PMI-CIC Book Club - The Age of Agile at the Scenic Route Bakery

The Age of Agile by Stephen Denning "An unstoppable business revolution is under way--and it is Agile. Sparking dramatic improvements in quality, innovation, and speed-to-market, the Agile movement has helped companies both large and small learn to connect everyone and everything…all the time. With rapidly evolving consumer needs and technology tha...
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Remember to Vote!

Our 2019 PMI Central Iowa Chapter board elections are underway!  All PMI Central Iowa Chapter Members were sent an electronic election ballot  from PMI Global, asking each of you to vote in our PMI Central Iowa Chapter's  2020 election.    Open offices include nominations for  President Elect,&...
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PMI-CIC October Chapter Meeting - The Agile Journey at Wells Fargo

 The PMI-CIC Chapter Meeting Dinner will take place on Thursday, October 17th at 11:30am. Please join us at the Iowa Machine Shed, 11151 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322. Register Here ! ​ABOUT THE SPEAKER: SHAWN WHITMORE Shawn is a Vice President within Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. He provides oversight and management of initiatives pertaining t...
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PMI-CIC Book Club - Thursday, September 26

Join us on Thursday, September 26th at 5:30! PMI-CIC Book Club for PDUs is reading The Age of Agile by Stephen Denning for our September and October book club meetings. Meetings will be held at the Scenic Route Bakery in East Village (Des Moines, IA). PDUs are obtainable through "reading" and "informal learning". Please register here. The Age of Ag...
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2019 PMI-CIC Senior Leadership Summit - Thursday, Sept. 26

From our PMI-CIC President: 2019 PMI CIC Senior Leadership Summit Thursday, September 26th (the day before PDD) Boosting Organizational Value through Portfolio Management if you are part of the senior project management leadership in your organization or are aspiring to be a senior project management leader in your organization, you will not want t...
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A video message from our PDD Speaker - Jacy Imilkowski

 Jacy Imilkowski (just think "I-milk-cows-on-skis"), PMP, CPCC, ACC, CLL is an energetic speaker, born storyteller, and self-admitted communication nerd. She is also an adjunct instructor on communication and leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Madison Area Technical College. A communication expert specialized in resilience ...
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PMI-CIC Board Nominations!

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN MEETING AND WORKING WITH YOUR PROJECT MANAGEMENT PEERS? Do you have a desire to be more involved with YOUR local PMI Chapter? Become a volunteer leader and serve on the PMI-CIC Board of Directors!! Nominate yourself or nominate another PMI CIC Member interested in serving in a PMI-CIC Board position. Please submit your nominat...
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Extended Registration! Sign up by Monday, August 19 at noon! Join us to celebrate PMI’s 50th Anniversary/Birthday at the Blank Park Zoo!

Celebrate PMI's 50th Anniversary with your PMI Central Iowa Chapter on Wednesday, August 21 st from 5:30 to 9!!! For Members Only (plus one at a discounted cost) -- Join us to celebrate PMI's 50th Anniversary with a night of music and friends at the Zoo! We will be hosting a room at Zoo Brew "Wild for Wine". You can come into the Discovery Room in ...
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PMI-CIC Book Club at Smokey Row Coffee Company!

Join us for the next PMI-CIC Book Club on Monday, August 26th at 5:30pm at Smokey Row Coffee Company. Our next read is: Second half of "Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity" by David Allen (Revised 2015 Version). "Since it was first published almost fifteen years ago, David Allen's Getting Things Done has become one of the most ...
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Join us to celebrate PMI’s 50th Anniversary/Birthday at the Blank Park Zoo!

Celebrate PMI's 50th Anniversary with your PMI Central Iowa Chapter on Wednesday, August 21 st from 5:30 to 9!!! For Members Only (plus one at a discounted cost) -- Join us to celebrate PMI's 50th Anniversary with a night of music and friends at the Zoo! We will be hosting a room at Zoo Brew "Wild for Wine". You can come into the Discovery Room in ...
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Earn FREE PDUs with PMI-CIC Book Club!

Earn FREE PDUs with PMI-Central Iowa Chapter's Book Club! Due to the summer schedule, PMI-Central Iowa does not have Chapter Meetings scheduled for July and August. There is also no Chapter Meeting in September to make way for PMI-Central Iowa's Professional Development Day. How about a Christmas in July special? In honor of PDD, one person who reg...
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PMI-CIC's Book Club for PDUs!

