What is it?

The book club will be an opportunity for PMI CVC members to read interesting books as a group and discuss them online through a LinkedIn group. Participants will earn one PDU for each hour they read as part of PMIs self-directed learning. We expect books to take an average of 5 hours to read. The group will complete a book every two months (six books per year) allowing participants to earn 30 PDUs or more per year. Books will be selected based on the interests of the members and a vote between several options each period.

The time commitment for the group will depend on how fast you read and how much you choose to participate. This allows a lot of flexibility which we hope will be appropriate for people's busy lives.

What is in it for you?

There's three main reasons we think this would benefit you:

  1. Connect with Project Management Professionals: Want to connect with intelligent, driven and interesting people in our industry? Joining the book club will introduce you to a lot of great people and help you improve your network.
  2. Earn PDUs: Participants earn one PDU for each hour they read. We expect active participants to earn 30 PDUs or more without needing to leave the comfort of your home.
  3. Reading is Good for You: Did you know business people who read at least seven business books per year earn over 230% more than people reading just one book per year1? Or that reading improves your intelligence, reasoning ability and has been linked to reducing the chance of Alzheimer's2? Joining our book club will help you read more and enjoy all the benefits that come with it.

How often will books be read, what is the time commitment and what are the expectations?

The group will start by reading one book every two months but this may change based on members feedback. The books selected will be popular non-fiction related to project management professionals and take an average of 5 hours to read cover to cover. If you have between 15 and 30 minutes a week to read you should be fine. There are no strict expectations on members for this virtual community; if you are particularly busy with work, family or other obligations and can't read one of the books then it's OK. If you can only read part of a book and contribute a little to the online discussion then that's OK too. The goal of this program is to connect project management professionals together through important topics so participate as much as makes sense for you.

Will there be any in person meetings of the book clubs?

The book club will be completely online so people can participate from work, home or traveling.

Is there any cost to participate?

Yes, the annual fee is $49. This fee offsets administrative cost and is to help ensure that participants are committed to this online community. The fee does not include the cost of the books.

How do book club discussions work?

The book club will be managed by PBC Guru. One of their book club experts will moderate the LinkedIn group where discussions occur online. The moderator will pose questions to the group, share relevant articles and encourage conversation about topics in the book. Members will be able to post and share as well. This format allows for ongoing conversation and makes it easy for participants to connect with each other through LinkedIn.

What if I don't have a LinkedIn Profile?

We  will be using LinkedIn Groups to host the virtual book clubs so it's easy to connect with fellow participants. If you don't have a LinkedIn profile you can make one for free at linkedin.com.

What exactly is PBC Guru and what do they have to do with PMI -CVC?

Professional Book Club (PBC) Guru is a company founded to help organizations implement and manage professional reading programs. PMI-CVC is considering teaming up with PBC to put this program in place for our members. You can check out their website at www.pbc.guru if you want to see more of what they do.

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1Tuesday Morning Coaching by David Cottrell, pg 134.
2 Harvard Business Review, 2012, https://hbr.org/2012/08/for-those-who-want-to-lead-rea/