August 9 - Monthly Flagship Meeting

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08/09/2018 - Thursday, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Pepperdine: West LA Graduate Campus
Speaker: Soni Rani
Topic: Agile: Building the Mindset through Principles & Methodology

speaker rani soniAgility is the foundation for growth. Agile is neither a tool nor a technique. It is a mindset. It is all about developing the willingness and ability to be more user oriented. Every user has their own set of needs and aspirations clubbed with the timeline. It is necessary to understand and respond to users' aspirations early. Agile is all about this mindset.

This workshop introduces participants to the fundamental mindset of agile. This workshop also presents the opportunity to make use of key concepts and techniques in the Agile way of doing things.


Learning Objectives

At the end of this session you should be able to:

  • Appreciate the 4 values and 12 principles of the Agile mindset
  • Describe the 3 Pillars, 3 Roles, 4 Ceremonies and 3 artifacts used in Scrum
  • Write good user stories applying the INVEST criteria
  • Use retrospective tools & techniques for continuous improvement


About the Speaker

Soni Rani is an experienced Project Manager with more than 11 years of experience in IT and a Master’s degree in computer science. She has unique skills that connect business, technology and design towards successful deliveries.

She has carried out the high-quality delivery of managing and leading software development and enterprise wide implementation projects for Fortune 500 clients including: Disney Worldwide Services, Procter & Gamble and Standard Insurance. She has led teams across broad technical and business disciplines.

Key Certifications include:  Project Management Professional (PMP),   PMI - Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP), ITIL Expert Certified, VCP 5.5 Certified [VMware Certified Professional] ,  Course on CCNA Introduction to Networks,  Performance Engineering Level 1.0 Certification. She is also a certified facilitator by DG and has successfully completed the workshop “Enabling the facilitator”



1.0 PDU in Technical Project Management

0.5 PDU in Strategic and Business Management


Event Sponsorship

Interested in becoming a sponsor for this event?

  • Market your company's products and services to 50-120 Flagship meeting attendees!
  • Display your company’s logo on the PMI-LA website for 3-4 weeks before the event!
  • Your company’s information will be on the PMI-LA event details page!
  • Your company’s information will be included in the weekly PMI-LA eBlast!
  • Your sponsorship includes dinner at the meeting, a table at the event, networking time, 5 mins speaking time, and a raffle opportunity.

Please contact Anil at


Event Cost

(PMI-LA members must log into the PMI-LA website prior to registration to receive the member discounts)

Early-Bird Registration through Sunday, August 5th, 2018; 11:59 pm PST
$30 - PMI-LA Members
$35 - Non-Members

Beginning Monday, August 6th, 2018
$35 - PMI-LA Members
$40 - Non-Members

At the Door:
$35 - PMI-LA Members
$40 - Non-Members


Meeting Agenda

5:30 to 7:00 PM - Registration, Networking and Food
7:00 to 7:30 PM - Chapter Announcements
7:30 to 8:30 PM - Speaker Presentation
8:30 to 9:00 PM - Open Networking


Dinner Menu

  • Leafy Green and Purple Cabbage Salad with Toasted Quinoa, Tomatoes, Artichoke Hearts, Chickpeas, and Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Herb Roasted Chicken with Herb Au Jus
  • Green Beans, Red Peppers, and Crispy Shallots
  • Cauliflower Puree with Cream Cheese
  • Dark Wheat Rolls with Sweet Butter Pearls
  • Mini Chocolate Bundt Cakes, Fresh Berries
  • Tropical Iced Tea and Infused Iced Water



Location Information

Pepperdine University: West LA Graduate Campus (Howard Hughes Center) 
6100 Center Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
2nd Floor, Room 203


Parking Instructions

Free parking at the 6100 Center Dr Parking Garage (enter from Park Terrace). Validate parking ticket at the registration desk.



Registration can be canceled up until the Tuesday before the event with a $1 cancellation fee. You may also allow a friend or colleague to attend the meeting in your place. Because we owe the venue a guaranteed number by that Tuesday, any last minute cancellations are non-refundable. Should there be extenuating circumstances, please contact the board at with the request and reason for cancellation.

This event may be canceled or postponed by the Chapter, though all efforts will be made to avoid doing so.  If canceled or postponed, notification will be made to all registrants via email.


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