April 2020: Letter from Our President
Letter From The President
LaToshia Norwood, PMI Houston 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
- Girl's Guide to Project Management https://www.girlsguidetopm.com
- Mike Cohn's Blog https://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/blog
- PM Column https://www.pmcolumn.com
- Project Bliss https://projectbliss.net
- The Digital Project Manager https://thedigitalprojectmanager.com
Five “Quick” Books to Read
- No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work by Liz Fosslien
- Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin
- Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
- Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative Kindle Edition by Austin Kleon
- Do Better Work: Finding Clarity, Camaraderie, and Progress in Work and Life by Max Yoder
Five Project Management Tools to Try
- WBS for iPad
Five Ways to Share Your Knowledge
- Start a blog
- Become a contributor for a news outline or magazine
- Adopt a non-profit or small business (Help them launch a NEW project)
- Develop an app that solves a problem
- Create a “How To” video
Five Ways to Sharpen Your Skills
- Take an online course
- Pursue an additional certification or credential
- Research a topic (subject matter) you are passion about and write a White Paper
- Learn to use a new software tool
- Connect, reconnect, and engage with your Professional Development network by asking open-ended “Lightbulb Questions”
Five TED Talks to Watch
- Epic Engineering: Building the Brooklyn Bridge https://www.ted.com/talks/alex_gendler_epic_engineering_building_the_brooklyn_bridge
- You don't have to be an expert to solve big problems https://www.ted.com/talks/tapiwa_chiwewe_you_don_t_have_to_be_an_expert_to_solve_big_problems
- Agile programming -- for your family https://www.ted.com/talks/bruce_feiler_agile_programming_for_your_family
- The simple genius of a good graphic https://www.ted.com/talks/tommy_mccall_the_simple_genius_of_a_good_graphic
- How one woman put man on the moon https://www.ted.com/talks/matt_porter_and_margaret_hamilton_how_one_woman_put_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”