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As we return to work renewed
from our summer vacations, a new season begins and excitement is in the air!
I witnessed a huge lightning bolt sizzle through the sky during one of our
Jersey summer storms, and the theme for this newsletter, Connection, occurred
to me. Our VP of Membership, Elizabeth Carfagno, confirms in her article
for the newsletter, PMINJ is a large chapter. Many of us already realize
the benefits of connecting with other professionals, but we expect many more
from our group sharing news, celebrations and support. Our chapter is spread
across a vast area, but every one of us is important to the chapter. We want
each member to partake in PMINJ networking opportunities. Our monthly meetings
are a great place to start. There are also many other ways to connect. Be
creative and give some a try. If you can make one new connection this week,
and consistently repeat the process, you'll get an explosion of value out
of your membership.
by Christine Rotonda,
PMP, PMINJ Newsletter Editor
by Elizabeth Carfagno
As of June 2012, the PMINJ Chapter has grown to over 4,600 members.
We are a strong Chapter supported not only by our many members, but especially
those who volunteer their time to keep the Chapter running and bring us great
events throughout the year. Currently you are able to view our Chapters
open volunteer opportunities listed on the Chapter website. In September
the PMINJ Chapter will begin piloting the Volunteer Relationship Management
System (VRMS) for posting our open volunteer positions.
Last year, PMI introduced the VRMS globally to all members. The
system design allows members the capability to search both global and local
volunteer opportunities. When you apply for an opportunity, your profile,
current certifications, previous volunteer positions, events attended, and
awards achieved are shared with the owner of the posting. The system
also allows you to upload your current resume for submission along with your
volunteer application. Finally, the system tracks the volunteer postings
you applied for and provides your current status.
The VRMS is easily accessible from the PMI website (www.pmi.org).
Once logged in, you will find the link to the VRMS under the “Get Involved”
link from the home page menu bar. PMI also provides user guides and
training videos to assist updating your personal information, apply for
and track your volunteer applications.
PMINJ volunteer opportunities are expected to be included in the system
by mid-September. We hope you take the time to familiarize yourself
with this new tracking system and take advantage of the many volunteer opportunities
at the global and local levels. If you have any questions regarding
updating your information or applying for a position, you can contact the
VRMS support team directly by selecting the feedback link at the top right
of the VRMS home page. You may also contact Nikki John (PMINJ Director of
Volunteers) with questions at volunteers(:@:)pminj.org.
Thanks to all who already volunteer. You've helped grow and evolve our
Chapter to what it is today, a beneficial community of professionals.
For those of you who have not yet had the opportunity, I hope you will find
the time to get involved as a volunteer in the future. It is
the time and talent of our volunteer members who bring about the success we
enjoy as a Chapter.
Newly Elected and Approved PMINJ Board Members
Balaban, PMP, PMINJ President
Ironic as it sounds, with the beginning of the fall season, there comes
new beginnings. The fall brings a new school year, a new program year
for PMINJ, and for several members of the PMINJ Board of Directors, a new
term to serve the chapter and its members.
During the summer the chapter membership elected four vice presidents
to the PMINJ Board. Effective September 1, 2012, their two-year terms officially
began. Two new vice presidents have been elected. Sandra Baptiste was
elected Vice President Administration. Debbie Heger formerly held the
role. May I extend my thanks and appreciation to Debbie for her years
of service and dedication to the chapter and the Board. Also newly
elected to the Board is Frank Mead. Frank is Vice President of Professional
Development & Training. Ava Heuer formerly held the role for 14
years! My sincere appreciation and gratitude go out to Ava for her
dedication and service to PMINJ.
Holding the position of Vice President Symposium, Deven Trivedi returns
to serve the PMINJ members by providing outstanding symposia with innovative
topics and speakers. The position of Vice President Finance is held
by Patricia Bonanni, who is also returning to the Board for another term.
As a vice president is newly elected he/she is able to select Director(s),
with Board approval, to assist them in their goals and objectives for their
area of responsibility.
Appointed Directors and their area of service as of September 5, 2012
are as follows:
Also at the September
5 meeting, Barbara nominated a new director:
Nita Parikh – Director – Membership Recognition
Mark Barash – Director – Administration
Louis Vazquez – Director – Project of the Year
Professional Development & Training:
John Tse – Director – Professional Development & Training
Geraldine Flach– Director Symposium
Eileen Szperka – Director Symposium
The remaining Vice Presidents
and Directors will continue with their current positions for another year:
Dennis McCarthy – Director – Corporate Outreach
– Vice President Marketing
I too am continuing into
year two in my term as President to serve PMINJ, its members, and the PMINJ
– Director – Public Relations
Lisa Blake – Vice President
Raji Sivaraman - Director – Sponsorship
- Director – Programs
Beth Carfagno – Vice
President – Membership
Jon Rice – Director
Nikki Johns -Director – Volunteers
Vijay J Arokia-Raj – Director – Mentors
I want to express my thanks and best wishes for success to the newly elected
vice presidents and approved directors. Good luck to all PMINJ Board
members, those new to the Board and those continuing with their roles.
