Looking Forward in 2017

I would like to start the 2017 year off by announcing our upcoming goals, programs, and events we are presently undertaking.  It is our design, to retain those very good programs and projects from previous years while adding focus in some key areas.  Due to our expanded agenda over the past years, our organization has become of great interest to senior and executive management.  Our membership continues to grow being enhanced by CIOs, Vice Presidents, Directors, Managers, and Technology Practitioners.  Central Florida PMI is quickly becoming a center point for not just the Project Management Profession, but also for all allied Information Technology domains.  Our traditional Certification and Education Programs for the PMP, CAPM, and AGP are now being expanded by our support of the Business Analysis Community through our PMI-BA Certification.

In addition to our traditional programs of Dinner Meetings, Conferences, and Certification Courses, this year’s agenda will be accompanied by Networking Socials, Career Development Events, Corporate Development Activities, Specialized Educational Sessions, Student Educational Sessions, Veteran Educational Sessions, Locally-Developed Online Training, and the undertaking of starting the Central Florida Technology Alliance Consortium. 

We will be conducting a detailed survey for our members to have you guide our direction in these various endeavors.  Our new website allows us to now track and communicate with non-members of the Information Technology Community.  This will greatly enable our Student, Veteran, and Allied Practitioner notifications.  

Our new outreach efforts to Corporations is being undertaken to assist our members in career enhancement and maintaining employment status.  With over 1,200 members in 400 corporations, our chapter has an impressive network.  

We will also be seeding a number of Special Interest Groups, including:  The Business Analysis SIG, The Student Education SIG, The Veteran SIG, and the Tools/Technology/Methodology SIG.  Having everyone better educated and trained will keep our members and affiliates in a successful career and an ever-advancing career path.  

It is our goal to connect with the Information Technology Community at all levels from Entry Point up to and including the Chief Information Officer/Executive level.  Although our numbers are large, we all know that the Information Technology Community is a very connective group if enabled.  We would like to fully connect our organization providing benefits to all members and affiliates. 

Our final position on the PMI Central Florida Chapter organization, is that the members are the stockholders of our 501.C organization – and we, as the PMI CFL Board are here to carry out the wishes of our members.  We ask for your input and participation when your schedule permits.  It is our goal to provide to you, the full agenda of the upcoming year so that you can plan accordingly.  Also, to this end, please let us know what programs, projects, and events you would like to see undertaken.  

We will be providing our Long-Term Plan to the Chapter and offering sessions for members to come and evaluate and direct changes.  Our chapter will also increase the level of transparency to the membership.  Our Board Agenda(s), Minutes, and Action items will be placed out on the website for you to measure our PMI Board Performance on our undertakings. 

Please feel free to contact any PMI Executive Board Member with ideas or action items.  We are re-vamping the Volunteer Program providing a more direct-connect process to our Board.

Please join our PMI Board in making 2017 an exciting, rewarding, and enjoyable year for our members and affiliates!

David Siegel, President of Central Florida PMI Chapter