PMINJ September 2017 Newsletter 
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September 2017

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Chapter Announcements

The countdown has begun! International Project Management (IPM) Day is less than two months away. The Symposium team has been working tirelessly to organize an interesting day. Nov. 2 will be the Chapter’s 12th celebration of IPM Day. This IPM Day will be doubly special because J. Davidson Frame, a representative from the PMI Headquarters, will be present to offer a proclamation in recognition of PMINJ’s 35 years of service to the project management profession.

Our energetic speakers will provide key insights into how you can further your career by becoming an effective change leader. As always, PMINJ is dedicated to improving your core competencies based on the PMI Talent Triangle’s ideal skill set for project managers: Strategy & Business Management, Leadership, and Technical Project Management.

In addition to J. Davidson Frame, our speakers include Andy Crowe, Mark Brown, Mike Weber and Joanne Eckton.

Register Today to expand your circle and learn something you can take back to your organization.




Reprinted with Permission of José Roberto Cavalcante Alves, MBA,PMP

PM Articles

Strategic Project Management Made Simple - Practical Tools that Help Leaders and Teams to Succeed

ITMPIIf you are looking for a fresh approach to tackle complex projects, check out Terry Schmidt’s latest book “Strategic Project Management Made Simple: Practical Tools for Leaders and Teams” (Wiley). His methodology has been called a breakthrough approach and the book is recognized as one of the eight best project management books on the market, alongside books by noted authors Peter Drucker and Jim Collins.

Terry is president of ManagementPro, a Seattle based consulting and training company. Terry is a recognized expert in Strategic Planning and Project Management, who has helped over 25,000 people in various industries in 42 countries, solve business problems through his innovative Logical Framework Approach (LFA).

The Logical Framework captures key elements of a project in a 4x4 visual matrix that integrates key concepts from strategic thinking, project management, and the scientific method.  Terry has identified four critical questions that populate the matrix and help teams to create their own strong strategic foundation. These questions are:
  1. What are we trying to accomplish and why?
  2. How will we measure success?
  3. What other conditions must exist?
  4. How do we get there?

The first question brings a clear understanding of the what and why of a project. The second and third questions clarify success measures and identify the risky assumptions that can later cause problems if not spotted early. The forth questions helps to lay out the activities, budgets, and schedules.

Most project approaches concentrate on the how without first adequately addressing the three other questions. Project managers of all skill levels can get outstanding results by using these four critical questions, the “LogFrame” matrix, and the embedded innovative concepts that help design better projects faster.

Terry is kind enough to offer additional free resources at These include an article about the Logical Framework, plus a 12-minute "live" video filmed at a PMI conference, in which he guides a group developing a LogFrame project plan to save dogs from euthanasia. Both are useful and informative.

Please visit and subscribe to WITS and watch my full interview with Terry Schmidt.
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by Beth Kujan, PMINJ Contributor
Career Trajectories for NJ PMs, Part 1

Change is inevitable. Progress is optional.” – Tony Robbins

Project managers are usually brought in to manage some sort of proactive upgrade or reactive change. But what about us as members? Can we agree we’ve got changes coming ahead that are worth preparing for? We concur!! Then let us take time to think through some possible futures for our profession. Change is happening rapidly, and from all directions.

In May, PMI published a commissioned report predicting the growth of the project management profession over the next 10 years. The report’s main takeaway is that across the globe, there’s a widening gap between employers’ need for skilled project management workers and the availability of professionals to fill those roles.  The consulting company’s authors report on three catalysts for the gap – (1) jobs morphing into assignments that need more PM skills, (2) attrition due to retirement, and (3) China and India, where jobs are being created by the basket-full. This bodes well for our Institute internationally and over the long term.

As for the U.S. specifically: Yes, the report includes a discussion in the report about how the authors see the future evolving. It’s not especially insightful, from what I’ve seen. The next few articles in this series will consider what is next for NJ’s PM community.

