March 2018 Print

President's Message

Hello again,

It is March and that means we are all Irish on March 17th. That is, after we lose an hour of sleep on March 11th. We are heading into spring March 20th, and it is a time of new beginnings. We are absolutely taking advantage of that at PMI Pittsburgh. We are coming up with new ideas and new ways to get you engaged. We are trying a few things for the first time ever; a networking pizza mixer and an escape room event. These events are being planned by our Outreach team, led by Paul Halenda. Please see more about Paul, details about his group and how you can get involved in his team in our VP Sptlight below. First, I want to share a budget update with you.

We are also working on balancing our 2018 budget. As you can imagine the budget process can be painful. One of the items we are struggling with is the largest expense we have on our books, that is the monthly chapter meetings. As you know we have offered free monthly dinner meetings for many years. The cost of these events is continuing to rise and we are trying to balance that against the benefit that our members are receiving. The Board members are developing an approach that would work for everyone and still allow the chapter to honor the fiduciary responsibility we have to all 1700+ members. We are working on a proposal to share in the next few months. In the meantime, the Board members would like your feedback. How much would you be willing to pay for the monthly meetings? More to come on this soon. Chapter Meeting Survey

Kimberly Reed
President, Pittsburgh PMI 

VP Spotlight

Hi everyone this is Paul Halenda, VP of Outreach. A little about me, I have over 10 years’ experience as a Project Manager in the Healthcare industry. I have been volunteering in the outreach space for several years. I enjoy spending my free time with my four children, running, rowing, and volunteering on session at my church.

The purpose of our Outreach Program is to promote the PMI Pittsburgh chapter to local businesses, academic organizations, professional associations, and the local Pittsburgh community. Through these public relations we aim to promote awareness of the purpose, activities and benefits of the chapter to our members, companies, colleges, organizations and associations. Through feedback and communication we analyse our member needs and requirements to improve effectiveness of our offerings in pursuit of an overall goal of growth and improvement in the field of project management, and ultimately establishing the Pittsburgh area as a Project Management Center of Excellence.

Our Outreach team has several Social Networking events in the works, our first one for 2018 was held on February 22nd, at Caliente Pizza and Draft House in Bloomfield. Our topic was PIZZA TALK (Guests put their name and a topic into a hat to discuss a PM topic). We had 36 people in attendance and a great discussion. There will more Social Networking throughout the year so watch the calendar. And lastly for March, we are once again hosting our Hands on Workshops (HOW). Our first HOW will be on May 17th at Lot 17 in Bloomfield. The topic for this event will be “Systems Design for Agile Projects to Improve Flow and Velocity” and our speaker for the event is Fred Koos (Past President). We will have registration setup for this event shortly. In addition, these events will be held once a quarter, if you are looking for PDU’s, come and attend.

My Team can always use volunteers that have time available to help us continue to support our membership. Please reach out to me, and I would be happy to get you involved. I appreciate every volunteer, and please accept my “Thank You” to all our current and future volunteers. Your time and dedication is greatly appreciated. We will have more to follow for 2018.


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Upcoming Meetings

March Chapter Meeting

When: Thursday, March 8th, 2018, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Topic: Management Strategies for a Technical Person in a Leadership Role
Presented by:  Dave Jakielo
Location: Engineering Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP), 337 4th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
PDU: 1


Management Strategies for a Technical Person in a Leadership Role addresses the challenges and teaches techniques that are needed by technical people when moving into management.

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

March PMI Monthly Chapter Meeting - Johnstown Satellite

When: Thursday, March 8th, 2018, 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Topic: Management Strategies for a Technical Person in a Leadership Role
Presented by:  Dave Jakielo 
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 to 5:30 Sign in / Welcome and Horderves
5:30 to 6:30 Local Presentation (1 PDU) "Lightning Talks"

5 min presentation / 5 min Q & A (Each)

  1. “Project Governance” – Greg Jablunovsky
  2. “Establishing Project Management in Small Business” - Randy Hutzler & Jennifer Mosholder
  3. "Sales Skills in Project Management... The Art of Manipulation" - Michele Fiola
  4. “Team Building (Including Virtual Teams)” – James Rodger

6:30 to 7:00 Food and Networking (CASH BAR)
7:00 to 8:00 LIVE Pittsburgh Streaming Presentation (1 PDU)

Networking, Food, PDUs with a CASH BAR (Great beers on tap)

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

March PMI Monthly Chapter Meeting - Mid-State PA Satellite

When: Thursday, March 15th, 2018, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Topic: Funding for Small Companies in Central PA
Presented by: Bill Hall, CPG
Location: Restek Corporation, 110 Benner Circle, Bellefonte, PA 16823
PDU: 1

Bill Hall is the Central Region Director and Portfolio Manager as well as the Founding Director of the Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center (SGICC) for Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP).  In his current role of Portfolio Manager, Bill is responsible for identifying potential small businesses that are qualified for BFTP funding and guiding them through the funding acquisition process.

SGICC was founded in March 2011 to identify, encourage and support translational research and emerging technologies from small companies to benefit the growth of the shale gas industry in PA, in an environmental sound manner. (<>). They support these efforts in several ways from general managerial, IP, and sales and marketing support, to financial grants usually linked to in kind (non-cash) grants from industry.

