On behalf of PMINJ, welcome to the 2016-2017 Program Year!
The Recognition Team is responsible for annually providing ten scholarships to assist the children of members of the PMINJ chapter who have aspirations of attending and succeeding in college. I am always so proud of all the achievements of our scholarship recipients. They have such bright futures ahead of them and we are glad we can help facilitate their path in this way. In addition to the new scholarships, we renew all recipient’s scholarships for up to three additional years while they complete their undergraduate education.
We also have a thriving volunteer program and recognize our volunteers annually with a recognition dinner and quarterly with volunteer recognition awards. And now for my public service message… there are many volunteer opportunities available so I encourage all of you to visit the volunteer management system, review the available opportunities and get involved with your fellow project managers. At this time one of those open opportunities is the Director of Scholarships on the Recognition Team. Volunteering is fun, rewarding, and helps promote our profession. Keep reading for more details about Volunteering from Mary Beth Kuderna.
Finally, this team recognizes project managers and projects that help drive the profession forward. We evaluated several very worthy project of the year nominations. The winner will be announced at the November meeting.
I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to my
committee leaders. Without them none of these
activities would be possible. I can’t wait to see
what additional good things we can achieve by working
together in the coming months!
By Mary Beth Kuderna
In February of this year, I submitted an article about our
Chapter’s yearly Recognition Dinner which serves to honor
the many volunteers who work so hard to make PMINJ a real
success. After the article went to press, I received a
number of excited inquiries asking about the dinner’s
purpose and also how to get involved.
About 8% of the chapter’s 4,700 members actively volunteer and to successfully manage every imaginable aspect of chapter business. With the depth of opportunities available there is literally something right for everyone! From mentoring to running the Chapter’s website to participating as an informed member of the Board to public speaking, our volunteers make up the lifeblood of the chapter. In fact, it only makes sense the annual Recognition Dinner is pulled together by members of this large group of dedicated volunteers.
As you might have guessed, there is a team of volunteers dedicated to managing our online opportunities and the volunteer application process in VRMS (Volunteer Relational Management Database), the broader volunteer system owned by PMI. Falling under the oversight of the larger Recognition Program headed by Kim Hinton, VP – Recognition, the Volunteer Management Team is capably led by Nita Parikh, PMP, Director – Volunteers, for the last three years. The team works together to manage the end-to-end volunteer application process in VRMS which includes vetting and posting volunteer opportunities, assisting with the on-boarding of new volunteers, as well as managing the transition of volunteers from completed assignments. The diverse team that manages all of these tasks includes Adrienne Walcott -VRMS Lead PM, Hetal Shah VRMS Admin, Mary Beth Kuderna – PmiT (Project Managers in Transition) and VRMS Admin, Pamela Dulaff - VoQ (Volunteer of the Quarter) PM, and the team’s newest member, Robin Weichman - Database Admin.
Nita has an incredible enthusiasm for her role as well as for the future of Chapter volunteerism: “I hear many success stories from volunteers and that their experience is remarkable and pleasant. The Chapter is focused on recruiting millennials and student members - and I'm supporting this initiative by recruiting new student members."
Volunteer opportunities are posted directly on the PMINJ website. Whether a long or short term opportunity, each and every one provides you with the opportunity to hone and broaden your skill set with hands-on experience, meet new people, and network with other project management professionals. While all of that makes a strong case for the personal development benefits – there are other advantages, too. Besides receiving discounts to major PMINJ events and making a positive contribution to the Chapter – you will also earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) which are critical to furthering your professional development.
Get out there - research the latest opportunities - and make a difference!
Celebrate the 11th Annual International Project
Management (IPM) Day and PMINJ’s 34th year of dedicated
service to the PMI community in the tristate area!
IPM Day is a global celebration of Project Management in
recognition of Project Management Value.
Enhance your personal life and your professional career by meeting more people, doing more business and enjoying a higher level of success! It’s about finding more contacts for your network and having FUN!
Networking opportunities and PDUs are combined with project management solutions to manage in the midst of an ever-changing global marketplace. Join us to connect with other Project Managers and service providers. PMINJ’s IPM Day is consistently a sold-out event so register today! Learn more on the PMINJ website.
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing great PMO leaders who were willing to share what it took for them to succeed. These PMO Heads have varied backgrounds and hail from different industries. One is from a small company of 15 people while another leads Operations in over 200 countries with a billion-dollar new project / program budget. These next two articles are a continuation of the “What Does It Take to Succeed?” series that started earlier this year. I will share how each leader progressed from their beginnings to lead a PMO. You will learn their tips on how to deal with others and whether they consider themselves to be a politician, psychiatrist, philosopher, lawyer, friend, babysitter, or a combination of all of those roles. They will share how to communicate the value of a PMO and how to ensure that your team is using tools that really matter and they’ll also share their thoughts on whether Agile / Scrum or Kanban can coexist with PMI's PMBOK standards.
Part 1 – Resources or People?
The term “human resource” is attributed as
first used by economist John R. Commons in his 1893 book
The Distribution of Wealth. In his classic, How to
Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie laid out
timeless leadership principles based on the Golden Rule to
treat others as you’d like to be treated. So which
is it: are people or are they creative and social
beings in a productive enterprise? I polled the PMO
heads to find out:
Every leader’s journey is different as
you’ll see from the following stories about how each
manager got their start in Project Management. Let
their lessons learned help you to navigate your own career
path – and maybe you’ll end up leading your own PMO and be
the next leader profiled!