UPCOMING EVENTS

November 2014 Chapter Meeting - What's New In Dayton

The Dayton/Miami Valley Chapter of the PMI Chapter is pleased to welcome

Chris Kershner

presenting

What's New In Dayton

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

5:30p - 8:00p


Abstract: What's New In Dayton

  

Dayton PMI is proud to welcome Chris Kershner, Vice President of Public Policy & Economic Development for the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.  He is going to share some of the exciting developments in the Dayton area, especially as they relate to those of us specializing in Project Management.  Find out the latest news about what is happening in Dayton.  Perhaps it will open avenues for future successes.  Please join us for the last meeting of 2014 before we break for the joyous holiday season.  See you there!

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October 2014 Chapter Meeting - Taking the Road Less Stressed

The Dayton/Miami Valley Chapter of the PMI Chapter is pleased to welcome

Kay Frances

presenting

Taking the Road LESS Stressed

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

5:30p - 8:00p


Abstract: Taking the Road LESS Stressed

 

We hope you can join us for local celebrity and motivational humorist Kay Frances October 16th.  Kay is going to teach us some fundamentals about laughing our way through stress.   Kay delivers humor-with-a-message which strives to help America stress less, one laugh at a time!  This topic will be interactive and fun, while teaching us better ways to deal with difficult people, embrace change, be more resilient in the face of adversity, and learn to simply “let it go!”  Join us and laugh your way to another PDU!  Hope to see you there.

 

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PMP/CAPM Certification Exam Review Course - Fall 2014

 

PMP/CAPM Certification Exam Review Course – Fall 2014

Do you need to take the PMP or CAPM certification exam?  If so, we recommend all PMP/CAPM applicants take advantage of the excellent PMP Exam Prep Course offered by the PMI Dayton/Miami Valley Chapter. If you know someone else who could benefit from this training, please forward this information to them. 

DESCRIPTION:

This hands-on PMP Certification prep course concentrates on exam content from the New Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK), 5th Edition, plus other sources. The course features 35 hours of accredited class room training taught by certified Project Management Professionals (PMPs). It is supplemented with detailed presentation materials and a wide variety of proven learning tools, study aids, practice tests and a treasure trove of tips and techniques.  The course prepares students to pass the Exam when augmented with additional outside study.  It also helps students become the best Project Manager they can be.

DATES:

The 35 hours of class time will be taught over five Saturdays starting October 25th and ending on December 6th, 2014. Class dates are 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, and 12/6. All classes are scheduled on Saturday, 5 consecutive Saturdays in a row. We will take a two week break around the Thanksgiving holiday and resume class the first Saturday in December.

COST:

Fee for this course is only $698 for PMI Dayton Chapter members and $850 for non-members.  When compared to commercial providers, you will find that the chapter’s fee is less than half the going rate and no travel or lodging expenses are needed.  The course fee provides each student with the following: 

  • Tuition for 5 full days of training
  • Copy of PMBOK® Fifth Edition
  • Study Aids (Rita Mulcahy, PMI Q&A, Practice Questions, etc.)
  • Hardcopy of all Presentation Materials
  • Free Parking
  • Food (Continental Breakfast, Hot Lunch and Snacks during breaks

 

PREREQUISITS: 

No formal prerequisites exist. Anyone can attend.  We do suggest, however, that prior to registering for this course, all class attendees become a member of PMI and the Dayton Ohio Chapter. The cost to join is only $154.  If you are a member, PMI will give you a $150 credit toward your exam fee plus the cost of this course is $152 less.  You get all the benefits of being a member and save $302. If you currently are not a member, simply go to the website: http://www.pmi.org/Pages/default.aspx and click on “Become a Member” > Individual / Chapter / United States / Ohio / Dayton/Miami Valley, Ohio Chapter and join our local Chapter.

LOCATION:

All classes are held at Sinclair Community College, Building 12, 444 West Third Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402-1460

TIME:

9:00am to 5:00pm each Saturday, with 7 hours of training, two 15 minute breaks and 60 minutes for lunch.  A Continental Breakfast is available starting at 8:30am

 

REGISTRATION:

Registration is now open and will close 10/18/2014.  Class size is limited to 36 students. The course tends to fill up so we suggest you register early. 

Please note that while the "Pay Later" and "Pay at the Door" options displays for this event, these are not options that should be selected when registering for this event. In order to hold your seat for this event, you must complete payment at the time of registering for the event. Please ensure you select the PayPal option when prompted.

If you do not select the PayPal option, you will be contacted to make payment and your seat will not be held until we have received your payment. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

 

Register Here!  Don't forget to login if you are a member!

 

Alternate Route By John Sullivan, PMP

On a recent project I had to work with our client's bank to ensure our systems could transfer and receive financial information. We were each a partner in the success of the system my company was developing and when the day arrived to test file exchanges I started the web conference, connected with the bank's transmission operators and sat back to witness the file exchange. When the test failed we decided to "check a few things" on our end and try again.

