Jul 2019 Edition - SMEs Feedbacks

A word on PMI from SMEs , how did it serve you?

Jennifer Bridges
July 2019 Edition
Jennifer Bridges

Jennifer Bridges

Advisor

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Such an honor to be part of the global PMI network over the past 25 of the 32 years of my career. Through their growth and evolution, I've grown and evolved in my career. The best practices and framework provided through the continued contributions of practitioners world-wide helped provide structure when there was none (in the early days) and ultimate success to the projects I've managed and teams I've led. The PMP certification has brought credibility that has advanced my career and provided unthinkable opportunities. My global network of peers has brought leverage through knowledge, expertise and resources. It has been exciting to be part of a chapter who started with about 30 people and grew to thousands and becoming one of the biggest ones worldwide. I'm grateful to now serve as an advisor to those designing and advancing their careers and companies accelerating their growth through project management. Congratulations PMI... and, thank you!

Baskar Venkataramani
July 2019 Edition
Baskar Venkataramani

Baskar Venkataramani

PMP, RMP, PBA

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It has been a great career and lifetime experience with PMI for me. I say lifetime as I am still carrying on with my PMI knowledge and experience at 62. I have been a professional contributor for 20 years, volunteer contributor for 3 years, a Corporate trainer for 8 years and still hoping to contribute as long as I work. I can say so many of my exective students still recognise me because of my PMI knowledge. As once a PMI REP asked me are you king maker?, I can confidently say PMI is and I only speak and advice as per PMBOK.

Luiz Dias
July 2019 Edition
Luiz Dias

Luiz Dias

Deputy Head of Digital Transformation Portfolio

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My experience with PMI goes back to 2000 when I've attained the PMP certification. Back then, I was one of the 15 PMP in Latin America and it certainly gave me of diferentiation against other people looking to stand out from the pack. Then I obtained the PgMP certification in 2008, Both certifications helped me to improve in my career but also gave me a lot opportunities to do volunteering within PMI either by reviewing exam questions or as a member of the Role Delineation study for PgMP. Or even later when I was part of the Panel review for the certification for PgMP.

Rüdiger Geist
July 2019 Edition
Rüdiger Geist

Rüdiger Geist

Managing Director of Spirit at PM GmbH, Switzerland

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PMI member since 2001, Member of the board Switzerland Chapter for 4 years, part of the PMBOK trabslation review team 5th edition, winner of the PMI® Continuing Professional Education Product of the Year 2017.
Without PMI, my way personal and professional career would look different. When I started to work as a project manager, PMI helped me to better understand what makes up my profession and where to focus on. As a consultant I had the chance to grow and foster my knowledge and to exchange experiences with other members and to apply what I have learned. In my role as a PMI chapter board member, I could help to spread my insights and to gain experience in leadership. By supportimg the PMBOK translation review, I had the opportunity to discuss and exchange views and insights with other experts in depth. And, last but not least, as the winner of the PMI® Continuing Professional Education Product of the Year 2017, PMI honored my contribution, although I had to honor them.

Tonya Peterson
July 2019 Edition
Tonya Peterson

Tonya Peterson

Sr. Project Portfolio Manager, Consultant, Instructor

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With much appreciation I am sending PMI a Happy 50th Anniversary. As a member, contributor, and active participant, I continue to have the opportunity to learn, share, and grow within the greater PMI community. Along with the development of project, program, and portfolio skills and practices, I have gained friends, mentors / mentees, and colleagues within this amazing global network. Through my experiences and connections, I have had the opportunity to speak at international conferences, receive an award for my writing, achieve a doctorate degree, earn promotions, connect with some of the brightest minds within PM community and receive insight from some of the founders of PMI. Thank you PMI for helping to shape my career, offer me opportunities, and give me a chance to achieve a variety of personal and professional goals.

Varun Anand
July 2019 Edition
Varun Anand

Varun Anand

CEO, Founder, PMP Mentor at EduHubSpot

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Before even we start to talk about the importance of Project Management
1. According to a recent article published by Forbes, in list of 15 top paying IT certifications in 2019, (PMP)® ranks second.
2. (PMP)® certification increased in value by 18.6%, jumping from a median salary of $114,473 in 2018 to $135,798 in 2019.
3. As per April 2019 statistics published by PMI, Total Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification holders are 914,401.

These numbers are astonishing and clearly speaks about the importance of PMP in your professional career. Some other important factors are:
1. Success Rate:
a. On average, about 40 percentage of projects are successful and around 20 percent fail across different industries. The success rate is tightly linked with the qualification of the project manager. Projects managed by PMP certified managers have more probability of completing the project on time, within budget and within scope.
2. Common Language
a. More than 90% of the time of a project manager is spend in communicating. The ability to speak common business language helps to ensure that stakeholders are on the same page.

At the end of the day, PMP is a huge value add which will make sure that right things are done at right time in right format.

