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PMI Upstate NY holds Professional Development Day (PDD) 2020


PMI – Upstate NY chapter persevered through COVID-19 challenges and held its fifteenth Annual Professional Development Day.  The day had originally been scheduled as a spring in-person seminar as usual.  But in the spring it was apparent that an in-person event would be neither safe nor feasible, so it was rescheduled to autumn with the assumption that life would be normal then.  When it became apparent that was not to be, the chapter pivoted and made the event virtual,  and gave participants the option of attending one of two sessions in September.  The event gave participants seven PDU’s, spread across the PDU talent triangle of technical, leadership, and strategic PDU’s.

The chapter engaged the International Institute for Learning Inc. (IIL) present the seminar entitled “Agile Practices for all Projects”.  IIL is very experienced, presenting over 150 courses around the world for government, industrial, and educational/professional entities on topics including project management, Agile and Scrum, leadership, Microsoft Project, and business analysis.    Our instructor, Roy Schilling, led the day-long seminar and presented

  • Foundation Concepts
  • Agile Requirement Techniques
  • Agile Software Development Techniques
  • Agile Initiating and Planning Processes
  • Agile Delivery Processes
  • Implementing Agile Practices
  • Summary and Next Steps


Over 125 PMI members enrolled and attended on one of the two days. Our members were very flexible with the switch from an in-person to the virtual format.  Initial feedback from participants was very good.  Our members were favorably impressed with the IIL offering, the instructor, and the format.


We will return in May 2021 to a spring schedule for our Annual Professional Development Day.  IIL will again be our course presenter.  We hope to be able to hold an in-person event, but we will be watching current events in order to make the best choice for the best format at that time.


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