Minnesota Chapter of the Project Management Institute
Building Professionalism in Project Management
APRIL 2017 | Volume 19, Issue 04
In This Issue:
» Spotlight on the Career Fair
» Project Management Skills For Life
» Mark Your Calendar: Key Professional Development Dates
» PMI-Minnesota: Powered by you
» Scholarships available to help your career development
» PENWorks 2017: Advancing Organizational Excellence
I thoroughly enjoyed the attendance and enthusiasm at last month’s Business Meeting! Thanks to all of you who attended! Our refreshed Bylaws were unanimously adopted by our chapter members “present and in person” (which included those attending remotely). PMI global has accepted the vote and approved our Chapter renewal.
At this time last year, my predecessor Terri Kimbal asked a pertinent question, “Are you taking advantage of your membership?” Her question and answer resonated with some of the focus group sessions we are conducting. Many of our members have leveraged their membership by accessing the wealth of knowledge at ProjectManagement.com (part of the PMI umbrella). As I listened to the participants, I heard loads of praise for the content. Just a mouse-click away is help on project challenges from around the world. Sample templates, tutorials webinars, blogs, articles, and tools. ProjectManagement.com is also home for practice areas and information topics like risk management, motivating your team, creating traceability matrices, or balancing a strategic portfolio. Log in with your PMI credentials and get access to all of the premium content at no additional charge (a $249 value).
Also be sure and check out the Learning tab on pmi.org. You’ll find academic research, reports, the annual salary survey, and a job board. You can download any of 16 standards and practice guides for free from the PMBOK® Guide and Standards tab. Online courses are also available.
Most importantly though, as a PMI-MN chapter member, you can meet-up with other project management practitioners – in all our methodological diversity, from Agile development to work breakdown structures. Our chapter has thousands of members, and conducts hundreds of events, just so we can meet each other and talk face-to-face. On the face of it, we may be interested in career advancement and professional recognition. Under that we like meeting our peers, talking about our concerns and successes, and making new friends.
Because we like to be an inclusive chapter, we offer free webinars and local practitioner communities, Outreach communities, Education Foundation events for kids, college events, networking events, volunteer opportunities, community service engagements (e.g. Paint-A-Thon), scholarships, and social media connections (e.g. LinkedIn groups, Facebook, Twitter).
Your Chapter membership gets you discounts on all our paid events and programs as well: Dinners, Breakfasts, Luncheons, Professional Development Days, Certification training, etc. Log into the pmi-mn.org website to access local job postings and loads of information. Your $30 annual membership enables you to take advantage of a $10 discount on all breakfast, lunch and dinner meetings, save $150 on a PMP® exam prep class and $100 for each day of PDD, our annual conference, plus a free professional photo at the annual Career Fair (April 17th this year)! Total potential annual savings? Over $750. Not a chapter member? What are you waiting for?
President & CEO, PMI-MN
9th Annual Career Fair
The 9th Annual Career Fair is Monday, April 17th from 3:30 - 6:00pm at the Crowne Plaza in Bloomington. This is a great event to attend if you are looking for new career opportunites and to network with other professionals. This event is free for everyone.
After each speaker, we will give away 1 FREE Dinner! You will also have the option to take professional photos for your business or LinkedIn profile.
Managing projects is a key life skill for our youth to develop. PMI-MN and The Northern Star Councils of the Boy Scouts of America have teamed up to offer instruction and practice for teenaged boys and girls. It is open to both scouts (Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts) and non-scouts. The first two hour Introduction class is on April 22 in Lakeville – see the program flyer for registration details.
A second Introduction session will be offered in late October. A more comprehensive, three session (2 hours each), Fundamental course will be offered in late July (22nd, 26th, and 29th). The Fundamental course will give anyone organizing high adventure trips or working towards a Gold Award or Eagle Scout designation.
Earn PDUs at your convenience with professional events:
Webinars: Monthly (Consult the PMI-MN.org Event Calendar)
PMP Prep Certification Class (starting dates):
We have great plans to offer more services to you, our members in the coming year. These services are made possible by our volunteers and we have many openings. By volunteering you can earn PDUs, earn credits toward meeting attendance fees, learn new skills, network with the best project managers in the area, and have fun with your peers. Please join us in making our chapter great: just a few hours a month can make a big difference!
Each year PMI-MN sponsors two scholarships to help members of our community advance their careers. The application deadlines for both of them are approaching quickly.
Robert Yourzak Scholarship Award – Applications due by May 1
This $2,000 scholarship is open to current and prospective students who registered at accredited, degree-granting colleges or universities and are pursuing degrees in project management or related fields of study.
Ana Alvarez Holmberg Scholarship – Applications due by May 31
This $2,000 scholarship is jointly offered by PMI-MN and The American Society of Training and Development - Greater Twin Cities (ATD-GTC). This award can be used for either general personal development (e.g., obtaining or maintaining certifications) or formal academic training by a current member of one of the sponsoring organizations. Successful candidates will be committed to community service, committed to personal advancement and continuous learning, and exhibit high personal standards and passion for life.
Performance Excellence Network April 24 & 25 in Brooklyn Center
Learn proven ways to improve your organization's results! PENworks 2017 is the region's largest, most powerful conference focused on continuous improvement and organizational excellence! You will gain insights that will inspire change and facilitate better outcomes in your organization and in your career!
Learn best practices from 31 local, regional, and national speakers -- ways to improve your leadership effectiveness, customer service & engagement, workforce engagement & capability, use of measures/data and decision making, strategic planning processes, innovation, and operational performance.
9 Members have earned their PMP® designation in February
The following PMI-MN members received certifications in February:
201 New Members have joined PMI-MN in February
The following new Chapter members joined PMI-MN in Febraury
New Member Orientation Sessions (held monthly)
Welcome newcomers and current members! PMI-MN offers a new member orientation session starting at 6:00 pm before each month’s Chapter dinner meeting.
You don’t actually need to be a new member—or a member at all—to attend this orientation session! This is a great way to check out the Chapter. If you haven’t been to many Chapter events (or it’s been a long time), come and get re-acquainted with what our Chapter is all about!
Check the upcoming month’s dinner meeting details on pmi-mn.org for time and place of the Member Orientation session.
PMI Minnesota Chapter members who renewed in the month of January were automatically entered into the drawing. Using a random number generator, each month we pick 1 winner who will recieve a $50 VISA gift card.
This month's gift card goes to Emem Akpan. He has been a member for 4 years. Congratulations Emem, and thank you for your continued support and involvement.
Save the Date – Register and Save
PMI-MN schedules events for project management professionals (members and guests) throughout the year at the following locations: Minneapolis-St. Paul; Duluth-Superior; St. Cloud-Waite Park, Mankato in Minnesota & Fargo-Moorhead, Bismarck-Mandan, Grand Forks in North Dakota.
Check our PMI-MN Event Calendar on the Events tab at pmi-mn.org for ongoing details and registration for upcoming events. Save up to $10 by purchasing your tickets in advance.
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