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A. Fuller, PMP, PMINJ VP Marketing
When you say the word marketing, many people think it means telling
everyone about a product or service. However, marketing is much more involved,
and in the world of PMINJ our marketing team makes a huge difference.
The Marketing team consists of three major parts: Outreach (Corporate
and Community), Sponsorship, and Communications / PR.
The wonderful volunteers
on our Marketing team collaborate well with existing organizations to create
successful outcomes. One example is the warm clothes drive at the PMINJ
IPM Day event in 2012. In late April, thanks to our on the ground PM, Melinda
Posipanko, working directly with the Franklin Township Food Bank as the
coordinator for their bike event, over $70,000 in contributions for the Food
Bank were received. This exciting event had over 700 participants and 20
PMINJ volunteers who helped. This event also initiated a PMINJ bike riding
team that came in 2nd place in fund-raising! Many thanks to Lystra Haynes
for leading the PMINJ bike team.
- Thanks to the
addition of Dennis McCarthy as the director of Corporate Outreach we are
making great strides
- Community Outreach
has also made excellent progress with our PMINJ volunteers concentrating
in three areas: Charitable which involves Food, Clothing, Shelter donations,
Schools support and Scouting activities.
/ PR include continuous activities throughout the year with many volunteers
focused on reaching out to members and the PM community through seminars,
social networks, publishing event pictures, promoting member achievements
and submitting articles for our newsletter.
Our 2013 summer food drive began with the May Symposium. We thank Elaine
Tanimura for leading this activity. We ask you to please bring in your contributions
to the upcoming June meeting.
We continue to work in the areas of Scouting, Habitat for Humanity,
and will be launching a new program in K-12 schools. Stay tuned, or better
yet, join this exciting team to help make a difference in the community
and spreading the value of project management. Send an email to volunteers(:@:)pminj.org.
As you can see by the flurry of activity described here, Marketing at
PMINJ is much more than just stating the services offered at PMINJ. It’s
an integral approach and promotion of PMINJ through the programs we offer.
Our Marketing team is always ready to coordinate with our programs and
members to see where we can involve our PM community next.
Marc Matrulli is
one of our most dedicated volunteers on the PMINJ Programs Team, and is
the Team Co-Leader for the Programs Venue Management Team. Marc, along
with his Co-Leader Dan Ackerman, is responsible for identifying venues for
our monthly chapter meetings, negotiating contracts, and managing the relationships
with each facility to ensure they deliver the best service to PMINJ attendees.
A project manager for over 15 years, Marc joined PMINJ in 2006 when
his role at Johnson & Johnson included training on PM practices.
Marc earned his PMP in 2007, knowing the credential would help give him
the credibility his role required. The strategy worked, and Marc is currently
responsible for IT Portfolio Strategy and Process at Johnson & Johnson.
Marc has been a volunteer
on the Programs Venue Management team since 2010. He is a gracious host
and the Programs Team relies on Marc to work with the meeting facilities
staff. A recent example of Marc’s dedication and initiative was his work
with the staff at the Pines Manor after Hurricane Sandy to make sure all
systems were “Go” for the November Chapter meeting. Like many other businesses,
the Pines had lost power and suffered some damage due to the storm, and Marc
stayed in close contact with the facility to ensure they’d be back in service
in time for the meeting.
Marc plays a vital role
as a volunteer and Team Co-Leader for PMINJ’s Programs Monthly Chapter meetings.
When asked why he volunteers and what he enjoys about his role, Marc said,
“It allows me to leverage my Project Management skills and to interact
with all the other Program Team volunteers that work so hard to make each
Chapter meeting such a success.”
PMINJ Programs relies on
the help of dedicated, talented volunteers like Marc to deliver successful
Program Chapter meetings and provide valuable professional development opportunities
to the members. We appreciate Marc’s commitment, energy, and professionalism
and thank him sincerely for his valued contribution to the PMINJ community.
Click to see previous VOQs.
of the Year
By Kinal Amin
Solix Wins PMINJ’s Project of the Year 2013
PMINJ awarded the 2013 “Project of the Year” to Solix, Inc. at our monthly
chapter meeting held on April 16th in Bridgewater, NJ. This project was
selected based on their exceptional project management work related to the
Solix, Inc. “Connect2Compete (C2C)” program.
