Register for Purdue Fort Wayne (PFW) and PMI Northeast Indiana Chapter Partnership classes!

PMI-ACP Registration Open!: February 11, 2020 to March 24, 2020

Purdue University Fort Wayne's (PFW's) Division of Continuing Studies and Northeast Indiana Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI-NEIC) collaborate to bring project management training and the opportunity to earn a PFW/NEIC Project Management Certificate as well PMI-ACP (Agile Certified Professional) certification - which is fastest growing PMI's certification.

"PMI-ACP certification is one the PMI’s fastest-growing credentials and for good reason.  First and foremost, it is backed by the fifty years of experience and industry-standard foundation of the Project Management Institute, who is recognized globally as the benchmark for project management certifications.  Secondly, the certification focuses on the real-world application of Scrum in all of its many facets. Today’s project managers help their organizations be more competitive by expertly applying Agile methods.

Click here to sign up for PMI-ACP (Class starts Feb 11 through March 24)

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In Between Jobs? NEIC Stands by You

NEIC will make every effort to help you during your transition to your next endeavor. Here are few key points:

  • When attending Chapter dinner meeting, you will only pay $10. You are highly encouraged to take advantage of this - the least we can do for you. Please pick "PMI Hardship Provision" when selecting Membership Discount during Registration.
  • NEIC has a resume bank which we share with our recruiter partners. You can reach out at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we promise to do our best.
  • Your membership dues will be waived by PMI and Chapter.




 February 22 [C164-2017-02-1PDU] Peggy Willman and Dave Vollenweider Present 'Agile at Swiss Re' 

On February 22, your chapter presented "Agile at Swiss Re", featuring Peggy Willman, who used telepresence from Swiss Re's Kansas City office to show how SharePoint and Agile are used together to support project management. Dale Vollenweider shared how Atlassian's JIRA tool was used to introduce agile to in a multi-team, global environment.





 September 28th [C164-2016-09-1PDU] David Ray Presents 'How to Develop a Problem Solving Culture' 

 In order to continuously improve, your organization must learn to be effective at problem solving.  The result will be processes that are standardized, with minimal variation and waste. 



June 24th[C164-2016-06-1.5PDU] Clifford Clarke presented - 2016 New Member – New PMP Orientation and Open House 

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April 27th [C164-2016-04-1PDU] David A. Maynard presents 'Why is Project Management So Difficult?'

David MaynardAccording to PMI’s well-regarded international research conducted in 2015, the “Pulse of the Profession”, companies need to get back to basics and focus upon three fundamentals: culture, talent and process. PMI states that “High-performing organizations fully understand the value of project management and are creating a project management mindset.” This presentation focuses upon the item: “The culture of managing by projects” and is based upon the author’s work experiences as well as published research. 

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March 23rd [C164-2016-03-1PDU] Robert Frost presents 'A PMO Model for Strategic Execution and Value Delivery'

Robert Frost

Based on lessons from several successful PMO implementations, including a global PMO transformation, Robert has developed a “PMO Value Model” as a framework for building a world class PMO with a focus on delivering business value. This session focused on how organizations can optimize resources to deliver a continuous flow of projects that create business value. The key features of this high value strategic model include portfolio management, resource management, processes that accelerate project delivery, and choosing the right projects.

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February 23rd [C164-2016-02-1PDU] Mike Filson presents 'Personal Personnel Power – How to manage the most valuable resource that ISN’T a “resource”'

Mike Filson

It’s no secret that regardless of the industry within which you practice project management, the common denominator has always been that people do the work.  The call to be answered is how to get the most out of the people on your project, whether they be internal or external to the organization. Spend an hour examining best practices for managing people, while exploring unique examples from history of people being relegated to the stories rarely told, instead of their own chapters in the history books.

January 27th [C164-2016-01-1PDU] Dr. Steven Walter, PMP Systems Impact, LLC presents "The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore: Lessons Learned"

Mike Krouse

While many speak of a renaissance in project management, there are very few who speak of project management in the Renaissance. An example of early project management was the design and construction of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, the world’s third largest church and one of the most famous landmarks in Florence, Italy. It is widely recognized as an architectural and engineering tour de force due to its freestanding dome that was constructed from more than 4 million bricks, weighing more than 37,000 tons.




January 28th [C164-2015-01-1PDU] Mike Krouse presented "January is Cold, BR… Benefits Realization"

Mike Krouse
We have all been taught and faithfully practice the triple constraint. For PM’s, managing our projects to scope, schedule, and cost is our holy grail.

