Project Management Articles
New Certificate Holders
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By Kim Hinton, PMP, VP - Recognition
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 members.
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.
Scholarship Awards – Save the Date!
By Lisa Davis, PMP
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.
Applications for the PMINJ
Scholarship will be accepted from January 1 to March 1, 2015. PMINJ offers
scholarship awards in three categories:
– This scholarship is open to current high school seniors who are sons,
daughters, or legal dependents of PMINJ members in good standing.
Renewal – This scholarship is available to previous PMINJ scholarship
winners who are dependents of PMINJ members in good standing.
- College Graduate
– This scholarship is available to PMINJ members in good standing who are
seeking a Master's degree in Project Management. This is a one-time, non-renewable
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
If you have any questions,
please contact Marianne Burke via email at d-Scholarships(:@:)pminj.org,
or by phone at 973-884-2478.
Members Volunteer at the Tour de Franklin
By Melinda Posipanko
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:
For the third year in
a row, Team PMINJ - led this year by Lystra Haynes - participated in the
rides and raised $685 toward the Food Bank’s goal.
- Alexey Shiskin
provided assistance with planning / project management.
- Doreen Clark assisted
- Velmani Natarajan
provided assistance with process improvement.
- Martin Ouku helped
with the volunteer organization.
With PMINJ's help, as of today, 660 Tour participants have raised over
$63,000 for the Franklin Township Food Bank. All involved chapter members
earned Volunteer PDU's while serving the local community. This was truly
a win-win for PMINJ and for Franklin Township. Thank you to everyone who participated.
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PMINJ School Outreach – Catching Up with the RoboRaiders
By Dennis McCarthy
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 2013.
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
2014 Chapter Meeting
By Lisa Davis, PMP
The monthly 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 Network Effectively.”
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
Additional information, the presentation
slides, pictures, and the webinar are all available on the PMINJ website
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April 2014 Chapter Meeting
The April chapter meeting was held on April 8, 2014, at the Bridgewater
Marriott. The meeting began with an Agile LCI Meet & Greet presenting
Dan Pink’s research of motivation and how it can be used in a Scrum team
The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the winner of
PMINJ's Project of the Year award – the Atlantic Health Systems / Chilton
Integration Project. The project’s objective was to support the merger
of Chilton Hospital into Atlantic Health System. The key players integral
to the success of this project were Vice President & CIO Mark Lederman,
Manager of the Project Management Office, Eileen Tarnacki, and Project
Managers Danielle Meglaughlin, and Jennifer Scatcherd. The team utilized
their lessons learned taken from a previous project that was similar in
size and nature to make this project highly successful.
The project implemented technical solutions spanning multiple departments
and built a technical infrastructure that would establish secure network
connectivity between Chilton Hospital and Atlantic Health System. The
project's achievements boast a multitude of success factors such as:
With completion of this
project, Chilton, as part of Atlantic Health Systems, has positioned itself
for future success by building a solid foundation from its history of successful
collaboration. The groundwork laid support for ongoing efforts by Atlantic
Health Systems to expand its nationally recognized services throughout
the region. It also assures that Chilton will continue to provide Chilton
patients with easier access to what can only be termed as world class care
in their community hospital. From the success of this experience with using
lessons learned to improve the project planning, the PMO has committed
to requiring lessons learned be completed at the end of all projects for
use to improve upon future projects.
- Finishing under
budget by $400,000
- Establishing a
gold standard PMO office for supporting the organizations key strategic
- Installing a Co-chair
for IT Steering meetings
- Keeping project
milestones in sync including Implementing secure network connectivity,
time-clock testing, email addresses for PeopleSoft and a package build
for application deployment.
Additional information, the presentation slides, pictures, and
the webinar are all available on the PMINJ website
Project Management Articles
Lessons Learned from the PMI-ACP® Exam
By Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM
Everyone has 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
1: Learn the exam topics
“The exam covers
most of what is in that outline,” according to one of the students on our
forum. PMI published the PMI-ACP Examination Content Outline which covers
topics, tools & techniques, as well as knowledge & skills for the
exam. If you ever feel lost in all of the possible study material, return
to this outline to make sure you are studying the right topics.
2: Read a variety
of PMI-ACP Exam material
Unlike the Project
Management Professional (PMP) Exam, the PMI-ACP Exam does not have a single
guide or book of consolidated knowledge. PMI suggests a variety of reading
material that can be used to study for the PMI-ACP Exam. A list of the current
suggested reading material, the PMI-ACP Examination Reference List, can
be found on the PMI website. According to one forum commenter “you have to
read information from several sources and study more methods” compared to
the PMP Exam.
One method for
learning is to highlight important information as you read through the material
the first time. On the second read through, create flashcards of the highlighted
areas that you can use on the go, to study important points. While reading
the study material, pay particular attention to definitions and terminology
as they may not be the same as those you use for Agile projects in your
3: Take sample exams
The best method
for practicing for an exam is to take sample exams. And sample exams can
be your best indicator of readiness for the PMI-ACP Exam as well. You can
take one before you start studying for the PMI-ACP Exam to gauge the areas
in which you should focus. You can also take one when you think you are ready
to take the PMI-ACP Exam to ensure you are actually ready.
you plan to use sample exams is up to what best fits your study style, just
make sure to use this valuable tool. Being familiar with how the exam works
and the types of questions that will be asked can greatly increase your
chances of passing.
4: Make the most
of your study time
It can be difficult
to find time to study, but there are ways to take advantage of even a few
moments of time. If you have a long commute to work you can listen to The
Agile PrepCast. This program offers more than 40 hours of PMI-ACP Exam preparation
videos that can be downloaded to you smart phone, computer, tablet, or
other portable media device. These videos can be viewed or just listened
to while doing house work, working out, waiting in line, or even during
your lunch break.
Passing the PMI-ACP
Exam requires a lot of study time – possibly even more than you first thought.
Seek out extra time in your day where you can increase your study time.
5: Be confident
Believe in yourself.
If you are scoring well during the sample exams then you can feel confident
about your ability to pass the PMI-ACP Exam. One key strategy to building
confidence is taking practice exams to both identify what you need to focus
on, and where you have improved as a result of studying.
6: Time yourself
Three hours may
seem like a lot of time, but as many PMI-ACP certification holders know
that time can go by quickly. The best way you can ensure you will not run
out of time while taking the PMI-ACP Exam is to take at least one full length
practice exam in a similar environment. Find a quiet location without distractions,
set a timer, and start a full length 120 question exam. If you finish with
plenty of time to spare, and pass, then you will probably do well during
the exam. If you can barely get through all 120 questions in three hours
or run out of time then you may need to look at what you can do to speed up
your test taking or evaluate if you simply don’t know the material and need
to study more.
7: Listen to others
by others can be a great asset in your own PMI-ACP Exam preparation. Talk
to previous students, discuss your study plans with members of your local
PMI Chapter, and listen to those who have already successfully completed
their journey to PMI-ACP certification, chances are they will have some very
valuable advice for you.
New Certificate Holders
The following have received their
certifications since the last newsletter
(through 30 April 2014):
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