On April 23, 2019, PMI-Central Iowa's Book Club for PDUs hosted a live video conference with author John Stenbeck at the West Des Moines Public Library. After book club members read and discussed The Project Managers Guide to Understanding Agile in the PMBOK 6 th Edition and the Agile Practice Guide , John spoke about intriguing topics including th...
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PMI-CIC June Chapter Meeting Dinner and Networking: Speaker Terry Rich, The $80 Billion Gamble

The PMI-CIC Chapter Meeting Dinner will take place on Thursday, June 20th at 5:30pm. Please come early for networking at 5!  Venue: Christopher's located at 2816 Beaver Ave. Des Moines, IA 50310. Register here ! ABOUT THE SPEAKER: TERRY RICH Terry Rich is the retired President and CEO of the Iowa Lottery. During his tenure, he increased sales ...
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PMI-CIC Sponsor, The Braintrust Consulting Group, is offering special pricing for members!

For the past ten years, The Braintrust Consulting Group has built and served the Agile community by expanding its reach throughout the United States and offering the latest in training, coaching, and certifications. Braintrust has aided in the Agile transformations of well over 10,000 professionals and their organizations. We have regularly schedul...
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PMI-CIC May Chapter Meeting Luncheon - Bryan Gill, Panelist, Discusses Implementing the Agile Project Management Approach in Central Iowa

The PMI-CIC Chapter Meeting Luncheon will take place on Thursday, May 16th at 11:30. Please join us at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Center located at 909 Robert D. Ray Dr., Des Moines, IA. Register here ! Project teams have been using agile techniques and approaches in various forms for several decades, yet there remains significant confusion a...
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Oh, We're Almost There At Last!

BAs QAs and PMs Oh My! Follow the yellow brick road to the annual Iowa Business Analyst Development Day! Dorothy: There's the Emerald City. Oh, we're almost there at last, at last! It's beautiful, isn't it? Just like I knew it would be. He really must be a wonderful Wizard to live in a City like that! Attention all PMs!   The PMI Central ...
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PMI-CIC May Chapter Meeting Luncheon - Mike Wemhoff, Panelist, Discusses Implementing the Agile Project Management Approach in Central Iowa

The PMI-CIC Chapter Meeting Luncheon will take place on Thursday, May 16th at 11:30. Please join us at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Center located at 909 Robert D. Ray Dr., Des Moines, IA. Register here ! Project teams have been using agile techniques and approaches in various forms for several decades, yet there remains significant confusion a...
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Register for the May PMI-CIC Book Club Meeting!

When: May 29, 2019, 5:30pm-6:30pm Where: Valley Junction Big Acai Bowl 117 5 th Street West Des Moines, IA 50265 What: Strategic Project Management Made Simple by Terry Schmidt "Terry is founder of www.ManagementPro.com, and of StrategicPlanningAcademy.com. He is a certified PMP, and the fourth person in the world to receive the distinguished Strat...
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PMI-CIC May Chapter Meeting Luncheon - Don Kerr, Panelist, Discusses Implementing the Agile Project Management Approach in Central Iowa

The PMI-CIC Chapter Meeting Luncheon will take place on Thursday, May 16th at 11:30. Please join us at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Center located at 909 Robert D. Ray Dr., Des Moines, IA. Register here ! Project teams have been using agile techniques and approaches in various forms for several decades, yet there remains significant confusion a...
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PMI-CIC May Chapter Meeting Luncheon - Implementing the Agile Project Management Approach in Central Iowa

The PMI-CIC Chapter Meeting Luncheon will take place on Thursday, May 16th at 11:30. Please join us at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Center located at 909 Robert D. Ray Dr., Des Moines, IA. Register here ! Project teams have been using agile techniques and approaches in various forms for several decades, yet there remains significant confusion a...
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PMI-CIC May Chapter Meeting Luncheon - Andrea Brunk, Panelist, Discusses Implementing the Agile Project Management Approach in Central Iowa

 The PMI-CIC Chapter Meeting Luncheon will take place on Thursday, May 16th at 11:30. Please join us at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Center located at 909 Robert D. Ray Dr., Des Moines, IA. Register here !   Project teams have been using agile techniques and approaches in various forms for several decades, yet there remains significan...
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BAs QAs and PMs, Oh My!