David Davis
July 2019 Edition
David Davis

David Davis

Senior Program Manager

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I am proud to have been associated with PMI since last century. I have grown through 4 certifications (PMP,, PgMP, PMI-PBA, and PMI_ACP) and to have founded the Western Lake Erie Chapter, The Leadership CoP, been president of eBusiness SIG, and a member of the COP MAG. I have seen PMI solidify the role delineations and migrating to a skills based competency base. I think PMI is in a unique position to assist business in transformation to digital commerce and advanced skill set. I see the PMP becoming the main driver to helping harness the Internet of Things and global commerce. It will grow into a strategic partner and demonstrate unique leadership through a variety of tool, techniques, and methodologies that are agile, strategic, and valuable.

Greta Blash
July 2019 Edition
Greta Blash

Greta Blash

Founder Facilitated Methods. Experienced project management professional able to help your team deliver results

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Not only is it important to be a member of an organization but also to provide input and support as the profession matures. Incorporating concepts from ancillary disciplines like Business Analysis only increases the knowledge of skills in a project management role Thoughts from a Business Analyst/Project Manager

Marcin Żmigrodzki
July 2019 Edition
Marcin Żmigrodzki

Marcin Żmigrodzki

Consultant, trainer, PgMP, PMP, ACP, PhD, 7 PMI Awards ( 6 Global, 1 Poland)

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Thanks to PMI standards I managed (tu put it egoistically) to obtain a couple of certifications, win PMI Awards 6 times, develop a training company Octigo, build two houses and live life of a freelancer, helping companies, teaching, writing books, and simulation games.

MUHAMMAD ILYAS
July 2019 Edition
MUHAMMAD ILYAS

MUHAMMAD ILYAS

Chief Executive Officer

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I have been a PMI member since 2005, an active volunteer since 2007, a Registered Education Provider since 2008, a credential holder since 2009 and a speaker at various PMI forums since 2013. Advancing through different roles at my chapter, I joined the elite group of volunteers at PMI's Global Operations Center in 2015 as a member of the R. E. P. Advisory Group. Earlier, during 2014, I was selected to work on PMI's Undergraduate Curriculum & Resources Project and contributed to development of PM-1 syllabus and teaching resources. In 2016, I was selected once again to work on PM-2 syllabus and teaching resources. My image was used on PMI website and other publications several times during 2016 and 2017. I have presented educational sessions at PMI Global Congresses, Leadership Institute Meetings and other regional forums in Indonesia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Ghana, Pakistan, Turkey, Spain, Italy, Germany, Poland, UK and USA. Volunteering with PMI has provided me with some of the most rewarding learning and professional growth opportunities. Being a volunteer, I have developed and continue to enhance several skills which include event management, web development, leadership, communication and cross cultural intelligence. I earnestly hope to continue contributing time and effort as a PMI volunteer for years to come.

Bill Yates
July 2019 Edition
Bill Yates

Bill Yates

Executive Vice President, Velociteach

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I spent 18 years in financial software projects in the gas, electric, and telecom industries. In 2005, I joined a project management training company (Velociteach) to help people in 2 ways: (1) get better at project management, and (2) earn certificates to help them grow professionally. PMI has been instrumental in both pursuits. Helping others improve and grow has been incredibly rewarding.

Asad Naveed
July 2019 Edition
Asad Naveed

Asad Naveed

Senior Engineer

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PMI has played a major role in my career development. Since my passing of PMP exam in 2010, I have trained over 2000 candidates in PMP trainings, in around 60+ sessions. Dozens (or hundreds ......) of them have passed their certification exam. Further, I achieved another accolade in my portfolio in the name of PMI-RMP certification. My greatest reflection of contribution towards PMI is shown in the form of acknowledgement in PMBOK 6, where PMI has given credit to contributors of PMBOK 6. I have applied some of the PMBOK concepts in professional life as well and they have benefited me a lot. Thank you PMI.

Massimo Longo
July 2019 Edition
Massimo Longo

Massimo Longo

Consultant Trainer

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The PMI is not only a certification that gives prestige to the curriculum of every person, but is a way of thinking, acting, dealing with the situations that we have to manage every day both at work and in our personal lives. It is to learn techniques and tools that are increasingly useful to manage both our job and what surrounds us on a daily basis. I approached the PMI many years ago but I see that my learning path is always continuous; I never stop learning new techniques and ways of putting myself in front of the many daily problems. Over the years I have acquired a new way of dealing with and seeing things. I have enriched myself as a person. I can apply the many tools that I have learned in the various certifications obtained in my everyday life. It's a path that never seems to end, every certification taken has enriched me with new notions and new ways of seeing things, complementary to each other. It is like a puzzle that gets clearer as times goes by.

