In the April meeting we covered two topics: "Life After PMP" and "Sub-Branch Planning".
We also welcomed Grant Goodman, the new Waikato sub-branch coordinator. Grant
is new to PMI but brings with him a wealth of knowledge in project and program
management. He is also an enthusiastic volunteer and is looking forward to growing
the involvement and influence of the Waikato sub-branch.
Life After PMP
The group was mixed with less than half of those in attendance having their PMPs,
so the discussion ranged from the benefits of having your PMP and helpful hints
on how to obtain it - with most present expressing a desire to start/join a local
study group. We even had one person who is wanting to go for their PGMP. We are looking
forward to the 2012 study group getting off the ground soon.
We also discussed "Life after PMP" - what benefits people observed in the NZ market
in terms of credential profile, and many practical methods of gaining PDUs through
learning opportunities and giving back to the profession.
The planning meeting was very productive with those in attendance actively engaging in the
group discussions and providing many valuable ideas for how to improve the visibility
of the sub-branch locally, and to provide more value to members. Items discussed included
joint speaker opportunities with other local groups and companies.
The level of energy in the room was infectious; although the meeting was scheduled to
end at 7:15 it wrapped up closer to 8pm, with people lingering well afterward to continue the conversations.
We are looking forward to a very dynamic 2012 with Grant at the helm.