This was a routine thing done millions of times daily across the world so when our second test failed, my technical manager told the bank team we needed "someone like a system architect" to help us. They said they could not get more advanced staff, citing our request as "out of standard", a term they applied to our technical suggestions as well.

Each test took a week to arrange so after the next two failed we had burned a month with no progress. When the bank suggested we examine other approaches – knowing our solution was required by security issues stipulated in the project contract – I knew it was time to escalate things. But first I made another request for more qualified bank staff to our local account manager and when that request failed, my technical lead said, "having sales involved only wastes time". Making the request directly to the bank via their lowest level of staff didn't even get me a name one level up on their org chart.

Reshaping the Message and Changing Our Route

I told my boss we needed to escalate our request for skilled technical staff. Because I had evidence of their ongoing failures in the form of meeting minutes and missed deadlines, he agreed. We redefined our technical problem as a business problem; we could not implement the system and make deposits if we couldn't exchange files with the bank.

He escalated this to his counterpart, another account manager, emphasizing to this "sales" guy that an exchange of files was a very simple thing that most any bank could do (but, it seemed, not this one). Having sales involved was helpful this time because the account manager would not have cared about a basic technical problem but was interested in a business problem preventing hundreds of thousands in deposits from flowing into the bank.

I soon found myself on a conference call with the bank's Vice President of Information and the bank's Chief Information Officer. Those two appointed some internal staff and after a few more failed attempts, got their transmission software vendor involved, something we had requested earlier. The vendor discovered their communication software could not handle an extra byte of information it found on our server and after they fixed it, we performed a successful test in time to meet our implementation deadline.

The Human Issue

Later I realized this was a people problem as much as a technical problem. The bank wanted the problem solved by existing staff but as transmission operators they lacked the skills to solve it and the authority to get help. Escalating our problem across the organizations and having the word come down their chain of command seemed to give the bank permission to engage their people who could solve the problem. The transmission operators could not go higher in their organization so we had to go higher in ours to get across to theirs. I will reshape any future escalation messages and use the most effective messenger I can to convey it. But I will also consider "alternate routes" to engage any future partner reluctant to ask for permission, forgiveness, or anything else needed to drive a project to success.

 

Celebrate Failure

While the Agile methodology has reduced the likelihood that the project will fail it hasn't eliminated failures all together. Actually the likelihood that a standard project will fail is about 40%, Agile reduces this to about 30% so there is still a lot of room for improvement. I even read recently that some consulting firms are telling their clients to expect 20% of their projects to fail in 2014 due to business taking high risks in return for profit. That said, most project managers believe their project, if properly managed, will not fail. We tell ourselves that if our project fails it's a reflection on our abilities. But that's only partially true. There are many reasons projects fail such as:

  • Changing Business Requirements
  • Poor project specification
  • Timescales that are too long or too short
  • Inappropriate staff
  • Insufficient involvement by senior management
  • Scope Creep

Project Managers typically have limited control over these factors. Who among us wouldn't want complete control over schedule, deliverables and cost of every project we are put in charge of? The truth of the matter is that we're not typically in complete control over those things. We have many stakeholders to satisfy.

It is our duty as Project Managers to identify honestly and as early as possible when a project is likely to fail. This could be due to schedule slippages, cost overruns or scope that just won't meet business needs. We need to get into the habit of not only celebrating when a project succeeds but also when it fails. After all a project that fails early on in the process costs our employers a lot less than one that is delivered late, above budget or, worse case, doesn't meet the needs it was intended to address.

So why are we so reluctant to speak up? Pride, career consequences, lost bonuses, Project Team members are a few things that come to mind but if the project will not meet the needs of the sponsor or will take longer to deliver than or cost more than we agreed to, it is our duty to speak the truth to power. Just remember it's not your decision alone. There should be an open and honest discussion with your review board where all options are on the table, including project termination. (Check out this link to a great article on what to how to handle these meetings.) Choose the right option for the business. Keep your integrity safe in the knowledge that you saved the organization tons of money and wasted time. Sleep well at night knowing that your project team will be happier in the long run working on a project that will be successful. Celebrate failure just like you would success.

 

2014 Dayton PMI - Project Management Summit

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2014 Project Management Summit

Build thought leadership, Sharpen your skills, Keep your professional edge.

Presented by the Dayton/Miami Valley PMI Chapter

  University of Dayton, October 24-25, 2014.

Two Day Event - up to 14 PDUs possible!!

The Project Management Summit is a unique opportunity for project management practitioners, portfolio managers, program managers, organizational leaders, and others with an interest in project/program/portfolio management to come together as a community for two days of educational and interactive sessions. Meet and learn from project management experts, and return home with the information you need to keep you and your organization ahead of the competition. 

