Moving into the first full month of spring, April not only brings great days for those who enjoy the outdoors but can also bring additional stresses with many events converging at the same time. For people of Christian and Jewish faith, this is a time to celebrate Easter and Passover. For the outdoor enthusiasts, it is both Earth Day and Arbor Day where we try to focus on “being green” and spending time outdoors. For working people, April 15th is the dreaded Income Tax deadline. For parents, it is spring break for their children. All of these things complied with our daily work and home life can be very stressful. Which is fitting because April is also Stress Awareness Month.
“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday's burden over again today” - John Newton, Evangelical
As project managers and business analysts, we often unintentionally create stress for ourselves due to the nature of how we handle and assume responsibility for tasks and events both at work and at home. From personal reflection, I think we, at times, do not recognize or factor in how our professional roles creep into our everyday life. If we are not careful, it can affect more aspects of our lives than preferred as stress may lead to reduced work quality and illness. While you may not be able to change the amount of stress you have on a daily basis, you can change how you cope with it.
“Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life.” - Marilu Henner, Actress
There are many simple things that we can do to reduce our stress levels that cost nothing but our time and focus…sleep more, exercise more, read, maintain a positive attitude and take breaks away from your work area. Book your vacation time well in advance so that you have something positive to anticipate. Expressing gratitude lowers your blood pressure and helps to reduce your stress levels. One of your jobs as a project manager is to provide positive reinforcement for your team. Start each day with a phone call or email that expresses appreciation or pays a compliment to a coworker or client. You will make their day and help yourself at the same time.
John A. Rush IV, MBA, PMP, PMI-PBA
Volunteer of the Month
Meet Wonderland Dawson!
We would like to acknowledge Wonderland Dawson for Volunteer of the Month. Wonderland is our PDD Chair and takes on any task. This month she took on a huge initiative by submitting RFP’s for Professional Development Day Venues. As a result, we received numerous inquiries from vendors to host our event. In addition, Wonderland has stepped up and toured several of the potential venues. Metrolina really appreciates Wonderland’s creativity, time, and extra effort!
Uptown Chapter getting an Agile Overview from Leslie Lowman!
Looking For last month's presentation? Check it out here!
To apply for any of the open volunteer positions, please visit PMI VRMS
There are currently no open volunteer positions within finance. If you are still interested in volunteering with the Finance Team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you are interested in volunteering with the Marketing Team, please contact email@example.com for more information.
- SkillFest Volunteers - Volunteers needed to attend and assist at the 4 SkillFest events of the year. Come early to assist in set up and direct members through the event with questions and greeting the membership as they arrive. It is a 3 hour commitment 4 times a year.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Membership Ambassador - The position greets and welcomes new chapter members, sets up new volunteers, and onboarding activities.
- Membership Outreach - The position conducts outreach activities to existing members, prospects, and lapsed members via phone and email.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact email@example.com for more information.
- Director of Educational Services - The position will be responsible for developing relationships with academic partners and negotiating with academic partners to offer chapter certification programs.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Programs Chairs for West Lake Norman Community - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned community.
- Programs Chairs for Jacksonville Community - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned community.
- Programs Chair for Fayetteville Community - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned community.
- Programs Chair for Hickory Community - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned community.
- Programs Director (East/West/Central/Metro) - act as liaison between the community, members and chapter and have primary responsibility for the operation of the assigned communities.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact email@example.com for more information.
- Army Liaison Fayetteville Community - responsible for promoting membership benefits of PMI and the chapter to the local members of the military installation or organization.
- PMI Educational Foundation Liaison - provides a vital communication and activities link between the PMIEF and PMI Metrolina Chapter members for the purpose of promoting awareness of PMIEF and providing increased value for Chapter Members.
