We learned a few days ago that PMI Founder and PMI Fellow Eric Jenett passed away recently. The news was shared with us during the PMI Congress in Dallas, which Eric had intended to attend but changed his plans at the last minute following doctor’s orders. This is indeed a great loss not only for the Institute which Eric helped build, but to the entire profession that was shaped by many of his ideas and contributions. His achievements were countless and they span multiple decades. Among the most interesting of these contributions is his strong belief in the certification program, especially early on in the process. This seasoned professional who had a significant amount of experience at the time was willing to participate early in the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification process and was the first PMI member to successfully attend this designation. He was proud to be known as PMP #1.
During a brief eulogy delivered by his long time friend and colleague Jim Snyder, PMI Founder & PMI Fellow, shared that one of the most enduring legacies that Eric has left for the profession is his belief that project management is a discipline that applies the same way across multiple industries and geographies. While he recognized the different nuances and needs of organizations, Eric was a true champion of the idea of standardizing the practice. This in my opinion was a critical element that shaped the way that PMI approached standards development and certification. It had additionally ushered a new era of thinking when it came to the application/evolution of project management.
It is indeed befitting to take some time to reflect on the life and contribution of this visionary professional. His legacy will go on and for those of us who had the privilege to have met him and learned for him, we know that he will be missed for many years to come.
Rest in Peace Eric Jennett…