Your Profile, Friends, & Conversations

“If I complete my profile in the community, then it will be easier for me to engage like-minded people in conversations, but I will need to spend some time in the community.”

The pmNERDS’ Community platform uses your profile like a civic record. It stores your login credentials which is kept private and general information about you that you publish for other members to see.

This is the record that keeps track of how many community participation badges are awarded to you, and certification levels you have earned. If you participate in the open innovation activities in GrandView, this is how we keep track of what assets you own; that way when the product or service begins to produce revenue, you can receive your share.

This profile record also maintains a list of people you are currently friends with. You may engage in conversations with friends after logging in, in fact, most of the community activities are restricted until you login.

Not only are your list of friends maintained on your profile record, but also the list of mentors and coaches you have, and those you are mentoring. Once your profile page has been completed, conversation and collaboration becomes easy. Just as watching the grass move when the wind blows, the life force of the community can be detected in the amount of conversation occurring.

Community membership is free, access to the technology used in supporting this community is free. By creating an account, you create a profile, which helps you interact with others. We bring the technology, you bring your experience and personality. If you build value, perhaps you can invite your friends and colleagues to even get more value from the community. Each of us help form a living community.

Join the Free Community Today!

What it Takes to be a Community Coach?

"If decide to be a community coach, then I want to do a good job, but I will need some help and support as I learn."

Simple.

  1. Join the ‘Community Coaches’ group within the community
  2. Read 1-8 blogs on mentoring PMs (Click Here)
  3. Practice annotation demonstration and goal setting techniques with other coaches
  4. Practice milestone roadmapping methods (Click Here to Learn More)
  5. Work with other coaches for community best-practices using community features to accomplish user milestones.
  6. Ask a coach you’ve worked with to sponsor you. They will contact pmNERDS through email to put you on a mentoring list. Wait to be contacted by your first new member.

Remember, if you ever have questions or doubts you can always reach out to your group for support.

Welcome to The Center of Excellence

“If I participate in the Center of Excellence, then I will improve the performance of all my projects in life, but it requires me to spend time and learn new things.”

This is the place where Integrated PM is being developed. It’s the next generation of Projects; that is the 21st Century. Not to replace the last generation, but to stand on the shoulders of all the work of those who have gone before us. This is an open community, and we’d love to have your participation. Granted, you can sit back, watch and learn, and then benefit from increased project performance. But wait! Why do that when you can pitch in and contribute. Not only will you gain the benefits faster, but will develop lifelong friends in the process. Don’t be shy, jump in today.

They tell me that during the 20th century mankind had focused on many topics, dicing and slicing studies and sciences into many parts, one part not knowing the other. Certainly, this is true with projects. Fields like Systems Thinking, Operational Research, and Scientific Management have become specialized, each one using a different, even more specialized mathematics. That was the century of differentiation, where we took pieces apart, and studied them separately. We focused on mankind’s differences … Well, that was then.

This is the century of integration, the 21st century, is where we pull the pieces back together again. We leverage our understanding of the components, to capitalize on the whole. Integrated PM is the consequence of pulling projects back together. We take a holistic view of all the projects as a system, leverage what has been learned about systems, and then benefit from performance increases in our projects.

Our community? Well yes, invite everyone. Projects impact all our lives, children, young adults, adults and families, small businesses, and full enterprises. All these people use check lists, calendars, goals, simple projects with one resource, complex projects with large teams, inter-dependent projects, projects governed by a program, and even portfolios of projects; they benefit from increased performance. Each of our lives are impacted by projects to some degree. We all benefit from projects, and performance improvement.

We have tried to provide the underlying technology support needed to provide collaboration opportunities, asset sharing, and training to the World. As time goes on, new technology is developed, and we expect to leverage that technology to provide an even better community experience. Improvements are taking place almost daily, please understand the changes, which may cause temporary inconvenience.

Again, become a member and join in. If you find value, then recommend the community to your friends, neighbors, family members, peers, colleagues, even your managers.

Thank You,

Val Workman, President of pmNERDS.

Welcome to pmNERDS’ Center of Excellence

“If I participate in the Community, then I will increase my knowledge of Integrated PM, improve my project’s performance, and have many opportunities to increase my income, but I might not fit into the culture.”

The Center of Excellence is an open Community of Practice, started in Austin TX, by a group of PM consultants in 2009.

Today, it is a group of self-governing people from around the world, organized and constrained within an on-line Community, e-Learning, InnovationSpark and GrandView structure supporting the expansion of Integrated PM.

We hold each other accountable for constantly improving the quality of our shared practice within Integrated PM. As community members, we hold to these four values listed below:

COMMUNICATION - We have an obligation to communicate. Here, we take time to talk with one another … and to listen. We believe that information is meant to flow, and that information moves people.

RESPECT - We treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves. We do not tolerate abusive or disrespectful treatment.

INTEGRITY - We work with customers, members, and prospects openly, honestly, and sincerely. When we say we will do something, we do it; when we say we cannot or will not do something, then we won’t do it.

EXCELLENCE - We are satisfied with nothing less than the very best in everything we do. We will continue to raise the bar for everyone. The great fun here, will be for all of us to discover just how good we can really be.

As an open community, we believe the Center of Excellence, and all its Members, perform a public service that becomes more and more relevant each day, as all of us reach out and help those we encounter, and together become more capable PMs.

To become part of the Center- Join the Community today!

The Volunteer Coaching Program

"If I join the pmNERDS’ Community, then I can share information assets, learn, and collaborate on real Integrated PM issues to improve performance, but it’s difficult and time consuming to learn how to do everything."

It’s true, our community website is a complicated web application with many features designed to make our community more effective.

There is a world class Learning Management System (LMS) that allows members to create and market e-learning courses to help other members of all ages learn Integrated PM principles using project-based and scenario-based teaching techniques. There is a feature-rich e-pub that helps colligate information in community blogs, forums, and public messages to facilitate reading information. Reader annotations used for personal study, are extended to all web content on this site, and with browser plug-ins, can be used across the entire web.

The forum lets members post questions, issues, and ideas benefiting all members and community visitors. The forum also acts as a book review on Integrated PM topics.

Our community application offers many features to facilitate online collaboration, networking, asset sharing, and coaching. When Grandview is launched in 2018, there will be even more to master.

This web application requires coaching right now, and as more features and capabilities are deployed; process training, skills mentoring, and performance coaching will be used.

The volunteer coaching program is an integral feature of the community and is a part process, and a part technology. The technology portion supporting coaching is taught by the coach, a high-level review of the process is shown in the diagram above.

Step 1.0 begins when someone becomes a new member of the community, normally within a few days. If you haven’t been invited to join the Coaching Program, then request a coach today, HERE.

In Step 2.0 a community manager will find an available coach, and through community messages, (and email) will introduce the new member to the coach. It will be between the new member and coach to find a time that they can have a conversation and begin the coaching process.

During Step 3.0 the coach will work with the new member to establish goals and define milestones within a milestone roadmap that the new member can then work towards. The role of the coach is to provide guidance through this process and identify resources when available to help the new member.

Step 4.0 is a continuous process of accomplishing milestone objectives, and following the roadmap until completion. Even the best plans have issues, and the coach helps find solutions to the issues and keeps the learning process moving. The coach may not be the smartest person on the planet, but they can help you find what you need, or get you in touch with the person who can.

Step 5.0 is the recognition of accomplishment. It’s a celebration that should be shared with the community whenever possible. Now that you have completed this process, you might elect to help others. This helps you keep sharp, make new friends, promote Integrated PM, and is just good to do.