Welcome to Spring! I am the new VP of Marketing and am looking forward to a new season and new ways to promote all of the events, programs and networking opportunities with our chapter members.
The PMINJ marketing group consists of two primary groups: Outreach, which includes our community, corporate and LCI teams; and Communications, which includes our Newsletter, Social Media, Public Relations and website teams.
Based on recent survey results, we know that the
majority of our members prefer receiving communications
via email. We also know that many members are
becoming more confident using social media platforms
such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Although,
we are working hard to provide you with news about
chapter events, networking opportunities, and other
chapter news via the newsletter, email, and social media
outlets like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter; we need
your help in order to expand our reach and abilities.
The following is a summary of the various teams and the areas where we need additional volunteers:
Outreach is involved in many activities, from conducting food drives in the spring and fall, to building relationships with the business community and educating our students on project management skills to prepare them for their future. We also have three LCI’s – Career Networking, Agile and PMO. These groups are great ways to meet others with similar interests. The groups meet on a rotating schedule prior to the monthly meetings at the main location. New members are always welcome.
Volunteers are currently needed on the following teams
Our Communications team is made-up of the following
The Public Relations team is focused on external media coverage. Nora Leary leads this effort in writing press releases that promote the benefits of membership and sharing chapter events.
Our Social Media team updates Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. If you have a passion and time to post, tweet and share PM worthy best-practices, we have a job for you!
The Newsletter team is headed by our editor, Kristine Clark. Kristine and her team attend our monthly programs and events to write articles to share with members unable to participate. The newsletter also publishes articles covering project management in various industries, as well as a recent series of articles focusing on our satellite locations. The team is always looking for additional event reporters and feature writers.
Besides sending out eblasts, the Website team is also responsible for keeping our PMINJ.org site up to date with the most current chapter information, there is a lot of valuable information on this site including career opportunities, monthly program details and upcoming professional development training classes. If you haven’t visited the site recently, I encourage you to take a tour. I also encourage you to contact me with any questions, suggestions, or feedback at .
Diane Dugan PMP, LEED AP, was awarded the prestigious Barbara Ann Fuller Volunteer of the Year award at the Volunteer Recognition Dinner event on February 6, 2015 . Diane is the consummate professional, photographer and volunteer. Diane is so dedicated that she was working during her own celebratory event as PMINJ’s chapter photographer! Diane attends most, if not all, of the PMINJ events - from monthly Program meetings and mid-size workshops to the large Symposium events. Diane uses her talent to commemorate chapter events. The Symposium events are especially demanding with multiple breakout rooms, hundreds of photos captured and subsequently sorted and edited. In this way, Diane shares her talents and further demonstrates her commitment to the PMINJ chapter. Diane also leads the Photography Team for the Symposium events - organizing photography activities, assuring coverage of speakers and vendors, and the post-event gathering and finalizing all photos for media and website release. Diane is a joy to work with and the PMINJ chapter is grateful for her continued commitment to our chapter. Thank you, Diane!
joined the Volunteer Recognition team in March,
2014. In this very short time of volunteering,
Adrienne has gone above and beyond the expectation for her
role as Volunteer Coordinator. After training,
Adrienne learned the VRMS system and efficiently manages
it as coordinator for the PMINJ chapter. In this
role she manages volunteer engagements, tracks volunteer
opportunities and application, updates VRMS database and
Master Volunteer list, sends communication to new members
of Volunteer teams, trains applicants in VRMS database and
responds to any email questions received to
She thoroughly enjoys her role as Volunteer Coordinator. When she made a list of reasons to stay in New Jersey or move to Arizona, this was one of the top reason why she chose to stay in New Jersey. When she is not volunteering, she takes violin lessons and plays in an orchestra.
Her dedication is unmatched and she is very pleasant to work with.
Tod has been the “bedrock”
volunteer for the Corporate Outreach Team. He has been
PMINJ's ambassador and a project management evangelist at
many of our Outreach events - handing out brochures,
giving advice and (when available) candy to the people who
stop by our PMINJ information tables.
Tod’s smiling face and easy manner of speaking with people have been key elements in spreading the word about the importance of project management as a profession and about the benefits and opportunities that PMINJ provides to members. As we have continued to reach out to project manager communities in corporations, universities, state and local governments, and other professional organizations, we’ve always been able to count on Tod to volunteer and be present to represent PMINJ.
When Tod is not volunteering for PMINJ events, he is a Business Development Manager for Analysts International Corporation (AIC) in Edison, NJ.
Franklin Food Bank volunteer, Lisa Frey, will be honored on
March 27 with a Somerset Outstanding Women 2015 Award for her
dedicated efforts with the Franklin Food Bank in Somerset,
NJ. The event will be held at the Imperia Banquet Center
in Somerset and hosted by the County Commission on the Status of
Among many other community activities, Lisa coordinates the Annual Tour de Franklin bike ride, the Food Bank’s largest fundraiser. It is a significant effort, with 660 people participating in 2014 to raise $63,000. The fundraiser’s size has presented many logistical and coordination challenges which Lisa has met head on, working with an ever increasing volume of volunteers and ensuring that all necessary tasks are completed on-time within or lower than budget. To help manage it all, Lisa works closely with a team of PMINJ volunteers for program management, volunteer coordination, registration process improvement, and public relations.
