Message from the President

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Jimmy Godard, MBA, PMP

PMI Portland Chapter President 2016-2017

president@pmi-portland.org

 

June 2017

Every good thing must come to an end, including my last article as your Chapter President. I am now transitioning this honorable role to Stephen Wilks who will lead the Chapter beginning July 1st.

About 12 years ago, I decided to try to make a difference in the way we handled projects in my workplace. I didn’t know quite what I was getting into when I joined the PMI Portland Chapter and didn’t realize it was the largest gathering of project, program and portfolio professionals in our community. I soon found myself right in the middle of the perfect place to learn valuable skills about project management, make connections, seek advice and meet experts in the industry.

I quickly decided to volunteer as the “Asset Manager”, which was just a fancy title for the “equipment guy”. You trusted me then to carry the laptop and projector for our monthly Chapter meeting and you trusted me again later as your PMI President as I led our Chapter. We implemented new events such as Movie Night, Soccer Games, Hockey games, Holiday Toy drives and much more.

I have learned a lot in my interactions with you, our members, our volunteers and our PMI Global Region partners.  We have been on a journey to ensure that our Chapter is the innovative leader in the region for advancing project management making individuals and organizations even more successful. Our commitment to (RACI) Retention, Acquisition, Connection, and Innovation has shown great results that has taken the Chapter to great heights.

We were recently invited, for the second time, to apply for the 2017 Chapter of the Year Award in our region. This means that our Chapter is doing a great job! As a pre-qualified candidate, we are in the top 50% for member retention, member satisfaction and member's willingness to renew and recommend chapter membership to others.  Our application has been submitted and we will let you know when we bring the trophy home.

Here is a snapshot on what we have accomplished:

Retention

Our volunteers worked very hard to implement new programs that create value for our members. Our Chapter researched the experts, speakers, programs and new trends.  We shared knowledge and new ideas to give back to the community.  We measured our success by the number of membership renewals, which were our indicator that we are meeting your needs. We improved our retention rate and maintained it at 31%. This is the same number we are seeing in our Region. We are very encouraged that 74% of our members are more than likely to renew their Chapter membership. Our goal will be to increase this number in the upcoming years.

Acquisition

One of the greatest achievements this past year was the reinvention of our Outreach portfolio. Stay tuned as you will soon see wonders from the engagement we are making with local businesses, academic institutions and community organizations. We added 825 members to our roster; 276 of which were new members.

Connection & Innovation

Annual Conference

We held a two-day conference last year at the Oregon Convention Center. Based on your feedback, last year was bigger and better than ever. We drew top industry speakers, including Jeff Tobe and Paul Pelletier. The conference was also an excellent venue to introduce the concept of “Open Space Technology” which solidifies the notion that there is nothing more powerful than project management communities coming together to share ideas, stories and tips.

Special Events 

  • PMP Boot Camp: We completed our first Boot Camp last year. It was such as success that we will bring it back again this June.
  • Soccer: We held several amazing networking events: Portland Timbers and Thorns games were sold out within a week.
  • Movie: We held our first movie event ever as we promoted connections not only with colleagues, but also family members. The “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” movie premier sold out all 217 tickets on the first weekend.
  • Oregon Food Bank: We packed and labeled food into family-sized packages to help those in need. This has now become a quarterly event.
  • LinkedIn Professional Pictures: We were glad to see that many of our attendees took advantage of this FREE event, which sustains our commitment to innovation in our programs.
  • Holiday Toy Drive: Because of your donations more than sixty-five children in our community received gifts during the holiday season last year.

I now understand what former President Barak Obama meant when he said “I learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved, and they get engaged and they come together to demand it.” The positive changes that we recently experienced in our Chapter are not the accomplishment of just one person.  They required a bold vision to get everyone engaged.  And they required a great deal of dedication, sacrifices and courage.

My presidency at Portland PMI would have been unmanageable without a group of 11 board members who demanded that we do things differently and better. It would have been very challenging without the working hands of 133 volunteers who supported the vision. It would have been impossible without you, the members who provided constant support and feedback. Please continue to remain engaged.

I would be amiss without thanking my family for supporting me during this past year by giving me suggestions and inspiration for new ideas.  My 11 year old daughter, Amelia, encouraged me by telling me to “Go Big or Go Home” and I hope I have passed her passion on each of you as we continue to develop our project management skills.

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May 2017

Last month, I had the opportunity to speak at the PMI Region 1 Annual Leadership Institute Meeting. The topic of my discussion was “Business Planning is a Game Changer.” I was very pleased to deliver the presentation, as the subject is of particular interest to me.

Many organizations, possibly even PMI Chapters, consider a business plan to be a necessary evil. They may create 15 to 20 pages of documents to detail their plans and then archive them on shelves where they just collect dust. Business plans should be on the desk top where they communicate a strong mission. They can help the organization set a clear destination and articulate a compelling vision.

