Already our Third newsletter of 2019... The board members and all volunteers have been hardly working for launching the chapter initiatives for 2019. This edition of our newsletter is quite well supplied with interesting articles about our recent achievements and all the awesome activities to come...
Next Saturday we will organise our first Volunteering Day of 2019. In this newsletter you will notice we are looking for volunteers to lead and contribute to many diverse opportunities; Join us for contributing to the most awesome community of Project Managers in Belgium and help us to realize our vision: A community of PM built by the members for the members.
After you open the webpage above, you will have the following two options:
Click on the icon to register as a driver
Click on the icon to register as a passenger
The success of this initiative will depend on your participation. Carpooling is not only beneficial to those who do not have the convenient means of transportation, it is also a way to help our environment and to increase your network.
The 50th Anniversary of PMI is a time to reflect on the achievements of project managers and recognize the progress that the profession as a whole has made.
While we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we want to focus special attention on the professionals PMI members, credential holders, volunteers and all those who consider project, program and portfolio management their profession for their great accomplishments in not just delivering successful outcomes, but in making a difference.
We also see it as a time to pull together in service, contribute our collective skills and passion, and make a difference in the world together.
PMI is leading an effort to elevate project management to a worldwide audience while helping to address important social issues and causes in local communities that will help ensure a better future for all.
2019 will be more than a celebration of our 50th Anniversary. It will be the start of a Project Management Global Celebration of Service that will go on throughout 2019 and beyond.
PMI will inspire and motivate project managers to participate in our Project Management Global Celebration of Service by sharing compelling stories of the impact project managers can have in their local communities through their chapters, organizations or as individuals.
PMI has partnered with the United Nations’ mission to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals.
PMI has committed 50,000 hours to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through our Global Project Management Celebration of Service. Critical to the success of this initiative will be to inspire and motivate project managers to put their skills to use for the greater social good around the world.
Through this program PMI will look to engage current members, volunteers and certification holders, but also to expand and reach new audiences who may be unfamiliar with PMI.
The United Nations has established as a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it is vitally important that society achieves each Goal by 2030 (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/)
The Belgium chapter will organize 4 volunteering days in 2019; During these meetings we will discuss our engagement projects for contributing to the PMI commitment. All members who have energy are invited to come and share ideas. The board is engaged to provide support for the realization of each initiative in line with our approach of a community of Project management animated by the Members for the members and for a better world.
Speaker: Katherina Swings – Founder of CO-WINGS and author of the e-book “Nine tips to fill your vacancies” Title: Mixing and Matching - Improving team performance Venue: Chaussee de Waterloo 280 - 1640 Rhode St Genese - Waterloosesteenweg 280, 1640 Sint-Genesius-Rode
Are you free on Friday, the 4th of October 2019 or can you free yourself? Then the following message about our Yearly Congress, the PM Fair will interest you… This year, it’s already the 20th edition of our famous PM Fair.
As last year, the event will be set up like a Fair and will offer a fertile ground for professional interaction, networking and knowledge sharing. It will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas, opinions, values and best practices with professionals from different industries/organizations in an informal environment. It will encourage active participation in various PM roles at special booths. It will also allow sponsors/authors to demonstrate their products or services to a targeted group of professionals. In nutshell, it will be a very special, very dynamic and a very friendly “Market” of Project Management.
As Project Management is not limited to any particular business segment or industry, we want to broaden our horizon with this concept to welcome practitioners, academicians, speakers, writers, lecturers, recruiters as well as sponsors from different organizations, industries, professions, universities, etc.
For PMI Belgium, the concept of the Inspiration Hall is key to its identity. The members of PMI Belgium and the attendees of the PM Fair are very much 21st century minded professionals, where critical thinking, creativity and collaboration are important values. Therefore, to cater for these adventurous, curious and even rebellious attendees of the PM Fair, we have a place for them where they can make their own way through all the content available. Every visitor of the Inspiration Hall will travel an individual journey collecting the specific value they are looking for.
A team of motivated volunteers is working on the congress since January 2019 and we have agreed on the theme… It’s time now to reveal it to you:
Project Management and Digital Disruption. Are you ready?
Do you want to know more about this theme?... Stay tune as the team is preparing a new PM Fair website.
Another achievement of the team was the approval of the location… This year the Venue will be:
Hotel Le Plaza
boulevard Adolphe Maxlaan, 118-126
What is special in this Hotel? See the picture on the left side… It’s the theatre where the keynote sessions will be organized.
Le Plaza Brussels Theatre is an old cinema that originated in the thirties and today is classified as a historical monument. Its neo-baroque Spanish-inspired decor immerses you in the Belle Époque, in a completely original arrangement of elements. Frescoes, richly carved ornaments of Andalusian inspiration, sconces, twisted columns, … Its rich cultural past makes an unforgettable mark on your events, shows and receptions. And it takes part of the History of Brussels… To discover definitely…
Interested by another picture?
