I’ve been in place now for a little over half year as
the VP of Recognition and it has been great getting more
involved and working with all of the PMINJ
During these past few months, we have been working on a variety of activities. The first of which is that we have implemented a new volunteer management system that allows us to more efficiently manage our volunteer population. We have also completed one more cycle of our high school and Masters scholarship programs and we are preparing to present our new group of students at the June meeting. We evaluated several very worthy Project of the Year nominations and chose Atlantic Health Systems - Chilton Integration Project which was presented at our April meeting by Danielle Meglaughlin and Jennifer Scatcherd, the project managers for the project. I would also like to acknowledge our honorable mention, Prudential’s PeopleSoft Implementation project. Finally, we are in the process of evaluating the Project Manager of the Year nominations with the winner to be announced at our June meeting.
I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to my Directors and committee leaders. Without them, none of these activities would be possible.
And now for my public service message… there are many volunteer opportunities available, so I encourage all of you to visit the volunteer management system, review the available opportunities and get involved with your fellow project managers. It is fun, rewarding, and helps promote our profession.
I can’t wait to see what additional good things we can do working together in the coming months.
It is never too early to begin looking for ways to reduce the costs of a college education. College, like applying for a mortgage, is a huge financial decision. PMINJ can help defray some of the expenses associated with the skyrocketing costs of higher learning with the PMINJ Scholarship Award.
for the PMINJ Scholarship will be accepted from January
1 to March 1, 2015. PMINJ offers scholarship awards in
All eligibility requirements and the application forms, can be found on the PMINJ website.
Please note: In order to apply for the undergraduate and graduate first-time awards you must be an active member in good standing as of July 1, 2014. When submitting, please, take the time to review the documentation for accuracy. Applications with missing data, signatures, supporting documentation and/or applications postmarked / submitted after the submission deadline are automatically disqualified from consideration.
If you have any
questions, please contact Marianne Burke via email at
, or by phone at
On April 27,
2014, the Franklin Township Food Bank held its largest
fundraiser of the year. The Tour de Franklin features
bicycle rides of various lengths from one to 62 miles as
well as a neighborhood walk. This year, the Tour
celebrated its 25th anniversary.
PMI New Jersey has been involved with the Tour for several years. Initially, chapter members helped with event day execution tasks - parking, registration, and food service. In addition to providing the same Tour event execution help this year, chapter members also lent their professional expertise to the Food Bank's Tour Planning Committee:
Regular newsletter readers may recall past articles
referencing the efforts of the PMINJ School Outreach
team's involvement with the members of Team 75, aka the
“RoboRaiders” at Hillsborough High School. The
RoboRaiders are a team of high school students
participating in the “FIRST” (For Inspiration and
Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics
Competition. Dennis McCarthy, from the PMINJ School
Outreach team, has been mentoring the team members since
In addition to competing in the FIRST competition, the RoboRaiders are also active in community service projects including raising funds to help Brendan Marracco, a local US soldier who was seriously wounded in the Iraq war and organizing bike builds, where the RoboRaiders and other robotics teams assemble bicycles for donation to local Boys / Girls Clubs. They also promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at local elementary schools and participate in the Boxes From Home (formerly Operation Shoebox) sending supplies to US troops overseas.
In February, the RoboRaiders visited the Matheny Medical and Educational Center's Adult Learning Center and donated light boxes that they designed and constructed. The Matheny center is a special hospital and educational facility for children and adults with complex developmental disabilities. The donated light boxes will be used to help improve coordination, color recognition, and tactile stimulation by accessing one of the four buttons with their hands or feet, explained Todd Deremer, an adaptive physical education instructor at the Hillsborough Learning Center.
FIRST is a Manchester, NH charity, founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989 and of which Team 75 is the oldest active team.
Team 75, established in 1996, is the winner of many awards and regional championships. The team has also won a national excellence award in 3-D design and the prestigious Chairman's Award.
More information on the RoboRaiders Matheny activity can be found on the Hillsborough Patch site
chapter meeting kicked off with two sidebars conducted
by the Agile LCI and the Career Networking LCI.
The Agile LCI group's topics included the “Who, What,
When, Where and How's” of supporting the use of Agile
practices and the reminder of the upcoming four-hour
"Intro to Scrum" class which was held on March 29, 2014.
The Career Networking LCI's guest presenter was Diane
Litchko, a highly sought speaker for career networking
events, with her presentation titled “Using LinkedIn to
The keynote speaker for the evening was Susan Morris and her presentation titled “Transformational Leadership.” Susan proposed the idea that project managers need to make a conscious switch to a leadership style from transactional to transformational that most closely matches the needs of their team. Susan presented insight into the need for a new type of leadership as a result of today's fast-moving, often problematic, business environment. Attendees of her Transformational Leadership sessions walk away with the ability to define and contrast transactional and transformational leadership. They learn about the four pillars of Transformational Leadership and about the transformational leaders who exemplify them.
Susan brings to the table 30 years of experience as a business coach, organizational consultant and instructional designer. She is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) from the Coaches Training Institute and accredited by the International Coach Federation as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC). Along with her many other accomplishments, she is also the author of a series of mini-books titled “Leadership Essentials for Women Scientists.”
Additional information, the presentation slides, pictures, and the webinar are all available on the PMINJ website
their own method for studying for the PMI Agile
Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) Exam. You might carry
the PMI-ACP Examination Content Outline or some Project
Management Institute (PMI) recommended study material
around with you. You might join your local PMI Chapter
to study with others who also have the goal of passing
the PMI-ACP Exam. No matter what study method or methods
you choose, someone has been there before you.
While everyone may have a slightly different story to tell, there are some things that can make a big difference in your success with passing the PMI-ACP Exam. Luckily, exam candidates are more than happy to share their personal stories and lessons learned with you. We have reviewed and analyzed a number of lessons learned from the PMI-ACP Exam that successful exam takers have posted on our website. Below is a summary of 7 lessons learned.
1: Learn the exam topics