Important News Regarding Continuing Certification Requirements

On 1 December 2015, the PMI will be updating 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

 

 

 Project Management Institute - Western Michigan Chapter!

The Western Michigan Project Management Institute (WMPMI) is pleased that you have found us and hopefully staying in touch with us.  We have lined up a very exciting season with the theme "The Future of Project Management".  This year our Collegiate Competition will be in it's 4th year and our Professional Development day is expected to have over 500 in attendance!

WMPMI is an organization of Professional Project Managers with the primary mission to promote the practice of project management, and leadership development throughout our community.  We serve the West Michigan area from the Michigan State board just south of Battle Creek to the coast of Lake Michigan and just west of Lansing, including the western part of the Upper Peninsula.

Enjoy exploring this web site and discover opportunities to volunteer, our upcoming events, educational opportunities, contact information, our LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook pages, plus a special member area, all at your fingertips.

We invite you join us at one of our monthly dinner meetings and/or one of the many other events we offer throughout the year. If you are looking to further develop your career, we encourage you to consider volunteering for one of our many volunteer and leadership opportunities. Join in and help us explore, "The Future of Project Management"!    

Lori Bailey,                                                                                                        

President WMPMI

Lori Bailey, President WMPMI

 

Upcoming Events

Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) Training
2-day event with Platinum Edge.
Event Starts: September 14, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Certified ScrumMaster Training by Platinum Edge

Our immersive instructional techniques teach you Scrum by having you do Scrum- just as it is done in the real world.  A small sampling of what you'll get:
•   Certified ScrumMaster training by Mr. Agile® - the Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) selected by Wiley and Sons to author their iconic “Agile Project Management for Dummies” series.
•   All class materials for this highly-interactive class, with examples and exercises that truly enable understanding of Scrum, by one of the few agile consulting firms that have been in business for  over a decade
•   Post-course assessment and Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) registration for each participant with the Scrum Alliance
•   Sixteen (16) PDUs toward PMI’s PMP and PMI-ACP certifications by a PMI Registered Education Provider®
•   Sixteen (16) SEUs towards becoming a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP)
•   Two-year membership for each class participant with the Scrum Alliance, which includes the exam fee
•   A 132-page student guide for note taking and future reference
 
Seminar Objectives


This highly interactive certification course provides in-depth understanding of the Scrum team-based approach to iterative development. The course trains participants in the full range of Scrum topics, from basic theory to organizational implementation, including practical applications, roles, and scaling. This course provides Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Master certification, 16 PDUs toward PMP recertification and 16 PDUs toward PMI-ACP certification.
 
Scrum methods support responsive development that:
 • Adapts to volatile business needs and ongoing refinement of business solutions
 • Drives efficient and effective production
 • Ensures closer adherence to customers’ real-world needs through streamlined planning
 • Supports faster deployment of production-grade solutions so your organization can gain market advantage and business value
• Reduces project risk through rapid iterations of development that inform opportunity assessments
 
When this course has been completed, attendees will have gained in-depth practical knowledge of Scrum and its benefits.

 Register by: https://platinumedge.com/event/certified-scrummaster-200

 


 

 Topics included in this course are:
 
• Agile foundational concepts
– Defined vs. Empirical process control
– The Agile Manifesto
– The 12 Agile Principles
 
• Scrum concepts
– Theory and principles
– How the Scrum approach supports agile principles
– Planning and tracking with Scrum
– Shippable functionality and getting to Done
 
• Scrum roles and responsibilities
– Product Owner
– ScrumMaster
– Self-organized Team
 
• Scrum artifacts
– Product backlog
– Release burndown
– Sprint backlog
– Sprint burndown
 
• Scrum meetings
– Release planning
– Sprint planning
– Daily scrum
– Sprint review
– Sprint retrospective
 
• Requirements analysis 
– Estimating and prioritizing product backlog items 
– Technical debt
– Scaling across multiple teams and multiple geographies
– Tips on, techniques for, and benefits of helping clients and management understand the Scrum system 
– How to transition into use of Scrum, with a review of management and team challenges associated with the transition, along with strategies to respond to those challenges

Register by: https://platinumedge.com/event/certified-scrummaster-200

 Early Bird Registration Closes August 17th. 

 
Location:
Holiday Inn Express / Crossroads
6569 Clay Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49548
https://platinumedge.com/event/certified-scrummaster-200
September Dinner Meeting - Kalamazoo
September Dinner Meeting Kalamzoo
Event Starts: September 14, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Featured Presentation: Common Negotiation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Presenter: Penny Rosema

Click here for video

Description:This interactive program introduces participants to the process professional buyers rely on for asuccessful negotiation. Who has more power in a negotiation the buyer or the seller? How do you respond to the take it or leave it bully? Participants practice their negotiation response through simulations and role-playing.

