Volunteer with Me, We can Make a Difference!
Volunteer of the Quarter - Morris Wrubel
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Project Management Articles
New Certificate Holders
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with Me, We can Make a Difference
Judy Balaban, PMP, President PMINJ
We join organizations
for many reasons: common interest, having a sense of camaraderie, a resume
booster, and/or peer pressure. But where do you take it from
there? That is entirely up to you. Out of the ~4500 PMINJ members
, 187 members volunteer. PMINJ is a large chapter to serve and the current
volunteers do an amazing job to provide programs, events, courses, mentoring,
awards, and community outreach every month throughout the year.
I am asking each member to consider volunteering for a PMINJ team
or committee .
We need your help.
One hundred and eighty-seven people do a phenomenal job of supporting
the chapter; just think what we could accomplish with several hundred,
even a thousand?!
Ten years ago, I complained to a co-worker about something in the
chapter. We decided to volunteer, get more involved, and
make a change. The thought process was if you can’t beat ‘em, join
‘em. Here I am today, your humble President asking you to join me
and your fellow 187 chapter volunteers. You too can make an impact.
of the Quarter - Morris Wrubel
Morris’s focus on IT Project Management
came as a natural evolution during his 20+ years in data center, computer,
and Help Desk support. His skill in leading teams and working
with technology are key ingredients to his success leading the PMINJ
Programs’ rapidly growing Satellite Team. His team is comprised
of a network of over 25 members statewide, and they coordinate with the
Programs’ A/V Team to broadcast the monthly programs to fifteen remote meeting
locations around the state, from Mahwah to Atlantic City.
and decisive, with a project manager’s attention to detail, Morris works
with his Satellite Logistics Coordinator to make sure each Satellite Coordinator
gets the list of individuals who will be attending the meeting at that
remote site each month, so members can be signed in and be confirmed eligible
to claim PDU’s. His prompt answers to logistics questions and regular
communications with the Satellite Team throughout the month ensure each
location is prepared to host as many as 25 guests for the meeting.
event, Morris contacts each Satellite Coordinator to collect registration
forms; discuss communications or logistics issues; and ensure continued
improvements to this new process. With his guidance and leadership,
the Satellites have grown from a few small locations with a handful of
participants to a thriving program whose attendance now exceeds registration
at the Main Meeting location.
A PMP and
PMINJ member since October, 2010, Morris first started volunteering as
a way to earn extra PDU’s. Originally he was a Marketing Team volunteer,
when he was asked to assist the Programs Team in a Satellite Coordinator
role, Morris immediately accepted. With his help as a Coordinator,
the team has developed a standard process for qualifying, setting up,
and running satellite locations. Now the Satellite Team Leader, he
reports, “I enjoy providing an opportunity for PMINJ members to participate
in the monthly Programs and enjoy local ‘networking’ when the Main meeting
is not close to where they live or work. It’s a way to ‘give back’
to PMINJ, and a great way to ensure that as many members as possible have
access to the monthly Programs.”
a volunteer organization and the chapter’s success is attributed to volunteers
like Morris who work tirelessly to provide quality service for chapter
membership and we thank him for that.
by Barbara A. Fuller, PMP, VP Marketing PMINJ
definition of Marketing is to inform others, in a positive light, that
you exist. Done correctly, it brings attention to you and establishes
your brand. The marketing group for PMINJ has several teams: Sponsorship,
Community Outreach, Corporate Outreach, Public Relations and Communications
which includes all email blasts and the Newsletter. Following are the various
teams in Marketing and the areas where we need additional volunteers.
Community Outreach (PMI New Jersey Cares) currently
has three facets: Food, Shelter, and Scouting.
we currently conduct holiday food drives. We plan to expand to include
a summer food drive because the need for food for families increases in
the summer. (Many school children receive free meals during the school year
but not in the summer months.)
Shelter: We currently need volunteers to work with the
Habitat for Humanity in their efforts to provide housing for those in
Scouting: builds leaders and the role for PMINJ is to
recognize and acknowledge the Girl and Boy Scouts that achieve the Eagle
and Gold Awards. We need volunteers in this area also.
