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MARCH 2012  Volume 02, Issue 03 

 

IN THIS ISSUE:    Membership Drive Campaign         1    PMI‐H Sponsoring Toastmasters  Scholarship Program                        2    Save the Date:  2012 PMI‐H   Annual Conference and Expo       3    COMING IN MARCH    Events/Training Programs              4    Featured Training                            5    Featured Dinner Events                 6    Other Announcements              7‐8    Sponsors                                          9   Above, David Muñoz, PMP, recipient of the December 2011 Kindle‐Fire winner.                                Membership Drive and Retention Campaign: December 2011 Kindle‐Fire Winner     The PMI Houston chapter initiated a “Membership Drive and Retention Campaign” in December 2011 to promote new      membership  and  retention.  The  campaign  awards  a  kindle‐fire  to  first‐time  members  or  re‐registered  members  in  the    months of December 2011, January 2012, or February 2012.  

 

 

   

 

  

 

 

The PMI Houston membership committee randomly selected the winner from the list of new and rejoining PMI Houston  members and the winner of the December 2011 Kindle‐Fire was David Muñoz, from Oxy Inc. Congratulations!. The prize  will be presented at the Galleria HESS March meeting. Join us to celebrate.  Invite your friends and colleagues to join PMI Houston.  The PMI Houston chapter is the seventh largest chapter of the  world  with  more  than  3,400  members.  There  are  many  benefits  of  joining  your  local  chapter,  including  access  to  discounted  training,  PMI‐H  conference,  monthly  events,  networking,  and  PM  job  listings.  Joining  PMI  Houston  is  easy,  just follow this link to join: http://www.pmi.org/Membership/Pages/Benefits‐of‐Membership.aspx#. 

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myPMI-H NEWS

MARCH 2012

PMI Houston and Toastmasters Sponsoring a Scholarship Program for Unemployed Professionals PMI Houston and Toastmaster joined efforts to create a new and exciting program to financially support our Project Management Institute Houston (PMI-H) members to join Toastmasters International. The scholarship will pay most of the cost of joining one of two PMI-H sponsored Toastmaster clubs. A few years ago, PMI-H sponsored two (2) Toastmasters clubs. The intent was to help PMI-H members improve the number one Project Management needed skill: communications. These Toastmaster Clubs have worked out an arrangement for un-employed PMI-H members to join one of these 2 clubs at a very low cost. The times have been difficult for many of us, through no fault of our own. Houston has seen many layoffs in the last couple of years. Some of our brethren have been victims of this and need help to get back into the workforce and /or improve their professional skill set.

Organizers of the scholarship program: Allen Ashe, Lee Jones, and Rashid Kapadia.

Toastmasters International has a proven system and educational program. All professionals have one thing in common: if you are an engineer, a project manager, or a salesman, communications is a necessary skill. PMI and many professional organizations agree that you must be able to communicate effectively with your peers, managers, and all other stakeholders on a daily basis. Currently there are over 250,000 members in 13,000 clubs in 109 countries. Houston has 200 clubs, and over 4,000 members; but, only 2 clubs support and practice PMI-based subjects as a regular part of the club agendas. Houston is showing signs of pulling out of this downturn and you should be ready for the next interview, conference call, or just starting work at a new company. We at North Houston Project Management Toastmasters (NHPMT) and Houston Galleria Project Management Toastmasters (HGPMT) are here eager and waiting to help you train and improve your communication and leadership skills. For additional information about this program, please go to: For North Houston area: NHPMT - http://northhouston.freetoasthost.org Rashid Kapadia - (rashid.kapadia@gmail.com) – President NHPMT Lee Jones – (lgjones@swbell.net) For Galleria or West Houston area: HGPMT - www.hgpmt.org Allen Ashe – (aashe@hal-pc.org) – President HGPMT

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myPMI-H NEWS

MARCH 2012

The long awaited news has finally arrived! Our team has been working hard with the different vendors and we have decided on a date and venue for the 2012 PMI Houston Conference & Expo. This year's Conference & Expo will be held between June 4-6, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown Houston. An excellent location that is central for all of our needs! We are lining up the best speakers and presenters to provide our members with the best training their money can buy! The main conference website has been updated with the latest information and is available at http://www.pmihouston.org/content.php?page=Annual_Conference. We will continue to update the content as more information becomes available. If you have any question or suggestion, please contact me. Thank you for your patience!. We look forward to putting together another successful event for the Chapter.

