Past Events Material

This page contains information and materials from presenters of Past Events.  We make them available on the site so that past attendees can refer back to the events they previously attended  and are able to download copies of the speaker's presentations if available.  To verify the details of the program to claim PDU credits in order to maintain their certifications, also check the original Calendar entry.  Additionally, leaving event information on the website make it easy for new visitors to research new events to attend and see if the topics, schedule and locations match their interests. 


May 10, 2019 WMPMI Chapter Lunch Meeting -  Jim Donovan, PMP - Explored how to link multiple schedules together into a master schedule and how to develop metrics from the master using Microsoft Project.  Link to templates.

January 18, 2019 WMPMI Chapter Breakfast Meeting -  Terese Acou, VP of Production - US, Configura lead a collaborative discussion around how different people on your project contribute and how to manage their unique expectations. The group discussed what value a project manager can provide pre-kickoff all the way into the lifecycle management portion of software.  The key concepts resonated around important milestones. Questions and your personal experience made the conversation a lively event!  

January 14, 2019 WMPMI Chapter Dinner Meeting -  Michael Worden PMP, PSM, SPC, RTE and  Sandra Coutts PMP, SPC, SASM covered Scaled Agile Framework an enterprise approach and the Meijer journey so far. 

January 11, 2019 WMPMI Chapter Lunch Meeting - Jill Arehart - TEKSystems, Inc. | Josh Keeler, KForce, Inc. shared tips on Taking Your Experience to the Next Level in Your Career.  See video at this link.


December 21, 2018 WMPMI Chapter Breakfast MeetingA Lean Coffee meeting facilitated to guide the group in building the agenda by having them develop subtopics of interest from the main topic of the meeting, which, in this case, is Influence.

December 14, 2018 WMPMI Chapter Lunch Meeting - Cindy Lewis, PMP, PMI-SP, MCT, MS, MOS, MVP-Project - Principal / Owner, 4 Pillars of Success lead hands-on exercises to learn agile techniques and how to make them work for you and your organization. 

November 16, 2018 Breakfast Meeting - John Riley, Founder/President Gentle Response LLC portrayed how accurate, effective communication between persons is absolutely critical for the success of any business. However, if a person does not realize how critical their own body language and tone of voice is in a situation, they may very well do or say something that may actually escalate a situation and make it worse. To increase the probability of successfully de-escalating a situation, a person needs to be aware of, and be in control of, their ACE... Appearance (body language), Communication (tone of voice, what is said) and Engagement (active reflective listening).

November 12, 2018 Dinner Meeting - Kevin Casey, PMP, PMI-ACP, ITIL - PMO Manager, Whirlpool Corp. talked about How the Military Shaped My Current Hybrid / Agile Journey!  Plus Andrew Gill, PMP, CSM - Senior Director of Software Development, Dematic Corp. shared “Getting Things Done – The Practice of Leadership in the Royal Navy” is the 34-page pamphlet used as the foundation of leadership training at the Britannia Royal Naval College when Andrew attended as a Midshipman in 1984. Reflecting on 16 years of naval service and subsequent roles in Project and Engineering Management, Andrew draws parallels between the fundamentals of military leadership contained in Getting Things Done, and those skills required to lead project and engineering teams. Sprinkled with British and Naval anecdotes, this presentation will provide value to seasoned managers and as well as those embarking on a career in project management. It will also be a shameless reminder of what value veterans can bring to your team!

November 9, 2018 Lunch Meeting - Royce G. Coffee, PMP, CSM, SFC, LSSBB, CTT+ Sergeant Major, U.S. Marine Corps (ret) discussed how each member of a project team is selected for a specific skill set in order to complete the project on time, on budget and with the quality expected by the customer. Is that the only function a team member has or is allowed? Can team members submit ideas, recommendations or observations to improve the project without fear of negative judgment from the project manager or other team members? By utilizing a Group Support System, potentially valuable input to improve the project can be collected and acted upon while maintaining the trust and confidence of each team member. 

October 19, 2018 Breakfast Meeting - A Lean Coffee meeting is a highly interactive meeting that initially has no agenda. The facilitator will guide the group in building the agenda by having them develop subtopics of interest from the main topic of the meeting, which, in this case, is Strategic Planning and Analysis.

October 12, 2018 Lunch MeetingMatt Boon, MBA, PMP presented Lessons Learned and Discussion from the book: “The Phoenix Project”.  The Phoenix Project, is a GREAT book on DevOps and lessons learned from a major enterprise project.  This presentation will review the lessons highlighted and how departments can be transformed to win for business.  “Bill is an IT Manager at Parts Unlimited. It’s Tuesday morning and on his drive into the office gets a call from the CEO….”.

