• Brazos Valley Project Managers: October Meeting
    Having a goal without a plan is a wish. As project managers, we have a unique skill set that we can utilize to improve aspects of our own lives. this is just one way in which we can build confidence in where we are going. Join us during our monthly meeting on Monday, October 8th for a very special presentation by Jim Galpin who will share his experiences and perspectives on applying project management techniques to finances. Speaker Bio: Prior to becoming a Financial Advisor, Jim Galpin had 19 years of experience managing projects aligning people, processes, and technology in the investment management industry. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a BA in Management Information Systems, and then later obtained an MBA at the University of Houston. He holds the Series 7 and Series 66 FINRA registrations and a Life, Accident, & Health insurance license in the state of Texas. Now a Financial Advisor with Ameriprise, Jim leverages project management techniques with financial planning principles to help families organize their finances. Jim believes a structured approach to one’s personal finances results in greater confidence of achieving one’s financial goals. Additional Info: The Brazos Valley Project Managers group (BVPM) is a venue of the Houston Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI). Our meetings are free and open to everyone. You do not need to be a member or a project manager. Our meetings cover a wide range of topics from leadership to communications to organization techniques; beneficial across all industries. Pizza, refreshments, and networking begin at 5:30PM. The presentation will begin at 6:00PM

    Improving Enterprises

    1700 Research Parkway #260, College Station · College Station, TX

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  • Brazos Valley Project Managers: September Meeting
    Synopsis: Teaching robots additive manufacturing with geofoam, or How to revolutionize a construction industry in 6 weeks. Robotics are poised to profoundly transform the landscape of the architecture, engineering, and construction professions. In anticipation of this transition, a team of five faculty and two Texas A&M students tackled designing and executing a pioneering 6-week long robotics project at Autodesk-Boston this summer. In this talk the presenters will discuss the benefits and challenges that arise when managing an interdisciplinary team from multiple disciplines who come to the table to collaborate on a common project with differing priorities and definitions of success. Speaker Bios: Dr. Zofia K. Rybkowski finds ingenuity flourishing wherever she goes. So far she has called seven US states and three countries home, has earned graduate degrees in Biology, Civil Engineering, and Architecture, and is a top-rated professor at TAMU Construction Science. Zofia is deeply engaged in research on how to make people’s work more meaningful, our life as a society richer, and save the environment, while bringing the coolest technologies to the areas that appear mundane to less curious minds. Dr. Amir Behzadan is an Associate Professor and Research Coordinator in the Department of Construction Science at Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 2008 and his Master’s degree in Construction Engineering and Management in 2005 both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His current research interests include construction informatics and data analytics, autonomous construction systems, and data-driven simulation and visualization. His projects have been funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), and Engineering Information Foundation (EiF) among others. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, as well as technical reports. A member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) since 2000, he also serves on the editorial board of the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management Dr. Julian Kang is an Associate Professor of Construction Science at Texas A&M University. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 2001 from Texas A&M University, and his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1988 from Yonsei University in South Korea. From 1989, he worked for KEPCO Engineering and Construction Company in South Korea for 9 years where he led the effort to develop a 3D CAD based project information management system, which is similar to Building Information Modeling (BIM). He has been teaching Building Information Modeling at Texas A&M University for last 10 years, and many of his students are leading the construction industry in terms of using BIM. With his graduate students, he also developed the BIM CAVE (Computer Aided Virtual Environment). In addition to BIM, he is also interested in using Drones, Virtual Reality, and 3D Printing technology to advance our decision making process in the course of construction and execute the project more creatively. Additional Info: The Brazos Valley Project Managers group (BVPM) is a venue of the Houston Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI). Our meetings are free and open to everyone. You do not need to be a member or a project manager. Our meetings cover a wide range of topics from leadership to communications to organization techniques; beneficial across all industries. Pizza, refreshments, and networking begin at 5:30PM. The presentation will begin at 6:00PM

