In this issue
Across the Board: Happy Birthday, PMI!
This year, it is a very special moment for all of us in the project management community - we are celebrating our 50th anniversary! The Project Management Institute was founded in 1969 by James R. Snyder, Eric Jenett, J. Gordon Davis, E.A “Ned” Engman, and Susan Gallagher. It all started with just a conference to bring people together to share the knowledge process. At the end of the very first event, they named themselves the Project Management Institute, with a board of directors and 23 members who were committed to doing it again next year. Today, we have more than 3 million project managers around the world.
“I may be one of the founders, but it’s all of you who have made PMI what it is” ~James R. Snyder
This year’s PMI Leadership Institute Meeting (PMI LIM) conference was bigger and more celebratory than the ones before. PMI has pledged 50,000 volunteer hours in honor of its 50th anniversary towards attaining the United Nation’s identified 17 sustainable development goals by the end of 2019. And as an organization, we have doubled the hours before the end of the year.
“One Song, One Dance, One Team” ~ PMI CEO Sunil Prashira
As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, PMI CEO Sunil Prashira shared his vision through new branding and a new logo. Our new branding is “We power the project economy, strengthening society by enabling organizations and empowering individuals to make ideas a reality.” In the order of words, we are Fearless, Bright and Nurturing. In bullets:
- It begins with leadership
- It is activated by community
- It is fueled by passion
- It realizes the outcome
The new PMI logo (shown below), which was shared with us during LIM, stands for Project, Collaboration, Determination, and Change.
Our new design symbols and their meanings are shown here:
Our chapter leaders attended the PMI LIM to learn from others and share our updates with other chapter leaders around the world. We learned so much from LIM as well as each other and we are excited to bring what we learned back to our members.
Other PMI LIM conference keynote speaker takeaways that left me with an impression were:
- “Put your worst foot forward”: identifying our faults helps any organization to identify opportunities to grow and finding opportunities
- “Make the unfamiliar familiar”: since original ideas can be difficult to grasp, explain with concepts that people are already familiar with
- “Be a giver, not a taker”: givers ask, “What can I do for you?” versus takers who ask, “What can you do for me?”
- “Create psychological safety”: nobody likes criticism but being and willing to take criticism helps to create an environment where team members can give critical feedback and grow as a team
- “Harness the strength of weak ties”: people usually don’t pay much attention to their weak ties. The speaker recommended strengthening your weak ties by seeking help for them
Givers are the ones who can change and transform the organization, environment, and world. I believe our members and volunteers are the givers who are making an impact every single day. And good things happen when you get involved with PMI!
|Batchimeg Shagdarguntev is currently a Director at Large on the PMI San Francisco Bay Area chapter Board of Directors. She received her master’s degree in project management at Golden Gate University. She can be reached at [email protected]|
How Project Managers Can Market Themselves in a Job Search
Project managers are organized, action-taking professionals. They are able to communicate across company departments and get results that move the company forward.
How can a project manager use these same skills to market themselves for a new position or advance within a current role?
In the article, “How Many Jobs are Found through Networking, Really”, PayScale.com notes the following information: “Some estimate that as much as 80 percent of new jobs are never listed but are instead filled internally or via networking.” Yet many job seekers spend their time applying to job listings, where there is a tremendous amount of competition. From this, we can see that you have a much higher chance of securing a position that you want through building a network and connecting with like-minded professionals to find the right Project Manager opportunities. In this article, we will go over some tips on how Project Manager job seekers can market themselves.
Why It’s Important to Consistently Make Connections
The fear of reaching out to others might stop you from connecting and starting up a conversation with people you don’t know. Although you most likely do this in your current position, you may feel the stakes are higher when in a career-seeing mode.
However, with some practice, this can become a regular part of your action plan and in fact, add to your resources when in your project management role. Taking initiative by reaching out also shows confidence and demonstrates your professional communication skills. Through making connections, you can develop relationships and eventually get referred to a hiring manager in a company.
Finding People and Companies to Connect With
Here are some tips for how project managers can market themselves by building connections:
- Connect with people who are in the same project management position at other companies or those that work with project managers on a regular basis, such as product, program, marketing and technical managers.
- Follow the pages of companies that you are interested in working with. By doing this, you can learn about a company from the content that the business posts. You can also be among the first to see information about their job opportunities or recent company developments that can create new positions. Reach out to peers and introduce yourself, develop relationships and show your interest and enthusiasm for their company.
- Search for companies using LinkedIn’s search tool and connect with decision-makers who are associated with the business. Once you have built a relationship with a connection, you can ask them for an introduction to someone you would like to talk to in the organization.
There is a discrete way to ask for referrals and introductions to others, including hiring managers, such as: “Who else in your network do you recommend I reach out to?”
When you get to know more of your connections, they are more likely to make the referrals and you’ll know how you can be a resource to them, as well.
- Connect with alumni who received a similar education and are working in an area you want to pursue. The alumni may also be working with or may have worked with a company that you are interested in.
Making the Connection
To build a solid, targeted network, request and accept invitations from people who meet your networking goals. For more details, see our article on “When You Should or Should NOT Connect”. When inviting someone to connect, send a brief, professional, and personalized message that explains who you are and why you want to connect. You can also mention a connection that you have in common or something that you find interesting about the person’s profile. Each of you can be resources for each other not only for a job search, but also to have connections with those in your same profession.
