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PMISSC: Project management at the speed of sound on March 14

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Wednesday, 14 March 2012 00:00

Register-NowPMISSC Monthly Chapter Meeting - March 14, 2012

Main Event: PMISSC: Project management at the speed of sound on March 14  

Kelly Johnson was the founder of Lockheed's supersecret "Skunk Works" and the designer of the world's fastest and highest-flying aircraft - the SR-71 Blackbird. Even now, more than two decades after his passing, he remains a legend in the field of aircraft design.
 
The idea of attaining and staying at Mach 3.2 (more than three times the speed of sound) over long flights was the toughest job the Skunk Works ever had, and it was the most difficult challenge of Kelly Johnson's storied career.
 
Aircraft operating at those speeds would require development of special fuels, structural materials, manufacturing tools and techniques, hydraulic fluid, fuel tank sealants, paints, plastics, wiring, and connecting plugs. Everything about the aircraft had to be invented.

On March 14, 2012, at the monthly meeting of the Silver Spring Chapter of PMI, Buz Carpenter, former SR-71 pilot who logged 777 hours flying the plane, will be sharing the story of Kelly Johnson's greatest design challenge: The Blackbird. Some of the points that Buz will be sharing are as follows:

·                     The challenge: President Eisenhower’s challenge to Kelly’s team

·                     Requirements: A special aircraft (Operational insights into its capabilities)

·                     Driving Success: How Creative Innovation Management style drives unparalleled successes

·                     Implementation: The development of the SR-71

·                     Project Close: Why retirement? 

Please join us for what will surely be an unforgettable evening as we look back on the vision of a man whose record of design achievements broke new ground and set new heights in the field of aviation.

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Main Event Speaker Information

carpenter-buz-03aFormer SR-71 Pilot Buz Carpenter
VP, Business Development
L3 Communications - ComCept Division, Washington Operations

Buz Carpenter logged 777 hours flying SR-71 planes. He flew Blackbirds as an aircraft commander and later as an instructor pilot, with over 60 operational missions. He also flew in the C-141, RF-4C, and T-38 planes, flying 150 combat hours in Vietnam. He worked in the Pentagon and served as Wing commander at Ramstein Air Base in German during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He retired as a Colonel after serving as the 2nd Air Force Vice Commander, responsible for all the USAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance flying assets.

Early Show: To be determined

Meeting Agenda

5:00-5:30 - Sign-in for the Early Show
5:30-6:30 - Early Show
6:30-7:00 - Sign-in and Networking
7:00 - Dinner
7:30 - Announcements and Preview of the Main Event
8:00-9:00 - Main Event

Location: Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20912).

Cost/PDUs: $35 (payment in advance, or $40 at the door). This event is worth 1.5 PDUs.

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PMISSC - 08-Feb-2012 - Greg Balestrero, CEO Emeritus, PMI

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Greg BalestreroJoin us on Wednesday evening, February 8, 2012, as we welcome our guest speaker, Greg Balestrero, Immediate Past President & CEO Emeritus of the Project Management Institute. During his tenure as President & CEO, PMI grew from 93,000 in 2002 to over 340,000 members in January, 2011 in over 180 countries worldwide. Don't miss this important opprtunity to hear from one of the leading figures worldwide in the field of project management. Cost is $35 (payment in advance, or $40 at the door). This event is worth 1.5 PDUs.

Game plan for the evening: Sign-in and networking begin at 6:00 pm, dinner is at 7:00 pm, we launch into a preview of the evening's topic and other related matters (including follow-up elections for VP of Communications and Technology) shortly after 7:30 pm, and Greg's presentation begins at 8:00 pm sharp.

Location: Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20912).

Cost/PDUs: $35 (payment in advance, or $40 at the door). This event is worth 1.5 PDUs.

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PMISSC - Jan 11, 2012 - Betsy Myhre - BRAC PMO Director - Moving a Hospital All in One Day

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Wednesday, 11 January 2012 17:00

Navy Captain Betsy MyhreImagine a hospital. Now imagine moving that hospital across town to a brand new facility. All in one day. This is the daunting task that faced Walter Reed Army Medical Center, as part of the Base Realignment and Closure program (BRAC), in August of 2011.

REGISTER NOW to join us on Wednesday evening, January 11, 2012, as we host our Chapter's inaugural event of the New Year, a presentation by Navy Captain Betsy Myhre, Director of the BRAC Transition PMO overseeing the move from Walter Reed in Washington, D.C. to Bethesda, MD. Cost is $35 (payment in advance, or $40 at the door). This event is worth 1.5 PDUs. Please note: There will be no Early Show this month.

In September, 2011, Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. closed its doors forever. The new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD is a merger of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Bethesda National Naval Medical Center. The Army moved patients from the Washington facility to the Bethesda campus and a new hospital at Fort Belvoir in Northern Virginia.

Navy Captain Betsy Myhre served as Director of the Program Management Office overseeing the BRAC move from the old Walter Reed to Bethesda. She will be joining us on Wednesday evening, January 11, 2012, to recount some of the challenges faced, the obstacles overcome, and the lessons learned in dealing with issues such as beneficiary reassignment, training and education, clinical processes, manpower, outfitting, design and construction, information technology, transition planning and Wounded Warrior care.

Early Show: Unfortunately, it turns out that we will not be able to hold the Early Show this month. Also, we won't be holding the Early Show in February, because of the elections to be held for VP of Communications and Technology... Look for a return of the Early Show in March.

Game plan for the evening: Sign-in and networking begin at 6:00 pm, dinner is at 7:00 pm, we launch into a preview of the evening's topic and other related matters shortly after 7:30 pm, and Captain Betsy Myhre's presentation begins at 8:00 pm sharp.

Location: Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20912)

Cost/PDUs: $35 (payment in advance, or $40 at the door). This event is worth 1.5 PDUs.

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Captain Elizabeth Booth Myhre, Nurse Corps, USN
Director of the BRAC Transition PMO

Betsy MyhreCaptain Elizabeth Booth Myhre, NC, USN currently serves as the Director of the BRAC Transition Program Management Office, Joint Task Force - National Capital Region Medical in Bethesda, Maryland. She is a Board-Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and was born in Newport, Rhode Island. She was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy Nurse Corps in 1987.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina, a Master of Science degree in Nursing from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, DC. She is a Fellow of the National Association of Pediatric Nurses and Practitioners and Affiliate Faculty at the Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD.

Previous assignments include: Officer in Charge, Cooperative Medical Assistance team, Combined Joint Task Force-101, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan; Director, Doctrine Support and Capability Development, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington, DC; Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington, DC; Nurse Consultant to the President, National Defense University, Ft McNair, Washington, DC; Nurse Corps Program Manager, Navy Recruiting Command, Millington, TN; Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Adolescent Medicine Clinic, Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA , Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD; Division Officer, Emergency Department, US Naval Hospital, Naples, Italy; Division Officer, Recruit Processing, Branch Medical Clinic, Marine Corps Recruiting Depot, Parris Island, SC and Staff Nurse, Naval Hospital Portsmouth, VA.

Her awards and decorations include the following: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, Navy Commendation Medal with four Gold Stars, Navy Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, NATO Defense Medal (Bosnia), and NATO Defense Medal (International Security Assistance Force).

Captain Myhre is married to Captain Eric Myhre, SC, USN (ret.) and they have two children: Sterling, age twelve, and Sarah, age nine.

 


 

PMISSC - 14-Dec-2011 - Carl Pritchard - "Five Traits of Risk Management Excellence"

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Wednesday, 14 December 2011 18:00

Carl Pritchard

PMISSC - December 14, 2011

 

Date/Time:

12/14/2011: Sign-in & Networking: 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Main Event: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

 

Topic:

"Five Traits of Risk Management Excellence." Carl Pritchard, leading author, presenter, and risk management expert will walk us through 5 risk management traits our organizations should cultivate.

 

Speaker:

Carl Pritchard

 

Elections:

No Early Show this month, as we will be holding elections during the meeting for the PMI Silver Spring Chapter Board of Directors for 2012. Click here to view the list of candidates.

 

Location:

Blair Mansion Inn in Silver Spring

 

Address:

7711 Eastern Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20912

 

Cost/PDUs:

$35 (payment in advance, or $40 at the door). This event is worth 1.5 PDUs.

 

Registration:

CLICK HERE

 

Take the next step toward Risk Management excellence!

Please join us on Wednesday evening, December 14, 2011 as Carl Pritchard, leading author, presenter, and risk management expert walks us through a powerful presentation on 5 risk management traits our organizations should cultivate, and explains how to do it:

·                     Learn about the importance of concrete risk tolerances, and when to consider softening them.  

·                     Know when to run the numbers, and when to ignore them.

·                     Discover how to predict your project's future by watching the present and the past.

Carl Pritchard wrote the book on organizational risk management, and he knows what it takes to move your organization's risk management practice from good to excellent. If you're responsible for any aspect of risk management in your organization, or if you have to live with the consequences, you need to understand these principles. You don't have to be an expert or a guru; anyone with a basic exposure to project management can benefit from the new perspectives on gathering and sharing risk information in this powerful presentation.

Carl Pritchard

Carl Pritchard, PMP®, EVP, RMP is renowned as one of the best corporate educators in the business. Principal and founder of Pritchard Management Associates, Carl is a recognized lecturer, author, researcher, and instructor in project management. As a lecturer he is considered a leading authority on risk management and presents on a variety of management topics, ranging from project essentials to the complexities of network diagramming and team motivation. As an author and researcher, he has published articles on project management, advances in risk management, and on the challenges of training on the Internet. He has authored over 100 articles, multiple white papers, five textbooks and several chapters in other authors' compendia. Carl was the lead author for the risk management chapter of PMI's Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, 4th Edition, and he is arguably one of the world's leading practitioners in the field of risk management. His work as an instructor has taken him around the world, training with some of the leading international training organizations, as well as for private clients and the Project Management Institute®. For PMI Silver Spring Chapter, Carl is a regular contributor to our website with his monthly articles in "Carl's Corner."

To read more about Carl, visit his website here.

Chapter Elections - No Early Show

No Early Show this monthas we will be holding elections during the meeting for the PMI Silver Spring Chapter Board of Directors for 2012. Click here to view the list of candidates.

Cost of the event, which will be held at the Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912), is $35 (payment in advance, or $40 at the door). Sign-in and networking begin at 6:00 pm, dinner is at 7:00 pm, we launch into a preview of the evening's topic and chapter elections shortly after 7:20 pm, and Carl Pritchard's presentation begins at 8:00 pm sharp. This event is worth 1.5 PDUs. For directions to the Blair Mansion Inn, click here.

 


 

PMISSC - 09-Nov-2011 - Chris Holben - "The DC Capital Bikeshare Program: The Path to Success is Not a Straight Line"

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Wednesday, 09 November 2011 17:00

Chris Holben
David Schmaltz

PMISSC - November 9, 2011

 

Date/Time:

11/9/2011: Early Show - 5:30 pm; Main Event: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

 

Topic:

"The DC Capital Bikeshare Program: The Path to Success is Not a Straight Line." Chris Holben, Program Manager for the DC Department of Transportation Bikeshare Program, will share the story of the sometimes rocky and zig-zag path to success of what is now the country's largest bike share program.

 

Speaker:

Chris Holben

 

Early Show:

David Schmaltz (author of The Blind Men and the Elephant: Mastering Project Work) and Bill Ballard (CEO of LocationAge and our chapter's VP of Programs) will be examining the role of "Ethics as the Key to Effective Leadership."

 

Location:

Blair Mansion Inn in Silver Spring

 

Address:

7711 Eastern Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20912

 

Cost:

$35 (payment in advance, or $40 at the door)

 

Registration:

CLICK HERE

 

Please join us on Wednesday evening, November 9, 2011 as Chris Holben, Program Manager for the DC Department of Transportation Bikeshare Program, takes us along the path to success of what is now the country's largest bike share program, a service which has logged upwards of 16,000 annual members, 2,000 monthly members and 70,000 casual users. Chris will highlight the efforts for the start-up, the on-going operations (including usage numbers), and the plans for expansion in the near future. He will also touch on various project aspects such as the funding, the revenue model and the inter-municipality nature of the program.

Chris Holben

Chris Holben is the District Department of Transportation Bikeshare Program Manager. He has spent the last 10 years with DDOT working on bicycle projects, including trail design and construction. He now oversees the on-going operations of the Bikestation at Union Station, and shares management responsibilities with another team member for the overall Capital Bikeshare program. Chris has a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan. He has lived and worked overseas in Honduras, Bolivia and Thailand, and currently lives in DC with his wife and 2 children.

EARLY SHOW

Bill in a straight-jacketAnd yes, as we promised, there will be an Early Show! Do you remember David Schmaltz? He'll be joining us for a repeat engagement, for the Early Show, teaming up with our VP of Programs, Bill Ballard, to examine the role of "Ethics as the Key to Effective Leadership." If you were here for David's presentation last April, you'll recall he had Bill tied up in a straight-jacket for most of the meeting - literally. Wonder what they'll do for an encore...

Cost of the event, which will be held at the Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912), is $35 (payment in advance, or $40 at the door). Sign-in and networking begin at 6:00 pm (or 5:00 pm if you're coming to the Early Show, which starts at 5:30 pm), dinner is at 7:00 pm, we launch into a preview of the evening's topic and other related matters shortly after 7:30 pm, and Chris Holben's presentation begins at 8:00 pm sharp. This event is worth 1.5 PDUs (or 2.5 PDUs if you come to the Early Show as well). For directions to the Blair Mansion Inn, click here.

 


 

Oct. 12, 2011 - Tom Loveland - Project Management: Linking Business & Community

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Wednesday, 12 October 2011 17:30

Tom Loveland
Hector Del Castillo

PMISSC - October 12, 2011

 

Date & Time:

Register Now!10/12/2011: Early Show - 5:30 pm; Main Event: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

 

Topic:

"Project Management: Linking Business & Community" - Tom Loveland, CEO of Mind Over Machines and Baltimore's "Google Czar", will speak about the importance of ultra-high speed internet and how a better-connected Maryland will build our businesses, neighborhoods, and communities.

 

Speaker:

Tom Loveland, Founder & CEO, Mind Over Machines

 

Early Show:

"Marketing Yourself Using Social Media" - Hector Del Castillo, Product Marketing Director with AIPMM, will discuss how to use social media to organize your job search and network directly with hiring decision makers.

 

Location:

Blair Mansion Inn in Silver Spring

 

Address:

7711 Eastern Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20912

 

Cost/PDUs:

$35 (payment in advance, or $40 at the door). This event is worth 1.5 PDUs (or 2.5 PDUs if you come to the Early Show as well).

 

Registration:

CLICK HERE

 

Please join us on Wednesday evening, October 12, 2011 as Tom Loveland, founder and CEO of Mind Over Machines, speaks about the role of project management in linking together businesses, neighborhoods and communities... He will focus specifically on the importance of ultra-high speed internet and how a totally connected Maryland will build our businesses, neighborhoods, and communities; his successes/challenges as an entrepreneur in the region; and what drove him to become a civic leader.

