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First Quarter Check-In: What did you achieve so far and what are you planning to achieve in 2021 both Professionally and Personally ?
With the new virtual reality, it's both motivating and exciting to check-in with fellow professionals and see what everyone has been up to:

1) What did you achieve on a professional level ?
2) What did you achieve on a personal level ?
3) What are your plans for the rest of the year ?
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I will start by myself and share with you:


On a Professional Level

1) Completed few great courses and micro-credentials with PMI (Citizen Developer Foundation and Practitioner, Wicked Problem Solving Practitioner, Kick-Off, Agile Hybrid Pro, and Organizational Transformation Foundation). Each course did definitely add value.

2) Became an Official PMI Affiliate. Very excited to be part of this initiative and help PMI grow their product offering.

3) Appointed as PMO Global Alliance Community Ambassador in Canada.

4) Participating as an Official Judge in the PMO Global Awards starting in May.

5) Participating as a speaker in the 2021 PMO Summit.

6) Appointed as Canada Hub Ambassador for the PM4NGOs Organization. Very excited to be part of their growth.

7) Participated in the launch of a new PMO Community "The PMO Leader" lead by Joe Psuz. Very excited to join this community.

8) Will be presenting my first webinar for the PMI Canadian West Coast Chapter on May 17th. This webinar will be about" Career Advice for New Practitioners and Experienced Professionals" and it will be the first in a series of webinars.

9) Invited by Simon Fraser University (SFU) to participate on a expert panel for Business Analysis.

10) Hosted on two podcasts so far with two others planned.

11) Studying to complete my PgMP Certification. Was supposed to complete it by now but due to some health set back, I will have to postpone it a few months.

12) Planning to publish 3 articles over the course of the rest of the year.

13) Working on growing my own business "RMK Coaching".


On a Personal Level

It's been a bit of a bumpy road with some health issues that I am facing but hopefully all will go well, other than that, it's been quiet as there is nothing much to do or anywhere to go. The pandemic has been slamming British Columbia hardly so restrictions are on the rise everyday.

That's it for now - Looking forward to hearing from all of you. Let's motivate one another.
Congratulations, Rami - as always you set a high bar for the rest of us!

For me, it's mostly more of the same.

1. Publishing my book was the main accomplishment - the process started in December with the official availability of it in mid-January. So far, I'm pretty happy with the results so far as I'm just shy of 100 copies (e-book and paperback) sold.

2. Roughly 10 webinars, podcasts and panel discussions on a variety of PM and agile topics. Looking forward to my 2nd podcast with Andy Kaufman at the end of this month.

3. Our company was selected by the PMI Toronto chapter to be their official partner for delivering DASM & DASSM certification workshops. Given the size of the chapter and their affiliation with other local chapters, this should be a good opportunity for me to help many practitioners achieve their DA certification goals.

On a more personal note, my son is graduating from university this month and has a full-time job lined up starting in May. So a lot of my free time has been going into helping him with his transition planning for moving from one city to another!

Kiron
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Apr 17, 2021 2:37 PM
Rami Kaibni
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Thank you for your kind compliment Kiron and for sharing your achievements.

You raised the bar to the highest level by publishing your book. I have to say, your book is very well written and contains valuable lessons learned coming out of experience. I look forward to part 2 (Knowing you, I assumed there will be one).

Good luck for your son - I am sure he will do great (Like father, like son). Venturing from theory into practice is never easy but is inevitable.

RMK
Apr 17, 2021 8:48 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Congratulations, Rami - as always you set a high bar for the rest of us!

For me, it's mostly more of the same.

1. Publishing my book was the main accomplishment - the process started in December with the official availability of it in mid-January. So far, I'm pretty happy with the results so far as I'm just shy of 100 copies (e-book and paperback) sold.

2. Roughly 10 webinars, podcasts and panel discussions on a variety of PM and agile topics. Looking forward to my 2nd podcast with Andy Kaufman at the end of this month.

3. Our company was selected by the PMI Toronto chapter to be their official partner for delivering DASM & DASSM certification workshops. Given the size of the chapter and their affiliation with other local chapters, this should be a good opportunity for me to help many practitioners achieve their DA certification goals.

On a more personal note, my son is graduating from university this month and has a full-time job lined up starting in May. So a lot of my free time has been going into helping him with his transition planning for moving from one city to another!

Kiron
Thank you for your kind compliment Kiron and for sharing your achievements.

You raised the bar to the highest level by publishing your book. I have to say, your book is very well written and contains valuable lessons learned coming out of experience. I look forward to part 2 (Knowing you, I assumed there will be one).

Good luck for your son - I am sure he will do great (Like father, like son). Venturing from theory into practice is never easy but is inevitable.

RMK
Thanks Rami - my son has all the tools he needs to succeed in life, so it will come down to what he chooses to do with them! I'm now looking forward to planning my next project, namely downsizing and progressing further down the retirement path!

Kiron
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Apr 18, 2021 2:29 PM
Rami Kaibni
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I am sure he will use those tools wisely just like his dad. This is great to hear that you are preparing for your retirement. Any news on your wine soummelier plans ?
Rami and Kiron, congratulations to both of you. You both has really set a very high bar.

On a professional
For me, it has been more on ensuring that the projects assigned to me are delivered on time in spite of the challenges brought by the pandemic. Was able to successfully delivered 8 projects over the year. Some have been market differentiators for the organization, a few had been maintenance projects and a few were assigned to me to do the damage control and deliver them. Overall it has been roller coaster ride over the year.

On a personal note, as part upskilling myself I have almost completed my Masters in Software Engineering with just dissertation left which hopefully will be done in another 2-3 weeks.
Have participated in a few webinars, listen to few podcasts, read some books on strategic management, networking skills and honestly my kids story books also to relax myself.

