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by Raji Sivaraman, VP Business Relationships
created two new Board VP positions – Business Relationships and Recognition
PMINJ VP Welcome
I am so excited to add a new accessory to my wardrobe: the VP Business
Relationships hat! I’m proud to wear this, and while it may need some
adjustments as I get used to its fit, I do have some specific tasks that
I will be executing immediately. I plan to focus on soliciting vendors
for sponsorship of our chapter as well as maintain our existing successful
working relationships. I hope to leverage both existing and new in a strategic
manner across our chapter to maximize our financial returns.
As part of continuous process improvement, I will remain an active member
of the ‘Birds of a Feather’ group. This multi-chapter group engages
and benchmarks with other chapters with statistics ranging from pricing,
and best practices, to lessons learned.
For my first endeavor, I will setup and maintain a centralized database
of speakers, venues, vendors, educational entities, and corporations to
streamline the efforts within our chapter. Making this type
of information easily accessible to our chapter leaders and members should
help reduce duplication of effort, and enable PMINJ to run more efficiently.
If you have information to include in the registry, or to become part of
my team, please contact me at vp-BusinessRelationships(:@:)pminj.org.
PMINJ is already an outstanding chapter. My commitment to the
membership is that I will do what it takes to continue to build relationships
and together we might raise PMINJ to the next level. Thank you, and
together, let’s build more relationships!
by Kim Hinton, VP Recognition
I am honored to have been elected to the position of Vice President
of Recognition. This is an important role in PMINJ as it is designed
to thank our membership for their dedication as well as promote PMINJ as
the premier project management organization we know we are.
As the newly elected Vice President of Recognition, I will be responsible
for recognizing our members and volunteers who are doing a great job elevating
PMINJ as a flagship chapter. In addition to internal recognition,
my team will help PMINJ become a recognized force in the global PM community
by promoting our chapter activities and participating in recognition programs
sponsored by various project management related organizations. Our goal
for this activity is to strengthen the PMINJ brand outside of our chapter.
This position will oversee such programs as PMINJ’s Project Manager
of the Year Award, numerous scholarship awards (both scholastic and professional),
recognition of recent member certifications, promoting volunteer opportunities,
recognizing current volunteers, external awards, and corporate/student paper
of the year. I am in the process of developing a strong team to support
I thank the membership for their confidence in me and can’t wait to
see what wonderful and innovative programs my team has in store for this
Manager of the Year
by Lisa Davis
This year’s Project Manager of the Year Award was presented to Cindy
Kottler at our June 2013 Chapter Meeting. Cindy was recognized for her role
in implementing a computerized physician order entry system (CPOE) for
Saint Peter’s University Hospital in 2012. The utilization of the CPOE system
by the physician is required for compliance with the Federal Meaningful Use
guideline. The project scope included building 20 applications, configuring
75 interfaces and the deployment of 750 devices. One of the biggest challenges
Cindy faced included training and deployment of the CPOE to over 1,000 physicians,
residents and their assistants. Cindy’s clearly defined plans utilized with
her excellent recognition of stakeholder communication needs provided the
tools needed to drive home the success of this project.
Cindy is the Director of
Information Technology at Saint Peter’s Hospital, where she has worked for
over 10 years. She has current certifications noted as PMP. She is a graduate
of the University of Pennsylvania and was also honored by CIO Magazine
in 2013 as "One to Watch.” Cindy’s project for the CPOE was named Project
of the Year by PMINJ in 2012.
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Volunteer of the Quarter 3Q13
Gary is one of two people that distribute all email blast communications
to the chapter. The email blasts are required to go out in a timely fashion.
One added duty that the two volunteers have is to respond to all emails
from anyone that receives these email blasts. The questions they receive
are quite varied.
Gary earned his PMP in November 2006. He joined PMINJ in May of 2011
and became a volunteer for the Marketing team in February of 2012. Before
taking this role any questions from our members responding to the email
blasts were not answered which would lead to member dissatisfaction. Gary
has answered questions from our membership on a variety of subjects. To
answer the questions many times he would have to find the correct person
within the chapter to answer the question or figure out on his own how
a process worked and give the member an answer. He responds to questions
in a timely manner because many are time sensitive when they relate to
registration. His role has provided a great insight into the obstacles
our members encounter. Another important part of this role is to get the
feedback to specific VP areas so that they can respond to the issue at
hand. Basically this role has provided an effective feedback loop from
our members to the chapter.
Issue PMI Today Recognizes PMINJ May’s Regional Symposium
to the organizers, volunteers, and presenters who made May’s Regional Symposium
possible. PMI Today spotlighted the event in the September issue, highlighting
the strengths of the speakers and their presentations in bringing home the
theme of the event “Selling Your Skills: Advance Your Career.”
View the article
is Everywhere at PMINJ
By Dover Cole
Whether you are a certified practitioner or just beginning to learn
about Agile, PMINJ is actively supporting you through a variety of options.
During the past year, PMINJ has significantly stepped-up its offerings
on Agile practices. In addition to already offering our members training,
discussions, support, certification preps, and the newly forming Local Community
of Interest (LCI) for Agile, the third Agile Workshop took place
last month with a day of Agile Scrum presented by Nitin Khanna. Nitin
is a Scrum Coach and Agile practitioner holding multiple certifications.
