The PMI Global Congress North America wrapped up events last week in Atlanta, Ga., and Cadence was there in force. We were thrilled to see so many clients and partners at the event! If you missed out, enjoy this recap of PMI and Cadence highlights!

PMI used the opportunity to announce a suite of project management tools and resources for members and PMPs. Be on the look-out for more information on the PgMP Credential; the Program Management Professional Certification launched October 1, and PMI used the Congress Keynote to show off the first class of credentialed PgMPs to the audience. We will be covering the PgMP certification process in more detail, and we will help you get your arms around just how the credential might play a role in your organization and career development over the coming months. For more information on the announcement, visit PMI.org.

In other career planning news, PMI announced the development of a new software tool for career development, the PMI Career Framework for Practitioners. In PMI’s own words, “This single tool can help practitioners assess their skill level and build a case for advancement or further training – better preparing them for the next step in their career.” Learn more about the tool at the Career Framework site.

Cadence President and CEO John Patton joined the high-profile panel of research experts on the “Complexity in Project Management and the Management of Complex Projects.” The panel marked the second part of PMI’s Research Program Working Session, and capstone to a year-long collaboration between the PMI research department and industry. The panel provided a launchpad for future discussions on the topic next year, to be held at each of the three remaining PMI Congresses in Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

Cadence Chief Operating Officer Connie Plowman graduated from the PMI Leadership Institute Masters Class, an exclusive Project Management Institute member group dedicated to leadership of the PMI organization. Beginning in 2008, Plowman will turn her experience back to PMI, joining the 8-member Leadership Institute Advisory Group. This group serves to provide guidance and recommendation to the PMI Leadership Institute program, including the Masters Class, the Institute conference program, and PMI Learn.

Cadence seminar leaders played an active role in the Congress, too. Kimberly Liegel presented her paper, “Empowering Kids Through Project Skills,” urging the audience to think about today’s classroom as the incubator for tomorrow’s project managers, and provided a thoughtful discussion on how to engage them through classroom curriculum.

Back at the booth, seminar leaders Randall Englund and Alfonso Bucero hosted signings of their book, “Project Sponsorship: Achieving Management Commitment for Project Success.” Both gentlemen will be teaching the upcoming Cadence Project Sponsorship seminar, November 8-9, in San Jose, CA. The seminar addresses a key gap in project leadership, focusing on alignment between project managers, sponsors, and organizational leadership. Learn more about the seminar and take our project sponsorship audit at http://www.cadencemc.com.

Finally, seminar leader Claudia Baca hosted a signing of her books at the booth. Baca is widely known for her library of works in change management, OPM3, and PMP certification materials, all available now at amazon.com.