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By Deven Trivedi, PMP, PMI-ACP, CGEIT – VP Symposium
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I would like to welcome you all to the upcoming year for the PMINJ
Board. Some of you might have attended and might be familiar with PMINJ’s
excellent symposiums. PMINJ offers two grand events or professional
development days - one in May as an annual regional symposium and the
other in November in celebration of International Project Management Day.
In this article, I wanted to highlight the rigorous planning efforts similar
to any large and complex program that goes into execution of the symposiums
and meeting the iron triangle of cost: (fixed budget for nonprofit organization),
schedule (date is fixed) and quality meeting high expectations of our members
(meeting or exceeding customer expectations.)
Over the years, symposium attendance has grown significantly e.g.
from 100 to 600 professional attendees. And to flawlessly execute an event
at this scale requires adherence to standardized and well-established
processes. Success of any large program depends on structure of the team
that helps execution, similarly the entire symposium team is broken down
into twelve teams.
Directors of symposium, Anne Fisher-Bara, Jerry Flach and Karen
Kogut, work with individual team leads to make sure that each team has
enough volunteers to perform the tasks required on time and address other
team needs to ensure event success. They encourage volunteer team leaders
to bring new ideas, improve decision making, instill volunteerism within
the team and keep them motivated. The Directors and VP make sure that processes
are documented and updated annually in the Chapter Operation Procedures.
Our directors and their leadership are a big reason for our success.
Let’s thank all three symposium directors as well as all the fifty plus
volunteers for their hard work and dedication to provide great quality
Welcome to the 2014-15 New PMINJ Vice Presidents
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Please join the newsletter staff in welcoming the newly elected
vice-presidents to the Board of PMINJ:
Sandra Baptiste – VP Administration
Joyce Nussbaum – VP Finance
John Tse – VP Professional Development
Deven Trivedi – VP Symposium
PMINJ Featured in July 2014 PMIToday!
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PMI Today published an article about the Tour de Franklin team
efforts for the Franklin Township Food Bank in its July 2014 issue.
Call for Real-Life Stories from Our Members
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Have you ever worked on a really challenging project and brought
it to completion with flying colors? Were the challenges rooted in ever-shifting
requirements or unforeseen scope changes? What words of wisdom would you
offer to a fellow project manager if they found themselves in a similar
circumstance? Do you have a funny story about something that happened while
managing one of your projects that you would like to share?
Sharing stories and experiences helps us both personally and professionally
to bring new perspectives on our work, educate, and entertain us. We all
have them, and the staff of the newsletter would like to hear them. The
PMINJ newsletter staff would like to ask you, our members, to send us stories
about experiences you have had while managing projects – whether they are
funny, informative, or educational – we want to hear from you.
Please send your stories to editor(:@:)pminj.org. If you
would like to share a story anonymously, please state this when you submit
the article. If you aren't a writer, but would still like to submit, I
will put you in contact with one of our writers. I look forward to hearing
New and Disbanded Satellite Locations Announcement
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We are always looking for new satellite locations to host the
Monthly meetings. If your company would be willing to host 25 PMINJ
members at their facility or you know a location that wouold accomodate our
needs, contact the Director of Programs - Prasanna Punmann at d-Programs2(:@:)pminj.org.
As of September 1, the following satellite locations will no longer
host the monthly PMINJ meetings:
- Whitehouse Station
IPM Day 2014 is November 6, 2014
By Jerry Flach
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Celebrate the 9th Annual International Project Management (IPM)
Day and PMINJ’s 32nd year of dedicated service to the PMI community in
the tristate area! IPM Day is a global celebration of Project Management
in recognition of the Project Management Value Quotient. This year’s IPM
Day will be held on November 6, 2014, at the Palace in Somerset Park located
at 333 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, NJ.
Hear a Fortune 500 industry leader on the employment value proposition
to sustain profitability and growth in a global workplace. Learn how to
engage and motivate teams with just ‘seven things,’ and improve organizational
efficiency. Hold on with Project Management - on the Edge - Crisis Intervention
in the midst of international chaos.
Networking opportunities and PDU’s combine with project management
solutions to manage in the midst of an ever-changing global marketplace.
Join us to connect with other Project Managers and service providers and
continue building personal and shared excellence in project management.
PMINJ’s IPM Day is consistently a sold-out event; register today!
