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By Vijay Arokia-Raj, PMP, Director for VP Business Relationships
Summer is a great
time to recharge and to get ready for new beginnings. Over the last
Business Relationships Group has accomplished some good things that I
like to share. I came to PMINJ with a background as a project manager
19 years experience in the IT industry. I am leveraging this experience
volunteer at PMINJ as the Director – Business Relationships. This group
responsible for developing and maintaining relations with speakers,
sponsors and assisting the other VPs with building PMINJ chapter
Currently, I am
leading a project for PMINJ that leverages these relationships using a
relationship management database. The initial CRM database is now
the team is working on testing and optimizing the tool. We developed
templates to capture information for venues, vendors, sponsors,
other data that will help with the sharing of information between
within the PMINJ chapter. This will enable us to collaborate
provide value to our members and sponsors.
over 100 vendors and speakers in the pipeline and we continue to build
our sponsor contact database. The sponsors and vendors provide value to
year round in our monthly events and our hallmark bi-annual symposiums.
would especially like to
thank Mahen’s team for being supportive in sharing and leveraging
with all other PMINJ groups. We are looking for 1 to 2 volunteers to
this project during the next year. Please check out the PMINJ Volunteer
on the PMINJ site.
Volunteer of the Quarter 2Q14 - Pamela Kunz
By Nita Parikh
The Volunteer of the
outstanding accomplishments of a volunteer from the PMINJ chapter.
members submit nominations for the award and have recently awarded
“Volunteer of the Quarter.”
Pamela Kunz assumed the position of project
manager for the
2014 Chapter Excellence Awards initiative with a
about the program, but she hit the ground running. Pam quickly reviewed
available documentation, reached out to the Board members and was able
grasp the project requirements.
When global PMI published the Chapter
application, Pam conducted a gap analysis, collaborated with many
was able to quickly gather information supporting PMINJ’s 2013
This was a big challenge since the categories being measured and the
requirements for submitting documentation had changed dramatically from
Nominating Board Member, Nita Parikh,
affirms that Pam went
above and beyond to ensure requirements were understood and adhered to
PMINJ Board members and she provided the insight and detailed work
demonstrating the quantifiable and measurable results. Under strict
Pam spent countless hours completing the new requirements. “Her
inspirational,” as a PMINJ board member noted. “She even fills in at
registration desk at monthly meetings … she takes her work at PMINJ
look forward to keeping Pam on in a new
role—PM-Chapter Excellence, which she initiated by carefully
lessons learned and ways we can act upon them to continue to provide
service to our members!
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Service Center Debut
By Mark Barash, PMP, VP-Membership
you have a
registration question? A question about
the website? Trouble registering? Not sure where to find the webinars?
learn more about professional development? Want to offer your services
volunteer but don’t see what you’re looking for? At the June Program
the PMINJ Membership team officially launched the Member Service
is your single point of contact for members at PMINJ.
The Member Service Center helps make it very
easy to get in touch with the right people, right away and, to enhance
our Member Service Center along with online registrations. She has a
“frontline” volunteers who can quickly answer your questions and
route them to the appropriate person at PMINJ that can resolve your
Center will make sure we take good care of your inquiry and you don’t
worry about the right place to go. To
use the Member Service Center click “Contact
Us” on the menu bar. This
section provides a series of Frequently
Asked Questions. If more information is needed, members can email
(MemberServices(:@:)pminj.org) or call the
Member Service Center at 973-763-9552.
The team will provide a response within a day or two or will route your
question to an appropriate person in PMINJ who can answer it. Be sure
our Contact Us section and FAQs to become familiar with all PMINJ
the new Member Service Center!
Member Service Center
is designed to serve the PMINJ members and is also a great place to
Look for opportunities in the Volunteer openings on the PMINJ website.
Webcasting of Monthly Meetings
By Nora Leary
City, are you there?” is the
familiar way the PMINJ Programs A/V Team starts the monthly meeting
check, prior to its webcast to the remote “satellite” locations. The
voice from volunteers Harry Chiovarou and Dennis Ryan is a familiar
the remote sites confirm their attendance at the monthly meeting.
PMINJ has nearly 20 remote
the state to receive broadcasts of the Chapter’s monthly meetings. Each
PMINJ members the opportunity to attend the meeting from a remote
to network with fellow PMINJ members and host location employees.
Linda Glickman, former VP-Programs began the
satellite location program in 2008, starting with two remote sites
than a dozen participants. Since then, the initiative has enjoyed a
growth in locations and member participation, with the guidance and
from Prasanna Punnam, Programs Director – Satellites, and support from
Dasgupta, Programs Satellites Project Manager, and Morris Wrubel,
Satellite Team Leader.
