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10 Ways to Stay Current and Earn PDU’s

Staying current on today’s leading practices is a critical factor for personal and organizational success.  The challenge to stay on top in a complex and quick-paced marketplace requires commitment to continuing education. Strong project leaders build strong teams that accomplish organizational goals faster, more cost-effectively and with better morale among team members. 

Obtaining Professional Development Units (PDU’s) from PMICIE Chapter events develop the wide range of skills necessary for career advancement.   Chapter PDU events offer chances to network, gain knowledge and expand your understanding of our field so that you can be better prepared for the next step in your career. 

For all PMI certifications except the CAPM®, you are required to adhere to the Continuing Certification Requirements, which support ongoing professional development through education and giving back to the profession.

Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to earn professional development units (PDUs) toward maintaining your credential(s).

Continue Your Education

  1. PMICIE Chapter Participation:  Participating in chapter events and meetings is a great way to earn PDUs and take advantage of valuable networking opportunities with your peers.
  2. E-Learning: PMI’s e-learning increases your understanding of project management by applying real-world knowledge through simulations. E-Learning opportunities include PMI eSeminarsWorld courses and PMI Publication Quizzes. E-learning also offers flexibility with your schedule. 
  3. The PDU Advantage Program gives PMI members the opportunity to earn PDUs quickly and at no additional cost through their PMI membership. Start now by viewing PDU earning opportunities available as part of PMI membership. Not a member? Join now. 

  4. MyPMI Mobile App: Are you a current member? Take charge of your information with the myPMI Mobile App. Now available from iTunes and Google Play. 

  5. PMI Global Congresses and Regional Events: Attend a congress or regional event and learn, network and get inspired. 

  6. Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) Courses: There are more than 1,100 PMI R.E.P.s worldwide who offer courses that are pre-approved for PDUs.

  7. Self-Directed Learning: PMI will recognize activities that involve personally conducted research or study, including discussions or coaching sessions with colleagues or clients. Such activities should make use of informational materials like CD-ROMs, articles, books, videos or instructional manuals.

Give Back to the Profession

  1. Earn PDUs for providing your professional services to an organization or group outside of your employer; this includes any elected offices you hold for a PMICIE! We have many volunteer opportunities within the chapter visit our volunteer benefits page for more info.
  2. Doing Your Job: When you practice project management professionally (project scheduling, risk, or program), you can claim PDUs. If you work every day as a project manager, this counts toward credential maintenance.

  3. Create new content. Contribute to the body of knowledge by creating webinars, articles, blog posts and more on and through PMI publications. 

Have a Nice Conflict

"Have a Nice Conflict" by Greta Blash

We as Project Managers are often faced with difficult situations and must resolve any and all conflicts that arise with our stakeholders. We are very adept at our hard skills but often our soft skills are lacking. One of the skills most often called upon, but in most cases the one we are the least comfortable with, is conflict resolution. Most of us are conflict averse and unsure how to manage or resolve conflict. We know that according to the PMBOK the preferred method of conflict resolution is “confrontation.”

But how do you "confront" a situation without experiencing a lingering effect? What you think is the right way to handle a conflict may be perceived as the wrong way to the other person. Each person handles situations differently, and understanding both ourselves as well as the other person helps to determine the best way to approach each conflict and turn it into a positive change.

I recently finished reading Have a Nice Conflict [1] by Tim Scudder, Michael Patterson and Kent Mitchell. This book takes the Relationship Awareness motivational theory and explains it in a simple story format, which allows us to see ourselves in the behavior of one of the main characters. This helped me bridge the gap from theory to real life, as well as making me want to learn more about the theory itself. It not only helped me understand myself and some of my behaviors but also reinforced the importance of collaborating more effectively with others through the appropriate choice of behaviors.

Since the subject was very timely to my current assignment I took the time to do a little more in-depth research on The Relationship Awareness Theory. I discovered that through the research that has been done, the theory helps us understand and infer the motives behind behaviors of ourselves and others, both when things are going well and when there is conflict. The theory helps people recognize that they can choose the behaviors that are consistent with their values while also taking into account the values of others.

The four fundamental premises within Relationship Awareness Theory (as expressed in the Relationship Awareness Theory Manual of Administration and Interpretation) are:

  • 1. Behavior is Driven by Motivation for Self-Worth
  • 2. Motivation Changes in Conflict
  • 3. Personal Weakness are Overdone Strengths
  • 4. Personal Filters Influence Perception

This motivational theory combines the psychometric inventory of motivation from the work of Freud and Fromm and addresses the motives that are behind our everyday behavior when we relate to others.

Motivational Value Systems [2] have identified colors which relate to general themes or motives and the corresponding behaviors. These represent ways of relating to others when things are going well. There are four primary types of strengths and three blends. For example, "Blue" has to do with a desire to be altruistic and nurturing. People who are motivated by this desire tend to be seen by others as helpful. Each individual has some amount of each "color" but since no two individuals are alike, the strength of the "color" varies from individual to individual.

