One Thing is Certain - Change is Constant

Join fellow PMs to discuss the changes in PMBOK6.  Predictive Life Cycles and the impact of Incremental, Iterative, and Agile methodologies.  Discuss what makes traditional projects successful and what makes Agile projects successful.  Join in the discussion as the chapter leaders present the process changes from the 5th E.Ds. of PMBOK to the 6th E.Ds.  Understand how these changes are tied to PMI's new strategic vision for supporting PMs and the PM community.

Members can download a digital copy from PMI standards.  Read Appendix X1 pages 639 - 650 for a summary of the changes.

The chapter has copies of the PMBOK Guide and the Agile Guide for sale at dinner meetings for 65 dollars.

Shannon ReynoldsI am Shannon Reynolds. My family and I moved to Lacey to serve at Fort Lewis in 2001, I worked with G3 Operations Battle Staff, 1-25 Infantry Brigade and 3-2 Striker Brigade. I served one tour in Northern Iraq before leaving the military. The military provided me with my foundation in planning and project management. I registered with PMI in 2003 and purchased PMBOK 3rd edition. I left the Army after planning a rail movement to join BNSF Railway working as a transportation planner and operations manager for the Seattle Tacoma area. Crushed by the recession I took my first contract project management role with Boeing Learning Training and Development. The hiring manager wanted “someone who could do more than one thing at a time and not cry”. I learned a great deal more about project management completing 70 small projects in two years and then a second contract to work on the Boeing IT reorganization. In 2013, I tested for and passed my PMP under PMBOK 4th ed. I have continued to work on contract projects and I have since started my own business. Spartan Project Management. The name fits my personality of getting to the point and getting it done. I now serve as an IT project manager for Department of Licensing. In 2015, I joined the chapter looking business opportunities and to make friends in my field. Tracy Sanford found work for me to do to support the chapter. This is a great opportunity working on the professional development team creating value for our community while making friends. I enjoy training, learning, and helping others find solutions. I believe I have found my calling as a project manager. The field is so large I would be amazed if I ever mastered my craft. I will try. I am looking forward to serving our chapter and working with you to create opportunities for ourselves.

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CISO Roundtable - Challenge the current thinking and discover the critical steps to a strong information security culture.

CIORT2017Information security is a huge challenge for any organization. Come with your questions as we better understand the challenges faced by information security professionals and how project managers can help organizations solve those challenges

1. Peter Jekel, Chief Information Security Officer, WA State Department of Revenue
2. Cindi Hart, Chief Information Security Officer, WaTech
3. Allan Soper, Chief Information Security Officer, WA State Department of Corrections

Peter has over 17 years experience as a computer and information security professional and is currently the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Department of Revenue. Prior to working for DOR, Peter spent 9 years as the CISO for the Department of Corrections. As CISO for the Department of Revenue, he updated and matured their Information Technology Security Program, established their security operations team, security architect team, security assessment program, and their incident response program. Other areas of expertise include work as a network security forensics expert, security vulnerability analyst, and intrusion security analyst. Peter has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and holds a Certified Information Systems Security Professional Certification from ISC2.

Cindi Hart joined WaTech in June of 2017 as the chief information security officer (CISO), her first job in the public sector. While new to government, Cindi is not new to the field of information technology. In her previous 17 years she specialized in building out information security programs in the insurance and financial services industry, most recently serving as the CISO of a large regional bank in Columbus, Ohio. Cindi is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP, ) is a long standing PMP practitioner and holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.

Allan is currently the Department of Corrections (DOC), Chief Information Security Officer and has been at the department for 3 years. Previously he had work for over 8 years as a computer and information security professional for the Department of Defense. While working at DOC he has championed the effort to upgrade or replace their Security Information and Event Management System, Intrusion Detection/Prevention System, Internet Content Filtering System and Vulnerability Scanning System. Allan has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Technical Management, has completed the Chief Information Security Officer Program through the National Defense University and holds a Certified Information Systems Security Professional Certification from ISC2.


