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Message from PMI OVOC President Sharon Burke, PMP

Project Management is rarely something that people identify as their career choice and then set out to establish themselves in. More often it's an evolution. This is certainly how it was for me. I didn't discover PMI until I'd been a project manager for many years. But when I joined OVOC, I experienced a tremendous sense of relief. I wasn't in this alone anymore; there were experienced project managers I could ask for help and guidance, and I could learn from. I took full advantage of all PMI OVOC had to offer to new and existing members, attending seminars, meeting other members, and getting involved. That support and the contacts I made along the way have been instrumental in molding the career I have today.
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 Upcoming Events

Event Date More Information
PMI OVOC Lunch Seminar
TOPIC: Using PRINCE2® with the PMBOK® Fifth Edition"
SPEAKER: Alan Boyce
May 28, 2014
PMI OVOC Breakfast
SPEAKER: Frances Paquette
June 11, 2014
PMI OVOC Saturday Seminar
TOPIC: Complexities of Mental Health issues in the Workplace: When to Reach Out (or not!)
SPEAKER: Dr. Derek Puddester
June 21, 2014

2014 National Capital Project Management Symposium

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PMI OVOC Exam Prep Study Groups

PMI OVOC operates a PMP Prep study group under the guidance Abdallah Abi-Aad. The dates for the Study Groups are stated below and run from 600 PM-8:00 PM.

The objectives of these sessions are as follows:

• Help participants to understand the PMBOK® knowledge areas using the Process Groups flow
• Answer participants questions related to the PMP exam or 5th PMBOK® knowledge areas
• Discuss areas where participants need clarification or help
• Review PMP practice questions

Session Dates:

May 28th, 2014 - Initiating and Planning Process Groups will be covered.
June 11th, 2014 - Executing, Monitoring and Controlling and Closing Process Groups will be covered.

Number of participants: 3-5 per session. Location will be communicated later to the participant.

If interested in participating, please contact Abdallah directly at

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Overcoming project bottlenecks
Project Times
Have you ever seen a project without obstacles? In my hundreds of projects over the last 20+ years, I never have! Yet every one of my clients over the years has multiple projects running as they are cornerstone to success. Project results are considered essential — improve service, increase margins, accelerate cash flow, implement or upgrade an ERP system without a hiccup, etc.

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7 ways to advance your project management career
Everyone wants to get ahead. (Well, almost everyone.) Project managers are no different. Hence the number of certification exams project managers take. But just having PMP (for Project Management Professional) after your name is no longer enough in today's high-tech mobile world.

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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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PMXPO 2014 is once again excited to be bringing you our annual virtual conference and exhibition on demand. It's your opportunity to learn, network, earn PDUs and gain valuable knowledge all from the comfort of your home, office or home office.
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The project manager as plate-spinning juggler
PM Hut
If you're a project manager then you know what it's like to feel frazzled, distracted and jerked in a thousand different directions. And you also know what it's like to watch other people doing the work of your project (creating the code, writing the scripts, building the prototypes, etc.) while you bounce back and forth among these folks looking for problems and figuring out how to remove obstacles.
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Project management can be demystified with today's techniques
Daily Mirror
Now that a solid project plan is done, the team can begin executing the project against their assigned tasks. This is the stage where everyone actually starts doing the work. You'll want to officially kick-off the execution stage with in-person meetings to ensure everyone has what they need to begin executing his or her part of the project. Getting the team started on the right track is integral to project success so articulate the schedule and communications plan clearly.
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16 project management terms you should know
Business News Daily
In order to run a successful business, you better know how to keep projects on task. Fred Mouawad, an entrepreneur and creator of the task-management platform Taskworld, said good project management is fundamental to a company's success. It assures the alignment of resources and brings them together efficiently to execute and realize value.
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