City Trees

May/June 2014

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-ANY OF YOU WILL ARE NOW OR HAVE BEEN HEAVILY INVOLVED IN TREE PLANTING ACTIVITIES THIS YEAR 4WO KEY WORDS THAT COME TO MIND WITH REGARD TO TREE PLANTING ARE PLAN NING AND COMMUNICATION "OTH ARE A PART OF THE 0ROJECT -ANAGEMENT 0ROCESS AND ARE SKILLS NECESSARY FOR THE MUNICIPAL ARBORIST TO SHARPEN AS HE OR SHE GROWS AN URBAN FORESTRY PROGRAM -Y CURRENT DUTIES REQUIRE ME TO MANAGE THE 0ROJECT -ANAGEMENT /FFICE 0-/ FOR OUR COMPANY !RBOR-ETRICS 3OLUTIONS ) HAVE ALWAYS MANAGED PROJECTS THROUGHOUT MY CAREER BUT DISCOVERING THE PRINCIPLES AND METHODS OF THE DISCIPLINE OF 0ROJECT -ANAGEMENT AND BECOMING A 0ROJECT -ANAGEMENT 0ROFESSIONAL 0-0 HAVE HELPED ME GREATLY ! FEW KEY POINTS IN DESCRIBING 0ROJECT -ANAGEMENT )T IS A DISCIPLINE A LANGUAGE A PRACTICE )T IS A STRUCTURE IN WHICH YOU HAVE A PREDEFINED FRAMEWORK WHICH HELPS YOU MANAGE THE LIFE CYCLE OF A PROJECT 0ROPER DOCU MENTATION OF WORK AND COMMUNICATION IS ESSENTIAL !ND 0ROJECT -ANAGEMENT CAN HAVE THE SAME TYPE OF COMMU NICATION DOCUMENTATION AND MANAGEMENT STYLE ACROSS COMPANIES INDUSTRIES AND NATIONS /NE OF THE NINE KNOWLEDGE AREAS IN 0ROJECT -ANAGEMENT IS #OMMUNICATION THE ONE ) ALWAYS EMPHASIZE IN MY DAYTODAY MANAGEMENT OF PROJECTS )T IS NECESSARY FOR YOU AS A 0ROJECT -ANAGER TO IDENTIFY THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE ANY TYPE OF ROLE IN A PROJECT 4HEY BECOME YOUR STAKEHOLDERS AND THOSE STAKEHOLDERS MUST RECEIVE COMMUNICATION IN A TIMELY AND ORGANIZED WAY 3OME STAKEHOLDERS REQUIRE DAILY COMMUNICATION WHILE OTHERS JUST NEED NOTIFICATION WHEN A MILESTONE IS REACHED 7E ALL KNOW THE FEELING WHEN WE HAVE MISSED IDENTIFYING A KEY STAKEHOLDER AND OUR PROJECTS BEGIN TO SLIDE ANDOR HALT BECAUSE OF OUR FAILURE TO IDENTIFY THAT STAKEHOLDER )DENTIFYING ALL STAKEHOLDERS PRIOR TO BEGIN NING A PROJECT IS VITAL TO YOUR SUCCESS ) HOPE TO ENTICE YOUR INTEREST IN 0ROJECT -ANAGEMENT 0LEASE VISIT WWWPMIORG FOR MORE INFORMATION ) ENCOURAGE YOU ALL TO INVESTIGATE THE WONDERS OF THIS DIS CIPLINE ) THINK IT WILL HELP YOU AS IT HAS HELPED ME TO DISCOVER A METHOD TO OUR MADNESS IN URBAN FORESTRY ,AST MONTH WE HELD OUR SECOND -UNICIPAL 3PECIALIST 0REP #OURSE THIS TIME AT THE 7ESTERN #HAPTER )3! #ONFERENCE IN 0ASADENA #! 9OU MAY RECALL THAT WE LAUNCHED THIS NEW TRAINING LAST FALL IN 3URREY AT THE 0.7 )3! #HAPTER #ONFERENCE -ANY MEMBERS HAD ASKED FOR A REVIEW COURSE AND MANY OF THE )3! #HAPTER EXECS ASKED 3-! TO CREATE IT !FTER MORE THAN A YEAR OF PLANNING A COMMITTEE LED BY 0AUL 2IES KING OF CURRICULUM DEVELOP MENT PRODUCED A DAYLONG TRAINING COURSE 5SING ONE EXPERIENCED AND TWO LOCAL TRAINERS TO OFFER THIS AT ANY )3! #HAPTER CONFERENCE IT IS A GREAT COMPLEMENT TO THE LOCAL CHAPTERS TRAINING EFFORTS "UT ) DIDNT MENTION ALL THIS JUST TO TALK ABOUT THE COURSE )T GOES WITHOUT SAYING THAT 3-! SUPPORTS CONTINUED EDUCATION AND DEVELOP MENT OF ITS MEMBERS 7HILE ) LISTENED TO /WEN #ROY 7ALT 7ARRINER AND 'EORGE 'ONZALEZ COVER THE MATERIAL OF THE -3 0REP #OURSE INTER TWINING THEIR OWN EXPERIENCES ) COULDNT HELP BUT THINK ABOUT THE YEARS OF TRIAL AND TRIBULATION THESE THREE CITY FOR ESTERS HAD GONE THROUGH DURING THEIR CAREERS THE AMOUNT OF KNOWLEDGE THEY POSSESSED THE POLITICAL FINESSE THEY HAD MASTERED )VE HEARD 'EORGE DESCRIBE HIS EDUCATION AS THE hSCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKSv AND ) THINK MOST CITY ARBORISTS WOULD AGREE WITH THAT CHARACTERIZATION !S WITH ANY JOB YOU BRING A SET OF SKILLS KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE WITH YOU BUT THE THINGS YOU LEARN FROM THAT DAY FORWARD ARE WHAT DETERMINE YOUR SUCCESS /WEN 7ALT AND 'EORGE ARE ALL NEARING THE END OF THEIR CAREERS BUT YOU WOULDNT KNOW THAT FROM HEARING THEM TALK 4HEIR PASSION AND ENTHUSIASM FOR THEIR CHOSEN LIFE WORK IS AS FRESH AS THE DAY THEY WALKED ON THE JOB !S WE STROLLED DOWN THE SIDEWALK TO GO TO DINNER THEY NOTICED THE CITY TREES WONDERED ABOUT THEIR HEALTH DISCUSSED THE VARIOUS SPECIES 7E STOPPED TO MAKE OUR PICTURE ARM IN ARM BY AN ESPECIALLY LARGE TREE WE WERE DWARFED BY ITS SIZE 7HEN ) LOOK AT THAT PICTURE ) DONT EVEN SEE THE GIANT TREE ) SEE THE MEN WHO HAVE TAKEN THEIR CITY TREE PRO GRAMS FROM GOOD TO GREAT WHO CONTINUE TO LEARN EVEN AS THEY TEACH AND WHO ARE THE THREADS OF THE FABRIC OF 3-! ) COULD NAME MANY MORE 3-! MEMBERS WHO HAVE NOT ONLY LED SUCCESSFUL TREE PROGRAMS BUT WHO CONTINUE TO GIVE BACK TO THEIR PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION 7ERE WALKING AMONG GIANTS YALL AND )M NOT TALKING ABOUT THE TREES 1SFTJEFOUµT.FTTBHF 3BDIFM#BSLFS &YFDVUJWF%JSFDUPSµT.FTTBHF +FSSJ+-B)BJF ÌÞÊ/ÀiiÃ

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