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Sunday, October 7, 2007

PMI North American Leadership Institute Meeting

I just returned from the Hyatt Regency Atlanta and the Project Management Institute's North American Leadership Institute Meeting. Over 570 global volunteers from PMI components in 27 countries met to network with each other, the PMI Global Operations Center Staff, and other volunteer leaders throughout the Institute. As Component Mentor for PMI Region 7 (Southwest North America), I was there to participate and lead a breakout session for my region.

As always, there were a lot of new announcements. While many of these do not affect the general PMI members at large, there are two this time which are exciting and there for everyone. First, after undergoing rigorous testing, the new PgMP (SM) certification is ready and applications are being accepted. This is a very rigorous certification for Program Managers which includes a thorough applicant review, and exam, and a 360-degree evaluation by 12 people.

The second is the new Performance Management Framework for PMI Components. The framework specifies minimum service levels to be provided by all components to normalize value to members around the world. I'm pleased to say that from a first look, all the components in my region are meeting these performance levels.

What happened in Atlanta doesn't have to stay in Atlanta, so if you are interested, you can read my Component Mentor Trip Report. I'll be back with a regular article next week.

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