The business plans for the PMI Portland Chapter are strategically accessible to leadership whose commitment to our members is very clear and succinct: Retention, Acquisition, Connection and Innovation (RACI). This commitment is central to driving our organization forward and building the next generation of our chapter. We are positioning ourselves to lead the community and region to fulfill our member-focused strategy and grow sustainably. RACI now influences every decision we make and is becoming an integral part of our culture. Our goal is to advance the profession of project management, making individuals and organizations more successful.

2017 PMI REGION 1 LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

We had a great time at the Region 1 meeting in Eugene Oregon. You can see some highlights here.

Region 1 consists of 16 Chapters from Alaska, Western Canada, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Washington.  Leaders from these chapters came together to learn about running their chapters more effectively and share their learnings with others. Our chapter was represented by eighteen volunteers who laid down the gauntlet for the best team colors and most volunteers.

Our Directors are the future of our organization and we supported them by making this conference available to them.  After collaborating with and sharing the knowledge, tools and processes of other Chapters, they are now better equipped to sustain the advancement and maturity of our own Chapter.

The Portland Chapter will be hosting the 2018 Region 1 Leadership Institute Meeting to commemorate our Chapter’s 35th anniversary. It will be on April 13th – 15th 2018 at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower located at 921 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204 This is another great event that our volunteers will put together to welcome the other Chapters to our beautiful city.

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APRIL CHAPTER MEETING

We had a great turn out at our chapter meeting last month at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, in Hillsboro. Many of you expressed your satisfaction with the venue and food. Thank you so much.

There had been some apprehension that attendance might be lower than expected. It was, but not much. And we were surprised to see new faces in the audience. The majority of attendees appreciated the new location. Rest assured that we are working on a strategy to bring our events to SW Washington, Downtown Portland and the NW side of town. We appreciate your patience and welcome any suggestions and ideas you may have.

The evening started with Cynthia Kahn who delivered an enlightening presentation about “The GSD Gold Approach to Project Planning”.  We appreciate and thank Cynthia for such a well thought out presentation.

Silver Rose, who was selected as one of the “Outstanding Young Women of America”, ended the evening with an awesome presentation on “How to Delegate Effectively Even If You’re Not Officially In Charge.” Silver was an incredible keynote speaker with impressive credentials.  

PMI NORTHERN UTAH CHAPTER  

jimmy2Last month, Saby Waraich, our past president, and I traveled to Salt Lake City to present at the Northern Utah Chapter’s Annual Conference and celebrate the 20th anniversary of their chapter with them. Their conference theme “Be a Fan” inspired the almost 500 members in attendance to be a fan of what they do.

The Northern Utah Chapter is another leading chapter in our region. Both of our chapters consistently collaborate to provide better services to members, give back to our community and promote the advancement of project management. It was wonderful to spend time with our colleagues in Utah.

PMI PORTLAND 2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

The countdown to Registration for our 2017 Annual Conference is fast approaching. We have selected many of our speakers already. Yet, Call to Speakers is still open for Technical, Agile and Business Analysis Tracks.  Details.

Our Annual Conference Team is working intensely to deliver the best Project Management Annual Conference ever experienced. The September 14-15 Conference at the Oregon Convention Center will follow a format similar to last year’s, with two days and five Breakout and Open Space Technology Sessions.

Two keynote speakers have been already been scheduled. Many additional speaker submissions have been received as well.  We need Conference sponsors in our community. Please pass the word along. This may be a good opportunity for a business to associate themselves with the project management community.

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NEW ELECTION

Our vision has never been clearer. Our focus has never been sharper. Our Chapter is one of the best PMI Chapters in the Region. We need people who have a passion for greatness and a desire to make a positive leadership impact on others to join us this PMI Chapter election season.

There is no better way to highlight and grow your leadership skills than to serve on the Board of Directors for PMI Portland Chapter. This is a good way to:

  • Gain new leadership skills and strengthen your portfolio.
  • Expand your network. Form relationships that will propel you to the next level in your career.
  • Give back to the profession.  Share your knowledge and engage with the community.

Election Timeline

  • May 1 thru May 16 – Membership votes on nominees 
  • May 19 – Winners are announced
  • May 19 thru June 30 – Winners shadow current Board members
  • July 1, 2017 –  New Chapter Board is active

FINAL THOUGHTS

Our Chapter has been experiencing a gradual and sustainable growth recently. Our team has a responsibility to help continue that healthy growth by keeping our focus on the RACI commitments. We have a major role to play in creating means that will help you: (1) network with other project managers (2) access PDU opportunities so you can maintain your certification credentials and (3) inform you about local job opportunities. We thank you for your continual trust. We understand that when our community, our members, our practitioners succeed, we also succeed.

April 2017

March Chapter meeting

“Life Happens. Live it!” was the inspiring message delivered by Jake French, keynote speaker for our Chapter meeting last month. Jake shared the unbelievable story of his accident and amazing examples that exemplify living life regardless of the situations you face. Those in attendance developed a fresh view of the negative power of the words “cannot do” and “will not do”. Being positive in life should be “a must”. A positive outlook helps us focus on what we can accomplish with the resources available to us instead of what is holding us back. Our thanks and gratitude to Jake for visiting us at the PMI Portland Chapter.

