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Region3 Summit on the Hill

As we mentioned in last week’s The Leader, the Annual Region 3 Summit (www.region3summit.com) was hosted by the PMI OVOC with more than 110 delegates from 19 chapters across Eastern Canada and the North Eastern United States.

The conference started on Friday morning, piped in by James Mackey: He just turned 16. He's been a competitive piper since he was about 13 and last year he competed in the world piping championships in Glasgow. Inaugurating the summit, Michael Smith and Venkat Ramachandran underscored the importance of the two day programs, thanked all the sponsors and acknowledged the volunteers who worked hard behind the scenes to put this together.

There was a variety of speakers throughout the two-day conference, which will be shared through the Leader over the coming weeks, and influence the strategic direction of PMI OVOC. We will be sharing our notes from some of these presentations over the next few weeks. The R3 Summit was closed with vote of thanks after rolling out to the President of Ocean State Chapter who will be hosting this Summit in 2015 at Rhode Islands. The first presentation was by Rhonda Scarf, a well-recognized Professional Speaker, Trainer, and author from Ottawa who spoke about the concept of invisible influence.

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 Upcoming Events

Event Date More Information
PMI OVOC Breakfast
TOPIC: Clearing Money Clutter
SPEAKER: Frances Paquette
June 11, 2014
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PMI OVOC Saturday Seminar
TOPIC: Complexities of Mental Health issues in the Workplace: When to Reach Out (or not!)
SPEAKER: Dr. Derek Puddester
June 21, 2014
Details
2014 National Capital PM Symposium
THEME: Beyond Gantt - the four P's of success
Oct 14 – 16, 2014
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2014 Symposium Early Bird Registration Draw

Register by July 11, 2014 and your name will be entered into an Early-Bird Registration draw for a "TABLET." That's right! One lucky registrant will win a TABLET! For more information about event details and registration, please click here.
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PMI OVOC website facelift

The PMIOVOC website will be upgraded in two stages over the coming months. Stage 1 is mostly a technical one but will introduce a couple of new features that will benefit our membership. In stage 2 we will be updating the website format and content to facilitate a new level of engagement with our valued members. Stay tuned!
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PMI OVOC Exam Prep Study Groups

PMI OVOC operates a PMP Prep study group under the guidance Abdallah Abi-Aad. The Study Groups run from 600 PM-8:00 PM. The last session of this series will be held June 11th, 2014. Executing, Monitoring and Controlling and Closing Process Groups will be covered. If interested in participating, please contact Abdallah directly at aabiad@sympatico.ca.
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11 tips for new project managers
LiquidPlanner
You have to be a bit of a renaissance person to be a successful project manager. You need skills and natural abilities that range from being a tactical problem solver to reading the nuances of human behavior. If you're just getting started as a project management professional, then hat's off to you! To help pave your way to a brilliant career, here are 11 tips for new project managers.
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6 steps to earning all your Professional Development Units
ProjectManagement.com
As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), the last thing you want to happen is to have your certification suspended. This happens if you do not earn the required 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) within your three-year recertification cycle.
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Governing agile with architecture
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How to hire the best project managers
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When you bring in new project managers, do you do so strategically? Interviewing is subjective, of course, but for the essential job of project manager, you want your process to be as bulletproof as possible. After all, ending up with a bad project manager could cost you big time. Fortunately, PMO director Russell Hartley is here to share his best practices for making the right hiring decisions upfront.
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Project taxonomy and governance
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The discussion around what processes are applicable in what domain is complex and convoluted. This is painfully obvious in the #NoEstimates discussion where domain and context are many times missing. One place to start is to develop a taxonomy of project and business types.
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Simplified Kickstarter rules will get projects online faster
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Kickstarter recently announced an overhaul that's intended to simplify the process of getting your project posted on the crowd-sourcing website. Going forward, project managers can opt to launch their projects immediately (subject to review by a Kickstarter algorithm) or solicit the advice of a Kickstarter community manager.
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