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It’s April! What have you done to invest in you?

By Amy Stonesifer, PMI® Houston Chapter President

In the rush of the year I’ve had new projects to get off the ground, the Super Bowl, a conference to attend, spring cleaning, gardening, the Rodeo, March Madness…it’s all a fog. Suddenly I realize nothing has been done toward my personal development goals.

In January I challenged ya’ll to put it on your calendar. “Get it scheduled or it won’t happen”. Yet, here I am with ZERO on my calendar! If you’re in the same boat, here are some options to consider:

  •         ProjectManagement.com is a great source for on demand webinars, whitepapers and templates. It’s free for PMI® members – just use your PMI® user ID and password to log in. This year they are celebrating their 10-year anniversary and hosting their annual web conference. Check it out here.

  •          PMP Certification – If you want to finally earn that certification you’re not alone. Check out our 4-day PMP®review course to prepare for the exam and meet PMI®’s 35-hour class requirement. You will receive course materials to assist in your study for the exam. Click herefor more details.

The Power of You our annual conference is open for registration. Learn more about our workshop speakers and keynote speakers: Afterburner and Dr. James Brown. Early bird discount ends on April 22.  Get more information and register here.

Take the time to choose and schedule your professional development. We all have so much to do daily and time flies by. Stop and consider what will strengthen your skill set and get it onto your calendar.





Meet our Leadership! – Nooshin Yazhari, VP eBusiness and Technologies

Continuing with our new MiniBios series, meet the Chapter’s relatively new but ambitious Nooshin Yazhari, Vice President of eBusiness and Technology. Learn more about Nooshin’s role in implementing the Chapter’s strategy, and her vision for the Project Management profession! Read the full article here 



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Professional Interest

Jargon-Free Agility for Every Industry

By Arlen, from LitheSpeed'sLitheBlog

LitheSpeed recently launched a new continuing education offering called Your Agile Path, which gives you access to our training classes, career mentoring and a new quarterly workshop series. Agile Outside of IT, coming in June, will explore how methods like Scrum and Kanban have been applied to everything from marketing and HR to real estate, education and running the household. Here are a few targeted points to whet your appetite.

Let’s introduce a framework for “jargon-free agility” that is meant to help folks understand the patterns behind the methods in a manner applicable outside of the world of software development.  The core concepts of jargon-free agility are: Understand Value; Think Big, Build Small; Focus on Feedback; Work Together, and Keep Work Visible.

Read the full article here 


Lean and Agile Together Sparks Innovation

By Kim Montes, MBA, PMP®, via interviews with Fabrice Bouchereau and Eddie Merla

When someone says they’re writing a book, do you imagine years spent waiting for inspiration, toiling away in solitary confinement and facing numerous rejections that send the author back to the drawing board?  Traditional book projects might look something like that.

This approach was turned on its head when Fabrice Bouchereau decided to writeKaizen Kanban:  A Visual Facilitation Approach to Create Prioritized Project Pipelines with the support of his friend Eddie Merla.

Read the full article here


PMXPO 2017 – Thursday, April 27th 

Remember that your PMI® Membership includes access to ProjectManagement.com! For more information and to register for their 10th Annual Virtual Conference, click here.

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Programs and Meetings

Meet the PMI Houston Programs Committee 

By Jim Benvie, VP Programs

Are you taking advantage of all the PMI® Houston networking and learning opportunities across the Houston Area? Jim Benvie, our Chapter’s Vice President of Programs, describes the various activities you may be missing! From our seven evening venues and four quarterly Lunch-N-Learns, to our four associated Toastmaster Clubs, odds are there’s an event location near your home or office. Read the full article here 


Cyber Security Discussed at PMIH Lunch-N-Learn

By Thomas Goebel, Volunteer Content Writer

Jeffrey Vinson, Sr. is the Chief Information Security Officer at Harris Health System.  Mr. Vinson was the featured speaker at a Houston Chapter March 7th Lunch-N-Learn at the Texas Medical Center, where he led his audience of project managers on a guided tour of today’s cybersecurity minefield.

Read more about specific cyber threats, regulatory compliance, and the role of the Information Security Officer by viewing the full article here


Toastmasters Clubs - Tips and Discussions

By Harold Eaton, Toastmasters Club, PMI® Houston

Tip #13: Eliminate filler words. Using ‘umms’ and ‘ahhhs’ in your speech will distract your message. Briefly pause to gather your next thought, or take a sip of water.

Stop Rehearsing! 3 Critical Things to Do Before Your Speech. Read the full article here

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Professional Development

Enhance your skills and professional network in 2017!

Be sure to periodically check the PMI Houston website for updated listings.

North Venue: April Meeting – Managing Project Using Labor Productivity Strategies

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PMP & CAPM Prep Course - April

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Southwest Venue: April Meeting – Networking for Project Managers: Introverts, Extroverts, and In-Between-Verts

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Project Management Framework - May

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