Chapter News

Communities of Practice 

The first official Agile CoP was held February 27th with Digital Rochester! David Sherburne kicked off this meeting where attendees shared experiences and learned from experts in breakout sessions and retrospectives. 

Abhilash Chandran shared to format for future Agile CoP meetings and Paula Haefner provided an information-packed presentation on her experiences with Agile along with recommendations. With Paula's wealth of Agile knowledge, she showcased things that worked well for her, and others that didn't! Following Paula's inspirational talk, Abhilash led the groups in an exercise to highlight the simplistic differences between Waterfall and Agile development. 

This meeting was a great introduction to Agile CoP and there's certainly many more exciting opportunities ahead. Agile is making waves in Rochester, join us to get involved!


Outreach News

For the ROC THE Project Pilot: Teams are registered! Phase 1 deliverables are now coming due.

 We still have volunteer opportunities for the pilot intercollegiate competition Feb 5 to May 5th:

  • Student Team Mentors - be a backup or primary mentor.  work with a PMI PMP or ACP partner and share the workload! We are looking for 1-2 PMPs per team and could be set up to be done remotely. Please sign up before January 25 so we can match you with a team! Contact for more information.

  • PMO panelists - you can join an event in preparation for volunteering next year. You need to be a certified PMP or ACP.  This is an opportunity to use the 6th edition PMBOK and provide real-world feedback! Contact for more information.

  • HR Representatives - We are looking for HR reps to attend the reverse career fair on May 5 for internships or jobs for students. You can provide HR contact information for your company. Contact  for more information.


Membership News


These members are hard at work to earn thier certifications! Congratulations to the following members for continuously improving thier skills and gaining new knowledge with PMI. 

   Timothy Rountree Eric Hathaway Herbert Marshall
Christine Freeman Thomas Mims IV Thomas Butler
Lisa Jackel Kevin MacDougall Sean Trimby
Patrick Locke Jason Simmons Jackie Amigone
EmilyAnn Fogarty Dr. Jeremy Ortloff  



Lori Gacioch Youssoupha Gaye William Covey
 Catherine Woolston-Obenauer  



Kendra Denson Emilio Moran Adam Loss
Stacy Pline Chad Wright Krysta Cunningham
Lance DeFay    


Celebrate New Members 

Our chapter continues to grow and Spring approaches! Let's welcome the following new members of PMI Rochester: 

Saiprasad Akkanapragada Jeremy Alexander Amy Barry
Michael Brown Michael Doerner Michelle Helms
Lindsey Jalbert Jake Knier Heidi Marshall
Judith Miller Kelly Nichols Colleen Peters
Carrie Russell Daniel Sharp Alissa Shields
  Kelly Vanderwall  


Membership Benefit!

PMI Rochester Chapter has partnered with ITMPI to offer our membership a new benefit! A one-year ITMPI premium subscription, valued at $199!  ITMPI, which stands for IT Metrics & Productivity Institute, is the leader in online PDUs for PMP or higher certification holders. ITMPI offers online PDU approved courseware allowing subscription holders to earn up to 500 PDUs per year! PMI Rochester is giving a one-year subscription to any member that renews their chapter membership or any new chapter memberships. This new membership benefit is effective this month, May 2017 and runs through May 2018.  The Chapter will send out an email each month to eligible members, which will include the coupon code they can use to start their one-year premium subscription. Check out ITMPI’s website by clicking here! If you have any questions about this benefit, please contact the VP of Membership, Robin Louvain, at

From Our Members

Project Managers love to make lists and especially love checking things off lists! A fellow PMI Rochester member would like to share a story about checklists and their importance in industry. Make sure to add reading this article to your list of things to do today.

Thank you Manisha Mande for your publication! 


Ithaca Branch News

This month's Meeting

On March 29th the Ithaca Branch will be hosting Graham Hall a Senior Project Manager with Cornell University’s Information Technologies Project Management Office. Gram, who is known for his grace under fire, will be sharing his secrets on how we can all improve our ability to lead projects and teams with “more grace and ease”. We will be meeting in the Borg Warner Room of the Tompkins County Public Library. Visit this link for more information and to register.  Your registration includes the presentation, a light meal, and a chance to win the book give a-way raffle. We hope to see you there!

April's Meeting

Join us on April 26th at 5:30 for a presentation by Tom Theimer entitled Construction Meets Software ImplementationDrawing from his 30 years of network infrastructure projects, Tom is going to contrast and compare physical infrastructure projects (such as installing time clocks, LANS, etc.) with software projects. He will discuss some of the many considerations in infrastructure projects that are not typical of IT software projects. For more information visit this link


Time to step it up!

We are asking again for help to keep the Ithaca Branch going! After numerous “calls to action” we have had a total of TWO members offer to assist in the running of the Branch. We are all busy with careers, family, and life. But, please don’t assume that someone else will step forward. If you have benefited from the Ithaca Branch - please step up and volunteer for a position. They all come with PDUs and we will be here to help you along the way.