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  1. 1. NEWSLETTER Central Iowa Chapter / Project Management Institute PMI Central Iowa Chapter, PO Box 71396, Des Moines Iowa 50325-8101 IN THIS ISSUE Page W elcome to the August, 1-3… August Meeting Information 3… Register for PDD 3-4.. PMI-CIC Inaugural Charity Golf Classic 2007 edition of the Central Iowa 5... New members and PMPs Chapter PMI Chapter Newsletter. 5... Call for Board Nominations Please feel free to call on your 6… Fall PMP Review Class board members with your 7-8 Two Day PM Essentials Class constructive ideas and concerns 8…. Call for Speakers about your local PMI chapter. 9… Chapter Meetings Additional contact information is 10… 2007 Board of Directors available at the chapter Web site at http://www.pmi- August 16, 2007 PMI Dinner Meeting registration starts at 5:30 P.M. Sponsored by Planview The next PMI Dinner Meeting will be Thursday, August 16, 2007. The meeting will be held at the Downtown Holiday Inn. In order to make an accurate dinner headcount, please make your reservations by Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 12:00 p.m. to Jim Allen []. This program will qualify as one PDU for certified PMP's or one hour of education for those applying to take the PMP exam. It is important to RSVP so that an accurate number of plates can be prepared. Should your plans change after you RSVP and you are not able to attend, please contact Jim Allen 48 hours prior to the meeting so that the headcount may be adjusted. Payment is made at the event. We accept either cash or checks. Checks are made payable to PMI-Central Iowa Chapter. PMI-CIC Members are $20; Non-members are $30 and Students are $10 (with proof of a minimum of half time registration). Vegetarian? Please make your request known. PMI Headquarters: Central Iowa Chapter: Building professionalism in project management. 1
  2. 2. THANK YOU to our sponsor, Planview. They specialize in Project Portfolio Management and have several other offerings. Check out their website at Planview is our first ever sponsor of a chapter meeting! August Program Date: Thursday, August 16, 2007 Menu Location: Downtown Holiday Inn Smoked Apple Pork Chop 1050 6th Avenue | Des Moines, IA Strawberry Short Cake or Triple Chocolate Cake Vegetarian Meal Meeting Agenda Cheese and Egg Chef’s Salad 5:30 p.m. Registration and networking 6:00 p.m. Dinner is served 6:45 p.m. Announcements 7:00 p.m. Program Begins 8:00 p.m. Adjourn Speaker – Lee Towe, PMP Topic: JuneJam: Lessons Learned from a Large Community Project - Identifying “What’s In It For Me?” for various stakeholders - Setting stakeholder vs. technical priorities - Using an online collaboration site - Identifying goals and strategies - Understanding risk management successes and failures - Choosing schedule formats with a diverse project infrastructure Lee Towe is President of Innovators International, Inc., one of the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Global Charter Registered Education Providers. The division specializes in project management training and consulting. Lee has been managing projects for 25 years and delivering training workshops for 17 years. Lee served on the project leadership team of nine people that updated PMI’s PMBOK® Guide in 2004. He was the team lead for the Human Resources chapter. He earned his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification through the Project Management Institute and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Drake University. In 2006, the California State University of Sacramento won PMI’s prestigious Provider of the Year award for its project management training program related to the California Department of Transportation. Lee developed and leads five of the eight courses in that program. PMI Headquarters: Central Iowa Chapter: Building professionalism in project management. 2
  3. 3. Lee consistently earns top marks for training and speaking, including PMI’s SeminarsWorld workshops and Global Congresses. One industry conference had such regard for his speaking that they placed Lee’s general session presentation between television personalities George Will and Bryant Gumbel. Lee is the author of two books. The first, Why Didn’t I Think of That?, demonstrates ways to increase creative thinking at work. The second, Strategic Planning Handbook, provides a basic foundation for conducting organizational strategic planning. Lee also contributed one chapter to the newly revised American Management Association Handbook of Project Management. Now is the Time to Register for PDD Have you registered for this year’s PMI-CIC Professional Development Day on October 26, 2007? If not, be sure to take advantage of early registration prices available only through August 26. This year’s event is shaping up to be one of the best with nationally recognized speakers including Kirk Weisler, Nan Crockett Valentine and Doug DeCarlo. There will be plenty of time for interaction with these top notch speakers as they each conduct a breakout session in addition to their keynote topic. Hear from locals Charlie Wittmack to determine “What’s Your Everest?” and Ann Wright to help you have “Meetings that Matter.” PMI-CIC Inaugural Charity Golf Classic Come join your fellow Project Managers and guests on Wednesday, September 19 at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Norwalk. We will have a shotgun start at 1 p.m. This will be a four person best shot tournament. Entry fee is only $50 per person or $200 per foursome. We would request that each foursome have at least one PMI member. There are two primary goals for this event. First – an opportunity to network with your peers and friends. Secondly – to give back to the community. Half of the net proceeds will go to Mentor Iowa, an