pmNERDS Community: Login

  • Innovation_e_Publication
  • Integrated_PM_Feedback_Blog
  • Job_Board
  • pmNERDS_Center_of_Excelence
  • Research_and_Development_Journal
  • Community_Blog
A+ A A-

Podcasts, Videos, & Photos

"If I want to create a training video, then I could test the market by developing an e-Learning course, but how would I provide access to the video and gather viewer comments?"

Podcasts, videos, and photos are great ways to receive feedback on new concepts. In the community, users can post these rich media formats that make collaboration easier. Within groups, activities of an event can be posted for group members. Posting to the whole community promotes collaboration across the world. If you have Integrated PM concepts that you would like to share with other members and receive feedback on, then you should consider posting a video.

These can also be used by members to advertise their own products and services to the rest of the communities. Remember, this is a Center of Excellence, and we want to encourage all things Integrated PM. If you can find ways to exploit this technology, that’s great. If it gets out of hand we’ll let you know.

In general, if it adds to the Integrated PM experience, if it promotes successful applications of Integrated PM, if it performs research and development of Integrated PM practices, then we encourage you to promote it. If you benefit from it commercially, then that’s even better, as long as your exploiting the technology, and not members, you will be fine.

Join the Free Community Today!

Continue reading
98 Hits
0 Comments

Groups & Events

“If I participate in conversations, then I’ll find meaningful ways to contribute to Integrated PM, but how do I do something more than talk?”

“I’m tired of just talking, I want to do something!” Excellent, because we need your ideas and help. But you also might just want to have fun and meet others. In either case, ‘Groups’ are the way to do it. Once signed in, you can join existing groups or create your own. There are two types of groups, public and private.

PRIVATE GROUPS- When created, you have an option to make the group require invitations to join. This is a private group. Once invited, they can join, and participate as normal. A private group may form to do the planning of a local trade show for Integrated PM.

PUBLIC GROUPS- If you decide to make the group public anyone can join. The sponsoring of global fireside chats, where some members plan the event, others present Integrated PM Topics, and still others participate by attending.

As a member of a group, public or private you can have conversations that are only seen by group members. Tasks can be defined to help accomplish the group purpose, members can be assigned to the tasks, and the status monitored. This is the way to get things done. “But what things”, you might ask.

Local groups plan meetings with other members at restaurants, bars, and even parks. Activities can include workshops, or maybe hiking, and camping activities. Other global groups might plan webinars and podcasts. Virtual companies use groups to coordinate operations. E-Learning course experiences can be enhanced using course groups.

These associations and events are all supported in the community, Private or Public, and real deliverables and services are being performed. Once again, the value is up to you and your participation.

Join the Free Community Today!

Continue reading
89 Hits
0 Comments

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!

Continue reading
133 Hits
0 Comments

Center of Excellence

“If I participate in the Center of Excellence, then I will receive the benefits of a community of practice, but then I will most likely have to change and improve some aspects of my life.”

Yes, the pmNERDS Center of Excellence is a (CoP) or Community of Practice. Looking back, we see that some connections are inevitable. Given enough time and networking, some people are bound to meet and find that they share a passion. For more than a decade, these three; Etienne Wenger, Richard McDermott, and William M. Snyder, had been working with communities of practice in their own ways. Etienne had been involved in the original research at the Institute for Research on Learning as well as some early work at Xerox and National Semiconductor; He had also written a seminal book on communities of practice. Richard had been building “Learning communities” for a dozen years at companies such as Ben & Jerry’s, Shell Oil Company, and Hewlett-Packard, as well as writing articles and developing tools to help change agents build such communities. Bill had found the concept in Etienne’s dissertation and used it as a key element in his own dissertation on the connection between learning and performance in organizations. He also used it to perform his work on knowledge and communities at Colgate-Palmolive, McKinsey & Company, and the federal government.

