Registration is full for February meeting

Unfortunately, we've hit the cap on attendees for the February 2019 Chapter meeting.  On the plus side, this now a networking opportunity: you can reach out to a fellow member who's attending and ask them for their notes!  ;) See you in March! 
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Membership Highlights 2019 - January

The month of January was freezing and blustery, but hopefully everyone survived the cold days just fine! New Members Our membership was certainly active. Please join me in welcoming these new members who joined our Chapter in the month of January 2019: Patricia Martin Tammy Roberts Erick Yego Kaleb Porter Kara Ellis Sherry Timmins Brittany Tibben G...
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Project Management Workshops available from Your Clear Next Step, LLC, a PMI-CIC Supporter

Your Clear Next Step has proudly been a long-time supporter of PMI, the Project Management profession, and a strong local supporter of the PMI-Central Iowa Chapter since 2008. As a public service announcement, we would like to let you know that Your Clear Next Step has two events coming up in the next couple of months to develop your project manage...
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PMI Central Iowa Chapter is hoping to match you up with one of our volunteer opportunities!

Keep reading to see how you can get more involved in our Chapter, give back, and advance the Project Management profession! Military to Project Management Program - The program focuses on refining the project talents of veterans and current military members, educating organizations on the value and relevance of military experience, and connecting t...
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January Chapter Meeting: Making the Most of Generational Differences on Your Project

I am really looking forward to tomorrow's (1/17) PMI CIC Chapter Meeting.  Sinikka has a wealth of knowledge and always provides tips that we can use right away. 
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PMI-CIC Volunteer Opportunites (PDD, Website, Coordinating, Marketing, Communications)

PMI-CIC Volunteers Needed! Happy New Year! We Want You! Calling All Volunteers for 2019! We have a variety of ways that you can get involved and give back to the development of the Project Management profession! Please read on to learn more about our volunteer opportunities and how to connect with the organizers. We are getting ready to kick-off pl...
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PMI CIC Volunteers Needed

We are looking for new ideas. Would you join our team? You may or may not have noticed that the PMI-CIC website ( https://pmi-centraliowa.org/ ) received a new look during the spring of this year. We are now looking to make sure that the content is up to date and that all the links are working properly. We also want to see what new content we can a...
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PMI-CIC Collaborate to Succeed Volunteer Opportunities!

Lori Chambers, PMI-CIC Director of Collaborate to Succeed, held an outreach session with United Way recently and walked away with many fantastic opportunities for Project Managers to give back! Please read on to discover how you can help! Technology Projects range from assisting ISU and Grand View classrooms to a variety of non-profits. The ISU and...
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January Chapter Meeting: Making the Most of Generational Differences on Your Project

The PMI-CIC Lunch Meeting will take place on Thursday, January 17th at 11:30 am at Curate, located at 322 E. Court Ave. Register Here ! About the Speaker: Sinikka Waugh of Your Clear Next Step Sinikka Waugh, President and Founder of Your Clear Next Step is a recognized leader in understanding people and in adapting tools, techniques, and processes ...
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PMI-CIC members to enjoy the same rate for the 2019 Iowa Business Analyst Development Day (IBADD) as IIBA members receive!

BA's, QA's, and PM's…Oh My! PMI-CIC is excited to announce a partnership with the Central Iowa Chapter of International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA). Our partnership will give PMI-CIC members the same rate to 2019 Iowa Business Analyst Development Day (IBADD) as IIBA members receive. They will have a specific track for project management a...
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Featured Member - Kyra Jacobson

​ By: Katie Dietz Kyra is a mover and shaker! I got the impression from my time with her that she doesn't stand idle and wait for good things to happen. She's much the opposite. She does her research and makes fact-based decisions which have lead her to success. And although she is just at the beginning of her project management career, I fully exp...
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PMI-CIC Members! Join us at no charge for the Annual Meeting and Trivia Night!