In September, the Keynote, “What’s All the Fuss about Agile,” from Kevin
Aguanno, a noted SME, was well received and was followed by the fourth offering,
his one day Agile boot camp. Both workshops received excellent feedback,
including requests to keep this line of training coming.
Nitin, was asked to lead the new Agile LCI after his initial work with
PMINJ on this subject. In an interview in September, Nitin was quick
to name the Agile LCI Core Committee members: John Hudson, Gerald Peyton,
Bob Phillips, and Mital Vora, and encourages all members to reach out as
the LCI is in its formative stage. They held the first official LCI
meeting during a breakout session at the September monthly meeting.
Look for more information in the future from the Agile LCI.
If you have missed all we’ve done so far, and you are hearing terms
like Agile and Scrum but they are still foreign to you, Nitin recommends
this online primer on Scrum for a simple overview: http://scrumtrainingseries.com/
Ready for the next level? Check out our intensive three day Agile
PMI-ACP & Certified ScrumMaster course to be held in October at DeVry
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Project Management Articles
To Upgrade Yourself To The PMBOK® Guide 5th Edition
Making the PMBOK® Guide fun.
If you studied to take your Project Management Professional (PMP)®
exam using A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®
Guide) fourth edition and had to reschedule your exam date to on/after July
31, 2013, then you now have to take the PMP Exam based on the new PMBOK®
Guide fifth edition. The Project Management Institute (PMI)® will not
make any exceptions to this rule.
There are notable changes between version four and version five of the
PMBOK® Guide. For instance, the number of Knowledge Areas has been increased
from 9 to 10 and the number of processes has been increased from 42 to
47. But this change is only simple if you look at it numerically. It is
much more complex under the hood. Here’s an example:
The new Knowledge Area is called Project Stakeholder Management and
was added to emphasize the importance of good stakeholder management on
all projects. It contains four processes. Two of these processes were renamed
and moved here from Project Communications Management. Two are new processes.
This leaves three new processes that were added in other Knowledge Areas
throughout the guide. In addition, many more processes were renamed.
Appendix X1 in the PMBOK® Guide fifth edition describes the bulk
of the changes. A number of authors have also described these changes and
made their analysis available on the web. A quick search for “PMBOK 5 changes”
will find them. It is, however, important to note that these articles don't
list all the detailed changes. For instance, the inputs, tools & techniques
and outputs of almost every single process have changed. Some ITTOs have
been removed and new ones have been added. You will therefore not find a
complete description of all the changes.
Because of this large amount of changes throughout the PMBOK® Guide
it is impossible to simply "study the difference.” The changes are sometimes
conceptual, sometimes dramatic and sometimes minor. But they are here and
your PMP Exam may require you to know them. "Upgrading" your knowledge from
the fourth to the fifth edition can therefore not be done "change-by-change.”
You have to apply a holistic approach.
However, it must also be said that just because the PMBOK® Guide
has changed, project management itself hasn't changed. The fundamental way
in which projects are managed is still the same. The PMBOK® Guide is
simply our general framework describing the activities & techniques
that are commonly accepted to be good practices on most projects most of
the time. And just because the PMBOK® Guide has changed its Project
Cost Management Knowledge Area from three to four processes doesn't mean
that Earned Value systems need to be changed as well.
But in order to pass your PMP exam you will need to be aware of the
new definitions in the PMBOK® Guide. Studying them takes effort,
dedication and time. Here is a possible study approach to "upgrade" yourself
to the PMBOK® Guide fifth edition:
1) Study Appendix X1 and familiarize yourself with the changes. In particular:
Familiarize yourself with the processes that have been added, moved or renamed
and learn the new process names.
2) Study Appendix X3 and familiarize yourself with the Interpersonal
Skills a project manager should have.
3) Study Annex A1 - The Standard for Project Management of a Project.
Here you want to Study the short descriptions for each of the five process
groups and for each of the 47 processes.
4) Study table 3-1 on page 61 and know which process belongs to which
process group. (You will find that it contains the same information as
Table A1-1 in Annex A1). For the exam it is a good idea to be able to start
with a blank piece of paper and draw this table from memory.
5) Study table 4-1 on page 78 and know which documents are part of the
project management plan and which ones are "just" other project documents.
6) And finally (and unfortunately): Study the complete PMBOK® Guide
5th edition twice.
When studying the new PMBOK® Guide familiarize yourself with the
new inputs, tools & techniques and outputs of all the processes. A good
approach is to study the Data Flow Diagram for each of the 47 processes.
These diagrams illustrate the flow of the inputs and outputs and will strengthen
your understanding of how they move between the many processes. It will also
help you understand the integrated nature of all the processes in the PMBOK®
You should also get to know the new processes that have been added and
make special note of the new Earned Value Calculations Summary Table 7-1
on page 224, which looks suspiciously close to a table that I developed
and have published since 2009 for our PMP Exam Formula Guide…
As you might have guessed by now, "upgrading" your knowledge to this
new version of the PMBOK® Guide is not something that you can do in
just a day. While your PM experience is the main focus of the PMP Exam, it
will also be necessary for you to have an in-depth understanding of the PMBOK®
Guide fifth Edition to be able to correctly answer many of the questions
on the test.
I therefore recommend that you plan a minimum of two weeks of intense
New Certificate Holders
The following have received their
certification since the last newsletter (through 30
Chandra Sekhar Lolla Venkata Satya
Mary Margaret Miehe
Rose Mary Roser
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