Tammy Hong, Project Manager, 2012 PMI Houston Conference & Expo pmic.pm@pmihouston.org

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myPMI-H NEWS - Events & Training NORTH DINNER MEETING: When “business as usual” isn’t enough: Authentic Leadership – Access to Breakthrough Results March 13, 2012 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Speaker: Pauline Serice Dinner Meeting: Strack Farms Restaurant 5707 Louetta. Spring, TX 77379 Read More… GALLERIA HESS CLUB DINNER MEETING: When “business as usual” isn’t enough: Authentic Leadership – Access to Breakthrough Results March 14, 2012 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Speaker: Pauline Serice Dinner Meeting: HESS Club 5430 Westheimer Road. Houston, TX 77056 Read More… WEST (AGILE) MEETING: The Business Case for Scrum March 15, 2012. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Speaker: Peter Borsella Sysco Corporation 1390 Enclave Parkway. Houston, TX Read More… UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON MEETING: March 21, 2012. 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Speaker: Don James Bayou City Room 202 University of Houston. Houston, TX 77204 Read More… SOUTHWEST MEETING: March 21, 2012. 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Successful Project Implementation, Quality Practices & Lessons Learned Schlumberger – Sugar Land Campus 210 Schlumberger Dr. Sugarland, TX 77478 Read More… DOWNTOWN MEETING: Is Teamwork a Strategic Advantage for Your PM Team? March 29, 2012. 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Main Houston public library branch – Concourse level room 500 McKinney Street. Houston, TX 77002 Read More…

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MARCH 2012 MANAGING PROJECTS WITH MICROSOFT PROJECT 2010 ESSENTIALS (14 PDUs) March 5, 2012 8:00am to March 6, 2012 5:00pm EPM Architect Training and Solution Center 6300 West Loop South, Suite 570 Bellaire, TX 77401 Read More… MANAGING PROJECTS WITH MICROSOFT PROJECT 2010 ADVANCED (14 PDUs) March 7, 2012 8:00am to March 8, 2012 5:00pm EPM Architect Training and Solution Center 6300 West Loop South, Suite 570 Bellaire, TX 77401 Read More… RISK MANAGEMENT FOR PROJECT MANAGERS (8 PDUs) March 16, 2012 8:00am to 5:00pm Tri Tech Surveying Company 10401 Westoffice Drive Houston, TX 77042 Read More… PMP® & CAPM® PREP - 4 DAY (35 PDUs) March 19, 2012 8:30am to March 22, 2012 4:30pm Tri Tech Surveying Company 10401 Westoffice Drive Houston, TX 77042 Read More… LITHESPEED CSM CLASS AND PMI-ACP EXTENSION March 20, 2012 9:00am to March 22, 2012 5:00pm Courtyard Houston Westchase 9975 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77042 Read More… 6 SATURDAY PMP/CAPM PREP COURSE March 24, 2012 8:00am to May 5, 2012 4:00pm Flour Enterprises. 1 Fluor Daniel Dr Sugarland, TX 77478 Read More… For events and training programs please register online. Additional information about coming events and training is available at http://www.pmihouston.org/meetinginfo.php

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myPMI-H NEWS - Featured Training

MARCH 2012

Looking for PDU Hours of credit for your PMP or CAPM designation? Sign Up today and also receive a Kindle-Fire with registration!* Seminar Objective and Benefit The objective of this review seminar is to assist the candidate in preparing for the certification exam. The exam covers the knowledge areas defined in the PMI Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), Fourth Edition. The PMBOK Guide, Fourth Edition is available online as a membership benefit. This seminar has been structured to provide the candidate an evenly paced presentation of review materials spread over a six-week period rather than in a concentrated period of 4 or 5 consecutive days. The candidate will be provided with a suggested study program that aligns with the paced material presentation. It is envisaged that by assiduously following this program candidates will have completed the additional study time to achieve the level of confidence necessary for taking the exam. This review seminar also satisfies the 35 Contact Hours (PDUs) of Project Management Education eligibility criteria for taking the PMP Certification Examination. The low cost of this seminar when compared to most other commercially offered review courses, is a major benefit to our members and other practitioners of project management. Prior to attending this seminar, candidates should have the experience in project management necessary for their qualification to take the PMP Certification Examination. Who Should Attend? Project Managers and Team Leaders who would like to adequately prepare for the PMP certification exam. Participants will review all PMBOKŽ Guide Knowledge Areas and will be presented with several practice tests and a final practice exam in this very thorough and highly successful course. Includes: PMBOK 4th Edition Guide. Course Sildes and Handouts. Crosswinds Supplemental Materials. Kindle-Fire Included in Registration!! Dates: March 24 – May 5, 2012 (Saturdays only 8am-4pm) Costs: PMI Houston Member Price: Early-bird: $1,400 (end two weeks before the course). Regular: $1,500 Non-Member: Early-bird: $1,600 (end two weeks before the course). Regular: $1,700 For additional information, please contact Logan Wright, Chapter Administrator at 713.592.8909 for registration information or Rich Rector at 281.927.0230 for course content questions. Additional information is also available online at http://www.pmihouston.org/meetinginfo.php?id=171&ts=1327078092

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myPMI-H NEWS - Featured Events

