Welcome to the PMI Upstate New York Chapter

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The PMI Upstate New York Chapter is a forum promoting the principles of the PMI through networking with other project managers, sharing project experiences, providing and receiving training and supporting Project Management leaders in their certification efforts.

UNY-PMI membership is comprised of about 500+ professionals from dozens of companies and a wide variety of industries. The diversity of the UNY Chapter provides an environment for learning about all aspects of project management and networking across industries.

We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month (September through November and January through May) at The Desmond Hotel in Colonie (see directions). Meetings are open to both members and guests - if you are joining us as a guest, information regarding membership benefits can be found on our How to Join page. For a sample of what monthly meetings are, visit our events page.

Also, by attending the monthly chapter meetings, attendees have the opportunity to earn 1 PDU towards maintaining their PMP Certification.

April 2014 Dinner Meeting

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April 16, 2014 

Early Bird PMI  UPState NY chapter Member gets Free Admission

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Leadership Is Taken, Not Given:

Defining Moments for Establishing, Maintaining, and Regaining Control of a Project

 In an environment with sophisticated project management technology, a well thought-out and documented process for delivery, and highly skilled project managers with significant project management experience, why do projects still fail?

What distinguishes successful project leaders is the soft skill that it takes to bring a harmonious existence between the portfolio leaders, business analysts and project managers.  When there is discord between the three, the gears of governance and execution grind to a halt, stalling or even killing projects. 

Project managers are often relegated to an environment where there's “bad parenting” (limited support or poorly defined roles from their sponsors), and the matrix structure of an organization means they aren't just given leadership.  This presentation highlights the opportunities to take leadership in order to establish control of a project.

There are predictable points of resistance throughout a project that—when identified and prepared for—will obviate the discord between governance and execution that can grow like a cancer to kill projects.

Using real-world examples, contemporary videos and audience interaction, Gus Cicala will highlight and conquer these four “defining moments” from definition to closeout. Project managers will leave with practical methods that serve as the differentiator between the merely qualified and those who consistently drive their projects to the finish line successfully.


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2014 Annual Professional Development Day

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2014 Personal Development Day

Date: May 22, 2014

Location: Siena College Student Union, 515 Loudon Road Loudonville, New York 12211-1462

Join your Upstate New York PMI colleagues for an engaging day of learning, networking, discussion, and professional development. The 2014 PDD promises to challenge and motivate you!

This year, you can choose from two tracks: “Leading Through Uncertainty” or “Driving Change”.

Each track focuses on the skills you need to grow your career and be successful.  

  •  Track A: Leading Through Uncertainty

More than ever, projects need leadership. In this track, we drive into the heart of leadership – the personal attributes, the behaviors, what works and what doesn’t. Participants will leave with a plan for improving their leadership, presence, and communications.

  • Track B: Driving Change
Today’s complex environment requires integration to be successful. In this track, we will explore strategies for organizational change, making lasting change, and tools for engaging stakeholders. Participants will leave with specific ideas and plans for driving change throughout their organization.


Please click here for more details about speakers.

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Spring 2014 Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Preparation Workshop

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The Spring 2014 PMP Test Prep Workshop 

The Upstate New York Chapter of the PMI is now accepting registrations for its popular PMP Exam Prep Class for the Fall, 2013 semester. Details are: 

  • When: Thursdays beginning February 27th and ending May 8th.
  • Time: 6:00-9:00pm. The final schedule and details will be distributed at the class
  • Where: NTT Data (Formerly known as Keane, Inc.) has graciously agreed to host our sessions. Their offices are located at: 18 Corporate Woods Blvd, 2nd floor, Albany, NY 12211.
  • Cost:
    • $500 - Upstate NY Chapter Members
    • $650 - Non-members
    • The fee includes a student binder with copies of the presentation slides, a copy of the most recent Rita Mulcahy’s PMP Exam Prep Guide book which covers the PMBOK v5 material and a hard copy of the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK). Additionally, you will receive a $50 rebate when you pass the PMP test within one year of taking the course.
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2014 Elections for UNY-PMI BOD

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2014 Elections for UNY-PMI BOD


The positions on the UNY-PMI Board of Directors are open effective June 1, 2014 as the two year terms of the incumbents are expiring (with the exception of the President). The terms for these openings are June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2016. This is an excellent opportunity for current members to become more active in the governance of the PMI-UNY chapter. 

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