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Sandra Baptiste, VP Administration
It’s been a joy and a privilege serving as your VP-Administration for
the past nine months. Funny how time flies when you are having fun.
And I’m having a blast!
Since our annual kick-off meeting last September, the PMINJ Board has been
working diligently behind the scenes to ensure that as an organization we
continue to serve you, our Membership, in the most efficient and effective
In January and February the Board held working sessions to develop our 2013
Strategic and Tactical Goals, as well as to review and reinforce our Vision,
Guiding Principles and Strategic Objectives. Here they are:
To be the leading professional project management organization
in New Jersey
Once the goals were set,
we created a robust Dashboard to track actual performance against goals, making
VPs accountable for the areas and functions under their responsibility.
- Further PMINJ Chapter
as a member focused organization
- Provide opportunities
to PMINJ members to enhance their professional growth in the field of Project
- Provide a sustainable
- To engage and develop
members in the Project Management profession
- To increase the
value of PMINJ membership
- To provide an environment
that promotes participation and collaboration among members
- To promote awareness
and add value to NJ and its communities through outreach
- To foster mutually
beneficial partnerships with organizations
During that same timeframe, the Board approved the Operating Budget for
2013 to ensure that as a non-profit organization we remain financially viable.
One of the most significant activities was the streamlining of the Board
structure. This involved shifting existing functions to areas where
they were best suited and adding new functions where appropriate. The
outcome led to the creation of the following three new VP positions:
In order to fully implement
the Board organization change, the Chapter Bylaws have been updated and approved.
- VP-Business Relations
- responsible for maintaining a consistent alliance with organizations that
participate in the success of PMINJ.
- VP-Outreach - responsible
for maintaining alliances and providing assistance to New Jersey communities,
corporations, government, and educational institutions.
- VP-Recognition - responsible
for recognizing accomplishments related to Project Management and other professional
and personal achievements.
As you can see, there has been a whirlwind of activity as we reinvent ourselves
to better serve you.
These are exciting times, so we urge you to get involved!
by Lisa Davis
The PMINJ scholarship award
program builds professionalism and excellence in our current and future Project
Managers. In 2013 our scholarship award program has reached another level.
PMINJ continues to create
opportunities for siblings of current members to blossom as leaders. We offer
not one, but three scholarship awards. PMINJ not only awards for achievements
through high school, but motivates our undergraduates to practice continued
excellence in order to become eligible for renewal scholarships. As these
accomplished recipients graduate and begin working in their chosen fields,
they’re aware of and aligned with the standards of excellence that we promote.
There is also a scholarship
for current PMINJ members seeking a Master’s Degree in Project Management.
Active PMINJ members receive more scholarship opportunities than many chapters
around the world. We are one of the elite 12 chapters internationally that
have reached their 30 year milestone. PMIEF (PMI Education Foundation) offers
PMI Chapter Milestone Professional Development Scholarships to these longstanding
Specifics about the PMINJ
and PMIEF Scholarship Programs can be found on our website.
The PMINJ application process
for 2014 will open on 01 January 2014 and applications are due 01 March 2014.
If you have any questions,
please send an email to d-scholarships(:@:)pminj.org
Click to see previous scholarship
Thanks to our members
for selecting the PMINJ Officers for the next two years.
As Sandra mentioned in her
Welcome, these officers will help streamline and create a new PMINJ Board
to provide excellent services for our members.
Mark Barash - VP – Membership
Lisa Blake - VP – Programs
Barbara Fuller - VP – Marketing
Kim R Hinton - VP – Recognition
Raji Sivaraman - VP – Business Relations
Symposium Highlights - Sell
Your Skills: Advance your Career
by Jerry Flach, Stacey Kornhauser,
Attendees at the PMINJ 2013 Regional Symposium on May 5th and 6th had the
opportunity to do exactly what the Symposium theme stated, “Sell Your Skills:
Advance Your Career.”
