Pittsburgh PMI Welcome Message



What a beautiful time of year it is in Pittsburgh in the Fall. The leaves are turning, the nights are cooling, and it’s great weather for camping and hiking with friends and family. Hopefully it’s also great weather for a mud run with kids (highlights to be shared at October chapter meeting).

We’ve also kicked off our program year with a great start, with excellent reviews for Jesse Fewell’s Agile session and Carl Pritchard’s always great insights into Risk Management, at our September chapter meeting.

I hope you’ve already registered for next month’s Professional Development Day, as we’re likely to sell it out again fast this year. We have a great crop of speakers and panelists, hand-selected by a dedicated team of volunteers who reviewed a large number of submissions to choose the best material for you.

A welcome surprise (for me) was an invitation to fill-in for our October meeting, as our scheduled speaker unfortunately had to cancel their session. As many of you know, I am an advocate of value-management practices, so I look forward to sharing some techniques and discussion with you, to help you make sure each of your projects is focused on delivering great results both for your organization, and for you as a professional Project Manager.

Welcome to our new members and congratulations to our new PMI credential holders. For all of you I hope your projects and programs have engaged and motivated teams doing great work, and I look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming chapter meeting.

Kind Regards,

Matt Craig
President, Pittsburgh PMI Chapter



Election Time


It’s almost Officer Election Time!  We have an outstanding slate of volunteers running for office this year.  Your candidates are as follows:

President Elect:                Fred Koos

                                             Kimberly Mangan

VP, Outreach:                     Lorraine Robinson

VP, Communications:      Peter Zenz

VP, Programs                     Kathy Lawson

Their bios, photos and qualifications are posted on our website and included as part of the October newsletter.   The candidates will be presented at the October chapter meeting.

The electronic ballot will appear at midnight Thursday, October 9, 2014 and be available through midnight, November 2, 2014. 

Please login to vote.

The link to the ballot is posted HERE.

The successful candidates will be announced at our monthly Chapter Meeting on November 13, 2014, which will also be our annual Membership meeting.


Good luck to all of our candidates!!!!!!


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.

Parking is free.

Breakfast snacks, lunch and beverages will be provided.

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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