The Leader
Sep. 9, 2014

PMI OVOC Saturday Seminar: Sept. 20, 2014

Presentation Topic: Think Smarter! Create Powerful Results
Presenter: Heather Cameron

Heather Cameron is President of Horizon Performance Insights and the creator of the Ignite Your Market Programs, is a Certified Executive Coach and an expert facilitator. She has over 25 years of management experience including sales, marketing, portfolio management and research & development. Learn about "Effective Intelligence," and bringing insight and understanding to the way people think. You won't want to miss this! It will help you in your personal and business relationships. PMPs earn 4 PDUs for attending this seminar.

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PMI OVOC 2014 Symposium Schedule

The Symposium program schedule has been posted on PMI OVOC website. Please click here to see the complete schedule.

For the Symposium Pricing List, click here.

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PMI OVOC Breakfast Seminar Sept. 10: Postponed to Oct. 8, 2014

The Sept. 10 Breakfast has been postponed and will be held at the Chimo Hotel on Oct. 8th instead. Please register for the Oct. 8 Breakfast from the hyperlink on the PMI OVOC home page. More

PMI OVOC volunteer opportunities

PMI OVOC continually works to enhance existing programs and build new ones for the benefit of our members. We are fortunate to have many capable and motivated members supporting the chapter as volunteers. There are many exciting opportunities to contribute and we welcome you to join our team to take an active role in supporting our mission to promote project management.

For a detailed list of our volunteer opportunities, click here.

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

Offer to PMI OVOC Members: 20 per cent discount on International Conference

The International Conference on Quality and Test Management (SQTM 2014) will be held in San Diego, CA, the week of Sept. 29-Oct. 3. The week also features 20 in depth courses that count towards the Certified Software Quality Manager (CSQM) certification. This conference is excellent value priced at $1795 for all five days. PMI OVOC members will receive a 20 per cent discount when they use promo code PMIOV during registration.

Details and registration can be found by clicking here.More

A Hollywood-style move from PM to scrum master
Your journey as a project management practitioner may be similar to Sir Anthony's journey as an actor. You may have to play different roles in projects and might gained recognition for your work. As your journey continues, you may be looking for the next stop that may lead you to explore other project management disciplines, like agile — and, in particular, the role of an agile scrum master.More

Should you outsource your projects?
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Contrary to popular opinion, being able to delegate tasks in business and in life is a sign of strength. Delegating can include everything from assigning someone to sort the mail to appointing someone to manage social media to outsourcing your web or marketing content to a freelance writer. More

How to run a profitable mobile project
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In this day and age there seems to be an app for just about anything, whether that's pizza delivery, hailing a cab or transferring money online, businesses are beginning to understand the value and benefits of having a solid mobile strategy and mobile apps. From non-traditional advertising awareness and engagement apps, to core business functional apps and process/operations-optimization mobility apps, there is an explosion of interest in mobile apps from big (and small) businesses. More

The must-ask job interview question
The Globe and Mail
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5 indispensable skills for any project support worker
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9 secrets to project management success
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The 'full' keys to leadership
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What is a leader's purpose? Does he or she sit in their office and let the team or organization run itself? What must a leader do to be fully engaged in being a leader? It starts with attitude. John Maxwell states, "...the attitude of a leader affects the atmosphere of the office." It is how you handle yourself and a situation. More

Project management: There is no right or wrong
Agile has become something of a buzzword in the game industry in recent years, largely because it allows for iteration and does not require full design upfront. Before agile was adopted by the game industry, waterfall was a more usual management method but has caused many development problems over the years. More

Learning to lead and speak: Top skills for IT project managers
Computer Weekly
In just under a decade technological advancements have moved at lightning speed, affecting every imaginable aspect of business. IT project managers are now challenged with new career demands. They must think — and speak — like a leader. More

Grab the reins! 7 things you can do right now to create more opportunity at work
Liquid Planner
Webster's dictionary defines opportunity as "a favourable juncture of circumstances and a good chance for advancement or progress." There are steps you can take to maximize your abilities, taking your value to the project team — and career — to the next level. Best-selling author Shakti Gawain advises, "Create opportunities by asking for them."More

Project sponsorship: Effective and productive engagement key to success
It is all too common for project managers to view a project's sponsor as the person who does little more than endorse a project. Often, PMs try to recruit a sponsor, someone who has the power and political clout to get the project approved. Project sponsors are far more than a figure head. More

What marketing experts can learn from project management pros
Traditionally, marketing experts are not strong project managers. They are creative geniuses who produce their best ideas by themselves or in small collaborative teams. Many marketers continue to think of project management as a science best suited to software development or to product assembly, or at most as a tool to meet web development needs. More