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Linkedin Profile Headshot

Life does happen when you are busy; and busy we are at the Chapter. Last month, we introduced a new event called LinkedIn Profile Headshot. LinkedIn profiles have become the new resume cover letters. A staffing manager once told me that many prospective employers use LinkedIn to get a first impression of their potential candidates. LinkedIn is here to stay. We were glad to see that many of our attendees took advantage of this FREE event, which sustains our commitment to innovation in our programs. We welcome you to share your thoughts on how it went. We may bring it back.

Project Management Annual Conference

Our Annual Conference Team is working intensely to deliver the best Project Management Annual Conference ever experienced. The September 14-15 Conference at the Oregon Convention Center will follow a format similar to last year’s, with two days of five Breakout and Open Space Technology Sessions.

Two keynote speakers have been already been scheduled. Many additional speaker submissions have been received as well.  We welcome and encourage any other interested speakers to submit proposals; primarily in the areas of Agile, Business Analysis, and Project Management tools. Please see our website for additional information. The submission deadline of April 15, 2017 is quickly approaching.

We are calling out to Conference volunteers as well. Various positions are available; you may be perfect for one of them. See the openings on our website. Your volunteer hours may make you eligible for free admission to the conference. Some restrictions do apply.

Finally, we need conference sponsors in our community. Please pass the word along. This may be a good opportunity for a business to associate themselves with the project management community.

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New Election

Our vision has never been clearer. Our focus has never been sharper. Our Chapter is one of the best PMI Chapters in the Region. We need people who have a passion for greatness and a desire to make a positive leadership impact on others to join us this PMI Chapter election season.

There is no better way to highlight and grow your leadership skills than to serve on the Board of Directors for PMI Portland Chapter. This is a good way to:

  • Gain new leadership skills and strengthen your portfolio.
  • Expand your network. Form relationships that will propel you to the next level in your career.
  • Give back to the profession.  Share your knowledge and engage with the community.

See the Election webpage for the requirements to run for a Board position and help carry the flame even further.

April Chapter Meeting

This month there will be a change of venue for our Chapter meeting. We will host this meeting at Embassy Suites by Hilton, 20001 NW Tanasbourne Dr., Hillsboro, OR 97124. This is a pilot meeting to see how feasible it may be to host our regular Chapter meetings at that location. Please share the news with your co-workers if you work in the area.

We welcome Silver Rose as our April guest speaker. Silver will deliver both our Education and Keynote presentations. The presentations are titled respectively “How to give feedback that increases project engagement” and “How to delegate effectively even if you’re not officially in charge.”

Silver is an Employee Engagement Thought Leader who provides organizations with strategies for (1) re-energizing employees (2) increasing profitability and (3) freeing leadership from the necessity of micro-managing results.

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Region 1

This month, eighteen of Portland PMI’s volunteers attended the 2017 Region 1 Leadership meeting in Eugene. This meeting provides chapter volunteer leaders within the region the opportunity to collaborate, exchange best practices and participate in learning sessions designed to enhance and grow their skills to enable them to deliver value to PMI members. Due to time constraints, I will share some of the learning points in our May Newsletter.

Final Thoughts

What is holding you back? We recently turn the page on the first quarter of the year. You may have started the year with great ideas, profound thoughts and high energy. But typically this enthusiasm slowly dissipated- for many reasons. One common reason may have been conflict. You may have experienced internal conflict by fearing that you might fail. This fear of failure paralyzes many people. They do not go as far they could because they fear they might lose. But history has shown us that we rarely succeed on our first try. Ask Thomas Edison, James Dyson and many others.

Some people on the other hand fear they might succeed. They want the success but not the drama that comes with it. Yes, once you are successful you will attract attention; good and bad. Just ask the New England Patriots. Yet, do give yourself the permission to succeed. Or, you are cheating our world of your greatness.

As Jake reminded us: “Life Happens. Live it!”  May you live your life today abundantly. May you overcome the limitations around you and thrive. May you be a blessing to this world and make it better than you found it.

March 2017

Academy Awards

Did you watch the Academy Awards last month? I am usually not a fan of viewing the entire four-hour telecast. I check in and out throughout the show and wait until the last 40-45 minutes to see who is awarded the best actor, best actress, and best picture.

This year I enjoyed Justin Timberlake’s high-energy performance, Jimmy Kimmel’s jokes, the parachuting candy, the unsuspecting tour bus group and the mistreatment of Matt Damon.  But nothing could beat the most entertaining and surprising moment of the evening when the Oscar for Best Picture was awarded to La La Land instead of Moonlight.  Every time I watch a clip of that fiasco, I am mesmerized. I can certainly empathize with the project manager for the Academy Awards. And I can just imagine what was happening with the project team behind the scene. National television showed us all a glimpse of what a project failure looks like. Yet, it would be unfortunate to summarize such a great event involving stylists, event designers, producers, caterers, actors, singers, and even a bus tour group to a single unwelcome surprise. This is a reminder that “bad things happen to good projects” and some outcomes cannot be undone; however, how we respond to mishaps in moment like this is what is most important. The directors and actors of La La Land and Moonlight were a great example on how to recover from failure and embarrassment; unless, of course, they were acting.

