my knowledge and network through content creation.

This way, I would be able to leave a mark on the field and meet people I can learn from.
My personal challenge in this exercise is the fact I've never really created or managed discussions boards. Except here, a little.
You are welcome. Just to clarity my previous comment is not about people have to have a certification. I have wrote about the different ways to face project management because, as I wrote, everybody in this world is performing project management but when you go to a company you need some kind of formalism. So, if you are searching for a complement of project management I firmly believe you have to go for business analysis. In fact, one the best piece or work I found is the PMI´s practice guide for business analysis mainly because it clearly describe the "collaboration points" between PM and BA. But beyond that and with no focus on organizations my recommendation is to complete with all related to business administration (just in case your focus was not that) just a formal MBA (that´s not needed, no matter I have one) or reading things like PESTLE Analysis, Porter Five Forces , Tom Peters Seven S Model, Prahalad/Ackoff/Mario Bunge works on system theory applied to organizations, etc. In my personal experience the focus is to be ready to understand that organizations are open and adaptable systems and we are contributing to create solutions, where solution is "the thing" to be created (the field of BAs) plus "the way" to create it (the field of PMs).
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"
And if this your first post, you already started. Congrats.

Toastmaters is a good start to get speaking skills to a master level. Ask for a speaking gig at your local PMI Chapter.
If you write, start writing here on on LI.
What I discovered that with knowing a lot - I started developing a "blind spot" - I found that what is my common knowledge is not everyone else's common knowledge. So, I started sharing. Am I right, correct, or most knowledgeable? No. We do not have all answers, but we are willing to share and learn more. And I just love to share my knowledge and learn from others.
Blogs, webinars, Toastmasters, speaking gigs on PM platforms like PMI, mentoring, all could help extending your digital footprint.

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