The Journey & the Destination
The month of June brings many transitions. For some, June is simply a shift to summer weather activities. For others, the month brings graduations or another forward look toward the future be it college preparations or the first step in a graduate’s career. For me, this month brings a transition to my role here at PMI Portland. I’ll be shifting my responsibilities to those of Past President and working hard to share my knowledge and experience with Penelope Luedtke to help her transition into her new role as President. I’m excited to continue my work with the Chapter in this new capacity and partner with Penelope closely to support her vision and goals.
This year and in years past, I’ve felt very fortunate to have the opportunity to give back to the project management community here at PMI Portland. When I joined the Chapter eight years ago my primary goal was to learn - I’m very motivated by the educational process and learning and executing can be as exciting to me as the outcome of any project. Over time, I had several mentors and the value of that experience motivated me to return that encouragement and support to other PMI members.
For the same reason I was inspired to run for President, and the great team of volunteers across all the portfolios motivated me to continue working hard every single day to provide additional professional development, training, and educational opportunities and further the cause of project management. The Chapter is a wealth of these opportunities. Learn more about our new Outreach Community Service Initiative, which seeks to engage, empower and advance project management in our community; our Emerging Leaders in Project Management; and our hosted workshops and conferences in this month’s newsletter on our website.
And speaking of conferences, last year marked the 35th anniversary of the chapter and our 17th Annual Conference. This year’s Annual Conference will continue to build on that success and highlight how the PMI Chapter is an established, informational powerhouse for project management. We’ve already got amazing speakers lined up to share key insights across Leadership, Strategy, Program and Portfolio Management, and hands-on experience with Tools and Techniques. The content will help illuminate core competencies across talent, inspiration, motivation and emotional intelligence. And registration is open so you can reserve your spot today!
Please join me in welcoming Penelope as our new Chapter President during this exciting time in our Chapter’s history. Thank you for an incredible year and what promises to be another exciting one to come!
“People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar
Motivating Project Team Members
By Reni Towns, PMP
As a project manager, one of your many responsibilities is to provide clear direction to ensure your team will perform as needed to accomplish the project goals. In other words, you need to motivate your team.
When starting a new initiative, there is a lot of work to do. How does a project manager tackle all the planning activities while also properly motivating the people they will be working with?
Motivating others can be challenging. An important lesson many new project managers learn, often the hard way, is that there is no silver bullet for motivation. What motivates you probably won’t motivate everyone on the team.
Additionally, project managers often work with colleagues without a direct reporting relationship. This frequently means the project manager is not able to control all the work on other people’s plates, and does not have the ability to provide salary changes to reward good work. While not the only factors, work allocation and financial incentives can have big impacts on someone’s motivation at work.
There are other tools project managers can leverage when rallying their teams towards success. Some companies have a formal awards process. Informal verbal or written feedback can also go a long way, such as a handwritten thank you note. A team meeting that includes senior leaders can also be a forum to recognize someone’s efforts. Treating colleagues to coffee or lunch can help perk up a team when working long hours. Different strategies will work for different people, so it’s helpful to know what will work for your team.
So how can a project manager determine what motivates the team? Ask them!
Sources of motivation are based on personal preference, so it can be helpful to have a one-on-one conversation. You can learn a lot by asking for input instead of making assumptions. Keep in mind that someone’s motivations can change over time, based on different factors including length of time working on a specific project, phase in career development, or even time of year (it can be extremely motivating to get an afternoon off in the summer).
Bottom line: Be sure to consider team motivation as a key responsibility as a project manager. Spend time planning and getting to know your team, so you can take the right actions to create a motivated team that will be eager to work towards project goals.
Meet an Emerging Leader: Jennifer Murphy Talks Leadership and Project Management in the Engineering Field
By Rachel Crane, PMP
Imagine you work for a growing urban municipality and are facing capacity issues in your water and wastewater systems. To solve this, you will need to creatively balance this increase in treatment system use, rising energy costs, and limited capital funds with the long-term impacts of climate change and seismic events. Meet Jennifer Murphy.
Ms. Murphy has over 13 years of experience in engineering design and construction management and was recently promoted to the position of Oregon Water Group Manager.
She got her professional start working in construction before becoming an engineer and excelling in technical project management and leadership roles.
“My hands-on experience in construction gave me an appreciation for the people working in the trenches, but also an understanding of the higher-level planning that went into projects,” says Murphy. “This work instilled in me the sense that if I see something that needs doing, I should do it. That mentality is how I ultimately came to occupy my current role as Oregon Water Group Manager.
Though Murphy now holds a higher-level leadership role in her department, the majority of her engineering experience has entailed project management and project engineering roles. She stresses that years of building project management expertise has provided her with transferable skills that she leverages on a daily basis.
“In project management, it’s very difficult to be both the doer and the manager. That is why it’s so important to delegate and allow others to take on responsibility,” she says. “Project management requires a servant-leadership approach, which I have relied on heavily as my formal leadership role has broadened.”