Ashish Sadekar
July 2019 Edition
Ashish Sadekar

Ashish Sadekar

Founder & Director | Passion & Heart for Project Management | PfMP | PMP | PgMP | Scrum Master

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got a very early break as a Project Manager in my career and started loving the subject, as you can do so much for your organization and yourself. I got introduced to PMI through their popular certification - "PMP" some 15 years back, which helped me with many things such as recognition, better career prospects, structured knowledge. respect, etc. However, one thing that PMI's PMP gave me was more confidence to deliver on the project. The passion for project management just started growing with PMI coming into my life. It opened a lot of avenues and opportunities. I went on to do some other certifications from PMI and now, I am a PgMP (Program Management), PfMP (Portfolio Management) and PMI-ACP (Agile certified Professional). As I did my certifications, my association with PMI grew and I was more involved with PMI activities, as their structure also allows a lot of contribution from the volunteers.
PMI gave me a platform to explore different aspects of project management. It gave me an opportunity to learn from different experts, and also gave an unique platform to share my knowledge with many other experts and practitioners. I presented 4 technical papers on PMI's National conference so far to a crowd of 500 people or more. I was an active volunteer with PMI for so many years and was a part of Ethics & Grievance committee with PMI's local chapter. I am sure like me, many others value PMI contribution a lot, as it helps them to assimilate and dispense the knowledge, and pursue your passion and celebrate project management.
A big thank you and lots of hugs to PMI - and keep on supporting us and project management. Happy 50th Birthday!!

Juarez  Poletto Jr.
July 2019 Edition
Juarez  Poletto Jr.

Juarez Poletto Jr.

Sr. IT Portfolio Manager

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Looking back in time, I realized that taking the PMP certification was the single most important career decision I made. But, more important than opening many new career paths, which would not be available without it, through PMI I was able to establish a network of professionals and even friends that make me feel part of something bigger.

Yingjin Liu
July 2019 Edition
Yingjin Liu

Yingjin Liu

PfMP, PgMP, MSP-P, PMP, PRINCE2-P, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP, CAPM

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When I was graduated 12 years ago as a master on engineering. I started my career on project management. I was joined a local pharmaceutical company and helps on building new sites. After complete building of 2 new factories in 4 years. I was feel I have some experience and confident on how to build a new site. Also I was try to wrap up my experience and knowledge on project management and wanted to figure out how to move ahead. After a lot of study and search on line and I was first time know PMI and also the certificate PMP. Immediately, I made decision on learning and certificate for PMP. That's was in year 2010. The class was hold on weekend in city of Guangzhou which is around 200 km away from where I worked. I rent a apartment near the training school and joined the training and testing every weekend. Finally be certified as PMP in December 4th, 2010. The PMP certificate brings me a lot for benefits: good system of project management knowledge, confident of self, and a double salary work in the coming year. From the year 2017, after have project/program/portfolio experience of over 10 years, I started working on other certificates such as PgMP, PBA, ACP, PfMP, RMP, SP, CAPM. And finally, I am the 2nd one in mainland of China get all the 8 certificates from PMI. All these certificates and knowledge backup improves me to upgrade my experience and knowledge which helps to improve my performance and competence. Also, helps a lot on setting up connections with outstanding peers and seniors in the world. It is great for the organize such as PMI makes all these happen. Let the people working on projects all over the world being connected and sharing experience with each other. And for all the knowledge and certificates helps us to improve our competence for projects/program/portfolio management.

Manuel  Parra Palacios
July 2019 Edition
Manuel  Parra Palacios

Manuel Parra Palacios

Technology Business Analyst

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I am a PMP since April 2009 (3rd Ed). I was involved in projects since 1998 but all knowledge I acquired was heuristic. The PMP certification was the way of consolidating a complete knowledge not only in the hardskills of Project Management but also in the sofskills, leadership, communication, negotiation, etc.. In 2011 I presented in PMI Madrid Chapter a study about "Turnaround in O&G industry: A case in La Pampilla refinery" and since 2016 I am a volunteer for Twitter. As a summary for me PMI is a straightforward source of knowledge and expertise very useful for my day-to-day.

Ömür Benek
July 2019 Edition
Ömür Benek

Ömür Benek

Sr. Project & Portfolio Manager

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My volunteer process has been started in 2011 to be prepared to pmp exam at that time. I decided to be a volunteer in PMI Turkey Chapter just after passed pmp exam. I have been always attend and follow-up regular events to reach more people and get more information. After that I started as social media volunteer between 2012 and 2014. I had a volunteer postion as IT and marketing director between 2015 and 2018. I have been a vice president responsible from marketing strategies and marketing team. PMI and also local chapter as PMI Turkey is very beneficial for all pmp certification holder to gain pdu. In addition PMI Turkey chapter and also PMI Global chapters are working in volunteer roles to enlarge pmi community. PMI Turkey Chapter is a great communtiy which works in a good harmony to enlarge project management culture in Turkey as other chapters do in their hometowns. Working in a volunteer management role is a great honour and experiance for me. I

