Project Management Institute

A Message from the President

R. Max Wideman

R. Max Wideman

President, PMI

If I have learned anything about project management, it is that:

If you want to finish on time you'd best start early.

If you want to finish right, you'd best start right, and

If you're going to need help, then you'd best let everybody suggest improvements to the plan so that every one will “buy in” to the final objectives with enthusiasm.

PMI's primary objective, according to its constitution is to “Foster professionalism in the management of projects.” No mention of size or type, just projects - in every area of application. This is very far reaching.

To do this, as I tried to argue in my December commentary, will require us to build a well recognized professional project management organization. The accent is on “well recognized.” This goal is a very pro-active one and requires strong leadership throughout our organization. I believe that it requires both credibility and numbers.

The first will require diligent and persistent effort and simply has to be earned. While I believe that the second should follow from the first, there is every reason for us to help things along by setting achievable targets. This is the job of the PMI Long Range Planning Committee, which has been established in the past year. The committee, under the firm direction of (now) past chairman Harvey Levine, has also been actively considering PMI programs and products and the needs of PMI members. I hope that the committee will be able to bring forward a draft report in the near future.

While a Long Range Plan is essential to give the organization a clear sense of direction, there must also be a vehicle to put it into effect. I firmly believe that this is the job of the Marketing Committee. Fortunately, this committee has been active somewhat longer under the aggressive stewardship of (now) past VP Public Relations, Douglas Egan.

Robert Yourzak has now taken up the challenge with his typical enthusiasm, and I hope that he too will soon be able to present a draft. It is my hope that this initiative in particular will lead to a steady increase in PMI's recognition and numbers.

Of course, the work that I have just mentioned has not been accomplished without the participation of a significant number of PMI members. The work still to be accomplished will require the combined efforts of an even larger number of members, and on a continuing basis. We must not underestimate the size of the task before us.

However, the payoff will not only benefit all PMI members, but also all those who ultimately benefit from the more efficient management of change in our society. As Chairman Brian Fletcher has said: “The name of the game is involvement.” We look to you!

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THE PM NETWORK March, 1987

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