6:00-6:30: Networking and Introductions
6:30-8:00: Meeting

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

IT LIG Meeting

When: Tuesday, March 13th, 2018, 5:30PM - 8:00PM
Topic: Metrics That Matters in Agile
Presented by:  Kiran Thakkar, MBA, CST – DailyAgile Certified Scrum Trainer, & Agile Coach
Location: Hampton Inn & Suites Pittsburgh-Downtown, 1247 Smallman Street Pittsburgh, PA 15222
PDU: 1


  1. Good Metrics, Bad Metrics - real life examples
  2. What are the metrics that matters in Agile?
  3. Examples of agile metrics
  4. What is the only metrics that is most important in Agile?
  5. Q&A


5:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Check-in and light refreshments served
6:00 – 6:15 p.m. - Introductions
6:15 – 7:30 p.m. – Metrics that matters in Agile, a Case Study - Presented by: Kiran Thakkar, MBA, CST – DailyAgile Certified Scrum Trainer, & Agile Coach
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. - Q & A

Parking: Free in the back of the hotel
Food: Free
Participants may earn 2 SEUs and 2 PDUs by attending the full event

Registration is FREE however advance seat reservation is required.

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

PMI-ACP Exam Updates Information Session

When:  Monday, March 12th and Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

To learn more please see the chapter meeting and events page for more details and to register!!!


When: Thursday, March 22nd, 2018, 5:30PM - 8:00PM
Location: Caliente Pizza & Draft House - Bloomfield, 4624 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
PDU: 1

Join us for a PMI Networking mixer event. Pizza Talk!

Guests will put their name and a topic into a hat (Facilitator will select names - 5 maximum) to discuss a PM topic

The guests with their topics selected will have five minutes to open up the discussion, and then five minutes for Q&A on their topic

Register now via the PMI Pittsburgh Chapter website, as this event will fill up quickly!

Contact: Diane Mastramico @

To learn more please see the chapter website for more details!!!

ACP Prep Class 

When: April 4-6, 2018, 8 AM - 5 PM
Topic: ACP Prep Class
Location: Engineering Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP), 337 4th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

The PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® formally recognizes your knowledge of agile principles and your skill with agile techniques. The PMI-ACP is the fastest growing certification and spans many approaches to agile such as Scrum, Kanban, Lean, extreme programming (XP), and test-driven development (TDD).

This live training course will be held from April 4-6 2018 and taught by Fred Koos and Matt Craig, two of our chapter leaders who are PMI-ACP certified. This course will satisfy the 21 hours of education requirement for the exam. We use Andy Crowe's Velociteach course material which includes a text book (covering the exam content, test-taking strategies, and two simulated exams), a student workbook of the presentation slides, and three months of access to additional practice questions through Velociteach's online e-learning program.

Continental breakfast and lunch are provided.

We reserve the right to postpone the class if we do not get sufficient number of students for the chapter to bear the costs of hosting the class.

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

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Professional Development

PMP Certification Alert

The PMP Certification exam will change on March 26, 2018 to reflect the 6th edition of PMBOK that was recently released. If you are currently preparing for the exam, please make sure that you sign up for and take the exam before March 26. More information is available here.

The PMP/CAPM certification study group is available every Wednesday evening for chapter members to prepare for the exam. Click here for information on the study group.

PMI Pittsburgh’s next PMP Prep class will cover the new edition of PMBOK. This class is normally held on five Saturdays beginning in mid-February. The exact date and location will be set when we learn when the course materials will be available. Contact the VP_Education if you want to be alerted when details are finalized.

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

New Chapter Members

As of March 4, 2018 the chapter has 1,729 members. Please join us in welcoming the following new chapter members since the last newsletter: Moham Youssef Aljabi,  Bedsole, Shirley Jean Bergman, Jack Bernard, Natalie Bolea, Susan Brennan, Courtney Castriotta, Evan Cobbett, Joe Colatruglio, christine creamer, Ann Crissman, Nicholas Currey, Jennifer Franz, Robyn Gallimore-Jones, Lawrence Giannetti, Josh Grosso, Robert Johnson, Christopher Jones, Abhijeet Joshi, Carol Kacinko, James Keenan, Austin Keith, DJ Klein, Michael La Bertew, Jeffrey Laliberte, Marc Luce, James Matisko, Greg Matzorkis, Michael Mazzoni, Patricia Mley, Edward Monroe, Lawrence Mumford, Tesha Nesbit Arrington, Paul Nyirenda, James Osman, Mehmet Bilal Ozel, Christopher Pajak, Timothy Parrish, Cody Peters, David Rodkey, Lauren Shaffer, Marla Taylor-Kuntz, Christina Vizza, Kristin Walsh, LaNita  Whittle, Steven Williams, Le Yang

Welcome to the Chapter!

Hope we all take a moment to welcome our new chapter members if they attend a meeting or event in Johnstown, State College, or Pittsburgh. Remember, we were ALL new members at one time!

New Chapter Credentials

As of March 4, 2018 the chapter has 1,238 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:  ames Archbold, Jr.PMP, Peter Brusamonti PMP, Richard Burtnett PMP, Evan Cobbett CAPM, Joe Colatruglio PMP, Joseph Coulter PMP, Emily Glass PMP, Christopher Kupper PMP, Carrie Maloney PMP, Beth Ann Nowka PMI-ACP, David Pannunzio PMP, Jason Pipes PMP, Bonnie Praksti PMP, Carol Rigdon PMP, Kristin Ruth PMP, Michael Shaffer PMP, Michael Steich PMP, Meredith Whitney PMP, Sarah  Zwack PMP 

Congratulations, New Credential Holders!

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