This is a part of the Inspiration Hall…
More pictures to discover in a next newsletter or on our website soon… We leave some surprises for the next edition…
We’ll open soon the early bird registration. If you are a member, please profit of a very interesting price by registering rapidly… If you are a company, we’ll organize as each year a special corporate price.
The PMP Study Group has been active since 7th of February and we have about 8 people from Belgium who are taking part. So far, the feedback has been excellent and twice a week a new person gives a webinar which introduces a new PMBOK knowledge area.
Following the example of the PMP Study Group we will start next month with a PgMP SG. This study group is exclusively for the members of the Belgium Chapter and will be driven by Freddy Wildemeersch.
During bi-weekly meetings of one hour the several topics from the Program Management Standard will be highlighted and discussed. We also plan to have some lessons learned sessions where we want existing PgMPs explain how they experienced their journey towards this certification.
Today only two sessions have a fixed agenda as we want to involve the SG members in the topics (and the order) we will present. The first session will be organized in the week of April 22nd (exact date to be confirmed) and will happen through Microsoft Teams.
One of the initiatives for 2019 is to set up career support for Project Managers. Today a small group of volunteers is working on this, but the view we have is rather limited. Therefore, we are planning to have a separate session during the next Volunteering Day on Saturday 23/3/2019 to gather ideas and have open discussions.
PMI Belgium is supporting Fresh Start which is a European project. UC Leuven Limburg cooperates with LSBU and Hogeschool Zuyd to create a model of integration through entrepreneurship for people with an international background. PMIEF Belgium is providing project management skills to these entrepreneurs.
Fresh Start is a European project. UC Leuven Limburg cooperates with LSBU and Hogeschool Zuyd to create a model of integration through entrepreneurship for people with an international background.
The project management skills are important for entrepreneurs. We would like to improve our participants’ project management skills to realise their projects.
Why a light PM practical workshop?
Project Management is an important life skills that many people find hard to learn as they cannot get basic practice, and practice is the best way to learn project management. Also today, there is far too much focus on PM certifications which has the following results: the practice side of project management is skipped and people don't develop the confidence in their ability to give it a go.
We need four things to make it easier for people to learn and practice PM
Simple light project framework
Sample projects for lots of different types of projects (PDF format) - All FREE
Simple online tool to support project manager (this has to be free)
Free WorkShop training material for people to train each other practical PM
Light PM Workshop format (7 hrs )
Participants are introduced to an easy to understand project scenario
Participants are introduced to a light PM process which is very easy to follow
Participants execute each activity of the project (groups of 2-3 people)
Duration: 7 hours (1 day )
Note: The focus is on the project management activities
Project Management Workshop
Date: Thursday 28th of March, 09:30- 16:30,
Location: Excelsiorlaan 31 1930 Zaventem (OFIX, host us for this event (http://ofix.be).
1)Why did you decide to write a book – "Project Management Secrets"?
They say when you want to understand crime, you’ve got to follow the money. When you follow the cash streams, you’ll find who committed the crime, why and who was involved.
I’m a certified project manager, passionate about our profession with decades of experience like millions of others. I’m researching project organizations since 2012 to find better ways to stay in control and that are easier to learn and easier to use. I call myself project management hacker.
I discovered that if you want to understand projects, you’ve got to follow the “4 basic needs”. When you follow these 4 basic needs, you find the flaws in the system, why so many people make the same faults and what to do about it. That insight helped me to design new solutions that project organizations struggle with. Like, how to align projects and capacity for fifty projects or more. This is one of the toughest project management challenges now.
Each two weeks, a PMI volunteer gives a webinar to the PMP Study Group (Finland, Poland, Belgium, .....) which has about 120 members. This is a short interview with Rouzbeh Kotobzadeh who was the PMP coach at the last PMP Study Group webinar.
1) How did you get involved with the PMP Study Group?
I think it was 3 years ago when I submitted an application in PMI VRMS system to serve as a lecturer and facilitator in Finland PMP study group. Javier Martin was the coordinator on behalf of Finland PMI Chapter. After that I was so busy with my courses till this year when I got another opportunity to serve as a lecturer for the PMP study group. I had a phone interview with Krzysztof Moskwa who is responsible for PMI Poland Chapter after the application submission.
I really liked the idea of PMP study group and it was my pleasure to help them.
2) Which PMBOK knowledge area did you present?
Each webinar has a new PMBOK topic and mine was about Project Scope Management. So I covered all the processes of this knowledge area along with related tools & techniques. I have also tried to cover some tips they may face in the exam Along with some real examples.
3) How did it go?
It is a 2 hours webinar. So you don’t have much time to go deep in the Project scope management. (Actually, it took me a day to cover all the Project scope management in my classes). I started with the processes and then talked about the logic of inputs and outputs along with the usage of tools and techniques...