January 2017 Print


Letter from the President

Amy Stonesifer, PMI Houston 2017 President

Happy New Year to You!

Time flies! Seems like I was just watching Thanksgiving fireworks at Uptown Houston - now suddenly it’s 2017. Shortly the Super Bowl will take place here in Houston, then suddenly it’s spring and baseball returns.

What do you have planned for 2017? Did you make a resolution or did you make a plan? Did you set a goal and place a deadline on your calendar?  Chances are if you don’t place it on your calendar it won’t happen. Before you know it 2017 will be over. Time flies…

I challenge you to make a plan. Write down your goal and break it into doable pieces and place it on your calendar. We are great at managing projects for our employers. Don’t forget to manage your most important project: yourself. Invest in yourself make a plan to: exercise, learn a new skill, spend time with your family, do what you love.

Read the Letter from the President here

Activate Yourself!  Volunteer for PMI Houston

Make your mark on PMI and the profession. As a member, you can volunteer to work on, and to lead activities that advance the profession and the Institute.

Make your mark on PMI Houston and the profession.  As a PMI Houston volunteer, you can work on and lead activities, contribute and develop skills, and build your professional network.  You can also earn PDUs just by volunteering.

All areas of PMI® Houston accept volunteers. You can also share with us your own creative idea on how you want to be involved!

Check out some of our current opportunities:


Complete our PMI Houston Volunteer application form. We will work to match you to open opportunities.

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Keep Houston Agile 2017

Agile Leadership Network (ALN) Houston and Project Management Institute (PMI) Houston are partnering to host the first annual Keep Houston Agile Workshop.  We are bringing together Houston’s Agile leaders in this one-day event to share real world experiences and providing a networking forum for like-minded technical professionals. 

To learn more:

Read about speakers

Learn about sponsorship opportunities

To learn more, visit 


                                                       Thank You to our Sponsor!

Keep Houston Agile 2017

          Date:         Feb. 11, 2017
                           8:00 am – 5:00 pm

          Location:   Houston Food Bank
                            535 Portwall St.
                            Houston, TX  77029

          Cost:  Regular Registration $99.00
                    Students/Unemployed $59.00 (registration is limited – register today!)

Register now


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Professional Interest

Leadership for Collective Intelligence

By guest author Tolga Özel

In our daily life, many of us have sometimes found that our individual efforts are not enough to find a solution or make a decision - that it is necessary to cooperate with our colleagues, friends or family members. Such cooperation especially works well when you are experiencing some common challenges or have common interest in leveraging opportunities.  James Surowiecki in his book Wisdom of Crowds also reveals that a diverse collection of independently deciding individuals is likely to make certain types of decisions and predictions better than one person or even experts.


Learn more about the Wisdom of Crowds


Employers:  Find Qualified Candidates through PMI Houston

Employers:  Do you have project management positions to fill?  Recruit your next star from the Careers page on the PMI Houston website.  Job postings are free and PMI Houston is the premier recruitment resource for qualified project managers, program managers, business analysts and other professionals.

If you have a job opening that you would like to promote through the PMI Houston Chapter, please email the following information to director.comm@pmihouston.orgor

  • Title
  • Company
  • Ad Expiration Date
  • Detailed Job Description
  • Email Contact



 The premier job board and recruitment resource for the project management profession.


PhD Candidate Looking for Research Study Participants

Bryan Hosford, PMP is currently finishing his PhD in IT project management and needs assistance gathering his research data.

Below is a link for a survey he needs completed by as many PMI-Houston members, as possible. The survey should take approximately 5 minutes, and is anonymous.

Please contact him at with any questions.

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North Venue Celebrates a Year of Success

By Phil Robertson, North Venue Ambassador 

The PMI Houston North Venue has undergone a number of changes in 2016 and new Director, Assistant Director and Ambassadors welcome new attendees and new PMI members at our venue.

In December, PMI members and guests celebrated a year of success at the special North Venue holiday meeting at the Vintage Park Peli Peli. 

Read more about the North Venue 


Brazos Valley
Enterprises, College
Station)– Dates Vary
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Woodlands Venue
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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North Venue
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Southwest Venue
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
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Galleria Venue
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Downtown Venue
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
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Professional Development

Enhance your skills and prepare for Certification in 2017!

See the PMI Houston website for further listings.


PMP & CAPM Prep Course – January
This course runs four consecutive days.



Lithespeed - January Certified ScrumMaster Training
This course runs two consecutive days and offers 16 Category A PDU’s and 2 year membership with the Scrum Alliance.



Project Management Framework – February
This course runs four consecutive days.



PMP & CAPM Prep Course – February
This course runs four consecutive days.



PMP & CAPM Prep Course – March
This course runs four consecutive days.


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Become a Better Communicator in 2017: Join a PM Toastmasters Club

Have you resolved to become a more confident and persuasive speaker in 2017?  Houston area Project Management Toastmasters clubs can help!  Improve presentation and communication skills and exercise leadership in a friendly and encouraging setting.

Learn more about the Houston area Project Management Toastmasters clubs and visit a meeting near you.


Read more here about PM Toastmasters

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