Last night I attended the final PMI New Hampshire Chapter event for 2018. The event was very well run, as you'd expect from a group of seasoned PMs, with each of the agenda item transitioning spot-on to the schedule, and the meeting even ended a few minutes early. But what struck me more than the timeliness of the presentations, and enthusiasm of the participants, was the quality of the content and delivery.
The meeting theme, "Perspectives: The Journey to Project Management," was decided based on survey feedback from the membership. As always, there's nothing like listening to your customers when it comes to good project management. Then the two presenters, Alexander Deardorff and Julie Wyman, brought two great perspectives and a number of lessons based on their unique project management journeys. Below is a picture I took from Alex's presentation, which drew parallels between military and civilian project management (hint: they are very similar). In fact PMI continues to work at the Chapter level to help retired military personnel translate their project experience to the private sector.
So if you're a PM, or just interested in project management, I would encourage you look at the event schedule for the PMI Chapter near you to learn some great lessons and meet some wonderful folks. I look forward to the meetings in 2019.