Northeast Ohio Chapter of PMI


Welcome to a snowy December!

I love the holiday season and am so thankful that it is finally here. It is especially important this year to help take our minds off the past election drama and the COVID-19 pandemic.

snowy-bench-smallerAs I reflect on this year, I am so thankful for you, our dedicated members, who have renewed your membership this year. I hope that you have taken advantage of our virtual offerings and racked up those free PDUs. Check the website for remaining events this year; we are starting to post 2021 events so that you can register and add them to your calendar.

I am also grateful for our strong team of volunteers, who offer their time and energy into making PMINEO the premier project management resource in the area. From individual event teams to our operations areas to our VP leaders, and everyone in between, your work is appreciated!

I would also like to thank our Governance and Operations Boards for the many hours invested in our chapter. I am deeply appreciative to serve with this wonderful group of peers.

As we look to 2021 (please get here soon!), your chapter is positioning to EMERGE from this crisis stronger than ever! We continue to look for opportunities to engage all of our members - even those that may not live or work near downtown Cleveland. We have more diverse programming than ever and will be ready to provide hybrid events (in-person and virtual) so that you can choose what works best for you. I look forward to seeing you at one of our events next year!

Regardless of what holiday you celebrate, and regardless of how differently that celebration may look this year, I pray that you may find joy and peace this holiday season... and that you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy!

Todd R Jones
President, PMINEO


The 2020 Nominations Committee is pleased to announce the results for the 2021 governance board election. We have two new board members elected to serve the PMINEO chapter for a two year term starting January 2021.

Mona-Lombardi-cropped  Prasanna-Adavi-cropped 
Mona C. Lombardi, PMP    Prasanna Adavi, PMP


We look forward to working with you both!

The PMINEO Chapter is pleased to announce the following candidates for this year's Governance Board Elections. Please be sure to check your emails for your unique link to vote - emails are sent from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Amrut-Patki-PicAmrut Patki, PMP

I read and understand the requirement of Board Members in our esteemed organization. With great interest and enthusiasm, I’m submitting my nomination for this role. I am looking for a growing team where I can contribute my skills and drive. Perhaps PMINEO could benefit from the enthusiasm and skills that helped me to lead volunteer work for Toastmaster, HOA, Diversity Council and Product Development for some of the world known companies.

I am motivated to be part of the governance board to add value and take PMINEO to next level. Given an opportunity, I would like to address/support following causes for organizational improvements for the members:
1. Growth in membership and member’s participation in events
2. Value addition by creating more diverse programs and events
3. Collaboration with other PMI chapters and creating more opportunities for our members

The highlights of my qualifications include:
• A Program Manager with over 22 years of experience in commercial vehicle industry combined with a "Global Leadership" certification, M.B.A., D.M.E., Six-Sigma, Red-X and a professional certification in Project Management, Product Management, and Design.
• Excellent leadership and track of Program Management. Handled programs ranging up-to $50M in CAPEX/EX
• Creative problem solver who applies strategic expertise to achieve performance objectives. Global Engineering Leader, who delivered programs successfully by effective leadership to Global Teams in USA, Brazil, India and China.
• Proactive leader with effective team building skills. Dynamic selfstarter with a strong sense of responsibility and a positive, goaloriented attitude. Able to manage multiple complex assignments and issues simultaneously.

Mona-Lombardi-proMona C. Lombardi, PMP

My current role is PMO Manager for Jones Day, one of the largest and most highly regarded law firms in the world. I am responsible for PPM oversight and cybersecurity compliance. My project management team leads complex enterprise programs, security, infrastructure, SaaS, office/data center build outs, and a variety of other improvement and implementation projects to meet the Firm’s strategic objectives, enhance business capabilities, and resolve problems. Compliance responsibilities within my team include vendor risk management, client assessment response, ISO 27001, GDPR/other jurisdictional compliance, and related privacy initiatives. I have been in the project management space at Jones Day for 14 years and a member of PMI & PMINEO for 12 years.

Prior to my employment with Jones Day, I worked in project management roles at both Marsh & McLennan and Deloitte & Touche in NYC.

Motivation, Chapter challenges, future vision, focus:
I am currently the lead for the Chapter’s Executive Forums. I enjoy volunteering for the Chapter, meeting professionals with similar goals and challenges, and learning new approaches to solve project management problems. Pre-COVID our team had great focus and synergy. It has been difficult to get traction while we try to figure out the virtual world of PMINEO. I think it is important for the Chapter to revitalize its offerings and have a plan for our return to a face to face setting. As a member of the Governance Board, I would like to work with the team to define objectives and implement new program offerings that align with the ever changing project management landscape.