Attention all PMs! We're happy to announce a fantastic additional training opportunity. The PMI Central Iowa Chapter is collaborating with the local chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) to offer you their annual Iowa Business Analyst Development Day (IBADD) at membership rates.The IBADD offers a great opportunity to he...
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Featured Member: Diane Higgins

By: Lejla Vehabovic I had a chance to meet Diane over a cup of coffee and truly enjoyed our conversation. She currently  works as a Senior Project Manager for Federal Home Loan Bank. Diane frequently attends our chapter  meetings and volunteers for membership appreciation event. Take a few minutes out of your day and  get to kno...
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Thanks for all you do to support our chapter, Diane! Looking forward to checking out the podcast suggestion.
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PMI-CIC April Chapter Meeting Luncheon: Speaker Chuck Long - A Trip Down The Long Road

The PMI-CIC Chapter Meeting Luncheon will take place on Thursday, April 18th at 11:30. Please join us at Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield located at 1331 Grand Ave. Des Moines, IA 50309. Register here ! ​ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Chuck Long Chuck Long's name has been synonymous with University of Iowa football for thirty years. As a former player and coach...
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Attention all PMs! Announcing a fantastic additional training opportunity!

The PMI Central Iowa Chapter is collaborating with the local chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) to offer you their annual Iowa Business Analyst Development Day (IBADD) at membership rates. The IBADD offers a great opportunity to hear challenging speakers, earn PDU's and network with project team members with differin...
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Join Us for PMI-CIC Book Club for PDUs Kick-Off!

Join Us for PMI-CIC Book Club for PDUs Kick-Off! The first 5 Members to register will receive a FREE autographed copy of The Professional Project Manager's Guide to Understanding Agile by John Stenbeck. We are thrilled to announce that PMI Central Iowa will be hosting a monthly book club! With this, we are looking for smart readers who are willing ...
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PMI CIC Members achieving Milestones!

In the fall of 2018, the PMI Central Iowa Chapter recognized milestones of chapter members, with the plans to continue that recognition quarterly in 2019. I am pleased to report the following members achieved a milestone and will be recognized at our March 21, 2019 chapter meeting . Criteria for recognition at this quarterly meeting are: A current ...
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Welcome to all of you new members, and congratulations to members reaching new membership milestones!
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Local Opportunity for PDUs from PMI Registered Education Provider – Member discounts available!

For the past ten years, The Braintrust Consulting Group has built and served the Agile community by expanding its reach throughout the United States and offering the latest in training, coaching, and certifications. Braintrust has aided in the Agile transformations of well over 10,000 professionals and their organizations. We have held regularly sc...
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Announcing…2019 PMI-CIC’s Book Club for PDUs!

We are thrilled to announce that PMI Central Iowa will be hosting a monthly book club! With this, we are looking for smart readers who are willing to discuss enlightening, challenging, engaging and compelling topics relevant to Project Management. The first book we will be diving into is The Professional Project Manager's Guide to Understanding Agi...
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Follow PMI-CIC on Facebook and LinkedIn!

The PMI Central Iowa Chapter would like to keep our members, sponsors, and fans up to date with what we are up to! The easiest way to accomplish that is through social media! Please use the following links to find our pages and FOLLOW us! Thank you! FACEBOOK LINKEDIN
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PMI-CIC March Chapter Dinner Meeting: Speaker Kit Welchlin - Taking Your Talents and Your Team to the Top

The PMI-CIC Dinner Meeting will take place on Thursday, March 21st at 5:30. You are welcome to join us for Networking beginning at 5 at the   Hilton Garden Inn Des Moines/Urbandale , located at 8600 Northpark Dr, Johnston, IA 50131. Register here! About the Speaker: Kit Welchlin  One of the busiest keynote speakers in the U.S., Kit W...
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What a GREAT February Chapter Meeting

 If you were not able to attend today's PMI CIC Chapter Meeting, you missed another GREAT one!!! Neil Ihde, founder of Life IQ, provided us with some very insightful tips on how to deal with difficult people and the motivation to begin using them right away.  So, be prepared difficult people... those that attended...
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Sounds like a great meeting! Wish I could have been there.
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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-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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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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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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2019 PMI-CIC BOD Call for Officer Nominations!

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 local PM professional communi...
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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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Share, Tweet, and Post with PMI-CIC!

​ 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 social media circles! Information a...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Another idiom for the recycle bin: "Change is the only constant". ... Read More
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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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