Barbara Fuller, who lived and breathed project management in her personal life as well as her professional life, died on January 5, 2015. She died of complications due to illness. When many of us heard of Barbara’s death, we were shocked and saddened.
PMINJ grieves the passing of our chapter and board member, Barbara. She has been an active member of our chapter for many years and served as our Vice President of Marketing since being elected in 2011. Barbara's leadership of the marketing team enabled the chapter to win the 2014 Global PMI Chapter Award for Excellence in Collaboration & Outreach.
As Vice President of Marketing, Barbara worked with passion and integrity. She was always willing to share her ideas and information. During her funeral eulogy it was said that you just didn’t meet Barbara, you experienced Barbara. How completely true! Even if you did not always agree with Barbara, you respected her. Barbara was known for using the phrase “connect the dots,” and many times Barbara was connecting dots that we had not even seen yet!
Barbara used to say, “I believe that we are put here on this earth for a purpose. The adventure is to find that purpose and to live it. The real fun is opening the ‘gifts’ that you have been given, using them and sharing them.”
Barbara had many gifts, and one of her passions was collaboration and community outreach. To her credit as a leader, her PMINJ marketing team members are picking up right where Barbara left off and will continue to fulfill her vision. One such program that she was working on for academic outreach is in progress currently with Montclair State University. The PMI New Jersey Chapter will honor her memory in an ongoing award in her name to benefit PMINJ members and local organizations. We look forward to high member participation!
We have lost a colleague, friend and mentor. Barbara
leaves a legacy of creativity, collaboration,
compassion and faith. She "connected the dots" and
connected to our hearts. We honor her memory, and she
will be greatly missed.
The chapter is actively soliciting nominations for
Project of the Year
On Saturday, November 22, 2014, the PMINJ School Outreach
team spent the day teaching project management
fundamentals to BSA Eagle Scout candidates. The training
course was delivered by PMINJ members Dennis McCarthy and
Mike Vitale at the Patriot's Path Merit Badge Workshop in
Parsippany. The Scouts were introduced to the five
core PM processes of Initiating, Planning, Executing,
Monitoring / Controlling and Closing projects. The
training tied PM skills to the Eagle Scout Service Project
that all candidates must successfully complete before
attaining the Eagle Scout rank. Each session was
interactive and well-received by the Scouts and BSA
If you know of an organization that can benefit from the introductory course, please contact Mike Vitale at .
On Saturday, January 17, 2015, the PMINJ School Outreach team spent the day at the Future City competition held at Rutgers University's Livingston Campus in Piscataway Township. The Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities, build tabletop scale models and present their ideas before judges. The School outreach team was joined by several PMINJ board members who presented "An introduction to Project Management" to over 250 students from across New Jersey. During five different training sessions both students and educators had a great time while discussing project management fundamentals and other important life skills.
Special thanks to PMINJ board members Linda Schaldonat,
Dennis McCarthy, Judy Balaban and John Tse for their
assistance pictured below with me between Dennis and
Judy. In addition to Alpesh Dharia and Mike Vitale,
both Judy and Dennis delivered fun and interactive
presentations to the students.
The School Outreach team is the creation of Barbara Fuller and is now enjoying its second year. If you know of an organization that can benefit from the introductory course, please contact Mike Vitale at .
Editor's Note: Project management skills and
methodologies are utilized frequently in a variety of
industries. This article is the first in a series
highlighting their use and application in various
The PMI’s Industry Growth Forecast, Project Management Gap Report March 2013 report identifies seven “project-intensive” industries:
Publishing falls under the category of Information Services. Within the field of publishing, project management has long been used extensively in the Information Technology realm supporting the completion of systems infrastructure projects to handle manuscript tracking, to contracts and licensing, distribution and finally customer support and royalty payments. For a long time, standardized products and workflows did not require concentrated project management skills for editorial, production, or marketing staff. Recently, seismic shifts in the way content is produced and used have changed the industry, which has experienced major churn in the last decade, particularly accelerated in the last five years.
Market demand for publications offered in customized
print and electronic formats has driven the industry to
transform itself from publishers of content, to
content-enabled service providers. Products are becoming
unique in nature, requiring unique production, marketing,
and distribution plans. In this environment, project
management skills and PMP certification are emerging as
must-haves across all functional positions in the
industry, and no longer relegated only to the IT sector
within the field.
Below are a few examples of different roles and the PM skills required:
Publishing is just one example of an industry which is
increasingly requiring project management skills and PMP
certification to adequately meet strategic goals as well
as handle day-to-day operations. Other professions utilize
these skills on a daily basis as well, and will be the
focus in upcoming issues.
As a Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential holder, you must earn 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) every three years to maintain your certification status in good standing. Not obtaining the required 60 PDUs within your certification cycle will lead to your credential being suspended. That is the last thing you want to happen, but life being what it is, you probably have family commitments, work- and social-organization commitments, to name just a few, that are also important to you and probably a little more in the forefront of your life than earning PDUs. If you are anything like most others, as soon as you passed the PMP® Exam, you knew earning those 60 PDUs would be easy and you were going to start on it as soon as you got home, but time passes quickly, sometimes too quickly. So, it is not at all unusual to get well into the third year of your certification cycle and suddenly realize you are nowhere close to obtaining the 60 PDUs you need to ensure your certification stays in good standing.
So what do you do to make sure you do not find yourself struggling to earn PDUs late in your certification cycle? What can you do to make sure earning PDUs is as much in the forefront as other aspects of your life? Well, being a project manager you have the necessary tools to approach earning PDUs as a project by making a plan. Below are some steps to keep in mind when developing a plan to help make sure you earn those required 60 PDUs.
Earning PDUs can be easy; the hard part is remembering to do so regularly. The steps to earning the PDUs you need to maintain your PMP certification are as easy as understanding the PDU categories, making earning PDUs a habit, developing a plan, setting up reminders, executing the plan, reporting earned PDUs, and finally applying for credential renewal.