Prasanna-Adavi-PicPrasanna Adavi, PMP

Prasanna Adavi is a well-known speaker, author, and community expert in the areas of Project and Portfolio Management.

Over the last 15 years, he worked with several Fortune 500 organizations in helping them meet their business needs in the areas of Project Management and Portfolio Management; he specializes in bringing a balanced blend of process and tools for his customers.

He has been awarded the Most Valuable Professional award every year since 2014 by Microsoft for his contributions to the community. He is an avid contributor to the Project Management Community with several blogs, speaking sessions under his belt.

He also serves has been serving as the Governance Board Member at PMI Northeast Ohio Chapter, since 2019. Within this tenure, he was instrumental in creating several new initiatives that helped members, including the Tech Thursday Webinars, COVID 19 Fundraiser events, and the Virtual Bytes article series. Given an opportunity, his goal is to introduce several other new programs that add value to the chapter members over the coming years. His eventual goal is to make the PMINEO chapter the best-in-class among all PMI Chapters across the globe.


StevePeterson-PicSteve Peterson, PMP

Steve Peterson is a Senior Scrum Master for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and has been a Scrum Master and Agile Project Manager for the last 6 years. He has held other project manager positions prior to transitioning to a Scrum Master role and has been in the project management field for the last 10 years. Steve became PMP certified in May 2017 and is currently studying to earn his PMI-ACP certification.

Steve would be a good candidate for the PMINEO Board because of the background and skills he brings to the chapter. For one, he has been a PMINEO events volunteer for the last 2.5 years. During that time, Steve has helped coordinate and set up several chapter events and is also responsible for keeping the chapter website calendar up to date. Steve has also given 3 presentations to the chapter, specifically on agile topics, which helped attendees earn PDU's. These events have included:

  • Introduction to Disciplined Agile - June 16, 2020
  • Tips to Maximize Product Quality Using Agile - May 21, 2020
  • Agile for A Business Competitive Advantage - October 17, 2019

Another reason Steve would be a good candidate for the Board is he is the Disciplined Agile Champion for PMINEO and is motivated to expand agile topics and events to the chapter. Agile is a growing area PMI needs to be engaged with and Steve has the ability to really help drive it with others in the chapter. He is also excited to volunteer his time to help others in the project management field.

Steve holds an MBA from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor's Degree from Bowling Green State University. He is also a Marine Corps Veteran.


PMINEO is kicking off its 2021 chapter elections by seeking nominations for open PMINEO leadership positions. We encourage you to consider running for the board! Similarly, we encourage you to nominate PMINEO members who you feel would be strong contributors in these roles. These are rewarding opportunities where you can impact our strategic priorities and improve upon our 2020 accomplishments as a volunteer chapter leader. The persons elected will join the five member Governance Board that is augmented by an appointed three person Operations Board to help run the chapter.

There are two positions up for election on the Governance Board for 2021. The committee’s plan is to have several candidates from whom to choose. The Governance Board will then decide which elected candidates will fill what roles on the Board.

Full details on the positions follow:
Board 2021 Election Timeline
Board of Director Responsibilities
Time Commitments
Benefits from participating on the PMINEO Board
Summary descriptions for all the Board Positions

Please forward candidate nominations to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. along with some details of the person’s background and experience including what motivates you to nominate the individual. If you would like to “throw your own hat into the ring”, and we encourage you to do so, include a professional bio, photo, and statement of why you would be a good candidate for a Board position. Nominations are due by Midnight on Tuesday, August 25, 2020.

Voting will be held from Tuesday, September 8, 2020 thru Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 11:59pm. 

PMINEO brings you Part 4 of the series of articles that will bring to you a collection of resources that will help manage this virtual work environment.
We understand that there is already a plethora of information on these topics, and our attempt is to bring you curated and effective information.

Hope you will find these useful!

Disclaimer: The information below is provided for informational purposes only. The views and opinions expressed in any referenced document do not necessarily state or reflect those of the PMINEO or its volunteers, nor does it constitute an endorsement.

Part 4 

5 Must-Read Books for Remote Teams and Leaders 
If you are looking for some reading to equip yourself for remote working, here are some excellent suggestions.


Hosting a Virtual Happy Hour: A Step-By-Step Guide 
In these times of everyone working from home, you might want to do a virtual happy hour, if you have not already done one. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do it.


Google Resource to help with Remote Work
Here are some free tools and resources, put together by Google, to keep you connected and productive.


PMINEO brings you Part 3 of the series of articles that will bring to you a collection of resources that will help manage this virtual work environment.
We understand that there is already a plethora of information on these topics, and our attempt is to bring you curated and effective information.

