PMI Houston is 45!!!
When: Thursday, Oct 17th, 2019, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Where: Cadillac Bar & Grill, 1802 Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX 77007
Come toast our PMIH anniversary with your peers
at our member-only, networking Happy Hour event.
There is LIMITED REGISTRATION, and as of 09/27/2019, we are 60% FULL!
Fun giveaways, Yummy food, Drinks and of course, Cake!
Space is limited so plan to register early.
See you there!
Bob Frasier, PMI Houston Chapter 2019 President
Dear PMI Houston Members,
We are a volunteer organization and rely on members willing to volunteer your time to continue.
The following positions are open for nominations:
- Vice President of Programs
- Vice President of Outreach
- Vice President of Technology
- Vice President of Communications
- Vice President of Membership
- Vice President of Volunteerism, and
If you’ve thought of volunteer leadership, resume building, and furthering the profession in our local community, please consider these or any volunteer opportunities in the chapter.
Please contact me at [email protected], should you have any questions about serving.
All the best,
PMI Houston President
In The Event of an Emergency
By Jeff Meyer, PMI Houston Content Contributor
Hurricane season is upon us and the weather media is quick to point out any clouds in the sky which could potentially turn into a raging storm. Along with them ringing the bell of impending doom, they also direct us to prepare for the worst by stocking up on supplies and battening down the hatches.
Managing several disaster recovery projects, I can fully appreciate a proactive approach in emergency response preparations, but what can a project manager due to be prepared for these kinds of events?
Having a business continuity plan isn’t just something a business group needs to do, but individuals should do as well. Having an emergency plan in the home for food, water, and shelter is of course the main priority but you might also consider how you would continue to manage your projects if you cannot reach your office and/or how you would maintain your home office in such an event.
Below are some things to consider in your personal BCP (Business Continuity Plan).
Shelter: Your office and/or home office may continue to meet your needs but having a backup remote office which can provide you all your needs to continue working on your projects is a great BCP. It can be as simple as identifying coffee shops which provide power and Wi-Fi to a more elaborate solution of a rental office.
Power: Make sure your electronic devices are all fully charged and remain fully charged. If you need to remove them from the charge to use them, such as a phone, remember to plug them back in to remain as close to 100% charge as possible. Extra batteries are not just for your flash lights, you might need to have some on hand for your support devices such as your wireless mouse or other tools of your trade. It is also wise to have a battery pack to charge your USB chargeable devices such as your phone and an extra battery for your laptop.
Internet: Locating other sources to connect to the internet will help prepare you in the event you lose your dominate connection. This is an important tip for everyday to be prepared in the event of a non-weather related outage. Wi-Fi hotspots at various businesses like restaurants and coffee shops are good to identify in advance. You can also utilize a cellular hotspot from your phone or standalone cellular Wi-Fi mobile devices.
Phone: Having an available land line can be a value add to your BCP, but you can also consider VOIP services like Skype. Additionally, it might be good to consider a secondary office location with enough distance away from your primary location that repositions you on the cellular grid should service be disrupted at the local tower.
Remote Assistance: Should a physical presence be required for the project and you do not have a backup person who can provide the physical site support, you might want to identify someone in advance.
Whatever BCP you have, it will need to be streamlined to your specific needs but should be thought of in advance as part of your project.
Remember - no matter how good your BCP is, no business is worth your life so please remember to include your personal safety in all your emergency planning.