The Annual Meeting will encompass time for networking, heavy hors d'oeuvres, trivia fun, visiting with Board Members, a review of our Chapter's accomplishments and events from 2018, and plans for the upcoming year. *note that there will not be a speaker for the Annual Meeting; therefore, no PDUs will be awarded. Register today as the meeting is fas...
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Featured Member - Zach Laws

​ By: Katie Dietz {Katie} Please tell us your personal project management story. {Zach} "I had a unique start - my project management story began in Melbourne, Australia, where I worked as a Project Manager in Danfoss' Electronic and Controls Division managing a national network of sub-contractors. Our team focused on improving energy efficiency in...
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Featured Member - Allan Dahl

By: Katie Dietz Those of us serving on the board know Allen very well! He's a Command Sergeant Major (Retired), Iowa Army National Guard. He's our first success story with the Military to Project Management (Mil2PM) program that we kicked off last year with leadership support from Joel Wolcott and Robert Olinger. Ironically enough, I first met Alle...
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November Chapter Meeting Thursday, November 15th at 5:30 PM! Hear our Speaker, Gale Mote and see the recognition of our Chapter's 2018 volunteers!

The November Dinner Meeting will include the recognition of our Chapter's volunteers from this year! Register today as the meeting is fast approaching on Thursday, November 15th at 5:30 PM! Register Here to join us! About the speaker: Gale Mote of Gale Mote Associates How many times have you heard this, "Well, that works great in the classroom but ...
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Mentors Wanted: PMI-CIC Mentorship Program

PMI-CIC is looking for Mentors!!         ​Enrollment for Mentees has closed; however, we are seeking seven more Mentors to match our amazing response to this program! The Central Iowa Chapter Mentoring Program is an 8-month mentoring program that connects individual mentors and mentees beyond the working environment. T...
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A Big Thank You to Our PDD Sponsors!

Let's start off 2019 collaborating on how we can serve PMI-CIC Members! If your organization would like to be a sponsor in 2019, please contact Alex Marckmann, Director of Marketing, at dirmarketing@pmi-centraliowa.org . PMI of Central Iowa would like to thank the following business partners for continuing to be such a big support for our annual Pr...
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Featured Member: Aaron Matthews

By: Katie Dietz While I was interviewing Aaron, he reminded me of a very important lesson (and essentially the exact reason why I LOVE this spotlight article) that "you can't judge a book by its cover". He was detailing his technical experience in healthcare and it was very clear to me that his knowledge and expertise was far beyond that which my t...
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One more week left... PMI Central Iowa PDD 2018

Happy Friday!!!!  PMI Central Iowa Chapter's biggest event of the year is officially a week away.  Online registration is opened until October 9th, 2018.  You will  earn 7.5 PDUs from this attending event. The theme for this year event is "Exercise Your Mind". Our keynote speaker,  Alana M. Hill aka The Miss ...
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A Big THANK YOU to our PDD 2018 Sponsors

PMI of Central Iowa would like to thank the following business partners for continuing to be such a big support for our annual Professional Development Day (PDD) on October 12th 2018. We appreciate your support not only for the day, but for the continued support of the chapter and for our community of project managers. A big THANK YOU and round of ...
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PDD Silver Sponsor Highlight - Your Clear Next Step

Your Clear Next Step was founded in 2008 with a strong commitment to making work better for people in business. Our team includes trainers, coaches, and problem solvers who specialize across industries and disciplines, so we can support organizations, teams, and individuals from a variety of backgrounds—from finance and insurance to manufacturing a...
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PDD Silver Sponsor Highlight - Grinnell Mutual

Grinnell Mutual , headquartered in Grinnell, we've protected our customers for more than 100 years, offering auto, home, farm, and business insurance. We are the 111th-largest property-casualty insurance company in the United States and the largest primary reinsurer of farm mutual companies in North America. Our mission and our core values focus on...
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A Big THANK YOU to our PDD 2018 Sponsors

PMI of Central Iowa would like to thank the following business partners for continuing to be such a big support for our annual Professional Development Day (PDD) on October 12th 2018. We appreciate your support not only for the day, but for the continued support of the chapter and for our community of project managers. A big THANK YOU and round of ...
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PDD Gold Sponsor Highlight - The Braintrust Consulting Group

As a worldwide leader in Agile / Scrum training, The Braintrust Consulting Group offers energetic, highly interactive classes and coaching. Through practical, hands-on training and enterprise and team coaching, we help our clients learn, plan, and implement Agile processes. Our goal is to teach our clients how to increase predictability of delivery...
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PDD Platinum Sponsor Highlight – Aureon Consulting

