Featured Member: Aaron Matthews

By: Katie Dietz While I was interviewing Aaron, he reminded me of a very important lesson (and essentially the exact reason why I LOVE this spotlight article) that "you can't judge a book by its cover". He was detailing his technical experience in healthcare and it was very clear to me that his knowledge and expertise was far beyond that which my t...
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One more week left... PMI Central Iowa PDD 2018

Happy Friday!!!!  PMI Central Iowa Chapter's biggest event of the year is officially a week away.  Online registration is opened until October 9th, 2018.  You will  earn 7.5 PDUs from this attending event. The theme for this year event is "Exercise Your Mind". Our keynote speaker,  Alana M. Hill aka The Miss ...
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A Big THANK YOU to our PDD 2018 Sponsors

PMI of Central Iowa would like to thank the following business partners for continuing to be such a big support for our annual Professional Development Day (PDD) on October 12th 2018. We appreciate your support not only for the day, but for the continued support of the chapter and for our community of project managers. A big THANK YOU and round of ...
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PDD Silver Sponsor Highlight - Your Clear Next Step

Your Clear Next Step was founded in 2008 with a strong commitment to making work better for people in business. Our team includes trainers, coaches, and problem solvers who specialize across industries and disciplines, so we can support organizations, teams, and individuals from a variety of backgrounds—from finance and insurance to manufacturing a...
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PDD Silver Sponsor Highlight - Grinnell Mutual

Grinnell Mutual , headquartered in Grinnell, we've protected our customers for more than 100 years, offering auto, home, farm, and business insurance. We are the 111th-largest property-casualty insurance company in the United States and the largest primary reinsurer of farm mutual companies in North America. Our mission and our core values focus on...
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A Big THANK YOU to our PDD 2018 Sponsors

PMI of Central Iowa would like to thank the following business partners for continuing to be such a big support for our annual Professional Development Day (PDD) on October 12th 2018. We appreciate your support not only for the day, but for the continued support of the chapter and for our community of project managers. A big THANK YOU and round of ...
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PDD Gold Sponsor Highlight - The Braintrust Consulting Group

As a worldwide leader in Agile / Scrum training, The Braintrust Consulting Group offers energetic, highly interactive classes and coaching. Through practical, hands-on training and enterprise and team coaching, we help our clients learn, plan, and implement Agile processes. Our goal is to teach our clients how to increase predictability of delivery...
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PDD Platinum Sponsor Highlight – Aureon Consulting

The right consultants should offer brand new ideas, yet fit neatly into a company's culture as if they'd always been there. And that's exactly what you'll find at Aureon Consulting. We started nearly 20 years ago as Midwest Project Partners, and today we offer a full spectrum of project and business management solutions. We're proud of our long-sta...
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Member of the month - Mary Porter

By: Katie Dietz

I met up with Mary at Smokey Row to have a cup of coffee before heading into work. She and I were previously coworkers at Wellmark so we caught up like old friends before diving into the interview questions. I learned several knew tidbits about this lady that I didn't know before. Enjoy!

{Katie} Please share your personal project management story.

{Mary} "Started managing implementation projects back when I was an ERP Systems Manager. After that I studied at the University of Iowa as a full-time MBA student and received my degree in 2005. Then I moved back to Des Moines and got my first official PM role and have been a PM ever since. I received the PMP certification in 2014 and Certified Scrum Master (CSM) just this year."

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2019 PMI-CIC BOD Call for Officer Nominations!

Take Action! Get Involved! PMI CENTRAL IOWA CHAPTER CALL FOR 2019 OFFICER NOMINATIONS   Overview The PMI Central Iowa Chapter (PMI-CIC) is Iowa's preeminent authority on Project Management and the only organization in Central Iowa dedicated solely to the advancement of the profession. We are over 830 members strong and highly visible to the lo...
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Looking to Earn PDUs?

​ OrgCamp Iowa is the premier event for organization professionals. It's where leaders of organizations, teams, products, or projects can share ideas and learn together. Organizations rely on excellent leadership, communication, trust, and team building to be successful. Benefits Include: Leadership Skills Manage Organizational Change Servant Leade...
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Featuring PDD 2018 Keynote Speaker - Alan Mallory

Featuring Alan Mallory - our lunch keynote speaker will be presenting "Project Everest: Reaching New Heights in Project Management" and "Managing Risk in the Face of Uncertainty" Please watch a sneak peek from Alan by clicking on the video below..  
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Share, Tweet, and Post with PMI-CIC!