I would like to suggest that even though these aspects are important to managing the project, they do not create value for the organization. The real value comes from realizing the benefits that are the result of the project. Click here to view presentation.


February 25th [C164-2015-02-1PDU] Susan Riehle presents Harvesting Leadership Skills from your Team (Growing Motivation and Developing Leadership on Teams).

Susan Riehle

Leadership is rightfully one of the hottest topics around. Susan takes a new and refreshing look at how to identify leadership skills within your team and how to nurture those skills. She also looks at the different ways that various cultures around the world view leadership and how to use these insights to develop leaders—including developing female leaders and those from other cultures. Susan’s background includes leading technical teams across several continents. She offers compelling ideas that can help your team to the next level, while helping you recognize and develop your own leadership skills.

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March 13th [C164-2015-03-1.5PDU] Clifford Clarke presents "Open House and New PMP Member Orientation" meeting.

Clifford ClarkeProject Management Institute Northeast Indiana Chapter will host the 2015 New Member – New PMP Orientation and Open House Friday, March 13, begin at 5:30 PM with light hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Swiss Re will open they space to this special group at 1670 Magnavox Way, Fort Wayne IN 46804. Mr. Clifford Clarke PMP, the chapter’s Director of Community Outreach, will lead the discussion. This session is expressly designed for the new PMI-NEIC chapter members and newly certified project management professionals and they are especially encouraged to attend

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March 18th [C164-2015-03-2PDU] PMI-NEIC and Fort Wayne IIBA have joined together with Kupe Kupersmith who will present Building a Successful PM & BA Partnership

Kupe KupersmithHave you ever wondered why projects need a BA and PM? Do you know the similarities and difference between a BA and PM? Have you ever been on a project where you have played both roles? In today’s environment and with each new project an understanding of the importance of both roles is necessary. It is important for project managers (PMs) and business analysts (BAs) to build strong working relationships based on mutual respect and understanding of each other’s work. 


April 22nd [C164-2015-04-1PDU] Nick Warren presents Root Cause Analysis: Quality Intersecting with Project Management

Come ready for an interactive multi-media presentation where Nick will discuss root cause and corrective action principles transferrable to almost any industry.  As part of his presentation, Nick will share compelling case histories and insights from 28 years of experience in the Defense and Aerospace industry! To find out more about Nick’s lab, go to



May 27th  [C164-2015-05-1PDU] Cliff Staton presents "Topic – Does Winning = Success?"

Cliff StatonHow often do we make project activities about competition? What is your definition of team? Learn how your small choices during a project can impact the overall success of the end result.

September 23rd [C164-2015-09-1PDU] Ryan Ripley presents "HELP!!! The Scrum Master *IS* the Impediment!"

Ryan RipleyThe change in mindset necessary to become a servant leader is incredibly hard for a scrum master who comes from a command and control background. As a newly minted Professional Scrum Master (PSM I), I returned to my team excited and ready to get underway with a scrum adoption. Unfortunately, I had not fully grasped the concept of servant leadership. Instead of being a change agent, I was an impediment. Click here to download the presentation.

October 28th [C164-2015-10-1PDU] JULIE KOWALSKI of Spizzerinctum Group LLC presents "Emotional Intelligence"

Julie KowalskiJulie Kowalski shared exactly what EI is, how it is assessed / measured, take an EI assessment to learn your personal current level of EI and the specific steps you can take to dramatically improve your personal Emotional Intelligence score!  Click here to download the presentation about ccr.


December 2nd [C164-2015-12-1PDU] Will Long and David Tomaszewski, Executive owners of Summit City Brewerks present "Applying the Principles of Project Management by the Brew Masters at Summit City Brewerks"

sblogoProject management is necessary in the formation of small business as it is in any arena of a functioning entity.  Before you have the chance to design products or decide if they show signs of viability, a means is necessary.  Summit City Brewerks went through many stages of planning, designing, and execution before it became a reality. The two founders risked everything for a dream, and are reaping the benefits of self employment.


January 22nd [C164-2014-01-1PDU] Kenny Edwards – Morning Show Host/Promotion Manager, WRSW-FM 107.3, presents "Planning/Executing a Morning Radio Show."

Kenny Edwards
January 22, 2014 Speakers, Kenny Edwards and Kris Lake from Lake City Radio - WRSW 107.3 FM - Warsaw.  Our dinner meeting, “Planning and Executing a Morning Radio Show” was attended by 43 attendees who braved the snow and icy conditions that evening to listen to Kenny and Kris’ most entertaining and informative knowledge of preparing for a morning radio show.