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Capability Maturity Model (CMM) for Project Management


PMI Olympia Chapter is excited to bring speaker Barbara Bard to the June dinner meeting. This presentation will show you how to use a Capability Maturity Model to assess and mature your Project Management Office (PMO) and project management processes. Highlights of the presentation include:

  • Definition and benefits of the CMM approach
  • How the CMM approach can be applied to PMOs
  • Tips and tools to implementing CMM for your organization

Barbara Bard is the Consulting Director of the Sierra Systems Justice Practice. Barbara has supported Sierra Systems for 21 years in several roles and working on many projects. She is a graduate of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, where her studies focused on strategic change management.

Sierra Systems is supporting the State of Washington Department of Revenue where Barbara is serving as the Asst. Project Director of Legacy Systems Replacement Project.


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5 Effective Tools for Overcoming Setbacks

We all experience setbacks – on projects, in our careers, and in life. Our ultimate success – or failure – is often determined more by how we respond to a setback than to what actually happened. In this session, learn a foundational recipe for resilience. You’ll gain the ingredients and a simple process to recover from setbacks, large or small, to reach your goals.

Koshare EagleKoshare is a leadership and professional development consultant who works with organizations and individuals to “expand the possible”. She offers customized seminars and workshops focused on building foundational skills for effective personal management, communication, and developing essential leadership qualities.
Training is a second career for Koshare She changed focus after 18 years in forestry and wildland fire management. During that time, she witnessed how people’s communication and interpersonal skills often make a bigger difference in the success (or failure) of projects than their technical expertise. Koshare’s passion for improving organizational and individual development sparked her transition to full time consulting. She earned a training certificate from the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and brings her personal experiences to make every session engaging and practical.


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The Value of a Veteran

PMI Olympia Chapter is excited to bring speaker Steve Vincent, Captain US Navy (Retired), PMP to the May dinner meeting. As Governor Jay Inslee notes in his Executive Order on Veterans Transition Support, “Hundreds of military personnel separate from the service each month, and select Washington State as their home after serving our country with distinction. We honor their service and commitment by supporting their transition to civilian life. As part of our efforts to rebuild a robust economy and return to full employment, I have asked private and public leaders throughout our state to help veterans and their families in effectively navigating this transition, and increase our collective efforts to help them obtain living wage jobs.” 

Many barriers exist to achieving the Governor’s goal. Despite years of combat operations, less than 1% of the U.S. population has served in the military. The cultural divide can prevent well-intentioned employers from understanding how these men and women can add value to their workforce. At the same time, exceptionally experienced, technically savvy individuals with a wealth of leadership and management talent often struggle to translate their abilities into terms that make sense in the civilian marketplace.

Steve Vincent serves as Senior Client Engagement Manager for tiag, an Information Technology services and solutions consulting firm with a strong presence in the Department of Defense. Steve previously supported the Bellevue College led “Health eWorkforce Consortium”, a Department of Labor program designed to increase the number of veterans in the health IT sector. In this capacity tiag provided both veteran advocacy services and custom software development and desktop delivery of content to support classroom instruction at 9 separate campuses. He currently serves as the project manager for the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs where he is overseeing the implementation of an Enterprise Veteran Case Management System utilizing MS Dynamics. tiag currently supports several federal, state, and local government agencies across Washington state – providing a wide range of information technology services and solutions. Approximately 1 in 4 of tiag’s 250 employees across the country are military Veterans. Steve serves on the Washington Military Transition Council Career Technical Training Work Group and is an Advisory Board member for the Washington Center of Excellence for Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Steve regularly speaks to employers on the value of a veteran and highlights opportunities for improving veteran accession. Prior to joining tiag, Steve served 25 years in the U.S. Navy, “retiring” in 2012 at the rank of Captain. He commanded USS Germantown (LSD 42) as well as the Navy Reserve Center in Bremerton, WA. Steve also served as Deputy Director in the Business Operations Office of the Vice Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon.

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