organization whose mission is “…to provide trained volunteer mentors to abused, neglected and delinquent children who are under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court. We will do this by working in partnership with the children, their families, and the community.” For more details on Mentor Iowa, go to their web site The other half of the net proceeds will go to establish a PMI-CIC Scholarship fund. We will have a BBQ dinner after the golfing to award prizes and continue the networking. There will be some great raffle prizes as well. We are looking for corporate sponsors to help defer costs and increase the amount available to charity. Contact Brian Shadle for more details or to be a sponsor. Volunteers will be needed as well. We will need volunteers before and during the event. Contact Melissa Simmons to volunteer or for more information. PMI Headquarters: Central Iowa Chapter: Building professionalism in project management. 3
  4. 4. If you have any other questions regarding the golf event, please contact Thomas Lloyd, project manager. The registration form is below as is the project team’s contact information. We are looking for each of you to come, golf, and have a great time, while giving back to our great community. Registration Form PMI-CIC’s Inaugural Charity Golf Event – 2007 Rolling Hills Golf Course, Norwalk September 19, 2007 1:00 PM Shotgun Start $50 per player, $200 per foursome Name Phone E-mail 1. 2. 3. 4. Please make checks payable to PMI-CIC and send to PMI-CIC Attn: Golf Outing - 2007 P.O. Box 71396 Des Moines, IA 50325-8101 Contact Information: Tom Lloyd 515.222.8989 Project Manager Melissa Simmons 515.247.2861 Volunteers Sponsorships & Brian Shadle 515.979.5437 Marketing Ryan Torrey 641.352.5115 Marketing Hole Events Jim Allen 515.558.6601 Marketing PMI Headquarters: Central Iowa Chapter: Building professionalism in project management. 4
  5. 5. New Members and PMPs It’s time to catch up in welcoming our newest members. Our current membership consists of 650 members of which 351 are PMPs and 4 are CAPMs. Please welcome the following new members. New May Members New June Members Brian Becker Loreen Jury Joanne Blizzard Sarah Mentz Rick Coffelt Renae Scroggins Ruth Mwangangi Jason Parker Kathelyn Rainwater Steven Ramirez Roger Sears Jeannette Toepfer Starla Wasielewski If you know any of the following individuals, please congratulate them on their recent accomplishment attaining the PMP certification. New May PMPs Jill Anonson, PMP Barbara Gannon, PMP Dave Musgrove, PMP Board Nominations The Board of Directors for the Central Iowa Chapter is accepting nominations for open positions for next year. The officer seats that will become vacant in 2008 are as follows: Vice President – Treasury and Finance (currently served by Gary Toelle) Vice President – Education and Certification (current served by Melissa Keen) Vice President – Communication and Publicity (current served by Tom Buckhouse) PMI Headquarters: Central Iowa Chapter: Building professionalism in project management. 5
  6. 6. If you are interested in one of these positions or would like to nominate another individual (with their consent), please contact Timothy Johnson (Immediate Past President) no later than August 31st. Other Nominating Committee Members are Norm Veen and Jan Post. Fall PMP Review Class Planning is underway for the Fall 2007 PMP Review Course aimed at those who wish to pursue the PMP designation. Although the dates are not official, the class is most likely to start the first week in October and run two nights a week for five weeks. We are looking for interested Students, Volunteers, and Instructors. If you are interested in any of these, please contact Brad Aplin at or call 515-226-6063 For Potential Students We are not formally taking registrations, but will be soon. In the meantime, if you are interested or have questions, we would like to hear from you. When we have registrations set up, we will contact you with the final details. Here is some important information about the class.  The 2006 Fall workshop cost was $500 for chapter members and $700 for non-members. We do not anticipate a significant change to these costs in 2007, however the budget is in the process of being finalized and may change slightly once all 2007 expenses are known. This however should give you an estimate for planning purposes, and once the final cost is known we will communicate accordingly  This includes the latest version of RMC’s (Rita Mulcahy) test preparation materials, which are among the best available. o PMP® Exam Prep textbook o PM FASTrack® Exam Simulation Software o Hot Topics PMP®  The class fulfills the requirement for 35 hours of specific Project Management education that you need before you can sit for the exam.  The class is led by PM practitioners who have their PMP designation.  It’s close to home. Other classes may require you to travel out of state, which can be an inconvenience, and increases your preparation costs.  This class does not require time out of the office.  The class offers great networking and study group opportunities! Volunteers We already have some volunteers to help organize the course but still need help in the areas below. Volunteers receive one PDU under Category 5.  Coordinating Student Registrations PMI Headquarters: Central Iowa Chapter: Building professionalism in project management. 6
