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Adopting Agile? Don't Say It's Common Sense

by Gil Broza - June 12, 2017

In my courses, I use various activities to examine and drive home agile’s many principles. Ones that usually trigger deep conversations include getting to “done,” feedback, collaboration, and effectiveness before efficiency. Many senior managers attend my courses, and almost every time, one of them will ask: “Aren’t these principles just a common-sense way to work?”

I often hear the sentiment applied to popular agile practices, too. For instance, doesn’t it make sense to demo finished work to stakeholders? Meet your teammates every day for micro-planning? Capture work items from the perspective of the customer and process them in descending order of value?

If all this is indeed common sense, why has much of the world of work—at least the work of software development—operated differently in the last several decades? In fact, why hasn’t the new “sensible” approach displaced the previous approach completely?

Feedback Needed! Chapter Satisfaction Survey Available!

Project Management Institute is committed to serving its valued stakeholders as well as the broader project management profession. As part of our ongoing commitment to product and service excellence, and in support of automating the Strategic Alignment Planning and Reporting process, PMI is evaluating Chapter members’ satisfaction. As Chapter leaders, we strive to deliver value to members through the programs, services and networking opportunities Chapters offer. Member participation in this survey will enable us to enhance Chapter services.

All Chapter members will receive an e-mail with a link to the 2017 Chapter Satisfaction Survey. Please note, members of more than one Chapter will receive one e-mail survey invitation per chapter. 

We encourage all Chapter members to participate. The survey will take approximately ten minutes and this opportunity to provide feedback will only be available for a couple of weeks. 

January President's Update

As we start 2017 I wanted to take a moment to talk about the many benefits available as part of your membership in our chapter. The Executive Board and our team of dedicated volunteers are working hard to greatly expand the Chapter offerings this year.

Starting this year PMICIE will offer events throughout the entirety of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. We are acting on the results of our recent membership survey and are holding meetings and events where you live and work. For the first time in our history, we have begun offering PDU granting meetings in 4 locations: Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, Temecula and the Coachella Valley. We have also begun an online lunch and learn program which will offer 1 PDU webinars to our members.  

In addition to expanding our monthly meetings we are also vastly expanding our educational offerings. As you know we hold a highly successful PMP exam prep workshop three times a year but for the first time this year we will offer a PMI-ACP exam prep workshop and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification course. We are also working on a project management fundamentals course for those of us just getting started in the field.   Your chapter membership provides significant discounts on all our educational offerings.

President Barack Obama Signs the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act

Washington D.C.- 16 December 2016

Legislation to improve program management practices and bolster workforce development becomes law

President Barack Obama has signed into law S.1550, the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 (PMIAA), which will enhance accountability and best practices in project and program management throughout the federal government. The legislation, strongly endorsed by the Project Management Institute (PMI), was approved by both chambers of Congress with overwhelming bi-partisan support. President Obama signed it into law on Wednesday, December 14.

BOARD MEMBER ELECTIONS

This is the time of the year when we reach out to you again to seek your participation in running your beloved PMI California Inland Empire Chapter. This year, we have the following positions open on our board for nominations:

  1. VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS

  2. VICE PRESIDENT OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  3. VICE PRESIDENT OF PROGRAMS

     All these positions contribute to the success of your chapter and help us further the art of Project Management. Volunteering is also a great way to develop new skills, prepare yourself for the next position you are looking for, and get valuable management experience. Volunteering also helps you network with hundreds of our members and it does look good on your resume. Position descriptions are shown below

     So if you are ready to volunteer, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with the position you want to be nominated for, and a brief statement of purpose describing why you think you are a good fit for this position. The last date for receipt of interest from interested candidates is November 30th, 2016. Elections for the positions will be held in the 2nd week of December, 2016.

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