    Improving Enterprises

    1700 Research Parkway #260, College Station · College Station, TX

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  • July Presentation: Overview of Project Management Processes
    Topic: An Overview of Key Project Management Processes Summary: Don Gilman, PMP will present an overview of the project management processes as managed by the Satelite Services Segment within Viasat. Specific focus on project intake, planning, monitoring/controlling, and change management using Workfront and Data point. Speaker Bio: Don Gilman, PMP Don Gilman has been an IT professional and entrepreneur since 1983. His IT interests are project management, software engineering, and process improvement. His business start-ups have been IT related, with three being computer game companies. His credentials includes: a Project Management Professional Certification (PMP), Professional Scrum Master (PSM), an ITIL Foundations Certification, and he holds a license as a Professional Engineer (PE) in Software Engineering. Don has been active in various local, state and national organizations. Don has twelve computer game credits and is an author on a dozen energy efficiency papers. His first book chapter was published by MIT Press in 2016, “Computer Harpoon”, in the book “Zones of Control” He has made presentations and regional and national conferences in the energy, project management and entertainment domains. He has been married to a Cello teacher since 1989 and they have produced two hard core science fiction and fantasy lovers. Don’s favorite quote is, "Life is not a dress rehearsal” Don's hobbies include brewing, cycling, running, backpacking, jazz, board gaming, and reading. Additional Info: The Brazos Valley Project Managers group (BVPM) is a venue of the Houston Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI). Our meetings are free and open to everyone. You do not need to be a member or a project manager. Our meetings cover a wide range of topics from leadership to communications to organization techniques; beneficial across all industries. Pizza, refreshments, and networking begin at 5:30PM. The presentation will begin at 6:00PM

    Viasat

    3902 S. Traditions Dr. · Bryan, tx

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  • May Presentation: Project Selection Strategies
    Topic: How Did They Know? Exploring the Strategy Behind Marvel Studios Blockbusters Summary: Have you been asking yourself “how did they know”? How did Marvel Studios have a string of blockbuster hits? This engaging presentation explores the business strategy behind the success of Marvel’s The Avengers and their spin-offs. By delving into their project selection process, you will uncover how integral vision is to the success of your projects, and how it can be applied to any organization. In this presentation, you will learn: -An overview of Project selection strategy -How important stakeholder management is to strategy -How to sell your project to management (hint: ROI!) -What to do when the vision changes -Bonus: what to say to the Critics Speaker Bio: Alana M. Hill, PMP Alana M. Hill, PMP is a passionate speaker, author, and learning consultant at 2Hill Consulting Services. Her experience as an engineer and certified Project Management Professional (PMP) in energy and talent development provides real‐world insight into how people and teams can excel, even in the face of adversity. Her international business expertise shapes her perspective of change leadership and seasons her presentations. Throughout her career, Alana has led diverse teams and delivered high-impact workshops all over the world! With over 20 years of cross-functional leadership and training expertise, Alana helps individuals and organizations accomplish their goals by utilizing sharp analysis, strategic planning, and interpersonal skills development. She promotes behavior styles and conflict resolution techniques to improve team dynamics and performance. Alana provides her clients with a combination of critical thinking and compassionate leadership, which she labels “Leading Change the Ms. Engineer Way”. Her clients have included Fortune 500 companies, small technology companies, churches, and non-profits. Her adaptability makes her an asset across the professional spectrum. Before establishing her consultancy in 2006, Alana enjoyed a colorful career with the international technology company Schlumberger advancing from a Field Engineer to a Program Manager. In her tenure with the oilfield services giant, she not only managed multiple technology implementations, she also learned to drive an 18-wheeler! Alana holds a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and has numerous accomplishments in talent development. Additional Info: The Brazos Valley Project Managers group (BVPM) is a venue of the Houston Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI). Our meetings are free and open to everyone. You do not need to be a member or a project manager. Our meetings cover a wide range of topics from leadership to communications to organization techniques; beneficial across all industries. Pizza, refreshments, and networking begin at 5:30PM. The presentation will begin at 6:00PM

    Improving Enterprises

    1700 Research Parkway #260, College Station · College Station, TX

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  • April Presentation: Measuring the Value of IT
    Synopsis: Measuring Value of IT Executive management of companies large and small continue to ask: How much should I spend on technology? and How do I know I am getting my money’s worth? Project managers are tasked with running IT projects faster and more efficiently, but how to measure these is typically uncertain. This presentation will discuss a value-based framework for assessing IT performance and ROI. We will discuss what should and should not be measured to encourage better IT and gain an insight into how well IT is supporting the business. Speaker Bio: Jane Prusakova, PSM Jane is a technology consultant with over 20 years industry experience. As a Principal Consultant at Improving Enterprises, Jane is involved in many projects and programs, works closely with the users and stakeholders for the work done by IT, and focuses on delivering the best value to the customer. Jane is a frequent speaker at technology conferences and user groups. Additional Info: The Brazos Valley Project Managers group (BVPM) is a venue of the Houston Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI). Our meetings are free and open to everyone. You do not need to be a member or a project manager. Our meetings cover a wide range of topics from leadership to communications to organization techniques; beneficial across all industries. Pizza, refreshments, and networking begin at 5:30PM. The presentation will begin at 6:00PM

