One of the requirements of maintaining a PMP certification is earning 60 personal development units (PDUs) every three years (the renewal life cycle).

There are many ways to earn PDUs, one of them is by contributing back to the profession of project management by holding a PMI event.

Today I had a great pleasure of holding such event at my own “backyard” – IKEA Israel, where about 30 PMI members of the Israeli PMI chapter gathered to learn about IKEA and the way we as an IT unit manage projects.

At first I talked about IKEA, our vision, our organization, and while IKEA in Israel is a franchisee, we are still bound in many ways to the “IKEA” way and vision of creating a better everyday life for as many people as possible.

We then moved on to a presentation of out IT Dept. who’s responsible for having more than 70 different applications and IT tools play in complete harmony.

 

The main course was a talk about IT projects management by specifically covering a store establishment projects.
We went through the stage of establishing a new store, from the organization and IT aspects alike.
The attendants took part in building a store together with me (virtually of course) .

 

The last part of the event was a tour in one of our stores.
During the stores we described the amount of work we put in designing our show room and how we pay attention to each any every detail, just as we are trying to do in projects management :).

We also resolved the mystery – why all the clocks at IKEA always show 10;10.
It is simply because they are smiling…

I had such a great time hosting this event.

I fond that these events are so important, regardless of PDUs, and maintaining the certification.
They are important because of the chance to experience something new, to meet new people, mingle and expand your social network.

Of course I was happy with the great feedback provided by everyone who attended about the quality of the tour and content, but to be honest that’s simply a bonus to what turned out to be a great event.

Looking forward to the next time 🙂

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