Well, Spring Training is over, but our Spring Training is continuing with offerings in April for Leadership and PMP/CAPM Training. Then we follow that up with Dr. James Brown in May, holding two classes, discount for attending both the Conflict Management for Project Managers, and Leadership Skills for Project Managers. And of course James will speak at the May 16 dinner meeting at the Orangetree. We received great reviews for the last classes and meeting that James gave in 2017, so we invited him back for 2018. Please check the website for all the details.
Aside from our dinner meetings, don’t forget that we hold 4 breakfast meetings throughout the area. Our newest breakfast offering is in the far West Valley close to Luke AFB, at Falcon Dunes Golf Course. It is hosted by our Military Liaison, MSgt Paul Martin and is the first Monday of the month, except for this month of April when it is on the 9th due to Easter. If you live on the west side, please stop by on the 9th and your speaker will be yours truly. Again, details are on the website, hope to see you there.
Also, on April 10th, we are hosting another great Social Networking event at Spokes on Southern in Scottsdale. We put these events together so that you can all come and network with your peers. Networking is one of the main reasons that people join PMI, and these events prove to be a great opportunity to meet people and build your own network.
As I mentioned above, our training for 2018 is in full swing, but as a reminder, the PMBOK version 5 has been retired, and any future testing and training will be on PMBOK Version 6.
Several of the chapter leaders just returned from the Region 7 Conference, where the leaders of 18 chapters gathered to learn and share ideas. Out of these regional meetings, we learn what is being considered at the highest levels in PMI and how we can help at our local level. The focus of PMI is in transition, with more emphasis being put on the Practitioners going forward. That is great news for all of our chapters Project Managers, and those that want to work towards being a Project Manager. We, here in Phoenix will continue our hard work to provide the development opportunities that our Practitioners desire.
Our focus at the chapter leader’s level is based on what I call the 4 V’s for Chapter Success. Those are:
· Vision – Know where you want to go
· Volunteer – Build the team to get you there
· Visibility – Be visible in your community and business
· Value – Provide the most value you can to your membership
We strive every day to do best we can to make this chapter better than the day before. And we cannot do that without our volunteers, who give their time and knowledge to the chapter. If you are a chapter volunteer, I thank you for all you do for PMI Phoenix!
If you want to be a volunteer, please let us know because we can use all the volunteers we can in order to continue our focus on the 4 V’s. We have great volunteers within our chapter who make this chapter great, and it is a privilege to work with them every day.
John C. Baley, MBA,PMP
PMI Phoenix Chapter