PMIEF Supports Future City Competition
PM for Social Good
Participating in Future City is an adventure! All of the presentations submitted and viewed demonstrated initiative and collaboration, and I applaud them all. I tremendously enjoyed judging and presenting PMIEF's Best Project Plan award, as well as the keynote address by Dr. Jan Davis, a former NASA astronaut. Thank you for this opportunity to give back!
When I was asked to judge PMIEF's Best Project Plan award, I wasn't sure what I was getting into! But when I learned this year's theme was "Living on the Moon," I was blown away since this competition is just ahead of NASA's Artemis moon mission, planned for 2024. I was also excited about the opportunity to participate in a three-judge panel with Kapo Bauer,PMP, and Bernadette Sison, PMP. When some of the youth said, 'We set reminders on our calendar and texted if we needed help,' they meant they had learned team management. When others said, 'We mostly used recycled materials and bough materials from the dollar store [to construct our model],' they meant they had learned cost management. And when others said, 'We realized some of our mistakes and felt we could have done some things differently,' they meant they had reflected on their successes and challenges. We believe all of the teams gained a sense of what it takes to get a project done successfully. Thanks , PMIEF, for this wonderful volunteer opportunity!
For the past six years, I have had the opportunity to judge the more than 30 teams that have advanced to the Future City finals in Washington, D.C. This year, I also judged a regional competition. Volunteering as a judge has been exciting, even if picking the winner has always been a hard decision! With guidance and mentoring from their teachers, these innovative middle-school students use the engineering design process—ask, imagine, plan, create and improve—to build their city model. It's energizing to hear these young people articulate concepts like project planning, scheduling and risk management, and also encouraging to know they understand that communication is key to keeping all of the project wheels turning! Great things happen when you get involved with PMIEF!