When: April 7, 14, 21, 28 & May 4, 2018
Time: 8am - 4pm
Location: AvidXchange - NC Music Factory
Price: Chapter Member Price: $695; Non-Chapter Member Price: $845
It's a one-of-a-kind PDU Opportunity! Join the Voices of Experience for a true project management experience. Join us in Charlotte April 16-17 for a unique project management learning event—your career will thank you! Six highly knowledgeable, experienced subject matter experts who also possess outstanding public speaking and presentation capability. It's concise, information-rich, and relevant chunks of practical, advanced project management education.
Or, if you’d prefer, you can still take the current CAPM exam based on the PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition until 20 May.
Why is the CAPM Exam Changing?
The CAPM exam tests your knowledge of the PMBOK® Guide, which we update every five years to reflect ongoing changes in project management practices and the business environment.
We will open the new CAPM exam to all candidates on 21 May (after the pilot period ends). The new exam reflects content from the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition.
What is Changing?
If you are taking the new exam based on the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition, you should note the following updates to the Guide:
- A new chapter on the role of the project manager. The new exam will test on the competencies, experience, and skills of effective project leaders across four distinct learning objectives.
- Two renamed Knowledge Areas.
- Schedule Management (formerly known as Time Management)
- Resource Management (formerly known as Human Resource Management)
- Four new sections in every Knowledge Area.
- Key Concepts
- Trends and Emerging Practices
- Tailoring Considerations
- Considerations for Agile/Adaptive Environments
- Agile/adaptive considerations from chapters 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10.
Need more training? Compare your professional development plans with the new CAPM Exam Content Outline to decide.
Research Participants Needed
Are you a Virtual Project Manager? Have you led a successful virtual project?
If you answered yes to both questions, please consider taking some time to participate in an interview about your virtual project leadership. The information collected from this interview will be used in completion of a doctoral dissertation for a PhD in Project Management. Sharing your experiences enhances the research and knowledge on how leadership impacts virtual project success. Your contributions to this research is much appreciated. Please help a fellow PMI Metrolina member by clicking on or copy/paste the URL below to complete a short 2 minute survey to provide your contact information: https://www.surveymonkey.com/
Veterans Skillfest and O2O Transition Event Coming SOON!
When: April 21, 2018
Location: Cape Fear Hospital - Auditorium
This first ever Military Liaison SkillFest event will feature a host of potential employers and recruiters along with guest speakers. You’ll want to pencil this one in!
On-line registration will be available via the PMI Metrolina web site in the coming weeks.
If you are a veteran and have not self-identified in your PMI account, we encourage you to do so. When you do, you’ll be part of veteran’s email communications that come out to help you know what is going on in the veteran’s community, special opportunities for veterans, and what our Metrolina PMI Chapter is doing to assist veterans in getting connected with and supporting the PM community!
If you are active duty or retired military and interested in supporting this program, reach out to the militaryliaisondirector@
Asheville Community Meeting
April 16, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Wicked Weed Brewpub Tour and Q&A Session
Location: Wicked Weed Brewpub
Ballantyne Community Meeting
April 3, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Transitioning into Different Industries as a Project Manager
Location: Bank of America - Sherrill Building
Cabarrus County Community Meeting
April19, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Round Table: Promoting the Profession
Location: Captain Steve's Family Seafood Restaurant
Fayetteville Community Meetings
April 10, 2018 (5:30 PM to 7:00 PM)
Location: Memphis BBQ Company
Hickory Community Meeting
April 26, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
Rebooting the PMO
CVCC East Campus Room 1026
Huntersville Community Meeting
April 23, 2018 (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm)
It Takes Teamwork
Location: Waterstreet Seaport Marina
Jacksonville Community Meeting
April 3, 2018 (6:00 PM to 7:00 PM)
PMP & PMI Terminology
Location: Artworks Studio
Mooresville Community Meeting
April 23, 2018 (6:00 PM to 8:00 PM)
It Takes Teamwork
Location: Waterstreet Seaport Marina
University Community Meeting
500-B Spratt Street, Charlotte NC 28206
Uptown Charlotte Community Meeting
April 17, 2018 (5:30 PM to 7:30 PM)
From Yoga Master to Scrum Master
Location: Wells Fargo Connections at the Green
West Lake Norman Community Meeting
April 23, 2018 (6:00 PM to 8:00 PM)
It Takes Teamwork!
