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Wine Tasting and Networking

May 22, 2018
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Michigan by the Bottle Tasting Room
29932 Woodward Avenue
Royal Oak, MI 48073
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Join us for a private wine tasting of Michigan wines!

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March 2017 Print

Chapter Update

Chapter Update 

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


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:  Change Hurts 
Most projects we manage and lead today require a large degree of change for the project team and the people impacted by the project.  Learn why this change can be very diffcult for all the indviduals involved and how you can successfully lead projects and teams through the change process.

Speaker:  Bill Artzberger, PMP, LSSBB
Bill is a partner at the Lean Learning Center.  He specializes in Lean Manufacturing, Innovation, Project Management, and Supply Chain Management.

He has over twenty-five years’ experience in real-world senior management, including CIO, VP, President and CEO. He has worked with thousands of individuals from the boardroom to the shop floor, in virtually all sectors of industry.   Bill holds two patents and brings extensive project management, lean manufacturing, and information technology experience to The Lean Learning Center.  He has been published dozens of times and is a co-author of the top selling Lean book “Driving Operational Excellence” and author of “Powering the Lean Enterprise”.

He has successfully implemented lean improvement projects in dozens of companies throughout the world. Bill is an expert in the usage of lean techniques such as value stream mapping, error proofing, quick changeover, kiazens, kanban systems, 5 S, and visual pull systems. He has taught hundreds of lean process classes and is an expert at driving large scale operational change programs.

Bill earned his Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan with a major in management and a minor in marketing. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (BA) from Walsh College in Troy, Michigan with a major in Information Systems and a minor in finance. He also holds an Associate of Applied Science degree (AS) from Oakland Community College in Farmington Hills, Michigan with a major in systems analysis. Bill is ITIL Certified, a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Monthly Forum Topic: Managing Complexity:  Applying a Systems Approach for Improved Project Performance
Advancements in business, technology, and engineering create an ongoing challenge for Project and Program Managers. The complexity and difficulty of our work increases as the complexity and interdepenence of the systems we produce and use increases. In 2011 the PMI-INCOSE-MIT Alliance was formed to explore how the practices of project/program management and systems engineering could be integrated and alligned toward achieving better project outcomes.

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is a not-for-profit membership organization, founded in 1990, to develop and disseminate the interdisciplinary principles and practices that enable the realization of successful systems.

The Systems Engineering (SE) perspective is based on systems thinking. Systems thinking is a unique perspective on reality—a perspective that sharpens our awareness of wholes and how the parts within those wholes interrelate. This presentation develop and disseminate the interdisciplinary principles and practices that enable the realization of successful systems. 

This presentation provides an overview of systems engineering, INCOSE, and the PMI-INCOSE-MIT Alliance. Attendees will learn about applying a systems approach to project/program management, and how this can result in better project performance.

Speaker: Jack Stein
Jack Stein is a Systems Engineer, INCOSE Assistant Director, Americas Sector (Great Lakes Region), Co-Chair of the INCOSE Risk Management WG, and member of the INCOSE-PMI Alliance Team. He is also a Past-President of the INCOSE Michigan Chapter. Mr. Stein has over 30 years of engineering program experience in the Automotive and Medical Device industries, and has served as a U.S. technical expert developing numerous international (ISO, SAE, ZVEI) standards. He has been an INCOSE member since 2000, and active as an INCOSE volunteer at the local, regional, and international levels since 2006.

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

Missed Last Month's Meeting and Forum? Here's a Write-up

"The Power of Exceptional Customer Service"

Nicola White, a Program Manager with The Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT) Foundation, presented non-traditional methods on the art of customer service. She shared how customer service is the backbone of successful organizations. How understanding what exceptional customer service is and applying it is key to successful communications and relationship building.

Chapter Volunteer Recognition at February Forum
February was volunteer recognition month, where our 2016 volunteers were honored for their outstanding services to PMI–GLC last year. It was a great opportunity to recognize the many volunteers from across our chapter involved in Communications, Outreach, Professional Development, Marketing, Publicity, Sponsorship, Finance, Administration and Membership. With all the new and returning volunteers to PMI–GLC this year, we are looking forward to a great 2017. If you are a PMI–GLC member and would like to be a volunteer, checkout the website  or speak with a PMI-GLC volunteer or officer at one of our monthly meetings amd networking forums.

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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

Event Schedule Development Seminar

Learn and practice how to better develop project schedules (timelines) for events using backward-chaining Microsoft Project Template. This will be a live webinar format seminar. Learn more and register.

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 2 – Drafting the Presentation

Moylan’s Mulligans on Communications & Leadership
For March 2017, I have the pleasure of contributing to the Moylan’s Mulligans column on Communications and Leadership. My topic is on the second step in preparing that important presentation – Drafting the Presentation.

As noted in Dr. Bill’s February column, the first step in the communication process is setting the stage by clarifying why this topic, to this audience, at this time. And speaking of time, be sure you know how much time you will have for your presentation.

In drafting the presentation, the PM needs to focus on the structure which consists of the following:

  • Opening – Tell them what you are going to tell them
  • Body – Tell them
  • Closing – Tell them what you told them

People often listen to that radio station “WIIFM” (What’s in It for Me) so your opening must grab their attention and show that what you are about to share has relevance for them. Strong openings may include:

  • A rhetorical question
  • An interesting statistic
  • An anecdote
  • Audience participation
  • A memorable phrase
  • Use of the imagination

In preparing the body of your presentation be sure to organize your information in a clear, concise, and logical way. Think of transition statements that will lead the audience from one main point to the next. Decide what visual aids and examples will best illustrate your points. If you are planning to use PowerPoint, limit the words per slide and increase the pictures. Think of ways to appeal to various learning styles; visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. The goal is to keep your audience interested and engaged.

In drafting your closing, plan to summarize what you told your audience. Think of the main takeaways you want your audience to remember.

Once you have drafted a presentation that will meet your stakeholders’ needs, visualize a successful outcome and insure one with practice, practice, practice.

Your questions and comments are welcome.

Lisa Harvey Roach, PMP, ACB, CL
PMI-GLC Ambassador to Toastmasters

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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

Mark Langley Speaks with Sky News Business
At Sky News Australia, PMI President and CEO Mark A. Langley discusses the Pulse of the Profession, the economic outlook, and global project trends. Play the video.

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 February

Gil Acosta
stephen adams
Theresa Adriaens
Adeola Agboola
Karin Alcorn
Maruthi Alla
Vishalkumar Allagi
Steven Bryan Ambrose
Ramesh Anuppatti
John Ashman
Todd Aston
Jennifer Avery
Colleen Bevins
Kristin Carroll
Steven Church
Lylian Dang
Danielle Douglas
Colleen Ewald
Jennifer Feys
Michael Fischer
Anjna Gandhi
Dollene Gee
Vijay Ghadge
Amit Gidwani
Ferdinand Gipson

Elisa Hernandez
Michael Hoover
Lanessa Hornbuckle
Cynthia Jacques
Mario Johnson
Brian Kappler
Shashikumar Kaushik
Matt Kirby
Tony Kocevski
Donna Menna
Theresa Mezel
Sheila Moran
Cynthia Munoz
Kelly Mustonen-Mann
Pedro Ortiz
Kevin Otuome
Charlene Parks
Timothy Prueter
Mohammad Qureshi
Vijay Anand Ramachandran
Larina Robbins
Mary Savalle
Joseph Sharp, Jr.
William Smith
Elizabeth Symonenko
Phil Tambouridis
Michael Townsend
Justin Voytal
William Yeater


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