On behalf of PMINJ, welcome to the 2011/2012 program
As you are aware, we held elections for several Board positions this past summer. Effective September 1, 2011, several new members joined your PMINJ Board of Directors. Elections are staggered, so some Board members will remain in their current positions as last year. Each Board term is two years.
I formerly held the role of Vice President Marketing. Yes, I sent you all the emails! I will be taking on a new role and responsibility within our chapter. I am honored to serve as your President of PMINJ.
I must extend my special thanks and gratitude to our past President, John Bufe. He served as President for seven years. I thank him for his dedication, support, guidance and service. John will still be actively involved within the chapter.
Barbara Fuller will be taking on the role of Vice President Marketing. You may remember Barbara coordinating all the Career Networking Group meetings. Barbara did a great job and the role is now being passed on to capable hands of Joan Galay.
Scott Seningen will be taking on the role of sending out all the regular emails to you. Look for his name on future emails. Better yet, look for his name tag at the next chapter meeting so you can put the face with the name you will get to know well!
The role of Vice President Programs is now held by Lisa Blake. Lisa is responsible for the planning and coordination of our monthly programs, including the coordination of our satellite sites. We are well ahead of our fellow chapters in providing this opportunity to 12 satellite sites per program meeting! Linda Glickman held the role of VP Programs for many successful years, and brought us timely, informative and thought provoking monthly program meetings. I thank her for her service, excellence and dedication for the past eight years.
Beth Carfagno is returning as Vice President Membership. This is her second full term in the role. As a member of PMINJ, your membership is very important to Beth, the Board, and to the chapter! I encourage you to become more involved in the chapter, as a volunteer for a team or event. I can tell you from personal history that you get even more from your PMI experience the more active a role you play within the chapter. Join, renew and volunteer!
Our Board members that are returning this year are Pat Bonanni, Vice President – Finance; Debbie Heger, Vice President – Administration; Ava Heuer, Vice President Professional Education & Development; and Deven Trivedi, Vice President Symposium. I want to extend my sincere thanks to the Vice Presidents and numerous Directors and volunteers that serve on the teams within each VP area of responsibility. Look at our website to see the list of dedicated individuals that volunteer to bring you excellence in events and offerings.
PMINJ is proud to serve New Jersey’s project managers and project management community. We represent one of the largest and strongest PMI chapters. We come together at each meeting, course and symposium to enjoy mutual camaraderie, networking and the exchange of knowledge.
During my term as president of PMINJ, I look forward to working with our volunteers, members, leadership, sponsors and partner organizations. I endeavor to represent us all in the best possible manner, to advance the project management discipline and to continue to improve upon all that has been accomplished and established to date.
I intend to build upon our successes and bring value to your membership through our offerings to:
I welcome and value feedback from all of
you. Feel free to email me with your comments,
questions and suggestions at
. Every one of you plays a part in making PMINJ the
outstanding organization that it is today. Your
continued support and participation is greatly
The NJ Chapter of PMI is an organization that is run by volunteers, for the members. It is through the dedication and commitment of individuals like you that we are, and will continue to be, successful. We are always looking for volunteers to join our team as the Chapter continues to grow and broaden its services to the member community. Any questions? Contact the Director of Volunteers at .
In this ever changing world,
information and relationships still remain the foundation
of one’s professional success. PMINJ is proud to
announce that the power of Social Media tools is now at
the service of its members. In addition to the PMINJ
website, PMINJ LinkedIn group and Facebook page, now offer
additional ways to stay in touch with what’s happening in
the Chapter, and in the project management
A PMINJ group LinkedIn subscription requires a
LinkedIn account. Group activity is monitored to prevent
spam and maintain a professional environment. LinkedIn
applications for mobile devices like iPhone, Android
and iPad are available for those who wish to stay in
touch in real time.
