PMINJ January 2015 Newsletter 

January 2015

Chapter Announcements Event Reports Project Management Articles New Certificate Holders

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In Memory of Barbara Fuller  - 1954 - 2015


Vice President Marketing PMI New Jersey Chapter

Barbara Fuller, who lived and breathed project management in her personal life as well as her professional life, died on January 5, 2015.  She died of complications due to illness.  When many of us heard of Barbara’s death, we were shocked and saddened. 

PMINJ grieves the passing of our chapter and board member, Barbara. She has been an active member of our chapter for many years and served as our Vice President of Marketing since being elected in 2011. Barbara's leadership of the marketing team enabled the chapter to win the 2014 Global PMI Chapter Award for Excellence in Collaboration & Outreach.

As Vice President of Marketing, Barbara worked with passion and integrity.  She was always willing to share her ideas and information.  During her funeral eulogy it was said that you just didn’t meet Barbara, you experienced Barbara.  How completely true!  Even if you did not always agree with Barbara, you respected her.  Barbara was known for using the phrase “connect the dots,” and many times Barbara was connecting dots that we had not even seen yet!  

Barbara used to say, “I believe that we are put here on this earth for a purpose.  The adventure is to find that purpose and to live it. The real fun is opening the ‘gifts’ that you have been given, using them and sharing them.”

Barbara had many gifts, and one of her passions was collaboration and community outreach.  To her credit as a leader, her PMINJ marketing team members are picking up right where Barbara left off and will continue to fulfill her vision.  One such program that she was working on for academic outreach is in progress currently with Montclair State University.  The PMI New Jersey Chapter will honor her memory in an ongoing award in her name to benefit PMINJ members and local organizations.  We look forward to high member participation!

We have lost a colleague, friend and mentor. Barbara leaves a legacy of creativity, collaboration, compassion and faith. She "connected the dots" and connected to our hearts. We honor her memory, and she will be greatly missed.

Chapter Announcements

Reminders - PMINJ Awards

The chapter is actively soliciting nominations for Awards:

Project of the Year

    The purpose of the Award is to recognize, honor, publicize, and celebrate the accomplishments of the Project Team involved in the Project of the Year (POY) for superior performance and execution of exemplary project management.

    Any project with some or all team members located in the State of New Jersey, coordinated by a NJ based company, or completed within NJ that is perceived as having effectively applied project management principles and techniques is eligible to submit.

    The deadline to submit applications is 01 March 2015.

    If you have any questions regarding the POY, please send an email to or contact Louis A. Vazquez (Director, Project Awards) at 908-799-3006.

    Find additional details and nomination form on the website.

    Past Award Recipients


    This year, PMINJ is sponsoring three scholarship opportunities:

    (1) an undergraduate scholarship for current high school seniors who are sons / daughters / legal dependents of PMINJ members in good standing for undergraduate work at a four year college or university.

    (2) a renewal scholarship for previous PMINJ scholarship winners that are dependents of PMINJ members in good standing.

    (3) a  college graduate scholarship for those who are current PMINJ members in good standing - and who are seeking a Master's degree in Project Management.
    The deadline to submit applications is 02 March 2015.

    If you have any questions regarding the Scholarships, please send an email to or contact Marianne Burke (Director, Scholarships) at 973-884-2478.

    Find additional details and application form on the website.

    Past Award Recipients

Event Reports

PMINJ School Outreach Team Returns to BSA Merit Badge Workshop

By Michael Vitale

On Saturday, November 22, 2014, the PMINJ School Outreach team spent the day teaching project management fundamentals to BSA Eagle Scout candidates. The training course was delivered by PMINJ members Dennis McCarthy and Mike Vitale at the Patriot's Path Merit Badge Workshop in Parsippany.  The Scouts were introduced to the five core PM processes of Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring / Controlling and Closing projects.  The training tied PM skills to the Eagle Scout Service Project that all candidates must successfully complete before attaining the Eagle Scout rank.  Each session was interactive and well-received by the Scouts and BSA leadership.

