Welcome to the Pittsburgh Chapter




Congratulations to our education team for a well run and highly attended PMP Prep course through February and March. I appreciated the opportunity to engage with all of the PMPs-in-training, as a member of our volunteer instructor team. This gave me a chance to review and update my knowledge on effective Stakeholder Management – the new chapter in the PMBoK Fifth Edition – and it’s always a pleasure to teach an interested and motivated group of people. I was also reminded of the rigor of the PMP process, and gained renewed appreciation for the professionalism and dedication of our members, who strive to use and advance effective project management practices on a daily basis.

As you’ll see in our newsletter, we have some great events coming over the next few weeks, both professional and social. I encourage you to read through and discover opportunities to develop your skills and your network, and to have some fun too.

Please stay in touch with the members of our leadership team and let us know what you like about the chapter, and also any of your suggestions for how we can improve project management in our region. Welcome to our new members, and congratulations to our new credential holders.

Welcome to Spring!



2014 May Chapter Presentation

Navigating PMO Improvement with OPM3

Presented by
Chris Uldriks

8 May 2014

Brief Description of Presentation: The 2012 PMI Pulse of the Profession survey identified that only 20% of respondents felt their organizations had high organizational project management (OPM) maturity.  This is startling given the same report indicated that organizations with high OPM maturity reported delivering 72% more projects on time, 55% more projects within budget, and 38% more projects meeting their business goals than their counterparts with low OPM maturity.

With the obvious benefits of increasing OPM maturity, why are so few embracing the opportunity to improve and so few successfully implementing improvements?

Navigating PMO Improvement with OPM3 discusses the obstacles to PMO capability improvement how the PMI OPM3 process helps organizations overcome the obstacles to improving PMO capability to drive strategy execution and deliver more projects meeting business goals on schedule and within budget.

Project professionals attending this event will:

               1. Gain an understanding of organizational project management (OPM) and the PMI
                   Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3)
               2. Understand the OPM3 assessment process
               3. Learn how OPM and OPM3 assessments help a PMO overcome the obstacles to PMO
                   improvement and facilitate effective improvement in organizational project management
               4. Discover the business benefits of implementing a mature OPM framework, including:
                      a. Improved project predictability
                      b. Alignment to organizational strategy
                      c. Increased organizational agility
                      d. Development of a sustainable PMO
Learn the benefits of OPM and the OPM3 to the project manager, PMO manager, and executive

Speaker’s Bio: Chris Uldriks is President of Programmatix, a PPPM and systems engineering consulting firm. Chris has over ten years of program office experience in the aerospace and defense industry. His previous experience ranges from systems engineering and mission management in the missile defense and commercial space launch segments to research and development project portfolio management in medium caliber weapons. He is one of approximately 100 PMI certified OPM3 professionals operating globally. Chris graduated with a BS in Engineering Management from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Arizona State University.



Stakeholder Management; a Lee Lambert Workshop



Want to learn all about the newest Knowledge Area in PMBOK?  Here's your chance with an entertaining workshop.  Lee Lambert presents his Stakeholder Management course:  Stakeholder Identification, Categorization, and Communication:  a Key to Successful Projects.  June 18, 2014 at Longue Vue Country Club in Verona PA.  Earn 8 PDUs.  PMI members can save $100 towards the cost of the workshop by entering Promo codeword “PMI”.  Click here for more information and to register (http://www.lambertconsultinggroup.com/PDUEvent.aspx?e=1390).



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PMP Preparation Class 2014

Become a certified PMP!

Click here to register.

This is a great class at a great value for your preparation to become a PMP!

The PMP Preparation Class will be held on five (5) consecutive Saturdays as follows:

  • February 22
  • March 1
  • March 8
  • March 15
  • March 22

Each day is planned to run from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM with lunch and other snacks & beverages provided.

35 PDUs will be awarded!

Includes a text book, study guide, online resources, practice exams, instructor support, and more!

Updated per the new Fifth Edition of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

Held at the great facility of Ansaldo STS, 1000 Technology Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15219. Thank you Ansaldo STS!

Tuitions follow:

  • Tuition: $1165
  • Pittsburgh PMI Member Discount: $190 (Please login to website to get your discount.)
  • Early Bird Discount, register before 1 Jan 2014: $50
  • Late fee after 11 February 2014: $75 -- materials may not arrive until the second day of class
  • (Pittsburgh PMI members registering before January 1st will only pay $925.  This is a great deal for this PMP Prep Class!)

Click here to register.

Please contact FredBKoos@IEEE.org with any questions.

Interested in being an instructor for PMP review classes? Please contact FredBKoos@IEEE.org

Sponsored by Ansaldo STS

 PMP Prep 2014 (197.4 kB)

PMI Networking Mixer - Take me out to the Ballgame

Date: Saturday, May 10th Time: 4:30 PM

Price: $25 per person

Location: PNC Park - 115 Federal Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212


Join us to see the Pittsburgh Pirates, take on the St. Louis Cardinals, at beautiful PNC Park.

Your price is just $25, which includes a game ticket in the PMI Pittsburgh block (Grandstand, Section 307).

Spouses and children are also encouraged to join at $25 per person.

This is more than just a game. We will begin tailgating at 4:30 PM. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and refreshments will be provided by PMI for every person. So come Hungry!

This is also an excellent opportunity, to network and have fun with fellow PMI Pittsburgh members.

Program Details:

Ø  Arrive at 4:30 PM

Ø  Tailgate begins at 4:30 PM to 5:45 PM (Lot across the street from Allegheny Center Parking Garage)

Ø  Tickets will be handed out at the Tailgate.

·  If not attending the Tailgate, your tickets will be at the Will Call Window (beside Home Plate), at 6:30pm.

Ø  First Pitch at 7:05 PM

Ø  Zambelli Fireworks will immediately follow the game!

Register now, seats are limited! (Registration will close on March 26th - No walk-ins can be accommodated.)

No refunds or exchanges will be made.

Contact: Jason McMann, PMP @ Jason.McMann@ADP.com for any questions.

Please select " I am registering as an individual" to buy just one ticket or " I am registering as part of a group" to buy more than one ticket, which then will allow you to

enter the number of tickets you want to buy.

Register Here

Link to Flyer

Link to Tailgating Location

PMI Family Grows Again

Please click HERE to read the announcement from 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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