For the next year, planning to work on my book based on a survey related with relationship of a manager and a reportee, their relationship, how they shape each other's career, expectations of reportees from a manager, conflicts and resolutions and at the end how both can be successful. This is still in an inception mode. Need to work a lot. Along with this of course, need to ensure that the future projects in my organization are successful.
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Apr 18, 2021 2:33 PM
Rami Kaibni
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Jaleel

First, thank you for your kind compliment, much appreciated.

Second, congratulations on earning your Masters degree and for delivery those 8 projects successfully, this is incredible and very motivating for all of us.

Last, with regards to your book, the story seems so interesting. I will be very interested to recieve a signed copy of your book whenever it is published.

Keep us posted. Best of Luck !

RMK
Apr 18, 2021 10:05 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Thanks Rami - my son has all the tools he needs to succeed in life, so it will come down to what he chooses to do with them! I'm now looking forward to planning my next project, namely downsizing and progressing further down the retirement path!

Kiron
I am sure he will use those tools wisely just like his dad. This is great to hear that you are preparing for your retirement. Any news on your wine soummelier plans ?
Apr 18, 2021 1:35 PM
Replying to Jaleel .
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Rami and Kiron, congratulations to both of you. You both has really set a very high bar.

On a professional
For me, it has been more on ensuring that the projects assigned to me are delivered on time in spite of the challenges brought by the pandemic. Was able to successfully delivered 8 projects over the year. Some have been market differentiators for the organization, a few had been maintenance projects and a few were assigned to me to do the damage control and deliver them. Overall it has been roller coaster ride over the year.

On a personal note, as part upskilling myself I have almost completed my Masters in Software Engineering with just dissertation left which hopefully will be done in another 2-3 weeks.
Have participated in a few webinars, listen to few podcasts, read some books on strategic management, networking skills and honestly my kids story books also to relax myself.

For the next year, planning to work on my book based on a survey related with relationship of a manager and a reportee, their relationship, how they shape each other's career, expectations of reportees from a manager, conflicts and resolutions and at the end how both can be successful. This is still in an inception mode. Need to work a lot. Along with this of course, need to ensure that the future projects in my organization are successful.
Jaleel

First, thank you for your kind compliment, much appreciated.

Second, congratulations on earning your Masters degree and for delivery those 8 projects successfully, this is incredible and very motivating for all of us.

Last, with regards to your book, the story seems so interesting. I will be very interested to recieve a signed copy of your book whenever it is published.

Keep us posted. Best of Luck !

RMK
Congratulations on the great achievements, Rami. Hope you have recovered well, health comes always in the first place.

Q1 2021 has been overall positive. I have completed and earned an MBA focused on the pharmaceutical industry. I have learned a lot along the way and I am quite satisfied with the Master Thesis I wrote.

As of January, I became the Director of Communications and Marketing of PMI's Dutch Chapter. We have managed to increase our members enagagement very significantly and delivered consistent and solid monthly newsletter. We are always looking for new ways to give value to our members.

At work, due to some reorganiztions, I will be taking upon a program management role in addition to my current PM responsibilities. Looking forward to exploring new ways to help the organization accomplish the set goals.

But for me this year will be very special for other reasons. We will be welcoming our first daughter. And this will certainly be the best project one can take upon.
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Apr 20, 2021 8:26 AM
Rami Kaibni
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Eduard

Thanks a lot for your kind compliment and for sharing your achievements so far.

Very impressive, congrats on your masters degree and on your new roles both at the PMI local chapter and your work.

On a personal note, that’s great news about welcoming your first daughter. Many congratulations in advance, I bet you’re very excited. Keep us posted.

Cheers
RMK
Apr 20, 2021 5:32 AM
Replying to Eduard Hernandez
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Congratulations on the great achievements, Rami. Hope you have recovered well, health comes always in the first place.

Q1 2021 has been overall positive. I have completed and earned an MBA focused on the pharmaceutical industry. I have learned a lot along the way and I am quite satisfied with the Master Thesis I wrote.

As of January, I became the Director of Communications and Marketing of PMI's Dutch Chapter. We have managed to increase our members enagagement very significantly and delivered consistent and solid monthly newsletter. We are always looking for new ways to give value to our members.

At work, due to some reorganiztions, I will be taking upon a program management role in addition to my current PM responsibilities. Looking forward to exploring new ways to help the organization accomplish the set goals.

But for me this year will be very special for other reasons. We will be welcoming our first daughter. And this will certainly be the best project one can take upon.
Eduard

Thanks a lot for your kind compliment and for sharing your achievements so far.

Very impressive, congrats on your masters degree and on your new roles both at the PMI local chapter and your work.

On a personal note, that’s great news about welcoming your first daughter. Many congratulations in advance, I bet you’re very excited. Keep us posted.

Cheers
RMK
I'm not going into the full list, but one of the areas of my professional achievements is maturing our PMO. As part of this, since we aren't buying new tools, I'm leveraging Microsoft's power platform to create a reporting tool for strategic projects.
- PowerApps for data entry
- SharePoint for a back end (will convert to a data source that allows for live data connections later in the year, as it does not exist, yet, and we need the tool now)
- Power Bi for Dashboards
- A Power BI app to distribute the dashboards and data entry app
- I'm looking into using Power Automate to automate refreshes of the Power BI app

Yes, I know, there are tools that do this. We have other priorities, for the coming year. And I'm enjoying building it out.
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Apr 21, 2021 1:49 AM
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Thanks for sharing Aaron. This seems to be very interesting. Citizen Development LCNC apps could be very useful, maybe.

Good Luck with your targets.
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