A decade later, when Val Workman left EDS Services to found the Center of Excellence with RYMA Technologies and Services, it was only natural to go back to old contacts and leverage the proven structures that these gentlemen had started, applying these principles to the development of community-based knowledge development to the domain of Integrated PM. Here at the Center of Excellence, we share the early vision that communities of practice will help shape society with pervasive knowledge-oriented structures. They will provide new points of stability and connection in an increasingly mobile, global, and changing world.

Here at the Center, we have attempted to:

DESIGN FOR EVOLUTION- The community of practice is organic, design is more an act of shepherding the evolution rather than creating it from scratch. The community’s technology is a catalyst for the community’s natural evolution.

ENABLE OPEN DIALOGUE BETWEEN INSIDE AND OUTSIDE PERSPECTIVES- Our community is built on the collective experience of each community member. Only members can appreciate the issues at the heart of Integrated PM, the knowledge that is important to share, the challenges that this field faces, and the latent potential in emerging ideas and techniques. It also takes an outside perspective to help our members see the possibilities. Our community brings information from outside the community into the dialogue about what the community could achieve.

INVITE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF PARTICIPATION- We anticipate many different levels of participation. We invite all to participate in the CORE group of leadership, but recognize that some may prefer to maintain an active role in the community, contribute to dialog and help build intellectual capital, but not participate in a leadership role. Still others may prefer to stay outside of even an active role, and enjoy only a peripheral status. Of course, it is the desire of the CORE group, to build a fire in the center of the community that will draw people to its heat.

DEVELOP BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COMMUNITY SPACES- Like a local neighborhood, dynamic communities are rich with connections that happen both in the public places of the community; meetings, webinars; and private space, groups, and the one-on-one networking of community members. We have public events where members meet face-to-face or electronically to exchange tips, solve problems, or explore new ideas, tools, and techniques. However, our community is much more than these public events. The heart of the community is the web of relationships among community members, and much of the day-to-day occurs in one-on-one exchanges.

MAINTAIN A FOCUS ON PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT OF PROJECTS- our community thrives because it delivers value to its members. Some of that value comes from focusing on current problems and needs of community members. Developing a systematic body of knowledge that can be easily accessed is also important to our members.

COMBINE FAMILIARITY AND EXCITEMENT- As a community, one of our goals is to offer familiar comforts of a hometown, but also to have enough interesting and varied events to keep new ideas and new people cycling into our community. Like a neighborhood bar or café, our community desires to become a “place” where people have the freedom to ask for candid advice, share opinions, and try their half-baked ideas without repercussion. It’s a place for people to drop by to hear about the latest tool, exchange technical gossip, or just chat about technical issues without fear of committing to action plans.

CREATE A RHYTHM FOR THE COMMUNITY- Our everyday lives have a rhythm: Waking up and preparing for work, commuting, checking e-mail, attending meetings, commuting home, engaging with kid’s activities, enjoying quiet time. Although there are different rhythms for different people, most of our lives do have a rhythm, which contributes to its sense of familiarity. At the heart of our community is a web of enduring relationships among members. Regular blog posts, comments, teleconferences, podcasts, forums, courses, and group meetings become the community’s rhythm. Your participation becomes this rhythm of life pulse of the community. If you find the community to be dead, then participate more and increase the strength of the community’s pulse.

Continue reading
68 Hits
0 Comments

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.

Continue reading
90 Hits
0 Comments

Project Based Learning

“If I complete a course on Project Management, then I expect to understand and be able use what was taught, but when I study Project Management, I fall asleep, and comprehend very little below surface concepts.”

What do you prefer when learning new project management principles; lectures, videos, picture & graphs, role playing, discussions, performance reviews, reading books, podcasts, or maybe modeling and simulation? At pmNERDS, course instructors and designer are challenged to use these teaching tools. Some are better at this than others.

However, in our e-Learning courses there are some standards that every course must be based on. Project Based Learning (PBL) is one of them.

