Pittsburgh PMI – June and Summer 2014



 “You have to manage for results, do the right things right and make serving the customer the center of everything” – Peter Drucker.

Summer is nearly upon us, and I hope your projects are running well, delivering great results, and growing your teams for success now and in the future.

We have a great month of activities for you to wrap up our official program year, and will continue study groups and course opportunities through the summer months. Lee Lambert is hosting a Stakeholder Management workshop this month, and as a participant in a number of Lee’s sessions, I can say they are well worth your time. We are also continuing our support for Agile related topics, including this month’s chapter meeting, and pending courses and study groups.

We are growing our engagement with local organizations through the Pittsburgh PMI Outreach team. We seek to engage and add value to our members’ companies, and we ask that you consider representing your organization if you don’t already have an Outreach representative. This provides excellent volunteer and leadership opportunities for you, and helps provide insight and access to the many valuable offerings from our chapter and from PMI for you and your company.

Throughout the Summer your board and other volunteers will be working hard to review and improve the value we facilitate for you, our members. Please contact any member of the board with feedback and suggestions. We will be holding our semi-annual strategy review and planning session in July, and we welcome your input.

Thanks to Jason, Heidi, and the many volunteers who put on a great tailgate for us in May, capped off by a super win of the Pirates over the Cardinals, and followed by a spectacular fireworks show.

Kind Regards,
Matt Craig - PMI Pittsburgh Chapter President


2014 Sep Chapter Presentation

Titanic Risk:  102 Years Later and It Still Matters 

Presented by
Carl Pritchard, PMP, PMI-RMP

11 Sept 2014

Presentation Description: Using the epic tragedy of the Titanic as a backdrop, Carl Pritchard explores the interactive nature of risks and why a single threat normally doesn't doom a project to failure.  It is, instead, the confluence of smaller risk, compounding one on another on another that bring even the most "unsinkable" projects down.  Carl draws on the lectures and insights from 2012's Titanic Centenary Memorial Cruise to provide a backdrop as to how we can avoid becoming victims of our own overconfidence and sail our projects to safe harbor.

Speaker Bio: Carl is the author of seven project management texts, including two on risk management.  He was the lead chapter author for the risk management chapter of the PMBOK Guide 4th Edition, and teaches, lectures and consults internationally on risk management.  He is a member of the Pittsburgh Chapter, and serves as the US Correspondent for the British project management magazine, Project Manager Today. He trains for firms in the Pittsburgh area and has family ties to Squirrel Hill, West End, and "Sliberty"



Agile Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) Class

Earn an Agile certification!

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

Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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.

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

See you there!

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


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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 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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