Message From the President - October 2021

We are coming off a very active September, with high attendance and participation in Chapter events. This reflects your enthusiasm for quality learning experiences and the high value brought by our speakers and discussion leaders. October is shaping up to be another blockbuster month. I want to thank our volunteers for arranging so many interesting speakers on exciting and relevant topics. Please feel free to contact me with any topics or speakers you are particularly interested in including on our roster of events and programs.

Our Chapter meeting on October 12 will demonstrate how project management is needed in all serious activity. Our speaker, Laura Puddu, will show how fine art logistics depends on the discipline of project management to secure priceless art as it is displayed, transported, and stored. I enjoy hearing how project management tools are adapted to the specific realities of different enterprises, and I hope you will join this presentation.

Isaac Rodriguez is making a return appearance to our Chapter at the October 15 Lunch & Learn. Isaac gave a very informative and entertaining presentation at our May Chapter Meeting on how the improvisation mindset is useful in maintaining agility and motivation during periods of change. I look forward to hearing him again on the topic of the Role of Improv in Project Management. If you missed Isaac in May, be sure to catch his act on October 15.

The Breakfast Roundtable on October 26 will feature a presentation by Sesha Bhojanapalli, an authorized trainer for Scaled Agile Inc certifications. His presentation will discuss value stream mapping in the context of SAFe. Sesha coaches enterprises in using Lean, Agile and DevOps principles and practices for Digital Transformation. Be sure to join what promises to be a lively and informative discussion.

Don’t overlook the three Communities of Practice (CoP) in our Chapter. They are the Quality CoP, the PMO CoP and the Career and Personal Development CoP. These groups meet after the monthly Chapter meeting, so be sure to register for the Chapter meeting and join the discussion at one of the CoPs.

The PMIW Toastmasters Club meets the third Tuesday each month. If you would like to join the October 19 meeting - or if you cannot join this meeting but would like to receive an application to join the club - please contact Maria de Borba Silva at Toastmasters@pmiwestchester.org.

We are offering a PMP Exam Prep Course taught by John Sherlock, who has helped many earn their PMP certification. This instructor-led (live via Zoom, not pre-recorded) course will be held over five Saturdays from 16 Oct 2021 through 13 Nov 2021, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In addition to reviewing and explaining the course material John provides practice in test-taking and coaches on the use of the online exam simulator. If you are thinking of obtaining your PMP, now is the time!

All our programs and meetings will continue to be virtual for now. More details and links for registration can be found here our website.

I look forward to "seeing" you at our October events. Enjoy the Autumn weather!