PMINJ members and partner host corporations
have driven the growth and popularity of the remote locations. There
40 active volunteers responsible for leading and coordinating the
location meetings. These satellites provide a convenient alternative to
commuting to the main meeting location and provide the benefits of
the monthly program on a smaller scale.
Typically, the webcast is
held in a
conference room with Internet access, speakerphones, projection
accommodations for at least 20 people. A benefit available only to
Chapter members and host location employees, attending the meeting from
remote location earns PDU credits for maintaining PMP certification.
advantage is: there is no charge for attending a meeting from a remote
location! While there are no pre-meeting activities and formal dinner
served at the remote sites, some locations coordinate pizza or take-out
enjoy during the program.
It is easy for PMINJ members
to register and
attend a monthly Program
meeting from a remote location, though
preregistration is required. To register, simply log into PMINJ.org
sign-up to attend the monthly meeting at a satellite location. Once
registration is completed, you will receive a confirmation email along
directions to the location. Remote satellite meeting locations are a
to stay connected and earn PDUs, especially if your home and/or work
is far from the main meeting venue. A complete list of locations is
the PMINJ website.
remote locations help PMINJ build
positive relationships and strengthen connections with corporations,
and local communities. For example, DeVry University hosts remote
both their North Brunswick and Paramus campuses, Merck has made
satellite locations available to its employees. Also, the
regularly participate in PMINJ Cares outreach food drives being held at
main meeting by contributing to local food banks, using the meeting as
the past three years,
attendance at satellites has grown steadily. According
to current VP-Programs, Lisa Blake, as a result
increased number of remote sites and improvements to the audio
normal now for the total attendees at the remote locations to exceed
the main location, and helps PMINJ achieve some of its key strategic
objectives: to engage and develop members in the Project Management
and to increase the value of PMINJ membership.
Speaker - Get PDUs!
If you know a
person who you think would make a good speaker
at one of our monthly meetings, you can now get up to 2 PDUs for
them if your suggestion is selected.
We all know a
person or two that has experiences to share
and the Speaker Selection Team can now accept direct input from all
members. Just submit your suggested speaker’s topic and contact
if they are selected to speak, you will receive 2 PDUs as a speaker
ask that mentor, associate or friend if they would
like to be added to the roster of distinguished speakers we’ve enjoyed
years. Just send their abstract, email address and phone number to d-programs3(:@:)pminj.org
and help us
keep our Chapter
educational, interesting and fun.
Manages Disruptive Technologies! - A Recap of PMINJs 2014 Symposium
By Jerry Flach
Symposium theme, “Managing Disruptive Technologies,” guided project
through the ‘new’ world in which they are expected to manage projects
integrating and implementing all forms of disruptive technologies and
deliver business value for their organizations. Increasing the agility
organization, improving customer experience and innovating business
were among this year’s relevant presentations offered by industry
President PMINJ, and Deven Trivedi, kicked off the 2014
May 5, 2014. Peter Sattler, keynote speaker, is an Industry leader and
International Flavors and Fragrances. His presentation “Staying
Relevant in the
Age of Mobility,” began with a fascinating history of mobile
crackberry to tumbleweeds and from email to the iPhone mobility.” We
half way through the tech revolution, but the challenge remains for
to realize and deliver what people want --ease and access are the new
normal. The irony of Kodak’s bankruptcy,
holding onto their cash cow - print and film--even though they invented
digital camera, further speaks to the challenge for organizations to
relevant while also thinking about the future. “What
got you here, won't get you there” and understanding
Among the first
track speakers, the KPMG Team, Lou Trebino and Michael Benza spoke from
experience on “Managing Technology Disruption” including cloud
data and social media. Brian Smith
affirmed the need for soft skills in leadership to build collaborative
describing “The Top Ten Sins Most Managers Make & How to Avoid
Suddleson PSP reviewed the different functions of planning and
from among the tools in the “Project Scheduling Toolbox;” advising that
tool serves all purposes, considering such factors as timescale,
In the second
track, Jimmy Nalepa talked about how the music industry has been
disruptive technologies such as music streaming services and mobile
Scott Propp recognized that it requires courage to spend time on
versus optimization. Scott presented a
matrix for assessing where to focus innovation efforts. Charles Cobb
the audience with his session, “Is Agile Project Management an
described the changing role of the project manager with the analogy of
manager as a ‘cook’ following a recipe in a book versus an agile
manager as a ‘chef’ who needs a broader range of skills to adapt to
Ron Taylor’s wisdom, “winning does not make you a better person just as
standing in the garage overnight does not make you a car!” made it
event’s Twitter Feed. Ron’s key pointers for removing potential
blocks for contending with challenging team members:
- Tip #1 Lead with
- Tip #2 Make 'no'
sound like yes when a ‘system’ feels too often like a boss.
- Tip #3 Find the
people you need to improve the system ‘belief-bosses,’ require that we
“always challenge the old ways."
