Project Management Institute

PMI Update: Celebrating Our Shared Successes -- and the New Year!

30 December 2019

Hi, all! As year-end approaches, I can’t help but think back on what 2019 meant to me. The PMI I met nine months ago looks vastly different from the PMI we know today. Everything we accomplished would not be possible without the hard work of our employees, as well as the dedication of our volunteers, chapters, members, Board of Directors and other trusted partners. In the past nine months: 

We celebrated our 50th anniversary around the world. Whether it was salsa dancing with students in Brazil or celebrating in traditional dress in Tanzania, it was clear that PMI is one team, singing one song, and dancing one dance. And I want to explain the way I think of that analogy. In my mind, the ONE TEAM is all of our staff, Board, Chapters, volunteers and other stakeholders. The ONE SONG is our strategy around which we are aligned. And the ONE DANCE is how we take our efforts to market and operationalize our work around the world. Even though our backgrounds and day-to-day experiences may differ, we are united in our mission to improve the ever-changing project management profession. 

We changed the way we look. Our new brand is our cue to the world that PMI is keeping pace with the changing profession. Stepping out on stage in front of 3,000 Global Conference attendees in my new PMI hoodie and a pair of Converses was an iconic moment for me as it was a reflection of a new identity. Building on our 50-year heritage, we go forward bold enough to face new frontiers and humble enough to embrace diverse perspectives. We are helping both individuals and organizations around the world understand how work is changing, how they can remain relevant, and how PMI is Powering The Project Economy

We are rapidly moving towards a new way of working. Our transformation involves many projects, but we bucket them into four interdependent groups: Customer Experience, Customer Relationship Management, Seamless Purchasing Experience, and Enterprise Resource Planning. To accelerate our progress on these project groups and deliver value to our stakeholders faster, we now work in 12-week sprints. We’ll close out our second sprint this month, and I’m excited to see the progress we’re making on our transformation. In the meantime, COO Joe Cahill shared at our recent All Hands staff meeting the long list of accomplishments under our belt from 2019.

We acquired powerful agile resources. We acquired Disciplined Agile (DA) and then went on to buy FLEX from Net Objectives. Together, FLEX and DA will offer solutions to address organizations’ major pain points and complement our own agile certification. The result is greater relevance in the Agile space offering stronger business outcomes, faster. One of our key objectives for 2020 and beyond will be to establish our global leadership in the agile space – whilst remaining loyal to our past and the traditional project management approaches that have put our profession on the map. Notably, we now have over 1 MILLION active PMP certifications across the globe.

We expanded our leadership team to better reflect our global footprint. We have now divided the globe into eight business regions, and also have many of these regional leaders spearheading industry-specific Working Groups for greater reach and focus. These regional leaders will also represent the Chapters in their respective regions in order for us to get closer to the needs of our customers. These leaders are:

  • Association of South Eastern Nations (ASEAN) + Construction Working Group: Ben Breen, Managing Director
  • China + Telecommunications Working Group: Bob Chen, Managing Director
  • Europe: TBD
  • India + IT Systems Working Group: Srini Srinivasan, General Manager
  • Latin America: TBD
  • North America: Brantlee Underhill, Managing Director
  • Middle East/North Africa (MENA) + Energy Working Group: Grace Najjar, Managing Director
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Otema Yirenkyi, VP of Global Engagement

These changes are part of our overall regionalization effort, aimed at getting closer to our stakeholders to better meet their needs -- regardless of location or industry.

Brightline took a major stance on transformation. Brightline has always been focused on bridging the gap between strategy and implementation, but the initiative pivoted this year to focus on how to best support Chief Transformation Officers through transformation initiatives. In addition to hosting a fascinating Strategy@Work event in NYC and a Thinkers50 event in London, Brightline released an invaluable playbook for executives called The Brightline Transformation Compass

We’re excited for 2020. As 2020 approaches, we have so much to look forward to. We will continue to make great progress on our digital transformation and work towards reaching PMI 2.0 and beyond using our 12-week sprint model. We’ll also introduce new offerings, like a new training provider program to help PMP certification candidates prepare for our new PMP exam launching on 1 July 2020. Lastly, we look forward to fulfilling our promise to prepare the project professionals of today, tomorrow, and the future to Power The Project Economy


I’d like to thank you for your ongoing support -- and wish you a prosperous and happy New Year.

Best regards,
-- Sunil