The right consultants should offer brand new ideas, yet fit neatly into a company's culture as if they'd always been there. And that's exactly what you'll find at Aureon Consulting. We started nearly 20 years ago as Midwest Project Partners, and today we offer a full spectrum of project and business management solutions. We're proud of our long-sta...
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Featured Member - Mary Porter

By: Katie Dietz

I met up with Mary at Smokey Row to have a cup of coffee before heading into work. She and I were previously coworkers at Wellmark so we caught up like old friends before diving into the interview questions. I learned several knew tidbits about this lady that I didn't know before. Enjoy!

{Katie} Please share your personal project management story.

{Mary} "Started managing implementation projects back when I was an ERP Systems Manager. After that I studied at the University of Iowa as a full-time MBA student and received my degree in 2005. Then I moved back to Des Moines and got my first official PM role and have been a PM ever since. I received the PMP certification in 2014 and Certified Scrum Master (CSM) just this year."

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2019 PMI-CIC BOD Call for Officer Nominations!

Take Action! Get Involved! PMI CENTRAL IOWA CHAPTER CALL FOR 2019 OFFICER NOMINATIONS   Overview The PMI Central Iowa Chapter (PMI-CIC) is Iowa's preeminent authority on Project Management and the only organization in Central Iowa dedicated solely to the advancement of the profession. We are over 830 members strong and highly visible to the lo...
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Looking to Earn PDUs?

​ OrgCamp Iowa is the premier event for organization professionals. It's where leaders of organizations, teams, products, or projects can share ideas and learn together. Organizations rely on excellent leadership, communication, trust, and team building to be successful. Benefits Include: Leadership Skills Manage Organizational Change Servant Leade...
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Featuring PDD 2018 Keynote Speaker - Alan Mallory

Featuring Alan Mallory - our lunch keynote speaker will be presenting "Project Everest: Reaching New Heights in Project Management" and "Managing Risk in the Face of Uncertainty" Please watch a sneak peek from Alan by clicking on the video below..  
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Share, Tweet, and Post with PMI-CIC!

Spread the word with Social Media! ​ We have added the capability for you to Share, Tweet, and Post to all of our PMI-CIC communication channels! You will find social media icon links at the bottom of every e-mail newsletter, website article, and blog post. We encourage you to help us spread the word about our Chapter with your socia...
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Featured Member... Mahlon Barker

By Katie Dietz I got the pleasure of sitting down and chatting with Mahlon Barker back in July. He picked Pancheros because of the proximity to his office and I'm also guessing it's a favorite lunch spot of his. I hope you all enjoy the chat because it certainly was a highlight to my day! {Katie} Tell us your personal project management story. {Mah...
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PDD 2018 Exercise Your Mind: Speaker Series - Episode 8

Lenae Price excels at relationship and communications training, and story development. She specializes in employee professional development and stakeholder engagement.In her role leading Cork Cares, Lenae helps non-profit organizations develop their stories and their executive team's ability to deliver them with maximum impact. With a proven track ...
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Would You Be Interested In Being a PDD Sponsor?

Our Professional Development Day (PMI-PDD) event is rapidly approaching and we are asking for your support via a sponsorship. Would you be interested in being a sponsor for our event? The levels range from $1,000 to $4,000 with varying levels of benefits related to each. In order to put on a world class event...as we have consistently done eac...
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PDD 2018 Exercise Your Mind: Speaker Series - Episode 7

The Kihon of Diversity and Inclusion: "Difference Brings Power" ​Paula Bell  is the CEO of Paula A Bell Consulting, LLC. She is a Business Analyst, Leadership and Career Development coach, consultant, speaker and author with 20 years of experience in corporate America in project roles to include business analyst, requirements manager, business...
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Now Accepting Applications for PMI-CIC Mentors and Mentees!

