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    Strategic Update from the President

    By PMI Houston Chapter President, Amy Stonesifer

    We are entering our 43rd year of serving the Houston area Project Management profession! If you’re not familiar with our history, it’s important to know that in July 1974, PMI Houston became the FIRST PMI chapter ever founded.  Today there are 280 chapters internationally. Those who founded this chapter are among some of the founders of PMI. What an amazing history for a Board of Directors to carry forward!

    PMI Houston Strategic Plan – The PMI Houston Board of Directors has been entrusted to continue to move this organization forward and has worked to establish a plan for the next 5 years.

    Read about the Chapter’s strategy here.

    Volunteer for PMI Houston!

    Make your mark on PMI 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!

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


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    Last call! Move towards the agile mindset at Keep Houston Agile

    Attendance is nearly full. Don't delay; register now!

    Register Now for the premiere, one-day event presented by the Agile Leadership Network Houston and Project Management Institute Houston. No matter what your experience is with Agile, this workshop will give you insight on how to adopt the agile mindset to become a more effective leader and add additional value to your organization. Learn from Speakers who have shared their knowledge and real-world experience at numerous events both domestically and abroad. Plus you will earn PDUs and have an opportunity to network. Time is running out!

    Saturday, February 11, 2017
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    $99.00 Member - Regular Rate
    $99.00 Guest - Regular Registration
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    PMI Houston 2017 Conference & Expo

    The 2017 PMI Houston Conference & Expo is one of the largest project management events in the U.S., attracting project managers, PMO directors, business analysts and other project leaders. Join us for a 2-day event that offers:

    • Nationally renowned keynote speakers
    • Tracks and sessions aligned with the new PMI Talent Triangle
    • 5 workshops on Tuesday
    • Networking reception on Monday


    When: June 5 - 6, 2017
    Where: NRG Center, 8400 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77054
    Registration: Opens Soon!

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    Professional Interest

    Efficient at What?

    By Guest Author Roland Cuellar (January, 2017)

    I’ve heard the word ‘efficiency’ used a lot over the years in the context of agile product development.    The conversations usually go something like this: “This seems like an inefficient process … we have to do everything multiple times, we often have to do re-work and fixes and it seems really inefficient to me.  If we could just take the time to do it right the first time, it would be a lot more efficient.” What nobody ever explains is this … what is it that they want to be efficient at?  There are a multitude of variables involved in software product development and (I am no longer using the word ‘project’  ... I am purposefully trying to remove the word from my lexicon) we can only optimize a few variables at a time. 

    So here is the central question:

    “When you say that you want efficiency, what is it exactly that you want to be efficient at?  And what are you willing to give up to get those efficiencies?”

    Read the entire a
    rticle on LitheSpeed's Litheblog 


    How to Manage Multiple Projects at the Same Time

    By Guest Author Elizabeth Harrin (updated January, 2017)

    At the moment I am managing multiple projects. In fact, I don’t know any project manager who is 100% dedicated to one project. Even when that has been me in the past, I’ve been managing big projects with multiple strands of work underneath that were as diverse as if they had been different projects…

    Right now I have three projects on the go that have the overall aim of streamlining processes and getting rid of paper. While they all look broadly similar in objective, they involve working with different software products (so different vendors), different technical teams, different business teams and different locations. I don’t profess to have this down to a fine art, but here are some tips that I use for managing your tasks, resources and time across several projects at once.


    Read the rest of the article at A Girl's Guide to Project Management


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    Programs and Meetings

    Southwest Venue Update and Invite to Future Events

    By Petar Vlasic, Volunteer, Southwest Venue PMI, Houston (January, 2017)

    Southwest Venue kicked off its 2017 schedule last Wednesday, January 18 with Mohan Sharma, the CEO and Managing Director of Prima Strategic Group, sharing his expertise with a room full of project managers, project managers in training, PMPs, and PMP hopefuls, all eager to learn about “Effective Management of Project Quality”. During our time together, Mohan gave us a number of great tools, all best summarized through his Fundamental Principles of Quality Assurance:

    • Plan what you do.
    • Do what you plan.
    • Document that you did it. 

    To read the entire article, click here

    For details on additional Chapter Meetings throughout the Greater Houston Area, click here.


    Project Management Toastmasters Clubs - Tips and Discussions

    By Harold Eaton, Toastmasters Club, PMI Houston (January, 2017)

    Quote: "Those who tell the stories rule the world” – Native American Proverb

    Toastmaster International's "90 Tips from 90 Years" - Tip#11: Use humor when things go wrong. If something goes wrong during your speech, tell a quick joke to help put you and your audience at ease. For example, if the lights go out, a good joke might be: “Who forgot to pay the electric bill?” 

    Advantage: Superior Speaker, not Superior Argument - We tend to believe, perhaps naively, that the superior argument, the more logical & rational argument, the more thoughtful & measured argument, will win the debate; or at least ought to win the debate.  However, the more closely you consider this belief, the more you will doubt it.

    Read the rest of the article here, and learn more about Toastmaster Venues and Details. 


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    Professional Development

    Enhance your skills and prepare for Certification in 2017!

    See the PMI Houston website (insert link to home page of website) for further listings.

    PMP & CAPM Prep Course - February

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    PMP & CAPM Prep Course - March

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