June 2017 Newsletter Print


By Quynh Woodward, MBA PMP, Product Manager, Organization Programs, Project Management Institute

Did you know that PMI®’s PMO Symposium® is coming to Houston, Texas?

This event brings together PMO leaders and executives who direct an organization’s portfolio of projects, programs, and strategic initiatives. In 2016, the conference attracted over 700 PMO leaders from 500 organizations and 30 different countries.

The PMO Symposium® 2017 held November 5th through the 8th at the Marriott Marquis in Houston, Texas, tentatively includes 80 interactive sessions, unique learning excursions, knowledge hub small group discussions, and distinguished keynotes. The three-day event intrigues, challenges, and inspires attendees through the delivery of practical, reliable, and relevant content that PMO leaders can bring back to their organization and implement.

In a global economy characterized by rapid, sometimes unforeseen and disruptive change, organizations are forced to adapt quickly to mitigate the risks of such volatility. Just as importantly, change presents an opportunity to strengthen an organization. Examples include the implementation of new technology, lean techniques, and adopting new organizational structures that can consistently and efficiently deliver strategic business objectives. The theme of the PMO Symposium® 2017 will address the quest for greater agility in anticipating and responding quickly and appropriately to disruptive forces, competitive pressures, increased demands for greater innovation, and better business results. Speakers at the event will focus on two key topics: agile transformation, and the evolving PMO.

Reserve your place among the world’s PMO leaders today.






Complete the 2017 PMI® Houston Chapter Survey now!

By Alex Nascimento, Director of Membership, PMI® Houston Chapter

It’s a win-win! Help us improve Chapter services and be eligible to win an Amazon Gift Card of up to $50 ($250 is the total amount being distributed to 8 lucky winners)!

We are happy to announce the release of the 2017 PMI® Houston Chapter Survey. We greatly appreciate your taking the time to complete the survey located on our Home Page. As a token of our appreciation, you will be eligible to win an Amazon gift card of $50 (2 winners) or $25 (6 winners) when your complete the survey and enter your email address.

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PMIH-2017


The objective of the survey is to get to know you better so we can provide value to you as a chapter member. With this survey, we are trying to understand, for example:

-        Your Professional Development and Career Needs. Where are you in your professional journey and what types of training are most valuable for you at this time? How do you prefer to receive professional development content?

-        Your interests in Chapter Programs, Meetings and Networking Opportunities. What topics are you most interested in? Are you satisfied with the location of our meeting venues?

-        Your interests in Volunteerism. How about joining our team of volunteers and giving back to the profession? Hone skills while making friends and expanding your network of fellow project management professionals!


What do you think? Visit our Home Page, click on the survey link, and let us know. The survey will close on June 30th. If you have any questions about the survey, email director.membership@pmihouston.org


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Professional Interest

Strategic Approaches to Business Process Automation

By Nooshin Yazhari, VP eBusiness and Technologies, PMI® Houston Chapter

Organizations that automate workflows are more efficient, more productive, and more engaged with customers because they’re not bogged down by manual, time-consuming processes.  Business process automation can also boost employee satisfaction by enabling mobility and freeing staff to focus on more creative and strategic work. Find out how to automate workflows by reading the full article here 


Cybersecurity and the Project Manager

By Keith Willeford, Volunteer Content Writer, PMI® Houston Chapter

If you’re not sure whether the threat of cybercrime is real, look no further than the May 12th ransomware attacks that spread across 150 countries over a weekend. Ultimately, it is time for project managers to incorporate Security Management into their Project Management Plans. Learn more about cybersecurity threats and potential ways to counter them by reading the full article here 




Opinion: Staying Flexible as a Project Manager

By Thomas Goebel, Volunteer Content Writer, PMI® Houston Chapter

The world of Project Management has seen ups and downs in Houston over the last few years. What would seem to be a fairly translatable occupation has turned out for many practitioners to be otherwise. However, the same qualities that make project managers resilient and adaptable in projects allow them to reach outside their comfort zones in search of new markets and industries to conquer. Read the full article here 

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Programs and Meetings

Downtown Venue May 25th, 2017 Meeting

By Jim Benvie, VP Programs, PMI® Houston Chapter

Roland Cuellar, from the Chapter’s Platinum Sponsor LitheSpeed, was the speaker for the Downtown Venue’s May 25th Meeting. The presentation was sub-titled “Managers Behaving Badly”, and Roland reviewed some of the crazy behaviors he has witnessed over his career, and suggested several ways organizations can overcome these problems and improve project delivery. Read the full article here

Toastmasters Clubs - Tips and Discussions

By Harold Eaton, Toastmasters Club, PMI® Houston Chapter

15. Keep your notes in check. If you need to use notes, be subtle and do not read 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.

Networking with a Purpose – Houston Food Bank – June 17th

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PMP® and CAPM® Prep Course - June

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