Special Offer for Program Risk ID Evaluation

Posted by amc on 10/31/2016 9:47 am  

Special Offer for Program Risk ID Evaluation 

A leader of the PMI Silver Spring Chapter passed this offer along to the members of PMI Houston. 

Sysenex, based in Sterling, Virginia, is offering PMI members an opportunity in risk identification / risk modeling by using and evaluating Program Risk ID (PRID), a new-to-market risk software tool.  You can also find the tool on PMI’s projectmanagement.com. 

The combined use and evaluation hours are eligible for PMI Giving Back re-certification PDUs.

The offer to use and evaluate Program Risk ID gives you one month free and fully-featured use of the tool, in exchange for completing a 20-minute survey at the end of that time. 

Use of the tool is estimated to give even experienced executives, program managers, risk managers and others that perform risk management a greatly improved understanding of risk identification and cross-risk impact. Here are some of the benefits: 

  • It can be used at Charter outset and at any point of a project's time span. 

  • PMs can analyze one or more projects and compare project analyses. 

  • Contractors can formulate bid/no-bid decisions. 

  • PMOs will find the tool valuable for PM training and for identifying cross-project efficiencies. 

  • Executives can make better run/no-run decisions. 

  • The tool’s in-depth risk areas identify typical enterprise / organizational / management gaps. 

To participate in this offer, please call Nancy Gromen at 703.910.5913. 

Project Management Toastmasters Clubs - Tips and Discussions

Posted by amc on 10/31/2016 9:45 am  

Project Management Toastmasters Clubs - Tips and Discussions 

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

-  Toastmaster International's "90 Tips From 90 Years" 

Tip:  Visualize your success. Imagine yourself giving your speech: your voice is loud, clear and confident. Imagine hearing the audience’s applause – it will boost your confidence. 

The Meaning of Work 

Have you heard any of "The Meaning of Work" on NPR's TED Radio Hour podcast?  Give it a try. 

  • The first episode is Margaret Heffernan's "Forget the Pecking Order at Work".   She uses a study of chicken productivity as an analogy and concludes that our cultural obsession with individual success is threatening our potential for collaboration and productivity.  Her talk brings to mind Stephen Covey's habit # 4, "Think Win-Win".  

  • Part 2 of "The Meaning of Work" is Barry Schwart's TED Talk on "The Way We Think About Work is Broken".  Barry says our current thinking on work focuses too much on paychecks and too little on how we find fulfillment. 

  • Part 3  of "The Meaning of Work" is Dan Ariely's TED Talk on "What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work?".  Dan says we work hard not because we have to, but because we want to.  He examines the intrinsic values we need to feel motivated to work. 

You can learn more about telling your stories 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 2Bldg, Rm 202



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 - Networking 

6:30pm - Meeting Starts


Galleria Venue: The PMBOK and Talent Triangle Sandwich

Posted by amc on 10/31/2016 9:42 am  

Galleria Venue:  The PMBOK and Talent Triangle Sandwich 

By LaToshia Norwood, PMI Houston Galleria Director 

The PMI Houston Galleria venue has taken a non-traditional approach to delivering professional development. "We threw out the ‘death by PowerPoint presentations, and purposely found engaging topics and speakers for our dinner meeting presentations. We didn’t just step outside of the box, we threw the box away,” says LaToshia Norwood PMI Houston Galleria Director. 

While most assume that project management skill sets are only useful to industries like engineering, information technology, and construction, we as project managers know that the methodology of project management transcends all industries and it is important that we communicate that.  

Our approach was simple yet brilliant; think a PMBOK and Talent Triangle sandwich. With a defined list of the Knowledge Areas, the Talent Triangle categories, and a list of 16 industries, we defined our strategic approach, outlined topics, and identified industry experts. From Sports, the Arts, Emotional Intelligence, Marketing, Conflict Resolution, to Construction; we covered it all. With this approach, we were able to check multiple boxes:  

  • delivering fresh and interesting presentations 

  • aligning content to the new CCR criteria 

  • securing the most amazing speakers  

Needless to say, we received rave reviews from our members, who’ve shared their appreciation for both the diversity of the subject matter we covered and speakers we selected. We’ve said good riddance to status quo and hello to exciting, engaging, and cutting edge topics that showcase the true value and role that project management plans in every industry. 

Visit the Galleria Venue the 2nd Wednesday of every month to experience relevant and engaging presentations and to network with other PMI Houston Members.  Check out the Events and Meeting page to register for the next meeting! 

Galleria Venue 

HESS Club 
5430 Westheimer Road 
Houston, TX 77056 

2nd Wednesday of each month  

Pre-Dinner Presentation at 5:30 and Dinner Presentation at 6:30 pm