Magazine article PM Network

Seminar at Sea A SWIMMING SUCCESS

Magazine article PM Network

Seminar at Sea A SWIMMING SUCCESS

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PMI Clearlake/Galveston Chapter

PMI Houston Chapter

Taking a seafaring approach to a project management seminar has proven to be a very innovative success for two Texas (USA) PMI chapters. The PMI Clear Lake Galveston (CLG) and PMI Houston chapters joined forces in 2006-2007 to produce the second annual Seminar at Sea (SAS II).

The seminar, which took place aboard the Carnival Ecstasy superliner, was very well attended, tripling the previous year's attendance. Eight speakers discussed topics ranging from managing government projects, to the integration of project management with Six Sigma, to personal effectiveness in managing projects.

The seminar started with a networking event sponsored by Houston-based Alphaware Training Centers. Altogether, 168 attendees from as far away as Alaska, California, Illinois, New York and Venezuela signed in, mingled, and met the seminar project manager Denise Rancour, PMP, and the rest of the planning committee. Then it was off to prepare for the seminar and settle into the ship's cozy cabins.

A.J. Collier and Walter Viali, PMP, presidents of the CLG and Houston chapters, respectively, kicked off the seminar with words of welcome, along with breakfast provided by PMCentersUSA, a PMI Registered Education Provider. Bob Masch, PMP, vice president of membership for the PMI Houston Chapter and part of the SASII planning committee, introduced the speakers.

Speaker sessions were held on the first and third day of the cruise. They featured discussions and takeaway tips on topics such as:

* Leadership

* Project management offices

* Organizational project management maturity

* Standardization of project management for global companies

* Techniques to better manage business analysts and avoid conflicts between the business analyst and the project manager

* How politics affect government projects

After the first day of presentations, the ship arrived in Cozumel, Mexico, for a day of fun, sun, beach, Mayan ruins and shopping. …

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