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What did you achieve in 2020 both Professionally and/or Personally ?
This year has been a very interesting and unique one. As the year comes to an end, and given we are one big community / family, it would be interesting to hear about each other’s achievements during the year:

- What did you achieve on a professional level ?
- What did you achieve on a personal level ?
- Did you follow a certain plan you set ?
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Dec 13, 2020 7:22 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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2020 was a true example of Dickens' quote from A Tale of Two Cities: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times".

I was a lot less busy due to the financial constraints which the pandemic imposed on our clients but am thankful that I still got enough teaching work to keep me from going stir crazy.

I couldn't maintain my work out routine to the same level as when I could go to the gym six days a week but adapted to working out at home.

We had to cancel our long planned cruise to Spain & Portugal but were fortunate that we could still visit India and Dubai right before the pandemic travel restrictions commenced.

We adopted a puppy and re-learned the joy and struggles of raising a "wee one".

I became the world's first DALSM (more a luck of timing than anything else) and was content with that as my sole certification for the year.

I gave countless presentations at conferences and meetups - the two highlights for me were keynoting at the Central Ohio chapter's PDD and presenting at the Poland Chapter's international congress day.

I converted a number of our courses over to Miro for virtual delivery after initially being extremely reluctant to teach virtually. I got so hooked on Miro that I have become the highest contributor in the Miro online community and landed a few brief gigs to help folks set up workshops for the virtual world.

I contributed to a number of knowledge items at Standards Plus - creating some and vetting others.

And I am closing out the year by having submitted the draft manuscript to a publisher for my first book. The cover and interior design are underway and I hope to have it published by the late Spring.
Kiron, what is your book about?
Congratulations on all of your achievements!
Thanks Aina -

The book is a curated, gently edited compilation of 100 of my (what I consider to be) better articles written over the past decade. The articles are organized by themes such as project leadership, risk management and project portfolio management.

Kiron
Not as impressive as the previous responses

I(we) survived. ;-)
Well done everyone on the fantastic achievements!

It was definitely a challenging year but one that offered plenty of opportunities as per my highlights below.

Professional

- Gained the PMP certification
- Joined this PM community which I am grateful to be a part of :)
- Delivered a couple of projects mainly in the Data and Analytics space
- Attended a virtual global AI festival
- Managed to secure a new role in a difficult marketplace
- Started trading currencies and stocks/shares after completing basic training

Personal

- Spent a lot of quality time with family (as oppose to travelling)
- Coached family and friends on career and professional development
- Participated as a volunteer with my local foodbank to give something back to the community

I had a rough idea for 2020 but did not follow a set plan, will definitely do so for 2021.
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2 replies by Eduard Hernandez and Rami Kaibni
Dec 28, 2020 12:51 PM
Eduard Hernandez
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Congrats on earning your PMP, Azhar, welcome onboard!
Dec 29, 2020 12:33 AM
Rami Kaibni
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Outstanding Azhar - Congrats on your PMP and good luck in 2021.
Dec 28, 2020 8:56 AM
Replying to Azhar Siddiqui
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Well done everyone on the fantastic achievements!

It was definitely a challenging year but one that offered plenty of opportunities as per my highlights below.

Professional

- Gained the PMP certification
- Joined this PM community which I am grateful to be a part of :)
- Delivered a couple of projects mainly in the Data and Analytics space
- Attended a virtual global AI festival
- Managed to secure a new role in a difficult marketplace
- Started trading currencies and stocks/shares after completing basic training

Personal

- Spent a lot of quality time with family (as oppose to travelling)
- Coached family and friends on career and professional development
- Participated as a volunteer with my local foodbank to give something back to the community

I had a rough idea for 2020 but did not follow a set plan, will definitely do so for 2021.
Congrats on earning your PMP, Azhar, welcome onboard!
It is time for me to reflect on my achievements as well.

1. Changed 3 jobs in one year and explored fin-tech, telecommunication and retail fields;

2. Moved to Toronto;

3. Started my own business Time be Team (Besides my full-time job);

4. Mentored 20+ people;

5. Delivered online presentations in Canada, USA, UAE, Ukraine and Singapore;

6. Became a proud member of UAE and Toronto PMI Chapters;

7. Served 1 year as a Disciplined Agile Program Manager;

8. Became an International Correspondent for PM Global Journal;

9. Wrote 10+ articles;

10. The first time was a judge and participated in a committee;

11. Taught a PM course in Somalia
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Dec 29, 2020 12:32 AM
Rami Kaibni
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Great Achievements Aina, thanks for sharing and Good Luck in 2021.
Dec 28, 2020 9:39 PM
Replying to Aina Aliieva
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It is time for me to reflect on my achievements as well.

