Project Management should encourage diversity, networking, collaboration

Foundation of PMIAfter 5 years involvement I’ve recently taken a board position in my local Project Management Institute (PMI) chapter.  I’ve become curious why and how the profession started and what results we are achieving. It’s an interesting success story; with some foundation elements that remain important.

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You’ve got a friend in me… Industry Associations

Do you remember the Toy Story movies? No matter what toy sized troubles confronted Woody and Buzz, their theme song “You’ve got a friend in me” always rings true.

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What about ~800 friends? (PMI’s Qld Chapter)
Or almost 400,000? (PMI Globally)
Or 100,000? (The Australian Institute of Engineers)
Or 144,000? (CPA Australia)

There’s lots of ways to get involved locally or globally: receive great benefits and help others.

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Five things I learnt from Unify’s High Performance teams

I had the privilege of spending several years on the management team for Virgin Australia’s “Unify” airline systems and business change program. Unify had 50+ leaders and 500+ team members across all partners. It had highly ambitious goals, massive workloads, hugely accelerated timeframes. How did this team succeed? Continue reading