Keep Houston Agile (KHA) Workshop, a Forum for Ideas and Inspiration

Posted by amc on 03/03/2017 12:19 pm  /   Events

Keep Houston Agile (KHA) Workshop, a Forum for Ideas and Inspiration

By Alex Nascimento, MBA, CSM, PMP, Director of Membership and KHA Project Manager, and Kim Montes, PMP, KHA Marketing Committee Lead

More than 100 participants attended the first Keep Houston Agile Workshop on February 11, 2017 at the Houston Food Bank. The sold-out event was organized by volunteers of the PMI Houston Chapter and the Agile Leadership Network (ALN) Houston Chapter, and sponsored by Improving, an IT services firm.

The one-day workshop catered to all interests and levels of experience, from the Agile “newbie” to the experienced practitioner. There were 12 breakout sessions and an Open Space Forum. The sessions covered topics such as adopting the Agile mindset, leveraging Agile for continuous improvement and innovation, project portfolio management, and quality and stakeholder management. The Open Space Forum, a 90-minute final session, offered all the participants the opportunity to discuss topics of their choice in small groups, generating a fluid and collaborative atmosphere.

The event was considered a great success by different measures. Participants and organizers alike were particularly happy about the caliber of the presenters who donated their time to participate in the event.  The presenters included thought leaders that hailed from the Houston area as well as from other states. Attendee Cathy Lehman summarized the event in the following way on social media:

"Yesterday was awesome at the "Keep Houston Agile" event sponsored by Agile Leadership Network Houston and PMI Houston Chapter. The all-day event included great Agile speakers, a lovely meal, and I particularly liked the "Open Space Forum" at the end of the day. It was a great learning and networking event. Thanks ALN and PMI! Cheers!”  ~Cathy Lehman, CSM, PMP, PMI Houston Member

KHA Workshop by the Numbers



Number of PMPs


Concurrent Tracks

3 (Advanced, Intermediate, Beginner)

Number of Sessions

13 (breakouts and Open Forum)

Number of Speakers


Number of Volunteers


Number of Planning Committees

8 (Sponsorship, Speakers, Facilities, Marketing, Communications, Budgeting, Volunteerism, Registration) 

Planning Period

4 months (October – January)

Number of Sponsors

1 (Improving)

Number of Vendors

4  (Catering, Facilities, Marketing and Signage)

Selected companies represented

Baker Hughes, CA Technologies, Chevron, Cisco, Discover Financial, Emerson Process Management, Hewlett Packard, Houston Methodist, IBM, Improving, LitheSpeed, M.D. Anderson, Memorial Hermann, NRG Energy, Schlumberger, Shell, Statoil, United Airlines, VersionOne


To access additional event pictures, search #KeepHoustonAgile on Twitter.

KHA speakers (from left to right): Fabrice Bouchereau, Nhung Nguyen, Bruce Tankleff,  Eddie Merla, Erin Urban, Allan Watty, Roland Cuellar, Todd Little. Not shown: Scott Frost, Ken Howard, Dhaval Panchal







Energy Corridor Update and Invite to Future Events

Posted by amc on 02/28/2017 9:11 pm  /   Events

Energy Corridor Update and Invite to Future Events

By Wendy Valot, Director of Energy Corridor Venue

Are you wondering what’s new in PMIH Venues and Monthly meetings? Plenty! As of September 2016, we’ve added another venue. Why? PMI Houston wanted to provide an opportunity for education, discussions and networking focused to those in the Energy Industry.

The meetings are hosted by Microsoft at the Microsoft Technology Center in City Center and are open to all.  The typical format of the meetings include two 1-hour presentations: The Pre-Meeting presentation by Microsoft and the Dinner Meeting Speaker’s presentation focused on the Energy Industry.  In between the presentations, attendees enjoy snacks and plenty of networking time.

To date we’ve had Microsoft present on topics ranging from “Tips and Tricks on Microsoft Project” to “Microsoft Project & Dynamics 365 for Complex Field Resource Management”. Our Energy Speakers have included a panel discussion featuring NOV Executives addressing “How are companies positioning themselves now for when things do turn around?” and project leaders discussing “Avoiding Project Train Wrecks…and Make Sure Your Energy Project Succeeds”.

Included below are photos of some of our key speakers since September 2016. 


Our Microsoft host speaker – Jeff Spencer


And also: Julie Pearce and Robin Macmillan – NOV, Pete Luan – consultant and Eric Wensel -  Wood Group.

Our meetings are bi-monthly, on the 3rd Thursday of every other month.  The next two meetings are on March 16th and May 18th, respectively. We look forward to seeing you at our next Energy Corridor Venue meeting!  You can find meeting information and register at:

Southwest Venue

Posted by amc on 01/30/2017 11:56 am  /   Events

Southwest Venue

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


Third Wednesday of the month @ 5:30 p.m.

Schlumberger Campus, 210 Schlumberger Drive, Sugar Land, TX  77478


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.

He further inspired us to contemplate how to apply the following project quality guidelines in our own workplace:

  • Clearly define project objectives and scope
  • Establish effective Project Quality Management Plan
  • Implement CR based Surveillance Program
  • Implement Value Added Audits and Assessments
  • Set up a Project Management Tool Kit

We look forward to next month when Akinlolu Oni gives his insights into the roles investment governances play in Project outcomes. But that’s not all! Take a peek at a few other upcoming meetings that might be of interest to you: “Synchronizing PMBOK with Stage-Gate Processes” by Chris Delgardo, and in May, Jeppe Haansgaard, hailing from Denmark, will cover that timely challenge we can all relate to: “Why Change Fails”. We would love to see you at these and other meetings, so come on down the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. and join us for a good time filled with great speakers, learning, and networking! All you have to do is register at and show up at 210 Schlumberger Drive, Sugar Land, TX  77478. Parking and snacks are free for all attendees!