April 2018 News Print

2018 Project of the Year Sponsors

Thank You to Our 2018 Project of the Year Awards Gala Sponsors  


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Latest News

 March 2018 Chapter Meeting

Prior to the dinner meeting, Jared Wight from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) presented on "Integrating Process Engineering Principles to Improve the Success of a Research Development and Deployment Project".  The board would like to say a big thank you to Jared for his work and time to deliver the education session.

Jared Wight, PNNL

Our dinner keynote speaker was Greg Herman, PMO Director,PNNL, who presented on "PNNL Integrated Project Management - Bringing Together Business Operations into a Common Framework for More Impactful Business Solutions". The board would like to say a big thank you to Greg for his work and time to deliver the keynote presentation.

(L-R) Steve Swenning, PMI-CRBC President,
Greg Hermon, PMO Director, PNNL

April 2018 Chapter Meeting

Prior to the dinner meeting, Lynn Carlson presented on "An Agile Primer", which covered the key learning objectives of:  Why Agile?, Main Roles Defined, and Core Processes Explained.  The board would like to say a big thank you to Lynn for her work and time to deliver the education session.

Lynn Carlson, PMP, CSM

Our dinner keynote speaker was Josh Ramirez, Evanclaer, LLC, presented on "Behavioral Project Management and Behavioral Earned Value".  The board would like to say a big thank you to Josh for his work and time to deliver the keynote presentation.

(L-R) Steve Swenning, PMI-CRBC President,
Josh Ramirez, Evanclaer, LLC

2018 PMI Region 1 Leadership Conference

Steve Swenning (PMICRB President), Ivan Thomas (PMICRB VP Communications) and Lisa Rosenblum (PMICRB VP Marketing and Public Relations) attended the PMI Region 1 Leadership Conference in Portland, Oregon, from April 13-15.  This conference is held annually and hosted each year (PMICRB held it in 2014) by a different chapter within the PMI Region 1, which includes chapters from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Vancouver Island, Northern Alberta and Southern Alberta. 

The conference is open to chapter board members and provides an oportunity to network with other chapters and participate in education sessions, which focus on different aspects of running a chapter, e.g. leadership, financial management, planning events.  One of the sessions was given by our very own Lisa Rosenblum, who presented on "Project of the Year - A Celebration of Project Management at the Chapter Level".  

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Calendar of Events

Chapter Program Meeting

The next Chapter meeting will be May 1, 2018, at CG Public House.  There will be an education session:  "Encouraging Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) Compliance by Promoting Responsible Science and Chemical Ethics", presented by Dr. Kabrena Rodda from PNNL from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.  The dinner meeting will run from 5:30pm to 7:30pm and the keynote speaker will be Dr. Kabrena Rodda from PNNL, who will speak on “Incentives for Small Companies' Adoption of Ethical Codes:  A Key Component in Preventing the Reemergence of Chemical Weapons" . Details of the meeting and how to register can be found by clicking here.

Spring Professional Development Day

On May 18 at the CG Public House, Kennewick, the PMI Columbia River Basin Chapter will be holding a Professional Development Day (7 PDUs).  The presenter will be Neal Whitten and the title for his one day workshop will be:  Let's Talk!  Leadership, Accountability and Professional Maturity.  Details of the event and how to register can be found by clicking here.

2018 PMP Exam Prep. Boot Camps

The Columbia River Basin PMI Chapter of the Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI)® is sponsoring in 2018 two further , 4-Day, PMP Exam Prep. Boot Camps presented by industry-leading Project Management Expert Steve Norton, PMP and PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.). Steve Norton’s Boot Camp will prepare you to take the PMP® / CAPM® exams and earn the prestigious PMI® certifications.

The boot camps will be held at the Hampton Inn, Richland, on the following dates:  July 9-12, and December 3-6.  Downloaded fliers for each boot camp, which provide in-depth details of the presenter, training and supplied materials may be found by clicking on the following links:  July Boot CampDecember Boot Camp

To register for a boot camp, please use these links:   July Boot CampDecember Boot Camp

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Volunteer News

Chapter 2018 Board Elections

The Chapter will be holding elections in May for the following two-year board positions (July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2020), which are shown together with the interest that has so far been expressed in them:

President (interest expressed)
Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations (interest expressed)
Vice President of Operations (no interest expressed)
Vice President of Membership (incumbant running again)

If you're interested in running for any of the above positions (position descriptions can be found by clicking here), please contact Steve Swenning at shsconsultancy@hotmail.com

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 a one-hour educational session,  which is 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 a one-hour educational session at a Chapter Program Meeting (4:30 PM to 5:30 PM), then please contact Chuck Gunzel at charles.gunzel@pnnl.gov for further information.  Volunteering helps your fellow chapter members too!

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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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