It has been another great year for the Chapter. Membership numbers are up and the Ireland Chapter continues to be one of the strongest in the Region 8 group. By head of population we are the largest Chapter, ahead of the likes of France, Germany, Spain and Italy. We executed a full events programme with a maximum of 43 PDUs available to members.
In looking back on the year there are a number of stand-out achievements. We started the year with our National Conference in April. This was the largest and most successful conference hosted by the Chapter. Congratulations to the committee Officers and Members involved. Feedback on the conference was that we achieve a 98%+ satisfaction rating. In addition to providing a platform for Chapter members to network and hear from indigenous speakers on a varied range of topics and themes, the profit from the event will enable us to fund a number of initiatives and projects aimed at further building and strengthening the Chapter.
During the Summer the Chapter, working with a number of volunteers, made plans to run Ireland’s first PMIEF ‘Skills For Life’ programme in a Dublin school. The programme was designed by the volunteers, tailored to the school’s needs and requirements. In September a class of 24 girls embarked on the transition year course. I am very happy to say that at the half-way point all girls are still fully engaged and ‘enjoying’ the course. When the class graduates, we will look to see how the materials and teacher packs developed can be reused and hopefully start a process of engaging with additional schools to run the programme again.
In September, one of the Chapter Officers (Jerry Giltenane) working with a team in Dell was awarded the Ireland Chapter’s first PMI award for community enhancement through Project management, at the global congress in Phoenix Congtratulations to Jerry and the team. This further enhances the Chapter’s position within the PMI community and more importantly demonstrats how as project profesionals we have a unique opportunity to apply our skills in non-for-profit/community situations.
In the second-half of the year the Chapter Committee took the informed decision to replace our existing Web-site and Content Management System, which were no longer fit for purpose, and we engaged with a PMI partner organisation to deploy a new site. The new site and CMS will provide both the Chapter Officers and Members with a much more engaging experience with enhanced features and functionality. The new Chapter site willl integrate directly with the PMI.org site and allow for single-sign-on and other services. The Chapter officers are in the process of transitioning across content and adding new content so please keep checking the site for updates.
We ended the year with a very interactive and engaging AGM on 27th November. In all my time involved in the Chapter I do not believe we ever had as much dialogue and contribution from those in attendance. The clear message from the members attending was that the Chapter needs to develop a clear Strategy and associated Plans for the year ahead, a cornerstone oflook which is an active volunteer policy and programme.
Loooking forward to 2015, the Chapter will take up the challenge raised at the AGM, and look to schedule a number of events and workshops at the start of the year to build out a multi-year plan for the Chapter, setting a vision and objectives for the current and future committees. Please make sure that as a member you contribute to the future direction of your Chapter and if at all possible offer your time as a volunteer to help make the strategy a reality.
Happy New Year and I wish you success in 2015
Ronan Foley PMP, President of the Ireland Chapter of PMI
As part of the enhancements to the Chapter webstie, we have implemented single-sign on functionality. The Chapter website is now synchronized with pmi.org website.
So what does this mean for you?
You can now claim your PDUs for the Chapter AGM on 27th November.
Activity code C144-20141127.
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