In both leadership and project management, Murphy stresses that she strives to bring honesty, energy and empathy to her interactions with clients and her team. To elaborate on her approach to projects and professional relationships, she points to the themes of the September 2019 PMI Portland Annual Conference, ‘Talent, Inspiration, Motivation, and Emotional Intelligence.’
“I believe in the importance of creating a culture where talented people can be free to execute without feeling unnecessarily encumbered.” She adds, “Talent should be encouraged and cultivated.”
Murphy declares that to foster inspiration in a talented team, she aims “to connect projects to our larger mission and vision, so that the team can keep sight of the high-level goals and feel inspired in their daily work. Teams that are truly inspired have a special sauce, where they are able to stockpile inspiration so that they can push through even when there are setbacks.”
Speaking of the importance of motivation and its tie-in to inspiration, Murphy says, “It’s what gets a person through the everyday. Inspiration is the mindset; motivation is the energy. The management side of project management is essential to motivation. By planning ahead and ensuring that there is enough bandwidth to continue executing at a high-level, a project manager can keep team motivation high.”
As she serves in a role in which she builds client relations and leads internally, Murphy considers emotional intelligence of tantamount importance to her work, and essential to fostering talent, inspiration and motivation.
“I try to put myself in my clients’ shoes and consider what keeps them up at night so that I can figure out how we can meet their needs. Internally, as a leader I engage with team members to find out what they need to be successful. To do these things, I foster empathy, trust, and clear communication, which are all components of emotional intelligence.”
When asked about her thoughts on the importance of having credentials to validate one’s professional skills and experience, Murphy names the PMP as being the gold standard for project management and an important certification in engineering.
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“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” – Anthony J. D'Angelo
Alex Ryan, Sr. Solution Consultant with Experis, is our guest for the June chapter meeting. Co-author of “Advanced Change Methodology: a Tactical and Practical Guide and Tools for Strategic Organizational Change,” Alex has supported global start-ups to Fortune 100 organizations for more than 20 years. She believes every initiative should begin with the people it impacts and what they need to be successful. The meeting is set for June 18 at the Lloyd Center Doubletree from 4-8 pm. Log into PMI’s Portland site to register by June 13 for best pricing.
Chapter Meeting | June 18, 2019
Workshop – “The Science of Persuasion, Influence and Negotiation for Project Managers: Improve your Ability to Communicate and Obtain your Needs in the World." Presented by Martin Medeiros.
Friday, June 21, 2019, from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm at the 2WTC Building, Portland World Trade Center located 25 SW Salmon, Portland, OR, 97204. Late Fee for registrations after 6/12/2019. Click here to find out more or download flyer.
The PMI Portland Chapter offers certification prep courses for project leaders ready to become Project Management Professionals (PMP), individuals looking to establish credibility in the application of project management processes as a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), and Agile professionals looking for formal recognition with the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) credential.
PMP/CAPM Exam Prep Bootcamp | July 15-18, 2019
Summer Mentoring Session | Application deadline: June 21, 2019
We have openings for both mentors and mentees who are looking to build their professional project management skills by setting goals and gaining feedback from mentors who have multiple years in the field as well as PMP certification.
Sound interesting? Get a move on! Applications close June 21. Contact mentoring@pmi-Portland.org for details.
Future of Work Portland | June 22, 2019
The format of the conference is innovative, following the 'open-space' meeting methodology, meaning there are no pre-planned speakers or sessions. Instead, the agenda is co-created at the onset of the day, allowing the crafting of a meaningful program based on the topics in which you are most interested. Last year’s FoW conference was a sold out event that brought more than one hundred visionaries across multiple industries to the drawing board, all of whom left energized and eager to continue the conversation. Come benefit from this conversation. Let your voice be heard. Share your perspective. Join the discussion.
What: Future of Work Portland
Advancing the Careers of Technical Women (ACT-W) | June 28-29, 2019
PMI Portland Chapter is hosting an exhibit booth as a community partner at the 2-day event. If you are interested in promoting project management as a great professional field by helping to staff the table, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You will have a chance to check out the conference while you are there!
PMI Portland Annual Conference | September 20, 2019
PMI hosts various roundtables across the metro area. Roundtables are a great way to get connect, earn PDUs and guidance on project issues from fellow PMs. Click here to learn more about roundtables and find the one closest you.
PMI Portland Nomination for Featured Leadership Profile
Are you or someone you know interested in being interviewed for the PMI Portland newsletter leadership profile? To nominate yourself or a colleague for consideration, please contact us at email@example.com with a few details about your nominee.
Need assistance? Get a mentor!
Check out our three mentorship programs. We are happy to announce the start of the Spring 2019 PMI-Portland Chapter Mentoring Session.
We have three mentoring tracks, offering options for any project manager:
If you have any questions about the program or difficulties applying, email Shel Philips PMP, who is the Director of the Mentoring Program.
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