Baseline Newsletter November 2023

From the  President's Desk

Patera,Michele-2022ed.jpgGreetings PMIGL Members,

There are many holidays and special occasions to celebrate this month. Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving are just two. It is a special time to reflect and be thankful. 

For PMIGL, it is the time of year to reflect on our 2023 accomplishments, establish 2024 goals and objectives, and prepare for the transition of the incoming Executive Board which serves our 1,800+ membership community. Please plan to virtually attend our Annual Business meeting on 12/11/23 where we will be reviewing this information.

The PMIGL chapter was chosen to be featured at the IIL IPM Day this month. This was a special honor for our chapter, and it afforded us a spotlight on the value we provide our membership and information about our upcoming Professional Development events.

A special tribute to all military veterans who have served our country. I am so proud of and thankful for you all.

Best wishes to our membership for a restful Thanksgiving Holiday.

Thank you for your support and membership,

Michele Patera, PMP®

PMIGL President

“Support and Grow”

Governor Proclaims November "Project Management Month"
During the month of November, the Governor's office recognized chapters and project managers who are key contributors to all industries in Michigan. Our Great Lakes Chapter received our proclamation as we support and encourage our citizens to learn and explore Project Management career paths. Read the full proclamation here.
Serve Squad Assists Students in Earning Associate Project Manager Certification from PMI
The Detroit Free Press recently ran an article about the Metro Detroit nonprofit organization Serve Squad which helps low-income high school students earn a debt-free college acceptance including an Associate Project Manager certification from PMI. You can read the article which appeared in the Free Press here.
PMIGL Launches AKPsi Better Together Program
AlphaKappaPsi_Horizontal-Website.pngThrough an informal alliance with the business fraternity, AKPsi, we will be launching a new program called the AKPsi Better Together program. The program encourages two local student organizations within a given campus, to collaborate on a project that might not otherwise happen through the existing support groups on campus. Read on

Job Openings
jobs-image.jpgThe PMI Job Board has enhanced features, making it easier to connect job seekers and employers in the project management industry. Click here to access the PMI Job Board! You can access PMIGL's Job Board of local postings here

Upcoming Events  

Annual Busines Meeting - Virtual
December 11 - 6-8 pm

Facilitators:  PMIGL Executive Committee

Please join us to review the accomplishments of the past year and see what is planned for next year. There is no charge to attend this meeting. No PDUs will be offered. There is no charge to register for this event.


IlL Webinar
December 12 - 3 pm


Join us Tuesday, December 12, at 3pm ET/12 pm PT for a free live webinar Project Management Pain Points and a Path Forward (1 PDU), presented by the IIL Advantage Program. Overcome your business obstacles and maximize the potential of your projects! Don't miss out on this session to dive into the powerful concept of pain points and how they can transform your project management approach. Register today for this free live webinar and enjoy 30-day on-demand access: 

We Have a Theme for 2024 Events!
With the use of AI technology project management will be transformed. Here's how. Also, PDD 2023 is "one for the books." Checkout photos from this year's event. 

What is Disciplined Agile Certification?PeakBusMgtlogo.png
As a leader in project management education, we are working with Peak Business Management to offer the official PMI Disciplined Agile workshop and DASM certification program for individuals looking to pass the exam and become a Disciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM). Learn more.

Earn Free PDUs!
Peak Business Management, is offering chapter members free PDUs! Please visit their website for more details. Be sure to use the password PeakPDU0922 to access this offer.

Stay Up to Date with PMIGL
Help promote PMIGL by following us on Facebook, X (Twitter) and LinkedIn, and share our upcoming events and volunteer opportunities as you see posted. You never know what door may open!   


PM Musings

Align your team with the READY Framework
by April Callis Birchmeier CSP, PMP, CCMP™

Do you lead a team?
Are you involved in change initiatives?
Have you ever said to yourself, – “it would be so much easier if my team thought like me or knew what I knew?”

I bet you have because then we work with people who are on the same wavelength, and work is easier. Unfortunately, leading people is rarely simple like this. Having a “cloned” team may not be productive though. If your team is made up of people “just like you”, you’re missing out. Read the complete article.​​​​​​​ 

Welcome New Members & Congratulations on Milestone Anniversaries

Congratulations to members on their milestone anniversaries this month. Thank you for your valued membership and continued support! 

Also, welcome to our new members who recently joined the chapter. 

Chapter Sustained Sponsors

Learning Opportunities for PMIGL Members

PMIGL is thrilled to shine a light on our partnership with IIL, the International Institute for Learning. Members have access to an incredible array of benefits and amazing opportunities such as discounts on courses, free webinars, and so much more. Please visit the IIL/PMIGL website below. In addition, we are excited to announce a new program by IIL - Mastering Hybrid Approaches for Projects. Specifically focused on helping experienced PMP®s learn how to integrate agile and iterative methods, tools, and techniques into their predictive foundation, we are happy to offer PMIGL members this course at a 50% discount. By attending this program, you will learn: 

  • Organizing scope with WBS, prioritizing it with a backlog, and leading the day-to-day work with a task board.
  • Integrating iterations and releases