Q: Earn PDUs for Writing PM Articles?
4 years 8 months ago #3312
Can I earn PDUs for Writing Project Management Articles?
Yes you can.
Ever since PMI published the new PDU Category and Structure in March of 2011, earning PDUs has become much easier. This ease is especially visible in Category D “Creating New Project Management Knowledge”: Every hour that you spend creating and / or presenting new project management knowledge counts as 1 PDU.
This means that if you decide to write a project management related article and you invest 3 hours in writing it then you have just earned 3 PDUs. (Please note that there is a maximum of 45 PDUs that you can earn in Categories D, E and F, so these 3 hours would count against that maximum).
So you think you have nothing to write about? Think again! Let me give you 3 simple ideas:
Write a white paper about your last project. Describe what and how you managed it, focusing on project management best practices
There isn’t one project meeting that I have attended where I don’t learn something new about being a PM. Think back to your last 3 meetings and describe what you have learned.
Discuss a particularly difficult area on your project with one of your colleagues at work and then write an article about what the problem is and how you decided to do to solve it. And of course in 3 weeks down the road you can write an article about how well / badly it worked.
But beware... there are some topics that don’t count toward PDUs:
Product Reviews: An article that talks about the latest and greatest features of a PM software won’t earn you PDUs
Articles on how to prepare for the PMP exam (or similar).
Articles on PDUs: The article you read right now doesn’t give me a single PDU because I’m just telling you about how to earn PDUs.
The three topics above don’t count, because any article written about them isn’t creating new knowledge - it just describes a “product”. So be safe and write about what you learned in your daily work as a PM managing your projects.
In my view, every project manager has something to say and share with others. So pick up that pen... err I mean keyboard and start writing.
Next time we’ll look at where you can publish these articles.
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