Corporate outreach builds relationships with the
business community to share the message of the importance of project
management as a profession, the value of a project manager and what it
means to the bottom line. We need a Director as well as quality speakers
for our internal Speakers’ Bureau. This is a great opportunity for
a volunteer to gain exposure.
The Public Relations team is focused on exposure outside
of PMINJ. Done correctly, it conveys a positive message about what our
chapter is doing for its members and the community. Maureen Sammis is
the Director of PR. She and her team have built a relationship with PMI
which allows PMINJ to showcase their activities in PMI publications. Her
team is also responsible for PMINJ Social Media; LinkedIn and Facebook.
Maureen is in the process of building relationships with the local press
to publicize the positive messages about PMINJ.
Communications includes the Newsletter team headed
by our current editor Simon Tsang. He will be stepping away from the
Editor role which creates a great opportunity for a qualified and willing
volunteer. We wish Simon continued success and a thank you for filling
such an important role.
No doubt, you have been the recipient of an email blast to inform
you of an upcoming event or an action that you need to take. Well, that
too, is a part of the Marketing Team.
The sponsorship team is led by Director Raji Sivaraman, PMP.
Her team sells to companies that want to share their message with professional
project managers. Sponsorship opportunities include advertisements in
the PMINJ Newsletter, email blasts, website and on-site sponsorship at
PMINJ events: Dinner Meetings, May Symposium, IPM Day, and Local Communities
of Interest. All sponsorship opportunities can be found on the website
To volunteer for any role go to http://www.pminj.org/vol-opp.mr
or contact Nikki John at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our First ACP-Certified Member! - David Gruber
A. Fuller, PMP, VP Marketing PMINJ
Have you heard that PMI is offering a new certification? The ACP
(Agile certified practitioner) certification is new. According to the PMI
website, the examination became available in January of this year.
Agile is an approach to managing projects that has increased over
the last several years. PMI research shows that the use of agile
has tripled from December 2008 to May 2011. According to a Gartner prediction,
by the end of 2012, Agile development methods will be used on 80% of all
software development projects.
David Gruber is PMINJs first ACP Certification holder.
We thought it would be good for you to hear from him.
PMINJ: What led you to want to get the ACP?
David Gruber (DG): As a software development PM, I have long
been an advocate of Agile practices. There's been quite a bit of infighting
in the Agile (specifically Scrum) communities of late and I felt that
PMI would bring a degree of professionalism to the table that was missing.
At a local PMI chapter dinner, I had the opportunity to speak with members
of the new certification program and became very excited to get in on
the ground floor.
PMINJ: What did you do to prepare for the exam?
DG: I took a combined ScrumMaster certification/PMI-ACP prep
course sponsored by PMI-NYC. In addition to the basic CSM (Certified Scrum
Master) certification, the course provided the necessary contact hours
to qualify for the PMI-ACP exam.
PMINJ: What was your experience preparing to take the exam?
DG: Unlike the PMP certification, there is no body-of-knowledge
guide which can be used as a reference. Instead, PMI issued a reading-list
of 11 separate books, some of which I was already familiar with.
Unfortunately, I didn't have time to read all 11 before sitting for the
exam. I felt very comfortable with Scrum and XP, but did take the opportunity
to brush up on Kanban.
PMINJ: What are some key points for success in obtaining the
DG: As with the PMP exam, having real-world experience (in
this case Agile) is not only required for qualifying, but is a key for
passing the test. For PMPs, it's important to connect the dots between
traditional PM Knowledge Areas and the Agile practices. It is vital,
for example, to know how Agile handles Risk Management and Scope Management.
PMINJ: What is your background and did that lead you to wanting
DG: I've been working as a technical PM for about 12 years,
and was a software developer before that. I got into Scrum about two years
ago and completed my CSM certification just last year. I am a HUGE Agile
fan, particularly Scrum as I've found it transformative in its ability
to build strong, highly motivated teams that can get more done with less
To continue this discussion and to ask David your own questions
we have asked him to start a discussion about the ACP Certification on
the PMINJ LinkedIn Group site. To join the conversation, go to LinkedIn
and search under groups for PMINJ and request to join.
In Being A Mentor?
J Arokia-Raj, PMP, PMINJ
Do you possess knowledge in an area of Project Management that you
want to share with others? Interested in helping other people and sharing
your knowledge in the Project Management field?