Visit PMINJ Facebook page! PMINJ Facebook
A subscription to the PMINJ Facebook page requires
a Facebook account. Click “Like” in order to follow
When it comes to communication and information management, there is no “one size fits all” solution: depending on your personal preference, everyone may choose the most appropriate way to stay connected with the chapter. The LinkedIn group provides a strictly professional environment. For those using Facebook as a main relationship management tool, the Chapter page might provide additional benefits. With a new generation of project managers growing up in the world of text messages using Twitter and Facebook news stream as their main communication tools, we can be sure that everyone can find an optimal solution for staying connected with PMINJ to achieve their professional goals.
NJPMO Local Community of Interest (LCI) officially
celebrates its 1 year anniversary since officially
launching on September 21, 2010. This LCI is dedicated to
serving professionals involved or interested in Project,
Program and Portfolio Management. Since its
inception, this LCI has conducted various “Meet &
Greet” networking events, has published three quarterly
newsletters, has increased its’ LinkedIn Group to 100+
members and has a growing Twitter presence. In
addition, there have been two “Knowledge Share” event
presentations: “PMO 101” was presented on November 16th,
2010 at the Parsippany Hilton by Ron Krukowski, PMP and
“Implementing a PMO” was presented on April 12, 2011 at
the Bridgewater Marriott by Sandra Baptiste, MBA, PMP.
The NJPMO LCI is excited to begin its second year as a Local Community of Interest within the PMINJ Chapter. This year will start out with a “Meet & Greet” networking event at the September PMINJ Chapter Meeting at the Pines Manor.
For the upcoming October 18th, 2011 PMINJ Chapter Meeting at the Parsippany Hilton (5:30pm), the NJPMO LCI will be conducting another “Knowledge Share” session. This session will discuss the importance and the art of the program kick-off meeting. The presentation titled “Setting up the Program Kick-off Meeting” will feature guest speaker Bill Perkins, PMP, PgMP from MetLife. The goal of this session is for attendees to gain an understanding of the messages that must be shared and communicated to the program team and to gain a roadmap/template for setting up and running effective program kick-off meetings.
Bill Perkins, PMP, PgMP is an Enterprise Program Leader at MetLife working as a program manager in the Enterprise Program Implementation Management Office (PIMO) on the firm’s large, strategic initiatives. Bill has spent his 25-year professional in the career in the insurance industry starting off in group underwriting and sales, and then finding his home in quality and program management. He is a certified PMP, PgMP and has a B.A from Dartmouth College.
The NJPMO Local Community of Interest looks forward to seeing everyone at these events!
The international project
management day (IPM day) is intended to encourage project
based organizations worldwide or organizations who utilize
project management methodologies to schedule a recognition
event within their organizations or coordinated locally
with others to truly demonstrate appreciation for the
achievements of project managers and their teams.
For the seventh consecutive year, PMINJ will be celebrating International Project Management Day (IPM DAY 2011) on Thursday November 3rd 2011, at the elegant Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset NJ.
This year’s celebration of International Project Management (IPM) Day continues the tradition of providing project managers with an opportunity to break from the daily routine, provide PM domain knowledge including discussion on international project management by well respected speakers. Also the event will provide excellent opportunity for members to network with other project managers, share ideas and review vendor solutions from exhibitors and information on CoP and LCIs.
The single track of speakers, popular with those who frequent attendees to PMINJ’s IPM Day celebration is further enriched with an afternoon workshop. During breaks and lunch, time is available to visit vendor and CoP/LCI booths to discuss tools, techniques, services and training. There will be networking opportunities with 500 project management professionals.
Here is a brief introduction to our accomplished speakers and their seminar topics:
Frank P. Saladis, PMP - “Architecting the Future Through Project Management”
Abstract - Project managers and project management have been shaping the future for centuries. From the structures we know as the wonders of the world to the international space station, to the technologies that brought us the cloud, smart phones and smart pads, project managers have been instrumental in creating the environment we live and work in today. This presentation focuses on the importance of project management and the need for skilled professional project managers to take new ideas and creative solutions from concept to reality, architecting a future environment that is sustainable and adaptable to meet the needs of our global community.
Joseph A. Lukas, PMP, CE, CCE- “Project Negotiations: Deal Yourself a Winning Hand!
