As the number of entrants to the project management profession continues to increase, so does the need for project guidance and open dialogue around any and all project, programme, portfolio, career, and education topics. LinkedIn as a professional networking portal is a venue for project management organizations and leaders to do just that with groups offering a means to empower, elevate, and motivate anyone interested in the profession.
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The seven LinkedIn Groups I'm highlighting offer LinkedIn members a place to find and participate in project management-related discussions about exams, qualifications, education, and professions, to share ideas and experiences, or to start their own group discussion.
One thing that is mutual to all of these groups is the need for each member as project management professionals to self-govern, demonstrate, and maintain a high degree of professionalism, respect, and support towards all members in posts and discussions. Each of these project management groups has its own value proposition and its own established guidelines for admission and postings within the group. Check them out. (Note: The members counts are current as of article publication.)
1: The Project Manager Network - #1 Group for Project Managers (851,961 members)
This group is affiliated with ProjectManagers.net. The members help project management professionals seeking project manager (PM) jobs, and they discuss managing projects, methodologies, and other topics. It's also helpful in researching project management certifications in the US, Canada, UK, India, and Europe. Members are PMs, PMO leaders, consultants, PM software vendors, authors, and bloggers.
2: Project Manager Community - Best Group for Project Management (346,664 members)
This is a community for project, programme, and portfolio management professionals where they can find jobs, network, and have discussions about PMP certifications, PMBOK PDUs, software development, and methodologies. The group is affiliated with ProjectManager.com.
3: PMI Project, Program and Portfolio Management: #1 group for career advancement (210,560 members)
This is the Project Management Institute's (PMI) official group on LinkedIn. This global group encourages project management candidates, experienced analysts, project, portfolio, and programme managers, and other professional project leaders to join. The purpose of the group is to encourage networking, share ideas and tips, solve problems, give career advancement advice and assistance, and support fellow members.
4: PMO - Project Management Office (104,730 members)
The PMO - Project Management Office community is the largest global association focusing specifically on the PMO, with a large portion of its members responsible for PMO-based tools and services within their jobs.
This group is for all project, programme, and portfolio managers interested in discussing various aspects of the job, including practices, methodologies, tools, and techniques. The group is open to project management professionals and those enthusiastic about the field of project management.
6: Project Management Professionals PMP (76,246 members)
Even if you aren't a certified project management professional, this is a project management LinkedIn group to consider joining. When non-certified professionals request to join the group, they are asked to include their purpose for wanting to join and information about how they will contribute to the group. These requests are then carefully reviewed.
7: The Association for Project Management (official group) (49,839 members)
The Association for Project Management is an award-winning professional body that helps develop the art and science of project management, and provides an opportunity for all members and non members of the organization to network and share their ideas.
Each of these groups offer PM candidates or professionals a place to meet virtually to collaborate, investigate, or network with others in the project management arena. Individuals can request access to join one or all of the groups to explore what each has to offer; there's plenty of ongoing intellectual capital flowing within each of the groups.
Check out these PM groups on LinkedIn, and find out more about one of the fastest growing and most widely recognized and respected professions around.
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Moira Alexander is the author of "LEAD or LAG: Linking Strategic Project Management & Thought Leadership" and Founder & President of Lead-Her-Ship Group. She's also a project management and IT freelance columnist for various publications, and a contributor and co-host of the "technically speaking" segment on the Price of Business Talk Radio. She has 20+ years in business (IS&T) and project management for small to large businesses in the US and Canada. To find out more about Moira, go to www.leadhershipgroup.com.