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As a special incentive to encourage your colleagues to join the 2018 PMICAC Symposium, the chapter is offering a $50 rebate on individual registrations when 5 or more of your colleagues also register for the Symposium. That means for everyone at your place of work who is a PMICAC member and registers early, you will receive $50 back on your registration fee of $325 after the Symposium. Non PMICAC members would receive $50 back on the $400 registration fee. After April 30th and late registrants (day of) will receive $50 back on their registrations if 5 or more employees from the same company register as outlined in the fee schedule.

Keep in mind - joining the chapter is only $25 if you are a PMI global member and there are a myriad of benefits to joining PMI and PMICAC!!

Due to the threat of winter weather we have decided to cancel the meeting on January 16, 2018. If you pre-registered, your registration will move over to February, and as soon as the registration opens you should get an email notifying you that you are set up. Thank you once again for supporting the chapter and we hope to see you in February. If you have any questions, please contact vpprograms@pmicac.org.

The PMP Exam will be changing on March 26, 2018. Get more information here.

If you schedule your exam on 3/26/18 or later, you will receive an updated version of the exam that references the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition.

Anyone taking the exam prior to 3/26/18 will receive the current version of the exam that references the PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition.

The PMP Exam will be changing June 2020. Get more information here.

June 30, 2020 will be the last day to take the current version of the exam.

Starting July 1, 2020, the PMP exam will reflect the new exam content. If you have any questions about how this date change may affect you, please contact Customer Care.

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In order to take a more proactive role in advancing the careers of our certification holders, in August and September there will be exciting, new opportunities and changes for our current and prospective Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) certification holders.

Fewer Application Requirements
Through research we learned that those most interested in the CAPM may not have any work experience. Most earn it to get started in their career or get noticed on project teams.

Starting August 28, 2019 we will be repositioning the CAPM to those earlier in their career and eliminating the 1,500-hour work experience requirement for new CAPM applicants. Applicants will still have to have 23 hours of project management education completed before the exam and a secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent) to apply.

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The role of chapter president for the PMI Central Alabama Chapter (PMICAC) provides insight into all aspects of the function of the chapter. For one to be voted in as president they should have served in at least one other board role and served one year as president-elect. This experience gives the president an overall view and understanding of the activities and functions of each board role. Some roles have greater responsibility than others so knowing the difference is key.
On any given day the chapter president may be involved in one or more of the following activities:

  • Interacting with other board members
  • Helping in decision-making
  • Approving expenditures
  • Managing chapter relationships
  • Providing customer service to members
  • Assisting at chapter meetings or other functions
  • Liaising with other chapter leadership

The role does require some time and the role of chapter president probably requires, on average, 10-12 hours per month. This varies month to month but that is the average. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out.

Randy R. Johns – PMICAC President 2017
president@pmicac.org

We are starting the board nomination process for the PMI Central Alabama Chapter elections early this year. The nomination process will begin today and complete Monday, 4/30/18. Once nominations are collected, PMI Global will process the information and we will have board elections starting in June. The role of the board at PMICAC is important to guide and maintain the work that the chapter performs not only for its members, but for the community as well. I hope that everyone will take the time to think about running for one of the following positions as they come up for election this year. Please take the time to look through the position descriptions to note the responsibilities as well as an estimated time need each month to fulfill those duties. The following positions are up for election this year and will serve 2019-2020:

President-Elect
VP Communications
VP Education
VP Marketing
VP Programs
PMIEF Liaison

If you would like to nominate someone, including yourself, please send an email with the position in the subject line and a recent resume attached to Mark Rhodes, PMP.

Kupe Kupersmith
Kupetalks.com
Applying Improvisation to Your Team
“The secret skill you have been waiting for.”

To accomplish anything, you need the help of others and others need your help. Successful teams have members that are continually improving how they interact and communicate with each other. Collaboration, creativity, and results grow out of an environment that is positive and affirming.

In this highly interactive and fun session, Kupe, an improvisational actor, focuses on key improvisation lessons that will help you be a more attentive and flexible team member. You will walk away with lessons to help you stay in the present, suspend judgment, keep conversations moving forward and listen generously. These skills are needed to build positive, trust based, results oriented teams. With Kupe’s business background, he will be able to help you directly apply these skills on the job.

 

Rick Morris
Rickamorris.com
The Struggle Between Agile and Project Management

Agile is not a fad, it is a reality. In today’s application economy almost every company is a software company. One of the biggest misconceptions is that Agile is new. However, there is a struggle that seems to be happening between the understanding of the Agile world and the Project Management world. What does it mean to be Agile? If we are an Agile company, do we need Project Management? Is one better than the other? Can the two exist with each other? As organizations are looking to eliminate the barrier between ideas and outcomes the impacts of how to prioritize, execute, allocate funding and resources, and embrace change amplify the need to understand the roles and responsibilities of everyone. Rick will discuss real life experiences and even how his own thinking has been transformed in what will be an entertaining, enlightening, and lively discussion.

 Click here for rates and registration!

PMI Central Alabama Chapter wants to improve its presence on LinkedIn. We also want to use this professional medium to communicate upcoming events and other chapter news to a broader audience. We have created a non-profit business LinkedIn page that is open to everyone to follow.

The new page is evolving and more content is on its way. Please head over to the new page via the link below and FOLLOW us so we can get information to you faster. Please let your friends and colleagues know about this new page as well.

https://www.linkedin.com/company/pmi-central-alabama-chapter

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