May 2020: Letter from the President

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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.

 

Be Hungry!

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. 

 

Be Ready!

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.

 

Be Boastful! 

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.


April 2020: Letter from the President

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April 2020: Letter from the President

 

 

Resilient! That’s the word that comes to mind when I think of the members of our PMI Houston family who are now facing work furloughs, layoffs, job uncertainty, and/or personal health concerns. Being “resilient” is the mindset it takes to stand and be strong during this uncertain time. 

The good news is you don’t have to go searching for books or coaching sessions to gain this skill. Why? So glad you asked; you’ve been building your “resilient” muscle for years. You’ve overcome challenges and obstacles before, bumped your head, made some mistakes, fell flat on your face, dusted yourself off and walked away with learned lessons that prepared you for the next mammoth of a challenge, and this time is no different. While I may not know all of the challenges you’re currently facing, I do know that you’re a brilliant leader. You are “resilient”. You have the grit and determination it takes to survive and thrive. Steve Marabol, speaker and bestselling author, said it best: “life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.” Be Resilient!

 

2020 PMI Houston Conference & Expo POSTPONED

The PMI Houston Board of Directors have discussed our upcoming 2020 PMI Houston Conference & Expo, and it is with the safety of our attendees in mind that we have decided to postpone our 2020 PMI Houston Conference & Expo. At this time, we have not secured a future date for this conference, but we will communicate with you as soon as we have finalized a date with our venue.

 

Need PDU's? We've got you covered!

If you were planning to attend one of PMI Houston's April Meetings, we want to notify you we have made the decision to cancel all IN-PERSON APRIL MEETINGS. Don’t worry, you’ll still have an opportunity to earn PDU’s. Register to attend one or all of our Virtual Meetings. Click here to view the complete list and register.

 

What's happening in the world of PMI?

PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) and Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certifications exams can be taken online from their office or home. Very soon, (PMP) hopefuls will have that opportunity too. PMI is targeting mid-April for Project Management Professional (PMP) exam candidates to have the option to take the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam online from their office or home as well. More details will follow. For up to date information visit www.pmi.org.

PMI is extending access to the current PMP exam until 31 December 2020 and postponing the launch of the new PMP exam until 2 January 2021. Click here to learn more.

 

LaToshia’s “High Five”

I’ve curated a complete list of blogs, books, tools, TedTalks and more. That’s right, I’m sending each one of you a “High Five” and would like to invite you to check them out next several days and weeks. Make sure you share my “High Five” list with your colleagues via email and/or your social media channels as well.

 

Five Project Management Blogs Worth Checking Out

  1. Girl's Guide to Project Management https://www.girlsguidetopm.com
  2. Mike Cohn's Blog https://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/blog
  3. PM Column https://www.pmcolumn.com
  4. Project Bliss https://projectbliss.net
  5. The Digital Project Manager https://thedigitalprojectmanager.com


Five “Quick” Books to Read

  1. No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work by Liz Fosslien
  2. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin 
  3. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
  4. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative Kindle Edition by Austin Kleon
  5. Do Better Work: Finding Clarity, Camaraderie, and Progress in Work and Life by Max Yoder


Five Project Management Tools to Try

  1. Trello
  2. Asana
  3. Notion
  4. Monday.com
  5. WBS for iPad


Five Ways to Share Your Knowledge

  1. Start a blog
  2. Become a contributor for a news outline or magazine
  3. Adopt a non-profit or small business (Help them launch a NEW project)
  4. Develop an app that solves a problem 
  5. Create a “How To” video 


Five Ways to Sharpen Your Skills

  1. Take an online course
  2. Pursue an additional certification or credential
  3. Research a topic (subject matter) you are passionate about and write a White Paper
  4. Learn to use a new software tool
  5. Connect, reconnect, and engage with your Professional Development network by asking open-ended “Lightbulb Questions”


Five TED Talks to Watch

  1. Epic Engineering: Building the Brooklyn Bridge 
  2. You don't have to be an expert to solve big problems 
  3. Agile programming -- for your family 
  4. The simple genius of a good graphic 
  5. How one woman put a man on the moon 
     

My Quote of the Month

“Being a Project Manager is like being an artist, you have the different colored process streams combining into a work of art” 

Greg Cimmarrusti


Letter from the President: Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) | (UPDATED: April 1, 2020)

Posted by admin on 03/10/2020 7:00 pm  /   Presidents Letter

Coronavirus: PMI Houston's Response (UPDATED: April 1, 2020)

The PMI Houston Board of Directors have discussed our upcoming 2020 PMI Houston Conference & Expo, and it is with the safety of our attendees in mind that we have decided to postpone our 2020 PMI Houston Conference & Expo until a later date. 