Tom Loveland

Entrepreneur, Businessman, Innovator and Technology Advocate… these are just a few words that can be used to describe Tom Loveland, founder of Mind Over Machines, an experienced IT solutions firm for clients in industry and government. He wears many hats, but they all have one overarching goal …to raise the awareness and status of the Baltimore/Maryland technology community. From his leadership role as Baltimore's Google Czar to spearheading the unprecedented repeal of the state's tech tax, Loveland is a trailblazer.

Recognition and Awards given to Tom Loveland:

·                     Influential Marylander - 2011, 2009

·                     Baltimore’s Extraordinary Technology Advocate - 2010

·                     Maryland Power Player - 2010

·                     Connector of the Year - 2008

·                     Innovator of the Year - 2008

·                     Maryland-s 25 CEO’s You Need to Know - 2008

Early Show: "Marketing Yourself Using Social Media" ...Find out how to market yourself and accelerate your job search using social media. Hector Del Castillo, Product Marketing Director with AIPMM, will discuss how to use social media to organize your job search, track companies, and network directly with hiring decision makers to identify specific opportunities. He will also discuss key tips on using social media to build a network of business contacts, connect with employers, get recommendations, and find new leads and career advice. He will also discuss why you need to use professional branding and positioning to get quality job leads to come to you. If you are currently in between jobs, or frustrated in your current job and looking for a new job, contract, or consulting opportunity, then this seminar is for you. You can connect to Hector via LinkedIn at http://linkd.in/hdelcastillo to submit your questions prior to the discussion.

Cost of the event, which will be held at the Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912), is $35 (payment in advance, or $40 at the door). Sign-in and networking begin at 6:00 pm (or 5:00 pm if you're coming to the Early Show with Hector Del Castillo, which starts at 5:30 pm), dinner is at 7:00 pm, we launch into a preview of the evening's topic and other related matters shortly after 7:30 pm, and Tom Loveland's presentation begins at 8:00 pm sharp. This event is worth 1.5 PDUs (or 2.5 PDUs if you come to the Early Show as well). For directions to the Blair Mansion Inn, click here.

 


 

Sept. 14, 2011 - Dr. Gordon Green - The PgMP Certification - What's the Big Deal?

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Wednesday, 14 September 2011 17:00

Gordon Green
Wendy Raulin

PMISSC - September 14, 2011

 

Date & Time:

9/14/2011: Early Show - 5:30 pm; Main Event: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

 

Topic:

"The PgMP Certification - What's the Big Deal?" Dr. Green will discuss the pros and cons of the PgMP certification, in light of his own career experience in project and program management.

 

Speaker:

Dr. Gordon Green, PE PgMP PMP - Executive Consultant, functionalIT

 

Early Show:

"Bringing Las Vegas to the Silver Spring Chapter, with a Twist" - a scenario-based PM-focused interactive game facilitated by Wendy Raulin, Senior Consultant at DelCor Technology Solutions.

 

Location:

Blair Mansion Inn in Silver Spring

 

Address:

7711 Eastern Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20912

 

Cost:

$35 (payment in advance, or $40 at the door)

 

Registration:

CLICK HERE

 

The first Program Management Professional (PgMP) certification was awarded by the Project Management Institute (PMI) in July of 2007. To date, only about 600 people globally have received the certification...

Please join us on Wednesday evening, September 14, 2011 as Dr. Gordon Green, PgMP, discusses the pros and cons of the PgMP certification, from two points of view: 1) his own experience with the certification process, and 2) his perception of the value of the PgMP certification, in light of his own career in the industry. The presentation will also cover program management domains and tasks included in the current PgMP Examination Content Outline, and how examination questions are created and vetted. Gordon will be drawing from his 40 years of industry experience in showcasing case studies of program management, including his recent work in advising the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on research ship design and acquisition programs, as well as his work supporting the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Digital Television Transition Coupon Program. With his background as a Professional Engineer (PE), along with a doctorate in management and a master's degree in organizational management, Gordon is uniquely positioned to speak to the technical aspects of a program or project and associated impacts on planning and execution.

Early Show: "Bringing Las Vegas to the Silver Spring Chapter, with a Twist" ...Instead of hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades being dealt, your hand will have a number of fun, challenging and downright crazy PM scenarios which you will play as part of an interactive game, facilitated by Wendy Raulin, Senior Consultant at DelCor Technology Solutions. What kind of scenarios? How about "Adrenaline junkie on team in search of problems to fix," or how about "Other managers resist having their staff work for your team," or even "The stakeholder totally ignores your direction and wants more for less." Instead of leaving your problems at work, bring them with you and we'll work through them together to a solution... or to a point of utter desperation and frustration... One way or the other, everyone gets to play!

Cost of the event, which will be held at the Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912), is $35 (payment in advance, or $40 at the door). Sign-in and networking begin at 6:00 pm (or 5:00 pm if you're coming to the Early Show, which starts at 5:30 pm), dinner is at 7:00 pm, we launch into a preview of the evening's topic and other related matters shortly after 7:30 pm, and Gordon's presentation begins at 8:00 pm sharp. This event is worth 1.5 PDUs (or 2.5 PDUs if you come to the Early Show as well). For directions to the Blair Mansion Inn, click here.

 


 

August 10, 2011 - Bruce Falk, PMP - 8 Simple Rules

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Wednesday, 10 August 2011 18:00

eight-ball...35 Years of Business Experience Boiled Down to 8 Simple Rules...

August 10, 2011 - PMISSC Monthly Meeting - Bruce Falk, PMP - H. C. Phoenix Group - "8 Simple Rules"

We only have 50 minutes! How much can we learn in that amount of time? How about over 35 years of business experience boiled down to 8 simple rules to make your life immensely easier. Whether you're a full-time project manager or someone just starting your career, this presentation will give you a unique perspective on how to do your job more effectively. Bruce's sly take and somewhat irreverent look at how to manage your projects will ring true with common sense and reality. Come join us on Wednesday, August 10th at the Blair Mansion Inn in Silver Spring, Maryland to welcome our guest speaker for the month of August, Bruce Falk, PMP, Senior Partner with H. C. Phoenix Group. You'll walk away from the evening with information you will remember and use at home that night, at work the next day or right away with the person sitting next to you.

And Yes, there will be an Early Show! Scott Christiansen will be discussing ten ways to build "Trust-Based Leadership."

Cost of the event, which will be held at the Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912), is $35 (payment in advance, or $40 at the door). Sign-in and networking begin at 6:00 pm (or 5:00 pm if you're coming to the Early Show, which starts at 5:30 pm), dinner is at 7:00 pm, and Bruce's presentation begins at 8:00 pm sharp. This event is worth 1.5 PDUs (or 2.5 PDUs if you come to the Early Show). For directions to the Blair Mansion Inn, click here.

August 10, 2011 - PMISSC Registration - Bruce Falkk, PMP - 8 Simple Rules

Bruce E. Falk, PMP - Senior Partner, H. C. Phoenix Group

Bruce Falk, PMP, a senior partner with H. C. Phoenix Group, has more than 35 years experience as a project manager and consultant. He has worked in staff and management positions for IBM, helping both large and small organizations achieve significant success. At IBM, he initiated and led a national team in reengineering massive changes to long-standing processes, resulting in notable savings, increased productivity, better morale and improved customer satisfaction. He currently teaches courses specializing in risk management, schedule and cost control, Earned Value Management, PMP certification, presentation skills and project management applications to many Fortune 1000 companies and government entities. Recently, he acted as a subject matter expert for the update of the Risk Management Knowledge section of the 4th Edition of the PMBOK.

Bruce has been married for 30 years to the wonderful Dianne, who puts up with a lot. He has two sons in college, so retirement is not an option anytime in the near future. In his spare moments, he is an Assistant Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 51 in Herndon, Virginia, whose motto is "Active Beyond all Reason".

Bruce serves as a faculty member of Georgetown University's Center for Continuing and Professional Education. See his faculty bio here.

 


 

July 13, 2011 - Dr. Bill Brantley - Did You Hear Me Say What I Think I Said?

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Wednesday, 13 July 2011 18:00

...The Art of Being Understood and Why It Matters.

July 13, 2011 - PMISSC Monthly Meeting - Dr. Bill Brantley - Univ. of MD Project Management Center for Excellence - "Did You Hear Me Say What I Think I Said?"

Dr. Bill BrantleyPlease join us on Wednesday evening, July 13, 2011 at the Blair Mansion Inn in Silver Spring, Maryland, to welcome our guest speaker for the month of July, Dr. Bill Brantley, from the University of Maryland's Project Management Center for Excellence. Dr. Brantley will engage us in a probing discussion on the challenges of establishing and maintaining effective communication when managing projects and introducing organizational change. His topic, "Did You Hear Me Say What I Think I Said? The Art of Being Understood and Why It Matters" should resonate with everyone among us who has ever wondered if our message was getting through. You will learn how to use "honest signals" to engage your audience and techniques to determine their understanding. You will leave the presentation with a set of tools to make your communication more effective because you will know how well you were understood...

Marcus ParkerEarly Show: Marcus S. Parker, PMP, VP of Professional Development for PMI Silver Spring Chapter and an executive management consultant with the Department of Defense through his company, The ATEM Group, will present a one-hour seminar for the Early Show (at 5:30 PM) on "Seven Steps to Writing a Winning Project Charter." Early Show attendees will complete a case study based on a real-world project scenario, and will receive a project charter guideline and template for use on their future projects.

Cost of the event, which will be held at the Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912), is $35 (payment in advance, or $40 at the door). Sign-in and networking begin at 6:00 pm (or 5:00 pm if you're coming to the Early Show, which starts at 5:30 pm), dinner is at 7:00 pm, and Dr. Brantley's presentation begins at 8:00 pm sharp. This event is worth 1.5 PDUs (or 2.5 PDUs if you come to the Early Show). For directions to the Blair Mansion Inn, click here.

PLEASE NOTE: For reasons of financial accountability, we are no longer accepting checks by mail for pre-registration purposes. Advance payment of $35 is now available only through PayPal. If you choose not to pay with PayPal, please plan to pay $40 (cash or check only) at the door.

July 13, 2011 - PMISSC Registration - Dr. Biill Brantley - Did You Hear Me Say What I Think I Said?

Dr. Bill Brantley, PMP

Bill Brantley has worked in state and federal government (with a short stint in two dot.coms). He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management, an MBA in Project Management, an MA in Political Management, and is a certified Project Management Professional. Bill has taught web development and political communication online for the University of Louisville and was recently brought on staff at the University of Maryland's Project Management Center for Excellence. Bill's research interests include change management, project management, strategic government management, Web 2.0 technologies, GIS, simulations, and communication theory. He is also engaged in studies of complexity theory, mental model theory, and social networking theory as they apply to public administration and organizational behavior in general. His dissertation ("The Effect of Mental Models On Creating Organizational Alignment Around A Change Vision") is available in online wiki form here.

Mental Model as depicted by Dr. Bill Brantley
...representation of a mental model, from Bill Brantley's research.

 


 

June 8, 2011: Hector Del Castillo – Innovation to Profit: Differences between Project Management and Product Management

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Wednesday, 08 June 2011 12:00

decastilloOn June 8, 2011, Hector Del Castillo, Director of Program Development at MEI Technologies, will be discussing the challenge of working in organizations that do not understand the difference between project management and product management. The two roles often appear to be at odds with each other. A product manager may want to add features to meet customer needs while the project manager may want to limit the scope to ensure the project is delivered on time and under budget. Hector will discuss the major differences in the two roles and how they work together within organizations to transform product innovation to profit.

And yes: there will be an Early Show! Cookie Burkhalter and Rich Weller of Pcubed will be giving a liive demonstration of the "Bells and Whistles of Microsoft Project 2010" at 5:30 pm. This, along with Hector's presentation, is an event you won't want to miss!

Cost of the event, which will be held at the Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912), is $35 (payment in advance, or $40 at the door). Sign-in and networking begin at 6:00 pm (or 5:00 pm if you're coming to the Early Show, which starts at 5:30 pm), dinner is at 7:00 pm, and Hector's presentation begins at 8:00 pm sharp. This event is worth 1.5 PDUs (or 2.5 PDUs if you come to the Early Show). For directions to the Blair Mansion Inn, click here.

Early Show (5:30 pm): Bells and Whistles of Microsoft Project 2010 (Cookie Burkhalter and Rich Weller)

Microsoft Project 2010 is being billed as the most significant release of Project in a decade. Join us for a live demonstration of Microsoft Project 2010 and learn about all the new features (the new "Ribbon" interface, moving information into Excel, syncing straight to SharePoint, and much more!). Your very own Cookie Burkhalter and Rich Weller of Pcubed will be presenting.  Both are very passionate about project management and enjoy sharing their knowledge about MS Project with others.  Rich is a Microsoft Certified (MCTS) user of MS Project. This should be an exciting event that you will not want to miss!

To view the Early Show presentation on MS Project 2010,  click hereNote: You will need to be logged in to view the slides.

Main Presentation Overview (8:00 pm) - Innovation to Profit: Differences between Project Management and Product Management (Hector Del Castillo)  

Despite the similar names, there are big differences between product management and project management. The confusion between the two roles is common and potentially harmful to organizations who do not acknowledge the distinction. This is often the case for companies that develop web-based and technology products.

A common challenge is that the two roles often appear to be at odds with each other. A product manager may want to add a lot of features to meet customer needs, but the project manager may want to limit the scope so that the project is delivered on time and under budget. Often traditional definitions mischaracterize the project manager as singularly focused on getting the product release finished on time and under budget without any concern as to whether it meets the needs of the market or customers.

A mapping comparing the Product Management Framework and the PMBOK will be presented. We will discuss the major differences in the two roles and how they work together within companies that have organizational discipline to transform product innovation to profit.

About Hector Del Castillo

Hector Del Castillo is Director of Program Development at MEI Technologies where he is implementing a business strategy to commercialize products and services and transform them into profit. He is also Senior Product Marketing Manager for the Association of International Product Marketing and Management (AIPMM). Mr. Del Castillo is a highly accomplished, results-oriented, energetic and innovative professional with over 10 years experience managing products throughout the development life cycle and directing strategic planning. He has launched 25 high technology products and features resulting in over $25M in achieved global sales revenue. Hector was Senior Product Manager at Smith Micro Software, Cornet Technology, Nextone Communications, and Lucent Technologies, playing a key role in the successful launch of new products and product enhancements.

Mr. Del Castillo has extensive full product life cycle management and product marketing experience, with a strong understanding of how to tailor the product management process to the specific needs and organizational structure of a technology-based company.  He has expertise defining and launching products and solutions, creating product messaging and positioning, developing marketing collateral and sales tools, and performing comparative and competitive analysis based on market research. 

Hector is a Certified Product Manager (CPM) and Certified Product Marketing Manager (CPMM) who helps experienced managers understand the product management process and prepare for certification through practical training courses. He earned M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Texas at El Paso and a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso.