- Tip #4 Encourage
people to ask questions.
- Tip #5 Examine
your beliefs as if they were someone else's.
- Tip #6 Keep the
beliefs that help you grow, lose the ones that don't.
The third track
session included another high-tech session focused on planning and
cloud with Steve Carter. His work at the 451 Research Group says the
not for every storage application and that mindful application is
Kit Welchlin provided a communications roadmap for dealing with
people, noting this is about 1 in 5 people that you work with! Examples
changes you make in communication behavior, such as confronting the
repeating their random insults, until they knock it off!
Barbara Troutlein identified that almost 70%
of change implementations fail, resulting in financial loss and
The Change Intelligence system is based on her philosophy to “think
act locally and panic internally!” An
interactive exercise allowed the participants to identify their
leadership style, e.g., heart, head or hands, and how to effectively
this style to manage change and create lasting results.
day’s colorful closing
keynote, Christa Kirby, helped the audience realize communication
as language, cultural differences, emotions, and expectations align
cognitive brain functions: thinking, feeling, sensing and intuition
colors: blue, green, yellow, red. A team-building tool helped the
understand their personality and match message delivery to receiver
personalities. Jerry Flach, Director Symposium closed the event with a
thanks to the volunteers, speakers, sponsors, and the attentive
another great symposium!
information: the presentation slides, pictures, and webinars are
available on the PMINJ website
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2014 Merck Project
On May 8, 2014,
Kermick Santos and Tod Burrus, PMINJ volunteers and Dennis McCarthy, PMINJ Corporate
Outreach, represented PMI and the
PMI New Jersey Chapter at Merck’s 2014 Annual Project Management Day.
and Tod staffed the PMINJ
information table where Merck employees and contractors were able to
about the benefits and opportunities that PMI and PMINJ membership
well as sign-up for specific areas of interest (such as membership, PMP
training, and volunteering). Later in the afternoon, Dennis gave a
presentation about PMI and PMINJ along with Raji Sivaraman, PMI Chapter
Advisory Group (CMAG), who spoke about best practices in change
thanks to the folks at Merck for having us at their Project Management
Specifically, Tina Gertsch for the initial arrangements, Tina Scavron for final arrangements, Lea Landis for being our liaison,
Charles Sosoo for
reviewing the presentations beforehand, Jonathan Walsh for getting us
to present and Aaron Corona for follow up.
2014 Chapter Meeting - You the Product
By Lisa Davis, PMP
“You the Product -
How YOU Can Become a More Attractive Product” was the key topic for the
2014 monthly meeting. Speaker George Pace, took us into a new reality
challenging members with “think of yourself as a product,” to potential
employers and “try to differentiate your ‘service offering’ from those
competition” during his presentation.
He presents “YOU, the
identifying key influencers used in making large purchasing decisions
suggesting many actions taken across all dimensions of a the Product
He shows how our world can take a definitive turn when we implement
techniques and we follow through with taking “ACTIONABLE”
steps toward becoming a more attractive ‘product.’
the presentation slides, pictures, and the webinar are available on the
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June 2014 Chapter Meeting -
Risk Management in King Arthur's Time
By Nora Leary, PMP
The Crawford Slip Technique for Risk
introduced by Bruce Fieggen at the PMINJ June meeting, is
a quick and comprehensive technique to identify project risks and can
be an essential tool for project managers.
Fieggen demonstrates this technique by
simulating a risk
identification workshop entitled, “Risk Management in King Arthur’s
Using data he found poking about in the ruins of an ancient British
found a book written in Old English that he has translated and is
convert to a project management novel. The book tells the story of a
manager building watchtowers in King Arthur’s Britain who discovers
management techniques in the process.
Fieggen prepares the team for the simulation
exercise with a
structure for writing the risks which provides the right context as
is identified in the process. He suggests two options for writing
- Option 1: “If X occurs
during the project, then Y is the impact, and Z is the result.“ (What
is the impact on the project or business?)
- Option 2: “If X happens,
then the impact is Y.” (Where the impact is described.)
The Crawford Slip involves handing out a
chart and directing
members to “Write down one risk associated with your project,” and then
repeating that question ten times. This technique quickly helps
different project risks within a short period of time and offers a
approach to contributing to the Risk register.
The presentation demonstrated the process of
Planning, Risk Identification. Risk Response Planning and showed how
mitigating, transferring or accepting a risk provides the project team
data to manage ongoing project risks. Finally, Bruce role-played a
Root Cause Analysis done by the old project manager of the watchtowers
to the original use of the ‘6 Why’s’ technique.
Risk Management in King Arthur’s Time
provides a novel
approach to the process of Risk Management. Members can see the Webinar
by visiting the Members section on PMINJ.org.
the presentation slides, pictures, and the webinar are available on the
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