    Improving Enterprises

    1700 Research Parkway #260, College Station · College Station, TX

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  • March Presentation: An App Called Change
    Synopsis: An App Called Change If you and your company are going to remain relevant; change is something that will require your constant attention. Session Takeaways: • Knowledge of why companies and individuals fail to handle change. • Core concept: We are pre-programmed for change. • Tools and techniques to handle change. • How to inspire your team to thrive on change. Speaker Bio: Jim Benvie, PMP is a speaker and consultant, with TyauvinOn Solutions LLC. Project Management. He currently serves as VP of Programs for PMI Houston. He served for 29 years with NOV, prior to retiring last year. Working in various locations and roles, but predominantly in aftermarket projects, service and support. He lives with his wife Juliet in the Tomball area. His interests are, reading, history, and cycling. BVPM is a venue of the Houston Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI). Our meetings are free and open to everyone. You do not need to be a member or a project manager. Our meetings cover a wide range of topics from leadership to communications to organization techniques; beneficial across all industries. Pizza, refreshments, and networking begin at 5:30PM. The presentation will begin at 6:00PM

    Improving Enterprises

    1700 Research Parkway #260, College Station · College Station, TX

  • The Aggie Veteran Network - Social Media Project
    Synopsis: Colonel Gerald “Jerry” Smith will lead a presentation on his and his team's experiences with the Aggie Veteran Network social media project. Colonel Smith will also speak on the Veteran's Resource Center, and what they do. In addition, David Sweeney will speak on the project management aspect of the project and Josh McPhail, a student veteran and admin of the site, will talk about the website. Speaker Bio: Colonel Gerald “Jerry” Smith graduated from Texas A&M University with a BA in Political Science and was commissioned as a 2ndLt in the US Marine Corps in 1982. During 30 years of service as an Artillery Officer, he held 6 command tours with 2 combat tours (Iraq 2003 & Afghanistan 2007). Other military assignments included 8 years in higher education: 3 years as the Marine Instructor at Rice and Prairie View A&M; 1 year instructing at the USMC Command & Staff College; and 4 years as the Texas A&M University Professor of Naval Science from[masked]. He has 3 Master’s Degrees: - MA in International Studies – Troy State – 1988 - MS in Military Studies – USMC Command & Staff College - 1997 - MS in Strategic Studies – National War College – 2005 Since 2012, Col. Smith has been the Director of the Veteran Resource & Support Center at Texas A&M University. Venue: BVPM is a venue of the Houston Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI). Our meetings are free and open to everyone. You do not need to be a member or a project manager. Our meetings cover a wide range of topics from leadership to communications to organization techniques; beneficial across all industries. Pizza, refreshments, and networking begin at 5:30PM. The presentation will begin at 6:00PM • What to bring • Important to know

    Improving Enterprises

    1700 Research Parkway #260, College Station · College Station, TX

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  • BVPM Holiday Mixer
    Please join the Brazos Valley Project Managers as we celebrate the Holiday season together! We will meet on Monday, December 11th at The Aloft Hotel College Station (1150 University Dr E, College Station, TX 77840) for a wonderful evening of socializing and networking. Light Hors d'oeuvres will be provided. First Time visitors and anyone else interested in learning more about what we do are highly encouraged to attend! The evening will be a great opportunity to meet, ask questions, and share ideas.

    Aloft Hotel

    1150 University Dr E · College Station, TX

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  • Understanding the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) 6th ed.
    Synopsis of Presentation: The field of project management is always evolving, so as a response, PMI releases a new version of the PMBOK Guide every 4-5 years or so. The newest version, PMBOK Guide Version 6 was released in early September of this year. As the name suggests, the PMBOK is the foundational document for the project management body of knowledge, so changes to it will cascade across PMI to some extent. Join us as Chris DelGardo discusses the latest version and how it will impact existing Project Managers as well as those seeking the prestigious PMP certification. Speaker Bio: Chris DelGardo, PMP is the president of Knowledge Formation in Houston, TX. Chris has 25 years in management, including over 17 years in the field of project management. Chris’ project experience started in small projects – managing a few internal software projects within Dell Computer. Later, he moved on to Waste Management, as the Project Manager responsible for the execution stage of a logistics project in the Midwest and Canada groups. His teams were responsible for the route optimization of the entire fleet of vehicles at operating locations across a geographically dispersed region. He remained with WM until the project was completed. BVPM is a venue of the Houston Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI). Our meetings are free and open to everyone. You do not need to be a member or a project manager. Our meetings cover a wide range of topics from leadership to communications to organization techniques; beneficial across all industries. Pizza, refreshments, and networking begin at 5:30PM. The presentation will begin at 6:00PM