  7. 7.  Coordinating Books, Materials, and Instructor Slides Instructors We need instructors and backup instructors for the class. You must have your PMP to be an instructor. Instructors earn 10 PDU’s under category 2C. Backup instructors earn one PDU under category five. Education Opportunity – Two Day PM Essentials Class The Project Management Institute, Central Iowa Chapter is partnering with Martin Training Associates, LLC and Custom International Resources, Ltd. for essential, local project management training. Join us at the West Des Moines Marriott for 2 days starting September 10, 2007, 8:30 AM for Core Skills for Managing Projects. The cost for the class is only $600 for members and $750 for non-members. During this two-day PM workshop, which is worth 15 PDUs, you will learn a team-based, collaborative approach to project management that can improve your bottom line results. Intended for project managers and leaders and project team members, this hands-on, highly interactive workshop immerses participants in the simple, easy-to-use Project Management methodology that maximizes class participation. While working on a case study, you'll learn how to apply this robust, PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) aligned method to real-life projects and relate what you have learned to your own project experience. Discussion questions will help you relate what you've learned to your own experiences. What You Will Learn  Foster team participation  Create a team contract  Create a charter  Define the scope of the project  Set scope boundaries  Break down the work  Determine appropriate team composition  Identify significant milestones  Develop a deliverables schedule  Estimate staff effort & spending  Assess risks  Create countermeasures to reduce risk  Manage changes to the plan PMI Headquarters: Central Iowa Chapter: Building professionalism in project management. 7
  8. 8.  Monitor project progress  Hold status meetings  Write a status report  Manage an issues list  Capture lessons learned  Assemble a project plan  Write a close out report The Presenter: Craig Hinson, PMP, has successfully led small, medium, and large projects, and established as well as managed Program Management Offices. The larger engagements include multi-million dollar budgets and distributed teams. During his extensive career in project management, Mr. Hinson has focused primarily on Information Technology projects; however, he has also managed several strategic and tactical non-technical enterprise projects. Mr. Hinson has also delivered over 7,000 hours of technical and project management training in the US and internationally. Mr. Hinson’s career goal is to continue to train and lead teams that maximize project investments through effective project management, thus achieving the ultimate project outcome and business results and value. If you have questions pertaining to this training opportunity, please contact Marie Harris, vp- Call for Speakers PMI Central Iowa Chapter is looking for a couple chapter members that would like the opportunity to speak at a chapter meeting in 2008. With all the talent our chapter has we would like to give our members an opportunity to speak. Not only will you receive a great value in sharing but you can also earn PDU's. If you have a desire to speak and have a topic you are burning to share please contact Marie Harris I have had a few members ask how they could get a chance to speak at our chapter meeting so I thought I would give 2 spots next year to our chapter members. Sponsorship Available for our September Chapter Meeting If you are interested in getting your company’s name in front of several project managers and portfolio managers, then sponsoring a chapter meeting is a great way to do it. When you sponsor a meeting, you get an honorable mention in our newsletter and email reminders about the PMI Headquarters: Central Iowa Chapter: Building professionalism in project management. 8
  9. 9. meeting. In addition, you will also get a table at the meeting in a high traffic area plus you can hang a banner if you wish. You will also be thanked in the meeting. If you wish to sponsor our September meeting, or any future meeting, please contact Tom Buckhouse at PMI Central Iowa Chapter 2007 Meetings Date Time Location Speaker Topic Jan18th 5:00 – West Des Moines Tana Goertz The Ultimate Project 8:00 pm Marriott Feb 11:15 – Holiday Inn Downtown Dennis Stauffer Thinking Clockwise, Tools th 15 1:15 pm of an Innovative Leader March 5:30 – West Des Moines Michelle Matt Taking Time to Manage 15th 8:00 pm Marriott Time April 11:15 – Hotel Fort Des Moines Mike Sansone Business Blogs and RSS th 19 1:30 pm Feeds: Synchronize Your Communication; Amplify Your Relationships May 5:30 – West Des Moines Peter de Jager The Ws of Problem Solving 17th 8:00 pm Marriott June No meeting July No Meeting Aug 5:30 – Holiday Inn Downtown Lee Towe JuneJam: Lessons Learned 16th 8:00 pm from a Large Community PMI Headquarters: Central Iowa Chapter: Building professionalism in project management. 9
  10. 10. Project Sept 11:15 – Holiday Inn Downtown Maureen Clarry Effective Meetings 20th 1:30 pm Oct No Attend PDD! meeting Nov 5:30 – Hotel Fort Des Moines Rick Brenner "Who's Doing Your Job?" 15th 8:00 pm Dec No meeting PMI Headquarters: Central Iowa Chapter: Building professionalism in project management. 10
  11. 11. PMI Central Iowa Chapter Board of Directors - 2007 POSITION EMAIL NAME Chapter President Jan Willem Post, PMP VP of Membership James Allen, PMP VP of Education & Melissa Keen, PMP Certification VP of Communications & Tom Buckhouse, PMP Publicity VP of Treasury & Finance Gary Toelle, PMP VP of Programs Marie Harris, PMP VP of Website & Technology Eric Orcutt, PMP Immediate Past President Timothy Johnson, PMP Appointed/Non-Voting Positions Project Manager, 2007 Vicki Oliver Professional Development Day Director of Programs Kalyanaraman Venkatraman (KV) Director of Strategic Norm Veen, PMP Planning Director of Auditing Don Kerr Project Manager, Thomas Lloyd 2007 Golf Outing Project Manager, Brad Aplin, PMP 2007 PMP Workshop PMI Headquarters: Central Iowa Chapter: Building professionalism in project management. 11