PM Commentary by Stacy Goff
The Roman god Janus had a distinguishing feature. He had two faces. No, he wasn’t a dishonest politician! But he was called the god of Gates. Of his faces, one looked back, to learn and apply the lessons of the past. The other looked ahead, to understand the portents of what is to come. We have used that insight in many classes, when we discuss the importance of phase-ending reviews looking at accomplishments and lessons, and then re-estimating and re-planning the next stages or phases, based on what we have learned.
So, we will follow that wise practice here.
The last year has seen the culmination of many years’ efforts, with significant achievements, based on the efforts of many volunteer members. Of special note are the following:
- Completion and immediate availability of IPMA-USA’s long-planned suite of PM Certifications, by Duncan and his Certification Board
- Completion of the PRO Standard, by a stellar team of experienced organizational performance improvement “bright lights”, led by Tim Jaques
- Implementation of a major update of IPMA-USA’s website, inspired by VP Richard Toledo
- Moving to monthly newsletters, while significantly increasing the number of articles on our site
- Doubling of activity and members on our Members Only Site
- Introduction of blogs by Duncan and Goff
- Plus many more, that followers of our newsletter have noted.
I’d like to point out some key aspects of the above achievements, then do a look-ahead at this new year. By the way, starting as an Assembler Language programmer, where you begin counting at zero, I consider 2010 to be the beginning of a decade, although I’m told it is still the ending year of the last one. We shall save that for next year, when we do a 2020 Vision.