The goal of the C2C project was to provide nationwide high speed, low-cost
broadband and computers to low income citizens. The program required Solix
to design a way for participating partners to view the status of applicants.
Program Integrity Measures were developed to ensure systems controls were
in place for numerous areas of the program, including application processing,
call centers and a website.
“Out of the many submissions, your project not only showed an in-depth
knowledge of executing project management skills but it was quite clear
there was great collaboration among your leadership team,” said Louis A.
Vazquez, PMP, PMINJ Director, Project of the Year.
“From first meeting, it was clear that Solix brought to the table a
comprehensive understanding of how to build an unknown program from idea
to implementation using a proven disciplined project management approach,”
said Sonja Murray, Executive Vice President, C2C.
Solix, Inc. is a NJ based business process outsourcing firm that services
government, telecommunications, broadband, utility and healthcare organizations.
They were selected in February 2012 by Connect2Compete (C2C), a non-profit
public-private organization, to design this program that enable parents
of school-aged children to apply to the program based on a variety of eligibility
The Connect2Compete Program Team: Client – Sonja Murray, Executive
Vice President Connect2Compete; Stuart Waldrum, Senior Vice President &
CIO; Eric Seguin, Vice President of Corporate Development and Government
Programs; Janice Molloy, General Manager Project Management; Rick DiLollo,
Director - Project Management; Mark Ashnault, Senior Director - Application
Architecture; Ray Rojas, Director - Network Support; Landon Swaim, Manager
- Operations; Abhishek Sinha, Lead Architect; Amanda Severson, Call Center
Click to see more pictures from the April Meeting.
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PMINJ Cares – Food Drive
Elaine Tanimura is the
leader of the Summer Food Drive. "Thank you" to those who contributed donations
at the May chapter meeting. The Food Drive continues! Please remember to
bring your donations to the June 18th PMINJ Chapter meeting.
PMINJ is on Facebook.
Please stop in and “Like” our page!
The key to PMINJ Chapter success is the dedicated Board members and team
of volunteers. Through their hard work on our many programs and committees,
PMINJ is one of the most successful chapters overall for the Project Management
Institute. In order to recognize the tremendous volunteer effort that benefits
all members, PMINJ hosts the annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner event every
March. For the past three years, Nita Parikh, has run the Volunteer Recognition
Dinner and had the pleasure of meeting our energetic volunteers.
This year the Volunteer Dinner Event, which was project managed
by Dotti Evans, was held at the Imperia of Somerset, located on Easton Avenue
in Somerset. Approximately 100 volunteers attended the event. Volunteers
enjoyed a happy hour where they could mingle with other volunteers, some
meeting other volunteer members face-to-face for the first time! They enjoyed
a variety of hors d'oeuvres and drinks and when the dining room opened,
everyone settled in at their designated tables. Nita Parikh and Judy Balaban
presided over the event and gave short presentations thanking the volunteers
for their contributions.
There was a hum
in the dining room as everyone visited and talked about their latest projects,
jobs, families and potential future events for the chapter. The guests enjoyed
a delicious buffet including carving and pasta stations; ice cream sundaes
and various pastries were provided for dessert. Our guests left as the evening
wound down. We’re hoping they made several new friends and connections among
our fellow PMINJ volunteers. It was a relaxing, enjoyable evening, a great
networking event, and a special way to thank our excellent volunteers for
their hard work in 2012.
Click to see more Photos
May 2013 Chapter Meeting
As Rick Heaslip explained to the audience at our May
21st chapter meeting in Morristown, many project managers would agree that
their roles and responsibilities extend well beyond the traditional project
management credo to deliver "on time, on budget, and to specifications."
However, most find it difficult to identify a more acceptable and universally
applicable modern-day mandate. In today’s knowledge-based organizations,
the specific expectations of project and program management professionals
can vary greatly. There may be differences in the nature of projects, the
structure of governance systems, or the culture of organizations. These differences
can lead to considerable confusion about the definition of “success.”
