Pittsburgh PMI – June and Summer 2014



Summer is ending, and I hope you have created some great achievements professionally, and also had some time-out with family and friends to recharge your batteries.


During the break, the chapter’s volunteers have worked together to prepare us for a feature-packed 2014/2015 chapter year. Here are some of our Summer event highlights

  • Kim Mangan and I joined leaders from chapters in New York, Delaware, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Michigan at the PMI Region 4 Leadership Meeting, hosted by the PMI New York chapter. While there I had the pleasure of facilitating the Chapter President’s Forum, and we all came away with techniques to improve the value experienced by our members.
  • The Pittsburgh chapter board and directors met for our twice-annual strategy review and planning session, focusing on topics such as opportunities to support professional development of chapter members, improving networking events, and working with local organizations to deliver value through effective project (and program and portfolio) management
  • We also had a great time celebrating the contributions of our volunteers, at the annual volunteer appreciation dinner. Many thanks to Joanne Sarachine for organizing this fun event. The appreciation speeches were a little tricky, in the midst of the 80’s metal cover band warm-ups.
  • Each of the teams have been planning and booking events for you, including chapter meetings, training, forums, coffee talks, and the very successful professional development day.


So we return to our calendar of events with a great start, welcoming Carl Pritchard back for our September Chapter meeting next week, as well as Jesse Fewell, a leader in the Agile world. Please review this newsletter for a taste of what’s coming. If you are a new member to the organization, welcome aboard! If you’re an old-hand, but have been a little quiet, please speak up and help us deliver great content and opportunities to make you more successful in the project management world.


All the best,


Matt Craig
PMI Pittsburgh Chapter President


Election Time

Election Time!

It’s not too early to start thinking about 2015 and helping our chapter move forward in new and exciting ways. We will be holding elections in October (please make sure that your membership contact information is up to date at www.pmi.org to ensure that you receive your ballot so that you can cast your vote!) and are looking for a few good men and women to run for the following positions:

  • President Elect: shall assume the office of the President of the PMI PITTSBURGH CHAPTER at the end of the current President’s term of office. Duties include, but are not limited to, assisting the President in liaison with PMI® if and when required, assist with special projects, seminars or meetings, and become cognizant of the duties of the President. This officer shall be elected in even numbered years, corresponding to the election prior to the beginning of the second year of the PRESIDENT’s term.
  • VP, Communication and Publicity: shall keep the records of all business meetings of the PMI PITTSBURGH CHAPTER and meetings of the Board, and be considered the Secretary for the board Duties include but are not limited to the responsibility of timely dissemination of information both to and from the Chapter membership, publicity of the PMI Pittsburgh Chapter and PMI® to internal and external publications through partnering with local businesses, governmental and educational organizations. This officer shall be elected in even numbered years.
  • VP, Programs: shall facilitate program events for the monthly PMI PITTSBURGH CHAPTER meetings, and other programs as needed. The duties include but are not limited to managing all efforts related to the delivery of interesting and educational programs by competent speakers, and ensuring all necessary arrangements are made for the monthly PMI PITTSBURGH CHAPTER meetings. This officer shall be elected in even numbered years.
  • VP, Outreach: Outreach shall facilitate activities outside the customary functions of the PMI PITTSBURGH CHAPTER to interact with the community, including employers of project managers, non-profit organizations, and other professional organizations. Duties include but are not limited to managing all efforts related to the interaction of the chapter and the employers of project managers, as well as those organizations that can be served by project management expertise. This officer shall be elected in even numbered years.

These Board positions are open to members of the Pittsburgh Chapter and represent a two (2) year commitment, with the exception of the President-Elect, which comes with a three (3) year commitment.

More information about these positions, and the operations of the Pittsburgh Chapter Board of Directors, can be found in our chapter by-laws which can be found on our website, www.pittsburghpmi.org, or by talking to any of the members of the Board.

Interested in one of these positions? Please reach out to Susan Keaney at slkeaney@comcast.net or 412.414.6881 by September 15, 2014.


Agile Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) Class

Earn an Agile certification!

This class is currently full but you may register below to be on the waiting list.

