A lot has been written recently about the virtues and advantages of virtual organizations. From the ability to find unbelievable talent anywhere in the world, to reduced overhead costs, to bringing in more diverse viewpoints and cultures. All of these things are true. But sometimes, there’s just no substitution for getting everyone in the same room to work through the big issues.
This was true for PM4NGOs this past weekend, with the Board of Directors meeting in Washington D.C. for 3 days of meetings, discussions, and camaraderie. The current Board includes members based the US, the UK, China, Jordan and Lebanon, and our Operations Manager is in Brazil. With such a globally dispersed group, and the accompanying time multiple zones, the time available for total group collaboration is obviously limited. Technology is a great enabler, but as all cultures have shown, there’s no substitute for sitting down over a meal together and just talking.
This was I think especially true for our newest Board members Lisa and Peter, who had not met the rest of the Board before. During this meeting the Board reviewed the past few years, and planned for the future. This included looking at and celebrating our successes to date – 17,000+ individuals certified as PMD Pro (representing 611 organizations from 151 countries), launching both the PMD Pro Starter and the Program Management in Development Guide, and several presentations at industry conferences. Continue reading “2017 PM4NGOs Board Meeting”