During his presentation at our May chapter meeting, Rick Heaslip, Ph.D,
asked the audience to consider what the credo of modern-day project management
professionals should be. He pondered the questions surrounding a better
approach to defining roles and responsibilities. He helped us take
a fresh look at the evolution of modern-day organizations, and of the roles
and responsibilities of their project management professionals. We
explored the challenges that today’s Project Managers face within their organizations.
Dr. Heaslip discussed the value of a new approach for defining project
management’s roles and responsibilities – an approach that re-defines this
area of project and program management and bases it on the management of
project and program complexity.
Rick Heaslip has been teaching Program Leadership Skills and Systems
in Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania since 2006,
when he assumed responsibility for developing the P3 Program’s core coursework
in Program Management.
His excellent presentation skills and interactive manner at our chapter
dinner opened eyes with his message. We left the meeting considering the
possibilities of a new approach to the business of project management. Dinner
was excellent at the Hyatt Morristown and the satellites were participating
in the conversation as well. We hope Rick Heaslip will be back soon with
another presentation. We also look forward to reading his upcoming book on
Third Generation Programattics, when it is published at the end of 2013.
Click to see more pictures from the May Meeting.
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Project Management Day
Representatives from PMINJ Community Outreach and Corporate Outreach
teams were on hand on May 13, 2013, for Merck’s Annual Project Management
Day. Linda Schaldonat, PMINJ Administrator, Mike Vitale, PMINJ Community
Outreach and Dennis McCarthy, PMINJ Corporate Outreach staffed the PMINJ
information table where Merck employees and contractors were able to find
out about the benefits and opportunities that PMI and PMINJ membership offers.
Participants were also able to sign up for specific areas of interest such
as membership, PMP prep training, and volunteering. Dennis also provided
a presentation about PMINJ.
Special thanks to Liz Somers and Tina Gertsch at Merck for inviting
PMINJ to participate at their exceptional event!
Project Management Articles
Review: “Tools for Project Management, Workshops and Consulting”
Andrew Marshall, CoP Volunteer Book Reviewer for #iscopbookclub
Book Information: by Andler, Nicolai (2012). Wiley Publishing.
“Tools for Project Management, Workshops and Consulting,” offers the
beginning and intermediate project manager a comprehensive starter kit of
tools that can be drawn upon individually and combined to supplement existing
knowledge and experience. The presentation is systematic, logical and readily
accessible. The online version has the benefit of internal hyperlinks making
navigation easy and making this an excellent ready reference.
In this book, Nicolai Andler’s intent is to provide a competency model
and a range of tools and processes in support of achieving ever-increasing
levels of competency. As a practicing business consultant with clients in
Europe, South Africa and Southeast Asia and a lecturer and workshop presenter,
Andler recognizes that it is not necessary, or even valuable, to ask that
a reader work through the book from beginning to end. He knows that the
tools work best when used in a pinpointed fashion to meet a client’s specific
set of needs. As a result, the book is designed to be readily accessible.
The tools themselves are not unique. The value that Andler brings is
in defining how they might fit a specific purpose—solving defined problems—and
how to identify them and apply them in the most effective and efficient
manner possible. The book would be most especially useful to the beginning
consultant, or to someone who is seeking to engage consultants for the first
time. In that case it would be a guidebook steering tool and technique selection
and appropriate decision-making.
Another aspect of the book that is welcome is the clear structure for
the way the tools and techniques are presented. The format is used consistently
and repeatedly. I especially appreciated the author’s Tips and Suggestions
for each section as many of them are based on obvious hard lessons-learned
and would be a boon to any practitioner, let alone a relatively new consultant
or project manager.
Finally, for those seeking additional shortcuts in order to rapidly
access and apply the tools and techniques appropriately, be sure to review
the Annex sections. I consider Nicolai Ander’s Tools for Project Management,
Workshops and Consulting a great addition to my personal reference library
and hope you will, too.
New Certificate Holders
The following have received their
certification since the last newsletter (through 30 April
Vinay Kumar Shankam Narayana
Alonso De Rutte
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