Professional Development Day

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Chapter Announcements:

DECA Seeks Volunteers to Judge and Evaluate Business and Marketing Students

In May, DECA will host its International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, bringing approximately 16,000 high school students to the state. These high-achieving, business-minded students will be participating in DECA’s Competitive Events Program in which they will present projects to business professionals or engage in business simulations.  

DECA offers over 60 different competitive event categories for students to participate in. In order for the conferences to operate properly, over 1,000 volunteers from the Atlanta area are needed to judge and evaluate student presentations.  Visit and complete the appropriate registration form. Sample video presentations and answers to frequently-asked questions can be found at the site as well.   

All volunteers will receive training, breakfast, lunch, free parking at the conference site, and a certificate of appreciation to help document community service hours.  

High School DECA International Career Development Conference
Date: Monday, May 5, 2014 and/or Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Location: Georgia World Congress Center Time
Commitment: (varies by event) 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM; 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM; 12:30 PM – 6:30 PM
# of Student Attendees: 16,000
# of Volunteer Judges Needed: 1,000

Register as a Judge at:  

About DECA
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. With more than 200,000 members in 5,000 chapters across 50 states and nine countries, DECA is a powerful instructional program that brings the classroom to life. DECA enhances the classroom experience and empowers the teacher-advisor to make learning relevant with exciting, challenging learning programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business and promote competition.  

These programs include college and business partnerships, competitive events, educational conferences, publications and school-based enterprises. They provide the potential for travel, recognition and awards for learning classroom content – a tremendous motivator for student members. As a result, DECA members acquire important knowledge and skills needed to be college and career ready, challenging them to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders.  

In its 65-year history, DECA has touched the lives of more than 10 million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals. DECA Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit student organization recognized by the United States Congress, the United States Department of Education and state and international departments of education. DECA Inc. receives no government funding.


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Quantifying The Impact of Agile: March Dinner Meeting

By Sateria Tinsley, Communications Team

The March 10th Dinner Meeting kicked off with an extended Professional Growth session "Microsoft Comes to the Westin”.  David Huseonica of CloudAG and Laura Crawford of PM Resource a Group presented on MS Office 365 and MS Project Online. Both discussed cloud based solutions for Project Managers to be able to create and manage projects, track issues and risks for today's enterprise.

Back by popular demand - cash bar!  All attendees were treated to the cash bar returning. We are asked to make best usage of this service as there is a cost to the Chapter associated with its availability. Lack of usage caused it to disappear. In order to keep it available, it will need to be utilized.

New to the meeting this month was a 5-minute Table Power Networking Session. Each member in attendance was treated to a table networking session led by a PMI Atlanta member at each table. Instead of sitting at the table and meeting only your table mates to the left and right of you, we had the pleasurable experience of meeting everyone at the table with 30-second elevator speeches.

The attendees were thrilled to hear the Chapter is ranked 3rd in the nation and 4th globally with only a few members short of surpassing #2 New Jersey.  Doug Guice, VP Membership encouraged the group to bring in new members to assist the Chapter in rising in the rankings.

Caressa Bell, VP Operations, informed everyone that the post event surveys are different and we are listening.  Examples include: February networking was in a tight hallway, so we provided more space this month and the aforementioned cash bar.  The team reviews each response and are working to make changes according to the responses.

After these enthusiastic announcements, Larry Maccherone, Director of Analytics at Rally Software (who also sponsored this Dinner Meeting) presented “Quantifying The Impact of Agile”.


Hey Buddy, 2001 Called and Wants Its Agile Back

Presented by Matt Badgley, CSM, CSPO, SAFe SPC, Coach - Agile, Lean, Engineering Practices of VersionOne

It is our pleasure to invite you to our March 2014 Agile Forum meeting

Date: March 18, 2014 Register Now!

Topic:  Over the past 18 months, there has been an emergence or some may call it an insurgence of Agile as enterprises have started to see how ideas and practices of Lean Agile can help deliver valuable solutions.  Through this growth in the community and general adoption of agile, we’ve experienced a lot of discussions that explore whether we are doing it right or even doing the right thing by scaling agile.  In this session, we are going to explore where we are with regards to Agile. 