Sign up to become a mentor!
New Jersey PMI is looking for mentors to help other project
managers in our area to succeed and grow in the Project Management field.
The requirements are few but the benefits are extraordinary.
- Minimum five
years of project management experience
- PMINJ chapter
Membership in good standing
to share your knowledge approximately 4 to 6 hours a month (4 to 6 PDUs
If interested, please
e-mail email@example.com for an application or additional information.
- Refresh key PM
- Enrich the
local Project Management community through knowledge sharing
- Earn PDUs
for your time
at the Annual Recognition Dinner
to PMINJ events
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PMINJ Cares – A Strategic Objective
By Maureen Sammis - Director of PR
and Social Networking PMINJ
Did you know
that one of the strategic objectives of PMINJ is to add value to NJ communities
through outreach? The chapter board felt it was appropriate to determine
how PMINJ could assist NJ communities, by creating a Director of Community
Outreach, reporting to the VP of Marketing several years ago. Two of
the Community Outreach actions by PMINJ during 2011 demonstrated that
we care about NJ communities that are having challenges during these
difficult economic times.
had a Food Drive at the November 2011 monthly meeting both at the main
location and at the satellites. The effort was led by Sandy Seidorf.
Thanks to the generosity of many of our members, 267 pounds of non-perishable
food was collected and donated to the following charities:
Each holiday season
PMINJ makes donations to worthy charities. In December, 2011, donations
were made to The Newark Holiday Fund, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, Market
Street Mission in Morristown and HomeFront in Lawrenceville.
- 100 pounds in
Bridgewater donated to the Flemington Food Bank
- 120 pounds
in Holmdel donated to the Monmouth County Food Bank
- 27 pounds
in Iselin donated to M.C.F.O.O.D.S. in Middlesex County
- 20 pounds
in Whitehouse donated to the Food Bank of Somerset County in Bound Brook
cards from these organizations conveyed their appreciation to the members
of PMINJ. In addition, the chapter received recognition in the Star Ledger,
in a wonderful article describing a few of the beneficiaries of the Newark
recognize the need for food drives around the holidays, but did you know
that the summer months have the highest need? Why? Because many school children
receive free meals during the school year but not in the summer months.
If you want to volunteer to be a part of the Community Outreach team and
to satisfy the need for food in the summer of 2012, contact Sandy Seidorf
PMINJ members for showing that you care.
PMINJ Cares – Volunteers Needed April 29, 2012 at Franklin
Township Food Bank
are needed to help raise funds for the Franklin Township Food Bank in Somerset
County, April 29, 2012, at the 2012 Tour de Franklin Bike-A-Thon:
Volunteers are needed to support the following:
If interested, contact
Sandy Seidorf at firstname.lastname@example.org
from 6:30 am-11:00 am
- Food Preparation/Clean-up:
Two shifts 6:30 am-10:30 am or 10:30 am-2:30 pm
Networking Meeting – The First Impression - Jan 2012
by Graham Wisdom, PMINJ
We all know that we only
get one chance to make a great first impression, but what should we do
to make sure it is great? Linda Trignano addressed both the online
and offline aspects of this in her presentation to the Career Networking
LCI at the January 2012 PMINJ chapter meeting.
The message you convey when you meet someone face to face is
estimated to be only 7% based on what you say – the rest of the message
comes from body language and tone of voice. Good communication and
presentation skills increase your confidence. Projecting confidence
is not only essential to appearing authoritative, a quality that helps
build better relationships in many realms, but also results in less stress.
You are more comfortable in presenting your ideas if you know you communicate
When you meet someone their
impression of you is assembled from many inputs – voice, posture, clothes,
style, handshake, eye contact.
Business casual dress
is very common these days, but for a best first impression plan to “dress
up one notch”. And get advice from others on how you look – clothes
that may still fit from many years ago can make you look out of touch –
be up to date.
Grooming is critical –
grooming trumps style!
And then finally, smile!
A smile lets the observer know that you are approachable. But make
sure it is a genuine smile - fake smiles are discernible and send quite
a different message.
Actively listening is
very important – listen with your face, and make sure to be fully engaged
in the conversation. No distracting thoughts, no cell phones, no
typing, no texting! Nothing is more important than to fully connect
with the person you’re speaking with in a job search context.