Spread the word with Social Media! ​ We have added the capability for you to Share, Tweet, and Post to all of our PMI-CIC communication channels! You will find social media icon links at the bottom of every e-mail newsletter, website article, and blog post. We encourage you to help us spread the word about our Chapter with your socia...
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Member of the month... Mahlon Barker

By Katie Dietz I got the pleasure of sitting down and chatting with Mahlon Barker back in July. He picked Pancheros because of the proximity to his office and I'm also guessing it's a favorite lunch spot of his. I hope you all enjoy the chat because it certainly was a highlight to my day! {Katie} Tell us your personal project management story. {Mah...
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PDD 2018 Exercise Your Mind: Speaker Series - Episode 8

Lenae Price excels at relationship and communications training, and story development. She specializes in employee professional development and stakeholder engagement.In her role leading Cork Cares, Lenae helps non-profit organizations develop their stories and their executive team's ability to deliver them with maximum impact. With a proven track ...
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Would You Be Interested In Being a PDD Sponsor?

Our Professional Development Day (PMI-PDD) event is rapidly approaching and we are asking for your support via a sponsorship. Would you be interested in being a sponsor for our event? The levels range from $1,000 to $4,000 with varying levels of benefits related to each. In order to put on a world class event...as we have consistently done eac...
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PDD 2018 Exercise Your Mind: Speaker Series - Episode 7

The Kihon of Diversity and Inclusion: "Difference Brings Power" ​Paula Bell  is the CEO of Paula A Bell Consulting, LLC. She is a Business Analyst, Leadership and Career Development coach, consultant, speaker and author with 20 years of experience in corporate America in project roles to include business analyst, requirements manager, business...
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Now Accepting Applications for PMI-CIC Mentors and Mentees!

​The Call for Applications for the PMI-CIC 2018-19 Mentoring Program starts today and closes on October 17th! The Central Iowa Chapter Mentoring Program is an 8-month mentoring program that connects individual mentors and mentees beyond the working environment. This program is designed to encourage and facilitate growth in project managem...
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2018 Member Appreciation Event Retrospective

Registration Table for the Membership Appreciation Event at Jasper Winery PMI-CIC members and their guests experienced an enjoyable evening of networking, music, wine, and tasty finger foods last Tuesday. The Board of Directors, along with their team of volunteers were pleased with the turnout. Hopefully, in years to come, more and m...
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PDD 2018 Exercise Your Mind: Speaker Series - Episode 6

" Keeping Technology Leadership Agile in the Virtual and Physical Worlds" ​ Brandon McNulty   ​ is a senior executive with proven success leading high-performing teams in challenging environments. Over the past 25 years, Mr. McNulty has overseen military construction and operations projects, nuclear power plant projects, sports venue build and...
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Cutoffs and Deadlines

​ Do you sign up for events early or do you wait until the last minute? If you are one of those last minute people or maybe even an after the deadline person, you may ask, "Why is there a deadline?" Believe it or not, cutoff dates and deadlines are important form a logistical perspective. Typically the deadline to register for a PMI Central Iowa Ch...
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PDD 2018 Exercise Your Mind: Speaker Series - Episode 5

Marketing as an Experiment  Joe Dager is a Lean practitioner (Lean Six Sigma Black Belt) that specializes i Publish Post Once published, the post will appear on the blog listing n Service Design and Sales and Marketing. Most of his recent work has been in SaaS discipline working with organizations in the Business Development area and to onboar...
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Collaborate to Succeed - Spring 2018 Project Grandview University

Grandview University and PMI - CIC Collaborate to Succeed Spring 2018 -  Project Grandview University MIS class and PMI-CIC Collaborate to Succeed program have joined forces to develop a technology solution for a private non-profit agency. Grandview's MIS students use the management of the development of technology solution as their capstone p...
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Member of the month... Bridget Johnson

By: Katie Dietz Our chapter wouldn't survive without our members! Every single one of you bring something unique to our group. Today, you get the pleasure of getting to know a little about Bridget Johnson. She graciously agreed to meet me for coffee and donuts and we had the following conversation: {Katie} What is your personal project management s...
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PDD 2018 Exercise Your Mind: Speaker Series - Episode 4

"The Psychology, Art, and Science of Gathering Business Requirements" ​ Anthony Reed , CPA, PMP has over 25 years in project management and IT executive positions. His area of expertise is implementing multi-million dollar, international business applications. The business, IT, travel, and sports publications which have featured him include the PMI...
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PDD 2018 Exercise Your Mind: Speaker Series - Episode 3

7 Steps to Mastering Your Mind and Becoming a True Thought Leader Traci Duez is Founder and President of Break Free Consulting. As a recovering self-critic, she knows that self-doubt leads to procrastination, frustration, and discouragement. It kills productivity, profits, and achievement. When you allow self-doubt to control your habits, you not o...
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September Lunch Chapter Meeting: Accidental CIO - Lessons Learned on the Journey from PM to CIO

Don't miss the next PMI Chapter Meeting at 11:30 AM on September 20th at the  Holiday Inn - Downtown . Register Now! Dane Pelfrey will share tips, tricks, trials and tribulations of a twenty year journey from Business Analyst to Project Manager to CIO with all the stops in between. Participants will learn valuable skills in: Stakeholder c...
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PDD 2018 Exercise Your Mind: Speaker Series - Episode 2