Atique Ur Rehman Abbasi
July 2019 Edition
Atique Ur Rehman Abbasi

Atique Ur Rehman Abbasi

Practitioner & Trainer

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Being PMP is a proud moment in any professional's life. Its not just a simple certification which anyone can get by studying and appearing in the exam, but its a mindset, a complete shift from conventional to a structured professional approach that you earned by hardship and compassion. Not everyone experiences the same situation in profession after becoming PMP or any other PMI certification, because organizations are not mature enough to accommodate changes as a result of adopting non traditional best practices of Projects Management as guided by PMI. In my humble opinion a chapter to transform Organizational Management must be added to the PMBOK, so the PMs while addressing projects issues and challenges shall not forget Management's engagement and can apply techniques to fully involve and get buy-in of the management for the greater success of the projects.

Rouzbeh Kotobzadeh
July 2019 Edition
Rouzbeh Kotobzadeh

Rouzbeh Kotobzadeh

PM Instructor & Consultant, Business Analyst

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I have been involved in projects for more than 15 years although I started my journey with PMI 8 years ago. I got almost all the PMI credentials except PgMP. When I got my PMP I found out about the gap I have in my professional knowledge of Project Management. In my opinion, there is no END to project management evolution and improvement, so being updated is a MUST for who is interested in this field. Consequently I decided to continue my way expanding my knowledge using other PMI standards and went on to get various PMI certificates. To me they aren't just certificates, they are windows to a new world of profession. To the world of risk management, Agile Project Management, Business Analysis and .... Based on these achievements I could change my business career as well as my life. I could combine my experiences with my knowledge and had a very positive impact on industries in my country. I am thankful to PMI for giving all of us this opportunity to share our knowledge and keep our projects in the best possible way and for using experts to improve the knowledge. I am passionate to learn and to contribute in project management knowledge. None of these would be possible without the opportunity provided by PMI. Happy 50th anniversary!

Brijesh Nair
July 2019 Edition
Brijesh Nair

Brijesh Nair

Founder & Director, Prudent Consultants

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To be honest, my association with PMI has been a great learning experience especially considering the Wealth & Quality of valuable information provided by PMI by way of its standards, pmbok guides practice guides, etc. It also provided an opportunity to collaborate & network with colleagues and peers in the field of Program/Project Management, share our experiences, lessons learned, feedbacks, latest trends in the markets (Agile Practises) etc which not only added immense value to my profile but also provided an opportunity to serve the society by "Giving Back", the practitioner's way! It really gives a lot of satisfaction and pleasure when we keep doing things that we are most passionate about. I firmly believe that we need to always go to a place where your heart has congruity and I am glad that I found that place to be PMI,USA! I take this opportunity to sincerely thank PMI for being part of my journey of life and actively look forward for even more contributions in days to come in the future!!

Amir Hashlamoun
July 2019 Edition
Amir Hashlamoun

Amir Hashlamoun

Project Mangement Professional /Practitioner

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I strongly believe that Project Management is an essential skill to everyone, not only for construction projects. People need to understand how to manage projects the right way, and PMI is a very successful on building the knowledge and experience to anyone who is willing to be successful on managing projects and achieving the needed results. Based on my experience l, and as an MBA holder and PMP Certified with the PMI, my certification with the PMI helped me a lot more than my MBA degree on the market of the Middle East as a Project Management Trainer/Practitioner. I strongly advice every employee, manager or business owner to start learning the best practices of how to manage projects through PMI registered education providers in order to succeed on their lives. I am very happy with my certification with the PMI, and will keep spreading the knowlege of their Project Management courses in the Middle East and to help people manage projects successfully. 50 years of success, well done PMI. Amir Al Hashlamoun Project Management, MBA, PMP Project Management Trainer / Practitioner Dubai, UAE +971 55 1043276 Amir.hashlamoun@gmail.com

Maroun Corbane
July 2019 Edition
Maroun Corbane

Maroun Corbane

Senior Software Development Specialist

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What's in it for me? A question we ask ourselves and the others each time we want to undergo a new endeavor! We start our careers and grow with the help of senior colleagues; those who walked the path and paved the way for us. The more years we cover, the wiser and more knowledgeable we get. Back in 2010, I got introduced to PMI and today I am one of the leading 2500 PgMP holders worldwide. From the first day until this minute, PMI has been a knowledge hub for me. 50 years of trial and errors, recommendations, standardization of concepts, ups and downs have made PMI a leading association for the project management profession. Now to answer the question what’s in it for me? PMI has been for the past 10 years a mentor and a leader to me! Through 50 years of experience leading the way, PMI has paved the path for project, program and portfolio management professionals and is continuing to do so. Its accreditation is global and highly regarded by industries. A semi-centennial association carves the experience of its members on the doorways to a successful future. Cheers to the years to come!

