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PMP Certification Exam Prep Course - Summer 2017 - SOUTHFIELD

June 03, 2017
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Lawrence Tech - Southfield Campus
21000 West Ten Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48075
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PMP Certification Exam Prep Course - Summer 2017 - TROY

July 01, 2017
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Walsh College - Troy Campus
3838 Livernois Road
Troy, MI 48083
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PMP Certification Exam Prep Course - Fall 2017 - SOUTHFIELD

August 26, 2017
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Lawrence Tech - Southfield Campus
21000 West Ten Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48075
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May 2017 Print

Chapter Update

PMI-GLC Celebrates Another Successful Symposium
PMI-GLC would like to thank everyone who attended this year's Annual Spring Symposium. Once again, the event was very well attended and we appreciate your time and effort in making this another outstanding chapter event. 

Looking for the Symposium presentations? 
Are you a chapter member? Check out these instructions, exclusive to chapter members who attended the Symposium. 

PDUs have been reported
Our Symposium Team has  submitted the list of participants for PDU credit directly to PMI. It generally takes six to eight weeks for PDUs to appear on each person’s transcript. If your PDU has not appeared on your transcript eight weeks after a meeting, please contact us and we will follow up on the issue for you.

Professional Development Day 2017 - Registration Now Open
Registration is now for PMI-GLC's 3rd Annual Professional Development Day which will be held on Friday, October 20 from 8 am to 5 pm. This year's theme is "Agile for Practitioners and Agile PMO." Michael Nir, Transformation Inspiration Expert and Lean Agile Coach, has been tapped to keynote PDD 2017. The morning session will focus on Best Practices and Agile Scrum "tools of the trade" and the afternoon session, PMO value enabling  - effective, streamlined delivery and selection and prioritization. PMI® certification holders will earn eight Technical PDUs. Register today and take advtange of early registration pricing!

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Monthly Meeting & Networking Forum


Registration: 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Networking Forum Presentation: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Dinner Served: 6:30 pm
Speaker Presentation: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm 

Monthly Meeting Topic:  Project Sponsorship – It’s not just about money
There is a perception that a sponsor is responsible for securing project funds and not much else.  That the sponsor does not need to be “bothered” with matters within the team’s control is another flawed assumption.  There are heavily involved sponsors.  And there are sponsors who are not.  Not to fault the sponsor.  In many cases senior executives tend to underestimate the time it takes to be a project sponsor. A sponsor whose time has been freed up from other work responibilities and have been trained on the role could be the difference between success and failure on projects. It is a role with high impact on the business outcome of the project.

Speaker:  Ty Sarkar, PMP
As a multi-faceted professional, Ty blends business management and strong information technology background of 28 years to drive significant change in large organizations. His track record of success spans technology change management across healthcare, financial services, and discount retail verticals.  In his current role at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan he is responsible for restructuring and leading the IT Service Integration Office to standardize and optimize IT Service Transition (ITIL). Ty is a PMP (1999) and has an MBA from Michigan State University.  An ardent Spartan he is working on convincing his 10-year old to be one after his 20-year old defected to Maize and Blue.  

Monthly Forum Topic: Technically Speaking
This workshop focuses on appropriately tailoring messages to stakeholders at various levels during the life of an engagement, specifically as it applies to technology implementations. Participants will learn how to apply the “rule of 3” to common scenarios during all phases of a project, considering questions of audience, tone, voice and cadence, and will leave with clear strategies for technology stakeholder management success.