The chapter members and the Board are all an integral part of the project
management community within New Jersey. Welcome to a new program year
PMINJ Project Manager of the Year
Danielle Meglaughlin of Atlantic Health Systems was the winner of PMINJ
Chapters Project Manager of the Year award! The award was presented by Eric
Stetson and Srimal Ekkadu during the June PMINJ monthly meeting at the Hilton
By committee vote, Danielle Meglaughlin earned this award. She is the
embodiment of a true Project Management Professional. In 2011 she led a
mission-critical project that involved the replacement of 70 individual
systems and the integration of a recently acquired organization which had
to be completed in less than 8 months due to regulatory requirements. Even
though there where several challenges, including requirement changes, Danielle
always maintained her professionalism, drive and sense of humor to deliver
the project with success. Based on the letter of recommendation received
for Danielle, she earned the respect and admiration of everyone involved
in the project.
and United Way of New Jersey Warm Clothes Drive
A. Fuller, VP of Marketing
The PMINJ Community Outreach Team will conduct a warm clothes drive during
the PMINJ IPM [International Project Management] Day event on November 1,
Several times during the year the team has “New Jersey Cares” initiatives
where volunteers from PMINJ reach out to help those in need in the community.
In the past we have done food drives to help stock food pantries across
New Jersey during the holiday season and recently in the summer months.
This new initiative is in collaboration with the United Way of New Jersey’s
program ‘Gifts of the Season’. It entails collecting new:
Women, Men and Children's:
It is simple to help.
All those that are attending IPM day on November 1st should bring their
donation of new items to the Community Outreach Table.
- Gloves / Mittens
- A gift card - we
will shop for you!
Many thanks to Sandy Seidorf for her idea for this initiative
and for taking the lead to make it happen. You can help by volunteering to
staff the collection table along with Sandy. Let her know that you will be
a volunteer by contacting her at Spseidorf(:@:)aol.com.
PMINJ, the Community Outreach team and the community need more volunteers
like Sandy, if you are interested contact us at volunteers(:@:)pminj.org.
IPM Day and PMINJ 30th Anniversary Celebration
Join PMINJ’s celebration of International Project Management (IPM) Day
on November, 1, 2012 at The Palace in Somerset Park, NJ
This 7th IPM Day also marks PMINJ’s 30th Anniversary!
Confirmed speakers include Keynote Peter Monkhouse, Chair of the 2012
PMI Board of Directors and Martha Legare CEO of the Gantt Group as well
as an Agile afternoon workshop presented by Sally Elatta, President of Agile
May 2012 Symposium
While opening the Chapters 26th Annual Symposium, which was a sold out
event on May 7, 2012 at the Pines Manor in Edison, New Jersey, the Judy Balaban,
PMINJ Chapter President, and Deven Trivedi, VP of Symposium, welcomed over
600 enthusiastic participants. The theme “Strategic Project Management”
enabled the Symposium committee to provide tools and knowledge to the local
Eric Verzuh was the opening keynote speaker, , He energized attendees
as he discussed the evolution of project management in the work place. It
went from being not quite visible in the 1980s as PM 1.0 to the current
PM 4.0 version which is geared towards delivering strategic value for corporations.
Eric spurred the audience into an in-depth analysis of the “Seven Strengths
to Power Innovation”.
The afternoon keynote speaker, Terry Schmidt, brought the participants
together for another invigorating discussion on “Applying Strategic PM in
Work and Life”. Terry showed the audience how they could use a logical framework
to assess and deliver project value.
Frank Ryle's closing keynote “Simplicity Project Management – an approach
for the Pros” challenged PMs to keep things simple in an environment of ever
increasing complexity. Frank elaborated his Simplicity message by providing
nine steps and symbols to follow.
Symposium participants had the option to enhance their knowledge base
via three strategically planned tracks throughout the day; Strategic Project
Management, Strategic Leadership and Strategic Processes and Tools.
The Strategic Project Management track was led by Skip Weissman. Skip's
three-pronged approach was developed for a Stadium build project; start
to finish in just over 70 days! Skip described how a leading organization
starts with a Vision Strategy, is bolstered with excellent personnel, performance
management standards and backed by leadership with a focus on teamwork development.
Skip presented a twist on the Pareto Principle by advising participants to
focus on the 80% that you can control, with 20% being what you can influence,
a perfect segue to the next session.