Eman ElRashidy
July 2019 Edition
Eman ElRashidy

Eman ElRashidy

IT Projects Manager | Program Manager

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My relation with PMI began 2011 in pursuit of project management certificate, but now, my relation with PMI is much more, for me, PMI is the home of project managers, and the ultimate reference to know project management standards and how they should be applied. Despite of cultural, location and business domain differences, we’re all gathered under PMI umbrella, following its code of ethics, acknowledging PMI positive impact on our careers as project managers. With the growing number of PMI certified members every year, PMI certificates became prerequisite and mandatory requirement for many organizations who seek skilled project managers, as it became an acknowledged proof of how a good project manager should be. PMI is always keen to ensure project managers are up to date with new trending technologies and biggest challenges in project management world and how to overcome them, through enabling project managers to attend PMI events and expos, which also enabled us to get connected to our colleagues from all over the world, allowing us to discuss our issues and share our experiences, we now one big family of project managers. We’re celebrating five decades of success and achievements, happy 50th anniversary PMI!

Long Dam
July 2019 Edition
Long Dam

Long Dam

Manager, Enterprise Program Management Office, EPMO

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PMI has played an instrumental role in my professional development growth over the last decade and has been a great resource throughout my Project Management career. I first joined PMI in 2008 with the Singapore local chapter and 2 years later, I obtained my first PMI PMP certification in 2010. Then I went on to pursue the PMI PgMP certification in 2015 and I continued to progress onward the coveted PMI PfMP certification in 2017. Throughout my journey with PMI, I have been actively involved in volunteering as a subject matter expert (SME) as a worldwide PgMP panel reviewer. Over the years I have been a part of the international / global PgMP & PMP exam development team. I am glad to say that I am able to apply the knowledge I have acquired with the PMI in my work and am highly active in the PMI local chapter and the community as a whole. I would highly encourage everyone to get involved in their local PMI community to engage with like-minded professionals for further growth development.

I-Fu Chu
July 2019 Edition
I-Fu Chu

I-Fu Chu

Project Manager

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In the Information technology industry, technology is changing rapidly, and face fierce competition. The PMBOK is a complete project execution guide because it includes all required knowledge domains and several approach project processes. It helps project managers have more confidence in leading team members to perform projects. The PMP certificate qualifies the project managers’ professional skills and helps them to acquire organizations’ confidence. My PMP certificate was earned in 2007, and this certificate helps me to conquer different challenges during performing projects. Moreover, PMI-RMP also improves my understanding of risk management. And this certificate helps our company to gain our clients’ reliance and winning the competition. In these ten years, the PMI responses the world’s explosive changing, and keep increasing project management knowledge and processes. For example, agile and business analysis are both new fields. They are both facilitate to improve project success. These two certificates also inspire me a different way to execute a project and extend my concept before starting a whole new project. Wish PMI keep providing the project management knowledge for worldwide project managers, and facilitate more projects success.

waleed Elmhrate
July 2019 Edition
waleed Elmhrate

waleed Elmhrate

Senior Program Manager

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It is my pleasure and honoured to be part of PMI global community ,which added major value to my career in project management field and enable me to successfully delivered a lot of projects and programs in many different sectors such as Government , education , Health , Oil , Gas and Enterprise . I successfully obtained a lot of PMI certificates such as ( PgMP , PMP , ACP , RMP ) which really provide me with strong knowledge , tools , and techniques enabling me to be successful project and program manager . Actually PMI create worldwide project management language that all project and program manager in the globe can understand each other and collaborate effectively through using PMI global standard terminology . complying with PMI Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct (honesty, responsibility, respect and fairness )is a great values that all project and program manager should have in private and business life.

Continues improvement and learning is the main factor to still alive .

Rodrigo Mendes
July 2019 Edition
Rodrigo Mendes

Rodrigo Mendes

Test Coordinator

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As a professional of IT, more specifically a professional of Software Quality Assurance area, and with experience working as Test Manager for several industries and services, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio 2016, I can ensure that the knowledge I've acquired to get certified as a Project Management Professional by PMI has been proven as a huge value during my career. The concepts and guidelines were essential to allow me to be a better Test Manager, and for that I am very grateful. This certification is a great asset not only to Project Manager professionals, but also to anyone with a management title working on a project, or even to who is willing to build a career on this area.

Omar Picone Chiodo
July 2019 Edition
Omar Picone Chiodo

Omar Picone Chiodo

Head of PMO (IT)

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In your professional career if you want to acquire Project Management skills, PMI certification along with PMBOK are the bible of the subject. PMI provide you not only a comprehensive methodology, but also artifacts, frameworks, processes and soft-skills necessary to compete in today global environment. As methodology is structured provide a logical and structural way to work, including a methodological mindset to initiate, control and achieve expected results; PMI processes are flexible to be tailored from experts PM according to project size guaranteeing results and investments. Without such framework, projects always different in content and structure, would be difficult to control. PMI certifications bring you the right knowledge and real cases to make you understanding how to deal with the methodology, becoming the starting point to get to a Senior Project Manager of the global future and interconnected business world.