 February 26th [C164-2014-02-1PDU] Janeann Perkins, Microsoft Office Master Instructor and Owner of KeyPoint Training LLC
presented “Tablets, and Phones, and Apps, Oh My!”

JaneAnn PerkinsAt the February meeting, Janeann discussed increasing productivity and efficiency with mobile apps and devices, highlighting some of the top apps for managing projects, getting things done, collaboration and using the cloud.

Clear here to view presentation.



March 26th [C164-2014-03-1PDU] David Maynard, BSEE, MBA, PMP, presented "Learning more about PMI Communities of Practice"
Dave Maynard

Would you like to attend free webinars presented by subject matter experts on interesting topics, earn PDUs and get them reported automatically for you?  What could be better?   How?  By participating in one or more of the thirty three PMI Communities of Practice (CoP)

 What this presentation will covered:

How to maximize your PMI membership and credentials by utilizing the tremendous resources of PMI and the worldwide communities of practitioners via the  CoPs
Show ways you can interactively participate in furthering the state of our art
Point out the 33 different focus areas that currently comprise the PMI CoPs from Agile to Utility
Reveal the secret of how to gain free PDUs that are reported for you!

April 23rd [C164-2014-04-1PDU] Jim Thomas, MBA, PMP, presented "Implementing a PMO & Stage Gates at Allied Recreation Group James Thomas, MBA, PMP

Every PM works to improve the tools that they use.  What if you could start from scratch and put in place the ideal methodology for your company?  In his presentation, Jim touched on the RV Industry, what makes a good Product Development Process, and what the team at Allied Recreation Group has been working on for the past year to introduce Stage Gate development.


 April 23rd [C164-2014-05-3PDU] Dave Maynard presented "Making Project Risk Management Work" 3-PDU Event

Dave Maynard, PMPAll projects have a degree of uncertainty. The most successful project managers are ones who can manage this uncertainty effectively. Threats must be minimized and opportunities maximized, while maintaining a clear focus on achievement of objectives. This session will take you through the risk management process described in chapter 11 of the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK®) Fifth Edition, detailing the techniques needed to make risk management work on your project and drawing on current best-practices.
Download the presentation by clicking DAM Risk Presentation.

May 28th [C164-2014-05-1PDU] Cynthia Kenens, BSE, PMI-SP, presented "WHY NOT EVMS?"

Cynthia Kenens

Have you ever been assigned to a project where leadership recognizes the importance of the project management discipline, but ends the conversation with “but we don’t want to use earned value management (EVM)”?  Have you ever wondered why?  Or perhaps you know why…. You may have heard (or experienced) that:
-EVM is too complicated to execute
-EVM adds too much cost to the project
-EVM is overkill
-PMO can adequately monitor performance without EVM

This discussion will share with you how program management enables earned value management and why it’s not that much more effort and offers a great advantage.
Download the presentation by clicking Why Not EVM.

September 24th [C164-2014-09-1PDU]

Maria Parra presents "Overcoming Barriers of Global Projects"

Maria Parra

This presentation will discuss a recent successful global project and the barriers that are common when a project spans the globe. A fun audience participation exercise will be conducted to illustrate why communication is a key barrier and what strategies can be employed to overcome this barrier.


October 22nd [C164-2014-10-1PDU]

Kathy Mariscal, Assistant Vice President-Change Management, Shared Services-IT Finance, Lincoln Financial Group presented "Organizational Change Management" Clear here to view presentation.

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What is Change Management?
Why do we need it?
Transitioning through change Framework and models

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 October 29nd [C164-2014-10-3PDU] Doug Boebinger presented "Responding to program modifications from Sponsors and Clients"
Doug BoebingerHow to avoid scope creep and being in trouble with your boss
Changes are inevitable on all projects. How a project manages changes can make a project successful or cause it to fail.  However, the project manager is not the only one involved in the change control process.  The project sponsor and organizational executives play a key role in dealing with changes.  The decision on how to handle a change is more than just a “simple” project decision; it is a business decision too.

 December 3rd [C164-2014-12-1PDU] John Canfield presented 'Organizational Artificial Harmony
John Canfield

Organizational Artificial Harmony is underdeveloped thinking that emphasizes overly polite and professional discussion and behavior instead of productive communication processes that generate robust dialogue, learning, and significant business results. Organizational artificial harmony hampers innovation and growth by restricting the depth and breadth of ideas that get discussed. Click here to view presentation.