PMINJ is proud to announce the Volunteer of the Quarter
Award recipients for 2Q & 3Q:
Kristin Hopp took over scholarship renewals two years ago and she has kept participation up through her diligent follow-up and answering questions from students and parents. Recognizing right away that students have a lot on their plates, she implemented a process that gently reminds students before applications are due in February / March by sending a link to the new application and including deadlines. When it is time to send grades, she sends a reminder and copies the parents. The reminders have resulted in significantly increased renewal participation.
Max Abrams has provided a pivotal role as Speaker Angel and now has moved up to Speaker Team Lead. He has gone above and beyond in all phases of soliciting, researching, negotiating and working closely with the speakers for the symposium as needed. He has volunteered to fill in for other Angels as needed to ensure the success of the symposium. He works well with the speakers and symposium team to ensure strong communications which has led to our successful planning and execution of our biannual symposium events. His leadership and commitment have had a strong impact on the success of our Speaker and Symposium teams.
See all past recipients.
If you would like to nominate a Volunteer member for this recognition, send a note explaining who and why to recognition(:@:)pminj.org. If you would like to volunteer for the chapter, contact volunteers(:@:)pminj.org or visit the volunteer listings on the website.
PMINJ is working with multiple NJ academic institutions to foster Student Communities of Interest around Project Management as a career. If you are a PMINJ member, current with your certification, and would be interested in being a quest speaker or share 'war stories' with the students, please reach out to Jon Rice at to discuss the opportunity. Volunteers with availability for daytime classes are needed. .
PMINJ’s 11th celebration of IPM Day was held
on November 3rd at the Palace in Somerset. Judy Balaban,
PMINJ chapter President, and Darlaine Scott McCoy,
VP-Symposium, welcomed attendees.
The first keynote address came from Matt
Morey, PMP, who provided the audience with a twist on
Murphy’s Law that he aptly calls Morey's Laws of Project
Management. What can go wrong will go wrong is too much of
a catchall and in the midst of too many that are not
meeting their requirements. Matt had the chance to
review a handful of his 25 laws as he shared some sage
advice: a Project Manager is not a Superhero, Risk
Management is a risk in and of itself and finally to be
sure to focus on the problem not the blame. Project
Managers were also reminded to maintain procedures like
roads with clean-up required along the way!
Our next keynote speaker was Kathy Bellwoar. She reminded the audience to leverage Stakeholder Knowledge in her presentation on The Secrets to Executive Engagement: How to Gain and Sustain the Support You Need for Project Success. She adapted the PROSCI model for stakeholder assessment and emphasized the importance of building relationships with executive stakeholders at Steering Committee Meetings. Best practices for leveraging meetings with your executive stakeholders in attendance included the proverbial pre- and post- meetings!
AT&T industry executive Paula Doublin spoke on The Evolving HetNet & the Role of the Project Collaborator to Guide It. Focusing on wiring up buildings with 450 projects under construction and 800 more projects in a month or so, the Project Collaborator is essential. Clarity of mission, strategy and keeping communications simple and straight forward helps her to build trust across her division with 88 Project Collaborators on the ground and 12 in a program role; together her team mobilize true north to mobilize coverage.
Anthony Awerbuch enlightened the audience with Body Language on Purpose: Want to Know What They are Really Saying? Citing that a texting and slumping pre-interview pose or the half smile half frown revealing contempt during the discussion does not lead to a call back! Since we are better at speaking than listening, Anthony taught the audience how to learn to listen not only with our ears but also with our eyes and our own physical cues.
John DiNapoli provided guidelines for Leadership in the Digital Age and the VALUE of Trust. Trust is even more essential with four generations in the workforce. John cited Covey’s Trust Model.
Attendees had the opportunity to visit chapter and sponsor booths during breaks. The booths provided participants with opportunities to learn more about the business analysis, membership, agile, volunteer and professional opportunities offered by PMINJ as well as meet sponsors and earn some exciting door prizes!
Jerry Flach, Director-Symposium, summed up the event in the closing minutes, sending everyone off with a haiku:
On November 5th, for the fourth consecutive year, the PMINJ School Outreach team spent the day teaching project management skills to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The training course was delivered by PMINJ members Snigdha Mitra, Dennis McCarthy and Mike Vitale at the Patriot's Path Merit Badge Workshop in Parsippany. Eagle Scout candidates were introduced to project management fundamentals in support of their Eagle Scout Service Project. The sessions were interactive and well-received by the Scouts and BSA leadership.
August 2010, the PMINJ chapter launched the Mentor
Program. The Mentor Program links experienced
and knowledgeable project managers with those who
would like a mentor to guide them through the steps of
becoming a valuable project manager. The mentee
will be matched with a mentor working in a similar
industry who will help them to understand and gain
more project management knowledge and become a more
confident project manager. As the profession evolves
it is important to stay abreast of new developments,
process and methodologies. The Mentor Program
can help guide you through this evolution.
