November 2017 Print

Chapter Update

Mark Your Calendars - Annual Business Meeting - December 11
Annual Business Meeting: 6:45 pm - 7:30 pm

     Chapter Governance
     2017/2018 Officers
     Operations Model
     Mission and Vision
     2017 Operations Review 
     Financial Review     
     2018 Events and Plans

Chapter Awards Academic Scholarship to Erkan Boztas
The PMI-GLC Executive Committee was pleased to present the 2017 Academic Scholarship Award to Erkan Boztas at the October monthly meeting.

Photo (L to R): VP Finance Gil Rollins, VP Outreach Bill Moylan, Erkan Boztas, Chapter President Thagu Vivek,
VP Administration Rajesh Sivakumar, VP Marketing Paul West, Director of Meetings Jill Vidosh

As a recipient of the award, Erkan received a check for $2000 from the PMI Educational Foundation, sponsored by the PMI Great Lakes Chapter.

Erkan is a current student at Eastern Michigan University, pursuing his graduate degree in Construction Management and intends on taking his PMP test as soon as he is able. In his essay, Erkan mentions the importance Project Management in a “Global Economy”… “The skills required to be a strong project manager have changed significantly over the past several years, as the rate of technological change has continued to increase, the amount of uncertainly that a project manager must deal with has increased as well.”

During his acceptance of this prestigious award, Erkan mentioned he will “Forever be grateful to PMI Great Lakes Chapter for providing him with this honor and opportunity”.

November 2017  is Project Management Month
Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, has proclaimed November 2017 as Project Management Month in Michigan. Read on

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Monthly Meeting & Networking Forum

December Monthly Meeting and Annual Business Meeting  



Registration: 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Annual Meeting & Dinner: 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Speaker Presentation: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Attendees will receive 1.0 PDUs for this event.

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 


Monthly Meeting Topic:  Managing the Ever-Changing Landscape
Projects in Information Technology (IT) are changing rapidly due to new delivery methods (e.g., Agile) and security concerns. The Project Manager is the key to develop a quality project, on-time and on-budget. To meet this goal: They need to adapt to the ever-changing landscape quickly. This presentation will assist in developing strategies on managing the different type of delivery methods for projects. Furthermore, ensuring a quality product is delivered in the end. 


  • Describe the Ever-Changing Landscape
  • Challenges for Project Managers to manage beyond waterfall
  • Describe Agile/Kanban/Iterative development
  • Keys to Managing – (Hint: Risk Management is Key)
  • Describe Security concerns for Software Related Projects
  • Building Quality/Secure Code 

Speaker: Tony Callan
Tony is a project manager for Ford and has worked in a myriad of industries over his 20 years in IT. He is PMP certified since 2006, and has obtained a Master’s degree with a concentration in project management and Master’s certificate in security. He has a passion for the training and education of project managers in the areas of Agile and Security.  


Topic: Annual Business Meeting
This month, the Forum is being replaced by the Annual Business Meeting


Annual Business Meeting Agenda:


  • Chapter Governance
  • 2017/2018 Officers
  • Operations Model
  • Mission and Vision
  • 2017 Operations Review
  • Financial Review
  • 2018 Events and Plans  


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Professional Development Opportunities

PMP Certification Exam Prep Course - 2018 Course Dates Announced Soon
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.

On-Demand Access to Monthly Meetings and Seminars
On-Demand access to PMI-GLC Monthly Meetings and Seminars has launched! 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. Take a look at our current offerings here.

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Moylan’s Mulligans on Communications & Leadership

Project Leadership Series - On Becoming a Great PM Leader 

Mastering the Art of Influence Without Authority
As a Project Manager, you are responsible for delivering a successful project. One that is on time, under budget, and meets customer expectations. Sadly, you often have to do this with a team you have little or no authority over. So how do you get things done? The answer is, by mastering the art of influence without authority.

In the book “Influence without Authority”- second edition, by Allan R. Cohen and David L. Bradford, the authors state three things you can do to get things done: 

1. Build Trust/Credibility

  • Lead by example, do what you say you will do.
  • Communicate openly.
  • Get to know your team members.
  • Treat people with respect.

 2. Provide Suggestions for Solutions

  • Be a problem solver, not a whiner.
  • Innovative problem solving includes: defining the problem, analyzing the problem, brainstorming alternatives, selecting the best solution.

3. Improve Others’ Perception of You

  • Perception is everything. To find out how you are being perceived, ask a trusted co-worker how you come across in your meetings, presentations, and emails.   
  • Ask your company to conduct a 360-degree review on you. This entails having anonymous surveys completed by people who work above you, below you, and at the same level. The feedback can be invaluable.

By mastering these three key points, you will be able to repeatedly lead your team to success!

As always, your questions and comments are welcome.

Best regards,


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


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PMIĀ® News

The PMP® exam is changing on 26 March 2018
Now is the time to earn your PMP. To test on content that includes the current PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition, you'll need to take the exam before it changes on 26 March 2018. There is still time to prepare and schedule, but availability at your preferred testing location will likely become limited — reserve your exam date soon! Read on.

Checkout the Webinars Offered on
Register for live and play on-demand webinars on

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Welcome New Members

Welcome New Chapter Members Who Joined in October

Laurice Aaron
Sara Adams
John Ayers
Donn Barber
Michael Barnard
Jan Blondin
Marcus Bonito
Gail Cavanaugh
John Connolly
Juan Domingo De Luna
Maria Dominguez
Christopher Farkas
Brian Hacker
Lawrence Harm, Jr.
Susannah Hope
Praveen Jettipalle
Shiela Jones
Brandon Kropf
Laura Lefief
Benjamin Ligon
Edward Lodge
Brian Madison, Jr.
Kirk McGinn
andrea Mellen
Brandi Paynes-Bernard
Heather Perry
John Ralston
Neeloshan Selvaraj
Tarvinder Taneja
David Thomas, Jr.
Michael Van Drunen
Lisa Washington
Jacqueline Wiggins
Mark Winkelmann

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