Baseline Newsletter June 2021

No Monthly Meetings Until September

summerbreak.jpgWhile there will be no monthly meetings in July and August, watch for more information on activities that may occur this summer, such as networking events.

We look forward to returning to our normal schedule this fall. 

Upcoming Meetings

New Member Orientation/ Happy Hour scheduled for June 23
June 23 - 5:30 - 8 pm

newmemberandvolunteer.jpgPMIGL is excited to host its first in-person happy hour of 2021 at the beautiful Lakeshore Park in Novi, MI. This month’s event, Wednesday, June 23 at 5:30 p.m., has several events in one. First, will be networking followed by a brief orientation for new chapter members. We conclude the evening by leadership recognizing our volunteers, from 2019-2021, who give so much to our community for their contributions. A light meal will be available. $5 for members and non-members to attend.


Workshop: What Makes a Project Manager an Effective Leader?
June 25 - 9 am - 12 pm

A Project Manager has to be expert in three areas: the technical aspects of the job, business strategy, and leadership. Leadership is a big part of the job and is integral in managing stakeholder expectations, leading without authority, managing risk, delivering under tight deadlines, managing stress, communicating with team members, key stakeholders, and team building. 

We will discuss three things you can do right now to be an effective leader as a Project Manager:

  • Effective communication with your team and stakeholders, Emails, visuals, persuasion.
  • Conflict or issue resolution Throughout the course of any project, it’s common for scope, budget, resource allocation, and other miscellaneous issues to arise. It is the role of the project manager to ensure that these issues are resolved effectively in order to keep the project on track.
  • Team Building A good project manager will do more than simply manage the steps of a project. They will also manage their team in order to keep them productive and happy. A part of this should include team-building exercises designed to boost morale, particularly after challenging weeks or phases of the project. Organizing a weekly lunch or happy hour is one such example.

We all have one thing that inhibits us from Doing these things well. Register today so you can learn what gets in the way so you can be an effective leader.

Speaker: Spencer Horn
Horn,Spencer_v2-2021.jpgBusinesses internationally look to Spencer as an enthusiastic, insightful source for counsel and advice on developing productive and focused corporate cultures. Spencer is able to draw upon his 28 years of executive experience to reenergize seasoned and emerging professionals and increase organizational effectiveness. He inspires change, to develop: a powerful culture, effective communication, high performing teams and engagement.

Spencer is the President of Altium Leadership. He has previously been the CEO of a leadership development company and Vice President of a NASDAQ company, which developed IMAX theaters in tourist destinations. There he worked with major organizations such as IMAX Corp., National Geographic Television, Radio City Productions, Disney Films and more. He has been speaking professionally since 2009. He spoke at 64 events in 2019. He has been speaking and presenting at PMI chapter development conferences since 2010 and has been a regular speaker at the PMI Leadership Institute Meeting (LIM) North America Conference, since 2014. He is consistently one of the highest rated speakers for the yearlong, PMI Leadership Institute Master Class (LIMC) since 2015.


Construction Panel: The Success OF IPD Projects
June 29 - 4:30-6 pm

Integrated Project Delivery was developed as a solution to construction projects’ adversarial relationships, low rates of productivity, high rates of inefficiency and rework, frequent disputes, and lack of innovation, resulting in too many projects that cost too much and take too long to build.

Project Management Professionals are proficient in Integration Management for different aspects of a project. The PMBoK Framework is applicable to any type of project, but when it comes to Integrated Project Delivery, there are contractual, psychological, and business management skills needed to successfully carry out the management of a quality end product that mixes Team Culture, Owner Business Objectives, and Contractor’s Financial Goals.


Professional Development Opportunities

Have you heard what the new PMP exam for 2021 looks like?

peakbusmgt.pngWhether you took the PMP exam years ago or have yet to take it, it’s worth knowing what the new exam for 2021 is like. The new PMP exam is comprised of:

  • 180 questions (the previous exam was 200), there are still some pilot questions that are not scored.
  • 230 minutes to complete the exam.
  • The material from PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition. (Yes, it is still valid. The seventh edition exam is not expected until 2022.)
  • One additional break for a total of two 10-minute breaks for computer-based tests. Breaks are optional.
  • Questions are a combination of multiple-choice, multiple responses, matching (i.e. “drag and drop”), hotspot (i.e. “click on a chart”) and limited fill-in-the-blank.
  • 50% of the questions are Agile related. These can also include conflict management, motivation issues, scrum ceremonies, team roles, comparing Predictive vs. Agile, leadership styles, and Minimum Viable Product.

Learn more about the new PMP exam


PM Musings

Project Manager Musings on PM Paradigm Shifts
by Dr. Bill Moylan

Back in ancient history [circa 1991], the bestselling book in business circles was Paradigm Shift: The New Promise of Information Technology by Don Tapscott and Art Caston. The book’s premise of old, unresponsive bureaucratic organizations needing to reinvent themselves to deal with the upcoming volatile, open, global business environment of the 1990’s. The Paradigm Shift was music to this newly certified PMP’s ears. For the previous decade, my professional PM work efforts in three distinctly different industries [petrochemical facility construction, academia, automotive] attempted to leverage computer information systems to address these business issues with mixed results. The new era of information technology enabling the transition to the new enterprise and business success purported by the authors became my roadmap and mantra. Read the complete article.

Spotlight Volunteer for June 2021

KentPotts.jpgPMIGL’s Spotlight Volunteer for June 2021 is Mr. Kent Potts. Kent was overwhelmingly selected by his colleagues, leadership, and report staff. Kent is well-deserving to receive this powerful notoriety as he embodies the volunteer spirit of mentoring, sharing, teaching, learning, with humor and excellence. Kent’s leadership has a warm embrace that everybody is somebody in a volunteer role within PMIGL. This action should be embodied within the role description as Kent’s quality with his volunteer role description. Kent’s credentials, calmness, attention to detail makes him the perfect candidate for this award! Read more about Kent

Welcome New Members

View the list of new members who joined in May.

New Member Orientation
June 23 - 6-7 pm


Chapter Sustained Sponsors

Interested in becoming a sponsor? There are many opportunities for event and sustained sponsorships, but they fill quickly! For more information view our Sponsor Information Packet.

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