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President's Message: OVOC is turning 30!

Next year — 2015 — will be OVOC's 30th birthday. A significant milestone in anyone's life, even bigger when you stop to think about where we came from. In 1985, OVOC was established with the idea of allowing PMs an opportunity to meet, network and educate themselves. Our first President was David Curling, the first (official) meeting was held on March 27, 1985, and we had 54 members. Since then we've grown to 2100 members and we run more than 30 events a year. 2014 saw OVOC's 14th Symposium with 424 attendees including 40 from outside our chapter boundaries. OVOC is an incredible success story and one we look forward to celebrating with you in 2015.

As an active participant in OVOC events, you've likely noticed some changes over the last few months. We've taken a very hard look at the activities the chapter engages in and made some tough decisions. Due to low attendance, we eliminated the breakfast sessions. We are continue to evaluate the best learning opportunities for our members, and are open to your suggestion. We've refocused our lunch sessions and our Saturday seminars for the rest of the year. Networking events are being added as are some special evening activities to attract old and new faces. We're making moves towards bringing more programs to you via webinar, and are holding events in more areas of our boundaries like the Oct. 23 networking event in Kingston.

New committees are being struck to take on initiatives which mean challenging new volunteer opportunities. We've begun engaging new sponsors to deliver member-only benefits and continue to increase the benefit of membership every day. We have a solid roadmap of where we want to go over the next few years and a strategy that will help take us there. Keep your eye on the website and our weekly newsletter the Leader as we begin to announce all our changes. It's an exciting time to be a member of OVOC!
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 Upcoming Events

Event Date More Information

PMI OVOC Kingston Networking Event
Complimentary Meet and Greet
Oct 23, 2014

PMI OVOC Lunch Seminar
TOPIC: "Networking to Advance Your Career"

Oct 29, 2014
PMI OVOC Saturday Seminar
TOPIC: Revealing the secrets of exceptional leadership at the workplace
SPEAKER: Sam Halwani

Nov 15, 2014
PMI OVOC Lunch Seminar
TOPIC: "Consulting 101: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Consultants"
SPEAKER: Sean Murphy

Nov 26, 2014
PMI OVOC Fall Weekender PMP Prep Dec 5-7 & 13-14, 2014

The success of the 2014 Symposium

The 2014 PMI OVOC Symposium Team would like to thank everyone who attended this year's Symposium! We hope that your road to success in project management takes you well beyond the Gantt chart. This year Symposium served 427 attendees from a variety of domains at PMI OVOC's feature event of the year.

Thank you to all those that returned and to all the new registrants for making this year's Symposium a big success.

All Symposium updates and pictures can be found on the PMI OVOC Official Facebook page.

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Got Your PMP? What's Next?

Got your PMP? Now you can fast track to PRINCE2; the methodology recommended by PMBOK. As a PMP you receive an exam credit when you study in-class or online. To take advantage of this opportunity contact Advantage Learning, Algonquin College or SOMOS Consulting. Quote code P2PMP for a 10% discount.

PMI OVOC Kingston Networking Event: Thurs, Oct. 23, 2014

Location: Kingston Brew Pub — upstairs — 34 Clarence Street, Kingston

Join us for this complementary Meet and Greet event from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. You'll have the opportunity to contribute to the Kingston program for future events.

All Project Management Professionals and those wanting to learn more about project management are welcome!

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for details and to register.

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PMI OVOC Lunch Seminar (Oct. 29, 2014): 'Networking to Advance Your Career'

This session will cause you to think about your current professional network and how to grow it. We will present practical strategies for overcoming networking inertia and establish momentum toward moving your career forward. Our presenter, Kevin Schafer is a Career and Leadership Coach, founder of Cardinal Career Management Services, and an Ambassador for Career Professionals of Canada. He has worked in the Career Management field for 10 years, helping over 500 clients — from executives to students, spanning all industry sectors.