About AIPMM

The Association of International Product Marketing and Management (AIPMM) is where product professionals go for answers. It is the world's largest professional organization of product managers, brand managers, product marketing managers and other individuals responsible for guiding their organizations and clients through a constantly changing business landscape. It is the only organization that represents and provides certification for professionals who manage the entire product life-cycle throughout any industry. For more information, visit www.aipmm.com.

 


 

May 11, 2011 - Dr. Abhay Trivedi - A Primer on Six Sigma and Project Management Integration

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Wednesday, 11 May 2011 18:00

The time for our May meeting has changed slightly from our usual time!  Please note that Dr. Trivedi will speak at 7:30 p.m. and his presentation will end no later than 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Abhay TrivediPlease join us on Wednesday evening, May 11, 2011 to welcome our guest speaker for the month of May, Dr. Abhay Trivedi, PMP, RMP, who will be speaking about "A Primer on Six Sigma and Project Management Integration." Dr. Trivedi, a project management and systems engineering consultant with over 20 years of experience assessing project management needs for complex businesses, holds a Six Sigma Black Belt certification and has trained more than a thousand senior project managers on obtaining various certifications, incluuding PMP, RMP and Six-Sigma Black Belt. This presentation will provide a practical solution strategy for integrating Six Sigma and Project Management Methodologies, along with appropriate templates for defining projects.

To register for this event, CLICK HERE.

Cost of the event, which will be held at the Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912), is $35 (payment in advance, or $40 at the door). Sign-in and networking begin at 6:00 pm, dinner is at 6:45 pm, and Dr. Trivedi's presentation begins at 7:30 pm sharp. This event is worth 1.5 PDUs.

PMISSC Early Show -

No Early Show this month.

Presentation Overview - A Primer on Six Sigma and Project Management Integration (Dr. Abhay Trivedi)

As the field of Project Management matures to a point of process standardization, common cost reduction strategies involving Earned Value, and razor sharp focus on meeting objectives, the need for integration with the Six Sigma methodology becomes increasingly important.  Most of us can easily define the benefits of project management and Six Sigma separately, but seeing the two fields integrated in any practical manner is more challenging. While the focus of project management is to follow experience and processes to handle the challenges of satisfying multiple customer constraints, Six Sigma stands for excellence in problem solving, generally at the product level but increasingly at the process level as well.  Six Sigma involves innovation, while project management involves perception. To bring together innovation and perception requires out-of-the-box thinking along with significant management commitment and understanding.

The Six Sigma methodology follows the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) model to attack a problem.  The logic of Six Sigma is to create fool-proof processes to eliminate any chance of an error.  In order to create fool-proof processes, the problem needs to be well-defined and well-documented.  Attributes of well-defined problems can be measured, analyzed and improved.  The thought process of Six Sigma is linked to a simple assumption: Elimination of errors in any process or product must start from a positive and "certain" attitude.

The project management philosophy generally follows the IPECC (Initiation, Planning, Execution, Controlling, Closing) model proposed by the Project Management Institute.  Management of projects is generally considered an art and a science as processes combine with experience dealing with man-made problems which are generally customer driven.

The integration of Six Sigma and project management methodologies needs to be driven from the overall philosophy of "problem-solving processes."  The overlay of Six Sigma methodology on project life cycle links the attributes of defining a problem to the initiation phase. Collection of requirements needs to be viewed from a Six Sigma perspective of Voice of Customer (VOC). Progressive elaboration of the project needs to be evaluated from the "Measure, Analyze" stage, resulting in definition of the WBS from a systems approach. Acceptance of the project plan by the customer needs to linked to a well-defined acceptance attribute matrix. Executing strategies needs to be evaluated with specific measurable criteria set in the problem definition stage. Monitoring and control activities refer to Six Sigma techniques of error elimination in processes and a host of root cause analysis tools.  Improvement schemes defined in Six Sigma are implemented throughout the project through analysis of the problem definition and traceability matrix structures defined in requirements collection.

This presentation will provide a practical solution strategy for integrating Six Sigma and Project Management Methodologies, along with appropriate templates for defining projects.

Dr. Abhay V. Trivedi

Dr. Abhay V. Trivedi is a project management and systems engineering consultant with over 20 years of experience assessing project management needs for complex businesses, evaluating alternatives, and implementing technology solutions in multiple industries:  automotive, oil & gas, transportation, consumer, electronics and manufacturing, government, banking and services.  His clients have included BP, Xerox, BMW/MG Rover, Visteon, Ford, Intel, Siemens, ABB, and Motorola. He has the unique ability to combine multiple technologies and philosophies to implement cost reduction strategies for large corporations.  Over the years, Dr. Trivedi has also trained more than a thousand senior project managers on obtaining certifications including PMP, RMP, and Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt. In recent years, he has focused on developing advanced solutions in business process assessment, earned value management, lean project management, portfolio management, Visual Project and Risk Management.  He is PMP and RMP-certified by PMI. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and holds a Professional Logistics/Supply Chain Certification from The Logistics Institute at Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Trivedi has also received numerous awards, including the Society of Manufacturing Engineers "Educator of the Year" award. He is also a NASA Summer Research Fellow and Oak Ridge National Laboratories Visiting Scientist.

 


 

April 13, 2011 - David Schmaltz - The Most Powerful Project Management Tool You’ll Ever Use.

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Wednesday, 13 April 2011 18:00

schmaltz-02Please join us on April 13, 2011 to welcome our guest speaker for the month of April, David Schmaltz, author of The Blind Men and the Elephant: Mastering Project Work, who will be speaking about "The Most Powerful Project Management Tool You’ll Ever Use." We will explore a brief history of the search for this tool and propose a considerably less than cynical future for it...

We're also putting on the "Early Show" at 5:30 PM, with a presentation by Hector Del Castillo on how to boost your job search and market yourself using social media.

Cost of the event, which will be held at the Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912), is $35 (payment in advance, or $40 at the door). Sign-in and networking begin at 6:00 pm (or 5:00 pm if you're also coming to the "Early Show"), dinner is at 7:00 pm, and David's presentation begins at 8:00 pm sharp. This event is worth 1.5 PDUs (or 2.5 PDUs if you attend the "Early Show" as well!). For directions to the Blair Mansion Inn, click here

PMISSC Early Show: Boost Your Job Search and Marketability Using Social Media (Hector Del Castillo)

Are you currently looking for a new job? Are you a contractor or consultant in between engagements? If you are currently in between jobs, or frustrated in your current job and looking for new job, contract, or consulting opportunity, then this seminar is for you. Hector del Castillo, one of our own chapter members, will discuss how to accelerate your job search and marketability using social media. He will show you how to organize your job search, market yourself, build a network of business contacts, connect with employers, get recommendations, find new leads and career advice using Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook and other social media, and learn how to track companies to identify specific opportunities and network directly with hiring decision makers. He will also talk about how to use professional branding and inbound marketing techniques to get quality job leads to come to you.

To listen to the audio recording of the Early Show, go to the Document Library and navigate to the Monthly-Programs > 2011 > April-13-2011 folder. The Document Library is available here.

Hector Del Castillo

Hector Del Castillo is Director of Program Development at MEI Technologies where he is implementing a business strategy to commercialize products and services profitably. He is also Senior Product Marketing Manager for the Association of International Product Marketing and Management (AIPMM). Hector is a Certified Product Manager (CPM) and a Certified Product Marketing Manager (CPMM) with over 10 years experience managing products throughout the development life cycle and directing strategic planning. He helps experienced managers understand the product management process and prepare for certification through practical training courses.

Presentation Overview - The Most Powerful Project Management Tool You’ll Ever Use (David Schmaltz)

In 1962, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara proudly announced that Department of Defense programs would henceforth routinely deliver results at a less than ten percent cost variance over initial estimates.

As Microsoft’s MSProject2000 team was scurrying to meet its delivery date, that project’s PM discovered that the product’s critical path algorithm did not correctly calculate critical path. He reported this shocking discovery to management, and learned that they already knew. “Ship it,” they said.  And he did.

Everyone working in the project management field gets peppered with endless promotions promising better than the old best practices, tools, and techniques; each guaranteed to resolve one or another universal difficulty of project work. Yet the difficulties persist. Just as if they were eternal.

Like the search for the mythical perpetual motion machine, the search for the most powerful project management tool seems to ignore some inevitable features of collective work. The ancient Greeks understood that any method would inevitably become its opposite. And today, we see each successive generation of dramatic improvement take its place in the discredited pile.

It’s enough to render any practitioner cynical.

The purpose of any profession might be to know enough to be cynical, yet choose not to become cynical. Scientific Management neglected to borrow one essential insight from the physical sciences, the one factor that separates understanding from cynical belief: skepticism. Science stands securely upon the shoulders of skeptical practitioners. Maybe project management should stand there too.

This presentation will consider the most powerful project management tool you’ll ever use. We will explore a brief history of the search for it and propose a considerably less than cynical future for it. Recent advancements in management technology aside, we might find this most powerful project management tool more ready-to-hand than any of us expected it to be.

David A. Schmaltz

David A. Schmaltz is the author of The Blind Men and the Elephant, Mastering Project Work- How to Transform Fuzzy Responsibilities into Meaningful Results (Berrett-Koehler 2003) and innumerable articles on project work. He’s a member of Gantthead’s Projects@Work e-zine editorial board. He lives in Takoma Park, MD, where he is in private practice as a consultant, writer, and teacher.

 


 

Restoring the Planet: Seven Success Factors for Managing Complex Revitalization Projects

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Wednesday, 09 March 2011 18:00

March 9, 2011: Storm Cunningham

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A Storm is Brewing! Don't pass up this opportunity to hear Storm Cunningham, a highly sought-after conference speaker who has been called "the world's thought leader on community revitalization and natural resource restoration." One of the most popular keynote speakers at last October's PMI Global Congress, Storm will be our guest speaker for the March monthly meeting of the Silver Spring Chapter of PMI, on Wednesday evening, March 9, 2011. Author of "reWealth" and "The Restoration Economy," Storm is CEO of REVITALIZ, LLC, the Washington, DC firm that created Revitalization Forum: the world's first web tool that makes it quicker and easier for communities and regions to create, fund, launch, and manage a comprehensive revitalization program. Storm's topic on March 9: "Restoring the Planet: Seven Success Factors for Managing Complex Revitalization Projects." This is an event you won't want to miss!

To register for this event, please CLICK HERE.

FLASH NEWS!! Come early for a special 5:30 pm "extra-PDU-at-no-extra-cost" session by Chris Cole,  who will be discussing the challenge of Managing Change. Chris, a member of the PMI Silver Spring Chapter Board of Directors, is co-founder of MC2 Consulting and General Contracting.

Cost of the event, which will be held at the Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912), is $35 (payment in advance, or $40 at the door). Sign-in and networking begin at 6:00 pm (or 5:00 pm if you're also coming to the early session), dinner is at 7:00 pm, and Storm's presentation begins at 8:00 pm sharp. This event is worth 1.5 PDUs (or 2.5 PDUs if you attend the early session as well!). For directions to the Blair Mansion Inn, click here.

BIOGRAPHY

Storm Cunningham is CEO of REVITALIZ, LLC (formerly Resolution Fund), a Washington, DC-based firm that helps communities, counties, tribes, regions, and nations ignite rapid, resilient renewal of their economy, their natural resources, and their quality of life. They are the creators of Revitalization Forum, the world's first web tool for comprehensive community revitalization.

Storm is the author of "The Restoration Economy" (published in 2002), and "reWealth" (published by McGraw-Hill in 2008). Bill Leary, former Director of Natural Resources, White House Council on Environmental Quality, says of reWealth: "This is the book world leaders should be talking about! In reWealth they will find the path to revitalizing our economy, restoring our environment, and renewing the quality of our lives."

From 1996 to 2002, Storm was Director, Strategic Initiatives at the Construction Specifications Institute, a 50+ year-old association of 18,000 architects, engineers, contractors, and manufacturers.  They provide training and certification for construction specifiers and document specialists, and their formats are the standard for quality commercial construction in the U.S., Canada, and several other countries.  During this time, he was CSI's staff liaison to the U.S. Green Building Council.

Storm was previously CEO of a small manufacturing company that developed aquaculture systems based on a pioneering water purification technology invented at the Smithsonian Institution.

A former Green Beret SCUBA medic, Storm is an avid SCUBA diver, motorcyclist, and amateur herpetologist.  His passion for integrating economics and nature goes back to his undergraduate business major and biology studies at Windham College in Vermont. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, USA.

March 9, 2011: Christopher Cole - Managing Change - 5:30 pm at Blair Mansion Inn

sm_chriscole-02Chris Cole, a member of our own Board of Directors, will be discussing the challenge of Managing Change, in a special 5:30 pm session preceding Storm Cunningham's presentation on March 9.  In a world which resists change where change is inevitable, this is an appropriate and timely topic!

Chris is one of the two founders of MC2 Consulting and General Contracting. He began his career in the construction industry nearly 20 years ago. He has a Master Project Manager certification through the Academy of Project Management, and a Six Sigma Yellow Belt. MC2 Consulting created and offers a soft skills and project management training program through MC2 Consulting. Realizing a need to produce better managers, and not just great test takers, Chris takes managers through various courses such as managing change, decision making & critical thinking, team building, time management and others. 

As noted above, sign-in for this special 5:30 pm "extra-PDU-at-no-extra-cost" session begins at 5:00 pm.

 


 

Feb. 9, 2011 - Curt Finch - Can Technology Solve the Project Execution Problem?

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Wednesday, 09 February 2011 18:00

SYNOPSIS

Project management technology has been around for years now, so the problem of project execution must be basically solved, right?  Wrong.  The Standish Group has found that 68% of technology projects failed in 2009.  Does this mean that project management solutions are just a waste of time?

The truth is that project management technology is only as good as the processes that support it.  The only way to improve project execution rates is to look at the root causes of project failure and implement the necessary changes that will allow the technology to work.  This presentation will explore a few of the problems and solutions that attendees might be facing, such as 1) Not understanding true project cost, 2) Poor resource management, 3) No estimate feedback loop,  4) Communication and collaboration issues, and 5) Balancing quality, schedule and cost.

Event:

 

February 9, 2011 PMISSC Meeting

Date:

 

Wednesday evening, February 9, 2011

Time:

 

6:00 pm: Sign-in and Networking; 7:00 pm: Dinner; 7:40 pm: Overview of Upcoming Events; 8:00 pm: Presentation

Location:

 

Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912 - Tel. 301-588-1688 - Metro: Silver Spring or Takoma on the Red Line)

Cost:

 

$35 if you pay in advance, $40 if you pay at the door.

Speaker:

 

Curt Finch, CEO of Journyx

Topic:

 

Can Technology Solve the Project Execution Problem?

PDUs:

 

Attendance at the event is worth 1.5 PDUs.

