WMPMI's Professional Development Day is on Tuesday, October 18, 2016

We made a BIG change in 2016. For the past decade, the WMPMI Professional Development Day (PDD) had always been held in March. With the growth and increasing popularity of THEProject Collegiate Project Management Competition, which is held in April, changing this event to October allows everyone to fully benefit from everything our chapter has to offer. More information about the PDD will follow.

2016 Board Election is Now Open - WMPMI Members Cast Your Vote Today!

In accordance with the WMPMI By-Laws, the voting period is now open to all Chapter Members for the 2016 WMPMI Board Election now through Sunday, May 8th, at noon EDT for the following board positions:

  • VP of Education
  • VP of Programs
  • VP of Administration



Upcoming Events

May 2016 - GR
CCR = Keynote Technical, Bonus = Strategic & Business Management
Event Starts: May 9, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Bonus Presentation: Annual Business Meeting

Bonus Presenter: WMPMI Board

Keynote Presentation: Project Failures, Project Rescue and Project Resilience; is it possible to predict failures?

Keynote Presenter: Steve Pieczko 

It’s 2016 and the statistics on failed projects is still very high. With all of the advancements in technology, training, education and certifications why haven’t we significantly decreased the percentage of projects that are failing?

What are we missing? 

In this two part presentation, Steve Pieczko will take an interesting look at project failures using case studies from his consulting experience where he performed project rescue for multiple corporations in Chicago. Steve will share his personal passion and research on mapping project failures to understand team dynamics. Attendees will learn how to build resilient project teams and how to assess if your project is headed for failure. Steve will also discuss how to determine if you have the right heads in the right hats via a R.O.P.E. assessment which is a technique that Steve developed to assess individuals on a troubled project.

Key Learning Points from this session will include:

  • What defines a failing project

  • How to measure project resilience

  • How to tell when a project manager needs help

  • How to determine if projects are worthy of being fixed

  • The importance of assessing all team members, not just the noisy ones

  • The importance of observing and assessing your situation before fixing the problem 

About the Facilitator: 

Steve Pieczko is a management consultant, software developer, published author and speaker on management consulting topics. Steve has consulted at several Chicago-land companies in Healthcare, Finance, Banking, Telecommunications, Transportation and Supply Chain. 

Steve’s published articles include: 

  • The 3 Minute Mile, why is my project team killing itself?

  • Waterfall? Agile? How About WetAgile?

  • Who Lowered this Bar and Why Can’t I Raise It? 

Links to these articles can be found on his blogs and 

Steve is the founder of RelMap™ Software and RelMap™ Consulting. RelMap™ Software is a data analytics start-up specializing in mapping internal and external relationships to help organizations grow. RelMap™ Consulting is a Management Consulting company and Becoming Resilient is a service of RelMap™ Consulting. For more information visit 


      Attend Keynote Presentation = 1 PDU

      Attend Bonus Presentation = 1 PDU

      Attend both = 2 PDUs  


5:10pm - 6:00pm Bonus Presentation
6:00pm - 6:20pm Social Networking Time
6:20pm - 7:00pm Dinner and Announcements
7:00pm - 8:00pm Keynote Presentation


 Registration Closes on Thursday Noon, of the week before our meeting

$25.00 GR Full-Time Student Guest curr. 12+ cr hrs - GR Comm College ATC
$30.00 after 12:00 pm May 5

$30.00 WMPMI Member Meet @ GR Comm College ATC
$35.00 after 12:00 pm May 5

$40.00 Non-Members Meet @ GR Comm College ATC
$45.00 after 12:00 pm May 5

GR Community College Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center (ATC), Room 120
May 20, 2016 Breakfast Meeting
This is a one-PDU event.
Event Starts: May 20, 2016 at 6:45 AM

Are you unable to make it to WMPMI's dinner meetings? Are you a morning person? Or do you simply love a great breakfast buffet?  Well, WMPMI has the event for you. 

Beginning Friday, May 20th, 2016, WMPMI will have a monthly breakfast meeting. This one-PDU event will feature a speaker who will share on a topic from the PMI Talent Triangle for 45 minutes and allow 15 minutes for questions. Also included is an excellent breakfast buffet and the company of your project management peers.  

Date: Friday, May 20th, 2016 (and every third Friday of the months that follow) from 6:45 AM to 8:30 AM.

Location: The Women's City Club - 254 East Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49503. This is located at the corner of Lafayette SE and East Fulton. Click HERE for a map.


  • Doors open at 6:45 AM.
  • The breakfast buffet begins promptly at 7 AM. 
  • After 45 minutes of networking, the program will begin at 7:30 AM and end promptly at 8:30 AM.


Speaker: Ted Kallman -- WMPMI's incoming chapter president.

Topic:  Leadership Framework for High Project Performance

This hour long talk is an overview of the importance of project vision, the 4D model (Define, Distill, Deliver, and Drive), and real life examples of how practicing this model improves the performance of project teams. 


This is a 1 PDU event. 

Women's City Club of Grand Rapids
254 East Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Important News Regarding Continuing Certification Requirements

On December 1, 2015, PMI updated the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program to ensure PMI certification holders are equipped to remain relevant in a continually changing business environment.

Click Here for more information: Continuing Certification Requirements - Update 2015