The first recommendation for the main character in the book was to identify his individual strength, which translates into the basis for his behaviors. We all need to take the time to identify the strength which matches our behavior. We also need to examine what effect our behavior has on others who have different strengths. Often we can avoid unwarranted conflict when we understand that others do not share our beliefs and motivations. As we become aware of the behaviors and gratifications that others seek from us, their behaviors become more understandable and we can avoid conflict that might have previously arisen.

The third premise of the theory which consumed the major part of the book, and that really struck home with me, comes directly from Fromm: a personal weakness is no more, nor no less, than the overdoing of a personal strength. We need to understand that personal strengths can quickly become personal weakness when we use, or "misuse/overuse" these strengths in a negative manner. This overuse may actually bring on conflict by our own behavior. To be self-confident can be a positive thing, but being overly self-confident may be looked upon as being arrogant. Some examples of overdoing of a trait are: trusting to the point of being gullible, or being cautious to the point of being suspicious. Perceived overdoing occurs when someone with high-motivation values of one strength interacts with someone with high-motivation values of another strength, It's an over-reaction to a behavior in someone that we feel would be inappropriate for ourselves. When strengths are overdone the ability to achieve a mutually productive environment is threatened. We need to assess the effectiveness of our strengths and beliefs and determine how best to apply these as we interact with people.

Through this book, Have a Nice Conflict, I have taken the time to reflect on situations of conflict in which I have found myself. I feel that I more fully understand conflict and realize that there are tools that can be used to address, as well as avoid, conflict which in turn can lead to more positive relationships and outcomes.

[1] Have a Nice Conflict, Tim Scudder, Michael Patterson, Kent Mitchell, Personal Strengths Publishing, Inc., 2011, ISBN: 978-1-932627-11-4


Previously published in and PMI Information System CoP newsletter

PMICIE Supports PMI-San Diego

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PMICIE supports PMI-San Diego's annual Project Management conference.

The San Diego Chapter of the Project Management Institute is inviting you to a 2 ½ day compelling, interesting, and informative conference all geared toward the discipline of Project Management. Our Theme, MISSION ImPOSSIBLE: Socializing Projects for Success originated from the concept of crowd-sourcing ideas, roadblocks or other current topics. Our mission is to make the impossible possible by uncovering new ideas, discussing proven solutions, and innovating on ways to advance project management. By opening ideas up for discussion, we can take advantage of our collective knowledge. Accept the mission of making the PMI San Diego conference the perfect forum to share industry ingenuity.

Increase your earning power with PMP and CSM certification!

No matter what services or products a business offers, its projects must be efficiently developed and delivered on time and within budget. Individuals who can cost effectively shepherd a project from inception to completion are in great demand in today's workplace.

More than ever, today's managers are asked to do more with less. Resources are scarce, deadlines are short and budgets have never been tighter. In this environment successful management of a project from beginning to end is difficult. It requires careful planning and the application of insightful strategies and cutting-edge concepts.

In today's challenging business environment, a company may fail if it can't develop and deliver competitive products or services on time. Certification will give you the skills and confidence to bring new products and services to market on time and on budget. The education you will receive through PMICIE’s PMP Exam Prep and Certified Scrum Master workshops will make you a more valued contributor to your organization and help your career advance.

Completing one of the certification workshops offered by PMICIE provides you a wide range of important benefits. The strategies and knowledge gained in the workshops will prepare you to pass the certification exams on the first try and obtain your certification designation.  Designations following your name demonstrates to current and potential employers that you possess a solid foundation of experience and education in project management that can have a positive impact on bottom-line results.  Project management certification is so important today that many organizations require their employees be certified in order to retain their positions.

Project Management Professional (PMP)®

The PMP® credential recognizes demonstrated knowledge and skill in leading and directing project teams and in delivering project results within the constraints of schedule, budget and resources. Certified Project Management Professionals are part of a successful group of practitioners who pursue this level of certification to enrich and advance their professional careers. Increasingly, many corporations require the credential for personal advancement within the organization or for initial employment.

Certified Associate of Project Management (CAPM)®

The CAPM® credential recognizes a demonstrated understanding of the fundamental knowledge, processes and terminology as defined in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) that are needed for effective project management performance. If you’re a less experienced project practitioner looking to demonstrate your commitment to project management, improve your ability to manage larger projects and earn additional responsibility, and stand out to potential employers, the CAPM certification is right for you.

Certified Scrum Master (CSM)®

A Certified ScrumMaster® helps project teams properly use Scrum, increasing the likelihood of the project's overall success. CSMs understand Scrum values, practices, and applications and provide a level of knowledge and expertise above and beyond that of typical project managers. CSMs act as "servant leaders," helping the rest of the Scrum team work together and learn the Scrum framework. CSMs also protect the team from both internal and external distractions.

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