CURT FINCH:

Curt Finch is the CEO of Journyx, the first company to provide Web-based time-tracking, project accounting and resource management solutions that guide customers to per-person, per-project profitability. Curt earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech in 1987 and he has been creating software or managing software teams ever since.  After stints at McDermott International and IBM, he helped launch TKG, a venture-backed firm that was acquired by Veritas (now Symantec) for over $40 million. Curt created the world's first web-based timesheet application and the foundation for the current Journyx product offerings in 1997, and has co-authored 7 patents on behalf of Journyx.

 


 

12-Jan-2011 - Andrew Blumenfeld - Risk Allocation: The Pentagon Renovation Program

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Wednesday, 12 January 2011 18:00

Andrew Blumenfeld is the program manager for the Renovation of the Pentagon, a slab-to-slab renovation of the Department of Defense headquarters. Since taking the reins as Program Manager in 2006, more than 3 million square feet have been renovated. The $1.7 billion project, approaching completion, is currently 9% under budget and 14 months ahead of schedule. Prior to becoming Program Manager, Mr. Blumenfeld was an attorney specializing in design and construction issues: From 1998 to 2006 he served as Chief Counsel for the Pentagon Renovation Program, and before that he served with the Army Corps of Engineers, providing legal counsel to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Capital Restoration program, the American Battle Monuments Commission, Arlington National Cemetery and a variety of other large federal construction projects. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Blumenfeld was a Contracting Officer with the Naval Air Systems Command.

Mr. Blumenfeld's particular focus is on risk allocation in complex constuction projects, and in his presentation next week, on Wednesday evening, January 12, he will analyze the reasons why realistic assignments of risk that reflect the commercial reality of a project are essential to the project's success. He will also outline a series of best practices for general contractors, and best practices for project owners that have been employed in the Pentagon Renovation Program.

Cost of the event, which will be held at the Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912), is $35 (payment in advance, or $40 at the door). Sign-in and networking begin at 6:00 pm, dinner is at 7:00 pm, chapter business starts at 7:40 pm, and the evening presentation will begin at 8:00 pm. This event is worth 1.5 PDUs. For directions to the Blair Mansion Inn, click here.

Event:

 

January 12, 2011 PMISSC Meeting

Date:

 

Wednesday evening, January 12, 2011

Time:

 

6:00 pm: Sign-in and Networking; 7:00 pm: Dinner; 7:40 pm: Overview of Upcoming Events; 8:00 pm: Presentation

Location:

 

Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912 - Tel. 301-588-1688 - Metro: Silver Spring or Takoma on the Red Line)

Cost:

 

$35 if you pay in advance, $40 if you pay at the door.

Speaker:

 

Andrew Blumenfeld, Program Manager (and former Chief Counsel), Pentagon Renovation Program

Topic:

 

Risk Allocation: The Pentagon Renovation Program

PDUs:

 

Attendance at the event is worth 1.5 PDUs.

Please Welcome Our Newly-Elected Board Members:

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Dec. 8, 2010: Carl Pritchard - The Unsung Glory of Project Closeout

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Wednesday, 08 December 2010 18:00

Please join us on Wednesday evening, December 8, 2010 for the Annual Chapter Business Meeting of the Silver Spring Chapter of PMI. Following elections for the Chapter Board of Directors, Carl Pritchard will speak on "The Unsung Glories of Project Closeout." This is a great way to close out the year. Mark your calendars, plan to come, and Register NOW!

Cost of the event, which will be held at the Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912), is $35 (payment in advance, or $40 at the door). Sign-in and networking begin at 6:00 pm, dinner is at 7:00 pm, chapter business starts at 7:15 pm, and Carl's presentation begins right around 8:00 pm. This event is worth 1.5 PDUs. For directions to the Blair Mansion Inn, click here.

The Unsung Glory of Project Closeout:

Few moments in our organization seem less inspiring, career-enhancing, or motivational than project closeout. For most, it's a matter of suffering through the waning, exhausting moments of the life-cycle. Guest speaker Carl Pritchard (author of the Project Termination chapter in David Cleland's "Field Guide to Project Management") brings project close-out to life! Carl brings his dynamic presentation style to bear on the topic, suggesting it's the potentially most career-advancing moment of any element of the work we do. Carl talks to the triad of close-out (Customer, Boss, Team) and our roles in ensuring that all three critical stakeholders wrap up our projects with the right attitude and the right gospel. He'll offer concrete steps you can take to ensure that your next close-out serves to take your career one step further.

A Note About our Guest Speaker, Carl Pritchard, PMP, PMI-RMP, EVP:

Carl Pritchard is the principal and founder of Pritchard Management Associates (PMA). He is a recognized lecturer, author, researcher, and instructor. As a lecturer he is considered a leading authority on risk management and presents on a variety of management topics, ranging from project essentials to the complexities of network diagramming and team motivation. He is the lead chapter author for the risk management chapter of the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, 4th Edition. As an author and researcher, he has published articles on project management maturity, the international trends in PM, advances in risk management, and on the nuances of training on the Internet. His work as an instructor has taken him around the world, training with some of the leading international training organizations, as well as for private clients and the Project Management Institute®. He has presented at each of the last 13 North American Project Management Institute Symposia and Congresses. He is the U.S. Correspondent for the U.K. project management journal, Project Manager Today.

PLEASE NOTE: NOMINATIONS ARE STILL OPEN FOR THE PMISSC BOARD OF DIRECTORS!

Are you interested in serving on the PMISSC Board of Directors, or do you know someone who would be an excellent PMISSC Board Officer who could help the chapter enhance its impact on the membership and the Silver Spring and surrounding communities? We have six (6) board officer seats up for election this year all with two (2) year terms spanning 2011-2012. We are now reaching out to the membership for nominations for the following roles:

VP – Membership
VP – Special Projects
VP – Professional Development
Vice President & Trustee
Director at Large (2 positions are up for election)

You may nominate yourself or another PMISSC member for one or more of the open seats. The elections will be held at the PMISSC annual meeting on December 8th, 2010 and we encourage everyone to participate in this very important event and time for our chapter.

To nominate yourself or another PMISSC member, click here to download the Indication of Interest form. Fill out the form, save it to your local drive and return it by email to Adam Nelson, the Nomination Committee Chair at elections@pmissc.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Vice Presidents are recommended to have had previous Chapter volunteer experience and shall be elected by the general membership for a term of two years.

The Vice President – Membership role shall oversee all matters related to chapter membership, including enrollment and retention, recognition, member information management, surveys, and other relevant membership opportunities and issues.

The Vice President – Special Projects will lead projects as directed by the Board of Directors. Examples could include PMI Global reporting, special events, and volunteer committees.

The Vice President – Professional Development shall oversee the development, implementation and management related to events that promote professional knowledge, certification preparation, and other proficiency and training opportunities as identified by the chapter.

The Vice President & Trustee shall oversee all matters of an Ethical nature for the organization at the request of, and as directed by, the Board of Directors. PMI's member's standards will be used as the guideline in reviewing all issues.

Directors-at-Large are suggested to have volunteer experience, participate in supporting or leading committees, and shall be elected by the general membership for a term of two years.

Directors-at-Large shall exercise independent accountability and responsibility on matters of governance and oversight in the best interest of the membership ensuring that activities and decisions are in alignment with the Chapter Charter, Bylaws, vision, and mission statements.

Following is the current slate of candidates:

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For more information...

For more information about being a Board Officer, please contact Adam Nelson, the Nomination Committee Chair at 703-867-4240 or elections@pmissc.org

 


 

10-Nov-2010 - Patrick von Schlag - The Transforming Power of ITIL

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Wednesday, 10 November 2010 18:00

Event:

 

November 10, 2010 PMI-SSC Meeting

Date:

 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Time:

 

6:00 pm: Sign-in and Networking; 7:00 pm: Dinner; 7:30 pm: Overview of upcoming events; 8:00 pm: Presentation

Location:

 

Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912 - Tel. 301-588-1688 - Metro: Silver Spring or Takoma on the Red Line)

Cost:

 

$35 if you pay in advance, $40 if you pay at the door.

Speaker:

 

Patrick von Schlag, President, Deep Creek Center

Topic:

 

The Transforming Power of the ITIL Framework for the Project Manager

PDUs:

 

Attendance at the event is worth 1.5 PDUs.

The Transforming Power of the ITIL Framework for the Project Manager

ITIL provides IT organizations a framework to better understand their customers, determine how to provision and deliver better aligned and more effective IT services, and improve efficiencies to better optimize business outcomes. Aligned with Project Management best practices, the ITIL Service Lifecycle is simple in concept but profound in its ability to transform how IT organizations operate. In this program, we will examine the ITIL Framework, its alignment with Project Management, governance, quality management, and maturity models, and how taken together they can provide transforming benefits. ITIL is not a panacea, but it provides a wealth of good ideas that will make a difference for you and your customers.

The Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) is a set of concepts and practices for Information Technology Services Management (ITSM), Information Technology (IT) development and IT operations. The names ITIL and IT Infrastructure Library are registered trademarks of the United Kingdom's Office of Government Commerce (OGC). To visit the official ITIL website, click here.

Patrick Van Schlag, President, Deep Creek Center

Patrick von Schlag is President of Deep Creek Center, a Service Management consultancy and learning provider based in Maryland.  He holds the ITIL Service Manager and V3 Expert certifications, as well as all 9 ITIL management and practitioner certifications, and has more than 20 years of executive experience in IT Service Management. To contact Patrick, click here.

 


 

13, 2010 - Jim Garrett - From Project Manager to CEO...

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Wednesday, 13 October 2010 12:00

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From Project Manager to CEO:
The critical role of leadership in building a Government contracting business

This event is worth 1.5 PDUsJames GarrettPlease join us on Wednesday evening, October 13, 2010 to welcome Jim Garrett, founder and former CEO of SENTEL Corporation. Drawing from his own real-life experiences climbing the ladder from project manager to CEO, Jim will address the critical role of leadership in building a Government contracting business. Jim left the US Army as a first lieutenant and began a career in engineering with the Navy Department, designing, procuring and installing antennas and RF systems on navy ships. He then got the entrepreneurial bug and started his own business - developing software for spectrum management of radar and electromagnetic systems for DoD and NATO platforms. He went on to build a diverse engineering and technology company of 350 engineers and scientists, providing products and services, including chemical and biological agent detection sensor networks, test engineering and software to DoD, FAA, NASA and DHS. Don't miss this opportunity to hear Jim Garrett share with us the story of his epic journey of leadership, including some of the challenges, lessons learned and rewards he gained along the way.

We will be meeting at the Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912). Cost of the event is $35 (payment in advance, or $40 at the door). To register for this event, click here.

Event:

 

October 13, 2010 PMI-SSC Meeting

Date:

 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Time:

 

6:00 pm: Sign-in and Networking; 7:00 pm: Dinner; 7:30 pm: Overview of upcoming events; 8:00 pm: Presentation

Location:

 

Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912 - Tel. 301-588-1688 - Metro: Silver Spring or Takoma on the Red Line)

Cost:

 

$35 if you pay in advance, $40 if you pay at the door.

Speaker:

 

Jim Garrett, founder and former CEO of SENTEL Corporation

Topic:

 

From Project Manager to CEO: The critical role of leadership in building a Government contracting business

PDUs:

 

Yes! Of course! Attendance at the event is worth 1.5 PDUs.

Jim Garrett

Jim Garrett, a highly successful entrepreneur, spent eighteen years as CEO of SENTEL Corporation, which developed technology and software for the Defense, Aviation and Space industries, and grew to 350 employees before it was sold to a division of Honeywell. He is well-known in the Washington, D.C. area as a mentor and coach to young entrepreneurs starting and growing their own businesses. By lending his guidance and encouragement to other business people, he has been instrumental in the founding and growth of several outstanding technology companies. Before starting SENTEL, Mr. Garrett was the Director of the System Electromagnetics Division of the US Naval Sea Systems Command. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and an MBA from Southeastern University, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Ernst & Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year (Washington, D.C. region).

 


 

October 11 - PMI - UMBC Special Dinner Event

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Monday, 11 October 2010 18:00

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The Baltimore and Silver Spring Chapters of the
Project Management Institute (PMI)

In conjunction with the
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
Training Centers

Cordially invite you to join us for our
Fall Semester Dinner Meeting
at 6:00 PM on Monday evening, October 11, 2010

Acropolis Museum Project

Theofanis Giotis, M.Sc., PMP
President of PMI Greece

 Location: University of Maryland Baltimore County, University Center (UC) Ballroom. 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore MD 21250. For maps of the campus, click here.

acropolisOur guest presenter for the evening, Mr. Theofanis Giotis, is President of PMI Greece, and served as the Project Manager in charge of the $175 million Acropolis Museum Project, which took 8 years to complete. The building of the Museum on the slopes of the Acropolis was first envisioned in 1976 by Constantinos Karamanlis, Prime Minister of Greece from 1974 to 1977. On June 20, 2009, the Acropolis Museum, with 4000+ exhibits covering 250,000 square feet of floor space, opened its doors to the public for first time. This presentation will be a case study covering all aspects of the Acropolis Museum Project.

Mr. Giotis, CEO of 12PM Consulting and co-founder and CEO of ITEC, has 22+ years of project/program management experience, and has given more than 150 presentations in project management, published over 100 articles on project management, and has taught over 120 PM courses. In addition to his duties as President of PMI Greece, he also serves as a Project Management Ambassador for PMI Global.

Cost (Early Bird Rate; prices subject to change without notice, with the exception of UMBC Students and Staff, who attend at no cost):

·                     UMBC Students and Staff - Free

·                     PMI Baltimore and Silver Spring Members - $10.00

·                     PMI Members - $10.00

·                     All Others - $10.00

To register for this event, click here.

 


 

Sept. 8, 2010 - Karen Davey-Winter - Team Building in a Matrixed Environment

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Wednesday, 08 September 2010 18:00

Karen Davey-WinterTeam structures, even in well-ordered, functionally-structured organizations, are inherently complex. Today's matrixed organizations make that complexity even greater, resulting in multiple loyalties among matrix project team members, and if the team is not cohesive, these divided loyalties can be harmful to the success of the project. 

Mark your calendars, and plan to join us for our September 8, 2010 monthly PMISSC meeting, featuring Karen Davey-Winter of Work Life Coaching, who will be speaking about Team Building in a Matrix Environment. 

Location: Blair Mansion Inn, 7711 Eastern Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20912.

Cost will be $35 for payment in advance, $40 at the door, and the event will be worth 1.5 PDUs. Punch the date into your Blackberries and your Outlook Calendars, and plan to join us for a great evening as we sort out the tangled web of building teams in a matrixed project management environment.

Team-Building in a Matrixed Environment

Are you trying to successfully deliver a project without direct control of your resources? Is it hard to build allegiance in your project team when their first loyalty is to their functional team? Are you having trouble understanding what phase of development your team is in so that you can figure out how to get the best out of them? Would helping your matrix team members understand each other better be likely to result in a more productive team and a more successful project? Are you managing virtual project teams and struggling with how to build a team spirit?