Corporate Outreach Team Presents to NJOIT PMO
By Dennis McCarthy
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On July 22, Snigdha Mitra, PMP, gave a presentation to the project
managers and key project team members involved with the PM User Group
established by the New Jersey Office of Information Technology (NJOIT)
Program Management Office. Snigdha's presentation and sample case
study covered the benefits of having an established Project Management
Office (PMO). Snigdha, who is a core member of the PMINJ PMO Local Community
of Interest (NJ PMO LCI) and an award-winning project manager, volunteered
to give the presentation on behalf of the PMINJ Corporate Outreach Team.
Snigdha's presentation was very well-received. The feedback collected
after the presentation was universally positive with 100 percent of the
participants rating the training and the speaker (Snigdha) as either “Excellent”
or “Satisfactory,” and 100 percent said that the session was informative
and / or applicable to their job. Many of the participants enjoyed
the case study that was conducted and some suggested that the session should
be extended to allow more practice and correction, or that other presentations
on complementary topics be added to reinforce the concepts that were being
Kathy Smith, PMP, PMO Director / NJOIT and Karl Pisarczyk / PMINJ Corporate
Outreach Project Manager, coordinated this initial joint session between
NJOIT and PMINJ so that the two organizations could share knowledge and
best practices. Kathy is hopeful that NJOIT can continue to partner with
PMINJ on future presentations to the benefit of both organizations.
If your organization could benefit from having an experienced speaker,
presentation, or lunch and learn on any topics related to project or program
management, contact Dennis McCarthy / Director, Corporate Outreach at
d-CorpOutreach(:@:)PMINJ.org. We look forward to helping you in any way
Spotlight on the Satellites – Mt. Laurel, NJ
By Nora Leary
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Attending the PMINJ Chapter monthly meeting is a great opportunity
to network, meet new people, and can be an interesting and stimulating
event. PMINJ makes it easy and convenient to fit the monthly meetings into
your schedule by offering 16 satellite locations throughout the state. And
it is Free for PMINJ members. This month we are debuting a new column
in the newsletter to spotlight our satellite locations. The first location
is Mt. Laurel, located in South Jersey.
The leader of the Mt. Laurel satellite office is Jeremy Lippman, PMP,
and infrastructure project manager for TD Bank. Jeremy is not just a facilitator;
his engaging and friendly manner immediately makes the group feel relaxed
and a part of the PMINJ community.
“I try to make meetings fun. It’s a great way to network,” says Jeremy.
The location draws about 10 people from about three to five different companies
in the region.
Jeremy became the leader of the satellite office in January 2013. There
is a casual professionalism present at the meetings, which are held in a
glass enclosed conference room in the bank’s atrium. Prior to each meeting,
Jeremy sends an email to the attendees with specific directions and gives
them the opportunity to order take-out dinner for the meeting.
The meeting attendees start to assemble about 6:30 PM and typically
share pizza and soda as they gather around the conference table and AV for
the simulcast. There is a friendly atmosphere and conversations about travels,
good restaurants, family, and PM challenges are often part of the evening.
“We are all having the same problems and we share ideas, past experiences,
and tell our war stories,” says Lippman, referring to the pre and post
The Mt. Laurel satellite was started in 2012 by Anne Stich of TD Bank
and is located at 17000 Horizon Way, Mt. Laurel, NJ. Anne petitioned the
PMINJ Chapter to create a satellite office in South Jersey because there
was an adequate number of PMs locally and a satellite office would benefit
the goals of the chapter to create a PM community in the region. The added
benefit for host locations, such as TD Bank, is other bank employees at the
business location may attend the meetings which creates an additional networking
opportunity for members.
TD Bank headquarters is conveniently located off Interstate 295 and
the intersection of Route 73. It also can be reached using the NJ Turnpike.
These main roads provide access to this location from multiple directions,
making it easy for busy PMs to travel and attend.
Anyone who lives in South Jersey is keenly aware that attending the
monthly chapter meetings are beneficial but traveling to the main meeting
location can be challenging. Prior to establishing the Mt Laurel satellite,
a South Jersey PM either had to travel to locations in North Jersey, or
attend the Deleware Valley Chapter meeting in King of Prussia, PA. Both
of these commutes are a considerable distance from South Jersey and the
traffic can be heavy during rush hour.
