PMINJ January 2017 Newsletter
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January 2017

Welcome  Chapter Announcements  Event Reports  Cartoon  PM Article  New Certificate Holders  Article Submission


Welcome Address

Judy Balaban
President - PMINJ 

As a country, as a state and as a chapter, we’ve come through a year that was filled with both challenges and victories. How reassuring it’s been to know that we can count on all of our members regardless of what faces us. On behalf of the PMI New Jersey Chapter please allow me to extend my personal and genuine appreciation to each and every one of you for your valuable contributions to our project management organization.

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 are the second largest chapter in the world! Our community is made up of professionals who are passionate about our profession, providing opportunities to network, share ideas, and attain best practices. The membership comes together at each meeting, workshop, course, and symposium to contribute and participate in learning and networking.

In 2016, the membership set a new record for attendance to the monthly meeting satellite locations, and we have surpassed the 5000-member mark! We served more organizations and corporations than ever before, and interest in PMINJ is heightened within our community. I thank the volunteers, teams, Vice Presidents and Directors that serve the membership with programs, outreach opportunities, mentoring, recognition, symposia, career fairs, networking, and communications. I thank the membership for their participation in all these events and those to come. Your participation has been key in elevating the Chapter to a higher level of commitment and recognition.

2017 also celebrates a momentous occasion – the Chapter’s 35th anniversary! We can look forward to events throughout the year commemorating this special milestone. In whatever manner you participate in the coming year, know that it is needed – know that it has impact. It is the minor things in life, that when counted – often add up to something unexpected.

As you all look back on 2016, as any good project manager does, take with you a few good lessons learned and begin 2017 knowing that you have learned those lessons well. Our new year begins, and with it comes a renewed hope of success. Decide what you make of it, and join me in making the most out of 2017!

Chapter Announcements

Claudia Campbell-Matland  
PMINJ Volunteer of the Quarter 4Q16 – Claudia Campbell-Matland

Claudia has forged new relationships between PMINJ and both the BioPharma Research Council (BRC) and BioNJ.  The BRC held an event in November that was attended by several chapter members.  Our Outreach Speaker – Michael Sarachman was provided a platform to evangelize for the Chapter in both a Training Session and as part of a Panel discussion that Claudia moderated.  The Chapter was also provided free table space at the exhibitor's area where we were positioned right next to Mercer County Community College which has indicated interest in an alliance with PMINJ.  Claudia spoke before employees of Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation in Edison on Dec 14th.  She is a volunteer who’s active in the monthly calls and can be relied upon to get things done for the Outreach team. 

See past Volunteer Recognition.

PMP / CAPM Exam Prep   
PMP/CAPM Exam Prep Course

In March, PMINJ will offer a PMP – CAPM Exam Prep Course providing 36 hours of training, which can be used toward PMI’s Project Management education requirement, in your exam application. Get certified before the PMP and CAPM exams are updated to PMBOK, Sixth Edition in 2018.

The course will be hosted at DeVry University’s North Brunswick Campus, learn more about the course and register today!


Michael Milutis

Click Michael's picture to see the interview.

ACCESS GRANTED: Your PMINJ Membership Now Comes with The Great IT Professional

We are pleased to announce an additional perk for PMINJ members: The Great IT Professional. After the app’s early 2016 debut, ITMPI, one of the Chapter’s longstanding sponsors, has just added more value to the PMINJ membership. Upon renewing your Chapter membership (as well as anyone who joins the Chapter going forward), you will receive a code to access over 1000 hours of PDUs directly from your iOS device. Michael Milutis, Executive Director of ITMPI, is the visionary behind the app, which intends to help users bring more value to the workplace.

ITMPI, an “organization dedicated to best practices in education in IT management, project management, and software development,” has built an app to decrease the ever-growing skills gap, especially for those involved in the constantly changing software development field.

In exchange for providing over 1000 hours of complimentary access to The Great IT Professional app, Michael Milutis and ITMPI want your feedback. While you are using the app, pay attention to the content, usability experience, app features, etc., then email Michael directly and let him know what you think.

Watch the interview the Chapter's newsletter editor, Nievalyn Keel,  conducted with Michael at this month's PMINJ Chapter meeting to hear more about The Great IT Professional app.

