Steve Tasker is one of two
people on the Marketing team that distributes all email
blast communications to the chapter. All email blasts are
required to go out in a timely fashion. One added duty
that the two volunteers have is to respond to all email
inquiries about the email blasts. The questions they
receive are quite varied.
Before taking this role, any questions from our membership regarding the email blasts went unanswered which lead to member dissatisfaction. Steve 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 in the chapter to provide insight 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 transmit the feedback to specific VP areas so that they can respond to the issue. Steve’s role has provided an effective feedback loop from our members into the chapter.
Steve completed the Penn State Certification Program in March 2009. He joined PMINJ on 10/10/2007and became a volunteer for the Marketing team on 2/29/2012.
Are you between jobs and looking for something
constructive to do? What if what you do between jobs could
be converted into job experience?
That is the idea behind PIT (Project Manager in Transition), a new program being offered by PMINJ. Volunteer your time to become a working PMINJ project manager during your downtime, and continue to sharpen your skills or gain new ones. In addition, you will be able to gain valuable access to possible hiring resources, learn new roles, earn PDU’s and give back to your chapter.
Close the gap on your resume by becoming part of
PIT. For more information about the program and how to
More details to come in the January 2014 newsletter!
Karl Pisarcyk / Project Manager, Corporate Outreach PMINJ
and Dennis McCarthy / Director, Corporate Outreach PMINJ
visited two of our satellite locations for the October 15
"We are reaching out to our satellite partner companies and volunteers by sending Corporate Outreach Team members to various satellite locations for each of the monthly program meetings," said McCarthy. "The volunteers who work to staff these satellite locations and the companies who provide the facilities provide an invaluable benefit to the members of PMINJ and we want them to know that we appreciate it and would like to see if there is anything that Corporate Outreach could do for them."
The operation of satellite locations for members to attend PMINJ monthly programs at no cost (and normally close to work or home) is a critical element in PMINJ's strategic objectives "to engage and develop members...", "to increase the value of PMINJ membership", and "to provide an environment that promotes participation and collaboration among members."
Karl attended the September Program at the PSE&G location is South Plainfield, and Dennis visited the Verizon Wireless location in Basking Ridge.
The Verizon site was very well attended and the two hosts, John Spaventa and Mike Otero (Louis Spadafora could not make the meeting), were very helpful and interested in hearing what the Corporate Outreach Team provides (in terms of speakers, lunch and learns, etc.).
The PSE&G site was also well attended and the two hosts, Bill Herriott and Chuck Tkachuk, were very accommodating and appreciative.
If your organization is interested in having a speaker for a specific Project Management topic, and/or conducting a lunch and learn session, please contact Dennis McCarthy at .
When we think of Thanksgiving, we probably envision a big
holiday meal with family and friends. We eat too
much, relax, watch football and anticipate leftovers the
next day. Unfortunately, for many families, Thanksgiving
is another day of hoping they will just have enough food
Did you know that 1 in 5 children in New Jersey do not have enough food to eat? That's almost 400,000 children living in our state. Food pantries in our area feed several hundred families each day. For most of us, that is hard to imagine.
The Community Outreach team is helping to fight hunger by organizing a Thanksgiving food drive for local food pantries. In the month of November, we have partnered with the Market Street Mission in Morristown for IPM Day and are also asking all of our members to bring a variety of Thanksgiving meal items to the November 19 meeting. Items requested include boxed stuffing, boxed mashed potatoes, canned vegetables, packaged gravy, cake mixes and frosting. The items collected will be distributed to local food pantries who will provide turkeys. Cash donations are also welcome as a donation of $20 can feed a family of six. The team collected about 400 pounds of food that was distributed to several food pantries throughout the state for the 2013 Spring food drive.
With your continued support, we can make a difference and provide a special Thanksgiving meal to the needy families in our communities and for needy families throughout the year.
chapter meeting included a comprehensive program with
networking opportunities, methodology training, chapter
news and events and a preliminary introduction of future
opportunities for PMINJ members
Judy Balaban, Chapter President of PMINJ, started this month’s meeting by recognizing the new and existing board officers and advisors. Newly appointed board officers recognized were Barbara Fuller, Raji Sivaraman, Lisa Blake, Mark Barash, and Kim Hinton with newly appointed advisors Linda Glickman and Bill Ruggles.
Our key note speaker, Kevin Aguanno, BA, MAPM, PMP, Certified Agile Project Manager and Certified SCRUM Professional, a highly recognized teacher of Agile with 25 years of project management experience presented “Why all the fuss about Agile?.” The presentation focused on the appropriate application of management methods to more complex, high change, highly detailed and/or failing projects. Agile focuses on deliverables, communication, team bonding, customer collaboration and velocity over the more ingrained standards of comprehensive documentation, following plan, contract negotiation and earned value. The benefits in using Agile include reduced waste, higher productivity, higher morale, dramatically improved quality and most importantly a more satisfied stakeholder. Some examples of major corporations which are now using the Agile method are Yahoo, Google and Sirsi Dynix.
Kevin also hosted a 1-Day Agile Boot Camp on September 18th, where participants were trained on the basics of Agile Project Management. The workshop covered topics ranging from the Agile philosophy to requirements and scope change management and ending with metrics and status reporting. The workshop was well-received overall as evidenced by some participant comments:
Our presenter for the October monthly program about the
Adaptive Lean Six Sigma for project management was John
Muka. John's presentation covered the key concepts of this
methodology including time-based improvement, project
streamlining to define the key elements which are most
important to the client, and the prevention of process
defects which can cause significant delays in productivity
thereby decreasing the value of the work overall. The
implementation of accountability processes for management
also plays a key role in maintaining the productivity and
efficiency levels to create a circle of accountability
which eliminates the ineffective practices formerly
addressed at the beginning of the project.
John Muka possesses a Ph. D in PsychoEducational Processes, Team Dynamics and Adult Learning methods and also holds a certified Master Black Belt in Adaptive Lean Six Sigma. Following a prestigious career working for such well-known companies as General Motors and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, John formed his own company, AptoLean, Adaptive Lean Six Sigma, in 2010.
If you have an agile project larger than two or three
feature teams, you have an agile program. A program is a
collection of projects where the objective is one business
deliverable. If you’ve managed programs before, you know
how difficult it is to keep programs on track. With
bigness comes more risk.
One of the best ways to make sure your agile program is successful is to think about how to make everything smaller. Not in what the program delivers, although you’ll have the opportunity to deliver early if you follow these tips. But if you think about smaller for organizing the program, you might be able to manage the risk better.
Here are six tips for making your large efforts “smaller” to achieve maximum benefit from your agile programs and to help them maintain progress.
Tip 1: Keep Your Iterations Short
Tip 3: Make Architecture a Just-in-Time Activity
Tip 4: Integrate Continuously Across the Program
Tip 5: Encourage the teams to Communicate Like a
Network, Not a Hierarchy
Think Small to Go Large
Try these five tips and see how your agile program
proceeds. I bet you too will find that going smaller will
allow you to scale your agile program larger.
Johanna Rothman is the author of “Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects” and the Jolt Productivity award-winning “Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management.” Her upcoming book about agile program management is “Agile And Lean Program Management: Collaborating Across the Organization,” on leanpub.com. You can read more of her writing and blogs at her website .