Updated: Jan 2, 2020
It’s International Project Management Day!
Established in 2004, IPM Day recognizes every year on the 1st Thursday of November the efforts and awesomeness of the estimated 15 to 20 million project managers or people working on projects worldwide.
There are a ton of project management-based organizations that provide training, webinars, and networking opportunities in recognition of this day.
I use this day to recognize my project accomplishments (update that resume), send a note of thanks to a project manager I’m working with, and think about the learning opportunities to maintain my project management credentials.
To keep me current and engaged in all things project management, here are few resources on my list:
All time favorite: Scrappy Project Management: The 12 Predictable and Avoidable Pitfalls that Every Project Faces by Kimberly Wiefling. This book is gut busting. I can’t remember laughing so hard and still feeling educated about my project management journey.
Recent read: How to Facilitate Productive Project Planning Meetings: A Practical Guide to Ensuring Project Success by Rich Maltzman and Jim Stewart. Full of humor and step-by-step tips for immediate application. This book was written for project managers who need real-world tips and strategies to design and facilitate effective project planning meetings.
On my night stand: The Project Book: The Complete Guide to Consistently Delivering Great Projects by Colin D. Ellis. Looking forward to this read as I have seen Colin Ellis in action as a speaker and find him to be witty, insightful, and full of great ideas on being a better project manager.
Women of Project Management: https://www.womenofpm.vip/. Curated by Asya Watkins, she’s been at this for a while and has put together a fantastic network of women and women of color in project management on a global scale.
This is where I can’t make specific recommendations. As an Android phone user, I rely on Stitcher to aggregate podcasts. By typing in the search box, “project management”, I have over 15 options that I have saved and listen to at different points in time. Some episodes catch my attention, and some topics are too long and technical for my interest on a specific day. So my advice is to download a few, take a listen during your commute to work, and get PDUs for listening. #winning
Local PMI chapters: From evening dinners, symposiums, professional development days (PDD), to virtual book club events, there is something to suit your preference and availability.
LinkedIn: There are groups that you can ask questions, get engaged, and seek advice from others in the field.
Meet Up groups: Specialized groups have been created through this platform to provide an opportunity to gather and talk about your specific needs. I have found groups in the areas of technical project managers, digital project managers, and women in agile. Your specific group not there? Start your own!
Thanks for reading!
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