PMI Delaware Valley Chapter's Military Outreach Program
To best support its members, PMI Delaware Valley Chapter has a Military Outreach Program that is comprised of veteran and transitioning servicemembers created to help group members navigate the decision to earn a project management certification, to identify transferable skills from previous work and service experience, and to make connections to discover a career in project management.
The project management profession is an ideal career for servicemembers transitioning into the civilian workforce and many skills acquired in service are directly transferable to the project management profession. Military veterans and civilian project managers shared many key proficiencies such as leading cross-functional teams to ensure accomplishment of mission objectives (strategic leadership skill), managing budgets and scheduling activities (technical skills), and conflict mediation and performance appraisal (soft skills).
In addition to a supportive resource network, PMI Delaware Valley Chapter offers benefits to chapter military servicemembers. Here are just a few:
- Reimbursement via the PMI-DVC Chapter Guest Pass program for first-year PMI Delaware Valley Chapter fees;
- A PMI Delaware Valley Chapter mentor through the Military Outreach Program mentorship program; and
- Free resume and career coaching via third-party service.
We encourage you to visit PMI’s Military, Veterans and Family page to learn more about how PMI Global supports military-affiliated members including PMI Global exam registration fee reimbursement for eligible servicemembers.
The following is a testimony from a current PMI-DVC member who served in the U.S.
military as to the value of being involved in Project Management:
“My Project Management "Aha Moment", came while leading a small platoon of Soldiers on a communication mission. As a national guardsman, I am accustomed to wearing multiple hats and juggling priorities, it is a way of life. Like most Army Officers, I manage multiple projects using one of two methods, Troop Leading Procedures (TLPs) or the Military Decision Making Process (MDMP). During my first deployment, I was surprised to find that these processes fell short of
expectations, due to the nature of part-time Soldiering. It became evident that I was leading a team accustomed to being civilians first and Soldiers second. When the responsibility fell on us to plan and execute the "Army Way", 24/7, thetransition challenges became painfully obvious. Responsibilities that ranged from inventory and calibration, to terrestrial transmissions and global connectivity became daily requirements.
The Army makes it easy, many of the information requirements needed to manage a project are clearly stated in the Operations Order, but the "how" of operations is determined heavily on operational experience. During this mobilization, I couldn't rely solely on the "Army Way" to get my team to produce in the timeframe intended, so we developed processes and techniques that resembled our daily lives back home.
To develop courses of action with a team unfamiliar with MDMP, I lead my subordinate leaders through mini-exercises to assess the team's civilian experience and skills, identifying strengths and weaknesses that better aligned with the work that needed to be done, versus the positions that individuals held by Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). Managing my human resources in this manner became a force multiplier. From that point forward, I worked to integrate high level project management framework processes into our near
and long-term mission planning.
As we traveled to multiple countries performing quick hit, high visibility missions, I continuously performed stakeholder analysis and management on my Task Organization. I developed a great appreciation for the "People, Process, and Technology", balance in resource management. This approach resulted in my team repeatedly exceeding the expectations of our leadership and successfully executing first time missions for our Infantry Division.
The “Project Management” light bulb turned on and has stayed on.
Neferteri Strickland @3LTStrickland
In the Delaware Valley Community:
Although PMI-DVC Military Outreach Program’s primary focus is to help group members navigate project management, the group also provides mentorship opportunities and is active in the community, visiting military installations and veteran job fairs.
The US military has an ongoing program called “Skillbridge” for soon-to-be separated from active duty service men and women. This program allows these individuals to work as interns for up to 180 days at companies at no cost to these companies (they are paid by their military service). It’s a great way for these individuals to get civilian work experience (any type of employment…not just project management), and for companies to gain potential employees without having to initially pay them.
Of particular interest to DVC members is that a source of these individuals are the men and woman serving at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. The Dover AFB Education office that handles this intern program keeps a list of companies that are willing to participate in the program, and passes this on to anyone on base interested in the program. That office also handles the coordination and approvals to connect the individuals with the companies that want them to work as interns.
To date, the companies of 14 chapter members have been connected with this program.
A Few Calls for Help:
The PMI-DVC Military Outreach Program is interested in providing information to reserve service units regarding project management career paths, PMI and the chapter. If you are currently serving or recently retired from reserve service, and you think that your unit would be interested, please contact a member of the PMI-DVC Military Outreach Program.
The PMI-DVC Military Outreach Program would like to connect with individuals who recently departed, or is close to departure of, military service. Please share the group’s information with individuals you know.