PMINJ has increased its support of the Tour de Franklin for the
past four years. The Tour de Franklin is important to the
Franklin Food Bank as it has seen demand for its services
increase approximately 10 percent per year for the past seven
years. In 2014, the Food Bank provided food for almost 11,000
visits and over 2,000 clients.
In addition to her central role on the Tour de Franklin, Lisa spends countless volunteer hours attending board meetings, weekly committee meetings, and major events as well as volunteering in the warehouse and client services window. Lisa’s passion about the Food Bank’s mission is shown through her volunteer efforts and PMINJ congratulates her on this recognition.
This year's Tour de Franklin will be held on April 27, 2015. If you would like to volunteer, there are a host of opportunities available here.
Did you know that Emotional intelligence contributes to over 50 percent of Project Manager’s success and job performance? Or that Project Managers with high EQ (Emotional Quotient – a measure of emotional intelligence) are also top performers and earners? In a recent PM study, emotional intelligence has been identified as a unique area of individual differences that is likely to underpin sets of behaviors such as teamwork, attentiveness, conflict management, and transformational leadership.
PMINJ invites you to join us at the 2015 Annual Symposium on May 4, 2015, to explore the tools and latest knowledge in the area of emotional intelligence and enhance your Project Management skills. We are engaging speakers and building content across the well-received triple track format. Our May event will be held at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ and include opportunities to network with fellow PMs and vendors. Check for details.
Snow and ice did not deter TEKsystems and interested
Project Managers from attending the initial Open
Networking session of 2015 in Garwood, NJ. Despite
threatening weather conditions, three recruiters from the
Parsippany office arrived early at the Westwood, unpacked,
and immediately began meeting attendees who are embracing
Amanda Thompson, Margaret Woods and Alana Moses enthusiastically greeted 33 PMs, individually listening to goals, skill sets and target industries, suggesting next steps, and gathering business cards for later in-depth discussions and interviews.
Career Networking LCI team members Ram Vandra, Mary White and Joan Galay registered arrivals, introduced them to each other, and facilitated introductions in turn with the three TEKsystems representatives. The CNL team also offered attendees the opportunity to join a Project Manager job-coaching group, headed by a member of the CNL, conducted by phone for members in need of professional guidance in their job search.
Ram, a recent contractor for TEKsystems, vouches for their status as one of the top 100 companies to work for. The Career Networking LCI team appreciates the support of TEKsystems for the February 17th event, and invites Project Managers to visit their website, to explore new opportunities.
The Career Networking Local Community of Interest (LCI) meets six times each season, alternating facilitated open-networking sessions with expert speakers on relevant job search topics, such as:
The March Chapter meeting hosted Radia Carr and Don
Warkentin of Dale Carnegie Training for their
presentation, “Networking for Success for Project
The CNL team encourages members to scan the open positions posted by former PMINJ President John Bufe, under the “Careers” banner on the PMINJ Website, to enroll in the CNL email list for job posting alerts, and to consider posting a resume on the website to be viewed by interested employers.
Sessions are held at 5:30 PM before the Chapter meeting, and all are welcome. The group aims to provide opportunities for project managers to meet each other and learn how to effectively grow their professional network of contacts, whether in a career transition or to support their professional activities.
The 2015 Volunteer
Recognition Dinner Event was a huge success. We took last
year's event feedback and decided to add a theme, party
games and music to this annual event and sure enough, it
was a blast. This year's theme was Mardi Gras.
We conducted a Jeopardy Game and danced to kept the
festive theme throughout the night. All attendees were
greeted with beads and their choice of masks when they
came through the door. We had door prizes, winner team
prizes and last, but not least, announced the Barbara Ann
Fuller Volunteer of the Year award winner for 2014 --
Diane Dugan. Diane is a very deserving candidate for
this award. (See article above)
I would like to thank the volunteers who helped make this event a successful one:
||Pamela Eden, Adrienne Walcott, Zuzar
Merchant, Mary Beth Kuderna, Johanna Ahoy, Mohammad
|Name Tags and Certificates
||Pamela Eden, Zuzar Merchant
|Entertainment / Jeopardy
||Mary Beth Kuderna, Johanna Ahoy
||Harry Chiovarou, Dennis Ryan
I would like to extend special thanks to our PMINJ
leadership, Judy Balaban and the Board members for
supporting me and assisting me in planning such a great
event. I really enjoyed hosting this event and being able
to meet the many dedicated PMINJ volunteers who make PMINJ
one of the best PMI chapters.