2017 Region 1 Leadership Conference

Continuing in the spirit of the Oscars, I would like to thank the PMI Portland Chapter volunteers. We value our volunteers above anything else, as we cannot exist without them. They are the engine behind everything we do.  

This month, eighteen of Portland PMI’s volunteers plan to attend the 2017 Region 1 Leadership meeting at the Valley River Inn in Eugene. This meeting provides chapter volunteer leaders within the region the opportunity to collaborate, exchange best practices and participate in learning sessions designed to enhance and grow their skills to enable them to deliver value to PMI members.

The March meeting will be attended by approximately 150 chapter leaders representing over 14,000 members from Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Utah, Montana, British Columbia, and Alberta.

Our Chapter has been and continues to be an enviable success story in the Region. Last year awards were received for:

  • Largest Chapter Growth Award: PMI Portland Chapter (276 new members)

  • Largest % of PMI Members Participating Award: Runner up overall – 1st among the largest Chapters (76%)

  • Region 1 Best Chapter Award (in my opinion): PMI Portland Chapter

New Board Members

We remain true to our mission of promoting the profession of Project Management by creating a culture and community that facilitates professional growth through education and volunteerism. Last month, we welcomed two new volunteers to our Board of Directors: Lisa McCaffrey as Vice President at Large and Hakan Kutgun as Vice President of Operations. Lisa and Hakan went through an extensive nomination process and are now official. I thank them both for their “servant leadership” They are on board to take our Chapter to the next level of success.

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We are grateful for the success of Portland PMI, but in order for that success to be sustainable we must continue to evolve. The Board of Directors together with our volunteers welcomes your feedback and suggestions. We continue to review our overall strategies and commitments to ensure our Chapter complements the value that PMI Global provides to our members, certification holders, sponsors and the community.

Chapter Meeting – Free Linkedin Picture

According to many of you, the February Chapter meeting was a tangible demonstration of value added. We listened to two outstanding speakers David Barrett (not in picture) and Beth Levine. Their expertise and messages were well received to the 170 plus in attendance.

This month, we will shift our meeting focus to Leadership. We have arranged for two exceptional speakers.  Mike Goss and Jake French who will speak respectively on “The Leadership Secrets of Sergeant Hooper” and "Life Happens. Live it!" (How to Keep Making Progress, No Matter What Happens).

Effective this month, please register by Thursday 3/16 instead of Sunday 3/19 before the Chapter Meeting to avoid a late fee of $15.00. This change is necessary to provide adequate lead time to the venue event manager. We thank you for your understanding and collaboration.

LinkedIn Professional Pictures: During our March Chapter Meeting, a professional photographer will be available to take members’ pictures for their LinkedIn profile. Only 50 members can be accommodated during the March meeting, but if needed we will arrange to repeat the offer. It is our way of saying THANK YOU for being a member! (On a First Come, First Served Basis between 4 pm-6:30 pm)

New Roundtable

Next month we will start a new Roundtable at the Clackamas Community College. Our roundtable is open to the public and is a meeting during which Project Managers (members, non-members) discuss issues they face on a daily basis. The topics are opened for discussion and are selected by attendees based on that roundtable’s rules. Sometimes topics are prearranged, such as when preparation time for topic facilitation is needed.

Other News

In other news, we are working with the Portland Winterhawks for some great seating for the upcoming playoffs. Once the playoff calendar is available, be sure to grab your tickets as they will for surely go fast.

Final Thoughts

The overall theme for the Oscars was inspiration. Aside from the chaos, the film “Moonlight” broke several records by being the second lowest-grossing film domestically to win the Best Picture award. As leaders, there will come a time where others may not understand or value your dreams and your vision. They may quickly highlight your weaknesses, and list the reasons why you cannot be successful. As we welcome spring and all it has to offer, may you have the courage to plan and dream big. Be excited about your dreams. Be courageous and remove all possible limitation, negativity that others may throw your way. Let the moon be your target and keep the light shining on it, Moonlight!

I would like to connect with you at one of those events and would like to hear your feedback and suggestions. As usual tweet me @jgodard2 or send me an email at president@pmi-portland.org. We are here to serve you!

February 2017

Did you ever wonder why the month of February has only 28 days?  In 713 BCE, the Roman king Numa Pompilius added February to the calendar. Because the Romans believed that even numbers were unlucky, as Cecil Adams puts it, “if there has to be an unlucky month, better make it a short one.”  Thus February consists of only 28 days.

The month of February can be bleak in certain parts of the world.  February means “the month of ice” or “frozen rivers” in some Northern Hemisphere countries.  February can also be a month filled with meaning and purpose.  In February we celebrate Black History, Groundhog Day, Super Bowl, Grammy & Academy Awards, President’s Day, Valentine’s Day, and don’t forget National Margarita Day and Mardi Gras.

