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  • 05 Sep 2017 9:56 AM | Debra Johnson (Administrator)

    Are you still deciding? We can help. Here are 10 reasons:


  • 01 Aug 2017 12:23 PM | Debra Johnson (Administrator)

    Read More here!

    https://www.pmi.org/learning/careers/job-growth?utm_source=pmi&utm_medium=website&utm_content= HomePage_HeroImage&utm_campaign=JobGrowthandTalentGap&utm_aud=generalVisitor&utm_thm=Career&utm_sdte=726 

  • 13 May 2016 12:29 PM | Christopher Chin Lee

    The following Highlights were taken from the Handouts and the Feature Presentation that was given by Dr. James T. Brown (@DrJamesTBrown), Seba Solutions Inc. (www.SebaSolutions.com) at the PMI Region 14 Annual Leadership Conference held at the Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort, Tobago.

    Theme: Leaders help their team practice Kindergarten Skills

    Leadership with Ultimate Awareness

    • Too many leaders today are unaware of how things are actually accomplished at the working level. There is no substitute for seeing reality at the working level and talking to people at the working level. This is a necessary obligation for all who are in leadership.

    • As the truth bubbles up through the filters of the organizational leadership, it rearly accurately resembles or has the context of what is actually taking place, no matter how many metrics are in place. In soe organizations the “m” in metric stands for manipulation.

    Take Away

    Look at your calendar and decide what meetings you can miss so that you can stay in touch with what goes on at the working level … go on a “field trip.”

  • 12 May 2016 6:00 PM | Christopher Chin Lee

    Some highlights from the Tobago House of Assembly Workshop held in Tobago.

  • 15 Apr 2015 2:33 PM | Debra Johnson (Administrator)

    We’ve asked, you’ve responded…

    The PMI SCC recently launched a Survey titled “Your PMI SCC and YOU” on March 25, 2015 to its membership.

    A total of forty-seven persons have responded as at this writing.  

    Here’s some of what YOU SAID….

    Your expectations…

    Continuous development, networking opportunities, mentorship

    Volunteer opportunities, online courses and webinars to gain PDUs

    Info on advances in PM within the region

    Forum to share concerns and lessons

    Advocacy of PM standards and best practices and how they contribute to business results. Regional reach.

    Recognition and access to senior PM related jobs in all industries

    Timely communication

    You MOST value…

    The technical sessions, biennial Conference, social interactions, networking opportunities personal growth and learning opportunities, PDU earning opportunities.

    Timely communication, emails, information on web, technology transfer, affiliation with the PMI SCC and low cost of membership, local content on PM shared with the membership.

    The credential

    You also said… “I can't say because I am not involved. I only hear from you 3-4 times a year…it’s hard to value anything the most when you're not included in the conversation”

    You said you LEAST value…

    Lack of communication (some said “too many emails”)

    Venues of technical sessions, lack of social media presence, the irregular website updates

    The lack of opportunities for members, particularly new professionals, the lack of other type of membership activity and that some of the sessions are not well attended.

    The quality of topics and speakers chosen for the technical sessions

    Lack of membership involvement, members don’t get opportunities to be presenters

    Presentations / courses are all face to face and seem primarily focused on the Trinidad Market. The same persons on the exec, irrelevance to my career

    You also shared your opinions on how you’d like to see the PMI SCC improved to better serve you

    We thank you for taking the time to participate in the survey.

    We heard you and we are already rolling out more initiatives that you will hopefully find to be beneficial to you.


    Join the conversation...Start Blogging Today!

    Interested in becoming a volunteer? Drop us a line here: http://pmiscc.org/page-1737281


    YOUR PMI Southern Caribbean Chapter

  • 19 Nov 2014 1:48 PM | Debra Johnson (Administrator)

    Professional certifications demonstrate professional commitment, a specified level of knowledge and a presumption of some technical expertise.

    Formal Project Management Training and Certification is an investment in time as well as money and if project management is in your cross-hairs as a long term career option, there can be tremendous benefits in store.

    Getting certified is a great idea on several counts.  These are just a few:

    • It demonstrates professional commitment to the subject matter
    • Organisations are increasingly indicating a preference for certified PMs
    • Project Management credential holders on the consulting team may give companies the edge when tendering for business opportunities
    • Equips the professional with current marketable knowledge, skills tools, techniques and industry trends

    What are your experiences since becoming certified?