Event Reports

Breakfast Meeting

Breakfast Meeting

Breakfast Meeting

ITMPIMaking the most of your PMI NJ Membership
By Johanna Hoyos and Lisa Blake 

Earning PDUs during Breakfast by Watching a Webcast, Networking, Expanding one’s Knowledge Base

Resource Global Professionals (RGP), a PMINJ satellite host company was the site of the first Special Programs Breakfast Meeting on Dec. 9, 2016. At the pilot event, a select group of PMINJ members enjoyed coffee and bagels and viewed “Measure Twice, Change Once: Practical Strategies for Change Management,” a webcast by John Ferraro from PMI’s library. The program described change management processes linking strategy and execution teams, an approach Project Managers can use to help their organizations become more responsive to change with effective structuring, planning, and measuring of change management across portfolios, programs and projects. Following the webcast, attendees had a lively discussion reviewing the material, sharing their own experiences, knowledge and networking. Response to the first Special Program was positive -  sharpened their skill set, and the PMINJ Special Programs will be planning events in 2017 based on attendees feedback and interest. If your company is interested in hosting or presenting a particular topic in mind or you have topics to suggest for future meetings or are interested in hosting an event, please contact Johanna Hoyosat or Lisa Blake at . Stay tuned for more details!

Attendee Quote:

"Glad to see a breakfast meeting from PMINJ! Sometimes a morning meeting is just easier to schedule into one’s day. The round-table format worked well to foster sharing of insights, experience, and new ideas on the topic of Change Management. Thanks for hosting and I look forward to future meetings in this time slot!"
–    Sonia Aviles

Pharma Expo

Pharma Expo

Pharma Expo

Exploring the Key Role of Project Management at the Regional Pharma Manufacturing Expo
by Claudia Campbell-Matland, PMP

PMINJ Corporate Outreach group volunteers collaborated with the BioPharma Research Council (BRC) to bring a project management focus to the BRC's Regional Pharma Manufacturing Expo (RPM), held on Nov. 17 in Somerset. The RPM brought together experts from industry, academia and nonprofits to focus on education and innovations in drug manufacturing. PMINJ outreach speaker Mike Sarachman provided a comprehensive and well-received two-hour training session on the key role that project management (PM) can play in the drug development process. Mike began by asking the audience about their project “pain points,” and throughout his presentation offered practical PM approaches and tools to address these issues.  The session was moderated by Dalfoni Banerjee, CEO & Founder of 3SixtyPharma LLC and member of PMI's Delaware Valley chapter.

Sponsors, including PMINJ, exhibited throughout the afternoon and early evening - Tod Burrus and I manned the PMINJ table to provide outreach to the event's industry attendees, with several people signing up for more information on our chapter's offerings. Attendees of Mike's training came by the table to express how much they enjoyed his presentation. Later in the afternoon, Mike participated in a panel discussion on sustainability that I moderated. We had an interesting conversation with our audience on how the PM process can incorporate sustainability principals early in the project lifecycle.

According to Joanne Gere, BRC's Executive Director, “By integrating the project management approach into both our content and our structural decision-making going forward, we are confident that our partnership with PMINJ will mature in a way that is pleasurable and intriguing to our large community. We are happy to advocate for the involvement of project management professionals at all levels of biomedical progress.”

As a volunteer with both PMINJ and the BRC, I was pleased to bridge the collaboration between our two organizations for the RPM.  We look forward to continued collaborations with the BRC in 2017 to bring increased focus and content for our life science project managers.

Reprinted with Permission of José Roberto Cavalcante Alves, MBA,PMP

PM Articles

PM Article 

The Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act Becomes Law
by Nievalyn C. Keel, M.A., PMP
Signed into law Wednesday, Dec. 14, the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA) serves to reform federal program management practices and strengthen workforce development. The reforms bolster the profession for federal government employees in four key areas, by:
  1. Creating a formal job series and career path for program managers in the federal government.
  2. Developing a standards-based program management policy across the federal government.
  3. Recognizing the essential role of executive sponsorship and engagement by designating a senior executive in federal agencies to be responsible for program management policy and strategy.
  4. Sharing knowledge of successful approaches to program management through an interagency council.
A result of PMI research, member input, and bi-partisan support to move the law through both chambers of Congress, “PMIAA will help maximize efficiency within the U.S. federal government, thereby generating more successful program outcomes and increasing the value that Americans receive for their tax dollars,” said PMI President and Chief Executive Office Mark A. Langley. Learn more about PMIAA and what PMI has to say about it.