Because the Portland PMI’s January meeting was cancelled due to weather conditions, our finance team kept busy processing refunds. Even so, we ended January by breaking the membership record with  more than 2100 active members. We are now ready to work on February projects:

Oregon Food Bank

Snow failed to hold back many of our volunteers and members from celebrating Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Our team met at the Oregon Food Bank where we repacked and labeled bulk dry food in a lively, active environment. It was a great experience to collaborate once again with the Oregon Food Bank and join their cause. “The Oregon Food Bank works to eliminate hunger and its root cause…because no one should be hungry.” The PMI Portland Chapter is proud to be part of this valuable mission.  We will be scheduling additional events, so please stay tuned.

PMI Portland Chapter Scholarship

We begin the month of February with excellent news. The PMI Portland Chapter will sponsor two academic scholarships for undergraduate students valued at up to US$1,000 each. Please visit the PMIEF site for Application and Notification, and Criteria.

2017 Annual Conference – Save the Date September 14-15

We are pleased to announce the 2017 PMI Portland Annual Conference on September 14-15.  This year promises to be the largest and most exciting event yet!

With two full days of education, networking, and career advancing opportunities with an anticipated 600+ participants, we are working diligently to draw top industry speakers locally, nationally and internationally. The conference is tailored to grow your practical project management knowledge about contemporary leadership trends, as well as products and services and to help drive your career goals.  Be sure to visit our conference site for additional details:  http://www.pmi-portland.org/activities/annual-conference-2017 

As a token of our appreciation, Matthew Hoffman is the lucky recipient of a $25 Amazon Gift Card for suggesting the winning 2017 conference theme “Celebrate and Innovate”. 

I strongly encourage each of you to get involved in conference planning. There is much to be done as we work together with Chapter members who represent the values of our organization. Get involved. Make a difference. Be a volunteer.

Upcoming Events

Chapter Meeting on February 21, 2017. We are planning for this to be an exciting meeting making up for January’s cancellation. We have arranged for two phenomenal speakers. David Barrett will begin with the topic “The Key to Our Success – Lessons Learned From 25 Of Our Best Project Managers.” Our Keynote speaker, Beth Noymer Levine, will discuss “Communication: The Missing Link That Connects Mission and Performance.” This is going to be a fun evening and educational meeting with lots of prizes.

LinkedIn Professional Pictures: During our Chapter Meeting in March 2017, a professional photographer will be available to take members’ pictures for their LinkedIn profile. Only 50 members can be accommodated during the March meeting, but if needed we will arrange to repeat the offer.

Final Thoughts  

February is often considered a transitional month. It is a bridge between January, a month of new year’s promise, contemplation, and clarification and March when we are awakened by the hint of spring and strengthened to take on new adventures.  For me February is a “reality check” month. By this time, I know how I am doing with my New Year’s resolutions. Did I implement them or were they forgotten?  It is my reminder to connect with others, be more inclusive, collaborate, innovate and dream big.  I challenge each of you to enjoy the month of February, be more inclusive and welcome the new adventures of Spring.

January 2017

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the PMI Portland Chapter, I would like to express my best wishes to each of you for 2017.

January brings in a new calendar year with all its traditions of starting anew. In January, we traditionally evaluate our performance during the past year and look ahead by adopting resolutions, setting new goals and developing opportunities to start fresh.  You may have already received a myriad of ideas and plans to create the new you. I am confident some of you have even penned a New Year’s resolution or two!

In addition to January bringing in a new calendar year, it also launches the second half of PMI Portland’s administrative year.  Our commitment to (RACI) Retention, Acquisition, Connection, and Innovation remains steadfast as we continue to promote the profession of Project Management.

Get Involved

The involvement of our members will define the year 2017 for our Chapter. PMI Portland encourages each of you to get involved, expand your horizon, learn something new and share your expertise with each other. Volunteers are the very heart of our Chapter. It is because of the time and knowledge our volunteers contribute that we can fulfill our vision, mission and goals.

How can you get involved in 2017? PMI Portland offers a solid and proven volunteer management structure that needs your support.  Some volunteer opportunities include events at the Oregon Food Bank & Portland Winterhawks games, involvement in Chapter meetings & Chapter Portfolio teams and of course we always need additional volunteer support at the PMI Portland Annual Conference (September 14 & 15).

The Annual Conference planning meetings have already begun. Please visit our website and respond to the “Call to Volunteer” and “Call to Speakers.” There are many teams working vigorously in the background. Each of them needs the support of additional PMI members.

We have fun at PMI Portland Chapter - join in.

Connection - Annual Toy Drive Update

prez 2We held our first Annual Toy Drive on December 20, 2016. What a great experience it was. We thank you for your attendance, and your great generosity. Because of your donations more than sixty-five (65) children in our community received gifts during the holiday season.

We appreciate you adding the PMI Portland Chapter to your list of giving-organizations this year. We are aware that many of you give to other organizations and programs and we are grateful to be part of that giving.

