I’ve just concluded a webinar presentation for the PMI Information Systems Community of Practice focused on project management for small and medium sized businesses (SMBs).  In addition to highlighting the 10 principles that I identified in my book Sidestep Complexity, I also discussed the various unique elements associated with SMBs.  These elements must be understood by those working to implement project management practice in SMBs.  Those interested in the presentation can visit the ISCoP website to check out the webinar (keep in mind you have to be a PMI member).

The webinar that I just concluded is the third that I’ve facilitated for the PMI Communities of Practice.  The communities of practice (CoPs) are in my opinion PMI’s best kept secret.  PMI launched the CoP model as part of its effort to transform the virtual communities originally known as SIGs (Specific Interest Groups) and Colleges.  The most notable change in this transformation is that membership in these communities is free of charge (so long as you are a PMI member).  That in itself is a significant benefit considering the various offerings that these entities bring such as webinars, newsletters, networking opportunities, blogs, and much more.

CoPs are intended to address areas of  focus that can be dissected according to industry, interest, or even topic.  There’s currently almost 40 of these communities and they are growing by the day.  However, the true value in my opinion that these CoPs bring is not simply the potential of receiving services but rather the opportunity to become involved.

The opportunity to volunteer one’s time is unlimited and can range from simply taking part in an online discussion forum all the way to being part of the organizing committee that puts together these events.  If you are new to the CoPs I encourage you to check them out and consider becoming an active member in at least one area of interest.