March 2019 Chapter Meeting

March 26, 2019
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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Norris Meetings and Events Center
2525 West Anderson Lane, #365
Austin, TX 78757


Norris Centers 

Norris Centers
2525 West Anderson Lane, #365 
Austin, TX 78757

Our dinner events have been selling out, so please register early! Dinner orders closed on Thursday, March 21 at 8:00 PM. Session(s) online registration closes on Monday, March 25 at 5:30 PM. Please note: If you have paid for your PMI Austin Chapter Membership within the past 48 hours, register as a guest and self-report the PDUs.

Menu: TBD. Gluten-free and vegetarian options available.

5:30 – 7:00 pm
(.5 Leadership PDU)
Registration, Business Meeting, Networking and Dinner (Cash Bar)

7:00 – 8:00 pm
(1 Technical PDU)

Speaker: Cynthia Kahn

Title: Agile Project Planning and Status Reporting

Session Abstract: 

Being agile is not an excuse not to plan. Management still wants to know when they’re going to get their stuff, and they also want to know the current status of the project at the end of every sprint. Here’s an easy way to plan your next agile project and collect the right statistics for transparent status reporting.

In this session, you will learn how to plan with agility, estimate time to completion, and report individual epic and project status.

Brief Bio: 

Cynthia Kahn


Cynthia Kahn has more than 20 years’ experience managing both agile and waterfall projects. She has her MBA, PMP and CSM. Cynthia is co-author of the GSD Scrum Handbook and co-founder of the agile consulting company GSD Mindset, where she teaches Scrum in 1 Day and coaches teams as they transition to agile, leaving their waterfall ways behind.



8:00 – 9:00 pm
(1 Leadership PDU)

Speaker: Steven Martin

Title: Becoming an Exemplary Leader

Session Abstract: 

Good leaders bring out three times more talent, energy, and motivation of their employees. This requires leaders to go beyond just tactical problem solving and directing folks through day-to-day issues under the guise of leadership. Experience in this mini-workshop what research has shown: how empowerment, self-direction, and self-management lead to greater innovation, higher levels of commitment, and happier employees, which in turn impacts the bottom line.

In this hands-on leadership session, we’ll discuss Kouzes & Posner’s Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership. Then, in small groups, participants will apply the practices to various typical leadership challenge scenarios felt in the workplace today. In this session, you will gain greater understanding of leadership needed in today’s modern projects, obtain insights on actions you can take as Project Manager to lead versus manage and learn to apply the concepts of Exemplary Leadership.

Brief Bio: 

Steven MartinSteven Martin is an Enterprise Agility Consultant, Coach, and Certified Scrum@Scale Trainer who works with management and executive teams. He helps organizational leadership teams become more effective by applying Agile values and principles to their day-to-day leadership challenges. He has more than 25 years experience, from Fortune 500 to Startups, across multiple industries including finance, healthcare IT, medical devices, biotechnology, communications, publishing, and more. Building upon his roles as a Director/Manager and Enterprise Agile Coach in technology-based companies, Steven is pursuing his doctorate in leadership during organizational change.

An active member in the PMI since 2005, Steve graduated the PMI Leadership Institute Master Class (LIMC) of 2012. He has also held the role of President at PMI Mass Bay Chapter serving the Greater Boston area. Steve is an instructor for PMI SeminarsWorld, an adjunct professor for Northeastern University, and a frequent presenter with PMI known for his higher energy, interactive formats. For additional white papers, articles, and other conference talks, visit


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Thanks to our Chapter Meeting Sponsors:

 Norris Centers


$25.00 PMI Austin Chapter Member: Dinner & Presentations
$20.00 Earlybird rate before March 21

$35.00 Non-Member: Dinner & Presentations
$30.00 Earlybird rate before March 21

$15.00 PMI Austin Chapter Member: Presentations Only
$10.00 Earlybird rate before March 21

$25.00 Non-Member: Presentations Only
$20.00 Earlybird rate before March 21