Abstract – This talk will present the ‘David Letterman’ list of the top ten mistakes made in conducting project negotiations, along with techniques that can be utilized to avoid these mistakes. The talk will then describe a recommended procedure to follow when preparing for a negotiation. Finally, effective tactics that can be applied to project negotiations will be described, including concession strategy, and the use of time, power, authority and questions. This talk will help you understand when to hold your position, when to fold (compromise), when to walk away and when to run.
Sherry A. Blair, MSSW, MA, LCSW, BCPC - “The Positivity Pulse: Transforming Your Workplace”
Abstract – In The Positivity Pulse: Transforming Your Workplace presentation, Sherry introduces and inspires to transform your work environment by leading and interacting from your heart not in a “polly-annish” manner but rather in a hard ball approach. By introducing concepts from modern day leadership, change management interventions and positive psychological research, you learn why this makes sound business sense.
John Boyens – “Avoiding the Five Fatal Flaws of Management”
Abstract – This workshop was custom-designed to help Project Managers reach their full potential by learning (and ultimately avoiding) the 5 Fatal Flaws of Management. Those flaws include:
This value focused content will appeal to the
seasoned professional as well as those just starting out
in their project management career; there is something for
each of us to learn! Note that registration rates
will increase effective October 15, 2011. This popular
seminar, usually sells out in advance so register as soon
as you can to take advantage of having great event and
receive 8 PDUs.
The Career Networking LCI
kicked off the new season with a presentation from Diane
Litchko on the ever-popular topic of LinkedIn.
Almost all present were already using LinkedIn to some
degree, so Diane focused on what is new in LinkedIn
lately. New features include Company Pages (more
than 2 million companies now have pages) which can show
you people in LinkedIn that work for that company, Jobs
pages (which allow you to create custom job searches),
Groups pages, and Answers, as well as lots of
applications. Diane's many recommendations included
targeting as many as 500 first level contacts (only a
couple of attendees had this many), uploading a good
picture, and paying careful attention to the profile
headline and professional experience.
LinkedIn gets searched just like resume databases, so it is important to include the keywords that your target companies would search for (critical keywords more than once) - it should be easy for a hiring company to find you. Posing and answering questions can give you increased visibility and credibility. Giving and receiving recommendations is valuable, and Diane reminded everyone that whatever you post online in LinkedIn should be positive in tone. There are additional paid features available, but all of the extensive features mentioned are free.
The October Networking session will be “Interview War Stories” – an interactive sharing of interview experiences.
Chapter Kicks-off A New Year! The September 20th,
2011 PMINJ Chapter Meeting at the Pines Manor was the
kick-off for this new year of PMINJ Events! It was
great to see many colleagues re-engage in PMINJ activities
following the summer break.
There were two events Prior to the PMINJ Chapter Meeting. The Career Networking LCI featured Diane Litchko, PHR (Human Resources Manager for Qualcomm) who presented insights to effectively building networks through introductions, recommendations and maximizing online profiles in LinkedIn. The PMINJ PMO LCI sponsored a “Meet and Greet” session.
PMINJ Chapter Business
The main event began with Judy Balaban, PMP taking the stage and introducing herself and expressing her gratitude for being elected as the new PMINJ Chapter President. Judy expressed her excitement for the upcoming PMINJ year and stated that she will be visiting and attending the monthly meetings from the different satellite locations. Judy thanked past officers for their efforts and dedication, welcomed the newly elected officers, and acknowledged the new PMPs as well as first time meeting attendees.
Maureen Sammis, PMP (Public Relations) discussed the efforts around the PMINJ Social Media Initiatives. Maureen introduced the new LinkedIn Group (PMINJ) as well as the new Facebook page (PMINJChapter). A Twitter presence is also in the works.
Lisa Blake, PMP (VP Programs) thanked BTII Institute who sponsored the evening’s event. Len Brown of BTII gave an overview of some of the courses they are offering and donated a raffle for an online course ($250 value). Lisa then introduced the featured presentation.