Jesse Fewell from Alacrity is coming to Pittsburgh to provide another great Agile class.  Scrum is a leading Agile methodology with great tools for project success.  Don't be left behind without an Agile certification.

Jesse's website follows:  http://jessefewell.com/

The CSM (Certified ScrumMaster) certification is administered by the ScrumAliance.

Sign up by August 9th for an early bird discount of $50.  A late fee applies after September 6th.

Pittsburgh PMI Members, login first for your $100 discount.

Click here to register.

Price: $795

Dates: 10-11 September 2014

Registration opens: 8:00 AM

Class: 8:30 - 4:30

Morning snacks, beverages, and lunch are provided. 

Location: Engineering Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP), 337 Fourth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15222

The class qualifies you for the exam to become a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM).  The test fee is included with class registration. Also, we won't take the test during class time, but you'll be able to take the online test, using your own laptop, in the comfort of your own own, within 1 business day of completing the class.

More information is here.   CSM Training 2014 (624.13 kB)

Please contact FredBKoos@IEEE.org for comments or questions.

See you there!

Fred Koos, PE, PMP, CSM, VP Education Pittsburgh PMI


2014 Professional Development Day

Details are now available for the 2014 Professional Development Day on Wednesday, November 5 at the Cranberry Regional Learning Alliance.  

This year's theme is "Driving Organizational Value through Effective Project Management".  

In addition to high quality speakers and information, this is the largest project management networking event in Pittsburgh!

Click here to register. 

Keynote Speaker: Skip Weisman; President; Weisman Success Resources, Inc.

How to be Respected and Heard as a Valuable Partner by Every Stakeholder on Every Project


Session 1A: Joe Lukas; Vice President, PMCentersUSA

 How to Create a Correct and Concise Schedule


Session 1B: Sam Provil; President & Managing Consultant; Provil & Associates, Inc.

 Serious Project Time Management – Presented Not Too Seriously

Session 2A: Ron Taylor; President; The Ron Taylor Group

 What the Dog Saw


Session 2B: Rick Clare; Director, PMCentersUSA

 Top 10 Project Disconnects Between Executives and the Trenches



Executive Panel Discussion – Effective Project Management, from the Executive’s perspective


Session 3A: Bob Stearns; CEO; Powerful Potential

Engaging Shareholders to Support your Projects


Session 3B: Joe Lukas; Vice President, PMCentersUSA

Improving Stakeholder Relationships using Emotional Intelligence

Session 4A: Harlan Bridges; PMO Setup Practice Lead, BOT International

 Business Driven Project Management and Project Strategy


Session 4B: Jennifer Smith; Executive Leadership Coach, Growth Potential Consulting

 Three Secrets to Getting Projects Done on Time and Within Budget


Standard Price:  $329
Pittsburgh PMI Member Discount!  $30  (Remember to login first for this discount.)
Early Bird Discount!  Before September 21st:  $50
Avoid the $50 Late Fee.  Register before October 28th.

Agile, PMI-ACP Self-Organized Study Group

Hello Pittsburgh PMI members interested in an Agile certification from PMI!

We have started a PMI-ACP Certification self-organized study group.

Please contact FredBKoos@IEEE for more information.

We are off to a great start and new members can join ongoingly.

Fred Koos, PE, PMP, CSM, VP Education Pittsburgh PMI


About Us

The Project Management Institute (PMI), founded in 1969, has grown to be the organization of choice for project management professionalism. With over 200,000 members worldwide, PMI is the leading nonprofit professional association in the area of Project Management. PMI establishes Project Management standards, provides seminars, educational programs and professional certification that more and more organizations desire for their project leaders.

The PMI Pittsburgh Chapter, founded in 1980, boasts over 1100 members, of which over 65% are certified Project Management Professionals (PMPs). The Chapter hosts multiple monthly meetings for project management professionals focused on networking, education, and general topics.  See the Calendar area for more information.

The PMI Pittsburgh Chapter is a volunteer organization, where the members gain value in professional development through teaching, presenting and sharing with other members on both the local and international levels. Our members are from a diverse cross-section of local employers, with experience in various industries and disciplines.

For more information, please contact the VP of Membership at VP_Membership@pittsburghpmi.org.

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