International Project Management Day will be held on November 3 this year. Initiated and organized by well-known educator and consultant Frank P. Saladis, the annual celebration of project management has grown from eight participating organizations in 2005 to twenty-five organizations and twenty-nine events in 2010. Organizations planning an event for 2011 are being encouraged to get involved with a Sister City, and request their government issue an IPM Day proclamation.
The vision for IPM Day is of an international community, “Acknowledged for their contributions to the business, government, and nonprofit environments.” Frank describes the mission of the OPM Day community as:
- Provide opportunities for project based organizations to express their appreciation for the leadership and commitment demonstrated by project managers who make significant contributions toward organizational success.
- Create connections between project management organizations to share ideas, foster professional relationships, and appreciate the value of cultural diversity in the global project environment.
- Enhance the awareness of the value of project management.
- Communicate the contributions and importance of project management and project managers to business leaders at all levels and across all industries.
Over the last few years, I’ve come to appreciate the value of marketing the practice of professional project management as beneficial to both project managers and the organizations they work for. PMI’s new slogan, “Making project management indispensable for business results,” is as much about driving perception among decision makers as it is about adding value. And that is one of the principle value-adds of a professional organization – presenting a voice for the community to our customers, employers, and other critical stakeholders. IPM Day is one more channel for both networking within the professional community and communicating the value we bring to the organizations we serve.