PMI North Houston / The Woodlands A Convenient Venue at a Collegial Campus for PMs to Network, Learn, and Earn PDUs

Posted by amc on 08/29/2016 9:51 am  

PMI members who work or live in the north Houston meet at a convenient location at the Sam Houston State University Campus, University Center in The Woodlands, with easy access off of I-45 at 3380 College Park Drive, 4th Floor, The Woodlands, TX 77384.   Members network, fellowship, and hear about topics relevant to the practice of project management while earning PDUs.

At the July 19 meeting the guest speaker was Dennis Baldwin (L), Global Project Management & Agile Practice Leader for Experis IT. He presented “The Agile PMO, Creating a Predictable and Consistent Project Management Culture”. As Practice Director for PMO, Agile and DevOps services Dennis is a recognized practice SME. His presented a balanced approach for attaining optimum balance between traditional waterfall and agile project management and profiting from using the right approach for the job.  

(l to r) Dennis Baldwin, speaker; Dr. Janis Warner, The Woodlands Venue Director; Jim Benvie, VP if Programs.

Agile, in its various forms, continues growing in practice and delivering real results for corporations and in the government sector, making the presentation timely. Dennis facilitated interaction that prompted members to participate with questions and comments from their own project management experiences with both methodologies. Dennis is an engaging and seasoned speaker and stayed after to chat with members and share personal insights.

To register for our meetings please go to: and scroll to the Woodlands Venue section.  If you have any questions or would like to volunteer at The Woodlands Venue feel free to contact Janis A. Warner, Ph.D., PMP, The Woodlands Venue Director, at [email protected].  Meetings are on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.

PMI Austin Hosts Professional Development Series on October 6th

Posted by amc on 08/23/2016 3:42 pm  

PMI Austin Hosts Professional Development Series on October 6th 

Registration is now open for the Fall 2016 Professional Development Series (PDS) presented at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown on Thursday, Oct. 6. Register now and get set for a full day of sessions on topics such as change management, disciplined Agile delivery and establishing PMOs from industry leading experts. The full conference schedule is available on PMI Austin’s website. 

Participants will have the opportunity to: 

  • Learn about the latest trends in project management 

  • Network with other professionals in the field 

  • Earn PDUs in Leadership, Business Strategic and Technical areas 

  • Visit with employers and partners 

Be sure to register by Aug. 31 to take advantage of early bird pricing!  Registration closes on Sept. 30. 

WhenOctober 6th, 2016 
8:00 am – 5:30 pm 

WhereOmni Austin Hotel Downtown 
700 San Jacinto Blvd 
Austin, TX 78701 
Free parking 

Conference pricing: 

  • Member early bird $309 

  • Member full price $359 

  • Non-member early bird $409 

  • Non-member full price $459 

If you wish to register a group of participants or have additional questions, please contact us at [email protected]. 

Improve Your Ability to Explain Clearly

Posted by amc on 08/23/2016 3:28 pm  

Improve Your Ability to Explain Clearly 

Guest Author Rashid Kapadia, Author of Necessary Bridges 

Clear writing, clear speaking and clear explaining are direct results of clear thinking. 

Clear communication is a result of clear thinking. 

Focus on making your thinking (about whatever you want to explain) very clear. 

If you try and write down what you want to explain, you may well discover that your thinking is not clear. Use the best practices of business writing. Keep it short, to the point, and get to the core message / issue as quickly as possible. 

Once you have thinking clarity on a subject matter, explanation will flow naturally. 

Good communication rests on 4 pillars: clarity, brevity, levity, charity. 

Another useful guideline / checklist for effective communication is: connection, narration, explanation, persuasion, and revelation 

While explaining, pay attention to the facial expressions of the person you are talking to. You will receive invaluable feedback on whether they are following or not. Use this feedback to modify your explaining. Don’t go on endlessly if you sense you have lost the listener. 

Anyone can do this. It is a learnable skill.


You can learn more about clarity in speaking at a Project Management Toastmasters Club! 

Project Management Toastmasters clubs are open to all, but members are predominately professional project managers. Houston Area Project Management Toastmasters Clubs are sponsored by PMI Houston and aligned with the goals of PMI International.   Certified PMPs receive Professional Development Units (PDUs) for participation.   

Visit a meeting to discover the benefits of membership! 

Houston Galleria Project Management Toastmasters 

North Houston Project Management Toastmasters 

Southwest Houston Project Management Toastmasters 

Woodlands Project Management Toastmasters 

Houston Baptist University 

Denny's Restaurant 

Schlumberger Sugar Land Campus 

Sam Houston State University 

Atwood 2 Bldg, Rm 202  

7502 Fondren Rd 

Houston, Tx 77074 

12697 Gessner Rd 

Houston, Tx  77064 

South of FM 1960 off FM249 

The Forum 

210 Schlumberger Dr 

Sugar Land, Tx  77478 

3380 College Park Drive, 4th Floor 

The Woodlands, Tx  77384 

1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays 

6:15pm - Networking 

6:45pm - Meeting Starts 

1st, 3rd & 5th Tuesdays 

6:00pm - Networking 

6:30pm - Meeting Starts 

2nd & 4th Wednesdays 

6:15pm - Networking 

6:30pm - Meeting Starts 

2nd and 4th Tuesdays 

6:15pm - 8:00pm