I would like to welcome you all to the upcoming year for the PMINJ Board. Some of you might have attended and might be familiar with PMINJ’s excellent symposiums. PMINJ offers two grand events or professional development days - one in May as an annual regional symposium and the other in November in celebration of International Project Management Day. In this article, I wanted to highlight the rigorous planning efforts similar to any large and complex program that goes into execution of the symposiums and meeting the iron triangle of cost: (fixed budget for nonprofit organization), schedule (date is fixed) and quality meeting high expectations of our members (meeting or exceeding customer expectations.)
Over the years, symposium attendance has grown significantly e.g. from 100 to 600 professional attendees. And to flawlessly execute an event at this scale requires adherence to standardized and well-established processes. Success of any large program depends on structure of the team that helps execution, similarly the entire symposium team is broken down into twelve teams.
Directors of symposium, Anne Fisher-Bara, Jerry Flach and Karen Kogut, work with individual team leads to make sure that each team has enough volunteers to perform the tasks required on time and address other team needs to ensure event success. They encourage volunteer team leaders to bring new ideas, improve decision making, instill volunteerism within the team and keep them motivated. The Directors and VP make sure that processes are documented and updated annually in the Chapter Operation Procedures. Our directors and their leadership are a big reason for our success. Let’s thank all three symposium directors as well as all the fifty plus volunteers for their hard work and dedication to provide great quality symposiums.
Have you ever worked on a really challenging project and
brought it to completion with flying colors? Were the
challenges rooted in ever-shifting requirements or
unforeseen scope changes? What words of wisdom would you
offer to a fellow project manager if they found themselves
in a similar circumstance? Do you have a funny story about
something that happened while managing one of your
projects that you would like to share?
Sharing stories and experiences helps us both personally and professionally to bring new perspectives on our work, educate, and entertain us. We all have them, and the staff of the newsletter would like to hear them. The PMINJ newsletter staff would like to ask you, our members, to send us stories about experiences you have had while managing projects – whether they are funny, informative, or educational – we want to hear from you.
Please send your stories to . If you would like to share a story anonymously, please state this when you submit the article. If you aren't a writer, but would still like to submit, I will put you in contact with one of our writers. I look forward to hearing from you.
We are always looking for new satellite locations to host
the Monthly meetings. If your company would be
willing to host 25 PMINJ members at their facility or you
know a location that wouold accomodate our needs, contact
the Director of Programs - Prasanna Punmann at
As of September 1, the following satellite locations will
no longer host the monthly PMINJ meetings:
Celebrate the 9th Annual International Project Management
(IPM) Day and PMINJ’s 32nd year of dedicated service to
the PMI community in the tristate area! IPM Day is a
global celebration of Project Management in recognition of
the Project Management Value Quotient. This year’s IPM Day
will be held on November 6, 2014, at the Palace in
Somerset Park located at 333 Davidson Avenue, Somerset,
Hear a Fortune 500 industry leader on the employment value proposition to sustain profitability and growth in a global workplace. Learn how to engage and motivate teams with just ‘seven things,’ and improve organizational efficiency. Hold on with Project Management - on the Edge - Crisis Intervention in the midst of international chaos.
Networking opportunities and PDU’s combine with project management solutions to manage in the midst of an ever-changing global marketplace. Join us to connect with other Project Managers and service providers and continue building personal and shared excellence in project management. PMINJ’s IPM Day is consistently a sold-out event; register today!
On July 22, Snigdha Mitra, PMP, gave a presentation to
the project managers and key project team members involved
with the PM User Group established by the New Jersey
Office of Information Technology (NJOIT) Program
Management Office. Snigdha's presentation and sample
case study covered the benefits of having an established
Project Management Office (PMO). Snigdha, who is a core
member of the PMINJ PMO Local Community of Interest (NJ
PMO LCI) and an award-winning project manager, volunteered
to give the presentation on behalf of the PMINJ Corporate
Snigdha's presentation was very well-received. The feedback collected after the presentation was universally positive with 100 percent of the participants rating the training and the speaker (Snigdha) as either “Excellent” or “Satisfactory,” and 100 percent said that the session was informative and / or applicable to their job. Many of the participants enjoyed the case study that was conducted and some suggested that the session should be extended to allow more practice and correction, or that other presentations on complementary topics be added to reinforce the concepts that were being taught.
