Buckingham Palace has its
Changing of the Guard Ceremony. Barack Obama’s successful
presidential campaign slogan was “Change You Can Believe
In!” Even our PMINJ Chapter is undergoing change – one
particular change is that after 6 years as having the
honor of being the Vice President, Symposium, I have
decided to allow our voting processes to do their job and
pass on the reins of our tradition of innovative and
successful symposium events to another qualified guard.
The candidate is Deven Trivedi, who has been a Director,
Symposium, and before that, an active symposium planning
team lead and team member for many years. I have complete
confidence that the new guard, with our symposium planning
team, will bring in further change, while preserving the
values and benefits of these events!
Looking back on my involvement with our symposium events has brought back some great memories of some of the changes and innovations we tried and learned from.
In 1998, we introduced the poster format to our May Symposium events. The purpose was to encourage increased contribution and interactive participation by chapter members who attended the event. Since then, we have had 120 posters presented! What a fantastic achievement! And many of those presenters have gone on to hold leadership positions in their careers and in our chapter.
Another innovation we tried was panel discussion presentations – two come to mind. In 1999 we had a great team of executives discuss “The Future PM.” Each participant received a caricature drawing created during the event by our artist that year, Kurt Ackerman. In 2007, another panel addressed “Sustainability and Project Management".
One of the things that I find exciting is just looking at the themes we focused on each year, and how the planning team was able to expand our portfolio of offerings year over year, giving our members more opportunities to learn and connect with other project managers.
|2005||Execute Flawlessly!!!||Sunday Seminar|
|2006||PM in the Global Economy||IPM Day|
|2007||Sustainable PM: The Future is Now!||Sunday Seminar, IPM Day|
|2008||Exponential PM: PMBOK and Beyond!||Sunday Seminar, Seminar at Sea, IPM Day|
|2009||Outside the Box PM||Sunday Seminar, Seminar at Sea, IPM Day|
|2010||Business Savvy PM||Sunday Seminar, IPM Day|
We have been leaders in terms of timely topics. Think about sustainability and innovation in your workplace in 2010 and you’ll see what I mean. We even brought healthcare as a topic to our audience in 2009 to help us all understand the complexities of the field, no matter whether or not we work in it directly.
How we worked to plan and deliver our events also changed in this time period. We completely eliminated mailed communications about our symposium events and introduced online surveys to gather feedback. Teleconferences and online groups have become a way of life for us. Who knows how we will work in the future!
It’s all about the people behind the chapter symposium events I have met and gotten to know and how we have shared our vision and turned it into reality. As volunteers, every one of these individuals has chosen to give his or her time, project management skills, and all kinds of other expertise, sometimes stretching comfort zones, for the chapter and for the symposium events. Thank you to all of you – you know who you are! And the results have been spectacular: continued profitability, excellent attendee feedback, and most importantly, high quality programming. Our chapter has a reputation and our symposium events are no small part of it.
I’ll be turning to other areas of volunteering as I welcome the new symposium guard. I know we won’t skip a beat! I’ll see you all at future chapter events! Stay well until then, excel in everything you do,.
Mark your calendar for upcoming International Project
Management (IPM) Day Seminar sponsored by PMINJ on
November 4th, 2010 at Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset,
Take advantage of lower rates by registering before August 31st, 2010. Registration is now open at PMINJ web site www.pminj.org. Stay tuned for the further details as committee is in the final stages of selecting recognized speakers in the field of Global Project Management including popular afternoon workshop. The IPM Day Seminar provides perfect opportunity to earn 8 PDU’s, expand project management knowledge with great speakers and network with fellow PMs.
If you are interested in volunteering for this or other PMINJ events contact Nikki John at .
A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner. English
Project management is fast becoming the preferred way for companies to get things done. In a global economy project management will make a company more competitive than the traditional methods of managing work.
So for all managers there is now the need to understand the dynamics of projects together with the skill and process of project management in order to make the most out their organization’s investments.
Is Project Management therefore no longer a niche capability, the home of project management office members and external contractors; is it now a core skill that all executives and senior management need to understand?
In a recent survey conducted by Peter Taylor (www.thelazyprojectmanager.com) through a LinkedIn survey (poll). (Note: LinkedIn Polls allow you to easily find answers to your business and market research questions. Target professionals with the right expertise, and then LinkedIn will analyze the results to show you how factors such as seniority, company size, job function, age and gender influence responses. You can distribute your poll for free to your network.)That very question was asked, ‘Is Project Management a core skill and no longer a niche capability?’ to see what a wider community of business people thought.
347 people responded to the survey and I am grateful their time and consideration, as well as the follow up comments that many people left for me to review.
Anyway these are the results:
PDUs we need and PDUs we want. Professional Development
Units (PDUs) dominate our minds, our conversations, and
our spare time in the last quarter before Continuing
Certification Requirements (CCR) deadline. A little
forethought would be nice, but the bottom line is that we
want the fast and consistent path to our PDUs… and we want
Just do what you do. The easiest way to earn PDUs is to
leverage what you currently do. Here is the short list of
PDU eligible activities that might already be part of your
1. Your day job (PDU Category 2H)
If you work as a Project Manager this is probably the easiest way to tick off up to 25% of the PDUs you’ll need at the end of the recertification cycle. If you are a practitioner of project management services for at least 1,500 hours each calendar year, you can claim up to 5 PDUs per year for a maximum total of 15 PDUs per three year period.
4. Free PDUs (PDU Category 2)
The Project Management Podcast is a free subscription that delivers a new podcast every so often to its subscribers. Like the PDU Podcast, The Project Management Podcast has a variety of topics presented but it may take a couple of episodes to equal one PDU if the programs are shorter than the 1 hour needed per PDU. It’s important to remember also that Category 2-SDL PDUs has a limit of 15 PDUs maximum per 36 month period.