On February 7, 2015, the Workshop Team co-sponsored a
Winter Workshop with our own NJ Chapter PMP, Joe LaGanga,
who presented “An Introduction to Risk Management, and the
Effects on Your Project.” DeVry University hosted our
event and continues to remain a very generous and
accommodating partner with the PMINJ Chapter.
The feedback from attendees was very positive – owing to the fact that Joe was an excellent and engaging speaker who involved attendees from the moment he began presenting. Joe provided valuable risk information including tools, techniques, documentation, processes and case studies. Joe's interaction with his audience gave the attendees the benefit to hear other's risk concerns and their personal experiences from many different industries.
This workshop was geared toward the practicing Project / Program Manager who would like a refresher, and those who run projects with a desire to become more efficient at managing project risks. Workshop attendees came away with more confidence and understanding of project risks, identification methods, and the effects on the life cycle of their projects by these risks. All this was covered in only four hours with an abundant amount of data, material and tools to take back to work. Overall, this workshop was a great success, valuable to our members, and offered at a great price.
About the Instructor:
Joe LaGanga has been developing training courses for the Information Technology and Communications fields for the past eight years and is a certified Instructor with multiple organizations. He is president of his own small business that performs Project Management for the Small / Medium business market focusing on network deployments and telecommunications infrastructure improvements, as well as technical training in various aspects of Project Management and Information Technology.
The PMINJ Chapter is working on selecting valuable eight-hour full-day workshops to satisfy our Members and Non-Members' needs. Stay tuned for more workshops with great topics! If you know of a topic that you feel will bring value to our members, contact .
Editor's Note: Last year the newsletter
reported on the formation of the Project Managers in
Transition group – formerly the PIT team - which was
created to enable volunteers who were in transition to
continue to practice project management while between
jobs. Since then, the group has changed the name to the
PMIT group, and below is an update to the group's
The team began discussing and documenting the process and procedures for the PMIT initiative in September 2014. The Advisory team included Nita Parikh, Elaine Tanimura, Darlaine Scott McCoy, Adrienne Walcott, Mary Beth Kuderna, and Mohammad Hasan.
PMIT process and procedural documents were finalized in November of 2014. In December, Mohammad spearheaded the team activities by requesting the PMINJ Board submit projects in their areas so that opportunities could be posted in VRMS.
Thus far, we have posted around five PMIT opportunities on VRMS and two PMIT volunteers have been matched to projects.
The open PMIT opportunities on VRMS are the following:
If you are interested in volunteering for the PMIT group, please see the opportunities listed above, or contact Mohammad with any questions - .
When you sign in to ProjectManagement.com with your PMI credentials, you will get access to:
This month's industry focus for Project Management is Marketing. During our February chapter meeting presentation, Leadership and Management of Complex Projects, Professor Rick Heaslip posed the question of whether the complexity of projects in modern organizations is better managed by “PMBOK-style” project management generalists, or by technical or subject matter experts. As an extension of this topic, and in order to get a more industry-specific perspective on this topic, I spoke with a marketing professional about the role of project management within the industry.
Michael Clark, Solutions Marketing – Principal, at
Computer Sciences Corporation, provided insight into the
role of project management in the structure of the
marketing function of an organization. Michael’s
perspective is shaped by 15 years of experience across
multiple companies, with a focus on business-to-business
(B2B) marketing. Michael is not PMP-certified, but took
the time to share with me the activities which comprise
his experience to date with using project management in
almost every aspect of his past and prior positions. Below
are the typical marketing team activities that he
In this particular example, the role Michael outlines is an example of Heaslip's outcome sage. The activities listed above point to operational, outcome, stakeholder, and organizational, complexities managed at the program and project levels. The nature of Marketing’s direct impact on business success requires strategic planning tightly aligned with business objectives, the “projectification” of which must deliver both---the event, new product, solution, etc., and the business benefits.
Generally speaking, the Marketing Project Manager, as a role, is found in two areas. In online or digital marketing, the responsibility is stated as that of managing x-number of projects from inception to completion. In this case, deliverables have been predetermined in-line with the desired outcomes defined by a director-level, in congress with C-level management objectives. This position must have the skills to manage operational, organizational, and stakeholder complexities to deliver project outputs within the traditional time, budget, and quality constraints, corresponding to Heaslip’s operational savant.
The Marketing Director, by comparison, handles the orchestration of projects, and the management of operational, organizational, and outcome complexity in the role of the outcome sage.
Lastly, the other area where the PM role is defined as
such is in the Marketing Agency where a PM is part of the
service team; this role may take on characteristics that
could lean in either direction, or both, depending on how
much of the operational and outcome complexity the agency
PM is responsible for.
Marketing management roles that require PM skills but do not necessarily include the words project manager, are the following:
To learn more about the Marketing Manager position,
including education, salary, and projected job growth, go
to the Bureau of Labor Statistics page.
You can download the Heaslip slides from the archive on PMINJ.