News Feb 2018


THE Project is an annual collegiate project management competition offered by the Western Michigan Project Management Institute (WMPMI) since 2012.  The competition is an excellent tool to teach real world skills to students, to incite an interest in project management as a career and to ignite an understanding of how complex problems can be solved and solutions delivered using tools that have been honed in the fires of real life practice. Although project management tends to favor business, computer science, and engineering curriculums, students of all academic disciplines are highly encouraged to participate.

From projects focused on Helping Veterans, Health and Wellness for Children, Keeping Students in Michigan and Growing Community Gardens, the 2018 THEProject is asking students to come up with ideas on Reducing Food Waste - from farm to fork to landfill.

To learn more about this year's project, click here.

This year we are celebrating 25 years of our chapter! One of the first Presidents of the chapter held PMP certification #3 and contributed to the writing of the PMBOK! Started in 1993 with less than 100 members, now grew into several initiatives, including 9-12 program, THE Project Collegiate competition, 3 monthly events, our most successful Professional Development Day event and close to 1,000 active members!

We will celebrate the 25th Anniversary with festive dinner and special guest on May 14th. Please keep your eyes peeled for details! Make sure you register, as you wouldn't want to miss it.  Register Now.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Long-time member and Xerox employee Mike Janisse takes a trip down memory lane to recall what WMPMI used to be like upon joining the early chapter in the 90’s.

"The WMPMI meetings were held at Noto’s when it was located on the SE corner of the East Beltline and I-96.  We didn’t have a good way to serve Lansing, Kalamazoo, Traverse City, Muskegon, Holland back then, so we had a number of members who did travel to the monthly dinner meetings. Chapters were later started in other parts of the state of Michigan, and WMPMI certainly influenced that momentum."

Learn about Lynda

Lynda, otherwise known as LinkedIn Learning is a PMI Registered Education Provider, with over 200 courses listed as PMI activities in their catalog available at your local library. To learn more click here.

PMBOK 6 Changes

PMBOK 6, released on Sept 6, 2017 will be a required for exams starting on March 25, 2018.  As told in a great explanatory blogthe main difference is inclusion of Agile Practice Guide, as well as new chapter on the new PMI Talent Triangle and three new Project Management Processes.