We delivered the gifts, the following week, to the OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital. The Doernbecher Children’s Hospital has more than 1,000 doctors, nurses, and staff all specially trained in pediatric care and dedicated exclusively to children needs. The hospital recognizes that kids must be kids, and that smiles are an important part of helping a child get better.

prez 1We recognize that it does take a lot to orchestrate a toy drive like we did. We would like to thank two great volunteers: Carrie De Freitas, and Trisha Bowman (left) for their hard work in leading this effort. They suggested it. They planned it. They executed it, and we are so appreciative of them.

gunter group 200In addition, we would like to thank The Gunter Group for their sponsorship.  The Gunter Group, one of our recent sponsors this year, is a business consulting firm with offices in Portland and Bend, Oregon. They have a talented team of experienced professionals with deep experience across several different disciplines. Their goal is to serve as a catalyst... We say thank you for their partnership.

prez 3You, members, remain our driving force and we thank you again for your generous hearts. Look for more opportunities to collaborate with us in giving back to the community. Thank you for your collective acts of kindness.

Acquisition – Stronger membership

Teamwork drives the success of our Chapter. It takes a combined effort of each portfolio to meet our membership target goal. Furthermore, it takes your trust above all. For that we are sincerely thankful. We end the year 2016 with a membership number of 2062, comparing to 1731 in December 2015. We have so much more in store coming your way in the year 2017. Spread the news with other co-workers, acquaintances, and friends. Remember friends do not let friends do project management alone. We are in this together.

The Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA)

Legislation to improve program management practices and bolster workforce development becomes law. President Barack Obama has signed into law S.1550, the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 (PMIAA), which will enhance accountability and best practices in project and program management throughout the federal government. The legislation, strongly endorsed by the Project Management Institute (PMI), was approved by both chambers of Congress with overwhelming bi-partisan support. President Obama signed it into law on Wednesday, December 14. Read more…

Upcoming Events

Oregon Food Bank Volunteering:  Start the New Year off right and get involved to support your local community! Join the PMI Portland Chapter for a volunteer day at the Oregon Food Bank as we pack and label food into family-sized packages to help those in need. Our next volunteer event is scheduled for... January 28, 2017 from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Register here

LinkedIn Professional Pictures: During our Chapter Meeting in March 2017, a professional photographer will be available to take members’ pictures for their LinkedIn profile. Only 50 members can be accommodated during the March meeting, but if needed we will arrange to repeat the offer.

Final Thoughts

As always, PMI Portland welcomes your feedback and suggestions on how to improve our Chapter. We look forward to an enhanced Chapter in 2017, with greater membership numbers, stronger connections and innovations. These are exciting times for our Chapter and we encourage all members to take advantage of the benefits we offer. Let us know how we can best serve you!

Please feel free to connect with me. I can be reached via email at president@pmi-portland.org, or by tweeting me on twitter @jgodard2. Once again, I wish each of you and your families a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

December 2016

PMI Portland Teammates,

Thank you for your work, support, and partnership in 2016

The holiday season is upon us. This is my favorite and busiest time of the year. Now more than any other time of the year, many of us juggle between performance conversations at work, relationships with family and friends and making the winter holidays warm and bright.

When I reflect back on the past year, I am extremely grateful for what our volunteers, in collaboration with our membership, have accomplished. The demands to balance personal, professional and volunteer activities can be tough. Yet, the commitment of PMI members remains steadfast.

Here are some fun and quick observations:

Outreach is stronger than it has even been in our Chapter. We have proudly strengthened partnerships with more than 10 organizations in the Portland Metropolitan area- focusing on business, community and academic emphasizes. We have also increased sponsorships tremendously; with plans to seek more.

Communication: Our Chapter has increased our social media presence significantly in the past year. Former PMI president, Saby Waraich, has even cornered the hashtag #selfiesaby. Our Chapter also communicates daily on social media with Chapters all over the country; providing connection opportunities and transparency to our members.

Volunteer: This year 144 volunteers were actively engaged in making the Chapter successful. May I extend much gratitude and recognition to each of these wonderful individuals. I assure you that their work does not go unnoticed. We are also thankful to our PMI Global Region 1 partners: Laurel Sim, Joyce Kelley, April Burton, and John Naughton for their unwavering support.

These accomplishments are examples of the proof points we are delivering on our commitments. Looking ahead to next year, our priorities will not change. We will continue to develop programs that strengthen:

Retention: Reduce the attrition rate to a single digit.

Acquisition: Increase membership by extending outreach to business, academic and                        community organizations.

Connection: Provide various connection opportunities with members, sponsors, teammates and the community.

Innovation: Innovate tools and processes to sustain and maintain our growth.

Connection with family and friends: On November 18th, PMI held  a special Family Event; a private screening of the movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.”  We look forward to coordinating similar events next year.