MARCH 2012

Our March Dinner events (March 13 at North and March 14 at Galleria/HESS) will have Pauline Serice, CEO Pauline Serice & Associates, Inc., as featured speaker. Pauline specializes in authentic leadership development and change management where breakthroughs in being in communication and collaboration are essential to success. Pauline’s experience includes working for an international transformational development company as their Communication Program Manager and as a Sr. Manager of Change Management for a major international food distribution company. In addition, Pauline has extensive experience in the behavioral health field working as a Sr. Behaviorist with the Houston Medical Association implementing a successful change-intervention program for the morbidly obese. Over the past 16 years, Ms. Serice has successfully executed a leadership development and change management consulting practice in Houston, TX. She worked with a diverse clientele both nationally and internationally which encompassed such industries as manufacturing, oil and gas, shipping, financial services, hospitality, retail, pharmaceutical and horticultural landscaping. Pauline is the author of “The Authentic Leadership Development: Access to Breakthrough Performance”. Pauline received her undergraduate BFA degree and graduate Industrial and Organizational Psychology MS degree, from Louisiana Tech University and Capella University, respectively. She is currently completing PhD research with Capella University in the Psychology of Authentic Leadership Development. Topic Synopsis: This presentation will examine specifically what a shift from “business as usual” to creating a more authentic self in the “corporate world” might look like in practice; dealing with this shift offers the possibility for generating “breakthrough” business results. Research has shown an inevitable link to inauthentic behavior in the workplace and ineffective performance as well as burnout. Come learn the answer to the seemingly unanswerable question “How can I truly be authentic at work?”. Additional information is available at http://www.pmihouston.org/meetinginfo.php.

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myPMI-H NEWS - Announcements

MARCH 2012

The Houston Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI) is pleased to announce our 2012 scholarship program is awarding scholarships. The awards are available for high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students. The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize students attending schools in the Houston area who contribute to their school and community with Leadership and Service. APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO: Monday, April 2, 2012. Requirements: • Completed Application • Resume • One Recommendation from a Teacher or Advisor • Official School Transcript • One-page essay Instructions are available at http://www.pmihouston.org/content.php?page=Scholarship_Program. Inquiries regarding eligibility or the application process should be sent to: scholarships@pmihouston.org

PMI Houston is currently accepting Project of the Quarter applications for the 1st Quarter of 2012 through March 31st. The Project of the Quarter award recognizes, honors and showcases the accomplishments of the project as well as the project team. Candidate projects exhibit superior performance and exemplify project management excellence. Eligible projects include those that were managed by a team based within the Houston community. You do not have to be a PMP or a PMI member to apply for the award. The project must have been successfully completed within the last 12 months. The winners will receive: • Recognition for their organization and the project team throughout the Houston community. • Feature article and interview in the monthly newsletter • Identification of the winners on the PMI-Houston website • Recognition and presentation of certificate at the PMI monthly HESS Club meeting at 5430 Westheimer. To apply for “Project of the Quarter”: complete the POQ Evaluation Worksheet available at http://209.59.145.132/downloads.php and send via e-mail to ProfessionalAwards@pmihouston.org. Applicants will receive a confirming e-mail or phone call when their package is received.

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myPMI-H NEWS - Announcement

MARCH 2012

The Houston Chapter of PMI holds an election of officers each year. A Nominations Committee has been formed to assemble a list of candidates by May 31. Elections will be held in June. New officers will begin to shadow the current officers in July, and will take office officially in January 2013. EVERY PMI HOUSTON MEMBER in good standing, with a PMP, is eligible for election to the PMI Houston board of directors. There are additional requirements to be eligible for the position of Senior VP Internal Operations. Our board openings include the following:

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Senior VP Internal Operations – This officer coordinates the committees that are primarily internally focused: Professional Development, Programs, and Membership. You must have already served for two years as a PMI Board member before running for this position. Senior VP Internal Operations is a one-year role but running for this position implies a four-year commitment, as it leads to successive roles as Senior VP External Operation, President, and Past President. VP Marketing – This officer's committee shall oversee inducing the public to have understanding of and goodwill towards the Houston chapter and development of outreach programs. . VP Marketing is a two-year commitment (2013-2014). VP E-Business – This officer's committee shall oversee the web site of the Houston chapter, manage all Chapter web related activities and issues to maintain business and the use of Web-related communication. VP E-Business is a two-year commitment (2013-2014). VP Membership – This officer's committee shall oversee the needs of the members of the Houston Chapter; manage all volunteer activities, and direct membership and business and Industry coordination. VP Membership is a two-year commitment (2013-2014).

You can review more information about the PMI Houston board and each position in the chapter structure definitions document available at http://www.pmihouston.org/content.php?page=Organizational_Documents_. You may submit your nominations online using the form available at http://www.pmihouston.org/form.php?form_id=11. Nominations will also be taken from the floor at the March and April chapter meetings. Nominations close on April 30, 2012. If you are interested or have any questions please send an email to nominations@pmihouston.org. The members of the nominating committee will provide you with the forms and the process you need to get on the BALLOT!.

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myPMI-H NEWS – Sponsors

MARCH 2012

We would like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors for their continued support to our Houston chapter: PLATINUM SPONSORS

GOLD SPONSORS

SILVER SPONSORS

BRONZE SPONSORS

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