PMI Northeast Florida Chapter

January 2020 Newsletter


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PMI Global has sent a survey to all PMI members to find out how well chapters are serving their memberships.

PMI-NEFL is competing within the North American region to find and recognize the best chapter on a national level and share success stories.

Search your email for "Your Feedback Needed -- 2020 PMI Northeast Florida Chapter Satisfaction" now!! Let PMI know how we're doing for you.

Deadline is 11 PM EST on Feb 17, 2020.

 January Dinner Meeting Recap

We started the 2020 season off with a great speaker on Monday, January 20. If you attended please do not forget to report your PDU’s.

The topic was how business analysts bring value to project management. Our guest speaker was Laura Paton; MBA, PMP, PMI-PBA, CBAP, and CSM.

Many would consider her a SME in all areas of project management. She brought to us some interesting comparisons between a BA and a PM, and how the agile environment is changing the landscape for a BA and PM.

Did you know that 47% of projects fail due to poor requirements? Why is that? Is it because there was not a BA who did the leg work prior to turning the project over to the project manager? A show of hands proved the point that most attendees do not work for a company where there is an active BA role.

The BA is concerned with the product life cycle where the PM is the project life cycle. However they both a share a common cycle:

The processes in the BA world are very similar to that of the PMP world. There are 6 knowledge areas of BA:

  • Needs Assessment
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Elicitation
  • Analysis
  • Traceability/Monitoring
  • Solution Evaluation

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Learn more about BA opportunities here

Also, something different at the end of this meeting—instead of the email getting sent out to all attendees we used to record our thoughts. Way to go to our tech chapter members for the forward thinking!  

Upcoming Events

Please check out our events page for all event registration information

Board of Director Elections

In addition to the guest speaker we also had past president Sharon Weatherly introduce some of the candidates and remind everyone to VOTE! Below are the nominees:

  • President-Elect, Susan Daniels
  • VP Member Engagement, Sharon Kimble
  • VP Partnerships, JD Dillaberry
  • VP Technology, Amanda Johnson

In addition to that they are asking us to ratify the decision to have Shelon Pounds complete the term of VP Military Liaison for the April 2019 – March 2021.

Registered Chapter Members can login to and access (note: you must be logged in or you won’t be able to access these pages):

Good luck everyone!

PMP/CAPM Study Group

Link to Study Group

Thinking about becoming a certified project manager? Sessions start up again Thurs, Feb 6, and meet each Thursday for 14 weeks. This is the last chance to "git 'er done" before the exam changes in summer of 2020.

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 February 2020 PMI-NE FL Dinner Meeting

Link to February Meeting

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Winter 2020 PMI-NEFL New Member Orientation

February 27 at 6 PM at Maggiano’s Little Italy - St.John’s Town Center

New to the Chapter? Join us at our evening social event with one-on-one interaction time with your chapter leaders and an opportunity to learn more about how PMI-NEFL membership benefits you and provides you with the opportunity for professional growth. Spots are limited to register today!

Please note: this event is open to active members who joined the chapter in 2019-2020.

 March 2020 PMI-NE FL Dinner Meeting

Link to March Meeting

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 Chapter Opportunities

Do you know or work with a local professional, senior PMP colleague, or community/business leader that you would want to hear give a presentation on project leadership, skills and techniques, or a specific knowledge area within the project management profession?

If you answered “yes,” we would love to hear from you! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or submit your recommendation online.

There are other ways to get involved with the local chapter. We are always looking for ideas and venues for networking events. AND there are always opportunities to volunteer. Not only with the local chapter but within your own community.

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PDU Claims

If you have attended previous chapter events, remember to claim your PDUs!

Find a list of PDUs from previous events here.

Find out how to claim your PDUs here.

Thank you to our sponsor, Nova Southeaster University - Jacksonville Campus!

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Partner With Us

The PMI North Florida Chapter is seeking long-term partners to sponsor events, including Dinner Meetings, Cocktail & Learn Seminars, and the 2019 Quarterly SkillFest recruiting sessions

Does your company want brand exposure in a growing market and access to a professional and diverse membership? We would like to hear from you. We are also looking for volunteers in a Director role to act as an Account Manager for each partner.

Responsibilities will be to engage at periodic intervals and ensure the value we provide exceeds their expectations.Our new VP of Sponsorship, Juan Ocharan, will manage this program. Please contact Juan for more details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Want to give back to our profession but do not have time for a VP or Director-level position within the Chapter? We are looking for volunteers in a Mentoring Program to generate experience for PM Rookies.If you are an experienced PM looking to help or new to PM-ing and need a leg-up, please contact Eddie Sumner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Interested in Volunteering?

Have you thought about volunteering with PMI NEFL? Here are some of the key benefits of volunteering:

  • Gain skills and knowledge outside of your day-to-day tasks at work
  • Strengthen and build your network
  • Work closely with other PM Professionals
  • Earn PDUs
  • Have impact and make a difference within the Chapter and the NEFL community.

It takes a lot of hard work to support the PMI NEFL Chapter throughout the year. We need creative and energetic members that want to create a rewarding experience for the NEFL Chapter members. We have lots of opportunities for you to build on your experience and share your passion. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or sign up on our website.

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