What It Takes to Succeed as Head of PMO – Creating a PMO Part 4

by Igor Zdorovyak PMP, CLSBB, ITIL, CSM, BSCS, MSM
PMINJ Marketing/PR PM

This article is the fourth part in a series focused on What It Takes to Succeed as Head of a Project Management Office (PMO) based on the feedback of PMO Leaders and my own experience. (See the  November issue issue for the last article about how others in their company view the PMO.)

I am happy that my article coincides with our president signing the PMIAA, described above, into law last month. PMIAA will enhance accountability and best practices in project and program management throughout the federal government. The reforms outlined in the PMIAA are consistent with the research that shows that organizations that invest in program management talent and standards improve outcomes, accountability and efficiency. The research also shows that these best practices result in improved efficiency and less money being wasted, government entities waste a whopping $101 million for every $1 billion spent on projects or programs. Most importantly, organizations will see more projects delivering expected value to stakeholders on time and within budget.

In order to have an effective PMO, it has to provide strategic, tactical and operational value to the organization. I have been overseeing PMOs for large conglomerates: making sure $1.4 billion spent in infrastructure and operation and corporate resources were running smoothly to implementing $100 million in Business Process Reengineering; to having 34 Business Divisions reporting into the PMO; to creating a PMO from scratch. In this article, you will learn what other PMO leaders and I have to say about creating a PMO.

Before there was a PMO
  • Project successes were thought to be miracles and failures were opportunities to finger point and blame.
  • Priorities were set based on the clout that a particular executive had, based on politics, and not necessarily on the best value for an organization. Projects were chosen based on the executive that screamed the loudest.
  • An SME was given the added responsibility of getting the project done without any guidance.
  • There was no coordination of projects across the organization.
  • Processes, procedures and documents were created on the fly, if at all.
  • Problems encountered in the past were repeated because they weren’t documented as learned lessons.
Definition of PMO

The PMO is defined by PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) as: "An organization structure that standardizes the project-related governance processes and facilitates the sharing of resources, methodologies, tools and techniques."

In the next part of this series, we will receive advice from seasoned PMO leaders. Stay tuned!

If you have a suggestion for a future topic or want to share your own success story, then email Igor at .

New Certificate Holders

new Certificate Holders
The following have received their certifications since the last newsletter (through 31 December 2016):
Richard Basso
Saumyak Bhatnagar
Pauldavid Brozon
Matthew Carmichael
Shony Champakara
Karen Coon
Patrick Dalbenzio
Sunita Dalvi
Visharad Deo
Heather Dinsmore
Elizabeth Dougherty
Alfred Elzahr
Karen Ford
Joseph Forline
Phoebe Fu
Roman Gorbach
Carolyn Greenberg
Rana Iqbal
Sudhir Jangam
Jeremy Jedynak
Steven Kain
Alim Kanji
Brian Kelly
Srinivas Kolluru
Mahesh Kumar
Vinotha Kumar
Philipj. Magnotti
Kornelia Mira
Krishna Mummadisingu
Nora Pastenkos
Ira Polans
John Salvatore
James Sellar
Niraj Shah
Jonathan Shema
Chetan Sheth
Olga Stefens
Ryan Strassle
Najeha Tassawar
Greg Tewes
V Tonk
Deepali Uppal
Peter Wiederhold
Jacquelyn Wright
Anagha Yerande
Karen Yesner

Tom Flynn
Janet Leppo
Lynda Quinn
Katherine Rodriguez
Swapnil Srivastava
Lauren White
Danielle Wittner

Narasimham Gubbala,Ph.D.


Michiko Quinones
Edward Russell
R. Shelton
Raji Sivaraman

Chandrasekhar Botcha
Asha Mathai
Salvador Rosario



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