PBL is used by many modern schools to help students acquire a deeper conceptual understanding of the material being studied. PBL is an overall approach to the design of learning experiences. Learning experiences such as Project Based Learning have five key features:

1) They start with a driving question, a challenge or problem to be solved. We are advocates for the use of a well formatted problem statement.

2) Students explore the driving question by participating in authentic, situated inquiry - processes of problem solving that are central to expert performance in Integrated PM. As students explore the driving question/problem, they learn and apply important ideas within Integrated PM.

3) Students, teachers, and community members engage in collaborative activities to find solutions to the driving question/problem. This mirrors the complex situation of expert problem solving.

4) While engaged in the inquiry process, students grow with learning technologies that help them participate in activities normally beyond their ability.

5) Students create a set of tangible products that address the driving question. These are shared artifacts, publicly accessible external representations of the participants learning.

With e-Learning offerings found at the Center of Excellence, technology helps support this PBL approach. All the community developed courses come packaged with curriculum materials. The technology platform helps them build, test, and evaluate qualitive, dynamic planning and manage problems within complex projects.

The tangible artifacts of the course projects allow students to share and have their artifacts reviewed by others- teachers, peers, friends, colleagues, parents, employers, employees, and members of the community members.

Using PBL and our technology platform, instructors and designers create learning experiences that focus on driving questions that students find meaningful and important, and around which students can develop an understanding of Integrated PM.

Continue reading
121 Hits
0 Comments

Blog Posts

“If I comment on blog posts,
then I contribute to the intellectual content of the community,
but this takes time and could be embarrassing.”

We have all heard that there is no such thing as a dumb question, and we have all heard a dumb question as well. If you feel you may have a dumb question, then just rephrase it. If your concerned about the “Deep sea fishing rights of teenagers?” you could ask, “What about teenagers?” and that may seem like a dumb question. I find that most dumb questions are really good questions, but suffer from poor abridgement. My advice is think about the context of your comment, but don’t give up on making the comment.

We need your questions, ideas, reactions, doubts and yes, even argument and rebuttals. The comments on the blog post is of much more value than the original post. Please help build this value by commenting on the posts. In our community, it’s the Conversation That’s King.

Now, where do these blogs come from? Our Integrated PM consultants, Course Designers and Instructors, Partners, Guests and Approved Bloggers all post blogs. This is an Open Community, and we want to hear from everyone. For security reasons, we do control who has access to posting a blog, but that shouldn’t constrain any members from commenting on existing blog posts.

Yes, there are some rules of etiquette that we hold everyone to, but rather than listing each expected behavior, I’d like to just say respect each other. We should be able express our thoughts without personally criticizing others. We must respect the right of others to express and even compete their thoughts and new ideas against our statements. But, never should we have to tolerate personal attacks. These will be promptly removed. If you would like to volunteer as a community Blogger, or Instructor reach out to us and we’ll get you started.

Continue reading
105 Hits
0 Comments

e-Magazine

“If the Center of Excellence continues in developing Integrated PM then different and innovative performance improvement methods will increase, but members won’t know of their existence or how to apply them.”

New methods within the discipline of Integrated PM are being developed at a rate of over 15 per month or 180 per year. It takes even the smallest teams over 21 days to adopt a new method or less than 18 per year. In 6 months, your team will be behind by 81 new methods. You just simply can’t do them all. This fact implies that if we want to stay competitive, we must review and select out of all the new methods that we could do, what methods should we do.

The Center of Excellence needed a communication channel that makes this information accessible. Today it supports topics for children, young adults, adults and families, small businesses, and enterprises. It provides insight into the application experiences as they deploy Integrated PM principles in their environments.

The magazine editors have identified lots of cool features that will continue to enhance the reading experience, increase collaboration, and increase the value of mobile access, while at the same time improving the quality, relevance, and breadth of information gathered.

Continue reading
138 Hits
0 Comments

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 is 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!

Continue reading
153 Hits
0 Comments