This program will help you identify the following:

·                     The different teams that, as Project Managers, we have to navigate on a daily basis

·                     Why a matrix environment is especially complex

·                     Bruce Tuckman's Phases of Group Development - forming, norming, storming, performing

·                     A series of different team building techniques

·                     Which phase of Tuckerman's Group Development each technique is best suited to

·                     A model for virtual team development, based on J McGrath's approach to optimizing virtual team performance

·                     Some techniques for building virtual teams

At the end of the session you will have practical tips on how to improve the performance of your team, resulting in improved project delivery. This is a participative session!

Karen Davey-Winter

Karen is an Executive and Life Coach who has trained with the College of Executive Coaching and Coach U and who is MBTI and PMP certified. She is also a Program Manager and has over 20 years experience in IT Leadership roles in a variety of organizations. She is an enthusiastic leader of teams of up to 150 people, and has gained considerable experience coaching in these roles. She is particularly skilled in helping individuals and teams identify their communication, decision-making and planning styles to enable them to be more efficient and effective in the workplace.

 


 

11-Aug-2010 - Dorothy Tiffany - NASA's Approach to EVM

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Wednesday, 11 August 2010 13:00

Event:

 

August 11, 2010 PMI-SSC Meeting

Date:

 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Time:

 

6:00 pm: Sign-in and Networking; 7:00 pm: Dinner; 7:30 pm: Overview of upcoming events; 8:00 pm: Presentation

Location:

 

Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912 - Tel. 301-588-1688 - Metro: Silver Spring or Takoma on the Red Line)

Cost:

 

$35 if you pay in advance, $40 if you pay at the door.

Speaker:

 

Dorothy Tiffany, NASA EVM Program Executive

Topic:

 

NASA's Approach to EVM

PDUs:

 

Yes! Of course! Attendance at the event is worth 1.5 PDUs.

NASA's Approach to EVM

NASA has required Earned Value Management (EVM) on its major contracts for many years.  However, the changes in the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) Circular A-11, Part 7 now require NASA to use EVM on in-house development activities, too.   Implementing EVM on government activities is challenging.  Ms. Tiffany will discuss the process of gaining institutional support and describe some of the areas where government operations make EVM difficult to implement.  She will also present the status of NASA's internal Earned Value Management Capability Project.

Dorothy Tiffany, PMP, CPA

Dorothy Tiffany is the NASA EVM Program Executive and the NASA PM Challenge Project Manager in NASA's Office of the Chief Engineer. She also holds the position of Chief for the Project Management Excellence and Innovation Office at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). Ms. Tiffany is responsible for leading the Agency's implementation of Earned Value Management and for developing stronger project teams. She is a frequent conference speaker and faculty member for the NASA Academy of Program/Project & Engineering Leadership and for Boston University in the fields of project management, earned value management, budgeting and effective communications. She previously managed the business operations of numerous large satellite development projects. She also directed GSFC's Financial Management Division and Accounting Branch, instituting major information system reforms with the voucher examination and payment process.

Ms. Tiffany was awarded two NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for her work in finance and project management, and has been recognized for her efforts in mentoring and diversity. She was also awarded the Distinguished Contribution Award by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Ms. Tiffany holds an M.S. in Project Management from Boston University, a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland and a Certificate in Technology Management from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Insttitute and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Ms. Tiffany is a member of PMI, the College of Performance Management, the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

 


 

14-Jul-2010 - Jon Smith - Utilizing MS Project for Maximum Efficiency in a Governmental Environment

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Wednesday, 14 July 2010 13:00

Event:

 

July 14, 2010 PMI-SSC Meeting

Date:

 

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Time:

 

6:00 pm: Sign-in and Networking; 7:00 pm: Dinner; 7:30 pm: Overview of upcoming events; 8:00 pm: Presentation

Location:

 

Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912 - Tel. 301-588-1688 - Metro: Silver Spring or Takoma on the Red Line)

Cost:

 

$35 if you pay in advance, $40 if you pay at the door.

Speaker:

 

Jon Smith, PMP, Senior Program Manager, SERCO

Topic:

 

Utilizing MS Project for Maximum Efficiency in a Governmental Environment

PDUs:

 

Yes! Of course! Attendance at the event is worth 1.5 PDUs.

Utilizing MS Project for Maximum Efficiency in a Governmental Environment

While MS Project enjoys the largest segment of both the business and governmental project management tools market, users commonly report frustrations with using the tool, either in how it works, or in not understanding the methods necessary for the expected results.  In his presentation, Mr. Smith will explain some of the high-level key components necessary for reporting success with MS Project, and he will demonstrate some of the nuances that commonly cause frustration with the tool.  He will also focus on some of the various methods for using MS Project within a governmental environment, including techniques that provide insight into issues for different types of stakeholders, and methods for making these focused results automatically available. If you have questions you would like Jon to address during his presentation, please click here.

Jon Smith, PMP

Jon Smith holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Florida State University, a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Diploma of Music from the Vienna International Music Centre.  Currently a Senior Program Manager with SERCO, Mr. Smith has been engaged in portfolio, program, and project management for the past twenty five years and has focused on the integration of service-based and deliverable-based projects into the same portfolio or program. He has also been focusing on the intricacies and complexities involved in efforts to improve efficiencies and capacities of large-scale, global IT projects.  Prior to joining SERCO, Mr. Smith was the Director of Project Management and PM Tools for Keane, where he was the author of seven textbooks for Keane on various components of tool integration into project management components. He also developed Keane's scheduling curriculum.  He currently serves as a Chapter Officer for the Baltimore/Washington MPUG (Microsoft Project Users Group), is Microsoft-certified on MS Project, and is the author of 30 technical articles on various techniques utilizing MS Project.

 


 

09-Jun-2010 - Dr. David Rico - Business Value of Agile Methods: Using ROI & Real Options

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Wednesday, 09 June 2010 13:00

Event:

 

June 9, 2010 PMI-SSC Meeting

Date:

 

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Time:

 

6:00 pm: Sign-in and Networking; 7:00 pm: Dinner; 7:30 pm: Overview of upcoming events; 8:00 pm: Presentation

Location:

 

Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912 - Tel. 301-588-1688 - Metro: Silver Spring or Takoma on the Red Line)

Cost:

 

$35 if you pay in advance, $40 if you pay at the door.

Speaker:

 

Dr. David Rico

Topic:

 

Business Value of Agile Methods: Using ROI & Real Options

PDUs:

 

Yes! Of course! Attendance at the event is worth 1.5 PDUs.

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. David F. Rico has been a technical leader in support of NASA, DARPA, DISA, SPAWAR, USAF, AFMC, NAVAIR, CECOM, and MICOM for over 25 years. He has led, managed, or participated in over 20 organization change initiatives using Agile Methods, Lean Six Sigma, ISO 9001, CMMI, SW-CMM, Enterprise Architecture, Baldrige, and DoD 5000. He specializes in information technology (IT) investment analysis, IT project management, and IT-enabled change. He has been an international keynote speaker, presented at leading industry conferences, published numerous articles, and written or contributed to six textbooks. He’s a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM). Dr. Rico teaches doctoral and master’s courses at three Washington, DC-area universities and has been in the field of information systems since 1983.

 


 

May 12: Denis Cioffi - Numerical Risk Analysis

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Wednesday, 12 May 2010 13:00

Event:

 

May 12, 2010 PMI-SSC Meeting

Date:

 

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Time:

 

6:00 pm: Sign-in and Networking; 7:00 pm: Dinner; 7:30 pm: Overview of upcoming events; 8:00 pm: Presentation

Location:

 

Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912 - Tel. 301-588-1688 - Metro: Silver Spring or Takoma on the Red Line)

Cost:

 

$35 if you pay in advance, $40 if you pay at the door.

Speaker:

 

Denis Cioffi, Ph.D., Associate Professor, GWU

Topic:

 

Numerical Risk Analysis

PDUs:

 

Yes! Of course! Attendance at the event is worth 1.5 PDUs.

Numerical Rick Analysis

The textbook authors Meredith and Mantel (Project Management: A Managerial Approach, 2009) say that, in the end, all measures should be "numeric, reliable, and valid." Yet even if project managers go to the trouble to turn their descriptive nomenclature of risk probability and impact ---"high, medium"--- into numbers ---"25%, 100K"--- the textbooks give little advice on what to do with these numbers. After a brief review of measurement theory terminology, Dr. Cioffi will give an equally brief (and as non-technical as possible) overview of a numerical method he and a colleague developed that enables project managers to determine the amount of contingency funds to set aside to cover a project's risk to any desired statistical limit.

Denis F. Cioffi, Ph.D.

Denis F. Cioffi, Ph.D., an Associate Professor in the Decision Sciences Department in the Business School at The George Washington University, earned his doctorate in astrophysics from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. After astrophysics research at the University of California at Berkeley, the Goddard Space Flight Center, and North Carolina State University in Raleigh, his science background led directly to his project and program management experience at various federal agencies. The transition to management comprised positions at the National Science Foundation, NASA Headquarters, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President. He came to GW from the Center for Science, Trade, and Technology Policy at George Mason University. Dr. Cioffi served as Director of GW's Project Management Program for three years (2001-2004) and currently heads the Project Management Academic Committee. With a colleague in the Department, Dr. Cioffi received a grant to examine the possible transformation to solar power as the primary source for the US's electricity, and a system dynamics model was developed last summer (2009). In addition to his regular academic duties, Cioffi chairs the University's Research and Instructional Technology Committee. For more information (resume, publications, recent papers), visit his website at http://www.cioffi.us or contact him at dcioffi@gwu.edu This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Cancelations and Refunds:

If you register, please plan to come, whether or not you pre-pay. If you are unable to come, please notify us before Noon the day before the event, to give us time to plan accordingly. Cancelations received after that time will not be eligible for refunds. For those of you who have registered but have not yet paid (for example, because you plan to pay at the door), please understand that we are including you in the meal count, and if you are unable to come and do not let us know in advance (by Noon the day before), you are placing our plans at risk.

 


 

April 22: PMI Baltimore / Silver Spring / UMBC Dinner Meeting

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Thursday, 22 April 2010 13:00

Empowered Leadership:

How well do you understand YOU? Are you aware of your own behaviors and how they impact every conversation and relationship? Do you know the triggers that influence these behaviors? Is it possible to improve your relationship with others by first recognizing, and then modifying your own thoughts and behaviors? What drives your behavior – is it the external event or is it something else? How can you changing help, when it’s the behavior of others that creates your pain? These questions and more are answered in "EmPowered Leadership" where you learn that constructive conversations, honest communications and harmonious relationships cannot begin without a greater understanding of YOU.

Thursday evening, April 22, 2010
TIME: 6:00 PM Sign-in & Networking; 7:00 PM: Dinner; 8:00 PM: Presentation
COST: Free to members of PMI Silver Spring and PMI Baltimore, and staff and students of UMBC. All others pay $7.
PDUs: This event is worth 1 PDU.

LOCATION: UMBC - South Campus- Technology Center, Technology Workforce Enterprise Building

Directions to the UMBC Technology Center 

UMBC Technology Center, Technology Workforce Enterprise Building
1450 South Rolling Road, Baltimore, MD 21227-3898

From Baltimore: Take I-95 South (follow Washington signs.) Pass Beltway (I-695) exit. Next exit (47B) will be I-195 - take exit and bear right (North towards Catonsville. DO NOT GO SOUTH ON I-195 TOWARDS BWI AIRPORT). Continue on I-195 North. Stay in the middle lane and go PAST the UMBC exit on the right until you come to the stop sign at Rt.166 (Rolling Road). Turn left onto Rolling Road (Rt.166) (South towards Arbutus). Go 1/2 mile to sign for "South Rolling Road" (There is also a sign to "Gun Road." – if you start to go over a bridge, you've gone too far.) Turn right. Road immediately forks, left-hand fork is the road leading to the UMBC Technology Center. After driving a short distance on this road, you will pass a guard’s station on your left. Just past the guard’s station, you will want to bear towards your right and drive up a short hill. The Technology Workforce Enterprise Building is located at the top of this hill on your right. There will be a parking lot (also on your right) just before you reach the top of the hill.

From Washington: Take I-95 North (toward Baltimore). Pass Harbor Tunnel (I-895) exit. Next exit (47B) will be I-195 - take exit and bear left, under I-95, North towards Catonsville. DO NOT GO SOUTH ON I-195 TOWARDS BWI AIRPORT. Continue from directions above.

Sheila Savar, President and CEO, The Savar Institute

Sheila Savar is the president and CEO of The Savar Institute, a prestigious firm she founded in 2002 that specializes in the human element of business - the leadership, communication and interpersonal skills necessary for the successful performance and completion of every job. Sheila believes in Human Sigma and the importance of developing people – a company’s greatest resource – in order to advance business. This belief aligns her mission with her passion: helping people to succeed — personally and professionally—so they may lead more joyful and rewarding lives. Before starting her firm, Sheila enjoyed a successful 20+ year career in sales, customer care and executive management, working for a broad range of companies from start-up ventures to Fortune 100. She is a transformational speaker and facilitator whose motivational style inspires people to take actions that lead them to enjoy greater success and happiness. In 2008 she authored her first book on her most requested speaker topic. The Power of Networking is an easy-to-read and practical how-to guide for achieving career and business success, and it is receiving much acclaim and great reviews.

 


 

April 14: Steve Edwards - Earned Value and Microsoft Project

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Wednesday, 14 April 2010 13:00

Event:

 

April 14, 2010 PMI-SSC Meeting

Date:

 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Time:

 

6:00 pm: Sign-in and Networking; 7:00 pm: Dinner; 7:30 pm: Overview of upcoming events; 8:00 pm: Presentation

Location:

 

Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912 - Tel. 301-588-1688 - Metro: Silver Spring or Takoma on the Red Line)

Cost:

 

$35 if you pay in advance, $40 if you pay at the door.

Speaker:

 

Steve Edwards, Founder & President of Edwards Project Solutions, LLC

Topic:

 

Earned Value and Microsoft Project - The Myths, The Fears, The Realities

PDUs:

 

Yes! Of course! Attendance at the event is worth 1.5 PDUs.

SYNOPSIS

Ever since the 1998 release of Microsoft Project, earned value fields (BCWS, BCWP, ACWP, etc.) have existed in the application, along with the implied ability to collect, determine and report earned value metrics within the tool. However, as many project managers and earned value management specialists know well, there were inaccuracies and inconsistencies in the way these fields were calculated, with the result that there has been a general feeling in the industry that MS Project is not a serious tool for reporting earned value project metrics.

Since the release of Project 98 over a decade ago, many changes and enhancements have been incorporated into Project. As a result, the tool now affords a real capability and capacity for collecting and reporting earned value metrics. Despite these enhancements, many myths and fears still persist around Project's earned value capabilities. Never forget, however, that it also takes more than just a tool to collect and report earned value metrics: It takes a sound methodology and procedure - regardless of the "Tool" being used. Come listen to this presentation on Earned Value and Microsoft Project, as Steve Edwards helps dispel some of the myths and fears you may have about this very powerful scheduling tool, while also learning a sound PMI-centric methodology for using Microsoft Project to satisfy the earned value reporting requirements of your project.

