MARCH 2017


Dear fellow PMI Members and colleagues,

2017 is off to a great start with Pittsburgh PMI!

  • We had a successful transmission of our monthly chapter meeting to the Johnstown, PA area with Andy Burns discussing Dragon Scales.
  • We had great feedback on our PMI-ACP certification class, already with people certified
  • We are half-way through our 5-week PMP Prep class and getting into great proven practices.

Upcoming events include:

  • March 9th chapter meeting with Jon Bloom will cover the Enterprise PMO Case Study
  • March 23rd lessons learned discussion with Lee Guo at Westinghouse in Cranberry
  • April 14th Risk Management Essentials Seminar with Carl Pritchard
  • Project Management Triathlon is being planned for colleges and universities.
  • Professional Development Day is being planned for the first Wednesday of November.
  • Additional events and speakers are being planned for topics including agile, engineering, and other popular subjects per your feedback.  Additional feedback is always welcome!

Project Management Thought:  Agile is in the Same World

We are all in one world in which best practices from a variety of sources can be applied.  These sources can go back in time including the Toyota Production System, TQM, Lean Thinking, systems engineering, project management, and Agile.  Different approaches have different scopes.  Often our choice in selection of project approaches and tools is not a choice of one versus another.  Our choices are often about which best practices can be assembled into a methodology and performed for optimum project results.

I see this once again in a recent contribution to the project management community.  I felt honored to be asked to perform an SME review to provide feedback and content for the current draft of PMI’s upcoming Agile Practice Guide.  This book is a collaboration with PMI and the Agile Alliance®.  This is a great complement to the PMBOK® Guide as well as many other Agile publications.  In reviewing, I’m happy to see the content goes past some misconceptions that are sometimes made about Agile approaches and the PMBOK® Guide being in opposition.  Reading this Agile Practice Guide and reading the PMBOK® Guide reveal that Agile approaches complement and can be very much in sync with the PMBOK® Guide.  The key is to apply best practices in a systematic way for optimum results, regardless of their source.

Even larger scale agile frameworks that have become more popular are not so different than frameworks that can be derived by PMI’s Foundational Standards.

  •        PMBOK® Guide
  •        Standard for Program Management
  •        Standard for Portfolio Management
  •        Organizational Project Management Maturity Model

For more information on Agile see

As project managers, agile coaches, scrummasters, team leaders etc., we are all in the same world.  As such, we can benefit greatly by learning more of the variety of approaches in our world and applying them effectively to improve our project performance.

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,


President, Pittsburgh PMI


New Chapter Members

As of March 02, 2017 the chapter has 1,666 members. Please join us in welcoming the following new chapter members since the last newsletter:  Matuh Ntumngia Awunti, David Bass, Timothy Beggs, Eric Borg, Justin Bouscher, Nicole Brandt, Austin Bream, Ashok Chandrasekaran, Joseph Coulter, Critelli, Peter Double, Mike Fontanesi, Debra Foote, Lori Freda, Pratik Gandhi, Richard Gates, Rebecca Gentile, Brandon Gilbert, William Hart, Matthew Hartzell, Kahlil Jackson, Eric Jones, David Kearney, Lorie Kellar, Jeff Kepler, Bill Kim, Anthony King, Colleen King, Shannon Lewis, Jennifer Luhmann, David Luprek, Michael Manion, Maria Matchett, Wendy McCall, Barbara McFarland, Jacquelyn McGrew, Nathan McNeil, Andrew Measel, Ken Mickinac, Stephen Niksic, Daniel O'Donovan, Amelia Osterman, Kaitlin Osterman, Kenneth Pajak, Shreyans Patel, Michele Phillips, Bonnie Praksti, Kara Price, Brian Price, Michael Puharic, Michele Renton, David Resek, Kevin Ringling, Jerome Sadlek, Yuwan Santhiapillai, Dana Sheaffer, Benjamin William Speca, Dana Stewart, Georganne Suzow, Abdul Baqi Syed, Robin Thomas, Jeffrey Turmo, Michael Vogel, Mark Wagner, John Watts, Timothy Wright

New Chapter Credentials

As of March 02, 2017 the chapter has 1,209 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:  Leslie Bradshaw PMP ®, Lauren Brady PMP ®, Nicole Brandt PMP ®, Cherri Buggy PMP ®, Jo Ford PMI-ACP ®, Tina Gosha CAPM ®, Jeffrey Greenwald PMI-ACP ®, Thandar Held PMP ®, Derek Holden PMP ®, Michele Krugh CAPM ®, Jennifer Panza PMI-ACP ®, Robert Pribish PMP ®, Mohamed Ramadan PMP ®, Mary T Sweeney PMP ®