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Holiday Spirit, Friend of PM, or Tax Break — Choose Wisely

OK, so here’s the end of year pop quiz:  The reason I am going to make a donation of at least $20 RIGHT NOW to the Jerry King Memorial Scholarship BEFORE 2012 is:

a) I’m in the holiday spirit and want to share

b) I support both education and project management; as a professional I don’t procrastinate

c) I need a quick tax break (please consult your tax professional)

d) World didn’t end in 2011 but I’m concerned about 12/21/12

e) All of the above.

No matter what your reason, your donation, no matter how small or how large, goes to support the permanent endowment of a scholarship with the purpose of enabling community, teachers, school administrators, non-profit staff, and unemployed project managers to attend REP (Registered Education Provider) certificate and certification training.  If you prefer, you can also make a donation toward many other fine scholarships and efforts of the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation. Even 11:59:59pm on 12/31/2011 counts, but why delay?

A big thanks this year goes to PMI Region 7, Richard Polendey, and other supporters.  As a result, the scholarship is now approximately 1/3 of the way to becoming a PERMANENT SCHOLARSHIP (not bad after 2 years).

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate and recognize Stephanie Burden of Gilbert, AZ. She is a member of the PMI Phoenix Chapter, and she is taking the “PMP/CAPM Exam Prep Course” administered by the PMI Phoenix Chapter, which is a PMI R.E.P.

Stephanie has been a project manager for the past eight years with no formal training, and she strengthening her skillset with her pursuit of the PMP and finishing up her Technical Management with a Project Management concentration degree at DeVry University. Once she attains her PMP, she hopes to volunteer for the Phoenix Chapter to help others attain it as well.

Congratulations Stephanie!  And thank you for giving back to the community!

So here’s the deal — head on over to either Firstgiving or PMI Educational Foundation and click that Donate button RIGHT NOW.  Whether you donate or not, let’s show the world the power of the profession — retweet, re-post, re-status, re-Digg, re-everything else you can think of — by getting the WORD OUT NOW….  I want to hear from complete strangers that they’ve heard of this scholarship and the work of the PMIEF.

No matter what your holiday …. MERRY KWANSIKKAHFESTIMAS (or is it CHRISTIVUSHANZAAMAS?)! Thank you for your support in 2011 and best wishes for a wonderful Holiday and a Happy and Healthy 2012!


Grateful and Resolute – 2010 in Review

Christmas 2010 found me in Palm Springs once more for one last getaway before 2011 started with a bang! In just two days I’ll be departing for Philadelphia for the sixth annual PMI Leadership Institute Volunteer Strategy Meeting — this will be my third year on the Community Development Governance Committee of the Project Management Institute. On the 16th I’ll be taking the train to Washington DC and spending a week meeting with and training clients there.

2010 has been a year of abundance and family, loved ones, and friends of course remain at the top of the list of things for which I am grateful. I have an ever expanding contact list of amazing colleagues throughout North America and on multiple continents. My work as the Director of Project Services and Support also allows me to have an impact on education, which I’m sure everyone knows has become a serious issue across the country. And with the minor health issues of the past year behind me, 2011 is shaping up to be one of the most productive and abundant years ever.

For you, my readers, I am also grateful. Despite the fact that I’ve taken an extended blogging break, the site continued to have a steady stream of visitors. My special thanks to Susan Peterson who continues to allow me to republish her articles and Fadi El-Eter of PM Hut for his continued support.

Some of my highlights for 2010 include:
– A substantial improvement (and increase) of EDmin’s support and services offerings
– Two additional online offerings of Controlling Project Costs and Risks as part of the UCSD Extension Project Management Certificate program.
– Continued contributions to the PMI Educational Foundation Project Management Scholarships targeted to teachers, school administrators, and unemployed Project Managers in the Southwest US; medical research at three significant university facilities tackling some of the medical issues which have had the most impact on family and friends; The Clarkson Fund; and World Vision. See the “I Support” area on the right of the blog.
– Graduation from PMIs invitation only Leadership Institute Masters Class
– I began integrating social networking with Linked In and FaceBook to the blog and completion of a blogging platform upgrade

The Project Notebook is now celebrating its Grand Re-opening. There will be a special event and some special giveaways to commemorate the occasion. Details and timelines are available in a “sticky post” which head up the blog. As promised, the blog is re-opened on a new platform. I’ve chosen WordPress for its component architecture and availability of hundreds of available plugins, hosted by Dream Host (one of Orange County California’s top employers). The new services and template for the blog will allow me to offer some advanced features not previously possible. For the blog theme, I’m using Grid Focus by Derek Punsalan of — I’ve been reading Derek’s Uneasy Silence blog for some time now. It contains news of offbeat and unusual technology.

Have you been shy about commenting on a blog article? The new site will has two ways to share your expertise and opinions. First, there are a series of voting buttons at the end of each post. No need for a detailed explanation — just click the button to vote (after which you will see how other rated the article or page). The site also supports the reCAPTCHA application for detailed comments — in addition to commenting, your validation (are upi human or computer spam?) contributes to digitizing books. Its a win for all!

So if you have any thoughts you would like to share, please rate the post, leave a comment, or drop me an email at Thanks for reading and a Happy, Healthy, and Abundant New Year to all!

left-to-right: Gregory Balestrero, CEO; Ray; Gene Bounds, Board Chair


Grand Re-opening

Come help us celebrate the New Year in a new location!!

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

Its 2011 and we’re ready to celebrate a brand new year. The Project Notebook will also celebrate a Grand Re-opening at a new location (YOU’RE HERE!). Come help us celebrate and enter our giveaway of valuable prizes.

Between January 15 and February 28th 2011, visit our new site (YOU ARE THERE!). There are two ways to participate on the site:

1) Email a guest blog article in English to Share your PM knowledge with our readers. If yours is selected as the guest article for the Grand Re-opening, you may choose a license of The PM PrepCast ( or The PDU Podcast ( . Aspiring or experienced Project Manager, the PrepCast and Podcast are easy and effective ways to earn training hours or PDUs. Someone who is preparing to take the PMP exam would definitely choose the PM Prepcast to complete 35 contact hours and study all the concepts of the exam. Existing PMPs would surely choose the PDU Podcast to earn their re-certification PDUs. Winner of the license to the PM Prepcast or PDU Podcast must provide registration information within 15 days of award.

2) Find your favorite blog article and leave a comment telling readers why it is your favorite. Best comment receives a paperback copy of Stop Playing Games! by best-selling author Rick A. Morris. Winners of the book must supply a physical mailing address at which they can receive the book within 15 days.

Note that employees and family members of R2 Consulting LLC and OSP International LLC are not eligible to participate.

All comments and articles must be received before midnight on February 28th. Winners will be notified between March 31 and April 15th 2011. All submissions become property of the blog and may be published at a future time at our discretion. Any unclaimed prizes may be awarded to the runners up after April 30.

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