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CIE Certify Me Campaign

Bill McDermott, the chapter's vice president of finance, established the CIE Certify Me Campaign," a project designed to assist anyone who wants to realize the benefits of becoming a certified project manager." ~ published in PMI Today, June 2012 issue

Increasing Agile Visibility

"I recently had a conversation with a CEO whose organization had been using agile project management on a small number of their IT projects for some time. We were talking about the company’s experience and how stakeholders felt about expanding agile usage to a wider range of IT projects. The CEO’s comment was that he wasn’t comfortable expanding the number of projects at this point because he didn’t feel that there was enough visibility and transparency on the projects" ~ by Andy Joran, Gantthead.com, February 21, 2012 

Are you Agile-Minded?

"A key benefit from using an agile-minded approach is that communication is greatly enhanced with my clients at all levels,” said Eddie Merla, PMI-ACP, PMP, principal, Duende Project Management Services. “I constantly find myself encouraging my clients to find their voices, thereby enhancing problem-solving skills and innovation to deliver value sooner.” Are you flexible enough to adapt to significant demands, changing business environments and external pressures?" ~ PMI's Community Post, February 27, 2012

Agile Practices in Project Management

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Best Practices Improve Customer Service

"Project-driven organizations must consider customer satisfaction as a critical success factor. Organizations that deliver projects that disregard customer needs create negative experiences and ultimately cause huge problems for the organization." ~ Project Management Institute, February 8, 2012

Top 10 Trends in Project Management for 2012

"As the project environment grows in complexity, project management will require team, stakeholder, and executive collaboration in 2012 like never before." ~ ESI International, January 17, 2012

What's the Value of Project Management?

"My view is simple, if we continuously ask ourselves these four questions, and use them as a guide to the important work that is asked of us, I bet our clients, our team members, and our executive sponsors, will never question the value of project management, or the value we bring individually as project managers." ~ LinkedIn, North American PMO Forum Network, January 23, 2012

The 50-something Project Manager

"Nowadays, many of the seasoned project management professionals across the world are part of the baby boomer generation, a term often used for those born between mid-1940s and the mid-1960s. I'd like to talk about their contribution to the project management profession." ~ Project Management Institute, September 22, 2011  

Top 10 Trends in Project Management for 2012

"As the project environment grows in complexity, project management will require team, stakeholder, and executive collaboration in 2012 like never before." ~ ESI International, January 17, 2012

9 Hot IT Skills for 2012

#2. Project Management - 44% plan to hire for this skill in the next 12 months, up from 43% in the 2010 survey. Big projects need managers, but they also need business analysts who can identify users' needs and translate them for the IT staffers who have to meet those needs and complete projects on time. "The demand has been more for business analysts than project managers," Reed says -- in other words, those who can help deliver projects rather than merely oversee and monitor them." ~ Computerworld, September 26, 2011

What's the Value of Project Management?

"My view is simple, if we continuously ask ourselves these four questions, and use them as a guide to the important work that is asked of us, I bet our clients, our team members, and our executive sponsors, will never question the value of project management, or the value we bring individually as project managers." ~ LinkedIn, North American PMO Forum Network, January 23, 2012

Taking Control of Development

"We, as learners, now control a great deal of learning and mentoring opportunities with the technology and social networking options that we have at our fingertips. The article discusses the fact that with great globalization comes more needs for people to work virtually with one another across various countries and time zones. The author highlighted how many of us are now using Linkedin to connect with others in our industries to learn from one another every day." ~ Talent Management, August 16, 2011 

Workaholism: Find Balance in a 24/7 World

"Working long hours and always being available is just part of being a project manager, right? Wrong." ~ Project Management Institute, August 30, 2011 

The Accidental Project Manager

"Many practitioners fall into the role of project manager unintentionally or by coincidence. Those who are thrust into it must act quickly to develop the necessary skills, including how to identify and communicate with sponsors and stakeholders. Learning from your peers is the way to go." ~ The Accidental Project Manager at www.pmi.org, August 2011

Toastmaster workshops focus on speeches, leadership

"Toastmasters International, founded in 1924, boasts more than 270,000 members in 13,000 clubs in 116 countries. The clubs provide leadership skills, networking opportunities and a blueprint for efficient meetings. If you’ve ever been held captive in a poorly run meeting, you’ll appreciate the Toastmasters blueprint." ~ The Spokesman Review, January 19, 2012 

Prepare to Ace Your Job Interview with This Interview One-Sheeter

"As you know, preparation is the key to doing well on a job interview and hirers tend to ask the same kinds of questions. This job interview one-sheeter is like a CliffsNotes for getting your strategic answers together." ~ Lifehacker, January 19, 2012

In Presentations, Learn to Say Less

"Imagine that you had 30 seconds instead of 30 minutes at the next executive staff meeting to get your message across. Would you be able to focus your energy on the most compelling way to convey your most important thought? " ~ Harvard Business Review, January 10, 2012 

A Disciplined Approach to Evaluating Ideas

"Make sure you ask the right questions at the right time." That's one memorable piece of advice from a leader at a global innovation powerhouse. Unfortunately, it is a piece of advice that is heeded too infrequently inside large companies. ~ Harvard Business Review, January 3, 2012 

Nine Things Successful People Do Differently

"Decades of research on achievement suggests people at the top of their game tend to reach their goals because of what they do--not because of who they are. In this short, provocative, and useful HBR Single, motivational psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson translates the psychological secrets of these winning human beings for your use. Halvorson expands on her immensely popular blog post to give more detail on each of her nine suggested actions--from getting specific about goals and aggressively monitoring your achievements to understanding the importance of having "grit." By emphasizing what successful people do consistently and effectively, Halvorson provides the path to help you accomplish your goals, once and for all. ~ Harvard Business Review, November 4, 2011