Upcoming Events

PMP Certification Exam Prep Course - Spring 2017 - SOUTHFIELD

March 04, 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

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PMP Certification Exam Prep Course - Spring 2017 - TROY

April 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

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2017 Spring Symposium

April 28, 2017
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The Suburban Collection Showplace - Diamond Center
46100 Grand River Avenue
Novi, MI 48374
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Mastering Complexity in Project Management

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February 2017 Print

Chapter Update

Chapter Update 

Please Take the Membership Survey Using the Link eMailed to You
PMI-GLC is committed to serving its members and as part of our ongoing commitment to provide you with unparalleled member value; PMI is evaluating chapter members’ satisfaction with the Great Lakes Chapter. Your insightful feedback will be used by PMI’s Global Chapter Development staff and volunteer team to support chapters and their local volunteer leadership in order to enhance the value you receive from the Great Lakes Chapter via the programs, services and networking opportunities it offers.

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. We would like to include the opinions of all members associated with the chapter, even those who are in a chapter leadership role. Your individual feedback will be kept completely confidential. The deadline for your input is 11:00 PM EST on 19 February. A unique link for the survey was sent to your email address you provided to PMI – we request you to please fill out the survey and provide your valuable suggestions and feedback.

PMI-GLC Academic Scholarship  - Applications Now Open
PMI-GLC is sponsoring an academic scholarship in the amount up to $2,000. Applications from interested candidates must be received by the PMI Educational Foundation no later than May 1. Notification to awardees will be sent via email to each applicant in August. Candidates who have not received the award will also be notified via email. Upon award, scholarship funds will be distributed directly to the student. Learn more and apply now.

Could YOU be a Poster Presenter at the PMIGLC 2017 Spring Symposium?
Here is a great opportunity to earn PDUs, have yourself or your team recognized by peers, and also attend the symposium for FREE! It is a win-win for the individual sharing their knowledge an for Symposium attendees. For more information on poster presentation, visit the Symposium website.

New Listings Posted to the Job Board  
New job opportunities are continually being posted on the "Job Postings" on the chapter website. Recruiters may also access the job board at no cost to them. 

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Monthly Meeting & Networking Forum

Monthly Meeting & Networking Forum

Monthly Meeting Topic: Program & Project Governance: Ensuring Your Program or Project Portfolio  Aligns with Changing Strategic & Business Objectives
As project and project managers, we have a responsibility for ensuring our project outcomes are aligned with organizational strategy, polices, and processes.   Project managers are frequently challenged to appreciate how organizational dynamics impact planned outcomes as they communicate and represent project achievements to stakeholders and sponsors. Using insights from the practical application of best practices in technology consulting, attendees will be reintroduced to the linkage between project governance and project management. They will be presented with techniques for proactively identifying changes to businss priorities and communicating them to their stakeholders at each stage of the project lifecycle. To conclude, they will be presented with resources to develop their project team’s capacity to adopt these practices within their own organizations.

Speaker: Christopher Blough, PMP
Chris has 16 years of professional experience working in public sector consultant and as a public servant in local government. Over the past four years he has served as a management consultant in Plante Moran’s Information Technology Consulting, Public Sector Practice specializing on local government enterprise technologies. As a project manager he leads project teams performing needs assessments, options analyses, solution selection, contract negotiations, and third-party implementation assurance services. 

Monthly Meeting Forum Topic: Poor Communication, A Major Cause for Ineffective Project Teams
Does there seem to be a disconnect between you and your project team? Are tasks executed improperly because of misunderstandings? This is not uncommom when communication is poor and distrust exists. Attend this forum and explore the ways you can set the right tone for effective communication, mutual respect, and trust within your project teams.

Speaker: Lisa Harvey Roach
Lisa Harvey Roach is a professional speaker, trainer, consultant, and engineer.  She is the founder of Wisdom Consulting which offers expertise in the areas of Project Management, Communication Skills, and Idea/Mind Mapping.

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

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. 

Please click here for the Cancellation Policy & Informed Consent Release

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Professional Development Opportunities

2017 Spring Symposium - Opening Keynote by Andrew Tarvin

Registration is underway for PMIGLC's 16th Annual Spring Symposium! This year's theme is "Mastering Complexity in Project Management." Keynote speaker Andrew Tarvin will present "Humor That Works: A Project Manager's Guide to Using Humor." Tarvin is the world’s first Humor Engineer. He teaches people how to get better results while having more fun.

The Symposium will be held on Friday, April 28, 2016 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, MI from 8 AM to 5 PM. Learn more and register.

Group discounts are available for groups of 6+ attendees from the same company.  Please contact meetings@meeting-coordinators.com for registration details.

On-Demand Access to Monthly Meetings and Seminars

We are excited to announce a team of PMI-GLC volunteers are undertaking 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 that you’d really like to attend in-person, but occasionally cannot attend - due to other commitments. The initiative is early in development, and the team would like your input. Speak-up if this potential new benefit is of interest to you. 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.

Saturdays, 8am-4pm
April 29, May 6, 13, 20

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


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On Becoming a Great PM Communicator
Step 1 - Setting the Stage

Moylan’s Mulligans on Communications & Leadership
For February 2017, my topic for the Moylan’s Mulligans column on Communications and Leadership is the first step in preparing that important presentation - Setting the Stage

As noted in my January column, the astute Project Manager needs to become the Master Performer artfully orchestrating their communications – both oral and written. This requires the artful PM to focus on getting them to listen:

  • To the Right Stuff
  • At the Right Time
  • For the Right Reasons

The first step in the communication process is setting the stage. Whatever the situation, The PM needs to clarify the following:

  • Why am I presenting this Topic
  • To this Audience
  • At this Time

This helps the PM conceptualize the true purpose of their presentation. Any project presentation is intended to satisfy one of four speech aims:

  • To inform, such as, to present the project status
  • To entertain, for example, to build team morale after a difficult negotiation
  • To persuade; e.g., requesting the executive sponsor to authorize more time and money to complete the project
  • To inspire, like when the PM is encouraging the team to do great things at the onset of the projectKeying in on the explicit purpose of the presentation requires the PM to understand the needs of their audience [stakeholder analysis].

With clarity of the purpose that satisfies the needs of their presentation stakeholders, the PM then begins their next critical activity – drafting the presentation.

Your questions, comments and criticisms are welcome.

Dr. Bill
William 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

Pulse of the Profession 2017
Project success rates are rising. Organizations today are wasting an average of US$97 million for every US$1 billion invested — that’s a significant 20 percent decline from last year’s Pulse of the Profession® findings.

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 January

Michael Delia
Anne Fiol
Melissa Fisher
Arijit Ghosh
Taneisha Grant
jennifer Hadley
Saad Ishac
Wieslaw Jagustin
Kent McIntire
Ann McPhillips
Julie Mills
Stephanie Morris
Abdul Muhammad
Helena Parker
Srihari Pulugurtha
Nate Purcell

Jason Rashaad
Louie Saad
Shrinivas Sajja
Eric Salo
Christopher Santiago
Mandar Sathaye 
Donovan Smith
Eugene Snowden
John Tocco, Esq.
Lisa Vendittelli
Richard Wendt, Jr.
Diana Wizniuk


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PMIGLC Milestone Anniversaries

Congratulations to Members Celebrating Milestone Anniversaries  

We'll be providing milestone anniversaries in the next issue of the newsletter.


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