2014 Agile Forum Speaker Topics

Written by Elizabeth White, PMP  

Following the January 2014 Agile Forum session, in a very Agile manner, the PMI Agile Forum leaders were tasked with creating session titles and communicating the Agile Forum sourced speaker topics to national and local Atlanta Agile knowledge forerunners.  After reviewing the suggestions, we noticed four main themes running across 15 potential sessions: 

     1. About the Agile Process and Implementing it in Your Organization
     2. Best Practices in an Agile Environment
     3. Measuring Effectiveness of the Agile Practice
     4. Agile Use in Software or Non-Software Industries

Carleton Moten, Program Manager for the 2014 PMI Atlanta Agile Forum, is overjoyed with the work everyone put into creating the topics.  Additionally, Moten asked the volunteer leadership team to interweave the topics. “Will serve and appeal to the Agile community throughout the year. Provide equal weight to those members with strategic concerns and to those with operational concerns.”

The 2014 PMI Atlanta Chapter Agile Forum Speaker Chairman, Andrew Gurbaxani created a Compiled Topics list.  Gurbaxani is actively utilizing the list to invite veteran Agile community leaders to speak to the Atlanta PMI Agile community.  In fact, some of the meetings with solicited topics have already been scheduled. 


“Content is King and Distribution is Queen; Playing the Right Cards in the Next Decade” - March Technology Forum

We invite you to join our Technology Forum on March 25, 2014, 5:00pm - 7:00pm at Hewlett-Packard in Alpharetta (Register Here!).  Our topic "“Content is King and Distribution is Queen; Playing the Right Cards in the Next Decade” will be presented by Neil Sharma:

Over the last decade, digital content has remained a critical element that has driven some amazing services. This trend is not going to change in the future. The next decade is about personal digital imprints, the analytics behind them, the myriad ways of collecting the data and then distributing focused responses to the content. Everyone is getting into the act, whether it is a pharmaceutical company, the government or the grocery store down the street. If consumers think that they have seen all the platforms for content delivery like tablets, devices, televisions and smart watches, then the next decade will clearly surpass the current distribution mediums.

The question to ask is if companies are playing in the right space and how they should capitalize on the right types of partnerships.

Neil Sharma has been in the Mobility space since the year 2000. Creating the original joint venture to deliver VCAST solutions with Verizon and Microsoft (first nationwide wireless video streaming solution), he has worked at some very innovative global corporations like Samsung (Vice President and General Manager) and NTT DoCoMo (Senior Vice President) on content, retail distribution and hardware. Because he has an unorthodox background (starting out as an educator and small business owner), Neil approaches topics with both cynicism and optimism to shed light on trends that will shape the future of technological innovations.

“The Intersection of HR and Project Management”: The February Dinner Meeting

Presented by Cindy Filer
Written by Steven A. Shapiro, PMP, CSSGB

The city of Atlanta was definitely impacted by the two ‘Snowmaggedon’ events in 2014 and PMI Atlanta was not spared. The February dinner meeting, which was originally scheduled for February 10th had to be postponed; however, those that attended the rescheduled event on February24th were treated to an exceptional night.

The event was once again held at the Westin Perimeter, PMI Atlanta’s new dinner meeting home for 2014 and featured a rare double presentation by Cindy Filer, President of Innovative Outsourcing.

The evening began with the Professional Growth event where Filer spoke on the topic of “Conflict in the Workplace”. Filer has presented the chapter with both the presentation and a ‘Leave Behind’ sheet which will be made available soon.   The Professional Growth event was followed by the open networking session and then the dinner meeting.

In the dinner meeting, Filer spoke on an equally interesting topic, “The New Economy and HR Practices for 2014”. She presented best practices for hiring employees, managing employees and employment records, as well as how to best approach employee separations. Some of the key takeaways were…
        • To avoid wrongful hire and discharge suits - document, document, document
        • HR decisions need to be highly documented and kept forever
        • Within 48hours new employees need to be I-9 compliant
        • Millennials need to know every hour on how they are doing
        • Staff lean, staff strategically!
        • If performance reviews are not given to an employee, they cannot be fired

Again for this presentation the chapter will post both the presentation and the ‘Leave Behind’ sheet.