Dale Caldwell's Influence Driven Strategic Project Management session
moved beyond SWOT to present his highly innovative “Influence Awareness”
model and encourage participants to raise their influence intelligence.
Dale compelled attendees to consider their individual influences. Dale
suggested that to innovate, one must seek people who think differently. In
essence, Dale provided a formula to build the Learning Organization from
unconscious incompetence to unconscious competence. Even without authority,
PMs can use vision and goals to innovatively influence projects and deliver
In the third session, Aaron Shenhar emphasized the need for strategic
project leadership as an approach to next generation project management.
The project manager needs to be flexible and adaptive, and be an advocate
of the business goals and hence be an inspiration to the project team.
On the Strategic Leadership track, Michael O’Brachta with his background
in the CIA provided a very entertaining perspective on the top 10 factors
associated with great project managers. Mike spoke about the famous Shakleton
story of men stranded on the ice during winter and how he went to each member
to ensure they had his support and knew exactly what to do which contributed
to their survival. Mike referred to this as “servant leadership” and emphasized
that project managers who develop this skill combined with an executive decision
making style are more successful. Mike's mantra, "What can I do to
help?" and the top 10 factors he shared: meet the needs of others, be heroes
with a plan, employ process with discipline, be servant leaders, work on
successful projects, succeed broadly, deal with complexity, spend more
time communicating, reduce cycle time, and master the soft skills.
Star Dargin further clarified the key aspects of leadership for a strategic
project manager by elaborating on three unique styles of management – leader,
coach and manager. In her interactive session, Star demonstrated how these
three leadership styles can be applied based on project context and team
needs by an effective project leader. Star quoted Paul Hawkins, “Good management
is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive
that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them”.
Brian Jaffa shared his real life experiences when he took a leap from
IT to the Business side at Quest Diagnostics and challenged the tremendous
unknowns on the "other side". He had to meet quotas and build a new India
R&D test center from scratch. Brian went from eliciting requirements to
providing them and building revenue pipelines. He was successful in stretching
his abilities to build a new Greenfield India test center. Brian's examples
demonstrated project managers as strategic leaders, and how we can apply
skills to all aspects of business.
The third track at the symposium on Strategic Tools and Processes provided
a good roadmap on the path to strategic leadership and management, beginning
with Mark Layton’s informational discussion on how Agile QA processes are
changing project management and allowing teams to deliver products faster
with higher customer satisfaction.
Kathy Haas zeroed in on the strategic roles of Business Analysts (BA)
and how to make this discipline align with Project Management in building
successful project strategies. Kathy made the point that project management
is increasingly complex with the new business models in the global age.
Business success requires critical thinkers who can innovate, collaborate,
and leverage complexity to compete. Creativity is the most important leadership
quality per a recent CEO study and projects succeed by closing the gaps
in business analysis. There needs to be a change in the project approach
to provide a competitive advantage. Kathy described four steps to a successful
The BA keeps the focus
on strategic value and the PM on complexity management to partner as creative
- Diagnose project
- Assign competent
- Select the project
- Manage complex dimensions
The event hosted 24 vendor exhibitors, Chapter Communities of Practice
(CoP) and Local Community of Interest (LCI) booths that provided participants
opportunities for networking with 600+ area Project Managers.
In closing, Jerry Flach, Symposium Director thanked the 50+ volunteers
for their dedication to make this event a grand success and challenged attendees
to become chapter volunteers. The post-event survey indicated more than 93%
of the respondents, believed that PMINJ 2012 Symposium had met or exceeded
Corporate Outreach at Merck's Project Management Day
by Maureen Sammis
Barbara A. Fuller, PMINJ Marketing VP, and members of her Marketing Team,
have a strategic objective to increase Corporate Outreach in 2012. The PMINJ
Marketing Team formed a partnership several years ago with Merck, a major
pharmaceutical organization based in Whitehouse, NJ. This year our chapter
was invited by Tina Gertsch, coordinator of the Merck annual Project Management
Day, to participate in their 2012 event.
One of the PMINJ goals in participating in Corporate Outreach events is
to increase local corporate knowledge of the capabilities offered by PMI
and the New Jersey Chapter. Dennis McCarthy, the newly appointed Director
of Corporate Outreach commented “the event was very well attended and very
well organized. Interest in Project Management Professional (PMP) certification
was high, as was interest in other certifications in other areas of Project
Management such as Agile or CAPM. Many people were asking about membership
in the PMINJ Chapter, and many were impressed that we offer free monthly
programs at satellite locations around the state to make it easier to attend.
Given the interest in certification, the fact that PMINJ sponsors PMP preparation
courses appealed to many Merck attendees as well”.
