Benefits of PMI Membership

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Even if you do not plan to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam, I highly recommend a membership to the Project Management Institute (PMI). It is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession.

The knowledge you can obtain from the materials on the site and in-person events are applicable to all professions. It’s about organization, processes, controls and management. Everyone from students, to house-wives to CEOS are required to use these skills to some degree.

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There are great Benefits to having a PMI Membership.  They include:

  • Discount on the PMI Certification Exam fee
  • Free or discounted certification exam prep materials
  • Access to online tools, resources and workshops
  • Access to local, national and international events

I especially like the template library.  As a person who’s often asked to take on projects of various focus, having a template to reference from a PMO source saves a lot of time.

 Here’s five new templates that were shared with PMI members in July courtesy of ProjectsAtWork:
Analytics Project Framework (NEW THIS MONTH!)
The rise of big-data analytics can greatly improve an organization’s decision-making on programs, portfolios, products and processes. Here is a comprehensive checklist to help PMOs develop a framework for planning, structuring and monitoring large analytics initiatives, ensuring they deliver the desired business insights and impact. *Free registration at ProjectsAtWork required if you aren’t already subscribed; PMI members can log in with their PMI credentials.
Strategic Plan Workbook (NEW THIS MONTH!)
This workbook has been created to provide a generic and customizable tool for performing strategic planning with the intention of producing a strategic plan, including a roadmap. This workbook contains strategic planning process instructions and information, and can be used by novices through experts.
Project Status Report (Monthly) (NEW THIS MONTH!)
This Project Status Report is a monthly document presented to the Project Control Group (Steering Committee). This report is used to monitor the progress of the project, discuss and support tactical decisions that need to be taken to keep or put the project on track, mitigate risks and issues escalated by the project team and/or the Project Working Group, and recommend/approve changes in scope, budget or schedule.
Project Working Group Information Pack Presentation (NEW THIS MONTH!) 
This presentation is used to discuss the project progress with an extended project team, called the Project Working Group. The PWG is composed of the core project team members (business analyst, lead developer, architect), business subject matter experts and important stakeholders. This report focuses on governance aspects like roles and responsibilities, task allocation, visibility on current and near-future work, and management of risks and issues that can be solved by the PWG.
PMO Status Report (NEW THIS MONTH!)
The PMO Status Report is a weekly report in Excel format submitted to the PMO, portfolio or program manager. The purpose of this report is to provide a summary that will be aggregated at the program or portfolio level. This report focuses on financials, risks and issues that should be escalated at the program/portfolio level.
Project HEADWAY Risk Identification Form
On any project, risks can have a huge impact on the success or failure of the project. The risk identification form allows anyone working on a project to identify a risk on a project and document the potential impact it may have should it occur. This template becomes the basis for the risk register allowing the project manager to extrapolate and summarize key pieces of data. 
How to Conduct a Project Feasibility Study
A project worth doing is a project worth doing right. But can the project really be done at all? Learn how to assess project feasibility by taking into account potential constraints.

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