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Chapter President Titu Hariharan, PMP, CSM

Dear PMI Portland Chapter members,
I can't believe it is December 2018 already. This month’s Chapter meeting is on Tuesday, December 18th at the DoubleTree Hilton, Lloyd Center. I look forward to seeing you there. On November 13, 2018, we had our first “Career Fair” event during the education session and it was well-received by those who attended the event. Read more...



The Importance of Volunteering

By Kathryn Rosson, MBA, PMP

Since its inception in 1969, the Project Management Institute has relied on volunteers to develop the Project Management framework, organize and manage the Chapters, and develop the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).

The Portland Chapter is no different. Founded in 1983 with 29 Charter members, the Chapter is greeting 2019 with more than 2,100 members and a continued need for volunteers.

The Portland Chapter needs you! WHY  DO IT?

Volunteering for the Chapter provides network opportunities. Volunteering also presents opportunities to hone existing skills, try new skills, experiment with tasks you may have never thought to do before.

Volunteers are managed through the PMI Volunteer Relationship Management System (VRMS) portal. To search and find an opportunity of interest, you must log in to your PMI account. Once logged on, go to the URL below;

On the VRMS webpage, find the ‘Where would you like to volunteer?’ drop-down menu and select ‘United States. Under the “Chapters/Global Headquarters/GHQ” drop-down menu, select “Portland Chapter” and click on the “Search” button. See image below for details.

A list of current volunteer opportunities will appear. After applying for an open position, the application is forwarded to the approving Vice President or Assistant Vice President for review. If Dec 2018 Volunteer sized.JPGselected, you will receive an acceptance offer and details from the Director of Volunteers, currently Julie Chu.

The Chapter has the following positions open:

Marketing Writer #13731

Webmaster #13708

Web Admin #9155

Sponsor Program Manager #5881

Assistant Director of Tech Support #11607

Assistant VP of Finance #11658

Director of Special Events #16119

Assistant Secretary #16505

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Chapter Meetings

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” – Anthony J. D'Angelo


Join us for our monthly Chapter meetings, open to non-members and members alike. Enjoy an evening of learning with exciting topics, networking with others, and a keynote presentation with a wonderful dinner served at your table. And yes, a dessert included. Click on the dates below to find out more.


December 18, 2018

Learn the human factory of Behavioral Project Management (BPM)

Education Presentation – Mitigating Cognitive Biases in Projects with Candor. 

Behavioral Project Management (BPM) is the integration of behavioral sciences into project management. BPM along with behavioral economics provide cognitive biases to improving project performances. Candor can mitigate several cognitive biases such at courtesy bias, authority bias, optimism and pessimism biases. This session explores how these biases work against us on a project and how to use candor to mitigate them as team members and leaders.

Keynote Presentation – Behavioral Project Management; a Call for a Fundamental Project Management Paradigm Shift. Behavioral Economics, Behavioral Finance, and Behavioral Supply Chain Management all have recognized the human factor by embedding the behavioral sciences throughout their disciplines. It’s now Project Management’s time.


January 15, 2019

Uncover people’s motivations and converging Information and Operational Technology

Education Presentation – Why Can't We All Just Get Along? Resolve the Management vs. Project Management vs. Staff Dilemmas. Learn tactics on how to uncover people’s motivations, and how to work with management and staff to come together for the good of the project, AND for the good of the people involved. This presentation will include team exercises to help participants identify potential problems in relationships, communications, and work practices. The teams will then work through some simple steps to find viable alternatives to align project work and the associated people.

Keynote Presentation – Converging IT and OT - Driving BPA's Strategy for the Future!
The Bonneville Power Administration released its five-year strategic plan earlier this year, and CIO Ben Berry was and is key in making sure the IT side of the house is contributing. He will share the action items resulting from an enterprise-wide technology assessment, including the opportunities of converging operations and technology talent and moving ERP systems from on-premise to cloud-based, a move designed to cut costs. Converging Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) is more important now than ever. Both IT groups are facing significant challenges in terms of infrastructure, communications, cybersecurity, business processes, and coordination. The need is to integrate organizational structure and real time decision-making processes and applications. Join Ben as he explains how the deep dive into BPA’s IT technology assessment led to 10 breakthrough strategies, resulting in cost management, streamlining of services, and process improvement.


PMP/CAPM Exam Preparation Course

Saturdays from January 26 to March 2, 2019. Click here to find out more.


PMI-ACP Exam Preparation Course

Saturdays from Feb 23 to March 9, 2019. Click here to find out more.

Certification Classes

The PMI Portland Chapter offers certification prep courses for project leaders ready to become Project Management Professionals (PMP), individuals looking to establish credibility in the application of project management processes as a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), and Agile professionals looking for formal recognition with the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) credential.


PMI hosts various roundtables across the metro area. Roundtables are a great way to get connect, earn PDUs and guidance on project issues from fellow PMs. Click here to learn more about roundtables and find the one closest you.

Chapter Event Calendar 


News from PMI Portland

Dear PMI Members. We have wonderful news! Do you recall Ph.D. candidate Krasimir Karamfilov, pursuing a Ph.D. in Management as a student at Walden University? Well, it is our great privilege and honor to announce his completion of the doctoral research -- with the help of PMI Portland and you, our wonderful members.

To recap: Krasimir was working with the PMI Portland’s Outreach portfolio to secure project teams for the doctoral study. Through various chapter meetings and microphone time, he needed to recruit 66 project teams for the study; which examined the effect of “leaders’” endorsement of workplace fun and an organizational playfulness climate on the creativity of project teams. We will announce the chapter meeting date and time when he will present the findings early next year. Krasimir successfully defended his dissertation in September to complete his Ph.D. Stay tuned to the community page of the PMI Portland Chapter newsletter as we look forward to welcoming Krasimir Karamfilov, Ph.D. in Management, soon.

News from PMI Academic Network

Designed “by faculty, for faculty” curriculum guidelines and teaching resources can be used to introduce a basic course or integrate project management topics and concepts into existing courses. The flexible guidelines and teaching materials can be customized to reflect your disciplinary focus, teaching approach, student profile, and course structure. 

To find out more, click here.

“In the know” with PMIEF News

Project Management for Education – The Bridge to 21st Century Learning

“Project Management for Education (PM4Ed) aims to help build indispensable bridges between project management and education, to support the evolving transformation of education to equip students with the essential skills to tackle our world’s global and local problems to empower all learners to successfully manage their personal, social, and life challenges.”

PM4Ed is actually two books in one. An Educator Guide and a Project Manager Guide bringing the advantages and benefits of project management’s powerful and practical principles and practices to the world of primary and secondary education.

- The Project Learning Guide for Educators introduces education-friendly versions of the tried-and-true project success strategies that expert project managers have refined over lifetimes of study and practice.

- The Project Learning Guide for Project Managers offers a concise roadmap for adapting business-related project management expertise to the learning needs of teachers and students, bringing the power of project methods to education and empowering student learning projects around the globe.

After reading this book both teachers and project managers will be able to answer the critical questions on - how do we manage learning projects, and how can we help students be more effective designers and managers of their own learning? Get your copy today! 




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Chapter Membership

Total Members 2352
New members this year 541
PMP® Members 1488
CAPM® Members 42
PgMP® Members 9
PMI-SP® Members 2
PMI-RMP® Members 5
PMI-ACP® Members 87
PfMP® Members 1
PMI-PBA® Members 3
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Individual Members 2303
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