The PMIWDC Mentoring Program was created to facilitate the development and enhancement of project management competencies for the Chapter members. The goal of the program is to provide Chapter members with the opportunity to both share experiences and develop project management skills in a chosen area or industry.
The PMIWDC Mentoring Program is a members-only program. The program is a one-on-one relationship between a seasoned PMP professional and a developing project management professional to develop the skills needed to meet the evolving demands of our profession.
The program is voluntary and is governed by formal guidelines and goals designed to provide structure to the Mentor Protégé relationship.
The Mentoring Program is:
Six months (April – October) in duration
Follows a structured framework based on a four stage Mentoring life cycle
Has three scheduled group meetings
Check-In meeting #1
Check-In meeting #2
Optional lessons learned session
Monthly one-on-one Mentor Protégé meetings
Mentoring Partnership Agreement
Learning Action Plan
Monthly Activities Reports
At the conclusion of the program, the Mentor Protégé pair will have:
Established a Mentoring relationship
Derived the Protégé’s learning goals and objectives
Developed a Learning Action Plan to accomplish those goals
Worked towards achieving those goals and closed the formal Mentoring relationship
A program coordination team provides oversight to the program. A list of recommended readings (select Mentoring guides) is provided as a “toolbox” of articles, activities, templates and how-tos for the Mentoring program participants.
The PMIWDC Mentoring Program also contains a military transition component in which veterans, interested in joining the program management profession, will be paired with a Mentor with a military background.
2021 PMIWDC Mentoring Program application period for both Mentors and Protégés is tentatively scheduled to open 4 January 2021 and close 8 February 2021. The formal program period is 5 April 2021—14 October 2021.
Interested in getting involved? Look for our 2021 program notification starting in December 2020.
Mentoring is a developmental partnership through which one person shares knowledge, skills, information, and perspective to foster personal and professional growth of someone else. PMIWDC PMP professionals volunteer as Mentors to assist in the professional development of PMIWDC members that seek to enhance their program management knowledge and skills.
The three components of a Mentor Protégé relationship are:
The role of the Protégé in a one-on-one relationship is to prepare and share with a Mentor a set of goals and objectives he/she hopes to develop as a result of the relationship. The Protégé will make a commitment to the Mentor to work through these goals and objectives. Considering this is a voluntary arrangement, respecting the limits of the Mentor’s time and attention is important. A Protégé must be willing to accept the suggestions and advice of the Mentor.
Protégé Roles and Responsibilities:
Initiate and maintain contact with the Mentor
Clearly communicate development needs and goals
Be open to new ideas and approaches
Be willing to have open and honest dialogue with your Mentor
Take initiative in managing the relationship
Set and work towards goals and take responsibility for your own development
The Mentor’s main role is to provide guidance that may help the Protégé develop and strengthen his/her project management competencies. The Mentor is also a sounding board, offering an open ear, empathy, encouragement and support. The Mentor may assist a Protégé in improving their skills through advice, feedback and dialogue.
Mentor Roles and Responsibilities:
Be a listener
Be a source of constructive feedback
Be an “advisor for a Protégé
Share relevant experiences and insights as appropriate
The program matches project management Protégés to work with seasoned PMP professionals who can best support their developmental needs.
Each Mentor Protégé pair will establish and build a foundation for a successful Mentoring relationship with learning and development at its core and the fulfillment of clear mutually defined goals as its intention.
The Mentoring pairs will agree on the goals of their partnership and the frequency of their Mentoring meetings.
They will complete a Mentoring partnership agreement and develop a Mentoring Action Plan that translates goals into easily executable and attainable steps.
They will work towards accomplishing these agreed-upon learning goals within the time available within the formal program.
The formal program concludes with the Mentor Protégé pairs closing the formal relationship and redefining the relationship moving forward and providing feedback to the program in the form of lessons learned.
Mentor Protégé pairs will be expected to meet a minimum of two hours per month in addition to attending the required Kick-off and Check-In meetings.
A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to those participants that meet the following:
Attended at least two out of the three PMIWDC Mentoring Program meetings
The PMIWDC Mentor Protégé Program was initiated in 2007.
Below is feedback received from program alumni:
“One of the key benefits I received was continually refining my Mentoring skills and the ability to coach the mentee on activities to enhance workplace and professional experience."- Program Mentor
“I learned key factors about Leadership and having a Mentor and being proactive and open minded to gain the knowledge a Mentor is willing to share and provide to reach my goals with confidence. Also, the importance of communicating effectively to foster healthy relationships.”- Program Protégé
“Our training sessions provided perspective: New training opportunities. The guest speakers were great. Learning the differences between coaching and Mentoring and how to listen effectively”- Program Mentor
“Special thanks to the Mentoring committee in making this experience a good experience.”- Program Protégé
“The program is loosely structured; this gives Mentors and mentees opportunity to tailor and execute a development program that meets their requirements. This is a keeper.”- Program Mentor