Hi Mississippi Gulf Coast! We hope that the month of April was a good month to you, and wish May 2018 brings you more success! We are happy to announce some upcoming events, including a call for volunteers to help on an exciting local project! Keep reading to learn more, and check out the event listing on our website to see what’s next!
Summary of April Events
April Dinner Meeting: Special thanks go out to Todd Thompson, Manager, Risk and Compliance at Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc., who led us through a thoughtful and engaging discussion about Human Behavior Risk. Accounting for human behavior risk seems intuitive but is so often overlooked as we seem to focus on more tangible or visible elements of our projects. His presentation was an excellent reminder to carefully review these risks! In addition, special thanks go to members who were able to attend the meeting. We sincerely appreciate your support of the chapter and look forward to seeing you again at this month’s meeting
Coming in May
Remember: We will meet on the third Thursday in May and June, rather than the third Wednesday! Our meetings will still be held at the Great Southern Club at our usual times--upcoming newsletters and the event postings will remind you of this schedule change. We hope this change allows more of you to attend and continue strengthening this growing network. We have great experience and talent across our membership, and we're excited to have you share that with your fellow members!
May Dinner Meeting: Our scheduled guest speaker for the May Chapter Meeting is Commander Benjamin Wilder, US Navy, LHA Operations Officer at the Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast in Pascagoula, Mississippi. He will speak on Project Management in Shipbuilding: A Difficult Exercise in Modernization. The Laws of Inertia apply in life, shipbuilding, and program management just as they do in a physics classroom. If you imagine standing down the charge of an angry rhinoceros, you have some idea how hard it is to change a process, corporation, or management team that has been in place for decades. This talk will focus on the lessons of my 20 year naval career from serving as a Nuclear Propulsion Officer aboard the USS Cheyenne (SSN-773) during Operation Iraqi Freedom to delivering the first Ballistic Missile Defense capable destroyer to the Navy, the USS John Finn (DDG-113). The US Navy is a massive organization with layered instructions, standing orders, and procedures to guide everything from the start-up of an engine to which type of gloves you can wear in the winter, and yet, we need to constantly embrace new ideas and integrate them with centuries of naval experience, technical knowledge, and lessons learned. There is a very real need for proper Program Management throughout the world, but the real challenges come in driving change into established organizations. This talk will explore those challenges through a lifetime of “sea-stories” and real-world obstacles. Please register today and join us on May 17, 2018 at the Great Southern Club at 5:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!
We need YOU for an exciting, local project! At our April dinner meeting, Mr. Randall Shaw (2016 President and current VP of Membership) presented the “Katrina Sculptures Project” community project. Following Hurricane Katrina, three artists transformed severely damaged trees into beautiful works of art. There are now ~50 sculptures across the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Read more about these amazing pieces of art that are so important to our community!
Our chapter’s strategic objectives include promoting project management as a discipline and raise greater awareness about our chapter. Undertaking a project to revitalize the Katrina Sculptures presents an opportunity for us to combine both objectives in scalable manner while giving back to our community. PMI MGC is interested in using our discipline to plan and execute a project to support the care and preservation of these Katrina wood sculptures, and we need your help! There will be both short-term and long-term commitments, and volunteer PDUs will be available.
Upcoming boot camps: We are actively engaged in bringing another PMP boot camp to the Gulf Coast. If you are interested in pursuing your PMP, CAPM or other PMI certification, please contact any Board member directly so we can help support your training needs!
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Also, don’t forget that PMI Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter is proud to work with the International Institute for Learning, Inc. (IIL) to provide you 24-hour access to the latest content and courses IIL has to offer. All courses listed in our online catalog are available at the PMI Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter Member preferred pricing and include live virtual and self-paced courses as well as online conferences.