Project Management Articles
Easy Ways to Earn PDUs
by Cornelius Fichtner,
Excerpts from his 12 easy ways to Earn PDUs
After earning your Project Management Professional (PMP) or Program Management
Professional (PgMP) credential you are required to earn 60 Professional Development
Units (PDUs) every 3 years. We explore 12 simple methods in which you can
earn PDUs easily and relatively inexpensively.
[Note: This is an update to the article “10 Easy Ways to Earn PDUs" that
was published in July 2010. The update is necessary because PMI changed the
categories, structure and policies governing Professional Development Units
PDUs we need and PDUs we want. Professional Development Units (PDUs) dominate
our minds, our conversations, and our spare time in the last quarter before
our Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) deadline. With a little proactive
planning we can all make the PDU procurement process much easier. The bottom
line is that we want the fast and consistent path to our PDUs… and we want
How do we accomplish this? By just ‘doing’ what ‘you do’. The easiest
way to earn PDUs is to leverage what you currently do. Here is a short list
of PDU eligible activities that might already be part of your professional
For the details on PDU categories mentioned below refer to the CCR section
of the PMP Handbook, which can be found at http://www.pmi.org/certification/~/media/pdf/certifications/pdc_pmphandbook.ashx
1. Your Day Job (PDU Category F)
If you work as
a Project Manager this is probably the easiest way to tick off up to 25%
of the PDUs you'll need at the end of the recertification cycle. If you are
a practitioner of project management services for at least 6 months each year,
you can claim up to 5 PDUs per year for a maximum total of 15 PDUs per three
2. Volunteer Service (PDU Category E)
Become a volunteer
of your local project management association (either as an elected officer,
as a committee member or by managing a project for them) and earn 1 PDU for
each hour of service. Note that the PDUs earned in this category count towards
the combined maximum of 45 PDUs for categories D, E and F. A letter or certificate
from the organization acknowledging the participation is required for confirmation.
3. Formal Academic Training (PDU Category B)
educational courses related to Project Management can earn you 10 to 15 PDUs
per semester. It's one of the easier categories, as long as you are not
financially challenged. If you are, there may well be project management
related courses offered at your local community college that are more economical
than the state and private collegiate institutions. The transcript or grade
report is required for confirmation.
4. Create new Project Management Knowledge (PDU Category D)
There is a lot
you can do in this category to earn PDUs. You could be authoring or co-authoring
articles, books or newsletters, present a webinar or podcast, or create and
present a project management course. Each will earn you PDUs. The rule is
that every hour spent in preparing and delivering these activities is equal
to one PDU. The PDUs claimed in this category count toward the 45 PDU maximum
for categories D, E and F.
5. Turning CEU’s into PDUs (PDU Category B)
Like Formal Academic
Training, Continuing Education (CE) can be submitted as PDUs. Unlike Formal
Academic Training, CE’s are courses that comply with IACET standards. CEU’s
(Continuing Education Units) can be converted to PDUs; generally at a ratio
of 1 CEU to 10 PDUs. Your best bet is to confirm with the provider that the
course you are interested in complies with the ANSI/IACET 1-2007 Standard
and of course it must be about project management.
6. Self-Study (PDU Category C)
Do you consume
a lot of materials like reading articles or books, watching videos or CD
ROMs? Or do you have formal discussions with colleagues or customers? Or did
you recently get coached? If you participated in any of these activities and
the topic at hand was relevant to project management, had a specified purpose
and used knowledgeable resources then you can claim 1 PDU for each hour spent
on this as “self study”. There is a maximum of 30 PDUs for this and any other
Category C activities.
7. Leverage PDU Activities (PDU Category - Multiple)
One of the best
ways to proactively plan your PDUs is to get creative and leverage one PDU
opportunity upon another. For example, if you attend a PMI Chapter Meeting
you will earn PDUs (Category A). Why not piggy-back on that PDU opportunity
by taking an active role as a volunteer at the registration desk (Category
E). This way, you will have used one event to generate PDUs in different
categories. Don't be afraid to get creative and leverage PDU opportunities
as much as you can.
So there you have it….
No matter what your budget or your learning media preference, these simple
methods are waiting to help you earn the 60 PDUs required for your recertification.
If you are proactively planning your PDUs, you will be prodigiously promising
as a project manager! Whichever route you take, keep consistent and remember
to have some fun with it.
About the author: Cornelius Fichtner, PMP is a noted PMP expert. He has
helped over 18,000 students prepare for the PMP Exam with The Project Management
PrepCast at and he guides PMI credential holders on earning PDUs with The
New Certificate Holders
The following have received their certification
since the last newsletter (through 31 August 2012):
|Bruce Frank Hascup
Karthik Sriram Lakshmi Narasimhan
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