To date, the chapter Mentor Program has mentored 60+ mentees. The mentees have provided positive feedback and many of the them have moved on to PM roles with knowledge and confidence. According to one mentee “this is the only PMI Chapter that provides a Mentor Program on the East Coast”. Our Mentors also benefit from the Mentor Program by reinforcing the knowledge they have earned but may not utilize daily.
The Mentor Program consists of two Support staff, Santy Pattabiraman who has been with the Mentor Program for 5+ years and one of the original members to established the Mentor Program and continues to manage it today.
To participate in the program, you must be a PMINJ member in good standing. You must also have:
Do you want to enhance your skills and
get insightful advice from senior professionals?
Do you have an interest in professional development
and expanding your professional network? If so,
then you could be a great candidate for the
program. Learn more
here and then register:
This article is the third part in a series focused on
What It Takes to Succeed based on the feedback
of PMO Leaders (see the September
issue for the earlier article) about PMO
benefits. It’s well-known that a PMO can provide
positive results in such areas as budget analysis and
forecast, coordinated resource management, scope
management, change control, issue management, risk
management, quality management and continuous
improvement. With that in mind, the leaders
shared their thoughts about how others in their
company viewed the PMO – is it seen as a necessity or
In my personal experience from working in companies with less than 1,000 employees to a conglomerate of over 100,000 employees, others from various departments their BU leaders and executives expressed the need and the gratitude of having projects completed with the help of PMO. Not too long ago one technical architect said to me “Igor – you are doing an enormous amount of work here. I don’t know how you keep track of 100s and 100s of projects and all the things surrounding them? I wouldn’t be able to do that. With my other clients, they have many more people doing the work that you do and that’s per project. I really appreciate your hard work.” I respected, and still do, him greatly. He is one of the finest technicians that I have ever dealt with. Somehow that recognition, that praise, more than any other thank you or CIO achievement awards that I gotten before, touched me. It touched me so much that it brought tears into my eyes. Technically, no pun intended, he was right. Because of budget constraints, I was doing the job of a portfolio manager, project manager, and many other roles. As PMO leaders or project managers the buck stops with us. And we must do anything and everything to finish the job.
In my current position, I was brought in by a CIO to start up a PMO from scratch. He said that he saw the need to bring project management methodologies, processes and standards into this organization – he wanted the PMO in place quickly before anything went awry. Others in the organization saw the value of projects now being aligned to strategic initiatives, work, issues, dependencies tracked and resolved more efficiently and effectively. Communication was flowing from the folks who were doing their jobs all the way to executive levels. Informed decisions were being made based on PMO dashboards.
In the January installment of this series I will share what it takes to run and create PMO based on experience of contributing PMO leaders and my own experience. Until then, enjoy the rest of the year and the holidays with your family and friends. Stay happy and healthy. Reach for the stars and keep learning something new every day. When you learn something don't forget to take action on it because it is when you take action on knowledge that's where fruition comes.
If you have a suggestion for a future topic or want to share your own success story, then contact Igor at
Being a PMI member has many benefits that extend beyond the three-letter abbreviations you may add to your name on your business card, résumé or professional social media platforms. In the form of retail discounts, networking opportunities, and endless chances to increase your understanding of the profession, PMI provides access to a well-rounded experience for its members. Launched in 2000 as gantthead.com (a nod to the tool that kept nearly all projects on track before Kanban Boards took over), ProjectManagement.com is one such hidden gem.
As PMI’s Knowledge Portal and self-described “community for project managers in all industries, [it’s] mission is simple: to make project managers more successful.” ProjectManagement.com serves to bridge knowledge gaps and be a resource to its members by providing countless hours of educational interventions (and PDUs!) by way of videos, webinars, expert articles, and more. ProjectManagement.com also offers access to templates, expert advice, and networking opportunities.
LinkedIn, “the world’s largest professional network,” encourages its users to join the 500+ connection club to maximize their access to like-minded professionals. With over 550,000 users, a similar opportunity exists for Projectmanagement.com members to share stories, dilemmas, and best practices and capitalize on (or “exploit,” for your die-hard PMs) connections with the broader PM community. You can leverage the wikis, discussion threads, blog posts, etc., all for no additional cost beyond your PMI membership fee.
Chock-full of useful (and fun!) nuggets of information, the overall structure of ProjectManagement.com is also easy to navigate. The site has five main categories:
The PM Challenge even offers encouragement for correct answers:
If you are keen on testing your
knowledge and have a need for competition, you can
start a PMwar
with other PMs to whom you are already connected.
These wars can make for an intense minute-and-a-half.
You can easily lose yourself in either activity for an
hour or more at a time.
You will also find educational and reference materials in the form of podcasts, white papers, and more; all ways to enhance your knowledge and earn those ever-important PDUs. The materials include:
As a new PMP and PMI member, I stumbled upon Projectmanagement.com, immediately registered and use the site daily. No matter where you are in your professional life Projectmanagement.com is an invaluable perk. Register today!