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January Program Meeting

Before the dinner meeting we held a one-hour education sessions, which was lead by Mr. Pete Owen, PMP, from Operations & Maintenance Excellence, Inc., and the title of his presentation was "Introduction to Causal Analysis in Project Management Applications".


Pete Owen, Operations & Maintenance Excellence, Inc.

Pete spoke about where causal analysis is used, the key elements of causal analysis, types of analysis tools and implementing SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Assignable, Realistic, Time-Related) actions.  

The board would like to say a big thank you to Pete for his work and time in preparing and delivering these excellent sessions.

The education sessions provide an opportunity for members or non-members who would like to present one or more of the education sessions to get involved and present on PMI Talent Triangle subjects, i.e. Technical Project Management, Strategic and Business Management and Leadership.  If you're interested in presenting, then please contact TerriFookes@outlook.com.

Our dinner keynote speaker was Mr. Chuck Gunzel, Program Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and his address was titled “Residential Construction Project Management Then and Now".  

Chuck Gunzel, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Chuck's presentation can be viewed here.  He took us on a fascinating journey from residential construction in the 1940s to the present day and what the future holds.  He covered the building process with respect to the PMI's five basic phases of a project, the evolution of building tools, techniques and materials, and the evolution of design and estimating.

The board would like to say a big thank you to Chuck for taking the time to prepare for and deliver the dinner keynote at our January program meeting.   

L-R:  Chuck Gunzel, Mike Sheridan, PMI-CRBC Executive Vice President,
Steve Swenning, PMI-CRBC President

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Calendar of Events

February Chapter Program Meeting

The PMI Columbia River Basin Chapter is holding the next Program Meeting on February 7.  There will be two one one-hour educational PDU sessions (3:30pm to 4:30pm and 4:30pm to 5;30pm), followed by the dinner meeting and a keynote speaker.  Please click here for more details of the event and to register.

PMP Exam Preparation Classes

The PMI Columbia River Basin Chapter will be holding three PMP Exam Preparation Classes in 2017:  March 14-16, July 25-27 and December 5-7.  Please click here for details on how to register for any these classes 

2017 Project of the Year Competition

Nominations are open for the 2017 PMI Columbia River Basin Chapter's Project of the Year competition.  Details of the competition and points of contact can be found by clicking here and the closing date for nomination proposals is Midnight, January 27, 2017.

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Volunteer News

Please take a look at the "Volunteer Opportunities" under the "Get Involved" menu item on the Home Page for lots of opportunities to get involved with the running of the chapter and the events that we put on. 

Call for Presenters.  Earn More PDUs by Presenting at the Monthly Chapter Program Meetings!

If you are searching for ways to earn more PDUs for zero cost then consider presenting an educational topic at an upcoming Chapter program meeting.  The Chapter’s Board Members established two one-hour educational sessions which are given each month prior to the Monthly Chapter Dinner Meeting.  If you are the presenter, you earn PDUs for your time spent creating and presenting the material.  Any subject of interest to Project Managers is a possible topic which includes all areas of the PMBOK.  In addition, general management, strategic and business management and leadership subjects are also appropriate for educational sessions.

If you have expertise in an area and are willing to present either or both one-hour educational sessions at a Chapter Program Meeting (Session 1 starts at 3:30 PM and Session 2 starts at 4:30 PM, then please contact Terri Fookes at TerriFookes@Outlook.com for further information.  Volunteering helps your fellow chapter members too!

Chapter Elections for Board Positions

The PMI Columbia River Basin Chapter will be holding elections this year for the following board positions:

Executive Vice President
Vice President Finance
Vice President Communications
Vice President Professional Development

Charles Tyler will once again be heading up the election process for the chapter, which the board greatly appreciates.  Details on a call for candidates and the election process will be forthcoming.  In the interim, if you're interested in running for one of the above positions then please submit your interest to Charles Tyler.  Details of the roles and responsibilities for board members can be found by clicking here.

Working on this Month

Volunteers are currently working on the planning for the February and March program meetings and the 2017 Project of the Year event.  If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Ivan Thomas or a fellow board member. 

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Spotlight on Members

Hi, This is Ivan Thomas (VP Communications) speaking and I'm looking for news articles that I can share with the chapter membership, which shine the spotlight on the great things that we're doing in the community and/or the world of Project Management.  Listening to folks at the chapter program meetings, PMI Region 1 meetings, and hearing about projects at the Project of the Year Awards Gala, I know that we're involved in some cool stuff.  If you have anything that you'd like me to share then please email me at vp-communications@pmicrb.org, making sure that you've covered all of the bases regarding any public release approvals pertaining to the news article.

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