Please be assured that nothing is more important than the health and safety of our members and guests.  

At this time, we have not secured a future date for this conference, but we will communicate with you as soon as we have finalized a date with our venue. 

PMI Houston wants to make sure to address a couple of items at this time: 

  • CALL FOR SPEAKERS: If you have submitted an application during our Call for Speakers for one of our Breakout Sessions, please know we have received your application and will keep this application for our future date. 

  • REGISTRATION: Some of you may have already registered for our 2020 Conference & Expo. Rest assured, your registration for conference will still be valid for the new date. If you have any questions, please send an email to our Chapter Administrator

  • SPONSORSHIP & VENDOR REGISTRATION: At this time, PMI Houston is still accepting registration for our annual sponsorships! If you are interested in these opportunities, please reach out to Pauline Bui

For the most up-to-date information on PMI Houston and our events, please visit our website or any of our social media pages. We will continue to update using all forms of communication possible, but do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. 


Updated (03/20/2020)

The PMI Houston Board of Directors is aware of growing concern about the Coronavirus (COVID19) and its impact on the community. Please be assured that nothing is more important than the health and safety of our members and guests.  
 
If you were planning to attend one of PMI Houston's April Meetings, we want to notify you that out of an abundance of caution we have made the decision to cancel all IN-PERSON APRIL MEETINGS

As we continue to cope with our new normal, we do understand the importance of professional development and the ability to continue to earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) during this time. As a result, we are investigating our options for virtual meetings.

As soon as we have more information about these options, we will communicate these options to you. 

Regarding PMI Houston events we will hold in the future, we recommend the following guidelines:
 
Self-quarantine – If you travel abroad, don’t attend public events for at least 14 days after you return from your travel.  If you are already registered for one of our events, we will provide a full refund of your registration fee.
 
Don’t attend if you are experiencing symptoms - fever, cough, or shortness of breath; have been exposed to the virus through another event, or individual known to have been exposed.
Wash hands and sanitize often.
 
Avoid physical contact with others – use the elbow bump when greeting others.
 
We will continually monitor conditions to identify changes that are required for future events.
 
For the most up-to-date information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please refer to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

For the most up-to-date information on PMI Houston and our events, please visit our website or any of our social media pages. We will be continuing to update using all forms of communication possible, but do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. 

God's Speed, 
LaToshia Norwood, PMP 
President, 
PMI Houston




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Update: March 12, 2020

The PMI Houston Board of Directors is aware of growing concern about the Coronavirus (COVID19) and its impact on the community. Please be assured that nothing is more important than the health and safety of our members and guests.  
 
If you were planning to attend one of PMI Houston's March Meetings, we want to notify you that out of an abundance of caution we have made the decision to cancel the remaining meetings for the month of MARCH.

Regarding the PMI Houston events we will hold in the future, we recommend the following guidelines:
 
Self-quarantine – If you travel abroad, don’t attend public events for at least 14 days after you return from your travel.  If you are already registered for one of our events, we will provide a full refund of your registration fee.
 
Don’t attend if you are experiencing symptoms - fever, cough, or shortness of breath; have been exposed to the virus through another event, or individual known to have been exposed.
Wash hands and sanitize often.
 
Avoid physical contact with others – use the elbow bump when greeting others.
 
We will continually monitor conditions to identify changes that are required for future events.
 
For the most up-to-date information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please refer to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

For the most up-to-date information on PMI Houston and our events, please visit our website or any of our social media pages. We will be continuing to update using all forms of communication possible, but do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. 

God's Speed, 
LaToshia Norwood, PMP 
President, 
PMI Houston





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