Well, as we move into September, our election process is closing, and the results will be determined. I hope to make the announcement of new board members at the September Dinner Meeting, being held at Orangetree on September 19th.
For that meeting, we will have a new speaker, Silver Rose, who will speak on “How to Delegate Effectively Even Though you are not “officially In Charge”. I think you will find this an interesting topic as we all know, Project Managers are many time put in a position to ‘get the project done, but do not own the project resources. We are also finalizing a Phoenix Chapter Career Day, to be held on September 22, 2018. If you are looking for opportunities, or thinking about making a change, you may want to attend this event as we have some great discussion leaders, and the opportunity to have professional photos taken. I look forward to this event, it has been some time since the chapter has held such an event.
Our membership is holding steady, now at 2,360, and 1,632 PMP’s. This is a slight decline in membership and PMP’s but is a normal trend with a new PMBOK release, many joined the chapter last year to obtain their PMP with PMBOK Ver. 5, and then do not renew membership once they have the certification.
I hope you noticed our announcement on the website about the Chapter being on Project Management Office Hour, on Business Radio. VP Marketing, Nicole Langston and myself spent an hour on the program and discussed some of the activities and events that we provide for our membership. The link is there if you want to listen to the program.
This month is my final discussion on the Four “V’s”, with the final V being “Value”. The Board of Directors of our chapter work diligently to provide ‘Value’ to our membership. We are entering our busy season with several events calendared, such as the Career Day that I mentioned above. But aside from that, we are working on Arizona Project Management Week, and of course our “Agile-Up” is coming up soon. We are also kicking off our fall Study Groups for those that are working towards the PMP or CAPM certifications. It is events like this, and the normally scheduled Breakfast, Social and Dinner events that we put together to provide our membership ‘Value”. As mentioned prior, our focus is on educating and Professional Development of our members to help them to be better Project Managers, and further their careers in Project Management or higher. PMI is transitioning from being Organization focused, to being Practitioner focused, but we at the chapter level have always been member focused, and membership value focused. We want our membership to feel they have a place to reach out and obtain information, training, PDU’s and discussion with other members on Project Management, and if we do our part to the best of our abilities, we will provide “Value”. And that “Value” will help our membership move forward in their Project Management careers.
So once again, as a Board, your leaders are focused on the Four “V’s”, those being Vision, Volunteers, Visibility and Value. If this is our focus, we will have a successful Chapter. Being Volunteer based, we cannot provide this focus without our Volunteers, they are the key ingredient to keep our events and opportunities moving forward and I am thankful each and every day for all the hard working Volunteers we have in the Phoenix Chapter…..Thank you!
John C. Baley, MBA,PMP
PMI Phoenix Chapter