Out and About with Dr Lynn Keeys: Eskom IT Group Imbizo
As part of PMI South Africa Chapter’s commitment to engage with stakeholders across different sectors, we make use of every opportunity afforded us to expand this community of best practice for project management professionals. PMI SA Chapter’s president, Dr Lynn Keeys, had such an opportunity earlier this week when she was invited by state-owned power utility Eskom IT Group Director, Neerasen Moodley, to speak about PMI and our local Chapter at the recent Eskom IT Group Imbizo held in Gauteng.
Developing Professional PM Skills
Dr Keeys deliberated about the importance of developing professional project management skills through continuous learning and professional development. This not only in technical areas of project management, but also in strategic business skills and leadership acumen. PMI membership helps professional development by building local communities of project managers from varying sector that are united through a common framework of professionalism. Dr Keeys highlighted how project personnel who understand the strategic and business context of their efforts and who keep an eye on benefits realization from concept to delivery, are the workplace champions. They are the workers that bring success and add value to their organisations.
Getting it Right, the First Time?
Dr Keeys also introduced the theme of the upcoming Project Management Summit on 9 November: “Getting it Right, the First Time? The Summit theme elicited nods of agreement from audience members, as Dr Keeys expounded on the growing need to view projects differently and with a renewed perspective leaning towards adaptation and agility. This increasing need for organisational agility due to the prevailing Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) environment. The PM Summit will provide the platform for expert discussion and workshops on how to get projects right beyond scope, schedule and budget.
Thank You Eskom
Dr Lynn Keeys expressly thanked Eskom and Neerasen Moodley for providing the platform for discussion. ESKOM employees could project management challenges and learn about new trends and opportunities for professional development.
Mauritius is preparing to host the PMI Africa Conference in 2018. Read more about this and other important News in the PMI Africa Chapters Newsletter. Clicking on the link below to download the PDF.
30 August 2017
This is a call for participants: PMI South Africa Chapter Mentorship Program 2017
The Professional Development Portfolio plans to again in 2017/18 undertake their Mentoring Program previously and successfully offered in 2016. The intention remains to engage all PMI members in South Africa, and not be limited only to current PMI SA Chapter members.
The purpose of this initiative is to support & encourage Chapter members to manage their own learning so that they can fulfill their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the professional they want to be. This can be achieved by getting experienced members of the Chapter to provide personal support and guidance to less experienced members. Broadly speaking, the benefits of the mentoring program for the Chapter are to extend the service offering for members, to enhance member satisfaction, and to provide an incentive for prospective members to join the Chapter.
Benefits to Mentors is mainly the satisfaction of perpetuating the project management culture and being provided with a personal learning opportunity earning PDUs. The Mentees benefit from access to broader knowledge and experience, which will provide a wider perspective on their career and immediate tasks.
Application are invited from all regions in South Africa for both mentors and mentees, but no guarantees are provided that team pairing will always be in the same town. Please fill in the application forms for either Mentor or Mentee at the back of the PMI Chapter Mentoring Handbook. Then send off as soon as possible, but no later than 11th September 2017, to email@example.com.
The proposed timeline for key events is as follows:
01st Sept 2017 – distribute invitation for aspirant Mentors & Mentees to participate
11th Sept 2017 – Final date for applications from interested Mentors & Mentees
15th Sept 2017 – Complete selection and pairing of Mentors & Mentees
21/23rd Sept 2017 – Kick-off training session in Gauteng and initial Mentor & Mentee meeting & contracts in Gauteng, (Cape Town, Durban, PE or as arranged electronic media)
25th Sept 2017 – formal program begins
1st Dec 2017 – Interim review of progress with Mentors & Mentees
12-16th March 2018 – Final review of program with Mentors & Mentees
19-23rd March 2018: Evaluate program effectiveness, plan for next cycle
The PMI SA Chapter Mentoring Handbook can be downloaded by clicking on this link: PMI SA Chapter Mentoring Handbook 2017
We look forward to a record number mentors and mentees this year!
Nirvanna Rampersad, VP Professional Development, PMI South Africa Chapter, 30 August 2017
On Day 2, the Leadership Institute Meeting focused to how chapters can better meet the needs of individual members, and in so doing, align with PMI’s strategic emphasis on the professional growth and development of the project manager as an individual. These areas centre around strategic focus, customer-centricity and organizational agility.
To align with this strategic focus, chapters are encouraged to develop activities that address existing and changing market environments. This involves continually listening to the voice of the customer and so as to deliver on their needs.
As an experiential exercise delegates worked in groups to put these concepts into practice. Thereafter we heard from chapter representatives on current activities, strategic plans and challenges. This session enabled chapter leaders to volunteer supportive feedback to each other on how to improve and resolve problems. We discussed passionately what is needed to support the development and advancement of project management in Africa. The meeting wrapped up with a detailed report on the Regional Publications Committee (PubCom), which is working to improve communication with chapter members. The new governance structure for the 3rd regional Africa Project Management Conference, planned for September 2018, was presented. It puts into place a replicable framework for the conference, which aims to highlight PM practices, perspectives and advancement of project management profession on the African continent. The day ended with the presentation of LIM certificates and expressions of appreciation for the LIM organisers and the collective effort and camaraderie that was maintained throughout the two-day conference.