​The Call for Applications for the PMI-CIC 2018-19 Mentoring Program starts today and closes on October 17th! The Central Iowa Chapter Mentoring Program is an 8-month mentoring program that connects individual mentors and mentees beyond the working environment. This program is designed to encourage and facilitate growth in project managem...
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2018 Member Appreciation Event Retrospective

PMI-CIC members and their guests experienced an enjoyable evening of networking, music, wine, and tasty finger foods last Tuesday. The Board of Directors, along with their team of volunteers were pleased with the turnout. Hopefully, in years to come, more and more of the 800 plus members of the PMI – Central Iowa Chapter will be able...
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PDD 2018 Exercise Your Mind: Speaker Series - Episode 6

" Keeping Technology Leadership Agile in the Virtual and Physical Worlds" ​ Brandon McNulty   ​ is a senior executive with proven success leading high-performing teams in challenging environments. Over the past 25 years, Mr. McNulty has overseen military construction and operations projects, nuclear power plant projects, sports venue build and...
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Cutoffs and Deadlines

​ Do you sign up for events early or do you wait until the last minute? If you are one of those last minute people or maybe even an after the deadline person, you may ask, "Why is there a deadline?" Believe it or not, cutoff dates and deadlines are important form a logistical perspective. Typically the deadline to register for a PMI Central Iowa Ch...
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PDD 2018 Exercise Your Mind: Speaker Series - Episode 5

Marketing as an Experiment  Joe Dager is a Lean practitioner (Lean Six Sigma Black Belt) that specializes i Publish Post Once published, the post will appear on the blog listing n Service Design and Sales and Marketing. Most of his recent work has been in SaaS discipline working with organizations in the Business Development area and to onboar...
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Collaborate to Succeed - Spring 2018 Project Grandview University

Grandview University and PMI - CIC Collaborate to Succeed Spring 2018 -  Project Grandview University MIS class and PMI-CIC Collaborate to Succeed program have joined forces to develop a technology solution for a private non-profit agency. Grandview's MIS students use the management of the development of technology solution as their capstone p...
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Featured Member... Bridget Johnson

By: Katie Dietz Our chapter wouldn't survive without our members! Every single one of you bring something unique to our group. Today, you get the pleasure of getting to know a little about Bridget Johnson. She graciously agreed to meet me for coffee and donuts and we had the following conversation: {Katie} What is your personal project management s...
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PDD 2018 Exercise Your Mind: Speaker Series - Episode 4

"The Psychology, Art, and Science of Gathering Business Requirements" ​ Anthony Reed , CPA, PMP has over 25 years in project management and IT executive positions. His area of expertise is implementing multi-million dollar, international business applications. The business, IT, travel, and sports publications which have featured him include the PMI...
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PDD 2018 Exercise Your Mind: Speaker Series - Episode 3

7 Steps to Mastering Your Mind and Becoming a True Thought Leader Traci Duez is Founder and President of Break Free Consulting. As a recovering self-critic, she knows that self-doubt leads to procrastination, frustration, and discouragement. It kills productivity, profits, and achievement. When you allow self-doubt to control your habits, you not o...
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September Lunch Chapter Meeting: Accidental CIO - Lessons Learned on the Journey from PM to CIO

Don't miss the next PMI Chapter Meeting at 11:30 AM on September 20th at the  Holiday Inn - Downtown . Register Now! Dane Pelfrey will share tips, tricks, trials and tribulations of a twenty year journey from Business Analyst to Project Manager to CIO with all the stops in between. Participants will learn valuable skills in: Stakeholder c...
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PDD 2018 Exercise Your Mind: Speaker Series - Episode 2

Climbing Mount Everest is considered one of mankind's greatest feats of human endurance. The two-month expedition to the top of the world's highest peak is a journey filled with unparalleled physical and mental challenges through some of the most extreme conditions  imaginable. ​ Alan Mallory is an international speaker, author and professiona...
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PDD 2018 Exercise Your Mind: Speaker Series - Episode 1

Make sure to join us this year in our Professional Development Day event to get inspired and learned from the International Change and Leadership Expert, Speaker and Author Alana M. Hill PMP.    Alana will be opening the event with " Survival of the Fittest " speech .   Her afternoon workshop " Catalyst of Change "   t each...
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August Membership Appreciation Event at Jasper Winery

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All PMI-CIC Members are welcome to this FREE event on Tuesday, August 14 th from 6 to 8:30 pm Click here to register   Gather with your fellow members and enjoy premium quality wines using grapes grown only in Iowa! Not to worry if you aren't a wine enthusiast! An array of brews from Madhouse Brewing Company, sodas, and water will also be avai...
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Communications & Marketing Team - June 2018 Meeting

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The PMI-CIC Communications & Marketing team had a fun and productive dinner meeting last night.  There was great conversation and exchange of ideas about how to effectively communicate to our Members.  Time well spent!  
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June 2018 Board Meeting Complete!

