Message from the President - January 2021

Greetings for the New Year, and for a Better New Year! As we turn the calendar page, I am declaring January to be PMIW Member Appreciation Month. We want to celebrate the spirit and resilience of you, the members. The Chapter strives to be a resource and a support to you and your career, and we appreciate the support you have given back. Your Board will continue to be the advocate for a broader understanding of the value of project management to the companies, agencies and non-profits in Westchester County.

PMI has an ambitious agenda for 2021 to put into effect the vision that project management is essential to achieve business results and positive social change. The world is adopting new methodologies driven by Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and DevOps. We have the opportunity to demonstrate that professional project management is essential for realizing the positive value that can derive from these methodologies. PMI is positioning our profession as results-oriented change makers.

New credentials and certifications will emphasize the relevance of project management. I urge you to learn more about the Organizational Transformation online course and micro-credential on PMI.org. Click on New Product Launches under the tab Learning and Events. While there, read about training opportunities in the areas of Citizen Developer and Wicked Problem Solving. And, take a half hour to view PMI Kickoff, an explanation of the basics of project management designed for the non-project manager.

While on the website, read the latest information on new PMI certifications in Disciplined Agile (under the Certifications tab). These certifications reflect an approach to project management which encompasses Waterfall and Agile concepts. This broad approach is the basis of the 7th Edition of PMBOK, coming this Spring.

I am looking forward to seeing you at our virtual January Chapter meeting on January 12 to hear Paul Clapis on the topic, “Managing an Emerging Technology Project in Artificial Intelligence”. Please plan to join early as we will start out with virtual breakout rooms for a fun competition to celebrate Member Appreciation Month.

Look into our newly formed PMIW Toastmasters Club which will meet on January 19. And check out the very timely topic of “Mitigating Health Risk – Naturally” being presented at the Lunch and Learn by Denise Porter.

Best wishes for a Better New Year!