Why I won’t stop treating Projects as communities

What would you do if you were told to stop treating your project team like people?

Yeah, if you could stop treating your project team like people, that'd be great

I am a firm believer in mentorship to help grow my personal skills.  I will jump at every opportunity to sit down with someone more senior than myself, especially if they have worked with me, to solicit feedback on how to be more successful.

During one of the last sessions that I had with my Program Manager, I was reviewing some communication issues that I was having with a senior technical lead.  Without getting into too much detail, the senior technical lead was maliciously complying, and I kept letting him get away with it for fear of losing his focus on some fairly critical tasks. Read more of this post


Do I need a PMI membership to keep my PMP?

During my undergraduate degree in university, whenever I was asked what I wanted to do following graduation, I would reply “I want to be a project manager.”  While my career has ebbed and flowed, I still maintain that same  line.

One of the hallmarks of being a project manager is achieving your Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).  Granted, there is debate in the industry as to the value of the certification (Linkedin, TechRepublic, Northwestern University Master of Engineering Management, the full Google search), but the common thread is that it provides recognition of a base level of competency and professionalism.

Personally, I am proud of my certification.  I put the hours into previous projects, I lined up my references, I studied hard for the certification exam, and at the start of each 3 year cycle I achieve my professional development units (PDUs) through extracurricular training.  As a result, I have been a member in good standing of PMI since 2008 and have had my PMP since 2009.

But here’s the sticky bit – I have never truly understood why I need a PMI membership to keep my PMP certification.  I understand the benefits of membership, as the benefits of the PMI membership are spelled out ad naseum by PMI, but it was never explained if I need my PMI membership to keep my PMP.  Given that customer support at PMI would either not answer my e-mails, or not give me a straight reply, I turned to the Project Management community on LinkedIn.

As it turns out, you do not need a PMI membership to keep your PMP certification.

Now I wonder why an organization that receives the majority of its revenues through membership dues would not give me a straight answer…?

In any case, I will be renewing as I find the digital version of the PMBOK and practice standards useful.

Are you a member of PMI?  Why do you find your membership useful?  Either provide comments down below, or join our discussion on Linkedin.

A hike gone awry as an analogy for Troubled Project Leadership

photoframeI have two fortune cookie fortunes on my desk at home – “promise only what you can deliver” and “now is a good time to finish up old tasks.”  They are taped to the bottom of a picture frame with a picture of my wife and I from the day that she had a catastrophic accident hiking in the mountains. 
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Why am I doing this (again)?

Like most that have grown up online, this is not my first time blogging (a term that I loathe (thanks Robot Chicken), and shall henceforth be known as Journaling in Public).  I have previously Journaled in Public on topics such as food, music reviews, and triathlon race recaps… but the content hasn’t exactly been the stickiest.

Plan Do Stop

Over the past few years through my MBA course work, I have had to keep analytic learning journals to reflect on course learnings.  These journals have helped me reflect on situations, analyze why I did something / why something happened, and articulate the lesson that I personally learned.

I valued the opportunity and experience to journal during my course work, and as a result I am intending to use this public journal as a career applicable learning journal.  The topics that I intended to cover will be focused on Leadership and Project Management, based on situations that I have encountered.  Ultimately, I am using this a public method to help with my personal career growth.

Maybe this public journal will be with me for many years to come; maybe it will end up as part of the digital waste; or maybe it will just become an annoying talking point.  Stay tuned…

Is it gauche to quote yourself?

“Be eager to please, and willing to learn. Just know whom you want to please and what you want to learn.” – Jason Zalmanowitz