PMI Update: My First Year
9 March 2020
It seems like only yesterday that I started my tenure at the Project Management Institute.
Yet here we are, one year on and I have to say, it continues to be a pleasure to work with a global team, so dedicated as you all are to the relevant profession that is—Project Management.
Our work influences other professions, governments, industries, innovators, individuals, academia, youth and so on, the list is endless….and our work is thrilling. I’m reminiscing moments and milestones of my first year at PMI with immense pride and happiness and I wanted to share some thoughts with you all. I’m not sure where to start so, in no structural order here goes…
Launching our new Brand and walking onto stage at PMI Global Conference in front of 5,000 plus people (in a hoody and jeans) was an iconic moment for me and for PMI. Hats off to all those that worked diligently to land our new branding from the concepts through to the design and the launch. Perfectly executed.
Another memorable moment, the Africa Congress in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. During the evening dinner with African Chapter leaders and teams, we all jumped to the dance floor and started to slowly follow the dance moves of the Cameroon Chapter. Soon the whole dance floor was an impeccable display of immense potential. Chapters from various parts of Africa, with different challenges, cultures, issues coming together under a single banner, in unison—It led to the now common PMI chant of “One Team-One Song-One Dance.” So emotional!! To top it all, we announced that we had just passed over 150,000 project management hours pledged towards advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals, exemplifying to the world our sense of purpose and social responsibility.
There were many similar moments over the last twelve months, break dancing with the youth in Brazil at the LATAM 50th Celebrations in front of a rocking live band of volunteers and showing the young and juniors that they are as important to our Project Management community as the more experienced. At the EMEA LIM in Dublin, again dancing India Bhangra to Irish River Dance music, showing all that even though we may have different origins we are united by our destination as one.
But along with the global celebrations of our 50th and the brand launch we were also working very hard indeed. Whilst some were focusing on our stakeholders, outreaches and members, others were working on building for the future (and in some cases, working on both). With a keen eye on the next 50 years, we embarked on a mission to find the next most relevant aspects of Project Management to maintain our relevance. We acquired Disciplined Agile (DA) and Flex such that, along with our own ACP certification, we entered deeper into the Agile market and we did it in a flash.
We didn’t stop there, we started to explore new frameworks and methods of Project Management, looking beyond agile. This took us to Citizen Developer and Lean Construction frameworks—more about this in 2020. We launched Snippets and Navigator tools, we co-created tools with members of the Global Executive Council like Baseline, which we launched in early 2020. We started to look above and beyond into what exactly will be the evolution of the Project Management profession. With the work our strategy, research and content teams did on the Pulse of the Profession, the Signpost Report and other research from some of the world’s top thinkers about work of the future, we launched The Project Economy—our view that the whole world is becoming projectified. Mid way through 2019 we started to show we are visionary and credible thought leaders in the new ways of working and the skills and mindset needed in the future to turn ideas into reality.
Building the Future
Last but not least, I would like to call out the entire PMI staff team from customer services to Finance, from HR, Legal and IT to Sales, Marketing, Communications and Business Development. From Brand, Content and Strategy to Events, Certification teams and Liaison Officers. From Chapter and Volunteer support teams and the PMIEF to the Brightline team and beyond….from management, ELT and facilities to the cleaners and all.
You all make this ecosystem tick. I’m proud to be your CEO … you are my new family…
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