PMI Central Alabama Chapter


The May, 2015, UAB PMI-Birmingham Project Management Certificate course is to start Friday, May 1, 2015, and run for four consecutive Fridays.

For the course description, the schedule, and to register please go to

The deadline for registering for the May course is April 29, 2015.

As in the past, the cost of the course includes PMI membership for one year.

For additional details please contact Paul Crigler at or 205-837-3030.

Thank you for supporting scholarships for our students and our programs.

When I was studying for my PMP Exam, I found that flashcards were a valuable component of my study plan. In the 10 Reasons Flashcards Can Help You in PMP Exam Preparation by Cornelius Fichtner, he briefly describes ten different ways to use flashcards to improve familiarity with the topics and become comfortable with the way exam questions are worded. If you are preparing for your PMP, I recommend reading this month's submission. In addition to his suggestions, consider the following variations:

  • Find a "Study Buddy" and take turns reading the questions and giving the answers. Start slow, but try to bump up the pace in subsequent study sessions. This accomplishes many objectives, including:
    • Accountability with your Study Buddy
    • Increased understanding on the part of the reader, as well as the person answering the question
  • Pretend like the deck of flashcards is an exam. Read the questions and write the answers on a piece of paper, but don't check your answers until you get to the end. Time yourself. This will help you learn how to pace yourself. Review the topics that need more attention and do it again.

Do you have a unique way to use flashcards? If so, send them to the VP of Communications and we'll get them out to the chapter membership.

With best regards,
Phillip Lichlyter

By Jamal Moustafaev, MBA, PMP – president and founder of Thinktank Consulting

I get asked this question all the time. My consulting engagements start with it. My trainings – whether public or on-site – start with it. Sometimes, I even hear it during casual conversations with my friends. Usually this inquiry is followed by the following statement, “Well, you are the project management expert! Care to share your opinion on the subject?”

In reality the answer to this question is not that simple and exists in a two-dimensional space, so to speak.

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New features and functionality have been added to our chapter website with the goal to increase its value and benefits to our chapter members.

This website upgrade utilizes an updated design for presenting information. Major features include:
— optimized for viewing on your desktop, laptop, or tablet, as well as your smartphone
— improved interfacing for Social Media utilization
— provides a seamless integration with the PMI global web site through a Single Sign-On feature
— links for frequently used services from PMI are provided:

1. myPMI (PMI Profile),
2. VRMS (global volunteering),
3. CCRS (Record your PDUs)
4. LOGOUT (exits you from the chapter website).

The Single Sign-on feature will provide members a tremendous benefit in being able to interact with our chapter website and through a single login.

Please note that it introduces a change to your Login ID. The email address you provided PMI will no longer be your Username; it is replaced with the same Username that you currently use to logon to

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