Registration Information:

 Registration Flyer

Sponsor Information:

Logo Only = $100 Sign up here!

Table Only = $250 Sign up here!

Both = $325 Sign up here!

Sponsor Details

WHEN : Friday, October 24 and Saturday October 25, 2014 
WHERE:
University of Dayton - River Campus, 1700 S. Patterson Blvd, Dayton, OH 45479, FREE parking is available.
COST
: Early bird pricing available through October 14, 2014

Dayton PMI Chapter Member Early Bird Pricing: $180

Member Pricing October 15-23: $220

Non-Member Early Bird Pricing: $200

Non-Member Pricing October 15-23: $230

Purchase a one day ticket:

Members: $110     Non-Members: $120

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Register for both days HERE! Be sure to login if you are a member to receive the member price!

Register for Friday only HERE!

Register for Saturday only HERE!

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September 2014 Chapter Meeting: Communication - Why We Fail

The Dayton/Miami Valley Chapter of the PMI Chapter is pleased to welcome

Jerry Stonecipher

presenting

Communication - Why We Fail

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

5:30p - 8:00p


Abstract: Communication - Why We Fail

 

Dayton PMI is pleased to welcome Jerry Stonecipher as our speaker September 16th.  Jerry’s topic is “Communication – Why We Fail”.   So much of project management hinges on communication, or the soft skilss, and yet, we are not taught effective communication skills routinely.  Jerry will share the reasons for the breakdowns and recommend some useful tools in shoring our communication.  It should be useful immediately in all aspects of our daily lives.  I hope you join us.  

 

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PMP/CAPM Certification Exam Review Course - Spring 2014

 

PMP/CAPM Certification Exam Review Course –Spring 2014

Do you need to take the PMP or CAPM certification exam?  If so, we recommend all PMP/CAPM applicants take advantage of the excellent PMP Exam Prep Course offered by the PMI Dayton/Miami Valley Chapter. If you know someone else who could benefit from this training, please forward this information to them. Please sign up immediately as slots are filling up rapidly and we can only accommodate a limited number of students for this session.

DESCRIPTION:

This hands-on PMP Certification prep course concentrates on exam content from the New Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK), 5th Edition, plus other sources. The course features 35 hours of accredited class room training taught by certified Project Management Professionals (PMPs). It is supplemented with detailed presentation materials and a wide variety of proven learning tools, study aids, practice tests and a treasure trove of tips and techniques.  The course prepares students to pass the Exam when augmented with additional outside study.  It also helps students become the best Project Manager they can be.

DATES:

The 35 hours of class time will be taught over five Saturdays starting March 29th , April 12th, April 26th, May 3rd, and ending on May 10th. Note: These are new dates. The course has been rescheduled. Please mark your calendars appropriately. All classes are scheduled on Saturdays. There will be no class on April 5th or April 19th.

COST:

Fee for this course is only $698 for PMI Dayton Chapter members and $850 for non-members.  When compared to commercial providers, you will find that the chapter’s fee is less than half the going rate and no travel or lodging expenses are needed.  The course fee provides each student with the following: 

  • Tuition for 5 full days of training
  • Copy of PMBOK® Fifth Edition
  • Study Aids (Rita Mulcahy, PMI Q&A, Practice Questions, etc.)
  • Hardcopy of all Presentation Materials
  • Free Parking
  • Food (Continental Breakfast, Hot Lunch and Snacks during breaks

 

PREREQUISITS: 

No formal prerequisites exist. Anyone can attend.  We do suggest, however, that prior to registering for this course, all class attendees become a member of PMI and the Dayton Ohio Chapter. The cost to join is only $154.  If you are a member, PMI will give you a $150 credit toward your exam fee plus the cost of this course is $152 less.  You get all the benefits of being a member and save $302. If you currently are not a member, simply go to the website: http://www.pmi.org/Pages/default.aspx and click on “Become a Member” > Individual / Chapter / United States / Ohio / Dayton/Miami Valley, Ohio Chapter and join our local Chapter.

LOCATION:

All classes are held at Sinclair Community College, Building 12, 444 West Third Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402-1460

TIME:

9:00am to 5:00pm each Saturday, with 7 hours of training, two 15 minute breaks and 60 minutes for lunch.  A Continental Breakfast is available starting at 8:30am

 

REGISTRATION:

Registration is now open and will close 3/28/2014.  Class size is limited to 36 students. The course tends to fill up so we suggest you register early. 

Please note that while the "Pay Later" and "Pay at the Door" options displays for this event, these are not options that should be selected when registering for this event. In order to hold your seat for this event, you must complete payment at the time of registering for the event. Please ensure you select the PayPal option when prompted.

If you do not select the PayPal option, you will be contacted to make payment and your seat will not be held until we have received your payment. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

 

Register Here!  Don't forget to login if you are a member!

 

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