Location: Waterstreet Seaport Marina
Wilmington Community Meeting
April 21, 2018 (10:00 AM to 11:00 AM)
Location: New Hanover Library
Below you will find links to upcoming PDU and educational opportunities that are offered by our partners. Many of these partners offer discounts to PMI Metrolina Chapter members and participants. Please visit the Educational Opportunities page on the chapter website for discount codes and offers that might apply to the courses listed below.
Catawba Valley Community College:
To register for any courses, visit www.cvcc.edu or call 828.327.7000 ext. 4294
Coastal Carolina Community College:
To register for any courses, visit www.coastalcarolina.edu or call 910.938.6294.
COMNet Group Inc.:
Central Piedmont Community College:
- Using Microsoft Project for Effective Project Management– In Person – April 9
- PMI-PMP Exam Prep– In Person – April 9
- Information Session– In Person – April 10
- Project Planning and Control– In Person – April 11
- Creating Functional Specifications– In Person – April 12
- Using Microsoft Project for Effective Project Management– In Person – April 23
- Information Session– In Person – April 23
- PMI-PBA Exam Prep– In Person – April 25
- Leading the Way In Stakeholder Management– In Person – April 25
- SAFe Scrum Master (4.5) with Certification - In Person, Charlotte - April 28-29
- Use Promo Code "pmi-vip" for $250 off
Lean Agile Training:
- Certified ScrumMaster Course + Workshop - In Person, Charlotte - April 11-13
- Lean Agile Open - In Person, Charlotte - April 6
Northeastern University Charlotte:
- Master of Science in Project Management - Hybrid and Online
Project Management Training:
- PMP Boot Camp - In Person, Charlotte - April 9-12
- CAPM Training Course - Online - May 21-23
- PMI-ACP Training - Online - April 23-25
- Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification - Online, 7-hour course, Available Anytime!!
- Lean Six Sigma Orange Belt Certification - Online, 7-hour course, Available Anytime!!
- Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification - Online, 35-hour course, Available Anytime!!
- Leadership and Communication Skills for Project Manager: April 10 & 11
- PMP Exam Prep: Tues/Thurs Nights from April 10th to 26th
- Cost Estimating and Cost Management: May 1 & 2
Wake Forest University:
- Certificate in Project Management - In Person
Western Carolina University:
- Masters of Project Management - Online
Project Management Point-Of-View (PM-POV)
The PMI Washington DC chapter has started a podcast called Project Management Point-Of-View containing 12-13 minute interviews with various executives and thought leaders about their "point-of-view" on a wide range of project management topics.
Each podcast is worth .25 PDUs (Category A) and can be found in one of the following ways:
- Project Management Point-Of-View
- Download it at iTunes by searching under PMIWDC (and subscribe)
Want to be certified?
Virtual PMP Offering
We are currently exploring offering our PMP class virtually to those located too far from Charlotte to participate locally. If you would be interested in taking the class using this option, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chapter Mentoring Program
The mentoring program for PMI-Metrolina will provide an expert opinion concerning projects for working professionals, provide guidance for getting involved with PMI or PMI-Metrolina, and offer advice concerning marketable skills for project management domains. The mentor/mentee relationship will be a three to six month engagement requiring between ten and twenty hours per month from both volunteers. The engagement will be a one-to-one match and will follow specific guidelines to completion to meet the needs of the mentee.
One of the ways you can make a difference in the field of project management is through mentoring. Studies have shown that mentoring others with less experience not only improves their academic/work performance but also contributes to their overall well-being, and the well-being of the community. Members who receive mentoring are less likely to give up, quit their job, avoid pursuing a credential, and lose professional focus. Please let us know if you would like to mentor someone and make a difference in your community today by contacting email@example.com!
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