Professional Connections:  Our chapter is increasing events that will promote greater connections. Visit our website www.pmi-portland.org to find out more about:

  • Seven Roundtables
  • Chapter Meetings
  • ACP Exam Preparation Course
  • Workshops
  • Winter 2017 PMP/CAPM Exam prep

Connect even further on December 20 at our Chapter Meeting where you can bring up to 4 guests for only $10 each. Non-members can bring a guest for the same pricing. Diana Larsen will be our guest speaker and we have prizes to give away.  We encourage you to bring a new unwrapped toy donation benefitting OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital. Help children in our community have a bright holiday.

Upcoming Events

Oregon Food Bank:  An event will be scheduled very soon.  Stay tuned for more information.

LinkedIn Professional Pictures: During our Chapter Meeting in March 2017, a professional photographer will be available to take members’ pictures for their LinkedIn profile. Only 50 members can be accommodated during the March meeting, but if needed we will arrange to repeat the offer.

Final Thoughts  

Finally, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I believe that Thanksgiving should not be a one day event, but a daily event. This holiday season is a great reminder that we ought to pause from the demands of work and the often frantic pace of everyday life and take time to enjoy and strengthen connections with colleagues, family and friends. Get some much needed rest and be ready for continued success in 2017.

Wishing you a joyful and meaningful holiday!

November 2016

Where is Portland PMI going?

You may be wondering where the PMI Portland Chapter is headed. Our Chapter has changed, is still changing and will continue to change for the better. Your feedback and ideas have helped made the Chapter what it is today. It is evident that we have more challenges and opportunities ahead and we want to partner with you, our members, to encourage you to continue sharing your professional development needs, networking events and much more.  YOU make US better!

What is Our Mission?

PMI Portland Chapter’s mission is to promote the profession of Project Management by creating a culture and community that facilitates professional growth through education and volunteerism.

What are our Commitments?

Last year, PMI Portland Chapter’s Board of Directors held a couple of strategic meeting sessions. The Board identified three major area of focus: Outreach, Volunteer Management and Communication. Although a lot of progress has been made in these areas, more work is needed to achieve our vision of being the innovative leader in the region for advancing project management.

This term, PMI Portland Chapter’s emphasis is on accelerating a member-focused strategy. We are committed to this RACI Model:

  1. Retention: Reduce attrition rate to a single digit.
  2. Acquisition: Increase membership by extending our Outreach to Business, Academic and Community organizations.
  3. Connection: Provide various connection opportunities with members, sponsors, teammates and the community.
  4. Innovation: Innovate tools and processes to sustain and maintain our growth.

What is Our Vision?

To be the innovative leader in the region for advancing project management, making individuals and organizations even more successful. We are a responsive and collaborative center of excellence promoting ethics, quality, knowledge, skills, integrity and leadership.

Upcoming Events

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The Portland PMI Chapter promotes connections; not only with colleagues but also with family members. Ground yourself in family and enjoy a private screening of the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” This event is currently SOLD OUT with 217 seats gone.  If you were not able to get a ticket, be sure to stay connected with us for our next event.

This is PMI Portland Chapter’s first private screening ever and I would like to thank our “Programs Team” for their hard work - especially Carrie de Freitas,  Director of Special Events.

Oregon Food Bank

There will be an Oregon Food Bank event very soon.  Stay tuned for more information.

LinkedIn Professional Pictures

During our Chapter Meeting in March 2017, a professional photographer will be available to take pictures for members for their LinkedIn profile. Only 50 members can be accommodated during the March meeting, but if needed we will arrange to repeat the offer.

October 2016

Connection

newsletter1The word “connection” gets thrown around a lot. The Project Management Institute is one organization for which that word is not only appropriate, but almost an understatement.
I made my first “connection” with the PMI Portland Chapter in 2005. At the time, I was engaged in project management at work but had only a few colleagues who were similarly involved. Then I found out about the PMI Portland Chapter. Diane Johnson, PMI Portland Chapter fellow, invited me to join as the Director of Equipment. I now have the privilege of belonging to and “connecting” with a community of hundreds of thousands of project managers and chapter volunteers around the world.
Conference.

About 1100 PMI volunteers met in September at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego for the PMI Leadership Institute Meeting (LIM). LIM is a professional development opportunity for PMI’s global volunteer community which fosters learning, connecting and networking. Attendees represented more than 220 Chapters from over 50 countries. They took part in various breakout sessions to enhance their leadership, communication, coaching and mentoring skills. And they shared best practices that will benefit their personal and professional accomplishments, as well as their employers and the project management community.

The Portland Chapter Board of Directors sent 12 board members to the conference. Everyone was excited to make connections with their peers and colleagues around the world and gather information.

Conference Speakers

newsletter2Simon Sinek, opening keynote speaker, discussed “Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't”. He is best known for popularizing the concept of Why. His TED Talk on that subject was the third most watched session of all time.

Vinh Giang, (right) the 2013 South Australian Entrepreneur of the Year, and also a magician, gave a wonderful keynote address on the second day. Vinh puzzled the audience by sharing techniques through the power of magic, on how to influence others in inspiring ways.

The last keynote speaker, Mel Robbins, closed the meeting with her keynote address “From Successful to Satisfied: How to Become the Leader You Want to Be.”