Climbing Mount Everest is considered one of mankind's greatest feats of human endurance. The two-month expedition to the top of the world's highest peak is a journey filled with unparalleled physical and mental challenges through some of the most extreme conditions  imaginable. ​ Alan Mallory is an international speaker, author and professiona...
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PDD 2018 Exercise Your Mind: Speaker Series - Episode 1

Make sure to join us this year in our Professional Development Day event to get inspired and learned from the International Change and Leadership Expert, Speaker and Author Alana M. Hill PMP.    Alana will be opening the event with " Survival of the Fittest " speech .   Her afternoon workshop " Catalyst of Change "   t each...
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August Membership Appreciation Event at Jasper Winery

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All PMI-CIC Members are welcome to this FREE event on Tuesday, August 14 th from 6 to 8:30 pm Click here to register   Gather with your fellow members and enjoy premium quality wines using grapes grown only in Iowa! Not to worry if you aren't a wine enthusiast! An array of brews from Madhouse Brewing Company, sodas, and water will also be avai...
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Communications & Marketing Team - June 2018 Meeting

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The PMI-CIC Communications & Marketing team had a fun and productive dinner meeting last night.  There was great conversation and exchange of ideas about how to effectively communicate to our Members.  Time well spent!  
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June 2018 Board Meeting Complete!

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We had great participation and strong attendance at this month's Board meeting!  Watch the blog for information about this summer's Member Appreciation Event and a slew of other exciting happenings!  
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IBADD - Guest Post by Kevin Rose, IIBA-CIC President

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In May, the annual Iowa Business Analysis Development Day, or IBADD, event was hosted by the Central Iowa Chapter of IIBA at Prairie Meadows Event Center. We were very excited because this year we expanded IBADD to be a 2 Day event. While we still held our traditional day of Keynotes and Speaker presentations, we added in a day dedicated to worksho...
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JUNE LUNCH CHAPTER MEETING - MAKING SUPERHEROES AND BUSINESSES S.M.A.R.T.E.R.: THE TALENT TRIANGLE EDITION

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Register Now!   Don't miss the next PMI Chapter Meeting on June 21 th , 2018 at 11:30 AM!   Dr. Will Pepper ("The Other Dr. Pepper") speaks and consults with businesses and organizations that want to improve their marketing efforts, get the most out of their technology, and improve their overall leadership through manageable steps, n...
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Accidental CIO – Lessons Learned on the Journey from Project Manager to CIO

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One of Central Iowa's own was selected as a speaker at the 2018 PMI World Conference in Los Angeles. Dane Pelfrey, PMP, will be presenting a session "Accidental CIO – Lessons Learned on the Journey from Project Manager to CIO." "Transformation is high risk/high reward work. During this lively, direct, behind-the-scenes session, you'll come away wit...
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Saying Thank You as a Project Manager -- Guest Post by Sinikka Waugh

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Editor's Note:  This is a guest post by Sinikka Waugh from Your Clear Next Step . Countless studies point to the value of gratitude – when we are grateful, we're less self-absorbed, more inspired, more able to focus on the positive, and more able to make sound decisions in the best interest of the greater good or the situation at hand. And man...
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5 Tips from One Accidental Project Manager to Another -- Guest Post by Kyra Jacobson

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You volunteered to help with a project that couldn't get fully implemented. Not only did you get the project completed, but you did it while projects were just a small fraction of your "Other Duties as Assigned." Before you knew it, you found yourself lost on the Island of Misfit Projects. Sound familiar? If so, you are not alone.   According ...
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Managing Organizational Change -- Guest Post by Jen Carolan, former Director of Newsletter

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The measure of intelligence is the ability to change. Albert Einstein Al may have been on to something here, and change management has been thrust into the limelight for our community lately. We are expected to come into projects having magically gained the skillset change management takes overnight. While always an area of focus, budgets and resou...
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Registration for PDD 2018 is now open!

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Registration for Professional Development Day 2018 is now open, and Early Bird pricing is in effect for a limited time!   Get your tickets here  https://pdd2018.eventbrite.com   "Exercise Your Mind" and join us on October 12th for PMI of Central Iowa's Chapter Professional Development Day. Alana Hill, our morning keynote, will b...
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There are idioms in the American vocabulary that should be banned! They should be thrown out with the proverbial bathwater! They should be beaten with an ugly stick and given the cold shoulder! My friends, as Project Managers, I have no doubt that many of us could retire if we had a dollar for each time we heard the phrase, "We've Always Done It Th...
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Professional Development Day 2018

PMI Central Iowa Chapter Presents: Professional Development Day 2018   The Chapter is excited to announce the theme for our PDD this year, "Exercise Your Mind" ... As project managers, it is important to have a balance and healthy mental health; this includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Our state of mind affects how we...
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Welcome to the PMI-CIC Blog!

Welcome to the PMI Central Iowa Chapter blog! This blog will be used to publish content to our members that would have previously been published in the monthly newsletter.  This way, our content will arrive hot and fresh instead of at the end of the month. As we roll out new features, we hope you'll reach out and give us feedback.  Watch ...
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