MPS Helps Project Management For Change Prepare for PMDoS

Posted in Pro Bono Program on May 17, 2017

pm4changeProject Management For Change (PM4Change) is the engine behind Project Management Day of Service (PMDoS), a Martin Luther King Day tradition in the DC Metro Area. The one-day event is designed to align nonprofit organizations (NPOs) with project managers who have the expertise and experience to help NPOs assess and plan projects. M Powered Strategies provided pro bono support to PM4Change for the third annual PMDoS, which took place in January of this year. For two months leading up to the event, MPS staffers Davin Hattaway and Patti McMullen provided communications and associations management support in the form of governance consultation, logistics support, and outreach to NPOs.

“The experience of supporting PMDoS was incredibly rewarding,” noted Patti. “Nonprofit leaders were genuinely excited to participate in this event and receive much-needed support for their projects that do so much to help our communities. It is empowering to see project managers in turn raise their hands to help these leaders through project management.”

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MPS Helps ServiceWorks with Curriculum Design

Posted in Pro Bono Program / Project Management on May 10, 2017

ServiceWorks-Vertical-FinalServiceWorks is a program run by Points of Light to help disenfranchised youth – many of them raised in the foster care system – to develop the skills needed for college and a career. They were interested in incorporating a Project Management component to their curriculum that met the standards of the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF), so last December, Points of Light came to M Powered Strategies requesting a feasibility study.

MPS consultants Jeremy Faircloth and Tyler Sycamore spent two months, working closely with the Points of Light/ServiceWorks team, reviewing the current curriculum, and comparing it to the standards of PMIEF, which offers a digital badge for students aged 12 – 19 years who have demonstrated project management skills and knowledge. The result was a gap analysis, along with recommendations for specific adjustments ServiceWorks could make in their curriculum to meet the PMIEF standards. MPS also provided a step-by-step roadmap of the steps they would need to take to establish a partnership with PMIEF.

“Points of Light is an amazing organization to work with!” noted Jeremy. “As a Project management Professional (PMP) myself, this was a great opportunity to give back to the community and empower disenfranchised youth to make a difference in their community. I’m excited to see the impact of our work.”