The month of April has come to an end, and we are still navigating through our “New Normal.” We hope everyone is doing well and has been able to adapt to their working conditions and social distancing. This month’s meeting was our first virtual meeting and it was a success! We had over one-hundred participants! We adapted to our new collaboration platform and connected the group over cyberspace! We will continue hosting webinar sessions to gain knowledge and network during our mandatory social distancing time. Thank you to everyone for attending. Please register for future events. We can’t wait to see you online!
Our re-brand is here! As many of you know, the PMI organization has adopted a new branding strategy. Over the past few months, you have been received mail, newsletters, materials and websites with the new corporate colors and symbols.
Notice the icon on the lower right, what do you think this symbol means? Keep reading…
PMI-NEFL began its transformation with its sights set on changing our logo. We asked for your help and you answered overwhelming to help us select our personalization of our PMI “corner”. Each chapter has the option to choose a symbol representative of their chapter and state of origin to place in the lower right corner of the logo. Kudos to our VP of Marketing, Eddie Sumner and his team for ensuring our choice was heard.
The symbol is a fort, with great meaning to the Sunshine State. It is a symbol of longevity in a very diverse history. The chapter voted and the Castillo de San Marcos was selected. It is located in America’s oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida. It became a National monument on October 15, 1924 by President Calvin Coolidge. It has lasted the tests of time (and several hurricanes) and remains a historic visiting site open to the public.
We didn’t just stop with a logo, we made a major change this week to our PMI-NEFL website! As we grow and transition, we want to keep you informed and engaged. Check out our new site and most importanly, our new series of events being hosted on web. Registration is avaiable for the May Webinar!
PM News to Know
Upcoming Chapter Meetings and Events
Due to COVID-19, we will continue to practice safe social distancing for the safety of our members. Future events at this time are being planned in online webinar formats. Find information on how to participate on our website at www.pmi-nefl.org
Tomorrow’s Teams Today
PMI research reveals that the organizations with creative, collaborative, and agile teams that will thrive in The Project Economy.
Ready to take your PMP or CAPM exam after months of studying? Even under quarantine, you can! PMI.org has announced that certification seekers can begin scheduling proctored online tests! Stay safe and get certified! Learn more here.
This Is How Remote Teams Stay Productive
Learn tips on how remote teams in this new environment are thriving!
As previosly stated, the PMI Northeast Florida Chapter Board of Directors is seeking a virtual solution for April's member meeting, and possibly other meetings going forward. We will keep you updated via the above events page, at well as our Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter pages.
May Chapter Meeting (Webinar)
Join us on Monday, May 18th, "Robotic Process Automation: Botify Your Life" (1 Technical PDU). The speaker will be Tracy Dixon, PMP, PMI-ACP. Register today!
With the word robot now a household name, nearly everyone will be affected by automation in the next few years, if not already. Learn more about what robots are, what changes to expect, and how you can spend more time on things that matter most at work and at home ... with no technical background required.
Tracy Dixon is a 2020 UiPath MVP with a passion for meaningful work. Known as Centric Consulting Miami's "Swiss army knife," she has an array of management and technical skills across predictive & adaptive projects, Robotic Process Automation, Office 365, AWS, DevOps, and more.
Fun facts about our speaker, Jeanine McGuire, PMP, AKT, APO, MBA, MBB:
So, in a quick summary, what is Kanban?
Started in the 50’s by Toyota in Japan. Became known in the US almost 50 years later.
It is used to become more efficient in the manufacturing industry but has proven to work across many different types of businesses. Was originally intended for lean manufacturing of JIT (Just in Time). The name is derived from the “cards” that are used in the Toyota plant. Hence today the “card” concept is still used. So how does this relate to project management in today’s world?
How Can Kanban Help?
There are several sites that provide Kanban projects for a small cost. We are pleased to announce that the company Digite is now offering their product for free to remote workers until the end of June. When the free period ends, you can continue for a 10% discount with code PMI-JMG. See website for details.
Kanban Training and Certification Opportunities
Lean Kanban University offers a full catalog of certified Kanban courses taught by LKU accredited providers around the world. If you work in technology development or operations, sales, marketing, legal, HR, finance, insurance, design, military, education, media, government, customer support, research, or other professional services, we have training that is informed by real customers in your industry who use Kanban. Visit us here.
Shelon Pounds, our VP, Military Engagement (ME), and her team are continuing to engage and inform our brave men and women in uniform of how to become a PMP. Please check out our Military PMP Toolkit. Our ME team has reached out globally to assist veterans with this process.
Speaker Engagements: Do you know or work with a local professional, senior PMP colleague, or community/business leader that you would like to give a presentation on project leadership, technical skills, or a specific knowledge area within the project management profession? If you answered “yes,” we would love to hear from you! Email: Larry Flowers at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject, “I Know a Speaker.”
Volunteer: There are other ways to get involved with the local chapter. We are always looking for ideas and venues for networking events. AND there are always opportunities to volunteer. Not only with the local chapter but also within your own community. Please contact us at email@example.com
Mentoring: Want to give back to our profession but do not have time for a VP or Director-level position within the Chapter? We are looking for volunteers in a Mentoring Program to generate experience for PM Rookies.
If you are an experienced PM looking to help or are new to PM-ing and need a leg-up, please contact Eddie Sumner at VPMarketing@pmi-nefl.org.
If you have attended previous chapter events, remember to claim your PDUs!
Find out how to claim your PDUs here.
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Partner With Us
The PMI North Florida Chapter is seeking long-term partners to sponsor events, including Dinner Meetings, Cocktail & Learn Seminars, and Quarterly SkillFest recruiting sessions.
Does your company want brand exposure in a growing market and access to a professional and diverse membership? We would like to hear from you. We are also looking for volunteers in a Director role to act as an Account Manager for each partner.
Responsibilities will be to engage at periodic intervals and ensure the value we provide exceeds their expectations.Our new VP of Sponsorship, Juan Ocharan, will manage this program. Please contact Jason "JD" Dillaberry for more details at VPPartnerships@pmi-nefl.org.