1. Changed 3 jobs in one year and explored fin-tech, telecommunication and retail fields;

2. Moved to Toronto;

3. Started my own business Time be Team (Besides my full-time job);

4. Mentored 20+ people;

5. Delivered online presentations in Canada, USA, UAE, Ukraine and Singapore;

6. Became a proud member of UAE and Toronto PMI Chapters;

7. Served 1 year as a Disciplined Agile Program Manager;

8. Became an International Correspondent for PM Global Journal;

9. Wrote 10+ articles;

10. The first time was a judge and participated in a committee;

11. Taught a PM course in Somalia
Great Achievements Aina, thanks for sharing and Good Luck in 2021.
Dec 28, 2020 8:56 AM
Replying to Azhar Siddiqui
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Well done everyone on the fantastic achievements!

It was definitely a challenging year but one that offered plenty of opportunities as per my highlights below.

Professional

- Gained the PMP certification
- Joined this PM community which I am grateful to be a part of :)
- Delivered a couple of projects mainly in the Data and Analytics space
- Attended a virtual global AI festival
- Managed to secure a new role in a difficult marketplace
- Started trading currencies and stocks/shares after completing basic training

Personal

- Spent a lot of quality time with family (as oppose to travelling)
- Coached family and friends on career and professional development
- Participated as a volunteer with my local foodbank to give something back to the community

I had a rough idea for 2020 but did not follow a set plan, will definitely do so for 2021.
Outstanding Azhar - Congrats on your PMP and good luck in 2021.
Hi! No plan - but I was finally able to get back into a PM role. Manufacturing Engineering wasn't for me - my passion and expertise lies in the world of PM. And most importantly I took a company that was very skeptical about having a PM at all to one who totally embraces project management! They were scarred by a PM in the past but I seem to have turned that attitude around. Lots more progress to make, but so far so awesome!
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Dec 30, 2020 4:18 PM
Rami Kaibni
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Bob

Great accomplishment - Good Lucck in 2021. Keep us posted with your progress.

RK
I have not been on here for a long time. I think this is a good post to come back on. I will say that this has been a crazy year at times.

Professional life:
-I have been working from home since March. That did take some major adjustments since I really missed people.
-I started the year still trying to get our PMO going. This had been a struggle since I started the journey due to the fact that I wanted to forge ahead and my manager was hesitant about upsetting anyone.
-It was a very frustrating time, I was bored, I was extremely under utilized and I started looking for a new job again.
-Everything changed over the summer. I was able to position myself in front of the right manager and renegotiate all of our telecom relationships.
-First he was going to share me with my old manager, but after a few weeks he decided that I needed to work for him full time.
-Since that time I have been super busy in a good way.
-First project was securing hotspots for students in our County who were doing remote learning.
-I was given the task of negotiating with vendors to restock our assets that had been depleted when quarantine started and everyone needed a laptop to work from home. I became the Order Asset Manager. This expanded greatly with the CARES Act which provided funding to local governments to allow for teleworking. I was in charge of managing and tracking 20 additional orders from our agencies for equipment and software.
-I also became the Enterprise Software Asset Manager, again negotiated the best pricing, managed the subscriptions and ensured our agencies actually paid for their subscriptions.
-I am still managing the Telecoms
-I am involved as an advisor in several projects.
-I have been slowly working on ITIL4 certification.
-Been introduced to Service Now and am planning additional training possible certification.
Personal life (not so balanced):
-This has been a struggle since I have not been able to do the things I used to.
-I did some home projects. I keep reorganizing rooms in my house.
-My cooking skills have drastically improved.
-Finally bought a new car after 10 years.
-I contracted Covid in October, but was lucky that it was a mild case.
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Dec 30, 2020 6:00 PM
Rami Kaibni
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Dinah

Good to see you back here, its been a while. Wow, you've had such a Journey this year.

I am sorry to hear about your COVID case but I am glad you are doing well now and fully recovered.

Good Luck in 2021.

RK
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