Todd Cohen kick-started the symposium on Sunday May 5th with
approximately 120 participants. Todd, an expert in building ‘Sales Culture’,
led an energizing “Networking Skills for the Successful Project Management
Professional” workshop. His dynamic workshop kept everyone’s attention for
the entire four hours! He focused on the concept that everyone’s in
Sales, which is also the name of his book. Find more information at www.toddcohen.com.
This concept speaks to our ability to impact the bottom line by considering
we are all in sales since we represent our companies and ourselves. Todd offered
basic examples for project managers to effectively network. Some solid ideas
Todd Cohen also keynoted
Monday’s Symposium attended by 630 people. As a great start to the day,
he shared some of Sunday’s nuggets including:
- Place your nametag
on the left side of your lapel so that when you shake hands with a new person
your right arm will not block your nametag
- Rule of 2 When you
see two people conversing, leave them alone, unless you are invited into the
- Arrive 10 minutes
early to a networking session because it’s easier to enter an emptier room
(and you will not go against the Rule of 2) and as a bonus, the early networkers
get the opportunity to network with the organizers of the event!
In the proven design of the Symposium, the attendees then had the opportunity
to choose from three tracks, Process, Skills and Tools, and speakers on these
topic areas, presenting in hourly learning sessions:
- Vulnerability is Nobility:
In other words, be honest about what you do well and what you don’t.
- Know your Value Proposition:
Your value proposition, for both yourself and your projects, differentiates
you and encourages more conversation.
“Developing World Class Process Maps,” discussed the value of process mapping
for identifying and prioritizing process, project and product improvements
and realizing those opportunities.
Half-hour breaks allowed
attendees to network and interact with the valued exhibitors. This was followed
by three more Track Speakers.
Marc Resch “Strategic Value Driven Project Management,” provided
session attendees with additional techniques to define and achieve strategic
project objectives and maximizing competitive advantage.
Ron Krukowski “Harnessing the Consciousness of Consulting
Effectiveness,” highlighted additional subtleties to selling one’s skills
and staying focused on the path of success.
“Leadership is Taken, not Given, Establishing, Maintaining, and Regaining
Control of Projects,” provided project managers with insights to drive project
success despite the lack of formal powers within an organization.
After a delicious lunch,
a second keynote speaker, Martha Legare, presented “Projects Mean Change
– Are YOU Ready?” Martha helped us understand the underlying thought processes
and statistics of failure and success. Despite or perhaps because of the
preponderance of failure (occurs 70% of the time) project managers can embrace
change to plow towards the gold medals of success. Martha shared 4
actions most notable for managing change and assuring project success: Understanding
the multiple levels and perspectives of change, choosing the right approach
with change, clearly communicating the intent of change and assuring change
Saibal Basuroy “Key to Successful Project Controls in Mega
Transit Projects. A Case Study of MTA’s Number 7 Project in Manhattan,”
highlighted the development goals of this major program and the project control
tools and techniques that are keeping the 7 Line Extension on schedule and
within budget including vendor and contract management.
Susan Morris “What do you say AFTER you say hello? What do
you do BEFORE you say hello?” covered the importance of first impressions
and assuring lasting positive impressions.
“The Why, How & What of a Program Management Review (aka Audit),” covered
how PM’s can leverage a Program Management Review Process to measure and further
the success of an organization’s program and project management processes.
Neal Whitten, the
final outstanding keynote spoke on “Behaviors that Lead to Exceptional Performance”.
Neal provided a list of what he calls “Power Snippets” of behaviors and weaved
memorable tales for us to clearly understand the points. He reminded the audience
that project managers need to define and manage daily to three top priorities
to enhance personal and project value especially in today’s world of “100
emails in your inbox in the last 7 minutes!”
Wendy Blumenstein, “Leading Others Best Practices and Bettering
Your Leadership,” shared new research on Leadership Best Practices further
elaborated in the Wiley book, “The Work of Leaders,” and focused on three
essential elements of leadership; vision, alignment, and execution.
Irene Cousino, “Exercise Your Right Brain to Maximize Effectiveness,”
challenged PM attendees to hone our emotional intelligence to better lead
and manage project teams.
