Message From the President - December 2020

Greetings! I would like to give you a preview of information that will be coming from PMI about the integration of Agile concepts into PMBOK. Our professional organization has been working to evolve a comprehensive approach drawing on the science of the traditional ‘waterfall’ project structure and of the ‘nimble’ agile approach, to be able to react to changes and lessons learned while the project is still being completed.

The basis of this approach is an understanding that project management is not an ‘either/or’ proposition. Rather, we should think each project needs a blend of master planning and flexible adjustments to the plan as facts emerge during project execution. Your role, as project managers, is to decide what blend is appropriate and effective for your projects. That means you will need to be conversant with the concepts and tools of Waterfall and Agile. And you will need to sharpen your communication skills to keep your project team engaged and your stakeholders informed and comfortable that you have matters in hand.

As you have heard, the PMP exam is changing on January 1. The new exam will test your understanding of waterfall and agile concepts, as well as communications and leadership readiness. In addition, PMI has introduced new Agile certifications in addition to the existing ACP (Agile Certified Practitioner). These will include certifications such as Lean Scrum Master, to be followed by a Senior Scrum Master certification. There will also be senior certifications as a Coach and as a Value Stream Consultant. More details are available at PMI.org.

Your PMI Westchester Chapter is preparing for this by planning a series of Prep Classes. These include a PMP prep class for the new exam, as well as a prep class for ACP. We will also be offering opportunities for the entry Disciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM) prep classes.

Stay tuned and look for our announcements of prep classes. We are dedicated to finding the best and most cost-effective prep classes for your consideration.

Also, an update on the PMIW Toastmaster Club: we have received our charter and are in the process of registering 20 charter members. We are close to our goal, and there is a possibility that charter members will not have to pay the usual initiation fee. So if you have an interest, contact Maria de Borba Silva (PMI member and President of PMIW Toastmaster Club) at Toastmasters@pmiwestchester.org for details.

We are entering the time of year when just about every community and culture is preparing for celebration. This has been a ‘dark’ year in many ways. My wish for all of you is a healthy and happy holiday season filled with the light that is part of every holiday tradition.

My best to you,

Peter Roggemann