Kathy Smith, PMP, PMO Director / NJOIT and Karl Pisarczyk / PMINJ Corporate Outreach Project Manager, coordinated this initial joint session between NJOIT and PMINJ so that the two organizations could share knowledge and best practices. Kathy is hopeful that NJOIT can continue to partner with PMINJ on future presentations to the benefit of both organizations.
If your organization could benefit from having an experienced speaker, presentation, or lunch and learn on any topics related to project or program management, contact Dennis McCarthy / Director, Corporate Outreach at . We look forward to helping you in any way we can.
Attending the PMINJ Chapter monthly meeting is a great
opportunity to network, meet new people, and can be an
interesting and stimulating event. PMINJ makes it easy and
convenient to fit the monthly meetings into your schedule
by offering 16 satellite locations throughout the state.
And it is Free for PMINJ members. This month we are
debuting a new column in the newsletter to spotlight our
satellite locations. The first location is Mt. Laurel,
located in South Jersey.
The leader of the Mt. Laurel satellite office is Jeremy Lippman, PMP, and infrastructure project manager for TD Bank. Jeremy is not just a facilitator; his engaging and friendly manner immediately makes the group feel relaxed and a part of the PMINJ community.
“I try to make meetings fun. It’s a great way to network,” says Jeremy. The location draws about 10 people from about three to five different companies in the region.
Jeremy became the leader of the satellite office in January 2013. There is a casual professionalism present at the meetings, which are held in a glass enclosed conference room in the bank’s atrium. Prior to each meeting, Jeremy sends an email to the attendees with specific directions and gives them the opportunity to order take-out dinner for the meeting.
The meeting attendees start to assemble about 6:30 PM and typically share pizza and soda as they gather around the conference table and AV for the simulcast. There is a friendly atmosphere and conversations about travels, good restaurants, family, and PM challenges are often part of the evening.
“We are all having the same problems and we share ideas, past experiences, and tell our war stories,” says Lippman, referring to the pre and post meeting conversations.
The Mt. Laurel satellite was started in 2012 by Anne Stich of TD Bank and is located at 17000 Horizon Way, Mt. Laurel, NJ. Anne petitioned the PMINJ Chapter to create a satellite office in South Jersey because there was an adequate number of PMs locally and a satellite office would benefit the goals of the chapter to create a PM community in the region. The added benefit for host locations, such as TD Bank, is other bank employees at the business location may attend the meetings which creates an additional networking opportunity for members.
TD Bank headquarters is conveniently located off Interstate 295 and the intersection of Route 73. It also can be reached using the NJ Turnpike. These main roads provide access to this location from multiple directions, making it easy for busy PMs to travel and attend.
Anyone who lives in South Jersey is keenly aware that attending the monthly chapter meetings are beneficial but traveling to the main meeting location can be challenging. Prior to establishing the Mt Laurel satellite, a South Jersey PM either had to travel to locations in North Jersey, or attend the Deleware Valley Chapter meeting in King of Prussia, PA. Both of these commutes are a considerable distance from South Jersey and the traffic can be heavy during rush hour.
Registering to attend a meeting at a satellite location couldn't be easier – just sign-up on the PMINJ registration page. You get the benefits of attending a monthly meeting – PDUs, networking, and you meet people from your region.
You have read the Project Management Institute’s (PMI)
publication, A Guide to the Project Management Body of
Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), from cover to cover; studied
other Project Management-related texts and you feel you
are preparing well to take and pass the Project Management
Professional (PMP®) Exam. There are, however, a number of
myths related to the exam process and the exam itself that
you are not sure are valid. In this article, we are
going to take a look at six myths related to the PMP Exam
process and bust them so you can quit worrying about what
is true and continue with studying for and taking the
Myth1: You need to score a 61% to pass the PMP Exam
Myth 2: Only PMI Registered Education Providers are authorized to give PMP Exam Prep Courses
Myth 3: Obtaining the PMP Certification will lead to a higher salary
Myth 4: The exam application audit process uses applicant profiling
Myth 5: You must know the Inputs, Tools & Techniques, and Outputs (ITTOs) by heart
Myth 6: You need 35 PDUs before you can take the PMP Exam
There are many PMP Exam myths, and it is often difficult to distinguish what is the truth and what is myth. Myths can be difficult to eradicate so remember, anytime you come across something that makes you scratch your head or say “hmmmmm,” you can verify what you have heard or read by checking the PMP Handbook or writing to PMI Customer Care; they are happy to help dispel myths.