PMI Atlanta Chapter

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Written by: Adam Gazaleh

OverviewAEC-Feb-Summary

Francina Price, Founder and CEO of Champions Integrated Facilities Management, delivered a thorough and informative overview of how the coronavirus pandemic has affected commercial real estate management and how her company has adapted and thrived in this unprecedented environment. Price talked about the challenges that she faced leading commercial construction projects for her clients across over 30 states, many of whom are Fortune 100 and 500 companies. She says that her goal is to leave clients with a facility that they can efficiently maintain once the project is complete. She recounts how the pandemic has forced project managers to be more flexible when it comes to schedule and budget and think about germ safety, an area that many project managers did not have to consider before. In addition, with many companies implementing stricter health and safety protocols, the way companies maintain facilities has had to quickly evolve. Francina Price’s presentation gave a unique perspective, and left participants more informed about the world of facilities management.

Takeaways

  • Schedules are not linear. When everything is in flux with constant changes, a PM needs to introduce more flexibility into the schedule and be willing to move things around as many times as necessary.
  • Procure materials early and locally whenever possible; be sure to build in incremental increases in the cost of materials into your project budget and plan for longer than usual delays.
  • Remember that your team is made up of people, and we are all facing new challenges that we may have never encountered in the past.

Next Event

Join us at the next PMI Atlanta AEC Forum on Tuesday, March 9th, 2021.

Keynote Presentation: "Managing Delivery for Machine Learning Products" featuring, Zorina Alliata, Sr. Global Machine Learning Strategist at Amazon.

Register at https://pmiatlanta.org/events/event-list/architectural-engineering-construction-aec-forum-210309


About PMI

Atlanta Chapter serves the Project Management Community in Metro Atlanta, and we're an active resource to corporations, community and government agencies throughout north Georgia. With over 5,000 members, PMI Atlanta is among the top 5 chapters in the world. Our professional expertise span across industries; we’re the professionals building healthcare information technology systems, the engineers developing smarter public transportation, and the planners growing our communities more efficiently.

Written by: Adam Gazaleh

OverviewAEC-Feb-Summary

Francina Price, Founder and CEO of Champions Integrated Facilities Management, delivered a thorough and informative overview of how the coronavirus pandemic has affected commercial real estate management and how her company has adapted and thrived in this unprecedented environment. Price talked about the challenges that she faced leading commercial construction projects for her clients across over 30 states, many of whom are Fortune 100 and 500 companies. She says that her goal is to leave clients with a facility that they can efficiently maintain once the project is complete. She recounts how the pandemic has forced project managers to be more flexible when it comes to schedule and budget and think about germ safety, an area that many project managers did not have to consider before. In addition, with many companies implementing stricter health and safety protocols, the way companies maintain facilities has had to quickly evolve. Francina Price’s presentation gave a unique perspective, and left participants more informed about the world of facilities management.

Takeaways

Schedules are not linear. When everything is in flux with constant changes, a PM needs to introduce more flexibility into the schedule and be willing to move things around as many times as necessary.
Procure materials early and locally whenever possible, be sure to build in incremental increases in the cost of materials into your project budget, and plan for longer than usual delays.
Remember that your team is made up of people, and we are all facing new challenges that we may have never encountered in the past.

Next Event

Join us at the next PMI Atlanta AEC Forum on Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 featuring, Zorina Alliata, Sr. Global Machine Learning Strategist at Amazon.
Keynote Presentation:
Managing Delivery for Machine Learning Products
Register at https://pmiatlanta.org/events/event-list/architectural-engineering-construction-aec-forum-210309


 

Written by: Megan Gamble, PMPJan-Agile-Forum-1

Do you want to know how to convey your Career Story and connect with your interviewer? If you answered “yes” then, this is for you! 

Overview

In these unprecedented times due to the pandemic, countless professionals are seeking new employment, looking to grow within their existing company, or want to transition into a new career industry/role. To help professionals in the beginning of 2021, Ryland Leyton delivered an engaging presentation, sharing key tips and techniques, on how to connect with your interviewer by developing your career story using STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Results) answers.

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In order to develop a strong career story, there are four important areas to evaluate: What you love, what you are good at, what you can be paid for, and what the world needs. At the intersection of these four areas, your “Awesomeness” is representative of your skillset and expertise to convey during your interview.  Focus on your truths, passions, strengths, and how your path has prepared you to be here making you the right person for the job. Your career story should be between 5-10 minutes in an interview.  

It’s important to understand the types of interviewers/interview. While interviewing is negatively perceived as intimidating, try being approachable, interesting, positive and consider the interview as a collaborative engagement, not adversarial. Leyton recommended to have 3-5 STAR answers prepared and practiced for any interview.  Several examples shared during the presentation on the types of STAR responses focused on: Collaboration, Leadership and Problem Solving.

