The Project Management Day of Service (PMDoS) is a one-day community service event where experienced PMI project managers (consultants) provide pro bono project management services to local Charities and Not-for-Profit (NfP) organisations. Our signature PMDoS is held annually in Brisbane. In the weeks leading up to the even, organisations are asked to fill out an ‘Initiative Form’ describing the problem or opportunity, and the outcomes they seek out of the day. On the day, the organisation and the consultants discuss and diagnose a critical problem or investigate a potential opportunity. This is accomplished through a collaborative workshop. The consultants can facilitate the definition of clear outcomes, help to scope out a project, facilitate stakeholder analysis, facilitate risk assessments, or other related project management outcomes.
The PMDoS is the signature event of PMI Queensland and Project Management for Change (PM4Change), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to raise the profile of the Project Management profession while furthering the missions of the non-profit and charities in our local communities.
Any small to large charity or not-for-profit in Queensland.
You can propose more than one initiative by completing an Initiative Form. Prior to the PMDoS, we will collaborate with you to select one initiative to focus on during the event. At the PMDoS, an organisation may bring up to three (3) team members to collaborate with our consultants to work through the selected initiative.
You can bring up to three representatives from your charity per initiative.
The actual event is full day and in-person (unless new COVID-19 restrictions emerge). Once registered for the event, you will be asked to compete an Initiative Statement describing the business issue or opportunity that you would like assistance with during the PMDoS. In the weeks leading up to the PMDoS, consultant volunteers will be assigned to collaborate with the organisations to remotely review and possibly refine the Initiative Statement. The organisation’s representatives and the consultant volunteers will be expected to attend a networking cocktail party to meet each other face to face ahead of the big day, and then of course, attend the full PMDoS.
The needs that are addressed at PMDoS range from strategic to tactical, operations to administrative, and human to technical. Examples of areas that can be covered include strategic planning, volunteer management, digital transformation, fundraising, operational improvements, and event planning. Within these areas, the assistance that you can expect from the consultants includes:
- Facilitating definition of a high-level business case
- Defining high level project scope
- Conducting risk assessments; or
- Assisting with other project management activities
PMDoS is primarily for PMI Queensland chapter members and our partners. But we would welcome external project management volunteers.
Here are just some of the reasons this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity.
- Tangibly serve your community by giving them a day of your time and expertise to help them define solutions to their issues
- Enhance the status of PMI Queensland and its members as a community, business, and professional resource
- Maintain your professional standing by earning up to eight Professional Development Units (PDUs)
- Redefine project management as an “intentional profession”
- Promote the value of project management to charities by clarifying its unique value proposition
- Increase visibility of the project management profession
- Expand your network by working with like-minded professionals
- Build on your resume and strengthen your career
- Promote your personal brand on social media
- PMIQ will assess the organisations’ initiatives and match them to teams of consultants.
- At least one week before the big day, you and your team will get a fact-sheet with your assigned organisations’ initiatives.
- An induction session will be held, and an information pack will be provided to you in advance.
- As part of the consulting team, you will be required to research and prepare for the day so that you come to the table prepared.
- You will work through the day to deliver to your client those artefacts that will supplement their goals and advance them to the next level in their endeavours
Yes, you can join PMDoS Queensland because your skills will be very valuable on the day.
The cost includes your meals and refreshments for the day and a whole lot of fun sharing your expert knowledge and giving back your professional services to the community.
8 PDU’s will automatically be assigned to your PMI membership after the event.
Unfortunately not. The PMDoS committee will match each consultant’s skills to each charity project. We have certain criteria that we must look to fulfil on each table which also guide our pairing decisions. Finally we want to do our best to spread all of you around to the tables to achieve the best outcome for all our charitites and not-for-profits!
There are no commitments after PMDoS. However, if you would like to continue to work with a charity or not-for-profit organization at the conclusion of the event, please contact the PMDoS Organising Team and indicate the best time to reach you. A member of our team will contact you.
Once you have been told about the organisation you will be working for you can start to review their Initiative Statement to learn about the issues they are facing. Research the organisation, and have a conference call with them before the event to get started on your ideas.
Once consultants are approved you will be notified of the training through email.
You are welcome to bring any materials that you feel will be of value to you on the Day, for example:
- Documentation templates
- USB - Thumb drive
Not necessary! There is a morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea. Water will be provided at the table.
There will be 3 Project Manager Volunteers and 2 to 4 representatives from a single charity or not-for-profit organisation. The same team will work together throughout the day.
We match most volunteers with the most appropriate (best fit) charity or not-for-profit organization and initiative or problem. Matches are based on information submitted during the application process, including subject matter expertise, and experience stated in your LinkedIn profile or resume. A few project managers will be unmatched until the day of service to replace any project managers who may not be able to participate due to unforeseen circumstances.
Yes, all the team members will know their client before the Day.