Speaker:  Danielle DeLonge, PMP, MBA
Danielle is a former Campus Executive Director who works with organizations and institutions to evaluate existing technology practices and leverage new IT resources to achieve greater impact. Prior to joining Plante Moran, DeLonge was a Salesforce Consultant with the Xede Group in Troy, where she employed CRM technology to help companies strengthen their relationships with customers. She is a certified project manager and Salesforce Administrator, specializing in leading organizations through change. Familiar with the nuances of nonprofit higher ed institutions, DeLonge managed the Lansing campus of Davenport University, where she created partnerships with the local community college and corporate groups to further student development. She has also sold corporate training, worked in the financial services industry and managed a statewide network of technology professionals for Automation Alley. She has an MBA from Davenport University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and currently works with the Technology Services department to help them understand when to communicate with their users versus when to train them. Danielle is a seasoned Project Management Professional (PMP) applying her expertise in a major business system deployment at Ally Financial, in Detroit MI. Ann is pursuing her Business Management PhD in the School of Business and Technology, with focus on Project Management. She specializes in either the Start-up/Organization and Deployment of major initiatives. In almost every assignment, there is a large technology change coupled with business demands for reduced cycle time, costs or process re-engineering. Time after time, her Deployment experience has come into play on large projects on a specific implementation time frame. Ann is active in the community, church and local Project Management Institute (PMI) Great Lakes Chapter where she currently serves as Vice President of Professional Development. Golf, cooking, walking and snow shoeing are favorite activities when time allows. 

Attendees will receive 2.0 PDUs for this event.

Note: There will be a "speaker only" option for those only listening to the speaker (dinner not included). These attendees will receive 1.0 PDU and should arrive by 7:15 pm for announcements.  

REGISTRATION NOTE: Advance, online registration will close at Noon on the Friday prior to the meeting.  Please register in advance to secure your seat and dinner. 

Please click here for the Cancellation Policy & Informed Consent Release.

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Professional Development Opportunities

Update - On-Demand Access to Monthly Meetings and Seminars
This is a progress update from the team of PMI-GLC volunteers that have undertaken development of an on-demand rebroadcast option for monthly meetings and seminars.  The intent is to increase membership value by providing a way to obtain Professional Development training that you’d really like to attend in-person, but occasionally cannot attend - due to other commitments.  Requirements have been developed; vendors have quoted; media equipment has been purchased, and the initiative is beginning a testing phase.  If you’d like to be involved at some level of the testing and final development, let us know.  The PMI-GLC volunteer team would like your inputs regarding perceived value to you and suitability of the platform to meet your needs.  We encourage you to join the conversation, and speak-up if this potential new benefit is of interest to you.  Thanks to those who have already provided their valuable inputs. Learn more

PMP Certification Exam Prep Course
A four-day, Instructor led, on-ground, PMP® exam preparation course designed to meet the training needs of those wishing to prepare for PMI’s PMP® Certification Exam.

The objective of this course is to help the participants gain a level of competency required to pass the PMP® certification exam through a review of the concepts and terminology covered in the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

Participants will earn 35 hours of education toward PMI’s exam prerequisite.
Training is based on the PMP Exam Prep text book by Joseph Phillips (Fifth edition of PMBOK). Includes the Joseph Phillips text book, practice questions and quizzes.
The courses are led by PMP® certified experts working in the field of project management.

Southfield, MI Course Dates
Saturdays, 8am-4pm
June 3, 10, 17, 24

Course Fee
PMI Members - $700
Non-Members - $750


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Moylan’s Mulligans on Communications & Leadership
Project Communications Series - On Becoming a Great PM Communicator


Step 3 – Preparation & Practice

This month’s selection addresses the preparing and practicing that crucial project presentation.
First, thanks much to Lisa Harvey Roach, PMP, the PMI-GLC Ambassador to Toastmasters, for her March 201 article on the second step in preparing that important presentation – Drafting the Presentation.
Step Three starts with the Preparation.

The presentation draft [Step 2] proceeds to the launching pad; the meeting venue needs to be set before liftoff. Setting the meeting venue requires close attention to the following items:

  • Developing a complete Meeting Agenda. This includes identifying the sections to be covered by each member of the Presentation Team.
  • Reviewing the Meeting Room Set-Up, Schedule, and Timing. Allowing adequate time for a “meet & greet” socializing period is important, which should be included with the meeting invite. This allows the formal portion of the meeting to start promptly on-time [opening gavel]. Moreover, this pre-meeting period is a great time for networking. Include snacks - food and beverages help soothe the savage beast in all of us.
  • Creating the list of Key Participants & Invitees. Not as daunting as creating the invitee list for your wedding, but close. This activity includes identifying the items to be prepared by attendees, if any, for the meeting.
  • Meeting Handouts and “Take Away” / Distribution Items. Attention needs to be given to these meeting items ahead of time. If a PowerPoint Presentation will be used, the particular version/s need to be considered. For example, the “hand out” deck may include financial details that are difficult to read on a slide. The projected version could have the high-level figures and relate to the detailed hand-out. 