If you know of an organization that can benefit from the introductory course, please contact Mike Vitale at .

PMINJ School Outreach Teaches Project Management Skills at Future City Competition

By Michael Vitale

future cityOn Saturday, January 17, 2015, the PMINJ School Outreach team spent the day at the Future City competition held at Rutgers University's Livingston Campus in Piscataway Township. The Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities, build tabletop scale models and present their ideas before judges.  The School outreach team was joined by several PMINJ board members who presented "An introduction to Project Management"  to over 250 students from across New Jersey. During five different training sessions both students and educators had a great time while discussing project management fundamentals and other important life skills.

Special thanks to PMINJ board members Linda Schaldonat, Dennis McCarthy, Judy Balaban and John Tse for their assistance pictured below with me between Dennis and Judy.  In addition to Alpesh Dharia and Mike Vitale, both Judy and Dennis delivered fun and interactive presentations to the students.  

The School Outreach team is the creation of Barbara Fuller and is now enjoying its second year.  If you know of an organization that can benefit from the introductory course, please contact Mike Vitale at .

PMINJ @ Rutgers

PM Articles

Spotlight on Project Management in Various Industries: Publishing

By Rose Therese Sullivan, PMP

Editor's Note: Project management skills and methodologies are utilized frequently in a variety of industries. This article is the first in a series highlighting their use and application in various professions.

The PMI’s Industry Growth Forecast, Project Management Gap Report March 2013 report identifies seven “project-intensive” industries:

  1. Manufacturing
  2. Business Services
  3. Finance & Insurance
  4. Oil & Gas
  5. Information Services
  6. Construction
  7. Utilitie

Publishing falls under the category of Information Services. Within the field of publishing, project management has long been used extensively in the Information Technology realm supporting the completion of systems infrastructure projects to handle manuscript tracking, to contracts and licensing, distribution and finally customer support and royalty payments. For a long time, standardized products and workflows did not require concentrated project management skills for editorial, production, or marketing staff. Recently, seismic shifts in the way content is produced and used have changed the industry, which has experienced major churn in the last decade, particularly accelerated in the last five years.

Market demand for publications offered in customized print and electronic formats has driven the industry to transform itself from publishers of content, to content-enabled service providers. Products are becoming unique in nature, requiring unique production, marketing, and distribution plans.  In this environment, project management skills and PMP certification are emerging as must-haves across all functional positions in the industry, and no longer relegated only to the IT sector within the field.

Below are a few examples of different roles and the PM skills required:

  • Content Manager: An Editorial Role. Content is the term for the assets—text, video, audio, code, etc..., that make-up a product. Content managers curate existing content to create new products. A look at this position on reveals that “Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management [. . .] are correlated to pay that is above average.”
  • Production Editor: A Production Role.  A production editor produces new content in various print electronic formats. This position is responsible for meeting quality, scheduling, and cost requirements for the print and electronic deliverables. Editing, proofreading, and project management are the popular skills associated with this position.
  • Project Manager, Marketing: A Marketing Role. This is a fairly recent title in publishing, although it possesses similar responsibilities to the titles, Director of Marketing or Marketing Manager. The role creates campaigns for marketing the content offerings which are generally a combination of content and services. Here, too, reports “Marketing Project Managers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in  . . . Project Management [. . .] are correlated to pay that is above average.”
Publishing PM

Publishing is just one example of an industry which is increasingly requiring project management skills and PMP certification to adequately meet strategic goals as well as handle day-to-day operations. Other professions utilize these skills on a daily basis as well, and will be the focus in upcoming issues.


Make a Plan to Earn Your PDUs

By Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM

As a Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential holder, you must earn 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) every three years to maintain your certification status in good standing. Not obtaining the required 60 PDUs within your certification cycle will lead to your credential being suspended. That is the last thing you want to happen, but life being what it is, you probably have family commitments, work-  and social-organization commitments, to name just a few, that are also important to you and probably a little more in the forefront of your life than earning PDUs. If you are anything like most others, as soon as you passed the PMP® Exam, you knew earning those 60 PDUs would be easy and you were going to start on it as soon as you got home, but time passes quickly, sometimes too quickly. So, it is not at all unusual to get well into the third year of your certification cycle and suddenly realize you are nowhere close to obtaining the 60 PDUs you need to ensure your certification stays in good standing.

