A fantastic success:
The PMI/NJ Regional Symposium held on May
18, 1998 at the Somerset DoubleTree was a tremendous success. This years
attendance including attendees, vendors, speakers, and helpers was 334,
an all time high, with representation from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania,
Maryland, Florida, and Illinois. The attendees were treated to an outstanding
agenda of speakers, poster presentations, and vendor displays / presentations.
Aita Salasoo and her team presented
6 speakers who provided insights to sharpening your project management
skills in the following topics:
||Managing Complex Organizations in Uncertain
||Practical Approach to Planning
||Gearing Up for Risk
||Systems Thinking for Project Managers
Aita's team also was responsible
for creating the first poster presentations. There were a total of
6 posters presented:
||Critical Chain Scheduling
|Employee Stability is the Key to a Successful
||To See or Not to See... That is the Investment!
|How Does it Fit into This Project
||Practical Application of PM Skills
||RLN's and Bellcore - Not Quite Perfect
Everyone enjoyed visiting the 20 vendors
(another record) arranged by Nancy Saunders and her team. Fourteen
of the vendors provided presentations on best practices and demos. The
vendors capped the day with a raffle with prizes which delighted the crowd.
Our tanks to these vendors:
|Coopers & Lybrand
|International Institute for Learning
|Management Worlds, Inc
|MicroFrame Technologies, Inc
|PMI Publication Division
|Process Sciences Laboratory
|Robert Andrew Associates
|Spectrum Technology Group
|Stevens Institute of Technology
|Windows Support Group
Materials from the Vendors and Speakers
were presented in a Proceedings document arranged by Kim Hinton's
Pat Bonanni and Gretchen Pozarycki (you
should all recognize their names), and their team did an outstanding job
registering the 280 plus attendees and providing the name tags, certificates,
assistance and gifts for all (did everyone find the saw).
Annette Quick-Depasquale and team
provided the evaluation forms and will be tabulating the results to provide
the insights to improve the symposium for next year.
Early in the planning of the symposium,
Levenberg's team provided the guidance for the theme and then the advertising
materials for the flyers and postcards which were sent to the members and
the newspapers. This year we mailed information to the surrounding 6 regional
chapters (New Jersey, New York City, Hudson Valley, Delaware Valley, Keystone
, and the Southern New England chapters).
The ad information was used by Debbie
Cocoziello to arrange advertising in local papers. We also made
it into the PM/NET magazine.
Finally, the activities of the day were
made enjoyable by the work of Angela Thomas and her team to assure
that the DoubleTree had every detail complete to satisfy the needs of the
attendees. No one should have gone away hungry.
Also as part of this report, enjoy the
pictures taken by Mike Hall. Hopefully you will see someone you
know and will be in the picture yourself next year.
We are already planning for next year's
event. The 1999 Regional Symposium will be held on May 17, 1999.
The planning team will investigate expanding next year's activities to
two days to include the presentation of papers by members with the speaker
vendor agenda for the next day. We are reviewing the evaluations to assure
that this format will satisfy the needs of the members. An alternate possibility
will have a third track during a single day for the presentation of papers.
What are your thoughts?
Keep in touch!!