June 2017 Print

President's Message

Dear fellow PMI Members and colleagues,

Pittsburgh PMI continues to create activities for you.

Richard Mascara from Bombardier Transportation will present Risk/Opportunity and Project Improvement Management on June 8th, 2017. This will be in our monthly chapter meeting.

We will take our usual summer break from monthly chapter meetings in July and August. Our board and committees will continue to work hard preparing for our upcoming events.

Members of less than 3 years, please send a note to me so that we can discuss the project management offerings with Pittsburgh PMI and how we can meet your needs. Please email me at FredBKoos@IEEE.org.

Other upcoming events include:

  • July 20th, 6:30 AM Coffee Talk. The presentation is on Dale Carnegie best practices for digital communications by Jackie Rodgers.
  • Intercollegiate Project Management Quiz Bowl is being planned for colleges and universities.
  • August 5th Pirate Game Networking Mixer.
  • Professional Development Day work is being planned for the first Wednesday of November, each year.
  • Advanced Agile ScrumMaster class coming soon.
  • Additional events and speakers are being planned for topics including agile, engineering, and other popular topics per your feedback. Additional feedback is always welcome!

Some recent events follow:

  • May 11thth chapter meeting with project management guru and author Andy Crowe discussing Motivating Project Teams. This was a great dynamic presentation!
  • April 14th Risk Management Essentials Seminar with Carl Pritchard, global guru in project risk management. Feedback was super!

Project Management Thought: Indicators of Project Success from PMI’s Pulse of the Profession!

What do we need to do to have successful projects for our stakeholders and our careers?

According to PMI’s 2017 Pulse of the Profession® study, last year globally more projects met their goals than in previous years.

Some indicators could be the following:

  • More projects are applying agile approaches.
  • More organizations prioritize technical and leadership skills.
  • More organizations have PMOs.
  • Organizations with high benefits realization maturity have more successful projects.

For more information, visit the Thought Leadership page on PMI.org. 

In your experiences, what are the important indicators of project success?

Please comment on our Pittsburgh PMI LinkedIn Group with your relevant experiences and thoughts.

We look forward to seeing you at our PMI events!

Please contact me with any comments or questions about our chapter.

Best Regards,

Fred Koos, PE, PMP, CSM, CSPO, PMI-ACP
President, Pittsburgh PMI 
Connect with me on LinkedIn

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Upcoming Meetings

It's Officer Election Time!

We have an outstanding slate of volunteers running for office this year. For their bios and qualifications, please visit the 2018 Election Page. The electronic ballot will be open through midnight, June 6, 2017. The successful candidates will be announced at our monthly meeting on June 8, 2017.

2018 Board of Directors Ballot

June Chapter Meeting

When: Thursday, June 8th, 2017, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Topic: Risk/Opportunity and Project Improvement Management
Presented by: Richard Mascara 
Location: Engineers' Society, 337 4th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
PDU:  1

Presentation: An overview look of Bombardier Transportation’s governing rules of Risk and Opportunity Management throughout the project Life Cycle along with Project Improvement Management and case examples.

Presenter Richard Mascara:  Director of Project Management for Bombardier Transportation RCS Division “Region Americas” where he is responsible for all Projects in North America and Bombardier AME projects worldwide with a value above 300MUSD. (Partial list of projects are as follows: Chicago APM, Munich, Dubai, Sao Paulo Monorail, Eglinton Crosstown LT Rail, King Abdullah Airport, Dallas Fort Worth, BART Onboard, Denver Airport APM).

To learn more please see the chapter website for more details and to register!!!

June PMI Monthly Chapter Meeting - Johnstown Satellite

When: Thursday, June 8th, 2017, 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Topic: Risk/Opportunity and Project Improvement Management
Presented by: Richard Mascara 
Location: The Boulevard Grill 165 Southmount Blvd Johnstown, PA 15905
PDU:  1

The meeting of the Pittsburgh PMI Chapter: Johnstown Satellite location, is a great networking opportunity and a place to earn 1 PDU. We will explore what will make us both unique to Johnstown and one with the Pittsburgh PMI Chapter.

5:00 - 6:00 Hello and Introductions 
6:00 - 7:00 Free Buffet, Networking, Cash Bar
7:00 - 8:00 Live Stream of Pittsburgh PMI

PMI Summer Coffee Talk

When: Wednesday, July 20th, 2017, 6:30AM - 7:30AM
Topic: TBD
Location: Eat N' Park (Banksville) 1250 Banksville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216
PDU: 1

To learn more please see the chapter website for more details and to register!!!

