PMI Central Alabama Chapter


By Cornelius Fichtner, PMP - Making the PMBOK® Guide fun.

Planning for, taking, and passing the Project Management Professional (PMP®) exam can be a long and stressful journey. What better way is there to take a little stress off and help yourself prepare than to learn from those who have gone before you? Here we will look at seven of the most common mistakes identified by those who did not pass the PMP® the first time, but ultimately learned from that and made adjustments to pass on their second try. If you would also like to learn from their mistakes, keep reading.

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Come visit the PMI Central Alabama Chapter at INTERFACE-Alabama, this Oct 4th at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. INTERFACE is a free, 1-day, CPE accredited conference exclusively for IT professionals. Topics covered include cyber security, infrastructure, business continuity and disaster recovery, enterprise communication and more. It’s a great opportunity to learn from industry leaders and network with peers. Lunch is included.

Oct 4th, 2018
8:30am – 4:30pm
Free to attend

Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex
East Ballroom
2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203

IT Infrastructure is constantly changing, bringing more new challenges with it every day. From ransomware and the latest security threats, to needs for increased bandwidth and storage, it’s nearly impossible to keep up-to-date. Our conference is designed to help. We’ve assembled a combination of Best-in-Breed hardware and software solutions, along with local experts and organizations to help educate, advise and connect you to resources that can help you meet your goals.

Covering IT Infrastructure, BC/DR, IT Security, and Enterprise Communications, you’ll find presentations, panel discussions and exhibitors covering a variety of topics, as well as the latest innovations and best practices.

Nov. 7th, 2019
8:30am – 4:30pm
Free to attend - Click here for more information!

Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex
East Ballroom
2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203

Please take this 5-minute Survey on Project Management and Servant Leadership! -

My name is Michael Dale and I am a PhD candidate at Piedmont International University studying Leadership. My dissertation study entails the evaluation of servant leadership and successful project outcomes. I am interested in collecting data that rejects or fails to reject the hypothesis that project managers with a servant style of leadership may correlate with successful technology project outcomes.

In the past decade there has been an abundance of research and study into the subject of leadership and project management. These modern researchers addressed components of leadership that have influenced project outcomes. The decade prior, researchers noted an exhaustive amount of investigation that only explored the general concept of leadership and its importance to project management.

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With one quick survey, you can improve project performance and aid a fellow PM! Start the survey:

How does the proposal developed for a project impact the risk and performance of that project? I am conducting a survey to better understand this influence in partial fulfillment of my Ph.D. in business at the University of North Carolina.

All survey input will remain anonymous, secure, and will never be shared with any third parties. Questions about the survey can be direct to me, Lawrence Haynes (, or the faculty advisor, Franz Kellermanns (, study 19-0205.

Connect with me on LinkedIn if you wish to see the results of the survey.

Thank you for your support!

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Check out the new PMICAC photo gallery on the PMICAC website! We currently have photos from this year's Symposium and will continue to add more from all of the PMICAC events.


The elections of the PMICAC Board are now open. Please check your email for the invitation to vote. If you do not have an email in your inbox, please check your spam or junk email boxes for the link to the ballot. Ballots open on 5/21/18 and close at midnight on 6/30/18. Thank you for your participation in the election this year.

We need you!

Are you interested in being on the cutting edge of something new? Are you passionate about a subject? Do you have a nugget of wisdom or a life lesson to share?

We are looking for people to present a short, “S-Talk” at the symposium on Monday, May 14th. S-Talks are short, engaging, to the point, discussions that can be about a story, a new idea, a life lesson, a deeper understanding about a subject, sharing a nugget of wisdom or making the most of each day. The talks could be about project management, leadership, life, work-life balance, or business oriented - get creative. A $250 gift card & other awesome prizes are up for grabs. Submit an idea today!

- You will need to submit an idea to Theresa Cook by Wednesday, May 9th.
- All final presentations will need to be submitted by Friday, May 11th for final review.
- The presentation can not be longer than 15 minutes.
- There can be no longer than 6 slides for the presentation (but not required).
- No religion or political topics.

PMI Central Alabama Chapter is sponsoring a CAC-Talks contest for members. CAC Talks are similar to TED Talks. Active members are eligible to sign up to give a brief (10-12 minute) presentation on any aspect of the Project Management profession. The CAC-Talks is part of the PMI Central Alabama Professional Development Day that takes place Monday, May 13th.

Members must submit the following information to participate in the contest:

Presentation topic
Presentation Title

Professional Development Day (PDD) Committee will review and select top 4 submissions.

Audience members will judge at completion of each presentation and a score will be applied.

High Score Winners will be announced following the afternoon keynote. Prizes will be awarded with top prize of $250 Gift Card.

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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!!