Mentor Program

The PMICIE Mentoring Program provides mentoring opportunities for members of the PMCIE Chapter.  This program is a service provided by PMICIE and is designed to encourage and facilitate growth in project management knowledge, professionalism, and skills in alignment with PMI and PMICIE Chapter goals.

      

Email your applications to:  info@pmicie.org

Introduction

The PMICIE Mentoring Program enables members of the Chapter to share experiences, focus on knowledge transfer and learning together, and to develop, improve, refine project management skills for the benefit of their own professional development.  Mentors and protégés (also known as “mentees”) are paired based on the mentees’ areas of interest or need, time allowances, and other criteria. Participation in the PMICIE Mentoring Program is a self-rewarding experience, which will further establish your part in our professional social network community.

The one-on-one format of the PMICIE Mentoring Program provides mentors and mentees the opportunity to spend individualized time sharing ideas, challenges, and perspectives on specific areas of project management. The value gained from working in a mentoring partnership is largely based on the goals of the partners, engaged participation by both mentor and mentee, and the professional relationship between them. Benefits from participating in mentoring programs include more quickly developing the insight to solve complex problems within the work environment, advance career paths, and to more readily recognize and develop business opportunities.

Mentoring, like much of project management looks “easy” when one witnesses an accomplished professional at work.  However, effective mentoring, like project management, is a structured process that requires diligent effort which is only effective when roles, responsibilities, accountabilities, and expectations are shared and in alignment with pursuing a common, well-defined goal.  The intent of this PMICIE Mentoring Program document is to provide a summary-level presentation of commonly accepted mentoring practices as guidance for the Chapter’s mentoring program.  Chapter members are encouraged to pursue additional mentoring references to the extent they are interested in or need to in response to mentoring issues they may encounter.
The program is voluntary, is governed by these guidelines and is designed to provide structure to the mentor/mentee relationship and process, as well as recognizing how to define when the relationship has accomplished its objectives. PMICIE members wishing to participate in the Mentoring Program should sign up with the online form.

Requirements

While requirements to participate in the PMICIE Mentoring Program are minimal and designed to facilitate effective mentor/mentee relationships, the PMICIE Mentoring Program is restricted to members of the PMICIE Chapter.  Other specific requirements include:

Mentors:
•    Current PMP certification.
•    Minimum five (5) years’ experience as a project manager.
•    Well defined experience, expertise, and skills in multiple areas of project management.
•    Commitment and desire to regularly make time available to facilitate mentee development.
•    PMICIE acceptance of Mentor Application.
•    Participate in Mentoring Program continuous improvement surveys.

Mentees:
•    PMP certification not required for Mentees.
•    Desire to fully engage in the mentoring process.
•    Commitment to regularly meet with Mentor and engage in personal growth.
•    PMICIE acceptance of Mentee Application,
•    Participate in Mentoring Program continuous improvement surveys.

Both mentors and mentees will complete application forms that include information to facilitate the process of matching mentee needs with suitably qualified mentors.  Specifically, mentors will provide summary biographies that identify areas of expertise and experience.  Mentees will complete a similar application, but the focus will be on defining the needs and objectives of the mentee for which they desire a mentor.

Benefits of the PMICIE Mentoring Program

There are many tangible and intangible benefits of participating in a mentoring relationship, including:
Provide mentees with an opportunity to:
•    Promote a professional relationship that fosters growth and development.
•    Learn from experienced project managers.
•    Work through a problem on a current project.
•    Refine and improve critical thinking skills.
•    Obtain ideas for becoming a more effective project manager
•    Define goals of growth and a path to achieve them.
•    Accelerate and refine project management skill(s) development.
•    Increase project management competencies.
•    Provide a forum for discussing professional issues and to seek/receive advice.
•    Challenge mentees to set stretch goals, take risks, and achieve more.
•    Increase self-confidence to take on increased accountabilities and responsibilities.
•    Provide role modelling for professional leadership skills.
•    Demonstrate mentee’s commitment to personal and professional growth
Provide mentors with an opportunity to:
•    Give back to the profession by sharing knowledge and experiences.
•    Build deeper relationships with PMICIE members.
•    Enhance problem-solving skills by assisting with Mentee development.
•    Create opportunities for experienced professional to refine knowledge and communication skills.
•    Enhance coaching, leadership, and teaching skills; become more reflective practitioners.
•    Sharpen skills in the role of “trusted advisor.”
•    Increase “active listening” skills.
•    Create support networks with other professionals.
•    Demonstrate professionalism and commitment to professional development for self and others.

Mentoring Process Overview

The mentoring process has an iterative structure involving four phases:

Phase I:  Preparation
Phase 2: Negotiation
Phase 3: Facilitation
Phase 4: Closure

While these phases naturally build on one another, predictably, they are not liner and are generally presented as a cycle.