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Free, educational project management podcast series launched

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US-based Project Management Institute (PMI) has launched a free series of educational and informative podcasts for project and portfolio managers wanting to gain insights about the project management profession from global leaders in the industry.

The pilot for the podcast series, titled Projectified with PMI, was formally introduced during PMI's annual Global Conference in Chicago recently. Its mission, according to the PMI, is to "inform, inspire and prepare project managers for future industry success". PMI developed the podcast concept as part of its ongoing efforts to "enhance learning and development opportunities for project managers at every stage of their careers".

"We are excited to launch Projectified with PMI to provide the project management community with the opportunity to hear from industry influencers giving new perspectives related to a wide range of topics relevant to the industry and today's changing marketplace," said Mark A Langley, President and CEO, Project Management Institute.

"Our podcast series plans to feature lively conversations about hot topics and emerging trends impacting the world of projects from leading-edge thinkers inside and outside the project management profession."

The podcast will specifically focus on topics related to innovation, artificial intelligence, career development, digital transformation, persuasive communication, agility and projects for social good.

The podcasts are hosted by Stephen Maye, a contributing author to the text book "Project Pain Reliever: A Just-In-Time Handbook for Anyone Managing Projects" which is used by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, one of the leading business schools in the US. In each podcast, Maye, who has more than 20 years of experience in helping executive teams clarify and express the essential purpose and goals of strategic initiatives, will be in conversation with interesting and knowledge guests such as senior and rising project managers, business leaders in a Fortune 500 companies, best-selling authors and top researchers.

The first pilot podcast features Dr Michael Chui, partner at McKinsey Global Institute. He summarises vital research on the impact that AI will have on industries and particular jobs and offers project managers advice on how prepare and thrive in this fast-emerging, exciting and uncertain landscape.

In the next pilot podcast, Jacqueline Van Pelt, a professional engineer at BAE Systems and a member of PMI's Global Executive Council's NextPerts Group, shares her experiences in a number of roles and the valuable things she has learned along the way that can benefit other young and mid-career project management professionals.

The last of the pilot podcasts has Maye chatting to Anand Swaminathan, author of Digital@Scale and currently a McKinsey senior partner helping companies leverage technology to transform their businesses. In this conversation, Swaminathan provides an overview of the digital landscape, why it is important to every organization's future, the roles of project management in digital transformation, and culture challenges.

The free, 20-minute podcasts will air every two weeks. All episodes will be available on PMI's website at www.pmi.org/podcast.

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