Bayhas Al Sawady
July 2019 Edition
Bayhas Al Sawady

Bayhas Al Sawady

Crossover Management Consultancy CEO & Founder

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When I obtained my PMP certificate back in 2006, It was a huge improvement for me on all levels. Personally, it gave me a way of analyzing things that I have been lacking, which is to breakdown everything into pieces, in order to be able to manage it correctly. I still can remember, that the offer that I got after passing my PMP exam was almost double what I used to have in my previous company. Until today the PMP certificate is still an inspiration to all project managers

Marc Diamante
July 2019 Edition
Marc Diamante

Marc Diamante

Program and Project Management - PMO Consultant

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My association with PMI began as a Student Chapter Member in 1980. My career progressed quickly to include project management responsibilities and PMI has been a key resource contributing to my education and networking with other professionals. PMI's contribution to the profession has grown a lot during my career. In my current position providing Project Management and PMO consulting, the Standard for Project Portfolio Management and OPM3 is the foundation for a Best in Class project portfolio management process that I developed for a client, significantly reducing the time and cost for the client to implement. The engagement was 28 weeks and without this standard the client engagement could have easily taken 1 year. This is one example of the impact that PMI has had for me personally and the clients that I serve. I look to PMI as a cornerstone of the services that I provide to help clients improve their Organizational Project Management and to increase the success of their project execution.

Sunando Chaudhuri
July 2019 Edition
Sunando Chaudhuri

Sunando Chaudhuri

Advisor - Technology & Program Management

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My PMI journey has been quite unique and really enriching, to say the least. Recently I was in a room of PM professionals and people were saying how long their associations have been with PMI and eventually when I said it's over 15 years, a lot of people were quite pleasantly surprised as this long an association is not very common in this part of the world. My PMI association has not only helped me get the certifications like PgMP and PMP but more so has helped develop a thorough understanding of how businesses work, their strengths and weaknesses, their ability to cater to their customers. It is not only the PM practices that you learn through your association with PMI, but also the way organizations work, the dynamics which in overall helps you to develop as an individual along with a project manager. Another great aspect being with PMI is you get to know your community, interact with like-minded individuals and this provides you with an immense learning and knowledge sharing experience that guides your career in many ways which we don’t realise immediately. Over the years’ this transforms you into an informed and knowledgeable individual. In summary, my journey with PMI over the last decade and more has been extremely enriching which has helped me develop as an individual both professionally and personally. I look forward to continuing this journey in the future too.

Akhalaque Ansari
July 2019 Edition
Akhalaque Ansari

Akhalaque Ansari

IT Program Manager

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I Just can’t think of one benefit that the PMI credentials have Offered me over the years The biggest impression of the knowledge attained was how I thought and acted on the projects/programs I drove Before attaining my PMP I would do the scoping, scheduling without even looking at major Risks, Issues or structured communication! I never followed a structured approach to running my projects/Programs, quantifying Risks and categorically engaging stakeholders Every company may have its own Project/Program Management best practices, but the international standard is still governed by PMI Nobody can guarantee the success of projects/Programs but if we implement the PMI best practices learned, the “probability “of the success rate increase dramatically It’s all about increasing the “probability of success “even though the Project success may be an assumption until attained My PMI credentials have also helped me gain more traction and respect with the people I work I went from being a Project/Program Management Professional to a person who is looked upon as a mentor, Influencer and educator PMI credentials Transform you into a “Process champion “which is imperative for the success of any Project/Program Engagement that a Professional drives!

Khaled Arar
July 2019 Edition
Khaled Arar

Khaled Arar

Managing Director

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For the past 15 yrs, PMI became part of my professional life. This long journey has been wonderful in every way, professionally and personally. I had the pleasure to participate as a volunteer with PMI Jordan Chapter as VP of membership, the learning experience has been phenomenal. I would love to go back and volunteer more in the coming period as time permits. I truly encourage project management professionals to get involved as a volunteer and active members of PMI.ORG not only for the benefits of their professional career but for the development of their personal life as well.

Vadim Bogdanov
July 2019 Edition
Vadim Bogdanov

Vadim Bogdanov

PMP, PfMP, IoD Cert. Director, CFA Member

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My professional project management career started back in 1998 when I downloaded PMBoK 1996 from the internet and printed it myself. For about 2 months I thoroughly read it and it compeltely transformed my approach in managing projects. Thanks PMI for collection of best knowledge from across the globe, amplifycation it and motivation for advance of professional development!