The online first impression
is also key. Recruiters are now reported to be Googling applicants
and reviewing LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook before even reading the resume.
So make certain that these networking sites present you in the right way.
It is becoming increasingly important to have a solid and active online
presence – not just avoiding problem pictures, but being able to be seen
as an active and useful contributor to professional online communities,
a guru or a thought leader. LinkedIn allows searching for questions
asked and answered by a person. Make it a habit to search the Web for
all material about yourself, because someone else will certainly find it.
Regularly purge any material that is not flattering.
* The Career Networking
LCI (Local Community of Interest) meets before each dinner meeting at 5:30
pm. You should attend if you want to be more effective in networking.
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Project Management Articles
The PDU Category Structure And Policies
By Cornelius Fichtner,
If you are a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®),
then you know that the acronym PDU stands for Professional Development
Unit. Every PMP needs to earn 60 PDUs every 3 years to keep his or her certification.
Why? The idea behind PDUs is simple: the Project Management Institute
(PMI) wants every PMP to learn continuously. Just like doctors or pilots
who have to take classes regularly and practice new skills in order to keep
their license, PMI wants credential holders to learn new project management
skills so that we can be the best project managers possible.
This article is based on an interview with Rory McCorkle, Product
Manager Credentials, from PMI.
The rules around PDUs changed in March 2011, but many people are
still confused about the new structure. Let’s look at the main changes.
One hour equals one PDU
When Rory and his team were benchmarking PMI against other organizations,
they realized that it would be useful to standardize the amount of PDUs
individuals get for the time they spend on activities. “We’re truly global
and dealing with a global audience has challenges,” he said. “That was
something we found an important learning: regardless of whether you are
sitting in a classroom, giving a presentation or volunteering, we have rewarded
you appropriately for the investment of your time.”
As a result, nearly all activities are now credited on the basis
of one hour of activity equaling one PDU.
PDU divisions and categories
The old system had 18 different PDU categories – not including the
sub-categories. The new system divides PMI PDUs into two broad areas:
education and giving back to the profession. This makes it much easier
to understand, but there was another reason for the change. “The important
thing the division enabled us to do was to ensure that through their recertification
cycle, every practitioner had at least some hours in the education area,”
Rory said. “That gave us the assurance that everyone would continue to invest
in their lifelong learning.”
In the new structure both divisions have 3 categories.
The Education division
A: Courses offered by a PMI Registered Education Provider (REP),
Chapters or Communities. “Most of these activities are stored in the Continuing
Certification Requirements System already,” said Rory, “so all you need
to claim them is simply to enter that activity number and demonstrate that
you were there if you’re audited.”
The Giving Back to
the Profession division
B: Continuing Education. This covers any training that you undertake
at a college, university, or with any other training provider that is not
an REP. Training in your workplace counts as Category B too. Rory advises
that you keep proof of attendance in case you are audited. “That could
be a certificate of completion,” he said.
C: Self-directed Learning. “This is really a great place for folks
to get learning that you don’t have to go to a classroom,” Rory said. “It
captures a lot of the things that I hope certainly that professionals are
doing, if not on a daily basis, certainly monthly”. This includes being
mentored, webinars, podcasts, reading and so on. You can only claim a maximum
of 30 PDUs in this category.
This division has a maximum of 45 PDUs. Any PDUs earned in the following
3 categories counts towards this cap.
D: Creating New Project Management Knowledge. “This involves creating,
developing, expanding and communicating new project management knowledge
or perhaps augmenting existing knowledge that might be available in the
field,” Rory said. It ranges from authoring a textbook to giving a presentation
at your Chapter dinner about a topical issue in project management, and
can include writing articles. “At PMI there are a lot of periodic publications
that will publish a PMPs knowledge pieces,” Rory said.
E: Volunteer Service. You don’t have to be a PMI Chapter officer to
claim these PDUs. “This can be volunteer service for any project management
organization,” explained Rory. “We know there are other project management
organizations out there. They do have to be non-profit in order to count,
so volunteering for your company isn’t going to count because that could
be your job.” Another opportunity to earn PMP PDUs in this category is by
providing non-paid project management services to non-profit organizations.
