September 2018: From the President

     

    From the President

    By Terry Minhas, PMI Houston Chapter President

    In the US, government entities waste $97 million for every $1 billion invested in projects and programs. Commitment to the best practices of project and program management can have an enormous impact on savings.

    Commitment to project and program management best practices can have an enormous impact on savings. PMI has successfully advocated having project management recognized as part of the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) system starting in 2018.

    Recently, the Houston Chapter was approached by PMI to support its initiative with lawmakers in Washington, DC and across the globe to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the governmental departments through better project management. In the Capital, the effort includes working with a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives called the Government Efficiency Caucus. This group, along with support from PMI, helps to expand the use of project management practices throughout the federal government and beyond.

    It gives me a great sense of pride to be a part of an initiative which is expected to have a significant and long-term impact on the project management community in the US and overseas. It is an honor for our Chapter to be selected to be among the leaders!

    Labor Day is marked as the end of summer. It’s time to enjoy picnics, BBQs, and parties. We should also remind ourselves that it’s the day to honor the American worker. It’s the day to respect the organized labor and the rights of the individual. Let’s not forget those whose hard work and sacrifices enabled us to enjoy the bounties of life.

     Food for Thought: “Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy, forget in time that men have died to win them—Franklin D. Roosevelt