Having a Conversation
To start off your conversation with your new connection, you can thank them for connecting. But most people stop there – which ends the interaction. To keep the conversation flowing, you can talk about a commonality that you share, or comment on a recent update or article they posted.
Ask a question in your message to show interest and curiosity and to encourage a response. For example, you can ask a question about the company or how you may be able to help the connection and make an introduction to someone in your network. Remember to add your contact information at the end of your messages to make it easy for connections to reach out to you through various methods.
Building your network and having conversations with professionals that can be mutual resources is what leads to career activity. When you know the right people and they feel confident in the skills you offer as a project manager and company employee, they will seek opportunities for you---introductions and open positions!
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Penny Pearl, 2Actify Founder and CEO is a career strategist, certified coach and skilled networker that serves career-seeking project managers, data and biomedical scientists.
Penny and her team developed 2Actify, a program that teaches strategic online networking for career seekers that is delivered through individual and group mastermind programs so they can quickly find and act on job referrals, resources and opportunities.
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Coaching Strategy outcomes include:
- Outstanding networking skills for developing a strong referral network
- An “outcomes based” magnetic profile & resume
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- Solid preparation for interviews to beat the competition
Penny can be reached at [email protected], or via phone at (530) 277-7037. Connect with her on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/pennypearl.
Exciting Opportunities Await with the PMI-SFBAC Board of Directors
You have been very involved in the Chapter and provided great contributions to the recent successful programs. This is a special invitation for you to consider stepping up to the role of an officer or member-at-large of the Board of Directors.
Would you like to develop your leadership skills, learn more about a facet of a non-profit, and help drive the direction of your local PMI chapter?
We invite all members to consider nominating yourself or another member for the PMI - San Francisco Bay Area Chapter 2020-2021 Board of Directors. These positions involve 10 to 30 hours or more of volunteer time per month. The Chapter is a non-profit corporation and as such you will be responsible and accountable for the governance of a corporation.
What Does an “Ideal” Board Candidate Look Like? Do I Fit?
The PMI-SFBAC Bylaws in force at the time of candidacy along with the PMISFBAC Policy Manual defines the “official” basics which a board member needs “fit”. Specifically, potential candidates should refer to Governance Policy (GP) 3.6 Board Members Code of Conduct; GP 3.1 Governing Style; and GP 3.2 Board Job Description. The Bylaws reflect “the will of the membership as a whole”. The PMISFBAC Policy Manual further defines “The will of the board as whole”.
Candidates can find our governance documents and our chapter by-laws on the Governance Documents section of the PMI-SFBAC website. Candidates should be prepared to discuss these during a conversation with the Nominating Committee.
Also note that PMI SFBAC uses the Carver Model of Policy Governance, it would be helpful for any Candidates to at least have cursory knowledge of how this model works.
- Must be a PMI-SFBAC member in good standing
- May not hold a leadership position in another PMI chapter
- Must commit to monthly board meetings and additional work as required.
An election for the Board of Directors will take place after the Nomination Period has been open for 30 days.
This year's election will be for the following 3 Director-at-Large positions, starting April 1, 2020:
- 3 (Three) – 3 year terms (April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2023)
An election will also be for the role of President, Secretary & Treasurer from existing board members, which are for one year - from April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021.
How to Nominate
If you would be interested in being considered by the Nominating Committee for any of these positions, or if you would like to nominate someone else, please click here and fill out your Nomination for PMI SFBAC Board 2020-2023.
The deadline for candidate nomination submissions is Friday, November 15th at 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time.
I, Nathan Mellin, past CEO and Board president, am the 2020 Nominations Committee Chair.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nathan Mellin at [email protected].
PM Perspectives: We Want to Hear from You
Last month we asked readers:
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
And this stood out as our top response:
"I want to be able to see through others’ brains and know exactly what they are thinking. By doing so, I can understand people meant “I haven’t started my task” when they say “I’m working on it” or “that sounds awesome!” actually meant “that’s a terrible idea that is not going to work”. I am really bad at guessing and that’s why I never win the lotto. I wish I have a reliable tool to decode the most complicated mega-system in the world – the human brain. I can then give people what they need and be a better partner in all the roles I serve, e.g., team member, friend, daughter, etc."
... and our winning response comes from... Karena Yim! (Karena, please email [email protected] to claim your prize.)
And that concludes our first run of PM Perspectives. We thank you for your participation as we decide on the next run of engaging new content for members. Stay tuned and keep reading for more new and interesting ideas in the world of project management!
Each month, PMI-SFBAC volunteers are nominated to receive the volunteer of the month Star Award for their outstanding contributions and service to the Chapter. Amongst those nominated, a winner is selected. The winner is awarded a $25 gift card.
This month, there were so many good things happening that we couldn't choose just one. So please say congratulations to our two Star Award Winners!
Congratulations to Shazman Khan and Ozan Ciler, who are heading up the business analytics team at the PMI-SFBAC chapter!
Thank you all for your exceptional contributions!
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- Editor: Sheena Chen
- Director of Events: Karena Yim, [email protected]
- Director of Marketing: Lorena De Benedittis, [email protected]
- PMI-SFBAC CEO: Vijay Ratthinam, [email protected]