About the Speaker: Negotiation expert and consultant, Penny has over 20 years of global in-the-trenches experience. Penny led a buying team at Amway with an annual spend of $150 million. After earning her MBA from Notre Dame she worked with suppliers in Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, Europe and the U.S. As a project manager for five manufacturing plants, she served as the manufacturing liaison to ensure on-time equipment trials and delivery of finished goods.  Penny shows audiences how to get more of what they want. With her interactive programs, people practice professional negotiation techniques and start using them immediately.


 

Bonus Session: How to Succeed in Global Business Communication

Presenter: Alan Headbloom

Description: This interactive presentation provides insight into working internationally, focusing on the language aspects of working in multilingual groups and the cultural aspects of collaborating with multicultural clients and co-workers. Critical for anyone making international calls, traveling overseas, hiring offshore contractors, collaborating with multinational teams, or managing expat workers.

About the Speaker:  Alan Headbloom is senior consultant for Headbloom Cross-Cultural Communication (www.headbloom.com). He coaches foreign-born professionals on the cultural and linguistic aspects of working with Americans. Alan has studied a dozen languages and lived, worked, or studied on six continents.

Since 2013, Alan has been host and co-creator of the TV talk show, Feel Like You Belong (www.feellikeyoubelong.com). He interviews immigrants who are making personal and professional transitions to life in the U.S. In addition to providing inspiring personal stories, the show gives tips on American English, advice on working with Americans, and an insider’s look at U.S. humor.

Headbloom Cross-Cultural Communication: www.headbloom.com

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/alanheadbloom

Twitter: @headbloom, @FeelLikeUBelong

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FeelLikeYouBelong

Feel Like You Belong TV: http://feellikeyoubelong.com


 PDUs:  One PDU per Session

 


 

Agenda:

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

 

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

$40.00 Non-Members Meet @ WMU Fetzer
$45.00 after 12:00 pm September 10

$30.00 WMPMI Member Meet @ WMU Fetzer Center Kalamazoo
$35.00 after 12:00 pm September 10

 
Location:
WMU - WMPMI South - Fetzer Center
2350 Business Ct
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
http://wmich.edu/fetzer/directions
September Dinner Meeting - GR
**Please note our new location - DoubeTree by Hilton**
Event Starts: September 14, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Featured Prsentation: Common Negotiation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Presenter: Penny Rosema

Click here for video

Description: This interactive program introduces participants to the process professional buyers rely on for asuccessful negotiation. Who has more power in a negotiation the buyer or the seller? How do you respond to the take it or leave it bully? Participants practice their negotiation response through simulations and role-playing.

About the Speaker: Negotiation expert and consultant, Penny has over 20 years of global in-the-trenches experience. Penny led a buying team at Amway with an annual spend of $150 million. After earning her MBA from Notre Dame she worked with suppliers in Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, Europe and the U.S. As a project manager for five manufacturing plants, she served as the manufacturing liaison to ensure on-time equipment trials and delivery of finished goods. Penny shows audiences how to get more of what they want. With her interactive programs, people practice professional negotiation techniques and start using them immediately.


 

Bonus Presentation: How to Succeed in Global Business Communication

Presenter: Alan Headbloom

Description: This interactive presentation provides insight into working internationally, focusing on the language aspects of working in multilingual groups and the cultural aspects of collaborating with multicultural clients and co-workers. Critical for anyone making international calls, traveling overseas, hiring offshore contractors, collaborating with multinational teams, or managing expat workers.

About the Speaker:  Alan Headbloom is senior consultant for Headbloom Cross-Cultural Communication (www.headbloom.com). He coaches foreign-born professionals on the cultural and linguistic aspects of working with Americans. Alan has studied a dozen languages and lived, worked, or studied on six continents.

Since 2013, Alan has been host and co-creator of the TV talk show, Feel Like You Belong (www.feellikeyoubelong.com). He interviews immigrants who are making personal and professional transitions to life in the U.S. In addition to providing inspiring personal stories, the show gives tips on American English, advice on working with Americans, and an insider’s look at U.S. humor.

Headbloom Cross-Cultural Communication: www.headbloom.com

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/alanheadbloom

Twitter: @headbloom, @FeelLikeUBelong

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FeelLikeYouBelong

Feel Like You Belong TV: http://feellikeyoubelong.com


 PDUs:  1 PDU per session  


Agenda:

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

 

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

$25.00 Full-Time Student Guest curr. 12+ cr hrs - Hilton DoubleTree GR
$30.00 after 12:00 pm September 10

$30.00 WMPMI Member Meet @ Hilton DoubleTree GR
$35.00 after 12:00 pm September 10

$40.00 Non-Members Meet @ Hilton DoubleTree
$45.00 after 12:00 pm September 10

 
Location:
DoubleTree by Hilton
4747 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
http://www.doubletreegrandrapids.com/


 

Future Program Ideas

If you have suggestions for program topics or speakers please send your suggesitons to: VP of Programs


 

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