Steve Edwards, Founder & President of Edwards Project Solutions, LLC

Steve Edwards founded Edwards Solutions in June, 1997 as a project management and systems engineering firm to support US Government, DoD and commercial organizations. Since its inception, the company has been devoted to specializing in the implementation of emerging technologies and tools for project management that support small to large-scale businesses and projects.

Steve has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland and an associates degree in biomedical electronics technology. He has more than 24 years of design, development, test, repair, manufacturing and project management experience in the computer software and electronic hardware design and manufacturing industries. His experience includes more than 11 years in the electronics design, systems design and Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) industries; and more than 8 years in the biomedical electronics design and repair field. He has been involved in and is named on several patents in the cellular and cellular secure transmission industries.

Edwards Project Solutions

Founded in 1997, Edwards Project Solutions is a premier project management and advanced business solutions consulting firm, providing services, solutions and training to commercial clients, the Federal government, state and local government organizations, and the national Intelligence Community.

 


 

March 10, 2010 - Karen Browne - Negotiating Skills for Project Managers

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Wednesday, 10 March 2010 13:00

Event:

 

March 10, 2010 PMI-SSC Meeting

Date:

 

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Time:

 

6:00 pm: Sign-in and Networking; 7:00 pm: Dinner; 7:30 pm: Overview of upcoming events; 8:00 pm: Presentation

Location:

 

Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912 - Tel. 301-588-1688 - Metro: Silver Spring or Takoma on the Red Line)

Cost:

 

$35 if you pay in advance, $40 if you pay at the door.

Speaker:

 

Karen Browne, PMP

Topic:

 

Negotiating Skills for Project Managers

PDUs:

 

Yes! Of course! Attendance at the event is worth 1.5 PDUs.

NEGOTIATING SKILLS FOR PROJECT MANAGERS

Project Managers have to be master negotiators, prepared to negotiate at a moment's notice with anyone from the executive project sponsor about increasing the project budget to a spouse about cancelling the family vacation to Disney World because the project schedule has changed. Even the most mature and confident PM experiences some anxiety when it comes to negotiating. This program offers information about how to prepare, execute and implement any negotiation. It covers the common mistakes that people make when negotiating. Participants will leave this session with many ideas for improving the outcomes of their own negotiations.

BIOGRAPHY

Karen Browne is the founder and President of KB Consulting Solutions, Inc. She has more than 20 years of experience contributing to the success of strategic IT projects working as both a project manager and a project management consultant.  Her teams and her clients value her ability to quickly, accurately and perceptively recognize the critical elements needed for success in the project environment. Karen  specializes in helping project managers develop their management and leadership skills in addition to their project management technical skills.  Her leadership programs  include personal coaching and mentoring to project managers as well as training and development. Topics include: Working with Virtual Project Teams, Negotiation Skills for Project Managers, Resolving Project Conflicts, Motivating the Project Team, Communicating Effectively in Projects, Influencing Project Stakeholders.

Ms. Browne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Towson University, and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Loyola College in Baltimore. She is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute, and she is certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

Karen served on the Board of Directors of the Washington D.C Chapter of the Project Management Institute from 2004 to 2009. 

 


 

[CANCELLED] 10-Feb-2010 - Dr. David Rico - Business Value of Agile Methods: Using ROI & Real Options

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Wednesday, 10 February 2010 11:00

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Dr. David RicoThis event is worth 1.5 PDUsPlease join us on Wednesday evening, February 10, 2010 to welcome Dr. David Rico, who will provide a brief introduction to Agile Methods, an overview of popular Agile Methods, and a brief survey of the benefits of Agile Methods as reported by major industry studies (including rarely seen, late-breaking economic data and results from the top consulting firms). He will present a survey of costs and benefits, a suite of metrics for quantifying business value, a discussion of parametric models, a methodology for estimating ROI, and a comparison of 11 major Agile and Traditional Methods. The results of this briefing have been published in a major international journal and a new book entitled, "The Business Value of Agile Software Methods: Maximizing ROI with Just-in-Time Processes and Documentation."

Event:

 

February 10, 2010 PMI-SSC Meeting

Date:

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Time:

 

6:00 pm: Sign-in and Networking; 7:00 pm: Dinner; 7:30 pm: Overview of upcoming events; 8:00 pm: Presentation

Location:

 

Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912 - Tel. 301-588-1688 - Metro: Silver Spring or Takoma on the Red Line)

Cost:

 

$35 if you pay in advance, $40 if you pay at the door.

Speaker:

 

Dr. David Rico

Topic:

 

Business Value of Agile Methods: Using ROI & Real Options

PDUs:

 

Yes! Of course! Attendance at the event is worth 1.5 PDUs.

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. David F. Rico has been a technical leader in support of NASA, DARPA, DISA, SPAWAR, USAF, AFMC, NAVAIR, CECOM, and MICOM for over 25 years. He has led, managed, or participated in over 20 organization change initiatives using Agile Methods, Lean Six Sigma, ISO 9001, CMMI, SW-CMM, Enterprise Architecture, Baldrige, and DoD 5000. He specializes in information technology (IT) investment analysis, IT project management, and IT-enabled change. He has been an international keynote speaker, presented at leading industry conferences, published numerous articles, and written or contributed to six textbooks. He’s a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM). Dr. Rico teaches doctoral and master’s courses at three Washington, DC-area universities and has been in the field of information systems since 1983.

 


 

January 13, 2010 - Dux Raymond Sy - 7 Ways to Leverage SharePoint for Project Management Success

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Wednesday, 13 January 2010 11:00

7 Ways to Leverage SharePoint for Project Management Success from Dux Raymond Sy on Vimeo.

http://vimeo.com/8746883

Event:

 

January 13, 2010 PMI-SSC Meeting

Date:

 

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Time:

 

6:00 pm: Sign-in and Networking; 7:00 pm: Dinner; 7:30 pm: Overview of upcoming events; 8:00 pm: Presentation

Location:

 

Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912 - Tel. 301-588-1688 - Metro: Silver Spring or Takoma on the Red Line)

Cost:

 

$35 if you pay in advance, $40 if you pay at the door.

Speaker:

 

Dux Raymond Sy, Managing Partner, Innovative-e, Inc.

Topic:

 

7 Ways to Leverage SharePoint for Project Management Success

PDUs:

 

Yes! Of course! Attendance at the event is worth 1.5 PDUs.

7 Ways to Leverage SharePoint for Project Management Success

This presentation will provide practical insights in how to use SharePoint to address common project management challenges such as inefficient communication among stakeholders, poor document management practices and undefined project collaboration standards that can compromise project success. Dux will demonstrate how SharePoint can provide a framework that can empower project managers to create a standards-based Project Management Information System (PMIS). In this presentation, participants will be learn how to:

·                     Identify the benefits of leveraging SharePoint as a PMIS.

·                     Quantify the advantages of using SharePoint as a PMIS compared to other tools.

·                     Enhance project team collaboration and communication using SharePoint.

Dux Raymond Sy

With over 15 years of experience in Information Technology and Project Management, Dux has earned a reputation as a leading expert in using technology to enhance project management. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP), he is currently a managing partner of Innovative-e, Inc., a Microsoft-certified, business technology consulting and services company that employs a business-first approach to implement SharePoint for clients.

SharePoint for Project ManagementDux is the author of "SharePoint for Project Management" published by O'Reilly Media. He is focused on helping organizations take advantage of the benefits of SharePoint technologies with quantifiable goals such as increasing productivity and efficiency, decreasing collaboration redundancies, and streamlining electronic communications.

A sought-after speaker, Dux has presented in various SharePoint and Project Management Institute (PMI) events. Additionally, he facilitates a "Delivering SharePoint Success" mentoring workshop where he shares proven best practices in managing SharePoint projects.

He regularly blogs on topics related to project management, SharePoint and globalization at MeetDux.com.

 


 

Call for Nominations: 2009 PMISSC Elections

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Wednesday, 09 December 2009 11:00

We are reaching out to the current membership of the Silver Spring Chapter of Project Management Institute (PMISSC), with a call for nominations, in preparation for the upcoming annual elections.

Indication of Interest form Indication of Interest form 

THE NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE is soliciting nominations for various Board positions, and plans to hold a vote during the Annual Business Meeting on December 9, 2009. As a member of the chapter, you are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting, in order for your voice to be heard, and your vote to be counted (to register to attend the meeting, please click here).

We will continue to accept nominations until 11:00 PM, November 25, 2009. The Nominations Committee will then validate qualifications of all nominees, and present the slate of nominees to the Chapter membership for a vote on December 9, 2009. The elected officers will assume their positions on the Chapter Board of Directors on January 1, 2010.

ONLY MEMBERS OF THE SILVER SPRING CHAPTER are eligible to run for office. All candidates for office must submit an Indication of Interest form to the Nominations Committee (by email to  nominations@pmissc.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )  in order to be considered for election to any office. If the Committee does not receive an Indication of Interest form from a member by 11:00 PM, November 25, 2009, that member will not be considered for office.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS POSITIONS: A number of leadership positions are available during this election cycle, and we are encouraging each Chapter member to consider seriously how best to help the Chapter continue building on our past successes. Each of these positions is expected to require anywhere from 5 to 20 hours of volunteer time per month, but the personal (and professional) rewards for participating in the Chapter are great.

Candidates must be pre-qualified (through a review of the Indication of Interest form, filled out and submitted following guidelines below) in order to run for office:

·                     President

·                     Secretary and Treasurer

·                     Vice President Finance and CFO

·                     Vice President Communications and Technology

·                     Vice President Programs

·                     Director at Large (2 positions open during this cycle)

For descriptions of the above positions, click here. To view the current members of the PMISSC Board of Directors, click here.

NOMINATIONS: There are two ways in which a Chapter member may be nominated for a position on the PMISSC Board of Directors:

  1. You, as a Chapter member, may nominate yourself, by indicating your interest in running for a specific position. To do this, open the  Indication of Interest form, which is a locked form document in MS Word. Fill out the document and email it to the Nominations Committee at nominations@pmissc.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , by 11:00 PM, November 25, 2009; or
  2. If you, as a Chapter member, feel another Chapter member is specially qualified for a position, you may nominate that person by sending an email message by 11:00 PM, November 18, 2009, to the Nominations Committee at nominations@pmissc.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , indicating the name of the person, the position for which you are nominating that individual, and a short written description of why you feel that person should be considered to serve in the position. The Nominations Committee will then invite that individual to fill out and submit the  Indication of Interest form as outlined above.

INDICATION OF INTEREST FORM: To open the Indication of Interest form (in MS Word), please click here. Fill out the form, save it to your desktop and email it to nominations@pmissc.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  before 11:00 PM, November 25, 2009.

Indication of Interest form Indication of Interest form 

IMPORTANT: Before nominating yourself (or another Chapter member) to one of the Board positions, please click here to read the detailed position descriptions. You are also encouraged to familiarize yourself with the Chapter Bylaws.

Many thanks to Karen Nichols (Vice President and Trustee) and George Langbein (Vice President, Programs) for their help in managing the nomination and election process during this election cycle.

 


 

December 09, 2009 Fred Arnold, PMI's Strategic Plan

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Wednesday, 09 December 2009 11:00

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Program for the evening

In addition to having Fred share about PMI’s strategic plan, PMI's offerings and the importance and relevance of PMI Global to the membership, we will be holding our annual elections as part of our Annual Business Meeting as a chapter. There are seven open positions on the PMISSC Board of Directors for terms beginning January 1, 2010. For details on the nomination and election process, please click here.

Finally, we will present the results of our member survey, and hold a raffle of three prizes for those members who responded to the survey request.

Event:

 

December 9, 2009 PMI-SSC Meeting

Date:

 

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Time:

 

6:00 pm: Sign-in and Networking; 7:00 pm: Dinner; 7:30 pm: Discussion of Chapter Presentations; 8:00 pm: Featured Presentation

Location:

 

Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912 - Tel. 301-588-1688 - Metro: Silver Spring or Takoma on the Red Line)

Cost:

 

$35 if you pay in advance, $40 if you pay at the door.

Speaker:

 

Fred Arnold, Member of the Board of Directors, PMI Global 

Topic:

 

PMI's Strategic Plan

PDUs:

 

Yes! Of course! Attendance at the event is worth 1.5 PDUs.

Fred Arnold

Fred Arnold currently provides program and project management subject matter expertise to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in the area of IT Division Solutions Delivery. He has functioned as a Program Manager for key projects involving delivery of TSA operating platform’s upgrade, electronic time and attendance and scheduling program, migration of TSA's data center to a new DHS facility and developing TSA's IT infrastructure Phase Gate Program and integrated management controls program. His responsibilities include close delivery/cost/schedule performance oversight of the major IT application development and IT infrastructure contractors. 

Prior to his work at TSA, Fred supported the Program Controls Office of the DHS Infrastructure Transformation Program (ITP) as the senior project management specialist providing direct project and program management consulting support to Deloitte Consulting, Booz Allen and DHS management and staff.  The ITP initiative provided the consolidation of the 22 separate components into DHS's centralized programs in focus areas of email and exchange, data centers, operating centers, communications, human capital and organizational transformation.

 


 

November 11, 2009 - Casey Coleman - Cloud Computing

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Wednesday, 11 November 2009 11:00

Event:

 

November 11, 2009 PMI-SSC Meeting

Date:

 

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Time:

 

6:00 pm: Sign-in and Networking; 7:00 pm: Dinner; 8:00 pm: Presentation

Location:

 

Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912 - Tel. 301-588-1688 - Metro: Silver Spring or Takoma on the Red Line)

Cost:

 

$35 if you pay in advance, $40 if you pay at the door.

Speaker:

 

Casey Coleman, CIO of the General Services Administration   

Topic:

 

Cloud Computing

PDUs:

 

Yes! Of course! Attendance at the event is worth 1.5 PDUs.

Casey Coleman

Casey Coleman was named Chief Information Officer for the U.S. General Services Administration effective September 2, 2007.

As CIO, Ms. Coleman is responsible for aligning technology with GSA strategic business objectives.  Her primary focus is leading and implementing the effective and efficient acquisition and management of information technology solutions across GSA.  Ms. Coleman manages the Agency’s $500 million IT program, overseeing management, acquisition and integration of the GSA information resources.  Her oversight includes strategic planning, policy, capital planning, systems development, information security, enterprise architecture, and E-Government.

Previously, Ms. Coleman was appointed the Chief Information Officer for the U.S. General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) on October of 2006.  Ms. Coleman was responsible for the delivery of information technology, management services and business applications to support the FAS, a service which was formed by the combination of the GSA Federal Technology Service and Federal Supply Service.

