PMIWDC Member's Only September Book Club Meeting

PMIWDC Member's Only September Book Club Meeting

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About the Book Club Meeting

The PMIWDC Book Club is a forum for talking about books that touch on the widely varied challenges of project and program management. Our meeting on "Switch" will take place on September 17, 2013 - the same evening as the Chapter dinner meeting - and will be at the same time as PM Tools. We will be meeting in the Networking Room from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

Read more about the format of the book club in "About the Book Club" below.

About the Book

Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
(current price is around $18 for the hardback plus shipping on Amazon, $15 for the kindle version and $7.50 plus shipping for the paperback.)

The Heaths’ hypothesis is that when our rational and emotional minds both see a change positively -- iPhone, getting married, having kids -- then change is easy. So why doesn’t this happen more often in our work lives?

“In essence, the rational mind wants change. The emotional mind wants comfort. The tension between the two is captured best by an analogy used by the University of Virginia psychologist Jonathan Haidt in his book The Happiness Hypothesis. And the brothers openly adopt this as their model. Haidt contends that "our emotional side is the Elephant and our rational side is its Rider. Perched atop the Elephant, the Rider holds the reins and seems to be the leader, but the Rider's control is precarious because the Rider is so small compared to the Elephant."
--Kerry Hannon in USA Today

This book is part of our “Engineer” track of books with books that help improve fundamental skill sets, like change management.

Event Location

Fairview Park Marriott - Networking Room
3111 Fairview Park Drive
Falls Church, VA, 22042

Agenda and Cost:
5:30pm - 6:30pm: Open book discussion
Free meeting for Chapter members.
Preregistration, reading the book before the meeting, and bringing a copy (e-book okay)of the book to the meeting is required.

Purchase the book through Amazon at Interestingly, you can buy the paperback version published in Great Britain for a couple bucks less than either the hardcover or kindle version sold directly through Amazon in the US.

Special Instructions
PDU's Available:
Based on the amount of time you will spend in self-directed study of negotiation – we estimate more than six hours of reading, which converts to 6+ PDUs for qualified PMPs who are under the 30 PDU limit for their current three year certification cycle. Please note that these PDUs will need to be reported as Category C: Self-Directed Learning. For full details on PDU reporting refer to the PMP Handbook.
PDUs Available: 
6.00 PDUs for Certified PMs

About the Monthly Book Club

The Monthly Book Club is a forum for talking about books that touch on the widely varied challenges of project and program management. There is no Book Club membership. Anyone can sign up to join our conversations. There are just three key requirements: preregistration, reading the book before the meeting, and bringing a copy of the book to the meeting. Note that you should sign up early as we limit the discussion to fifteen people so that everyone has a chance to share their opinion.

Come to the Book Club with an open mind and prepare to have your understanding adjusted as you hear about the book through the voices of your professional peers.

Studying project management and related topics through books is recognized and rewarded by PMI in PDUs, roughly on the basis of one hour of study equals one PDU. Continued certification as a PMP requires the accumulation of these valuable credits and we are pleased to offer this opportunity to obtain both the important training and the educational credit associated with it.

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