6. Formal Academic Training (PDU Category 1)
Formal Academic educational courses related to Project Management can earn you 10 to 15 PDUs per semester. It’s probably the easiest of all the categories, so long as you are not financially challenged. Even if you are, there may well be project management related courses being offered at the community college that are more economical than the state and private collegiate institutions. The transcript or grade report is required for confirmation. (Editor’s note: These courses must be offered for degree credit. Also, if the course is not ‘totally’ related to project management, only the portion that applies can be used.)
7. Turning CEU’s into PDUs (PDU Category1 or 3)
Like Formal Academic Training, Continuing Education (CE) can be submitted for PDUs. Unlike Formal Academic Training, CE’s are courses that comply with IACET standards. CEU’s (Continuing Education Units) can be converted to PDUs; generally at a ratio of 1 CEU to 10 PDUs. Your best bet is to confirm with the provider that the course you are interested in complies with the ANSI/IACET 1-2007 Standard. (See http://www.pmi.org/pdf/pdc_pmphandbook.pdf#page=36)
8. Volunteer Service to Professional or Community
Organizations (PDU Category 5)
If you already attend your PMI chapter’s monthly meeting, you’re earning up to 1 PDU for the presentation. Did you know you could be earning additional PDUs for attending that same meeting by joining the registration, finance, internal marketing and/or meeting committees? Contact your local Chapter’s for more details. A maximum of 20 PDUs may be earned through professional service or by providing non-compensated professional PM Service to non-employer or non-client customer groups.
A letter or certificate from the organization
acknowledging the participation is required for
9. Knowledge Sharing (PDU Category 2)
Authoring or co-authoring an article which is published in a ‘refereed’ journal, earns you 30 PDUs for author and 20 PDUs for co-author. If published in a ‘non-refereed’ journal, you can earn 15 PDUs for author and 10 for co-author.
10. Self-Study (PDU Category 2-SDL)
Discussions or coaching sessions with colleagues or clients that put to use informational materials such as CD-ROMs, articles, books, videos or instructional manuals can earn up to 15 PDUs per three year period through self directed learning. This includes personally conducting project management research or a study, coaching sessions with people in your professional network (colleagues, clients, coworkers, etc). Reading applicable studies, books, blogs, and listening to audio books would all fall under this category. Copies of publications, sample education material or program agendas are required for confirmation.
So there you have it….
No matter what your budget or your learning media preference, these 10 Easy ways are waiting to help you amass the 60 PDUs for your recertification. Whichever route you take, keep consistent and remember to have some fun with it.
Cornelius Fichtner, PMP is a noted PMP expert. He has helped over 10,000 students prepare for the PMP Exam with The Project Management PrepCast and he guides PMI credential holders on earning PDUs with The PDU Insider
Are you a New Jersey area project manager involved in a
Project, Program or Portfolio Management Office? Do
you sometimes feel there is no common place to freely
communicate and exchange ideas with other PMO
professionals? Sometimes wish there were
helpful PMO tools readily available? Wouldn't it be
great if there was a group of PMI members who were
focusing on current challenges and trends faced by
Project, Program and Portfolio Management teams? And
finally, wouldn't it be wonderful to network and share
stories with these professionals?
Well, the time has come! The New Jersey Program Management Office - Local Interest Group (NJ PMO LIG) is taking shape for its debut targeted around the September 2010 timeframe. This group will leverage the PMO SIG (Special Interest Group) resources and will work in conjunction with the local PMINJ Chapter in providing focused discussions, workshops/ seminars, networking and community involvement opportunities. The group has already formulated an aggressive list of objectives and is looking forward to working with chapter members and other project management professionals to bring a needed focus to the PMO community. For more information or to find out how you can be a part of this exciting new LIG, contact Ron Krukowski, PMP at .
The PMINJ Chapter currently has about 150 volunteers that
assist in various initiatives within the Chapter.
Volunteers are members of the PMINJ Chapter and their
dedication and commitment is a key contributor to the
success of our organization. We are always looking for
volunteers to join our team as the Chapter continues to
grow and broaden its services to the member community. If
you are interested in volunteering for our Chapter or
learning more about what volunteering can do for your
personal/career development, go to
www.pminj.org/volunter.mr or write an email to
The below are volunteer openings currently available.
1. Newsletter Writer
The Programs Team is looking for volunteers to work together to summarize the topic that is presented by the speaker at the monthly meetings. Since one person may be unable to attend all of the meetings, it would be great if 2-3 people are willing to do this. All interested volunteers should include a writing sample in their response to this communication and have writing experience.
The contact information for the first 5 people who
express interest in this position will be forwarded to the
Programs Team lead.
2. Speaker Feedback for Monthly Team Meetings
Provides feedback to the speaker each month on the results that were obtained from the evaluation forms and tracks the topics/speakers recommended by the attendees at each meeting.
The contact information for the first 5 people who
express interest in this position will be forwarded to the
Programs Team lead.
3. Certificates for Monthly Chapter Meetings
Alternating with one other volunteer to prepare the certificate that is given to the presenter(s) at the monthly evening meeting. In addition, this individual needs to be able to research whether the speaker has any certifications (such as PMP).
The selected individual would need to be able to attend
the meetings in which he/she creates this certificate and
know how to use PowerPoint.
The contact information for the first 5 people who express interest in this position will be forwarded to the Programs Team lead.
4. Member Retention Initiative
PMI is encouraging the chapter communities to reach out to members who are scheduled to expire within 60 days, and personally encourage them to renew their memberships. The PMINJ Chapter is looking for as many volunteers as possible to make these calls on a monthly basis. Volunteers will be given a script and a call list.
The chapter wishes to acknowledges the following sponsors