Special thanks to all the speakers, exhibitors and volunteers that made
this event possible. PMINJ is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to
providing its community with excellence in PM. For a great way to expand
your own leadership and team building skills, and gain valuable PDU’s, consider
volunteering! For more information on volunteering, additional
programming, including monthly events, trainings and the November 7th International
Project Management Day celebration, bookmark and check back often with www.pminj.org.
Click to see more Photos
June 2013 Chapter Meeting
by Kristine Clark
Jeff Harmon, PMP, gave a presentation for the June 18th chapter meeting
held at the Bridgewater Marriott entitled “The Power of Culture and Values
in Project Success.” The objective of the presentation was to outline the
benefits of utilizing his leadership style into your everyday practice and
provide an overview of practical ways to accomplish this goal. Utilizing
these leadership ideals, the speaker stated, would enable a PM to connect
with their project team “on a deeper, more substantial level,” and by extension,
lead to better performance from the team and improved project performance
Jeff began by citing a statistic relating
to a Joint Commission for Health study in the US and Canada. This study found
hospital operating room accident reports had 70% fewer accidents where the
staff was on a first-name basis with each other. The first-name basis implied
a deeper level of familiarity among the employees, which engendered more trust
in each other, and an overall higher level of performance in their work.
He went on to quote Stephen Covey focusing on investing in and creating trust
in the people you work with and your organization as a main influencing factor
on project performance. The bottom line result is when trust goes down, costs
go up, and the exact opposite; when trust goes up, costs go down.
To establish a level of trust within your own team and create a trust culture,
Jeff first recommends a personal values assessment of importance to you individually,
and then perform a similar exercise with your project team members. He reasoned
that giving a voice and placing value on the areas that are important to team
members will enable the Project Manager to connect with them, and will, in
turn, bring out the best in their performance, thereby positively influencing
overall project performance. One of his quotes from Richard Barrett,
one of the leaders in research around culture and the impact on organizations
was, “True power lies not in the ability to control, but in the ability to
trust.” You create implicit trust, implicit power, as a project leader, when
you make the investment and when you connect the team to yourself and to each
Jeff walked everyone through tangible and intangible elements that he recommends
for running a project, the difference between teams in comparison to working
groups, and provided a brief values self-assessment. He explained why these
assessments were important, and how they contributed to increased performance.
He ended the presentation with the four indispensable factors needed to begin
using servant leadership as part of your project management practice.
You can find out more about Jeff Harmon and this topic at his website www.brilliancewithincoaching.com
and read his book, The Anatomy of a Principled Leader: A Field Guide to Being
the Type of Leader Everyone Dreams of Working For by Jeff Harmon (2012)
Click to see pictures from the June Meeting.
Project Management Articles
Secrets to Becoming a PMP”
By Cornelius Fichtner,
Deciding to get a Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential
is a big step in a Project Manager's career, and it can be a time-consuming
and difficult journey.
To summarize, the 10 secrets are:
Knowledge is Power
- Read the PMP Credential Handbook
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
Not everyone is elegible - Know the training and experience requirements
Join PMI and a local chapter saves money - Get the PMBOK guide and a discount
on Prep classes and the exam
There are no shortcuts - Plan, schedule, and execute
Deadlines are great motivators - Set an objective and maintain the pace
The Guide has the answers - Read it, sumarize it, and read it again (75%
of questions are from the Guide)
~25% of the questions won't come from the Guide - Take a Prep class and
read other PMP resources
Studying with others works - Formal training and study groups
Sample questioins give you confidence - Find free sample quizes online;
Prep courses usually offer sample experiece
You can beat exam day stress - Know where the test center is located; have
a good nights sleep; leave early to arrive on time.
New Certificate Holders
The following have received their
certification since the last newsletter (through 30 June
Anthony J Annucci Jr
Judy De Champlain
Mary Angeles Gonzalez
Melisa W. Ho
Anthony Pacitti II
Ana E Vasquez
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