F: Working as a Professional in Project Management. This is the only
one of the 6 categories where the “1 hour of service equals 1 PDU” rule
doesn’t apply. “This is essentially an amount we give for working as a professional
project manager,” Rory said. “As on your original application for your
certification, we recognize experience as part of the eligibility requirements.”
As long as you work a minimum of 6 months within the 12 month period you
can claim the PDUs relevant to your credential.
“I’d encourage folks to look at the handbook for their certification,”
said Rory. There is no longer a separate handbook just for continuing
certification requirements, as the rules are embedded in the handbook for
your credential. While the new guidelines are much clearer than the old
system, Rory recommends asking for help if you are unsure.
“I would encourage folks if they have a question about specific
activity to reach out to Customer Care,” he said. “We’ll make sure we
get an answer for you because the categories can encompass a lot and
sometimes can be a little confusing as to what counts and what might not.”
I Earn PDUs for Writing Project Management Articles?
By Cornelius Fichtner, PMP
Yes you can! Ever since the PMI published the new Category and Structure
for PDUs in March of 2011, earning PDUs has become much easier. This ease
is especially visible in Category D “Creating New Project Management Knowledge”:
Every hour that you spend creating and / or presenting new project management
knowledge counts as 1 PDU.
This means that if you decide to write a project management related
article, and you invest 3 hours in writing it, then you have just earned
3 PDUs. (Please note that there is a maximum of 45 PDUs that you can earn
in Categories D, E and F, therefore these 3 hours would count toward that
Are you thinking that this way of earning PDUs isn’t for you because
you have nothing to write about? Think again! Let me give you three simple
One: write a white paper about your last project. Describe what
and how you managed it, focusing on project management best practices.
Two: there isn’t one project meeting that I have attended where
I don’t learn something new about being a PM. Think back to your last
3 meetings and describe what you have learned.
Three: discuss a particularly difficult area on your project with
one of your colleagues at work and then write an article about what the
problem is and how you decided to solve it. And of course in one month
down the road you can write another article describing how well / badly
your actions worked.
But beware... there are some topics that won’t count toward earning
you PDUs. For example, an article that talks about the latest and greatest
features of project management software won’t earn you any PDUs. Similarly,
articles on how to prepare for the PMP exam or articles on earning PDUs
like the one you are reading right now don’t count either. These three
topics don’t count, because any article written about them isn’t creating
new knowledge - it is just describes a “product”. So, be safe and write
about what you learned in your daily work as a PM managing your projects.
Once you have your first article completed you need to publish it.
From my past discussions with PMI, I have learned that they do not
have a list of specific publication channels where you must publish. The
important point to keep in mind is that the article must discuss project
management topics and that it is published where other project managers
are likely to find it.
Here are some ideas for where you could publish your PM articles:
Also remember to
always keep records of your articles, so that you can show PMI during an
audit that you truly deserve to have earned these PDUs. As a best practice,
you should keep a copy of your original article, print a screen shot of the
website where your article was published, keep a copy of the magazine where
your article was printed.
- Send your
article to your local PMI chapter for inclusion in their newsletter.
PMI chapter newsletters usually welcome contributions from guest authors.
- Start your
own blog at any of the free online blogging platforms. Having your own
blog gives you credibility as a PM and it will also encourage you to write
more and earn more PDUs.
- If you are
not ready to start your own blog, then simply contact another blogger and
ask her/him if they might be interested in publishing your article on
their website as a guest blogger.
- Publish it
on a Project Management Community website like Gantthead or The International
Community for PMs.
- Send the article
to the publishers of one of the many online PM newsletters for inclusion
in the upcoming issue.
- Create an
account at an article directory website like Ezinearticles and publish
the article there.
In my view, every project manager has something to say and share
with others in our worldwide community. So pick up that pen... I mean keyboard…
and start writing.
New Certificate Holders
The following have received their
certification since the last newsletter (through 29 Feb 2012):
John Peter Moses Selvaraj
Raja Rajeshwar Rao Pamidimukkala
David Jay Koury
Erika Enid Colon
Guy A. DeMuro
Alicia Ferguson Preiss
Rehan Ali Baaqri
Jay Edward Jakubowski
John T. Kos
David A Gruber
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