Prasad Kamath
July 2019 Edition
Prasad Kamath

Prasad Kamath

Life/Business/Agile Coach, Management Consultant, Instructor

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The PfMP credential specifically has brought focus on the discipline of portfolio management, which was a highly ignored area until a few years back. I believe this would bring positive change in organizations in terms of effective utilization of limited funds.

Rafa Pagán
July 2019 Edition
Rafa Pagán

Rafa Pagán

Project Manager. Business Analyst. Mentor. Trainer. CBAP. PMI (PMP PBA RMP SP ACP). CSM. CSPO. MCT. Power BI. OpenPM2.

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One of the best decisions I have made in my professional life has been to become a member of PMI. The possibilities of collaboration, the integration in a community of professionals with a huge talent, capacity and commitment with the tasks of volunteering, has strengthened in me all the passion that I put into my work every day. Putting the finishing touch to all my experience with its highly demanded certifications in all sectors of activities, has enhanced my visibility and positioning. Thanks, PMI!

Thomas Walenta
July 2019 Edition
Thomas Walenta

Thomas Walenta

Project Manager

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In 1988 I decided to pursue a career in project management, after 14 years as software developer and systems engineer. Cutting ties with technical careers enabled me to switch to dealing with people and help to reduce their uncertainty. Which is what we do: we tackle your problems, find solutions for you, support in finding out what you want and show you how to get there. PMI became a part of my life in 1998, when I achieved my PMP answering 400 questions in 8 hours. I was also asked to lead the PMI Frankfurt Chapter, which I grew for 8 years. For the term 2006-2008 I was elected to the PMI Board, and again 2017-2019. In between I served 6 years on the PMI Ethics Review Committee. PMP changed my self-understanding, my reputation and my confidence to be able to reduce any uncertainty. PMI volunteering brought me a global network of like-minded, a sandbox to test skills of leading without authority, and a continuous positive feeling of being needed and able to help others.

Nara Gubbala
July 2019 Edition
Nara Gubbala

Nara Gubbala

Consultant Director, Strategy & Portfolio Management

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Happy 50 Year Anniversary! Project Management is a profession, managing array of complexity without any authority. We can use different terms, bottom line is Communication, Communication, Communication. In my 20 + years of PM journey, predominantly in Biotech space, I call myself as translator, regularly I translate from English to English, as what I visualize when I communicate is not what other person receives after processing it, it is my responsibility as a Project Manager to ensure that the message I communicate is exactly what other person receives. Sounds simple, for me it is the hardest task. To this mix, we have global, cultural challenges makes our task even more challenging. I constantly learn from our colleagues, so that I do not have to reinvent the wheel, pmmagazine is awesome and my preferred tool to update myself. My sincere thanks to pmmagazine.

Achmad Fuad Bay
July 2019 Edition
Achmad Fuad Bay

Achmad Fuad Bay

PMP, PMI-ACP, CM Practitioner

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I have become a member of PMI since February, 2013 and has been an active member ever since. In 2014, I dedicate myself in a volunteering activities with PMi Indonesia Chapter and entrusted Bandung Branch Director since 2017. "God Things Happens when you joint PMI"is trully happens to me. Ever since I joint PMI, my network is getting wider (both offline and online) and that for me is the main benefit of joining PMI. Happy 50th anniversary, I wish more and more PM and PM wanna be joint and contributes as volunteer so that the PM profession is increasingly recognized and appreciated.

Vijay Pukale
July 2019 Edition
Vijay Pukale

Vijay Pukale

Program Manager

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PMI certifications really helped me to grow professionally. I am great admirer of project management framework defined by PMI. In the quest of knowledge, I have done many certifications like PMP, PgMP, PfMP. With PMI framework I have successfully managed many critical projects. I am practicing and promoting the same. I suggest that PMI should concentrate now on developing certifications for 'Strategy development'

Reshma Vittal
July 2019 Edition
Reshma Vittal

Reshma Vittal

Program Management Technologist

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Disciplined project management is the only way to stay ahead when organizations choose to remain competitive and consistently deliver business outcomes. In today’s world, where organizations are rapidly changing to achieve better results, they require leaders with project management expertise and discipline to drive and deliver that long-term business value. PMI, the world’s best Project Management Institute, is a one stop platform for passionate project professionals to understand best practices, collaborate with leaders globally, acquire the required skills and certifications, and utilize advanced tools and resources to excel in their role in any organization. I received my PgMP (Program Management Professional) badge in the year 2015 and continue to give back to the profession as a practitioner and a guide to aspiring project managers. Looking back, I can confidently say just going through the certification process with PMI gave me that advanced unique experience and maturity with understanding organizational strategies, expertise to manage high risk complex projects, and deliver the desired business results. Honored to share my thoughts and celebrate the 50th year anniversary of PMI. I am a proud member of PMI and blessed to be part of the global PMI community. Congratulations and Thank you, PMI. Cheers, Reshma

Syed Ashar Ahmed
July 2019 Edition
Syed Ashar Ahmed

Syed Ashar Ahmed

SENIOR MANAGER PROJECTS & ENTERPRISE APPLICATIONS

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I have been connected with PMI since 11 years now from the initial years of my journey with Project Management. The organization, community and the valuable resources provided by PMI played a very important role in shaping me as a Leader. The credentials I have earned during this journey like PMP & PgMP provided me with a lot of knowledge and the recognition needed in the market & from peers. Currently pursuing my PMI-ACP to get acquainted with the Agile world and how to transform from waterfall world to a agile world of quick delivery of business value to business.

