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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.

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Center of Excellence

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.

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e-Magazine

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.

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Groups & Events

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.

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Integrated PM Certification

Integrated PM Certification

“If I become certified in using Integrated PM, then others will know my capabilities, but more importantly, I will have verified my capabilities, and know my readiness.”

You may have wondered about this logo, it represents pmNERDS approach to Integrated PM. The center illustrates Venus- the Morning Star. Every morning is a new journey for those involved in continuous improvement. The feet, connected in one round represents the community effort in change. The seven points on the star symbolize the seven pillars of certification. There are three certification types; the Specialist, the Governor, and the Planner. All three types certify Integrated PM on different mixtures of the Pillars.

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Membership

Membership

“If I become a member, then I can participate in the community and maybe even make some money, but I would have to collaborate with others at some point.”

Community membership is free. Your user name and email address are used as unique identifiers to provide security to you and other members. With that minimal information, you can join the community. When you begin the registration, you’ll be asked for your name and email address. We will then send you a validation email to confirm your registration. Once you reply, your credentials are established and you become a member- that easily. Our goal is to provide access to the community regardless of race, religion, academic achievement, nationality, sex … whatever. What choices you made in the past shouldn’t prevent your development in the future. We certainly want your contribution. Each one of us contribute to the whole. So, whomever you were doesn’t matter, who are you now?

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Podcasts, Videos, & Photos

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.

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I am interested in learning more about the Community of Excellence.
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 18:00
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Project Based Learning

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.

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Social Learning Activities

Social Learning Activities

“If I use a blended learning course, then I can gain the best of all worlds, but it is still very lonely, and I just don’t get as motivated to complete the course as in a live course.”

I get my personal energy from engaging with other people. I learn by study, and then explaining to others. I do my best work, when others can see me. Ok, you might not be like me, but others are. Most of us, for one reason or another, thrive in a social environment where idea exchange is regular. Real learning occurs when people are impacted at a social level.

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The Bandwagon, and Why Jumping On It Isn’t Always a Good Idea

It’s safe to say that everyone has jumped on a bandwagon at some point in their life. I can even say that, and I’m usually very leery of them, often times turning my back to them as they roll on by. But whether the bandwagon is for a person, sports team, a product, political movement, social movement or anything else really - we have all jumped on a bandwagon at some point in our life. And how can we not? We are constantly bombarded by dramatic headlines trying to lure us onto one.

Do any of these look familiar?

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The Great Migration

Is it a melting pot? Is it a unified group who stay true to their origins? It's too early to say.

Really kind of an exciting period to be alive.

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Welcome to pmNERDS’ Center of Excellence

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.

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Welcome to The Center of Excellence

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.

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Your Profile, Friends, & Conversations

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.

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Val Workman
First I would like to experience.
Thursday, 22 February 2018 14:04
Val Workman
Yes, you can join the community, and join groups later. Or browse the website and find information that interests you. Take a look... Read More
Thursday, 22 February 2018 15:33
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