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Professional Development

Advanced Scrum Master Workshop

Jesse Fewell will be back in Pittsburgh with an Advanced Scrum Master workshop that expands on the Agile fundamentals of scrum. The workshop will be held on September14-15, and details are being finalized. Watch here for more registration details.

PMP/CAPM Certification Study Group

Are you a recent graduate of the PMP Prep class? Or just validating that you’re ready to take the Certification Exam? Join the study group on Wednesday evenings. Click here for more information.

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Outreach

Volunteers Needed for Tiny Homes Project

Help build a community, and earn PDUs while you’re at it! Hours spent with this initiative are eligible for PDUs in the Giving Back category.

Did you know that roughly 11% of homeless adults are veterans? Veterans are more than twice as likely as civilians to become homeless during their lifetime. Veterans Place is initiating the Penn Hills Tiny Homes Project for Veterans with houses designed by the Pennsylvania-based 84 Lumber company.

The Tiny Homes Project is seeking project managers to volunteer along with a group of contractors.

For more information about this volunteer opportunity, please contact: Paul Halenda, VP of Outreach halendpg@gmail.com or Rob Martin, Director of Community Outreach rob.martin2009@gmail.com

Veterans Place was founded in 1996 with the goal of ending homelessness among veterans in the Pittsburgh region.

Academic Outreach

Academic Outreach will be looking for volunteers for the fall semester. Please contact Sam Provil at sprovil@provilassociates.com if you are interested in being on the team or presenting at a class.

Networking Mixer: Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!
Date: Saturday, August 5th
Time: 4:30 PM
Price: $35 per person
Location: PNC Park - 115 Federal Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Join us to see the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the San Diego Padres, at beautiful PNC Park!

125 tickets in section 327 have been blocked this year:

Spouses, children, and friends are also encouraged to attend at $35 per person.

This is more than just a game. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and refreshments will be provided by PMI for every person. So, come Hungry!

This is also an excellent opportunity to network and have fun with fellow PMI Pittsburgh members.

Program Details:

  • Arrive at 4:30 PM
  • Tailgate from 4:30 PM to 5:45 PM (Red Lot 6 - 100 W. General Robinson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212)
  • Tickets will be handed out at the Tailgate.
  • If not attending the Tailgate, your tickets will be at the Will Call Window (corner of Federal St and General Robinson St.), at 6:30pm.
  • First Pitch at 7:05 PM
  • This will be a Free T-Shirt night at the Pirates Game! In addition, PMI will be handing out Pirate Hats for those in attendance.

Register now, seats are limited! Registration will close on June 15th- No walk-ins can be accommodated.

No refunds or exchanges will be made.

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Membership

Visit the PMI Pittsburgh Chapter website Volunteer page to learn more about membership and volunteering.

New Chapter Members

As of June 4, 2017 the chapter has 1,763 members. Please join us in welcoming the following new chapter members since the last newsletter:  Seema Arkalgud, Andrea Bennett, Taylor Berinti, Travis Boyer, Walter Cekala, Mark Cheek, Biplab De, Keith Douglas, Jennifer Eicher, Marsha Epps, Larry Gongaware, Jayne Green, John Haddox, Alfred Hanna, Hrishikesh Haridas, John Helter, Christine Iaderosa, Maria Jacobson, Jennifer Keating, Sangeetha Kondala, Colby Kosecki, Leonard Kowalski, Trisha Lawless, Carolyn Lawson, Joan Martin, Lataunja Martin, Kevin McBride, Cody Nicholson, Gene Schachte, Xiao Shen, Austin Shifrin, Adrianne Sochats, Claire Suplee, Mark Walker, Larry Ward, Roberta Werner, Brianna Woodmancy

New Chapter Credentials

As of June 4, 2017 the chapter has 1,224 credentials in the membership (PMP®, CAPM®, PMI-RMP®, PMI-ACP®, PGMP®).  Please join us in congratulating the following new chapter members that received a new credential since the last newsletter:  Ryan Aubuchon PMP ®, Kristina Badali PMP ®, Patrick Groves, Esq.PMP ®, Adam Mazza CAPM ®, Brian Price PMP ®, Elisa Ramseyer PMP ®, Eric Skidmore PMI-SP ®, Jennifer Syrylo PMP ®



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