Registering to attend a meeting at a satellite location couldn't be
easier – just sign-up on the PMINJ registration page. You get the benefits
of attending a monthly meeting – PDUs, networking, and you meet people from
Project Management Article
PMP Exam Myths - True or False?
By Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM
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You have read the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) publication,
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide),
from cover to cover; studied other Project Management-related texts and
you feel you are preparing well to take and pass the Project Management
Professional (PMP®) Exam. There are, however, a number of myths related
to the exam process and the exam itself that you are not sure are valid.
In this article, we are going to take a look at six myths related to the
PMP Exam process and bust them so you can quit worrying about what is true
and continue with studying for and taking the exam.
Myth1: You need to score a 61% to pass the PMP Exam
No, while this was true at one time, it is no longer
the case. Passing the PMP Exam is no longer determined by the percentage
of questions you answer correctly. It is calculated using a sound psychometric
analysis. In essence this means that the harder questions are worth more
than the easier questions. So you get a higher score if you answer more of
the harder questions correctly and a lower score if you answer more of the
easier questions correctly. The minimum score needed to pass is determined
by the overall difficultly of your individual exam.
Myth 2: Only PMI Registered Education Providers are authorized
to give PMP Exam Prep Courses
No, there is no authorized or unauthorized training material
for the PMP Exam. Several types of training companies can provide
training for the PMP Exam, which may include courses or programs offered
by PMI Registered Education Providers (REP); training companies or consultants;
PMI component organizations (PMINJ); employer- or company-sponsored
programs, distance-learning companies, which need to include an end-of-course
assessment; or even university or college academic or continuing-education
programs. Essentially anyone can provide training for the PMP Exam. The advantage
of ensuring your training comes from a PMI REP is you have the assurance
that the provider has been reviewed by PMI for standardization and quality.
Myth 3: Obtaining the PMP Certification will lead to a
That depends. The potential to see an increase in salary
depends on several factors including your country of employment, years
of experience, and the average size of projects you manage. Every year
PMI conducts and publishes information related to their salary survey. In
the 2012 report, it was found that even with a sluggish economy, the average
salary for a PMP credential holder had risen. However, there is no guarantee
that passing the PMP Exam will lead to a higher salary.
Myth 4: The exam application audit process uses applicant
No, the exam application-audit process is completely
random. When completing your PMP Exam application, keep in mind that you
may be audited, so be prepared just in case you are selected. Make sure you
are 100% truthful; have documentation to back up anything you claim on your
application such as training certificates; and mention to current and former
employers or colleagues that you are applying to take the PMP Exam in case
they are contacted by PMI to verify any assertions on your application. Think
of this application as a job application; there is a chance that your references
will be checked.
Myth 5: You must know the Inputs, Tools & Techniques,
and Outputs (ITTOs) by heart
No, you do not need to spend time memorizing the around
500 ITTOs described in the PMBOK Guide; instead you need to understand
the concepts behind them. It is possible you will have questions on the
PMP Exam such as “Which of the following is not an input to the Create WBS
process?” where memorizing the ITTOs may help. However, it is more likely
you will have questions that relate to how or why a specific ITTO is used
in a process and memorization will be of no use to you when answering those
types of questions. So, your goal needs to be to fully understand the concepts
of each process in the PMBOK Guide, not the memorization of the ITTOs.
Myth 6: You need 35 PDUs before you can take the PMP Exam
Almost. You need are 35 contact hours before you take
the PMP Exam -- not 35 Professional Developmental Units (PDUs). So you
are required to have at least 35 contact hours to be eligible to take the
PMP Exam. You do not need to worry about PDUs until you have obtained your
PMP Certification, then you must follow PMIs Continuing Certification Requirements
(CCR) and earn 60 PDUs every three years to maintain your PMP Credential.
Remember, you need contact hours before taking the PMP Exam and PDUs after.
There are many PMP Exam myths, and it is often difficult to distinguish
what is the truth and what is myth. Myths can be difficult to eradicate so
remember, anytime you come across something that makes you scratch your head
or say “hmmmmm,” you can verify what you have heard or read by checking the
PMP Handbook or writing to PMI Customer Care; they are happy to help dispel
New Certificate Holders
The following have received their certifications since the last
newsletter (through 30 Aug 2014):
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