  • 01 Dec 2012 1:07 AM | Anonymous

    While discussing project budgets, I often run into bad budgeting practices. Here is one I would like to bring to your attention.

    Bad Budgeting Practices

    In order to determine the project budget, a quotation was asked from the supplier that was to deliver the required services. This quotation was then used as the project budget.

    This is a bad budgeting practice, because one of the purposes of a budget is to verify that the quotation(s) received are reasonable or not. This means that you cannot use a quotation as a budget.

    Good Budgeting Practices

    It should be obvious that a budget should be as independent as possible. When determining your budget, you should use several independent sources for your cost information. This will give you a feeling for the current market situation.

    Also keep in mind that your budget is based on a certain scope. If the scope is not clear to the suppliers, you will not be able to compare the quotation(s) with your budget.

    Budgeting should always be done independent from suppliers.

  • 01 Dec 2012 1:00 AM | Anonymous

    A few months ago I commented on Sheryl Sandberg TED talk in a blog post entitled: Three insights into why we lack women leaders. Which continues to make me ponder.

    Is there really a glass ceiling or do women sometimes need to get out of their own way – or perhaps a bit of both?

    In the early days women had to be dramatic to be noticed and taken seriously: in fact as women forged careers in the later part of the last century they would often use their masculine traits – ie to play men at their own game. Whether they were comfortable with doing this who knows... but what businesses really need are the feminine strengths; particularly listening, nurturing and creativity.

    I am proud to bring my female traits to my role as entrepreneur.

    Yet regularly I’m asked to comment on what are seen as ‘issues’ facing women in business. I know that I personally am focused on results as well as being empathetic and generous. As I have aged I also think I have become more self-assured and assertive. As a young woman in business I wish someone had taken me aside and shared the following:

    Speak out

    Now, this could be a simple nature vs nurture, but how many preconceived notions exist because we stereotype boys as boisterous and girls as quiet. (I remember one of my son’s teachers admitting – we control boys we teach girls – but that is a whole other post.)  I was once called to my daughters school in her junior years and asked to ‘explain’ she had an outspoken nature – given what her mother does for a living I was hardly surprised – but of more concern was the fact that the female teacher said “You travel a lot for work – she needs you around more”. At which, I pointed out that my daughter had her dad with her at home every night of the week.... I questioned what the school was teaching their students if it was not to follow their dreams and speak up for themselves.

    Lois Frankel, Ph.D., president of Corporate Coaching International and author of the best-selling Nice Girls Don't Get The Corner Office, stresses the importance of being assertive in a work environment. "There's nothing wrong with saying, 'Excuse me, let me jump in here.'"  It is not ‘pushing’ to speak up for yourself.

    Don’t use 20 words when ten will do

    Women tend to use more words than men, which can dilute a message. Again, I believe this is a fundamental gender difference. I’m sure our foremothers shared stories and communed whilst gathering berries, whilst ‘shooting the breeze’ between our forefathers’ hunting packs was frowned upon in case it alerted the prey. In the case of business, try using 25 per cent fewer words in conversations and e-mails than you normally would, and see what happens.

    Take your time when you respond to a question – and structure your argument. Pause and say “The three points I wish to cover are...” and stick to three points. Being succinct is key to being heard.

    Money is not a dirty word

    Women will negotiate for less money when offered the same position as a man for fear of coming off as greedy, according to research by Lisa Barron of the University of California, Irvine. In general, the study shows that women are less comfortable equating a dollar amount with their self-worth. Also, because they see themselves in relationship to others, they feel less comfortable promoting their self-interests when it may be detrimental to others. Again, I wonder if the latter is a generational barrier that will dissolve over time as more women improve their negotiation skills. 

    Frankel says to keep in mind that '"whatever money you accept will be your baseline for what you do next.'"

    The statistics are staggering: Women leave somewhere around $500,000 on the table by the time they're 60 if they don't negotiate an equitable first salary, according to a study by Carnegie Mellon University professor of economics Linda Babcock and writer Sara Laschever.

    For my part, whether you are male or female, everything is possible and achievable if understand WHY you are pursuing it and you have PASSION for achieving it.

    It is outrageous that there are not more women on boards and running large companies -  
We don’t have to give up our feminine characteristics to achieve what we want – but to get there – you need to be heard now.

    Article taken from http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20121127004642-1291685-three-things-young-women-in-business-need-to-know?goback=%2Egmp_3879809%2Egde_3879809_member_191334564

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