Featured Presentation: “Behind the Frontlines: Teambuilding in Kabul” – Christa Kirby
Christa Kirby is the Director of Global Communications as well as a trainer at International Institute for Learning (IIL). With a BA from Duke University and a MA from New York University, she is an experienced Communications professional as well as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and trainer. For the past decade, Christa has conducted workshops and led training for corporations, non-governmental organizations and foundations in countries including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Croatia, Romania, Ethiopia, Greece and the US. Her specialty areas of focus are team-building, leadership, conflict resolution, effective communication, cross-cultural communication and peace-building. Before joining IIL, Christa worked for nine years with Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide in Communications and Knowledge Management.
Christa worked in Afghanistan in 2007 as part of two initiatives as part of the US Non-governmental Organization (NGO) sponsored by USAID (government agency providing U.S. economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide). The initiatives were 1) Support for the Election Process (STEP) and 2) Initiative to Promote Afghan Civil Society (i-PACS).
Her goal was to unite two separate - and often competitive - groups operating under the same “parent” organization into a cohesive, collaborative team. Christa’s 2-Week Training Program set out to:
She began by explaining some of the challenges faced with
working with the teams in Kabul: Location of the city,
potential for danger at any moment, language barriers,
cultural gaps and a very low literacy rate among the
citizens of Kabul all added to the complexity of her
mission. These challenges were compounded by the teams
competing for funding, human resources, physical resources
training and publicity.
Christa then explained how she set out to accomplish this team building initiative and the methods that she incorporated into her training program. Aside from her years of expertise, she utilized tools and techniques from:
The presentation proceeded with photographs of the teams
highlighting their efforts, personality changes,
interactions and overall accomplishments. The teams
were ultimately successful and a major transformation of
many individuals had occurred along the way. Christa
pointed out that a key factor to this success was showing
“Empathy” to the teams and citing a quote from Daniel
Goleman’s book “Emotional Intelligence” where he says,
“Empathy represents the foundation skill required for all
the social competencies important in a work environment.”
The evening concluded with two raffle drawings. The online class raffle provided by the evening’s sponsor BTII was won by Gary Bueler and a book provided by the PMO SIG was won by Graham Wisdom!
The PMINJ new year is off to an amazing start!!!
Graduating from school or just trying to break into a
career in project management?
There are many questions you should be asking yourself right now. Chief among them is what your career path should look like. In this article my goal is to arm you with the perspective to figure it out.
In general, once a minimum requirement of formal education has been satisfied, work experience is the most important for advancing your project management career. Certifications and advanced degrees can wait and many must, due to the experience eligibility requirements.
Entry-level roles come in many forms. They vary widely across organizations and industries and include but are not limited to the following.
Depending on your background, you may be interested in
these disciplines as well. They can be careers
themselves, or a good stepping stone into project
Now, let’s get into some examples you can probably
Sarah, The Newly Graduated
It’s graduation time, and Sarah has worked hard to earn her 4-year degree. What she lacks in work experience, she makes up for in self-motivation and smarts. Now she’s faced with a difficult decision.
Does she stay in school and go for a Master’s degree, or does she go get a job now?
Advice For The Newly Graduated:
For most entry-level and mid-level project management roles, a 4-year degree (in just about anything) is going to be a requirement. Post-graduate degrees are not usually looked for. The best thing for Sarah now is to land an entry-level position at an organization who values project management and start gaining some work experience. Later on, she can start looking into certifications and post-graduate education if they make sense for her chosen industry and long-term career goals.
Sarah lands a role at an organization as a Junior Project Manager. She selected a handful of organizations to target in her job search because in her research, she found a progression of job titles that clearly indicated acknowledgement of project management as a discipline and a clear project management career path within those companies.
Ben, The Techie
Ben is a software developer who has a 4-year degree in Computer Science. He’s been working on project teams for several years now, and although he enjoys software engineering, he has become very interested in the role of the project manager.
He wants to lead project teams towards a common goal. He loves working with people and values strong communication skills, which he has begun to continuously improve in himself.
How does Ben make the transition from Software Engineer to Project Manager?
Advice For The Techie:
Ben has an advantage in that he wants to stick with the type of work he is already experienced with. The most important thing Ben can do is let it be known that he wants to pursue a project management career path.
