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Welcome to PMI OVOC's The Leader

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the PMI OVOC newsletter, The Leader! We are thrilled to bring you news from your local chapter each week concerning upcoming events and stories we think will be of interest to you as a project manager. PMI OVOC is an exciting and active chapter to be a part of and we hope you enjoy your newsletter as it supports the PM community. We believe we've produced an engaging periodical that you'll be excited to receive every week. Each Wednesday, look for your copy in your inbox to get the inside scoop on what's happening at PMI OVOC!

Derek Hughes, President PMI OVOC

PMI OVOC Annual Business Meeting and Dinner

Hot off the press! Registration is now open so take advantage of early bird specials for the upcoming PMI OVOC ABM Meeting and Dinner! Don't miss out on this great networking event! Please click here for your personal event invitation from Derek Hughes, President of PMI OVOC!

The Annual Business Meeting and Dinner will be held at the Delta Hotel complex in downtown Ottawa on May 2nd, 2014. This is the foremost event in the calendar where members have an excellent opportunity to learn everything there is to know about the Chapter. Attendees can meet Board Members and there will be the opportunity to find out about the Chapter's future planned events. The upcoming plans, in terms of the direction that the Chapter will be taking in the short and medium term, will be explained. Members can offer their influence toward future Chapter business and plans as well as having the opportunity to hear from the out-going President, the exceptional Derek Hughes.

Thereafter the ABM Dinner will provide an excellent networking opportunity for all attendees (members & guests) where the captivating Francine Provost will deliver an engaging keynote speech.

TO REGISTER for the ABM (members meeting and/or dinner), click here .

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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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PMI OVOC Exam Prep Study Groups: 1st Quarter, 2014 Dates

Abdallah Abi-Aad is once again the facilitator of these popular, informative sessions. If interested in participating, please contact Abdallah directly at

Current Scheduled Sessions:
Mar 19, Apr 2, Apr 16, Apr 30
Logistics: Time: 6-8 p.m., Location: communicated later to participants, Number of participants: 3-5 per session
• Help participants 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

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PMI OVOC: Professional Development Opportunity for PMPs

Attend a PMP Prep Session and earn 4 PDUs
Professional development isn't a one-time thing — it should be a continuous part of your project management career. Make it a priority to assess and improve your skill set, and you'll increase your value to your organization and enhance your future career prospects. PMI OVOC is here to help you with your professional development. PMI recently released the PMBOK® Guide—Fifth Edition. With the new release there is an additional module (Stakeholder Management) as well as an extra 100 pages of material. PMI OVOC has introduced a program where, if you already have your PMP, you can attend individual modules of the PMI OVOC PMP Exam Preparation course and receive 4 PDUs per 4 hours. For more information on this unique opportunity please contact the registrar at

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Business transformation hinges on great project management
Business transformation is a top priority for many CEOs, but how do companies manage through the complex changes that are necessary to do it? Success requires great execution one project at a time. Business transformation — whether in the form of a construction project, new processes to improve the customer experience, an enterprise IT rollout, or something else — is a step-by-step process. That means organizations must excel at an unglamorous but essential competency: project management.
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How the right tool can help you keep up with project management trends
Business 2 Community
The point of moving from the inbox to a collaboration platform is to get things done faster. But if the collaboration software you're using is one that needs a lengthy time-to-market due to installation, training, programming and other assimilation needs, how fast can you actually go and implement these changes? When can you get started on the actual project?
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How to tackle the project management course
Project managers define goals and drive tasks to completion. MBAs drive the business economics in the right direction. But a combination of skills will get you ahead of the game. Project management skills include being a good organizer, strong communicator and astute motivator, whilst having MBA skills provides you with the ability to utilize information, problem solve critical and strategic situations, and practice ethics.
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How Project Portfolio Management is bridging the gap between customer and shareholder
There are two different types of thinkers in business — the visionaries and those immersed in the detail. One of the greatest challenges in business is to manage a harmonious work environment that leverages the strengths of both of these distinct talent pools; one that sees synergies optimized across the various different lines of business. It's a matter of harnessing synchronicity and up until recent times it's also meant unhealthy compromise. Times have changed.
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The Agile Holocracy
Dr. Dobb's
Agile is a culture, not a set of practices. It is upper management's job to establish that culture, and then let it work. A holocratic organization is one of the better ways to do that. A holocracy is made up of autonomous, self-reliant units called holons (from the Greek word for "whole"). The holons are simultaneously independent from and dependent on the organization that they comprise. That is, a holocracy is simultaneously a whole and its parts.
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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. Here are some of the more specific functions of DMS, its limitations, and how it can be of help to project managers.
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 Upcoming Events

Event Date More Information
PMI OVOC Lunch Seminar March 26th, 2014
PMI OVOC Saturday Seminar March 29th, 2014
Spring 5-Day PMP Prep March 31-April 4, 2014
Spring Weekender PMP Prep May 23-June 1, 2014


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