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Francine Provost
Francine's passion is learning, and she shares her passion with her clients. She holds a Bachelor in Business Administration, is trained as a group and teleseminar facilitator, and is a certified Birkman and DISC consultant and is a member of CAPS. Through her experience, she has learned to believe in people's strengths and wishes to guide them to develop their skills. Over the past 15 years as an instructor, she has facilitated training workshops and team retreats.

Attendees at the Dinner will enjoy Francine's engaging presentation laden with anecdotes and tricks of the trade educating Project Managers and Leaders regarding:
  • Team Building and Personality Assessments;
  • Creating High Performance and Cohesive Teams;
  • Team Building secrets for smart Managers; and
  • Attract and Retain High Performance Team Members

  • Event Date: May 2nd, 2014
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    Spring 5 Day PMP Prep March 31-April 4, 2014
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    PMI OVOC Saturday Seminar April 26, 2014
    PMI OVOC Lunch Seminar April 30, 2014
    PMI OVOC ABM (Members Meeting and Dinner) May 2nd, 2014
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    PMI OVOC seeking assistance of a bookkeeper

    PMI OVOC is seeking the services of a bookkeeper to assist with financial operations of the Chapter. The current service provider will be terminating their contract in June 2014. The new service provider must start work in May 2014.

    The bookkeeper will keep financial records that track the organization's expenditures, profit and loss, cash flow, and other financial activities and will provide reports to monitor these items as requested by the PMI OVOC Treasurer.

    Interested parties should have significant experience in providing bookkeeping services to medium sized non-profit organizations. The Chapter hosts up to 30 events per year, has one paid staff and maintains a breakeven budget with ~$500k of revenue & expenses. All work must be performed or supervised by an individual holding a recognized designation. Service personnel assigned to the contract must be fluent in English.

    A detailed list of requirements & responsibilities will be provided to interested service providers. Please contact the Treasurer at to indicate your interest by April 16th.

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    PMI OVOC BYLAWS: Note to Members

    In order to conform to PMI Global standards, the PMI OVOC chapter bylaws have been amended to follow PMI Global's new standard for chapter bylaws. The amended Chapter by-laws found in the link below, are proposed by the 2013 Board of Directors. It is a requirement from PMI Global that all chapters follow this standard formatting of their by-laws. Amendments are highlighted in yellow.

    Members, please click on the link below to review the proposed amended chapter by-laws (see Version 6.1 - January 2014) and be prepared to cast your ratification vote at the Annual Business Meeting on Friday, May 2, 2014. PMI OVOC Chapter Bylaws Changes

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    Agile not fragile: Agile project managment
    Agile works. The debate may rage on over its effectiveness as a software development approach, but if you stick to the fundamentals of project management, you will see impressive results. Some critics still state that agile is disorderly and does not require planning and documentation. The reality? Project management fundamentals are vital for the success of agile, as they are for any other programme.
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    Intuition is overrated, data is better
    The Globe and Mail
    Aaron Goldstein and Leerom Segal, COO and CEO respectively of Klick Health, came up with the idea behind an internal tool called Project 360s, one of Klick's foundational tools that helps team members quickly communicate important project information if they ever feel like a project is coming off the rails. Embracing a people-first philosophy means that you can't let a project that impacts your people run off the rails that badly ever again. Nothing is higher order than the engagement and satisfaction of your team. Losing good people ultimately means losing good clients and customers.
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    Why leaders need to shut up and listen
    By C. Fredrick Crum
    Typically, we choose our leaders for their skill at conveying messages clearly and powerfully. But it's their ability to listen that distinguishes great leaders from the rest. We often attribute courage and strength to the speaker, but what about the listener? The art of listening is a leadership strength that is often greatly underdeveloped. Some leaders "hear," others use communication techniques to make others believe they are listening, while few leaders actually have listening skills and abilities.
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    Project management tools to boost small business productivity
    Business 2 Community
    Despite the very best ambition, intention and ideas, there is still a massive hurdle to overcome when it comes to running a successful small business. Something which can make it really difficult to achieve the number one driving force for any small business — productivity. That thing is procrastination – the gap between intention and action, which has its roots in the fear of failure, of not being good enough or fear of the unknown.
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    Getting engaged to CRM
    What is the project manager's role in customer relationship management? Upon initial thought, you may think that a project manager's ability to influence CRM is minimal at best, particularly on projects that are not customer facing. However, recent studies suggest otherwise, and in fact link employee engagement to customer satisfaction.
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    Effective project management: The Prince 2 principles
    PM Student
    PRINCE2 (an acronym for PRojects IN Controlled Environments) is a de facto process-based method for effective project management. The methodology encompasses the management, control and organization of a project.

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    5 lessons to ensure project management success
    The Var Guy
    Everyone takes on projects, but effectively managing a project means the difference between failure and success. The project management function is integral to the oversight of projects, from conception to completion, and the use of effective techniques helps to complete project work on time, on budget and with minimal disruption to the business.

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    Using a document management system (DMS) to manage project documentation
    Project Accelerator
    Having the latest computer equipment is not enough. What businesses need, possibly even more than the most expensive desktops, is an efficient document management system. Without it, a computer is just a machine. Entering, storing, securing, and retrieving data will mostly have to be done manually.

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    Team collaboration in the cloud
    Project Management Hut
    Cloud-based collaborative project management requires more open stakeholders that share often. Knowledge workers, stakeholders and other team members — do not readily share their work and may consider such efforts threatening and a risk to their existence in the organization. Getting beyond such concerns requires building a reward system that encourages project collaboration. It's important to set achievable goals, with milestone and to measure performance using metrics.
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    Why top down management gets a thumbs down
    The Globe and Mail
    A new report from LRN, a global performance consulting firm, suggests corporations would benefit from the breath of freedom. It calls freedom the 21st-century competitive advantage. “Conventional methods of managing and governing organizations are too programmed and inflexible for today's world. They are inadequate to address strategic and operational complexity, the lightning speed of change, and the imperative to tap deeper levels of human innovation," the LRN report says.
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