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By Elaine Tanimura VP Marketing
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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 (PDU’s available):
- Community Outreach:
- Collect food donations at our upcoming spring food drive
at the May main meeting and Symposium.
- Join a team to begin planning a project with Habitat
for Humanity this spring.
- Tour de Franklin on Sunday, April 26 – lots of opportunities
to get involved.
- Dennis McCarthy is the Director of Corporate Outreach
and is seeking volunteers to join his team. Anyone interested in
learning more, should contact him directly.
Our Communications team is made-up of the following teams:
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 vp-Marketing(:@:)pminj.org.
Barbara Ann Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award
– 2014: Diane Dugan
By Jerry Flach
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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!
Volunteer of the Quarter – Q414: Adrienne Walcott
By Nita Parikh
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Adrienne Walcott 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
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.
Volunteer of the Quarter – Q115: Tod Burrus
By Pamela Eden
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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.
PMINJ Congratulates Franklin Food Bank Volunteer
By Doreen Clark
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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 Women.
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.
May Symposium 2015 - Superior Project Management
Through Emotional Intelligence
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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.
Career Networking Kicks-Off the New Year
By Joan Galay
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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 career change.
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:
- How to Be a GREAT Job Candidate
- Using LinkedIn to Network Effectively
- Job Search Secrets
- The Next Phase: Life Strategies
The March Chapter meeting hosted Radia Carr and Don Warkentin
of Dale Carnegie Training for their presentation, “Networking for Success
for Project Managers.”
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
Mardi Gras Comes to the Volunteer Recognition
By Nita Parikh
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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
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 Hasan
|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.
February Risk Management Workshop is a Success
By Sylvia Badenhausen, PMP
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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
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 SylBaden(:@:)optonline.net.
Project Managers in Transition Group is Up
By Mohammad Hasan
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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 activities.
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:
- Speaker Committee Project Manager (Opportunity#4446)
- Volunteer Recruiter Project Manager (Opportunity#4406)
- Project Manager for Franklin Township Food Bank (In process
If you are interested in volunteering for the PMIT group, please
see the opportunities listed above, or contact Mohammad with any questions
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Project Management Article
Spotlight on Project Management in Various
By Rose Therese Sullivan, PMP
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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
- Plan for a variety of project types, Events, New Product
Launches, Solution [product] Development
- Create strategies, outline team and tactics requirements
on a broad scope
- Uncover the “why” of client requests to determine project
- Tie deliverables and outcomes back to business objectives
- Enlist subject matter experts and specialized marketing
teams, e.g., solution marketing, industry marketing
- Manage ten to twenty sub-projects with multiple deliverables
- Communicate strategy, define deliverables, and give direction
to such marketing support teams as, digital marketing, social media, and
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
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:
- Business Development Director
- Business Development Manager
- Commercial Lines Manager
- Market Development Manager
- Marketing Coordinator
- Marketing Director
- Marketing Manager
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.
New Certificate Holders
The following have received their certifications since the last newsletter
(through 28 Feb 2015):
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