President’s Corner – Gathering Feedback; Sharing Direction
February 2019


As February approaches, we are preparing to host our first chapter dinner meeting in our new venue – the Conference center at Texas Star; however, it won’t be the first event the chapter held there. On January 23rd, we held a very unique meetup where members and prospects shared input about desired speaker topics and services, all while practicing and learning 3 different requirement solicitation techniques. A video of the full event is posted on our Facebook page. This is just one example of the type of input we hope to gather as we move forward to serve our community better.  

On that note, I want to encourage all members to complete the member survey submitted by PMI on January 23rd. You would have received it at the email address on file at pmi.org. This survey is a very important way for PMI and the Fort Worth chapter to gauge our performance and make improvements to serve you better.  

As mentioned in last month’s president’s corner, I want to expand on one of the four chapter strategic goals for the year each month. This month I will discuss our professional development goal:  Promote the growth of the project management profession and best practices through high-quality educational events and networking opportunities in the communities we serve:

* As always, we will provide monthly chapter meetings with networking opportunities and project management-related presentations, but we plan to add new features such as remote attendance and access to presentation decks and recordings.  * Offer 3 or more small workshops (1-2 PDUs) for improvement including but not limited to:
   - Project management templates
   - Leadership
   - Communication
   - Planning skills
   - Time management
   - Risk management
   - Negotiation skills
   - Interview preparation
   - Resume preparation

* As always, we will be offering our excellent quality Professional Development Conference. Save the date on your calendar – June 13th.

* Likewise, we will continue to offer vendor discounts on local and virtual conferences from vendors such as IIL and Innotech.

* We plan to continue to partner with our value-added vendors to offer cost-effective exam-prep courses including but not limited to:
   - PMP
   - CAPM
   - PMI-ACP
   - PMI-RMP
   - PgMP

* Additionally, we plan to offer at least 3 workshops (more than 2 PDUs) for subjects including but not limited to:
   - Microsoft PowerPoint
   - Microsoft Project
   - Business succession planning
   - Conflict resolution
   - Facilitation skills
   - Negotiation skills
   - Time management

We hope you will enjoy the programs the professional development team is working hard to deliver for you this year, and that you will continue to give us feedback as to what topics serve your needs.

This month at the February chapter meeting, Preston McCauley of the Dallas-Fort Worth User Experience Professional Association will speak about Project Management and the UX Equation. The Book Clubs will be reviewing Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager by Kory Kogan. The Toastmasters meetings will have themes of residual risk and rolling wave planning. There is plenty of content to jump start your February. See you at a chapter event.