PMI Austin Chapter Weekly Newsletter August 20, 2018 Print


Welcome, momentum builders! Be part of the revolution that PMI Austin Chapter is experiencing. Grab a front row seat to this incredible journey of excellence in project management. This newsletter is FOR YOU!


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Upcoming Chapter Events and Registration Deadlines

2018 Fall Symposium


>The Aug. 31 deadline to register at a discounted price is fast approaching. Get your ticket now. 

We have spared no effort in booking the best speakers in Project Management today. 


John C. Maxwell, PhD - #1 New York Times Bestselling author, coach and speaker with 26 million books sold in 50 languages
Al Zeitoun, PhD, EVP, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP - Leader in global project management and operational excellence for large corporations
Sandeep K. Desai, Executive Architect and Watson Solutions Leader
Kevin D. Martin, PMP, PMI-ACP, MBA - Leader in IT project, program and portfolio management
Steven Hale, MBA - Chief of Staff at IBM's Watson Content and Internet of Things Platform
Roger Haskett, BFA, MA - Award winning international speaker on transformational change
Spencer Horn, MS, CTPC - President of Spencer Horn Solutions and previous VP of a NASDAQ company that developed IMAX theaters
Mac McGuire, PhD - Founding President and COO of McGuire & Associates Consulting and US Army Veteran
Todd C. Williams, PMP - Expert with 30 years experience in international strategies and operational excellence

>Details of each speaker's presentation(s) and the schedule are on the registration page. Check it out.


Date: Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Cash bar, registration, business meeting, learning and networking (.5 Leadership PDU)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Presentations

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Title: Offshore Resources on Agile Teams: Can It Work? (1 Technical PDU)
Kevin Rutkowski

Many of us have been asked to include offshore resources on Agile teams. The resources are often in a different time zone working hours that barely overlap with the hours of US team members. I'll share my stories, and stories from others, of how we’ve utilized Agile Manifesto principles to working with offshore resources with varying degrees of success.

Time: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Resilient Leadership (1 Leadership PDU)
Speaker: Dave Swanson

This presentation includes a description of leadership from a former US Army Infantry Platoon Leader that led a platoon of 40 men into over 100 firefights in combat. Participants will learn to define leadership for themselves and their teams; how to be resilient in the workplace; and how to evaluate their own style of leadership and what is the most effective.

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Title: REINVENT YOURSELF (1 Leadership PDU)
This special one hour session will focus on your job search. We will discuss job search strategies, resumes, LinkedIn and negotiating salaries.

Registration Deadline:  Early-bird registration closes Aug. 23.
Click on the 'Register Now' button for location and more details.



When: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Time: 9 am – 11 am
Location: Cafe Express, 3418 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78705
Who should attend? PMI Austin Chapter members enrolled in the Mentoring Program

This is a free event. Come and mingle with fellow mentors and mentees. This is a great opportunity to learn from each other, network and have a good, relaxed time in an informal environment.

Some snacks will be provided by PMI.


Please join our next meeting for an interactive discussion on intellectual property rights for small businesses. The PMI Austin Small Business Network is a fun, supportive group for entrepreneurs, independent contractors, and very small businesses (~10 employees or less) in Austin. 

Date and Time: Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Santa Rita Cantina 1306 W. 38th St., Austin, TX 78705
Subject: Intellectual Property Rights
Speaker: Dale Langley, Attorney

There will be opportunity for learning and networking. For more information and to register, click the button below.


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Chapter News


Hello new members! Come to the August chapter meeting and pick up your free gift at the membership table. If you want to get more involved with the chapter, visit our website for more information on the benefits of volunteering. You may also contact our Director of Membership at


Attention Military Personnel and Veterans! 

PMI Austin Chapter's Military Outreach Program is in full force and we are looking for you! We want to help harness the potential of our military personnel and veterans by providing a community of support. Visit the Military Outreach table during the August chapter meeting registration.

Find out more about our Military Outreach program!


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Education Opportunities

PMI Austin Chapter


Saturday exam preparation courses are designed to help students pass PMI's PMP® or CAPM® exam. The 40-hour course, based on the newly-released PMBOK® Guide 6th edition, is taught over five Saturdays and meets the 35-hour requirement for PMP® certification.

Cost: $995 for PMI Austin Chapter members and $1095 for non-members. Ask about our military, student, and group discounts at

Next session: Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 20, 27, and Nov. 3

Register Now

Banyan Group


PMI Austin Chapter has partnered with Banyan Group Project Management Solutions to offer PMP® and PMP-ACP® Exam preparation courses, as well as an Intro to Agile class. Weekday courses will be available both in the classroom and online.

Upcoming Classes:
Aug. 27 - 30  PMP® Exam Prep (PMBoK 6th Edition)
Aug. 31 Project Management Fundamentals
Sept. 4 Intro to Agile Project Management
Sept. 5 - 7 Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) Exam Prep
Sept. 24 - 27  PMP® Exam Prep (PMBoK 6th Edition)

For information about cost, schedule, and to register, visit the Banyan Learning Austin PMI Chapter page


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Volunteer Opportunities

Get involved. Make a difference. Be a volunteer.

We have volunteer opportunities to fit everyone's busy schedule and skillset. Find out about the benefits of being a volunteer and search all available opportunities through our Volunteer Relationship Management System (VRMS) at

Positions include:

Director of Education Quality Management - Manage education contracts, evaluate and make recommendations for improvement of education programs.

Mentors and mentees - Develop relationships to exchange knowledge and set goals to advance careers of mentees.

Operations Technology Chair - Support chapter technology with monitoring and updating website, SharePoint site, event registration, surveys, metrics, newsletter and other technology platforms.

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Job Postings

Visit the chapter website for details on job postings, a benefit of membership. You must sign-in with your PMI Austin Chapter credentials to view the list of jobs.

Position: Director of Special Populations Continuous Improvement
Texas Education Agency

Position: Project Manager - CAPPS Implementation
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Position: Senior Software Project Manager
Dover Fueling Solutions


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