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  • BVPM/ISSA: Speakers Panel on Careers in Cyber Security
    A speakers panel on Cyber security Careers is scheduled for Thursday, October 19th 2017 at Noon in Koldus 111 (1098 Houston Street, College Station, TX on Texas A&M University Campus.) The panel will feature: • Scott Smith, City of Bryan Chief Information Security Officer •Jane Prusakova, Principal Consultant with Improving Enterprises • Jose Quintana, president of local ISSA chapter president and entrepreneur • A.J. Jarrett, Cybersecurity Instructor with TEEX. • Willis Marti, (retired) TAMU Chief Information Security Officer The event is co-sponsored by the Brazos Valley Chapter of Project Management Institute and the Central Texas Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). Students, staff, faculty, and public are welcome to attend. Speaker Bios: Scott Smith Scott Smith is the Chief Information Security officer for the City of Bryan responsible for cyber security as well as compliance for the NERC CIP, PCI DSS, and CJIS standards requirements. Prior to this position, Mr. Smith spent the previous 11 years as the Manager of IT Operations for Bryan Texas Utilities overseeing the utilities infrastructure, security and compliance programs. Scott is a member of Infragard and ISSA and holds active CISSP and ITIL Foundations certifications. Scott is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he was a student-athlete playing on the 1993 Southwest Conference Champion and College World Series baseball team. Jane Prusakova I am a software architect, developer, an Agile proponent, and a believer in building valuable software that users will love to use. I build large back-end systems that process vast amounts of data. Information is a powerful tool that can, and often is, used for good. It can also become dangerous to the society, individuals, and the fabric of our communities. My focus is on creating and managing systems that behave in predictable and desired ways, systems that support our freedoms. Jose Quintana Jose Quintana currently serves as President of AdventGX, a Texas Corporation located at the Texas A & M University Research Park with a business incubation facility in Downtown Bryan - The Innovation Underground - one of the few private sector incubators in America. As a lifelong entrepreneur, Mr. Quintana has started several successful companies and has acted as consultant to many of the world's top corporations including Nokia, Sprint, Qualcomm, Frito-Lay, Schering-Plough, Disney, Lockheed, Sun Microsystems, Verizon and Novartis International. He is an active board member of The Texas Lyceum Association, Westcar Consulting Group, RMS Corporation, and the Patria Group Corporation. Mr. Quintana developed the ASD (AdventGX Strategy Deployment) methodology used as the core component in AdventGX projects – ASD is also used by state agencies and corporate entities. Mr. Quintana has a computer science degree from Texas A&M University with a minor in Mathematics and Statistics. Mr. Quintana brings key technology development, financial engineering and econometric modeling competencies to AdventGX as well as strong strategy deployment and project management expertise. Mr. Quintana has also done considerable work in the areas of Data Visualization, Volumetric Analysis, Geomatics, Remote Sensing – Telemetry, Data Acquisition, Strategy & Performance Support Systems, Analytics, Rural Economic Development, and Quality Function Deployment. Mr. Quintana is also proud to serve as Advisory Council Member at the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), a Texas A&M University System Agency who’s mission it to develop a skilled workforce, provide technical assistance, emergency response and economic development support. In 2009 Mr. Quintana was appointed to the Advisory council of the Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences Department at Texas A&M University and currently serves as president of the Texas Chapter -Travel and Tourism Research Association. Andrew "AJ"​ Jarrett Firefighter, Inventor, and Technology Professional. AJ is the President and CEO of ResponderX Inc. a technology company operating in Bryan and Austin, TX. He is also the Cybersecurity Instructor with TEEX. Willis Marti Willis Marti is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, 1974, and received his Master's degree in Computer Engineering from Stanford University in 1978. Willis was a Commissioned Officer (Lieutenant and Captain) in the Air Defense Artillery, . Following ten years of active service, Mr. Marti built large networks in industry where he held project management positions with companies including TRW, Martin Marietta and Sytek. He was promoted to Major in the reserves before leaving in 1994. Mr. Marti has published on distributed platforms, distributed operating systems, fault tolerance, and security and reliability issues. He has served as expert witness in criminal and civil cases for computer forensics, software engineering, telecommunications and system performance. Specialties: Networking, security, forensics

    John J Koldus Building

    1098 Houston Street · College Station

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