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We had great participation and strong attendance at this month's Board meeting!  Watch the blog for information about this summer's Member Appreciation Event and a slew of other exciting happenings!  
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IBADD - Guest Post by Kevin Rose, IIBA-CIC President

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In May, the annual Iowa Business Analysis Development Day, or IBADD, event was hosted by the Central Iowa Chapter of IIBA at Prairie Meadows Event Center. We were very excited because this year we expanded IBADD to be a 2 Day event. While we still held our traditional day of Keynotes and Speaker presentations, we added in a day dedicated to worksho...
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JUNE LUNCH CHAPTER MEETING - MAKING SUPERHEROES AND BUSINESSES S.M.A.R.T.E.R.: THE TALENT TRIANGLE EDITION

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Register Now!   Don't miss the next PMI Chapter Meeting on June 21 th , 2018 at 11:30 AM!   Dr. Will Pepper ("The Other Dr. Pepper") speaks and consults with businesses and organizations that want to improve their marketing efforts, get the most out of their technology, and improve their overall leadership through manageable steps, n...
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Accidental CIO – Lessons Learned on the Journey from Project Manager to CIO

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One of Central Iowa's own was selected as a speaker at the 2018 PMI World Conference in Los Angeles. Dane Pelfrey, PMP, will be presenting a session "Accidental CIO – Lessons Learned on the Journey from Project Manager to CIO." "Transformation is high risk/high reward work. During this lively, direct, behind-the-scenes session, you'll come away wit...
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Saying Thank You as a Project Manager -- Guest Post by Sinikka Waugh

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Editor's Note:  This is a guest post by Sinikka Waugh from Your Clear Next Step . Countless studies point to the value of gratitude – when we are grateful, we're less self-absorbed, more inspired, more able to focus on the positive, and more able to make sound decisions in the best interest of the greater good or the situation at hand. And man...
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5 Tips from One Accidental Project Manager to Another -- Guest Post by Kyra Jacobson

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You volunteered to help with a project that couldn't get fully implemented. Not only did you get the project completed, but you did it while projects were just a small fraction of your "Other Duties as Assigned." Before you knew it, you found yourself lost on the Island of Misfit Projects. Sound familiar? If so, you are not alone.   According ...
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Managing Organizational Change -- Guest Post by Jen Carolan, former Director of Newsletter

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The measure of intelligence is the ability to change. Albert Einstein Al may have been on to something here, and change management has been thrust into the limelight for our community lately. We are expected to come into projects having magically gained the skillset change management takes overnight. While always an area of focus, budgets and resou...
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Registration for PDD 2018 is now open!

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Registration for Professional Development Day 2018 is now open, and Early Bird pricing is in effect for a limited time!   Get your tickets here  https://pdd2018.eventbrite.com   "Exercise Your Mind" and join us on October 12th for PMI of Central Iowa's Chapter Professional Development Day. Alana Hill, our morning keynote, will b...
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There are idioms in the American vocabulary that should be banned! They should be thrown out with the proverbial bathwater! They should be beaten with an ugly stick and given the cold shoulder! My friends, as Project Managers, I have no doubt that many of us could retire if we had a dollar for each time we heard the phrase, "We've Always Done It Th...
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Professional Development Day 2018

PMI Central Iowa Chapter Presents: Professional Development Day 2018   The Chapter is excited to announce the theme for our PDD this year, "Exercise Your Mind" ... As project managers, it is important to have a balance and healthy mental health; this includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Our state of mind affects how we...
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Welcome to the PMI-CIC Blog!

Welcome to the PMI Central Iowa Chapter blog! This blog will be used to publish content to our members that would have previously been published in the monthly newsletter.  This way, our content will arrive hot and fresh instead of at the end of the month. As we roll out new features, we hope you'll reach out and give us feedback.  Watch ...
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