Letter from the President
LaToshia Norwood, PMP
PMI Houston President
Can I be honest? I absolutely have no idea what lies ahead, but there is one thing I am certain of -- project managers will be needed now more than ever. Government agencies, large corporations, non-profits, and start-up's in every business sector who plans to launch a project successfully, whether they realize it or not, they will need an experienced project manager.
Project managers are a gift that keeps on giving!
We may not wear capes on our back, but we are superheroes. Think about it. You've helped mitigate a countless number of risks, solved problems that even had seasoned SME's scratching their heads, saved hundreds of thousands of dollars, and led your team across the finish line of the most challenging projects.
Listen, it's a proven fact that organizations that leverage project management strategies when launching, planning, and executing projects are less likely to have an abundance of waste in comparison to those who don't. In fact, according to this year’s Pulse of the Profession®, a research survey conducting by the Project Management Institute found that an average of 11.4 percent of the dollars organizations investment in projects is wasted due to poor project performance. And, organizations that undervalue project management as a strategic competency for driving change report an average of 67 percent more of their projects failing outright.
You may be asking, what does that research jargon mean? I'm glad you asked. It means they need us! Now the better question is, what are you going to do? Well, to my the answer is crystal clear -- strengthen your skills and Be Prepared.
I've included a shortlist of things I recommend you do to be ready to rock and roll when opportunities come your way.
Read. Read. Read. Consume any and everything you can find on project management. In addition, stay on top of industry news, breakthroughs in technology, and what's happening both locally and nationally.
You've heard the cliche "if you stay ready you won't have to get ready", haven't you? Well, it's true! When opportunities come your way you need to be ready or they'll quickly pass your by. Take the time to update your resume. Send an in-email endorsement request on LinkedIn and/or an email asking for a recommendation. And offer to do the same for them. Trust me, it'll go a long way.
It's okay to flex your muscles every now and then. You've worked hard and there's nothing wrong with sharing it. Post your accomplishments on LinkedIn. Let everyone know you're an expert by hosting and/or sharing webinars, podcasts, or online lectures you've facilitated.