Takeaways

  • Three parts of your toolkit: Resume (creates interest), Career Story (hooks them for more), and STAR Answers (supports validity in resume
  • Your career story should be between 5-10 minutes in an interview.
  • Your STAR answers should take between 3-5 minutes in an interview.
  • Practice your career story and STAR answers with a friend, colleague or mentor
  • Be approachable, interesting, positive and consider the interview as a collaborative engagement.

Next Event

Join us at the next PMI Atlanta Agile Forum on Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

Keynote Presentation: "Project Management in Agile" presented by Leon Sabarsky, Healthy Agile / CEO


 

About PMI

Atlanta Chapter serves Project Management Community in Metro Atlanta, and we're an active resource to corporations, community and government agencies throughout north Georgia. With over 5,000 members, PMI Atlanta is among the top 5 chapters in the world. Our professional expertise span across industries; we’re the professionals building healthcare information technology systems, the engineers developing smarter public transportation, and the planners growing our communities more efficiently.

Written by:Mike Ososki, PMP

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Everyone continues adjusting to life with COVID. Despite nearly universal challenges, overall, people seem to be doing well. We’re maintaining a positive mindset, looking forward to a post-pandemic future, whenever it may be.

Beth wears many hats and has a good overview of Nashville and fundraising. She feels that gamification and hybrid events will increase, especially with the enhanced ROI of virtual events vs. costly, high-touch, in-person gatherings of the past.

Along these lines, Eric has reduced spend by doing more online conferences. While TV production has been very slow this year, ads and commercials are still going strong. He states that, “We can deal with whatever challenges happen.”

Nick handles athletics for one of the largest high schools in Georgia. While the going’s been tough, (eg: less attendance and scholarships), he’s learned lots of beneficial new tech, like live streaming and all-electronic ticketing.

Todd’s organization had big plans for large events this year, so it’s been catastrophic. They now mitigate with extensive safety treatments of any indoor venue. He says that, “the pandemic has caused people to change their habits, the holy grail for sales and marketing.”

While Coley asserts doing only online acting is super-frustrating, she echoes a common theme from many that now we have more time to learn and do other things. But like the entire planet, she “looks forward to being with people again and not being afraid we’ll hurt each other.”  

Takeaways

  • Online virtual meeting and events continue for now as the #1 way for people to safely interact.
  • Humanity is strong and resilient, able to adapt and flex impressively more than we may have previously believed.
  • We’ll get through this. Meanwhile, let’s make do as best we can.

Next Event

Join us at the next PMI Atlanta Entertainment Forums in 2021.

Register at www.pmiatlanta.org/events/event-calendar


 

About PMI

Atlanta Chapter serves Project Management Community in Metro Atlanta, and we're an active resource to corporations, community and government agencies throughout north Georgia. With over 5,000 members, PMI Atlanta is among the top 5 chapters in the world. Our professional expertise span across industries; we’re the professionals building healthcare information technology systems, the engineers developing smarter public transportation, and the planners growing our communities more efficiently.

Written by: Jacqlyn Shelton

Theodore Revilock delivered a fantastic observation of Value Stream Mapping (VSM), a valuable analytical technique used to map processes. The Agile community often uses VSM in conjunction with Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe).

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VSM is an analysis technique that documents and evaluates processes by gathering critical data needed to plan, improve, and implement an organization's operations to a lean state. To demonstrate the power of VSM, Ted walked us through a step by step value stream process that identified bottlenecking and other operational issues.

The VSM technique involves a continuous cycle of process checking that documents gaps and problems in a workflow. Current approaches are analyzed to improve future operations, creating a check and evaluation system that illustrates every development stage. Reviewing, documenting, and visually diagraming a process is necessary to determine if that process produced value during the implementation. Ted discussed the importance of using the appropriate data collection method to ensure accurate information is gathered to resolve bottlenecks. VSM collects Real-time data (RTD) to analyze, design, and plan a lean strategy; an example of RTD is going to the production line to see what caused the bottlenecking. Accurate information is essential when creating a lean plan.

Value Stream Mapping supports a Lean-Agile environment to maximize resources, minimize idle-time, and mitigate operational issues. The benefits VSM brings to an organization is measured by the output of a quality product, a decrease of Time-to-Market (TTM), and a boost in revenue.

Takeaways

· VSM evaluates a "Current State" (Bottleneck) and provides data to improve an organization's "Future State" (Lean Process).

· VSM identifies waste and non-productivity.

· VSM is a "Living Document," a continuous analysis of RTD.

· VSM maximizes resources, minimizes idle-time, produces quality products, reduces TTM, and increases revenue.

Next Event

Join us at the next PMI Atlanta Agile Forum on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm.

Keynote Presentation: Up-Level Your Career in 2021- Career Planning Panel Register at www.pmiatlanta.org/events/event-calendar


  

About PMI

Atlanta Chapter serves Project Management Community in Metro Atlanta, and we're an active resource to corporations, community and government agencies throughout north Georgia. With over 5,000 members, PMI Atlanta is among the top 5 chapters in the world. Our professional expertise span across industries; we’re the professionals building healthcare information technology systems, the engineers developing smarter public transportation, and the planners growing our communities more efficiently.