Meet our Leadership! - Terry Minhas, Senior Vice President of External Operations

    How long have you been working in Project Management and what's your current professional position?

    I have been involved in the Project Management profession for over 20 years. With my background in engineering, I have been fortunate enough to work in both the engineering and IT spaces. Currently, I am the Director of Project Management in the IT Department of an organization, where I lead a team of project managers and business analysts.

    How long have you been involved with the Houston PMI Chapter and in what capacities?

    My first encounter with the PMI Houston Chapter (PMIH) was in 2002 when I served as the Director of Programs, and subsequently as VP Programs for 2 years. In 2005, I moved to Seattle to work with Microsoft for a few years. Most of my volunteer work at that time was with IEEE which involved my role as the Chair of Membership, IEEE Computer Society, Puget Sound.

    In 2012, I returned to Houston (I felt like coming back home!) and joined PMIH again as the VP Programs in 2014-2015. I was later elected as the SVP Internal Operations in 2016 and am currently serving as the SVP External Operations. I am also the Project Manager for the PMIH Conference and Expo, scheduled for June 5-6, 2017.

    Describe the most interesting/challenging/exciting project you've ever been involved with.

    The Programs Committee is responsible for organizing the monthly meetings for PMIH which, in a way, is a face of PMIH to the membership in the Greater Houston area. When I took over the role of VP Programs in 2014, I felt there was a need to revamp the Committee. Surveys, conducted to get membership feedback, allowed us to develop and implement a plan which helped improved the quality of speakers and attendance.

    Per the plan, the Programs Committee was restructured, new venues were selected, improved logistical support was provided, and the quality of presentations was monitored. Each venue was provided with a lap top for presentations and/or PDU registration, which helped us provide an improved service to our stakeholders and increase our membership participation. In that effort, the Programs Committee enjoyed full support from other committees such as Marketing, Membership, Outreach, Professional Development and eBiz.

    How does the Chapter’s Strategic Plan resonate with you and why?

    In the fall of 2016, the PMIH Senior Leadership Team (SLT) embarked on a strategic plan for the Chapter’s five-year outlook, facilitated by Bob Frasier (SVP Internal Operations). Bob was heading the PMO for PMIH at the time and had extensive knowledge of the Hoshin Konri approach. He led the effort to use this approach to build a strategy and set goals for one year, 3 years and 5 years. The entire leadership team, including the President and all the VPs spent an enormous amount of time developing a solid strategy.

    My focus is to achieve the deliverables for the External Operations team for this year. I strongly believe that a concerted effort by the VPs, Directors, and Volunteers to follow this strategy will help us make a significant improvement to PMIH. It will not only allow us be more proactive with our objectives but also enable us to serve our community better.

    If you could change something about the Project Management profession, what would it be and why?

    Project Management is a great profession that provides opportunities for gainful employment, personal growth and professional contributions. This discipline touches almost every aspect of our lives, from planning a vacation to delivering major projects. To some people (and to some extent), project management comes naturally, while others have to put in effort to develop these skills. Regardless, this skillset can be learned and/or improved by special education and training.

     

    Our universities and colleges are beginning to offer Project Management courses. However, I believe more work needs to be done in this area. There is a need to promote this profession more aggressively to our younger generation. Additionally, our educational institutions, through collaboration with project management professionals and teachers, ought to create curricula using the latest teaching tools in order to attract students.

     

    Our youth is our nation’s future. The more we invest in them today, the better professionals and citizens of this planet they will become for tomorrow!