Hope you will find these useful!

Disclaimer: The information below is provided for informational purposes only. The views and opinions expressed in any referenced document do not necessarily state or reflect those of the PMINEO or its volunteers, nor does it constitute an endorsement.

Part 3 

30 Tips for Successful Communication as a Remote Worker
Working remotely brings its own challenges of communication. While many articles talk about how to manage yourself or your routine, this article has some very practical tips of how work with each other during these times.


The best virtual team building activities, according to real remote workers
If you are looking for some team building activities for your teams during this time, this article provides some pretty good options.


Free Instructor-led training for Microsoft Teams
Microsoft is offering free instructor led training for MS Teams.



As we all know, the COVID-19 virus has impacted all of our lives drastically. 

As we all practice social distancing and lockdown measures, to prevent the spread of this virus, this has had a severe impact on many of the local organizations and their employees.

PMINEO Chapter has come forward to do its part to help those impacted directly or indirectly due to this pandemic. The PMINEO Fundraiser Virtual Event is aimed to help raise funds for the people who need help immediately. These funds would be donated to a local charity for Northeast Ohio.

The event will be spread across 3 days, May 13-15, 2020, one session per day. Please register below to be able to join these webinars. You will only need to register once. While you gain knowledge and earn PDUs, please take a moment to donate whatever you can to help the cause.



Session 1: The Three Pillars of Strategy Success: Your Work, Your Career and Your Life

May 13, 2020 12 PM - 1 PM EST

Strategic planning is now a part of the PMI’s Talent Triangle - now identified as a critical component to our current and future roles. However, reading and hearing is one thing but how many of us are in a position to practice strategic planning and execution? ALL OF US.

This session will show us how strategic planning is a key to our success at work but, as well, to our careers and our lives. We will learn how to create a solid plan for any of the three legs and we will leave with the start to our own Professional Strategic Plans.

Key Outcomes
- Education on strategic planning and execution
- Inspiration on applying this important knowledge and skill to all here legs of our own lives
- Key take-aways to encourage us to think about applying all of this to our jobs, our careers and our lives.

Speaker Bio
Barrett-DavidDavid Barrett is a professional speaker, regular blogger, podcast host, author and education advisor.

David’s career includes the creation and directing of a project management conference business: ProjectWorld and Project Summit, a training company, a software development firm, a speaker bureau, and project management portal called and most recently, a TED-style event series for project professionals across North America.

He is currently the National Program Director for the Centres of Excellence in Project Management and Business Analysis with the Schulich Executive Education Centre, Schulich School of Business, York University and the founder of the Masters Certificate in Project Management.

He is the author, co-author or ‘compiler’ of 7 books including: ‘The Power of The Plan’, two version of ‘The Keys to Our Success’, ‘Leadership Perspectives’ and ‘7 Elements of Strategy Execution’.

Session 2: Planning with Scrum, with Fred Koos

May 14, 2020 12 PM - 1 PM EST

Planning With Scrum progresses through a 20 step process to effectively execute Scrum within a framework that enables continuously improving plans and flowing value. The creation of modular requirements leads to effective prioritization. A systems engineering based design process enables effective prioritization, sprint planning and designing to optimize delivery of sprint goals. A customer focused pull system is integral to maximizing benefits delivered. A standardized estimating approach steers the convergence of estimates to a tighter range. A synchronized product backlog and sprint backlog connection improves the ability to estimate the
trends. This presentation combines aspects of many disciplines to help your scrum teams perform at higher levels.

Speaker Bio

Koos-FredFred Koos has 25+ years of project, program, portfolio and PMO management experience. His presentations are fueled by this experience including the contributions below.

He led a cross-functional effort to develop project management practices improving performance by 300% over 4 years for 500 projects. He led a PMO to increased demand by 800% in 5 years.

Fred is currently the Director of the Integrated Implementation Center of Excellence at UPMC. Fred served 5 years as the hands-on Director of UPMC’s ISD PMO. UPMC is the largest non-governmental employer in Pennsylvania with 90,000 employees. He is the Immediate Past-President of the PMI Pittsburgh Chapter and was also VP of Education during his nine years on their Board. PMI Pittsburgh has over 1800 members.

Fred’s certifications include PMP, PMI-ACP, Advanced-CSM, CSPO, and PE license. He was a SME reviewer and contributor of 400+ items for two books: PMI’s Agile Practice Guide and SAE’s Project Management for Automotive Engineers. He wrote monthly articles for the PMI Pittsburgh Chapter.

Fred has presented at higher education institutions including Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Penn State University, University of Pittsburgh, and Robert Morris University. He has given many presentations to PMI chapters on project management and agile topics.