Prior to her designation as FAS CIO, Ms. Coleman served two years as the GSA Federal Technology Service CIO.  She also headed the GSA Office of Citizen Services from June 2002 through July 2004, where she developed and successfully launched the USA Services governmentwide citizen customer service program.

Ms. Coleman began her career at Lockheed Martin, where she spent several years in software and system engineering roles, developing onboard command and control systems for military systems employed during the Gulf War.  She also served for a year as a Congressional Legislative Fellow in 1994.

With more than 18 years of experience in the high tech sector and a background in electronic business commerce, Ms. Coleman is known for her ability to implement organizational change, and using technology to achieve business and mission goals.

Ms. Coleman is a native Texan and graduated with honors from Texas A&M University with a bachelor's degree in computer science and a master's degree in business administration and finance from the University of Texas at Arlington.

 


 

October 21, 2009 - An Evening with Freeman Hrabowski & Carl Pritchard

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Wednesday, 21 October 2009 10:30

Pre-registration and Payment: Cost of the event is $30. Advance registration (and payment!) required. No walk-ins, and payment will not be accepted at the door. IMPORTANT: THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED!

Location: Hilton Hotel - 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia MD 21045 (Free Parking!).

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 21, 2009. Networking & Sign-in are at 5:30 PM, Dinner is at 6:30 PM, and the Presentations begin at 7:00 PM sharp, so plan your commute accordingly and don't be late!

Claiming PDUs: Click here for instructions. The event is worth 2 PDUs.

Questions? Please contact the Events Coordinator.

This event was jointly hosted by the Silver Spring and Baltimore Chapters of Project Management Institute:

PMI Silver Spring Chapter
PMI Baltimore Chapter

With Thanks to Our Sponsors: Read More

ESI International

Lambert Consulting Group

Edwards Project Solutions

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Spotlight on Our Speakers:

pritchard-02a.jpg“Followership - It's Our Job!” - Carl Pritchard - 7:00 PM:

Carl Pritchard notes that most emphasis in project management today is placed on leadership and our ability to lead.  It's crucial, however, to recognize that without the followers, nothing ever gets done...  Carl opened up an evening of leadership discussions with his insights on the crucial nature of being an effective follower, and how, through that role, we set ourselves up as more effective leaders.

Carl's opening words:

"...I've got a half-hour to talk about followership, and I'm the lead, and then I'll be followed by President Hrabowski, who's going to be following with leadership... "It just sounds like PMI, doesn't it?"

It was vintage Carl, with a fresh take on the role of the follower in the context of leadership, drawing analogies between getting lost in a maze and following the structured --albeit circuitous-- path of a labyrinth, and focusing on five key components of our "job" as followers: order discrimination, reporting propriety, fellow follower support, strategic inquiry, and what Carl describes as "proud humility."

“Transformational Leadership” - Freeman Hrabowski - 7:30 PM:

Freeman HrabowskiDr. Hrabowski is a powerful communicator and strategic thinker, who has been instrumental in the emergence of the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) as a nationally-ranked honors university. Last fall (in 2008), Freeman was one of 24 honorees nationwide to be named to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Leaders 2008" list, along with other luminaries such as neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, Children's Defense Fund President Marion Wright Edelman, jazz musician Herbie Hancock and the biologist and Nobel Laureate David Baltimore of the California Institute of Technology. The Best Leaders awards are the result of a collaborative effort between U.S. News and the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and their goal is to recognize the ability to set direction, achieve results and cultivate a culture of growth.

During his tenure as President of UMBC, Freeman has done all of that, and more, bringing about profound changes in the culture, character and competencies of the university. In the recently-released U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges Guide for 2010, UMBC is ranked #1 among up-and-coming national universities, and #4 in undergraduate teaching at national universities --the highest-ranked public university in the category-- tied with Stanford just behind Dartmouth, Princeton and Yale. In November, a month after this presentation, Freeman was named by Time Magazine among the top ten college presidents in the United States. William Brody (former President of Johns Hopkins University, now President of the Salk Institute), has described Freeman's work as "extraordinary," adding that "people from all the major colleges and universities across the country are coming to UMBC to see what Freeman has done."

Although he comes to us from outside the project management mainstream, Dr. Hrabowski has much to share that relates directly to our profession: He's a powerful communicator, he knows how to manage risk, resources and competing stakeholder interests, and there are few who can match him in his ability to think strategically and put plans into action.

In this regard, the topic of his presentation, Transformational Leadership, could not be more apt. Freeman Hrabowski is a dynamic leader who inspires transformational change at the deepest and most fundamental levels. Now in his 18th year as UMBC's President, he has been instrumental in UMBC's emergence as a nationally-ranked honors university.  The campus now ranks 2nd nationally in NASA-funded university research grants and cooperative agreements.  It also ranks 1st in public policy Ph.D.s awarded and is listed by the National Science Foundation as one of the top three doctoral-granting universities in the country in the production of IT degrees at the undergraduate, master's and Ph.D. levels.  Theater students rank 2nd nationally in invitations to perform at the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival, and UMBC's arts and humanities faculty rank 13th among public universities in the country in prestigious scholarly awards per capita, including Fulbright, Guggenheim, and Mellon Awards.

Dr. Hrabowski's research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. Born in 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Hrabowski graduated at 19 from Hampton Institute with highest honors in mathematics. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he received his M.A. (mathematics) one year later and his Ph.D. (higher education administration/statistics) at age 24. He serves as a consultant to the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Education, and universities and school systems nationally. He also sits on numerous corporate and civic boards (e.g., American Association of Colleges & Universities, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Marguerite Casey Foundation, McCormick & Company, Inc., University of Maryland Medical System).

Examples of recent awards or honors include election to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, receiving the McGraw Prize in Education, being listed among Fast Company magazine’s first “Fast 50 Champions of Innovation” in business and technology, being named Marylander of the Year by the editors of the Baltimore Sun, and receiving the Council on Chemical Research’s first Diversity Award, the BETA Award (Baltimore’s Extraordinary Technology Advocate), NSF’s Educator Achievement Award, and the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. He also holds honorary degrees from the Medical University of South Carolina, Binghamton University, Brooklyn College (City University of New York), and Mercy College.

Dr. Hrabowski is co-author of two books published by Oxford University Press: Beating the Odds (1998), focusing on parenting and high-achieving African American males in science; and Overcoming the Odds (2002), on successful African American females in science. A child-leader in the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Hrabowski was prominently featured in Spike Lee’s 1997 documentary, Four Little Girls, on the racially motivated bombing in 1963 of Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.

Among the comments received from those who attended the event: "As an attendee of the joint dinner session last night, let me extend a sincere thanks for the extraordinary vision, efforts, and success you achieved in pulling off a superb event... This was a great event, and fulfilled my already-high expectations... Overall, I believe it was one of the premier events of the year."

Freeman's closing words were a request to UMBC alumni: "One request, for all UMBC graduates, what I want you to do, tonight or tomorrow, is send me a note, and tell me your story. Doesn't have to be but a paragraph or two. Tell me your story, all the way back to middle [school] or high school, and what you're doing now. Best gift you can give me."

If you are a graduate of UMBC, please take a moment to visit the UMBC Alumni Search page and share your story with us. We, in turn, will share your story with Freeman, and keep you informed of outreach initiatives we hope to undedrtake with UMBC in collaboration with PMI Baltimore.

Related articles of interest, by and about Freeman Hrabowski:

·                     UMBC Honors and Achievements - Leadership and Innovation

·                     Freeman Hrabowski named by Time Magazine among the top ten college presidents in the United States.

·                     U.S. News & World Report ranks UMBC #1 among up-and-coming national universities, and #4 in undergraduate teaching at national universities.

·                     UMBC Watch - December 3, 2008 - U.S. News & World Report Names President Freeman Hrabowski to "America's Best Leaders" List

·                     Freeman Hrabowski: Marylander of the Year (December 19, 1999 article in the Baltimore Sun)

·                     Profile of Freeman Hrabowski, with a focus on the Meyerhoff Program.

·                     Testimony of Freeman Hrabowski before the Maryland State Legislature, February 2009

·                     Freeman Hrabowski - The Role of Youth in the Civil Rights Movement: Reflections on Birmingham

·                     Freeman Hrabowski: "Overcoming the Odds" and "Beating the Odds"

·                     A Magnetic Force (May 30, 2007 article on Freeman Hrabowski in the Washington Post)

 


 

September 9, 2009 - John Cable - What’s next after your PMP?

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Wednesday, 09 September 2009 12:00

Event:

 

September 9, 2009 PMI-SSC Meeting

Date:

 

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Time:

 

6:00 pm: Sign-in and Networking; 7:00 pm: Dinner; 8:00 pm: Presentation

Location:

 

Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912 - Tel. 301-588-6646 - Metro: Silver Spring or Takoma on the Red Line)

Cost:

 

$35 if you pay in advance, $40 if you pay at the door.

Speaker:

 

John Cable, Executive Director, Center for Excellence in Project Management at the University of Maryland, College Park   

Topic:

 

What's next after your PMP?

PDUs:

 

Yes! Of course! Attendance at the event is worth 1.5 PDUs.

Mr. Cable is a licensed architect and general contractor with over 35 years experience. His activities have included planning, design, and construction of buildings; building energy conservation research; management consulting; and teaching. In 1980 he was cited by Engineering News-Record as “one who served in the best interests of the building industry.” And, in 1992 he was selected by Remodeling Magazine as one of the 50 best remodeling contractors in the United States.

Since joining the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland in the fall of 1999, John initiated the graduate program in project management, an undergraduate minor, and the Center for Excellence in Project Management. He teaches courses in Project Management Fundamentals, and Managing Projects in a Dynamic Environment and is widely sought after for his seminars and workshops on a variety of Project Management topics. John is also chairman of the Project Management Institute’s Global Accreditation Center Board of Directors, a member of the Federal Government’s Project Management Working Group, and a member of the Science & Engineering Council of NASA’s Center for Program/Project Management Research. John is also a founding member of the International Project Management Educational Union along with Peking University and 6 other universities worldwide. In 2004 he coauthored a report for the National Academy of Sciences Federal Facilities Council on “Key Performance Indicators for Federal Facilitie's Portfolios”.

Prior to joining the University, Mr. Cable was a Research Fellow in the Logistics Management Institute’s Facilities and Engineering Management group where he managed a variety of lead assignments analyzing facility design and construction practices, conducting benchmarking and business process re-engineering studies, assessing the use of information technology in the management of design and construction, managed business and program planning assignments, and training/assisting clients in becoming certified in compliance with ISO9000 Quality Management Standards.

Prior to LMI, John created and managed a design/build firm specializing in renovation and new construction of residential, commercial and retail properties and directed energy conservation research in buildings for the U.S. Department of Engergy.

HONORS and AWARDS

·                     Keynote speaker, Growth in Market for Project Management & PM Education, Boston University Research Conference, May 2006

·                     Cited by Engineering News Record in 1980 as “one who served in the best interests of the building industry”

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

·                     Chairman, Global Accreditation Center Board of Directors, Project Management Institute

·                     Member, Science & Engineering Council, NASA’s Center for Program/Project Management Research

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

·                     Cable, J.H., Davis, J.S., 2006, “Positive Workplace: Enhancing Individual & Team Performance in Project Management”, Project Management Institute North American Congress Proceedings, Seattle, WA

·                     Cable, J.H., Davis, J.S., 2004, “Key Performance Indicators for Federal Facilities Portfolios” Federal Facilities Council Technical Report, The National Academies Press

·                     Cable, J.H., Ordonez, J.F., Chintalapani, C., Plaisant, C., 2004, “Project Portfolio Earned Value Management Using Treemaps”, Project Management Institute’s Research Conference Proceedings, London, UK

 


 

August 12, 2009 - Brian Munroe - Rescue My Project!

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Wednesday, 12 August 2009 12:00

Event:

 

August 12, 2009 PMI-SSC Meeting

Date:

 

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Time:

 

6:00 pm: Sign-in and Networking; 7:00 pm: Dinner; 8:00 pm: Presentation

Location:

 

Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912 - Tel. 301-588-6646 - Metro: Silver Spring or Takoma on the Red Line)

Cost:

 

$35 if you pay in advance, $40 if you pay at the door.

Speaker:

 

Brian Munroe, CEO & Founder of MTI Learning, Inc. 

Topic:

 

Rescue My Project: An Overview of Troubled Projects and How We Deal With Them  

PDUs:

 

Yes! Of course! Attendance at the event is worth 1.5 PDUs.

SYNOPSIS:

Together we will discuss the Rescue My Project™ Methodology and its similarities and differences with other methods that are being used in the field of project management. As project management professionals, we have often tried all the tricks of the trade to bring troubled projects back on track.  However, as project complexity increases, so too do the root causes of the trouble, and often a “back to basics” rescue approach needs to be initiated.  As organizations become more receptive to project managers looking for assistance, we need to develop the skills required to assist these same organizations in project recovery to avoid total failure.

...and if this 1-hour presentation isn't enough:

Sign up for MTI's 3 Day Rescue My Project Course in Baltimore on Oct 21 - 23, 2009 (cost: $1795.00). This is an interactive course which takes participants through the entire project rescue process, giving project managers the knowledge and tools necessary to assess and either recover or terminate a troubled project. Through this course, project managers will gain insight into why projects fail, and how to recognize symptoms of troubled projects.

(The October 21-23, 2009 event was cancelled) 

Brian H. Munroe

MTI Learning Inc.’s Founder and CEO, Brian H. Munroe, is a seasoned leader with solid sales management, customer service, account management and project management experience. He is currently a member of the Project Management Institute as a certified PMP and is active on the board of PMI’s Troubled Project Special Interest Group (SIG) as the Vice President of Information Technology. Brian has led many projects in the technology, education, financial, utility and health care sectors, and together with the team at MTI Project Management, conducts Project Rescue consultancy services for many of these clients. As a skilled public speaker and trainer, Brian has partnered effectively with customers in Canada, the United States, and various regions in Asia and Europe. He is an expert at implementing sound project management principles and best practices, and enjoys sharing his experiences with audiences and students around the globe. Brian is married to Heather and together they live in Ottawa, Canada with their two children, Paige and Jason.  In his spare time, Brian enjoys camping and boating with his family and riding his motorcycle.

 


 

July 8, 2009 - Jose Delgado - Certification & Accreditation

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Wednesday, 08 July 2009 00:00

Date:

 

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Time:

 

6:00 pm: Sign-in and Networking; 7:00 pm: Dinner; 8:00 pm: Presentation

Location:

 

Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912 - Tel. 301-588-6646 - Metro: Silver Spring or Takoma on the Red Line)

Cost:

 

$35 if you pay in advance, $40 if you pay at the door.

PDUs:

 

Yes! Of course! Attendance at the event is worth 1.5 PDUs.

