As a Director under the VP of Marketing, I had the opportunity to be part of the Western Michigan PMI (WMPMI) chapter board retreat at the end of July. The goal of the retreat was to make decisions that will make the chapter more valuable to the members. It was nice to see that the board has truly heard what is important to the members such as:
- Excellent programs and speakers
- Networking opportunities
- Good food with the option to purchase a drink of choice
- Opportunities to maintain credentials and earn professional development units(PDUs)
- Easy to navigate website
- Better ways to appeal to and attract sponsors
- Formats that bring in new and younger members
- Keeping members current with trends in project management
The most interesting parts of the meeting was where board members would point out that we should stop trying to solve the problem before we identify the problem and have a direction. Just like other project teams I have been on, everyone has an idea, but until you know what your focus is, the ideas are not really useful. Sometimes even the most experienced project managers struggle to stay focused.
I am excited about many of the things that came out of the retreat and things that all of the members should look forward to:
- Adjustments to ensure dinner meetings have great food and great speakers
- Clear chapter message that covers all areas – programs, marketing, education, etc
- Solutions to problems that organizations want their project managers and potential project managers to be skilled at and ready to handle
- Better ways to interact with and communicate with our community and the value of project management
Sorry I can’t spoil any surprises, but stay tuned to chapter e-mails and the website for updates (www.wmpmi.org).
Overall it was great to connect up all areas of our chapter to come together for a common purpose – value to our members. I’m happy I took the day to attend this retreat and I’m sure when our members or potential members join us in the fall, they will see how the hard work of the board has paid off.