The Best Part

newsletter3The best part of LIM occurred on the last day when we witnessed the ascent of Connie Plowman, one of our own PMI members, to the international stage. It was such a majestic moment to watch her receive the PMI Eric Jenett Project Management Award of Excellence. Connie is an inspiration to many in the Chapter and celebrating her on the global stage reaffirmed my own conviction to create greater and better opportunities for our members to connect to the PMI Global Community at large. I strongly believe the time is now to expand on the connection prospects that PMI Global offers to all of our members.

PMI Portland Events

You may have been one of the 150 people who attended our Chapter Meeting last month. It was incredible to see all of you. The speakers were inspiring beginning with Nick Anderson who presented “Why Bother Measuring Change?” Then, John Canfield closed the evening with his session “Leading Change – One Thing That Will Remain the Same Change Will Continue to Occur.”  We are so appreciative of these two speakers who took the time out of their busy schedules to share their knowledge with our membership.

Scholarships

I would like to congratulate Elizabeth Milan & Hans Van Der Schaaf, recipients of the PMI Education Foundation Academic Scholarships for 2016 - 2017. These annual scholarships advance the project management profession and prepare the recipients to take their place in the workforce of the future.

PMI Portland Volunteers

We can all agree that project teams with good leadership work together with more passion and get better results. The volunteers at our Chapter continue to demonstrate ingenuity, leadership and passion to get our Chapter to next level. I would like to thank them for investing in our Chapter. You too are welcome to join this vibrant team. We are getting better because of YOU.

Final Thoughts

Already, the Portland Chapter Board of Directors is updating their plans based on the knowledge acquired at LIM. The renewed connections with other Chapters in the region has invigorated them and renewed their commitment to be innovative and strengthen connections with other project managers- locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

September 2016

Welcome back from your summer vacation. I hope that you had an opportunity to do something fun, and share lots of meaningful moments with your friends and family over the past few months.

Prior to being placed as your current PMI Portland Chapter President, I had an opportunity to serve our membership in 2005 as Director of Assets, then as VP of Operations and VP of Programs. This experience allowed me to work with all portfolios that deliver services to PMI Portland Chapter members. I am now ready to start planning some innovative events with you, providing you with opportunities to connect, network and increase your knowledge in project, program, and portfolio management.

PMI Portland’s New Board

On July 1, our newly elected Board of Directors began developing strategies to deliver services that have a wide appeal to PMI Portland members. Their challenge was to manage relationships with speakers, sponsors and vendors to assure that you maximize opportunities to connect with others. Whether you are a senior portfolio manager or you’ve just begun the adventure in the field of project management, PMI Portland has something planned for you.

PMI Portland Events

Each year in September PMI Portland holds an Annual Conference for the project management community. Based on your feedback, this year was bigger and better than ever. The two-day conference at the Oregon Convention Center drew top industry speakers, including Jeff Tobe and Paul Pelletier. The conference was also an excellent venue to introduce the concept of “Open Space Technology”, which solidifies the notion that there is nothing more powerful than project management communities coming together to share ideas, stories, and tips.

You may have been one of the 60 people that Portland PMI took to the Thorns game on July 30. What a great opportunity for our members to gather, network a bit, eat good food and watch some awesome soccer! Food and drinks were provided by the Chapter. Even more activities are being planned. Visit our website for more information on our Weekly Toastmaster meeting, Roundtable meetings, our monthly Chapter Meeting, our PMP/CAPM Fall course and our Workshop on Strategic Planning.

PMI Portland Volunteers

These major events would not have been possible without the hard work of our volunteers and sponsors. I thank you all for working so hard on these events during the summer months where you could have been doing something else. We are GREAT because of YOU.

Our Strategy

The PMI Portland Chapter promotes the profession of Project Management by creating a culture and community that facilitates professional growth through education and volunteerism. We will soon release a place on our Web site that highlights our mission, vision and strategy. We are well positioned as a Chapter to grow responsibly, providing bigger and better services to our members as long as we follow our strategy by keeping our focus on what matters most- our members.

We will continue to execute our existing goals as we introduce new programs through innovation and connecting our Chapter members together.

Final Thoughts

This is an exciting time in the life of our Chapter as we engage the opportunities and challenges ahead of us. I am deeply grateful and am honored to be a part of such a remarkable and talented community.

We have so much potential and much to do. My message to our members is simple. “Connect: There is no need to do this alone.” There is a project management community out there to support you. We are here to support you. Remember:

  • There are people here who have solved a problem you have.
  • There are people here who are experiencing the same problem you are. You can brainstorm with them.
  • There are people here who need your help solving an issue that you have dealt with.

I hope you will join together with us September 20, 2016 for our Chapter Meeting. We will be giving away prizes!!! Including a One Year FREE PMI Portland Chapter membership if you sign up as a new member to PMI Global. Please contact us for further details.

You have my very best wishes and feel free to share your thoughts with me: president@pmi-portland.org, @jgodard2 on Twitter.

Former President's Letters:

Saby Waraich 2015-2016

Bob Bondaruk 2014-2015

 

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