Click here for details and to register for this exiting seminar.

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Is it possible to save time and money and still turn out a quality product?
Small Business Trends
The holy grail of project management: saving both time and money while still turning out a great, high-quality project. It's a goal every company wants to achieve, but many fail to do so for many reasons.

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Project risk management: 10 golden rules
International Business Times
All projects will encounter risks during their lifecycle, many of them caused by external factors. A fundamental task of any project manager is to recognize project risks and implement strategies that will minimize the impact they will have on project delivery.

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9 secrets to project management success
Project management seems so straightforward. You set a deadline. You set a budget. You select the right people. The project gets done. In reality, project management is rarely straightforward.

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PMI OVOC website improvements

Over the next few weeks and months, surf over to our PMI OVOC website and you'll see changes. In the summer, we made some changes allowing you to sign into our site using your PMI user id, and seamlessly go to the PMI website (single sign-on). We've just added a slideshow showcasing our upcoming events, and will continue improving how you can find out about our events, our membership and our services.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please send it directly to All comments are welcome.

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CESO: Volunteering your professional experience
By Jennifer Filson, CESO (Canadian Executive Service Organization)
CESO (Canadian Executive Service Organization) is one of Canada's leading volunteer-based development organizations. For more than 45 years, CESO has offered Canadians a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. Our volunteers (or Volunteer Advisors) work with a diverse range of partners around the world to improve the economic health of businesses and communities, and consequently, the lives of individuals.

CESO's greatest asset is our volunteers, who often have more than 25 years' experience in their respective professions. Through sharing their wealth of knowledge and skill, CESO has been able to complete more than 46,000 assignments across Canada and in more than 120 countries. In Burkina Faso, for example, we work in partnership with MUFEDE (Mutualité Femmes et Développement du Burkina), an organization that offers men and women a variety of services including credit and savings, training in credit management, literacy courses, and income-generation strategies.

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2014 Membership Survey

Your membership in the PMI Ottawa Valley Outaouais Chapter is very important in continuing to make this Chapter a vibrant and dynamic organization in the support of Project Management in the National Capital Region. The Chapter strives to provide the best services for your membership and your feedback is very much appreciated.

We are asking you, our members, for only two minutes of your valuable time to complete a survey with regards to your satisfaction with services received from PMI OVOC and how they can be enhanced. Please take the time to provide your feedback.

The survey can be accessed via the Members Only PMI OVOC site (scroll to the bottom of the main page).

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PMI OVOC volunteer opportunities

Members — join the volunteer team and start earning PDUs, enhancing your skill development and of course, having fun!

Click on the open positions below to learn details:

170a - Social Media Content Manager
189 - PR and Marketing SME
190 - Marketing Lead

To learn more about the PMI OVOC Volunteer Program, click here.

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How to get your project team to share feedback
Feedback is important because it helps your project evolve in the right direction. And it gives you the chance to put right what might be wrong, which can help the morale of the team. But you can't act on what you don't know about, so it is crucial that your team feel as if they can talk to you about anything.
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Project management software: Top 5 on the market
Project management software can vary dramatically due to factors like the complexity of project, size of business or industry type for which it is designed. It's important therefore to have a good understanding of what options are available before making a decision.
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Decision making without estimates?
Herding Cats
Decision making in the presence of the allocation of limited resources is called Microeconomics. These decisions — in the presence of limited resources — involves opportunity costs. That is, what is the cost of NOT choosing one of the alternatives — the allocations? To know these means we need to know something about the outcome of NOT choosing.
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Andrew Filev's Wrike wants to bring project management and collaboration to the masses
Founded by Russian-born entrepreneur, Andrew Filev, in 2006, Wrike is a platform for real-time work management and collaboration that helps to make day-to-day work easier, more transparent and efficient for thousands of companies. "We started as a collaboration and project-management vendor and then as we were working on managing our clients' projects, we realized the need for something bigger," says Filev.
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