Faisal Naik
July 2019 Edition
Faisal Naik

Faisal Naik

Project Manager - Professional Services

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PMP certification from PMI has had a significant impact on my career. Within a couple of months of achieving this milestone, my profile got more attention & I was soon able to secure a senior level position in a company working across multiple geographic regions. The certification and the knowledge gained to date through PMI and associated channels has helped me shape into a better project manager. If time permits I will definitely go for additional PMI certifications.

Marc-Yvan PANDJA FALEU
July 2019 Edition
Marc-Yvan PANDJA FALEU

Marc-Yvan PANDJA FALEU

Director of Quality & Customer Experience

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The Project Management Institute (PMI) is a life changing Institution and a career elevator. Every single second spent in learning for a PMI Certificate is an investment for your future. I am a lucky PgMP and PMP credential holder. And the less that I can say is that, these certificates played an invaluable role in the path taken by my career. I remember 6 years ago when I got my PMP credential. I was a young project manager in lack of recognition and visibility in my field. This credential act like a wall-breaker and catalyst in helping me get more interesting opportunities in the Project Management Industry. More recently, a year ago, I got certified in Program Management through the PgMP credential. Apart from the credential itself, my journey in pursuing it was one of the most challenging and passionate moment of my whole life. During this journey, I had the opportunity to meet up with and to be welcomed in a community full of highly skilled and talented professionals, all bound by the desire to learn and give back to the community. This encounter has completely changed my life. So, it is with a heart full Joy that I will say Happy Anniversary PMI. Continue to change people's life and Stay Eternally Blessed.

Ravi Kumar
July 2019 Edition
Ravi Kumar

Ravi Kumar

Practice Head - Project Management & Agile

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Its been a good relationship with PMI for over 9 years now. I have always believed that earning a certification is a testimony of your knowledge and skills. I have always appreciated the frameworks created by PMI and certifications build around that. It has been very satisfying to earn PgMP, PMP and ACP certifications from PMI.

Aditya Lal
July 2019 Edition
Aditya Lal

Aditya Lal

Global Head of PMO

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My PMP® certification took 6 years of preparation; In 2006 I thought about getting certified and executed my plan in 2011. In 2012 & 2016, I got PgMP® and PfMP® certifications respectively. I was skeptical about the effectiveness of these certifications. Although I got PMP® certified in 2011, I have read PMBOK® several times since 2006. I started using the tools & techniques, the terminologies, artifacts and templates much before my certification. As a result, I saw my career soaring to new heights and I got promoted from Project Manager to Program Manager. My knowledge, my understanding, my ability to think through and think far and several other skills were advanced after I started practicing the knowledge I gained from PMBOK. It is not the certificate but the implementation of the knowledge gained through the process of certifications that have helped me move from Project Manager to Global Head of PMO. Furthermore, PMI through its local chapters have helped me build a network, market credibility, recognition and a sense of achievement. I strongly believe that PMI has been one of the greatest success factors towards my career growth.

Walid Gamil
July 2019 Edition
Walid Gamil

Walid Gamil

PMO executive

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Project management institute (PMI) Project management certificates are considered experience crown and professionalism tools to enhance organization ability to deliver business objectives and strategies.

Ribel Elias
July 2019 Edition
Ribel Elias

Ribel Elias

Civil Engineer, PMP

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Being part of this community is a great pleasure, I like the idea that there are chapters in each country. Even when I travel, I check the events and attend since I love meeting new people in the same field from different countries. Career wise, I was able to progress faster and I am looking forward to take a higher certification since I really experienced it's importance and the added value.

Hussein Hojeij
July 2019 Edition
Hussein Hojeij

Hussein Hojeij

Marketing & Business Development | Digital Marketing | Account Management

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Joining this community had been very beneficial for me in all terms. I came new to the city, and this community helped me know more people and expand my horizon. I look forward to continuing contributing to this community as I see a great future coming.

Hani Hmedeh
July 2019 Edition
Hani Hmedeh

Hani Hmedeh

Founder of Zmaestro

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It's been 10 exciting years, I look for more and more! Being part of this community not only made motivated me getting 2 certificates, but also becoming an entrepreneur. I believe in this community and that it plants a fruitful culture within organizations and also within us internally. My certifications had shaped my career, and I am so grateful to have chosen this path.