October 8, 2018 Dinner MeetingMark Mochel, MBA, PMP, CSM - Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, Facility Health, Inc.  Selling Agile to People Who Don’t Think They Need It. Learning to Speak a New Language – Communicate with Your Customers/Shareholders using THEIR Words, not Yours.  Building on Session 1, Mark will focus in Session 2 on discussing techniques for “selling” the benefits of Agile (or even Traditional) Project Management techniques in environments where there is specific resistance to that approach. The solution developed by FHI requires the identification of KPI’s, ongoing performance data collection, immediate review of results, and constant (weekly/monthly/annual) course corrections for predictive rather than reactive management. Sound familiar? It’s Agile, just please don’t tell anyone!

February 16, 2018 WMPMI Chapter Breakfast Meeting - Paul Nowak, PMP of Butterball Farms talked about the wide availability of high-speed Internet, how many business functions are moving to the cloud. Project management tools are no exception, and several Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions exist.  This presentation gave an overview of 4 of the most commonly encountered online project management tools: Asana, Basecamp, Trello, and Wrike.  A short live demonstration showed what unique features and interfaces are offered by each of these services.  Here is a link to his one page document.

February 12, 2018 WMPMI Chapter Dinner Meeting Mike Callahan discussed how to take control of your career - become the Tiger in the office.  We learned to help ourself be better able to rediscover buried career goals and take positive action in the pursuit of career.  Use the Tiger Career Plan Template here.

February 9, 2018 WMPMI Chapter Lunch MeetingSpeaker Joseph Smith, PMP of Varian Medical Systems shared his very recent experience of earning his PMP. He described his experience: what worked, what didn't, what it was like to take the test, and what life is like for him as a newly minted PMP.

January 19, 2018 WMPMI Chapter Breakfast MeetingThis presentation provided a brief history of THE Project competition; its effects on WMPMI's membership, volunteers, and the students who have competed; its strategic and business functions within WMPMI; and how a team of dedicated volunteers carry out its primary deliverables every year.  2018 marks the seventh year of WMPMI's THE Project collegiate competition. This competition challenges teams of college students in West Michigan to solve a real world scenario, provide their solution in the form of a complete project plan, and present it on the second Monday in April. The top teams in each division present their plans to executive judges from the West Michigan business community for the chance to win a top prize of $5,000.

January 12, 2018 WMPMI Chapter Lunch Meeting - The topic was Design Thinking at GVSU; understanding design thinking and its application to problem discovery and solution.  Presented bu the Director of the Design Thinking Initiative Academy at GVSU, John Berry has over forty years of professional design experience with global manufacturers, architectural and design firms. He is a former Vice President of Corporate Communications for Herman Miller with responsibilities including internal and external communications, public relations, events and corporate archives. 

January 8, 2018 WMPMI Chapter Dinner Meeting Nexus is the name of the Spectrum Health three year program to evolve the culture, standards of patient care and information systems for the “Delivery System” (hospitals and medical practices). Presenters will share how the project charter and team charters were build midstream to move from a conceptual vision to a connected set of projects with goals.

For complete 2017 Year in Review please click here

December 2017 Breakfast MeetingRobert Berlin:  Leadership style applied by a Project Manager
December 2017 Lunch Meeting - Joy Ducey Miller:  Taking a Blended Approach to PM
November 2017 Breakfast Meeting - Lieutenant Colonel Jay Richards:  Applying Financial Analysis to Risk Management  
November 2017 Lunch MeetingSergeant Major Royce Coffee:  Stress and the Project Team
November 2017 Dinner MeetingKevin Casey:  Leadership and Steve Van Horn:  What is Your Sponsor Thinking?
October 2017 Breakfast Meeting - Des NelsonViewing Projects Through a New Pair of Glasses
October 2017 
Lunch Meeting - Gabrielle HaskinsLeadership...Woman Style
September 2017 Lunch MeetingJill Arehart - Project Management - Labor Market Trends
August 2017 Breakfast Meeting - Jim Donovan, PMP - Project Scheduling with Microsoft Project
August 2017 Lunch MeetingMatt Boon, PMP, CSM Yes, Keep on Changing
July 2017 Lunch Meeting - Kelly Talsma, PMP MSPM - Decisions, Decisions, Decisions.   
July 2017 Breakfast Meeting - 
Ken Soper MA, MDiv; MCC, NCC / NCCC - How to Find Work and Stay Employable
May 2017 Breakfast MeetingDavid Dahl, PMP - Words to Live By
April 2017 Breakfast Meeting Jeff Kissinger, PMP - Project Prioritization Made Easy - Keep It At the Top
March 2017 Breakfast Meeting Jay Keller - How to Integrate the PMO process within the Agile Process
March 2017 Dinner Meeting
Mike Krause - Benefits Realization PowerPoint Presentation plus Benefits Realization Excel Template and Amy Flick / Dan McGraw - "Getting Real" with the PMI Talent Triagle
February 2017 Dinner Meeting Marni Vyn - Resumes & LinkedIn: The Basics
January 2017 Dinner Meeting
Nora BuchardStrengths  and Dave MaynardMaking Project Risk Management Work 
November 2016 Dinner MeetingBrad MaloneThe Challenges Facing PMOs