17Oct2012
March 20, 2007 Birchwood Manor
Optimizing Human Capital with a Strategic Project Office
PDP Information:
Program Number: C020-20032007
Program Title: "PMBOK and the Integrated Brain" 
PDUs: 1.5 
Category Type: 3 
Subject Areas 
Knowledge: 10 
Process: 06
Application/Specific Interest Groups: 30 
Activity Sponsor: NJ/PMI Chapter
Beth Ouellette – President and Chief Consultant, The Ouellette Group

This interactive discussion will wander into some unusual territory – we are going to explore the right side of your brain! What does this topic have to do with project management you ask? The right side of the brain is usually associated with creative and intuitive aspects of our personality while the left-brain is more logical and ordered. Right-brain personalities like artists and writers are often associated with missing deadlines and going over budget, which is the antithesis of project management. But, it is also true, that many project managers credit their intuition or their creative problem solving ability for their success in managing through crises and meeting project deadlines. How do we reconcile the need for both logic and creativity in project management? The PMBOK presents us with a structured (left-brain) framework for projects, and we will look at how to integrate the right-brain skills into that framework. Lots of opportunity will be provided for the audience to test their left and right brain skills

Ms. Ouellette holds a Finance MBA from NYU’s Stern School, a BA in Education from Eastern Michigan University, and an AA in Computer Programming from Greenville Technical College. She has been an active member of PMI since 2000, obtaining her PMP certification in 2002. She is actively involved with PMI in a lead position for the Program and Portfolio Management Standard, released in May 2006. She has been a speaker on Project, Program, and Portfolio Management Office productivity and quality improvement, Project Mentoring, Teambuilding and Communications at Delivering Project Excellence, Women in Technology, and Women in Computing as well as providing presentations at The CIO Forum, Enterprise Application Strategy Conference, and IT World Congress. She has been quoted in publications including Information Week, Computerworld, PC Week and Network World. Additionally, Ms. Ouellette has hands-on experience in the following industries: finance, banking, insurance, retail, utility, manufacturing, small business and the entertainment/luxury industry.

Beth's handout can be downloaded.

Networking Program:

Topic: The Art of Small Talk

The Networking Group Teaches networking, exposes Opportunities and then lets you Practice. In today’s fast paced environment, connecting quickly with others is more important than ever. Whether you are looking to land your next job, advance your current career or simply meet new people, mastering the art of small talk will help – it’s a key networking skill. Come learn how to feel comfortable making “small talk” with Linda Trignano, founder of HR Performance Solutions, LLC. Please bring your business cards.

Linda's handout can be downloaded.

Updated: 01Jun09