EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

PMI-CIC’s Commitment to Agile

As the New Year begins, we often reflect on what happened in the last year, and what we want to accomplish this year. Anyone else have the same "I'll eat healthier and exercise more" goal that they've had for the last 5 years?   No, just us… okay back to education and professional development.   We feel that most everyone would agree that change, agility, and flexibility were a big part of 2017 and will continue to be in 2018.  As a PMI Chapter we want to facilitate our members' growth and learning to help you navigate these changes in the most positive way possible.     Last year as a chapter we worked to offer Agile specific presentations in our monthly chapter features, as well as communicate weekend workshop opportunities.  

There is great value in understanding and being able to implement both Agile and Waterfall methodologies.  According to KPMG's Agile Project Delivery 2017 survey, 85% of respondents believed a form of hybrid project management will be the norm in the future. With these shifts, and the need for project professionals to understand the value of each so that they can apply either approach to the correct project, or phase of project, PMI’s PMBOK Guide will be incorporating Agile into certification teachings in order to arm PM’s with knowledge relevant to Agile methodology and execution along with traditional waterfall.  

For our members looking to gain their certification, PMI-CIC has been making strides in updating and expanding to ensure our members receive discounted offerings in several formats by various Education Providers

Ways to obtain PDU's

Our PMI-CIC February chapter meeting will be focused on the changes that are incorporated to the PMBOK Guide via the Agile Practice Guide.  Daniel Lorenc will share with us the changes in knowledge, process and PMBOK Guide structure from the ‘old’ 2013 PMBOK V to the new PMBOK VI release. Additionally, the chapter’s PMBOK committee worked very hard to ensure our in-house offerings not only reflect the PMBOK changes and addition of Agile but also that the class is standardized across our 4 geographical areas. Read more here about PMI’s evolution on this front as well as our local class offerings.

Some of you may have noticed our 2018 Conference theme is focused on these needs for flexibility, adaptability and agility?  Make sure to save the dates May 16th & 17th for our conference: Project Management (REV)olution: In today’s fast paced and turbulent business environment, sensing changes and responding with speed is proving to be a critical factor for success.  Due to the fast pace of development, the time available to respond to changes has drastically reduced and organizations must stay agile with a view to constantly evolve product and service strategies with a short time to market. This program will focus on various facets of project management practices that have or will be a game change in achieving enterprise agility.

Keep your eyes peeled for more details on registration and the amazing keynotes coming your way! 

We hope that you'll take advantage of our Educational and Professional development opportunities this year in order to expand your skillsets and maintain your certifications.  We also look forward to feedback on what YOU want to see in our offerings - please contact us at vp_education@pmi-cic.org and vp_development@pmi-cic.org!

---- Amy & Jaime

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