Certification & Accreditation of IT Systems 

PDUs: 1.5

 

This one-hour presentation will provide an overview of the Certification and Accreditation (C&A) process as prescribed by NIST and DoD.  It will explore and discuss the origins of C&A, the different C&A frameworks, key players, the C&A processes and its future role in information technology.  The presentation will also include the impact of system security on system development and Project Management.

Jose R. Delgado, CISSP, CISM, CISA, PMP 

In addition to holding certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP), Jose R. Delgado is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). He has worked on projects with the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of State reviewing documentation packages for compliancy with the DoD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) guidelines. Before working as an Information Assurance Engineer, Mr. Delgado was an IT Manager in charge of the day-to-day operation of technology support of data, voice and image technologies for KPMG and BearingPoint in Northern Virginia.

Prior to working with KPMG, Mr. Delgado held a number of positions during a 10-year period with Ernst & Young LLP.  As a Quality Assurance Manager, he managed the content strategy, architecture and development for the Ernst & Young web portal and an Ernst & Young worldwide internal application.  As a Project Manager, he designed and managed the rollout of IT projects in Mid-Atlantic offices, and developed a Disaster Recovery Plan for US offices of Ernst & Young.  As an Office Technology Manager, he managed all aspects of data, voice and video communications for the company, prepared an Information Assurance Awareness program, and managed the rollout of Windows 95 and other initiatives.  As a consultant, he analyzed, developed, and tested applications and system interfaces for Bristol-Myers Squibb, Sandoz Pharmaceutical, DuPont Pharmaceutical, GlaxoSmithKline, Coca-Cola, Bacardi and various government agencies.

Jose is a member of various Information Security Organizations, and currently serves as VP of Technology and Communications for the Silver Spring Chapter of PMI.

 


 

June 10, 2009 - Jeremy Epstein - Marketing Survival Strategies for the Attention Economy

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Wednesday, 10 June 2009 13:00

Date:

 

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Time:

 

6:00 pm: Sign-in and Networking; 7:00 pm: Dinner; 8:00 pm: Presentation

Location:

 

Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912 - Tel. 301-588-6646 - Metro: Silver Spring or Takoma on the Red Line)

Cost:

 

$35 if you pay in advance, $40 if you pay at the door.

PDUs:

 

Yes! Of course! Attendance at the event is worth 1.5 PDUs.

Marketing Survival Strategies for the Attention Economy

PDUs: 1.5

 

One of the most influential social scientists of the 20th century, Herbert Simon, remarked that “a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.” Simon succinctly wraps up the challenges facing marketers in the Internet era. Inundated by information and media from all sides, prospects and clients continue to tune out and ignore traditional marketing tactics and message. Firms of all sizes (with clients of all sizes) struggle with the central question: How do we effectively cut through all the noise to establish authentic dialogue and relationships and… make money? Join Jeremy Epstein, a “Marketing Navigator for the Attention Economy,” in a lively, interactive (and remarkable!) presentation that will:

·                     help you understand the fundamental macro-societal shifts impacting marketers

·                     provide guidelines on how to thrive as a marketer in the new environment

·                     share the ground rules for the new marketing

·                     educate you on the key concepts of using Social Media as a marketing channel

·                     offer suggestions on the first steps on the road to a Word-of-Mouth/Social Media marketing strategy.

Jeremy Epstein

Over the course of an almost 6-year career at Microsoft, Jeremy implemented numerous scalable community-building (and revenue-generating) programs. His efforts were recognized more than once as US-wide best practices and he authored one of Microsoft’s most successful marketing blogs with over 110,000 views per month. Since leaving Microsoft and “hanging out the shingle,” he has signed contracts with multiple clients including Johnson & Johnson and NYT best-selling author, Dan Pink. A passionate technologist, Jeremy prides himself as early adopter of email (1991), a personal home page (1992), and blogging (2000). His career highlights include a start-up with his brother (SilentFrog), and award-winning interactive marketing in Tokyo. You can read his blog (and more) at http://www.ignitingtherevolution.com/ or find him on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Plaxo, and FriendFeed (among others).

 


 

Joanne Aaronson - Enlightened Leadership: Pathway to Success

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Tuesday, 12 May 2009 18:00

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jsa-ps1.jpgPlease join us on Wednesday evening, May 13, 2009 at the Blair Mansion Inn in Silver Spring, MD, to welcome our guest speaker for the month of May, Joanne Aaronson, PMP, who will be speaking on "Enlightened Leadership: Pathway to Success." Joanne is an author, speaker, trainer, consultant and coach, whose innovative workshops and presentations have been extremely well-received. She uses a unique blend of real-world corporate experience with creativity and intuitive development training to facilitate empowerment in the individual and the achievement of true potential. Sign-in and networking begin at 6:00 PM, dinner is at 7:00 PM, and the presentation begins at 8:00 PM.

Date:

 

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Time:

 

6:00 pm: Sign-in and Networking; 7:00 pm: Dinner; 8:00 pm: Presentation

Location:

 

Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912 - Tel. 301-588-6646 - Metro: Silver Spring or Takoma on the Red Line)

Cost:

 

$35 if you pay in advance, $40 if you pay at the door.

PDUs:

 

Yes! Of course! Attendance at the event is worth 1.5 PDUs.

 

PDUs: 1.5

 

This one-hour program presents the case for a needed paradigm shift in corporate America today, defined by the qualities of Enlightened Leadership. The negative forces at play are described, together with ways in which these forces can be countered by the positive forces of Enlightened Leadership. Successful leaders understand how to use self-empowerment and their own inner wisdom and maximized creativity as facilitators of success. You know who they are by the degree of respect, admiration and loyalty their subordinates and their peers have for them. They are sought out for the solutions to the big problems, as they always have the answers. Enlightened Leaders use their inner light to provide the right solution at the right time. They use their heart and not just their head to deal with interpersonal problems, and they understand and use their power wisely. Working-level examples will be presented to encourage leaders at every level of the organization --whether project managers, team leads or executives-- to make the shift to Enlightened Leadership.

For more information on this event, please contact the PMISSC Events Coordinator.

Biography

Joanne Aaronson, PMP, is the recipient of several industry awards for excellence in project management. She holds a degree in physics and post-graduate certification in technology management, as well as certifications in intuitive development from the Institute for Intuitive Studies in Virginia Beach. Combined with over 20 years of project/program management experience in both the public and private sectors, she has successfully used her techniques to bring in projects on time and within budget both nationally and internationally. Using her intuitive abilities for strategic advantage, she has conceptualized and led many national and international projects through the full life cycle of development, with some being conducted in a totally virtual environment. Ms. Aaronson is an intuitive life coach with her company - Life Transformations, LLC - and has offered executive and individual life coaching and innovative workshops for organizations such as AT&T, British Telecom, Concert, Lockheed Martin, and various government agencies.

Joanne has been a frequent speaker at Project Management Institute (PMI) programs, and members of her audience have described her presentations as "awesome" and an "amazing combination of concise, to-the-point, yet exciting material". Her full-day Enlightened Leadership Workshop was extremely well received. Don't miss this one-hour glimpse into some of the important leadership concepts she has developed throughout the course of her career.

 


 

Joe Spigai - OPM3 Redux: PMI's Newest Assessment Model

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Tuesday, 07 April 2009 18:00

Dr. Joe Spigai - April 8, 2009

PDUs: 1.5

spigai.jpgPlease join us on Wednesday evening, April 8, 2009 at the Blair Mansion Inn in Silver Spring, MD, to welcome our guest speaker for the month of April, Dr. Joe Spigai, who will be speaking on "OPM3 Redux: PMI's Newest Assessment Model".

The OPM3 model has been around for a long time.  Now PMI has taken the old model and done a significant update for the 21st Century. Dr. Joe Spigai, a PMI-certified OPM3 Assessor/Consultant (one of only 96 worldwide), has been heavily involved with the update. In his presentation, Dr. Spigai will present what's new with OPM3.

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Since 2006, Dr. Joe Spigai has been Director of the Program Management Office (PMO) for WOOD Consulting Services, Inc. of Fulton, MD, where he has performance oversight of programs and projects and directs their project management training/mentoring. Prior to his current position, Dr. Spigai was President of Spigai Associates, Inc., a project management and systems engineering consulting/training company, which he founded in 1995 and sold in 2005. Previously, he has held positions as Adjunct Professor and Director of the Engineering Management Program at UMUC Graduate School, and as Program Manager and Technical Director in the Naval Systems Division of the (then) Martin Marietta Corporation. Dr. Spigai’s early career was spent in the U.S. Navy, as both a line officer and as a Naval Oceanographer specializing in antisubmarine warfare and underwater acoustics; he retired as a Commander in 1983. Joe holds a Ph.D. in Oceanography from Oregon State University and has been a PMI member since 1995, the year he received his PMP certification.

 


 

Emory Miller - Thought Leadership in Program Management

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Wednesday, 11 March 2009 13:00

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PDUs: 1.5

emiller.jpgPlease join us on Wednesday evening, March 11, 2009, at the Blair Mansion Inn in Silver Spring, Maryland, to welcome our guest speaker for the month of March, Emory Miller, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at Robbins-Gioia, LLC and recipient of the Industry Advisory Council's Communicator of the Year Award. Emory will be speaking about "Thought Leadership in Program Management," drawing from his 36 years of government service and his experience working with the Federal CIO Council.

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Event:

 

March 11, 2009 PMI-SSC Meeting

Date:

 

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Time:

 

6:00 pm: Sign-in and Networking; 7:00 pm: Dinner; 8:00 pm: Presentation

Location:

 

Blair Mansion Inn (7711 Eastern Avenue - Silver Spring, MD 20912 - Tel. 301-588-6646 - Metro: Silver Spring or Takoma on the Red Line)

Cost:

 

$35 if you pay in advance, $40 if you pay at the door.

Speaker:

 

Emory Miller 

Topic:

 

Thought Leadership in Program Management 

PDUs:

 

Yes! Of course! Attendance at the event is worth 1.5 PDUs.

In his current role at Robbins-Gioia, Emory Miller is  helping public and private organizations understand how to drive their high-risk and complex initiatives to successful completion. Internally, Emory is leading the company to understand and address the critical emerging issues facing businesses and governments today. 

During the latter portion of a 36-year Federal career, Emory worked government-wide with most of the Federal departments and agencies, addressing their most pressing information technology and business issues.  Earlier, Emory served 21 years acquiring and managing over $2 billion of information technology resources for several Federal organizations. Emory served as the Outreach Director for the Federal Chief Information Officers (CIO) Council and as President of the Association for Federal Information Resources Management, a public/private association of information technology professionals.  Emory established the Federal CIO University and the Project Management Working Group of the Council.  For eight years, he served on the Information Technology Resources Board, an interagency committee established by the President to review the government's large, mission-critical systems.  For nine years, Emory delivered and hosted the Interagency Resources Management Conference, the government's largest interagency gathering of information technology executives, focused on making the government better for the citizens of the country.  Emory was the first program manager for SmartBuy, the Federal government's initiative to buy enterprise software licenses.

Emory has received numerous awards for his service, including the Industry Advisory Council's Communicator of the Year Award, Federal Computer Week's Federal 100 Award (twice), Federal CIO Council's Technology Leadership Award (four times), and Federal Computer Week's Top 10 Executives Award.

 


 

Charles Talley - PMISSC: Metropolitan-Wide Program Management

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Thursday, 28 July 2005 13:00

sm_talley3.jpgPlease join us on Thursday evening, July 28, 2005, as Charles W. Talley, PMP, speaks on “Metropolitan-Wide Program Management - Taking Enterprise PM to the Next Level.” Charles is Program Manager for Agency Liaison Services of the Office of the Chief Technology Officer of the Government of the District of Columbia. He will be addressing questions such as the following:

  • How do you ensure consistent project success when you are monitoring as many as 75 concurrent projects?
  • How do you manage expectations among senior-level executives who have all levels of IT knowledge and who have experienced a wide range of successes and failures on previous IT projects?
  • How do you standardize performance measures when your projects have totally different goals and, in many cases, different views of the world?

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Event details:

Event: July 2005 PMI-SSC Meeting
Date: Thursday, July 28, 2005
Time: 6:30 pm: Networking; 7:00 pm: Dinner; 8:00 pm: Presentation
Location: MeiWah Restaurant, Chevy Chase, MD
Cost: $30 (online or by check in the mail), $35 at the door
Speaker: Charles W. Talley, PMP
Topic: "Metropolitan-Wide Program Management - Taking Enterprise PM to the Next Level"

Charles W. Talley, PMP
Program Manager for Agency Liaison Services
Office of the Chief Technology Officer
Government of the District of Columbia

As a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 29 years experience in the Information Technology (IT) industry, Charles Talley has had leadership roles in many complex, large-scale programs for a variety of commercial, Federal, State and Local Government organizations. He has had the privilege to manage successful IT programs involving as many as 14 concurrent projects and technical teams in excess of 230 people, and the pleasure of being Program Manager for part of the team that won the Center for Digital Government’s 2003 “Best of the Web” Award for the best metropolitan website in the United States.

As a Business Process Management (BPM) practitioner, Charles has led such programs as the total redesign and business improvement of operations processes for a 4,700-person company with 107 office locations. He has implemented the Software Engineering Institute’s (SEI) Capability Maturity Model (CMM) at five organizations, bringing three organizations from CMM Level 1 to CMM Level 3, and two to CMM Level 4. In addition, he has achieved ISO 9001 certification for two organizations by redesigning and improving their quality management systems.

Mr. Talley is an active member of the IT community, where he has provided testimony before the United States House of Representatives, Technology Subcommittee on the Computer Security Enhancement Act; served as President of the Maryland Software Consortium; served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Maryland World Class Consortium; served on the Technical Committee of the Fraunhofer Software Engineering Laboratory at the University of Maryland; and been Program Chairman for the IT Committee of the High Technology Council of Maryland. However, it should be noted that not all of his duties have been hard work, because he has also traveled to Europe as part of a delegation for the Maryland State Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) to brief German business executives on the benefits of establishing operations in Maryland.

In addition, he has presented technical briefings and chaired workshops at numerous regional and national-level IT conferences, including the E-Gov (National Electronic Government Conference and Exposition), GBET (Government, Business and Education Technology) and NASIRE (National Association of Information Resource Executives).

Mr. Talley holds two Bachelor of Science degrees (Business Management and Computer Studies), and a Master’s degree in Computer Resource and Information Management.

 


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PMI Silver Spring ChapterThe Silver Spring Chapter of Project Management Institute (http://www.pmi-ssc.org) normally meets at the Blair Mansion Inn in Silver Spring, Maryland, on the second Wednesday evening of the month (unless otherwise indicated). Cost of an evening event is $35, which includes dinner and the presentation by our guest speaker. Plan to arrive for sign-in and networking around 6:00 PM. Dinner is at 7:00 PM, and the presentation begins at 8:00 PM. Free parking is available on the premises of the Blair Mansion Inn, which is located at 7711 Eastern Avenue in Silver Spring, around eight-tenths of a mile from either the Silver Spring or Takoma metro stops on the Red Line.


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