2013 Executive Board of Directors Elections Candidates
The Elections Committee would like to present the candidates for the 2013 Board of Directors Elections:
• 2013 Vice Chair Elections Committee Nominee - Laura Davidson
• 2013 Vice Chair Floor Nominee - Jacqueline Grant
• 2013 Secretary Elections Committee Nominee - Dana Murphy
• 2013 Director 3 Elections Committee Nominee - Sumesh Sundareswaran
• 2013 Director 3 Floor Nominee - Michelle Cercone
Elections will commence on November 15th and close on November 30th. The winners will be announced on December 9th at the Annual Meeting and Holiday Dinner.
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By: Steven A. Shapiro, PMP, CSSGB
From L to R: John Salguero, David Tennant, Katie Dillard, Troy Woods
History could look back on November 21, 2013 and see not just a date that the Athens community was first engaged by PMI Atlanta, but a date whereby the seeds of a vibrant and thriving PMI Chapter were first sowed. That Thursday evening saw the PMI Atlanta Athens committee hold their first dinner meeting. The event was held at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education and while the attendance was vastly different, the feel of the event was very similar to the Atlanta Chapter Dunwoody Dinner Meetings.
The event began with PMI Atlanta Athens Committee Chair John Salguero showing the PMI Atlanta Chapter video, ‘What is PMI Atlanta?’ and walking those in attendance through all the great work the Atlanta Chapter is doing and how Athens could benefit from similar efforts in their community, while adding in some unique and specific possibilities the committee can bring to the Athens Community.
Salguero also took opportunities as they afforded themselves to introduce the members of both his team and the PMI Atlanta attendees. This began with Salguero introducing Troy Woods. Woods had been involved in the creation of a PMI Chapter in Alabama and will bring that experience to the Athens Committee. He is also a highly respected business man in the Athens area and can serve to reach out to that community to help the committee grow. The next introduction John made was Katie Dillard. Dillard works at Zaxbys in a Project Management role, and will serve the committee as its ‘Ambassador’. She spoke about how she hopes to expand the Athens Committee to have the type of forums that PMI Atlanta currently has. Finally, Salguero introduced Hajime Uchiyama, for whom the Athens Committee chair is very grateful as Uchiyama has been very helpful to John in creating the committee and bringing that vision to a reality. In return, one could certainly sense that the gratitude was mutual, as Uchiyama thanked Salguero for his mentorship and leadership.Read more...
Presented by Andy Powell
Written by Elizabeth White, PMP
Andy Powell, VP of Customer Experience and Product Evangelist, presented the tragic comedy between Project Management Office (PMO) and Development, finding where the rubber meets the road in his recent talk at the monthly PMI Atlanta Agile Forum November 19, 2013. Powell illustrated that the responsibilities and “difference of vision” of the PMO and Development cause communication friction. Let’s look at this common conversation: PMO “I am responsible for selecting, managing and optimizing project resource investments. Development “I am responsible for delivering high quality working software. PMO says, “How long would this take.” Development says “I am busy doing this now- bug me later.” This conversation can be resolved through how the PMO uses Resource Planning, Capacity Allocation, and Progress Tracking.
Leveling the playing field, Powell defines the three main PMO responsibilities to the PMI Atlanta Agile Forum group. First, Resource Planning: in order to place staffing, organizations need to understand the skills required to deliver a project and availability of resources with those skills. Second, Capacity Allocation: Organizations need to know they are utilizing resources so the can make better decisions. Lastly Progress Tracking: Organizations want to deliver value to their customers faster and ensure projects do not have overrun.Read more...
As 2013 comes to a close and you plan for the year to come, what specific steps will you take to move forward in your professional career? Enter the “Your Career as a Project” Contest by NOON on 12/6/13 and win great productivity prizes to assist you in attaining your goals!
First Prize: IPad Air!
Second Prize: IPad Mini
Third Prize: IPhone 5s
All submissions will be scored based on the following criteria:
2. Incorporation of PMI membership activities and benefits (i.e. meetings, speakers, classes, etc.) into the Career Project Plan
3. Reflects Project Management Standards according to PMI
Finalists will be selected by December 7th and announced at the PMI Atlanta Holiday Party meeting on December 9th, 2013.
Written by: Laura Davidson, PMP, Director at Large
The PMI North America Leadership Institute Meeting was recently held in New Orleans. This event is attended is by PMI volunteer leaders from all over the world – this year had the best attendance ever with just over 1000 attendees! Also attending the LIM are PMI CoP (Community of Practice) leaders sharing their challenges, successes and best practices. PMI Chapter leaders meet at the Leadership Institute Meeting (LIM) to share information about their chapters, gain tips for improving their local chapter operations and events as well as learn more about the resources available to local chapters by PMI global. The event consists of educational breakout sessions and networking opportunities to connect with PMI peers as well as a panel discussion with the PMI Global Board of Directors providing insight, direction and goals from our global headquarters. One session is dedicated to gathering attendees together to network and exchange ideas with their regional partners – Our PMI Atlanta chapter is one of 22 chapters included in Region 14 covering the Southeast and the Caribbean. PMI Atlanta will host chapter leaders from our region in 2014.
The LIM event also honors this years PMI Leadership Institute graduates and recognizes chapters as well as individuals that provide volunteer excellence to their Project Management communities. PMI Atlanta was well represented at this LIM, sending 11 attendees (Adrienne James, AVP Operations; Carolyn Toomer, VP Education; Dana Murphy, Board Secretary; David Tennant, Chair; Evelyn Rosier, Treasurer; Karen Jackson, VP Marketing; Laura Davidson, Director; Michael Bridge, AVP Technology; Steven Shapiro, VP Communications; Lydia James, VP Volunteer Coordination; Yvonne Byars, Vice Chair).
This video was shown at the closing session - the lyrics remind us that PMI is a volunteer run organization. Enjoy!
The PMI Atlanta Chapter Milestone Professional Development Scholarship is a professional development scholarship administered by the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF). PMIEF, a charitable nonprofit organization, supports development of the project management practitioners worldwide by providing professional development scholarships to practitioners taking project management courses.
In order to be considered eligible for a scholarship, applicants must specify a project management course that is either stand-alone or as part of a certificate or certification program. Apply by December 9th!