Volunteering internally to help out project managers he works with, even on his own time, is a great way to give his future peers first-hand knowledge about his abilities and ambition. At the same time Ben is studying project management as a formal discipline for the first time, perhaps with self-study online using blogs and other content or in a classroom setting (online or offline).
Over time, Ben gains a reputation as an up-and-coming project manager. When a new spot opens up for a project manager to lead a new software development project, everyone already knows Ben and his potential.
Emily, The Manager
Having managed teams for years, Emily is well steeped in running a group of people for day-to-day operations.
She has started to reflect on her career and noticed something interesting. Those little side projects she leads her team in are really cool. She loves the feeling of planning a project, managing its execution, and in the end delivering something brand new.
Emily is what most of us think of as an “accidental project manager” who has now decided to get serious about it.
Advice For The Manager:
Emily knows how to coach team members. She knows how to manage stakeholders and upper management. It’s really the details of how to manage projects in a disciplined way she wants to learn and get better at.
If her previous “accidental” projects make up enough experience to pursue something like the PMP Certification that is an option she may choose to pursue. The best benefit will be familiarity with a formal framework and standard for project management.
She already has a 4-year degree in Business Administration. While gaining experience may be best, another alternative is to pursue a Master’s in Project Management as another way to learn formal project management practices.
Emily likely has the opportunity to propose new projects for the organization or even authorize them herself for her team to carry out. Applying the lessons from formal project methodologies will be a wonderful learning experience. As she becomes known in the organization as someone who volunteers for projects and leads them successfully, she will be very visible when a specific project management role comes up.
Alternatively, Emily has likely gained enough experience to pursue a project management role at another organization, preferably one who values project management as a discipline.
John, The Industry-Jumper
John has been working as a carpenter for 20 years. Over the past few years, he has worked with many construction project managers and gotten to know what their roles are like. It’s something he wants to pursue as well.
Advice For The Industry-Jumper:
Having apprenticed as a carpenter after high school and military service, John did not pursue a 4-year degree. He never had cause to until now.
Landing a role in project management is going to be difficult without that 4-year degree. The best thing for John now is going to be finding a 4-year degree program where he can pursue a related degree in construction management, project management, or business administration. Very likely, the best option is going to include night school so John can continue to support himself and his family with his day job.
At the same time while going to school, there are several entry-level positions related to construction management John should pursue (after targeting the right companies first). Specific titles for this industry include Assistant Project Representative, Assistant Construction Manager, and Assistant Project Manager.
Make It Happen
As you have seen, project management is a diverse and exciting discipline. There are many ways to point your career towards project management depending on your target industry and professional background.
In the end, it’s up to you. Formulate a solid plan for yourself and execute on that plan. It’s what all good project managers do.
In some businesses and
projects, risk management is described as an exercise in
“ticking boxes”. This phrase means that people just follow
the steps in the risk process, but with no real commitment
or energy, and no belief that it will actually make any
difference. The term “box-ticking” is always used in this
negative way, as a bad thing to be avoided. But perhaps
ticking boxes could be useful if we do it differently.
The key to using box-ticking in a positive way is to make sure that you have the right boxes. We can create a set of boxes that act as checkpoints to reinforce the correct process and encourage appropriate behavior. The right process boxes might include some of the following:
Ticking these boxes is a way of checking the risk
process, marking progress and demonstrating that the right
steps have been completed successfully. It provides an
audit trail for process effectiveness. Each process box is
linked with specific activities or outcomes, and the box
must only be ticked if these have been completed in full.
Other tick-boxes might be designed to examine behaviors, for example: •Stakeholders and team members feel comfortable to identify risks openly and honestly
Ticking these boxes might be more difficult for some less
mature organizations, as it requires an understanding of
the softer side of risk management. But behavior is just
as important as process, and it should be examined in the
Used properly, box-ticking is a valuable discipline, offering a framework for good practice. It can ensure that everyone knows what they have to do, and it can provide assurance that things are being done properly. It can also indicate areas requiring improvement in order to make risk management as effective as possible. So let’s not condemn ticking boxes as a useless exercise. Instead let’s tick the right boxes to make sure we do the right things well.
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