With the Preparation portions complete, or considered as best as possible, the next part of Step Three ensues – Practice / Practice / Practice.

The practice sessions should include a Dry Run presentation with the entire team, both presenters and listeners. This shake-down is to work out the kinks. 

Depending on the level of the meeting, a Dress Rehearsal may be in order. Attorneys preparing for court, or a presidential candidate getting ready for a debate, the dress rehearsal is essential. The presenters get to play-act the real thing, and, the other team members can role-play the key participants, especially the Question & Answer portion. The best prepared have the best chance of winning. Just ask Tom Brady.

Your questions and comments are welcome. Next month – Presentation Performance and Evaluation.


Best regards, Dr. Bill

William A Moylan, PhD, PMP, FESD, DTM
VP- Outreach

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Volunteer Opportunities

Chapter Volunteer Opportunities

The Great Lakes Chapter is always looking for members who want to be more involved with the chapter. This is a great way to support the growth of the chapter and earn valuable PDUs for re-certification. We are currently in need of volunteers for a number of committee projects in progress:

Newsletter Editor - Assist VP Communications with compiling and editing the information for newsletter.

URGENT NEED Marketing (2) - Assists PMI-GLC Director of Sponsorship and Marketing by managing communications and near-term activities for both current and prospective PMI-GLC corporate sponsors. Participates in development of marketing initiatives. Almost exclusively uses phone and email for sponsor communications, and occasionally conducts personal visits to offices of prospective sponsors and marketing outlets within the region. Expected time requirements are roughly 8 hours per week Jan-Mar (split among 3 volunteers) and 2 hours per month thereafter.

Sponsorship - Reach out to local businesses and convert them to chapter sponsors.

Manager: Membership Customer Service - Reach out to members whose membership expires within 30 days and help with the renewal process or questions.

Manager: Membership Retention - Call all the new members joined with in 30 days.
and help assimilate them within PMI-GLC.

In an effort to match your interests and skills with the Chapter's needs, we need some information from you. If you are interested in helping out on one of our committee projects, please fill out the Chapter Volunteer Information Form and send it to our Director of Volunteer Program  and you will be put in touch with the committee chair. 

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PMIĀ® News

A Journey into Project Management
My journey into project management started when I saw a course in a newspaper that promised to teach me to design and develop e-commerce websites—and also help me find my first job in IT. I had been to university to study sport science, and at the time had no formal qualifications in computer science. I decided to look at taking the course through what I thought (at the time) was a reputable distance-learning provider. Read on.

Checkout the Webinars Offered on ProjectManagement.com
Register for live and play on-demand webinars on projectmanagement.com.

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Welcome New Members

Welcome New Chapter Members Who Joined in April

Satya Alaptai
Terese Baltes
Brad Bartlett
Mike Becker
Robert Black
Lorre Bournay
Clint Brown
Marshall Choinski
Ralph Cihone, Jr.
Kaja Clark
Craig Cunningham
Cheryl DeMeyere
Hazim Elayyan
Fred Frendo
Molly Gapp
Donald Garon
Emmanuel Hernandez
Sidney Hicks
Michael Holz
Kevin House
Harmeet Kaur
Jonathan Kosmas

Yvette Mabirou
Jonathan Mallinga
Lisa Melvin-Szalontai
Jan Milden
keri mortimer
Rosemary Motley
Paul O'Brien
Ramakanta Panda
Jim Rosinski
David Russell
Sameer Sabah
Terence Sanocki
Lori Scharich
Sam Sharan
Graham Sloan
Leanne Solski
Heather Spencer
Daniel Sperling
WIlliam Starrs
Trish Sutter
Brandon Thielen
Melvin Towner, Jr.
erin vaquera
witold wasniewski
Michael Wuebben


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