I have tried two times to write this post.
By the time I’m halfway through it, the post reads like a bad PMI Membership brochure.
Ordinarily, I wouldn’t come back to the idea, but it bothers me that an organization that has so many resources seems to be spurned by so many that join briefly just to get certified.
They grab the certification and rush toward the exits. I guess it makes sense.
- Why stay a member of an organization that can help you and your career?
There is no scarcity of resources on the PMI website that can help improve your knowledge of best practices and the latest research. The few I’m aware of are:
-PMI Publication Quizzes: Another way to earn PDUs. Each Publication Quiz is a package of one or two articles or papers on a project management related topic with a quiz. You read the articles, take the associated quiz, earn a 70% or higher grade and you can earn up to 2 PDUs. All for $15 a quiz for PMI members. For PMPs, this is a low-cost, fairly painless way to rack up some of the 60 PDUs you need to extend your certification another 3 years.
– E-Reads and Reference (on-line access to 250 books on project management, leadership, and business, etc). An on-line library where you can actually bookmark pages and print what you’re reading.
– Research and Professional Publications PM Network and Project Management Journal (a peer-refereed academic and research quarterly) give you access to research and case studies on project management topics. In paper or digital format.
* Friday Facts
* EMEA, Asia-Pacific, Korea and Latin America e-links
* PMI Manage India
* PMP Passport
* PMI Knowledge Wire
- Why stay a member of an organization that offers you multiple ways to network?
- – Volunteer. Join a Special Interest Group and offer to be of service
– Join a Community of Practice: an Online community where members can network with others on wikis, watch webinars and comment on blogs related to a Project Management topic. There are at least 10 (Risk, International Development, Agile, etc) and more are planned.
– Participate locally. Join your Chapter and attend the meetings.
In this economy, networking is important, but why take advantage of the opportunity to interact with people who would know about potential job openings?
- Why stay a member when you could buy a copy of each PMI Project Management Standard and fill your bookshelf with hardcopies?
Members can gain access to digital, secured versions of each standard currently available:
– The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), 4th edition
– Risk Management
– Construction Extension to the PMBOK 3rd Ed.
– Government Extension to the PMBOK 3rd Ed.
– Earned Value Management
– Project Configuration Management
– Work Breakdown Structures
Ok. You’ve gotten my equivalent of the lecture on why you should stay a member of PMI and I didn’t even cover joining the Special Interest Groups (SIGs).
Pay the fee. Take the exam. Get your PMP. But don’t leave the rest of your money on the table. Take a look around and see how PMI can help as you continue your career as a certified professional. For me, it makes sense to be a member of the organization that certified me, but I can understand your misgivings. When I joined PMI, there wasn’t much worth hanging around for, but lately, it looks as if the $119 might be money well spent.
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