So what do you do to make sure you do not find yourself struggling to earn PDUs late in your certification cycle? What can you do to make sure earning PDUs is as much in the forefront as other aspects of your life? Well, being a project manager you have the necessary tools to approach earning PDUs as a project by making a plan. Below are some steps to keep in mind when developing a plan to help make sure you earn those required 60 PDUs.

Step 1:

    Understand the PDU Categories. Read over the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Program section in the PMP Handbook to learn about the six categories in which PDUs can be earned. Set a goal for how many PDUs per category you would like to earn over the next three years. Keep in mind that for the PMP® certification some categories limit the maximum PDUs you can earn per three-year certification cycle.

Step 2:

    Make earning PDUs a habit. Identify repeating PDU activities that you can participate in. Maybe attending dinner meetings with your local PMI Chapter works best for you. This is a good option especially if you have been thinking of networking and meeting other PMP credential holders.

Step 3:

    Develop a plan. After you have decided what categories you would like to earn PDUs in; found local chapter meetings to attend; or subscribed to monthly webinars, develop a plan to earn those 60 PDUs. Make sure to take into account such things as planned vacations and other times when you will not be available to earn PDUs. There may be some months where you will need to earn more than the 1.67 PDUs needed per month to keep on track to earn the 60 PDUs. Planning for those events now and determining when you will make up PDUs in later months will help you make sure you do not fall behind in your plan for earning PDUs

Step 4:

    Set up reminders for yourself. With the prevalence of smart phones and other hand held devices your calendar can be at your fingertips. Set up reminders for yourself to earn PDUs based on your plan.

Step 5:

    Execute your plan. As a project manager you should be an expert at executing plans, and this one is personal, so it should be an easy one to achieve.

Step 6:

    Report your PDUs. Each time you earn PDUs, immediately log on to and take care of two things. One, input the PDUs you have earned, and two check the number of PDUs you have earned to make sure you are on target with your plan.

Step 7:

    Apply for credential renewal. Once you have earned the 60 required PDUs, don’t forget to apply for credential renewal before your certification cycle ends.

Earning PDUs can be easy; the hard part is remembering to do so regularly. The steps to earning the PDUs you need to maintain your PMP certification are as easy as understanding the PDU categories, making earning PDUs a habit, developing a plan, setting up reminders, executing the plan, reporting earned PDUs, and finally applying for credential renewal.

New Certificate Holders

The following have received their certifications since the last newsletter (through 31 December 2014):
Tatum Anderson
Vignesh Appia
Liloutie Bahadur
Amita Bansal
Terry Bearce
Marvin Bleiberg
Shameica Calderon
Reginald Cann
Chi-Cheng Chu
Chris Coccaro
IbrahimK. Dukulay
Todd Flynn
Paul Folta
Ananta Gaikwad
Peter Greenwich
Tim Habinak
Lien-Fang Ho
Emanuele Incorvaia
Robyn Jagemann
Jitendra Jain
Marjolein Janssen
MaryBeth Kuderna
Patrice Marturana
varghese mathai
Jason Mest
Harshawardhan Mestribalasaheb
Phil Morris
Jacqueline Murino
Brent Nielsen
Gregory OBoyle
Joseph Oravsky,III
Avinash Parsa
Michael Pedersen
joseph percoco
Leslie Perez
Thomas Ramos
Mark Rosen
Umang Soni
Michael Theobald
Ravi Tippabhotla
Aleksandr Treyger
Jeff Tripp
Jordan Volk
Kelly Yang
Chieko Yoshida

Mir Ellahi

Jaspreet Kaur
Aseem Kharbanda
Joan McDevitt




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