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







Volunteer for PMI Houston!

Posted by amc on 02/28/2017 9:45 pm  /   Spotlights

Volunteer for PMI Houston!

Make your mark on PMI and the profession. As a PMI Houston volunteer, you can work on and lead activities, contribute and develop skills, and build your professional network.  You can also earn PDUs just by volunteering. All areas of PMI® Houston accept volunteers. You can also share with us your own creative idea on how you want to be involved!

Go to VRMS and login with your credentials and search for the latest volunteer opportunities with the PMI Houston chapter.

Current Openings


Volunteer Management Specialist

All Houston Chapter Job Opportunity can be found through the general Search link.


Conference Outreach Manager

Director Marketing Liaison

VP Outreach


Project Management Toastmasters Clubs - Tips and Discussions

Posted by amc on 02/28/2017 9:41 pm  /   Toastmasters

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 #12. Gain experience. Experience builds confidence, which is the key to effective communication. Joining a Toastmasters club can provide the experience you need in a safe and encouraging environment.

Leading a team? Preparing a presentation? Think different. Think DIAPHRAGM

Normally one thinks of confidence as a primarily mental feature. Now we are learning that the Diaphragm is the King Of Confidence. By exercising our diaphragms, we can build our confidence. Core principal: move the diaphragm a lot, and move large volumes of air. Singing and laughter are examples that do this by default.

1.) Think of your voice as an instrument; 2.) The person with the most inner confidence—with the most power—is the person with the most relaxed breathing patterns; 3.)The big takeaway: In-breath is thought and emotion. Out-breath is expression.

Visit Caroline Goyder’s Ted Talk on Secret of Speaking With Confidence:

(For further insights visit Rashid Kapadia’s blog posts:

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! 

Project Management Toastmasters Venue


Location and Address

Dates and Times

Houston Galleria

Houston Baptist University, Atwood 2 Bldg, Rm 202  

7502 Fondren Rd 

Houston, Tx 77074 

1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays 

6:15pm - Networking 

6:45pm - Meeting Starts 

North Houston 

Denny's Restaurant

12697 Gessner Rd 

Houston, Tx  77064 

(South of FM 1960 off FM249) 

1st, 3rd & 5th Tuesdays 

6:00pm - Networking 

6:30pm - Meeting Starts 


Schlumberger Sugar Land Campus

The Forum 

210 Schlumberger Dr 

Sugar Land, Tx  77478 

2nd & 4th Wednesdays 

6:15pm - Networking 

6:30pm - Meeting Starts 


Sam Houston State University 

3380 College Park Drive, 4th Floor 

The Woodlands, Tx  77384 

2nd and 4th Tuesdays 

6:15pm - 8:00pm