For those of us who must work to earn a living, wage and opportunity predictions are paramount. Wage and growth predictions rely heavily on U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) classifications. This article would be simpler if PMPs had their own job classification independent of industry. But BLS considers the title "project manager" so broadly that it could fit into multiple occupations, depending on the work performed. Project management functions may be performed by workers in several occupations, from engineers, information technology specialists, economists, architects to construction workers according to the Standard Occupational Classification Information Desk of BLS. Before we start bashing the federal government for their rigidity, we might reflect and (perhaps) agree? The state of New Jersey does the same thing when collecting credentials valued by employers in the state. PMI’s CAPM and PMP are the only credentials crossing verticals. More cogently, consider that the U.S. collects the world’s best economic data and it influences international economic thought. Rightly or wrongly, the world listens to BLS.

A recent analysis of switching careers in The New York Times UpShot section, identifies cost estimating as under threat of automation, while the critical thinking and social intelligence aspects of a PMP’s job are less automatable. Hence, the need for PMI to commission a study with an economic consulting firm. PMI was also smart to promote the profession through governmental program best practices, thought leadership white papers, and academic research.

IT Project Managers and Wind Energy Project Managers are recognized by BLS’s O*NET Online, probably because they’re relatively new technologies. Even so, when data is collected on wage and job creation, IT Project Managers fall under “Computer Occupations, All Other.” Wind Energy Project Managers fall under “Managers, All Other.” Again, this gets to the task based classification scheme since Wind Energy PM’s included EE/ME technical tasks and IT PMs had software technical tasks.

Only about 75% of our chapter membership is identified by industry, with the remainder unknown or N/A.  The table below is what we know about our 5435 members:

Financial Services   

First, we need to establish our own lens through which to view the future for the PM profession in NJ. Next, we should consider within the sectors identified by the PMI-commissioned study as having the most PM assignment creation. To the extent that this maps into the NJ economy, we can be strategic. (Spoiler alert: the mapping is quite messy.)

As we get deeper into Trajectories, we need to consider possible inflection points ahead in the sectors/clusters important to NJ. Hopefully we’ll incite a discussion about the probable trends that (a) affect us; and, (b) help us promote membership. More analysis to come! Feel free to email me at

New Certificate Holders

new Certificate Holders
The following have received their certifications since the last newsletter (through 28 February 2017):
Jose Agueda
Nosheen Ali
Keith Almeida
Bhavana Arya
Rebecca Baerga,Ph.D.
Hemant Bobde
Michael Brown
Daniel Campbell
Vincent Cangiano
Raul Carandang
David Cavill
Stuart Chlebowski
Mehvish Choudhary
Kate Corbett
Catherine Crofton
Lewis DeAngelis
John Dimock
Shirley Flynn
Julia Gabriele
Gioconda Gallo-Etienne
Andrea Geiger
Igor Gerzen
Ellen Geyette
Amit Girdhar
Arun Gupta
Susan Henderson
Cheryl Hicks
Mark Jones
Kevin Joyce
Puja Kadiwar
Daniel Koziupa
Deepa Krishna
Luke Lomberk
Dick Lunde
Jeffrey McKeown
Owen McLeod
Joseph Melody
Joseph Milici
Deborah Miller
Shubham Nath
Jalpa Patel
Smitha Peddaboina
Sujatha Ramanathan
Claudia Rocca
Jennifer Roiter
Michael Royack
Sonande Shah
Walt Smith
Sara Srivastav
Evin Strott
Joanne Tobie
Raghuveer Varahagiri
Seshadri Vengipuram
Roger Williams
Michael Wilson
Danielle Wittner

Diana Adel
Leah Bogardus
Eileen Boylan
Steven deArmas
Veronica Everett



Kuldeep Gandhi
Joanne Howden
Gabriel Suarez
Arun Venkataraman

Kenneth Alves
John Werner

Jamile Barrera


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