Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
University Center at the College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita
Speaker: Bill Bellows
Topic: Program Management, Selling Horses, and Seeing Systems on a Road Less Traveled
From The Road Not Taken to Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, poet Robert Frost crafted timeless images of rural scenes as well as life’s everyday journeys. Through his prose, he also gave sage advice, including guidance on the secret to selling a horse; “Take care to sell your horse before he dies. The art of life is passing losses on.” Yet, what can be said of those who will receive these losses, be they co-workers, customers, or, more broadly, fellow members of society? And, how does this impact how program management is conducted?
In a very pragmatic sense, our ability to manage programs depends on our ability to see and think about systems. To paraphrase Robert Frost in his poem, The Road Not Taken, this presentation will provide insights to seeing and managing programs on a road less traveled.
Teamwork! It's one of those mom and apple pie values that cannot be questioned -- belief in its value is expected to be universally-held. There may be no "I" in "team" but we are also taught to admire self-reliance, and encouraged to "think outside the box."
We often work in highly functional and demanding environments with diverse groups of individuals and little formal authority. This two-hour discussion will provide Project Managers the skillset to working, leading, trust-building, and overcoming challenges when working in volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous situations to efficiently deliver results.
Announcing New Vijey Kumar Scholarships
Applications open 1st – 31st August 2016
In honor of one of our long term volunteers, Vijey Kumar, PMI Los Angeles Chapter Board of Directors is very proud to announce that we will award 4 scholarships of up to $1,000 each this year
All PMI-LA Chapter members are eligible if they are in good standing, and especially:
• Members in transition (short term or long term)
• Members from the military services
• Members who are students
• Members who wish to advance their project management skills
Please read the information and the FAQs on the website, and submit your application to the Scholarship Committee by 31st August 2016. Any questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to Janet Schwartz; our Lee Mandley Volunteer of the Month for July, 2016!
Congratulations to Janet Schwartz who is our Volunteer of the Month for July!
Janet joined us last year, from the Washington DC Chapter, as part of the Marketing Team. She brought a wealth of experience, as well as a pilot “Coach2Action” program – pairing up PMI volunteers from seven Chapters with non-profit organizations to perform pro bono project management services from Jan – March of this year.
Janet didn't just talk about the program, she went above and beyond and put it into action - recruiting volunteers, developing marketing materials, delivering training, facilitating meetings, providing communication tools, keeping in touch with the project coaches during their engagement, and following up with lessons learned.
Wednesday, August 10th, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Book Club: Predictably Irrational
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions is a 2008 book by Dan Ariely, in which he challenges readers' assumptions about making decisions based on rational thought. Ariely explains, "My goal, by the end of this book, is to help you fundamentally rethink what makes you and the people around you tick. I hope to lead you there by presenting a wide range of scientific experiments, findings, and anecdotes that are in many cases quite amusing. Once you see how systematic certain mistakes are—how we repeat them again and again—I think you will begin to learn how to avoid some of them".
Thank you Disaster Recovery Plan Development Team!
Towards the end of last year, we put a small team together to work on a Disaster Recovery Plan for the LA Chapter. It took into consideration natural and man-made disasters, such as earthquake, flood, fire, system failure, hacking, facility cancellations etc. We are pleased to announce that we have now completed our first plan, and some of the team took time out for a celebration.
AJ Jafari, Flavia Gitersonke, Hiro Hirashiki (project lead),
Nazy Aslani, Kay Rathfelder, (Hector Rivera & Jon Hicks missing)
Thanks to all the people who provided inputs to the plan. The next step will be to try out some practice scenarios, with all the Board members, to simulate potential disasters to make sure we are ready – even though we hope we never have to initiate our plan!
If you would like to get involved in one of our projects, or would like to volunteer for the Chapter, please contact our Program Management Office PMO@pmi-la.org.
Risks and uncertainties are inherent in numerous business practices, processes, and decisions. Rapid growth of global markets is forcing organizations to become more proactive and responsive to risks and uncertainties. Effective project risk management is a critical success factor that can benefit from an agile approach.
This interactive presentation will illustrate how successful and effective implementation of risk management employs specific skills that can leverage agile principles from Scrum, DSDM, XP and other agile methodologies. Participants will better understand how invaluable agile practices can be in managing risks and uncertainties.
Stuck? Feel like you’re all on your own? You know you need to get better, but don’t know where to start? Have you ever said, “I don’t have time to ________.”
Your next career opportunity is waiting for you just around the corner, on the other end of a phone call, or on its way to your inbox. Are you prepared with influencing skills and the interpersonal practices you’re going to need to succeed?