Fred Koos is passionate about continually building project management knowledge and contributing to the project management community for you!

Session 3: Leading in Turbulent Times

May 15, 2020 12 PM - 1 PM EST

There is no doubt that most of us find ourselves in unchartered territory right now with the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on our families, communities, businesses, and world. The unknown can be unnerving and fear-inducing if we let it. It can also be an opportunity for heightened creative thinking, more authentic connection and courageous leadership for project management professionals.

This virtual presentation focuses on the 5 elements that leaders and prospective leaders must consider to be more effective and sensitive with our teams, our stakeholders and our customers;

  1. Re-consider your decision-making skills
  2. Accept that there’s ALWAYS more than one right answer to every challenge
  3. Be a relationship manager NOT a task manager
  4. Collect stories
  5. Engage your team at a different level

The times, they are a-changing–constantly. Luckily, the rulebook for leading in the midst of unpredictable change remains constant.

It’s all about how to motivate your team and maintain an enthusiastic focused mindset during this uncertainty. Join Certified Speaking Professional, Jeff Tobe as he presents “Leading in Turbulent Times’ in usual upbeat, high-energy style.

Speaker Bio 
Tobe-JeffCertified Speaking Professional, Jeff Tobe’s credentials are impressive. His keynote to the PMI LIM in Orlando was the hit of the conference and he has since keynoted 40 chapter PDD’s/Symposiums worldwide! Readers of Convention & Meetings Magazine chose him as one of their favorite speakers with other celebrities including Bill Clinton, Anderson Cooper, Condoleezza Rice and Daniel Pink. He is a creativity and customer experience expert,
professional speaker and bestselling author who works with companies and organizations who want to increase their bottom line by changing their customer experience and retaining great talent.

Jeff Tobe’s articles have been read in hundreds of publications and he is the author of the hugely popular book, 'Project Management Professionals are Coloring Outside The Lines!' He is the co-author of three other books and his newest book, 'ANTICIPATE: Knowing What Customers Need Before They Do!' is quickly becoming one of the hottest business books on the market.



PMINEO brings you Part 2 of the series of articles that will bring to you a collection of resources that will help manage this virtual work environment.

We understand that there is already a plethora of information on these topics, and our attempt is to bring you curated and effective information.

Hope you will find these useful!

Disclaimer: The information below is provided for informational purposes only. The views and opinions expressed in any referenced document do not necessarily state or reflect those of the PMINEO or its volunteers, nor does it constitute an endorsement.

Part 2 

PMI Offers Free Online Courses 
PMI is offering free online courses that you can take at your convenience. Whether you are simply looking to update your skill set or looking for a change of careers, these courses would be helpful. Click on the links below to review.

Working Parents, Let Go of the Idea of Balance 
Stewart Friedman, organizational psychologist at The Wharton School, and Alyssa Westring, associate professor at DePaul University’s Driehaus College of Business, say it’s a mistake for a working parent to think of career and home life as competing interests that have to be balanced. Listen to this podcast to  understand what you can do as a working parent to make sense of your work life balance.


20 Office 365 Productivity Tips including #Microsoft Teams

If you are using O365, this presentation will give you some very useful tips and tricks to use your tools better.



One of the accurate sayings in Project Management is that it is 80% communication. Given current virtual working scenario, the techniques that worked when we were able to talk to each other in person may not be effective during a virtual scenario.

PMINEO has decided to start a series of articles that will bring to you a collection of resources that will help manage this virtual work environment.

We understand that there is already a plethora of information on these topics, and our attempt is to bring you curated and effective information.

Hope you will find these useful!

Disclaimer: The information below is provided for informational purposes only. The views and opinions expressed in any referenced document do not necessarily state or reflect those of the PMINEO or its volunteers, nor does it constitute an endorsement.

Part 1

Working Remotely
Working remotely provides some flexibility, but time management can be a challenge. With so many demands on your time and attention, it's a tricky balancing act to stay productive. This course offers best practices for anyone who works full-time or occasionally from home.


How to Make Virtual Meetings Feel More Real
5 simple tips to increase your virtual presence and make virtual meetings feel real.


5 Simple Steps to Getting Started with Free #Microsoft Teams
Did you know that Microsoft Teams has a free version that might be a good fit for your organization depending upon your size? Take a look at this article that will guide through setting up of this free version and start using within minutes.


March 13, 2020

COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, has the world on edge.  Organizations across the US are restricting business travel, encouraging work from home, and promoting vigilant hygiene practices – to reduce risk and discourage the virus from spreading.

Here in Northeast Ohio, schools are closing, sporting events are played to empty arenas, and major events are being cancelled.   At PMINEO, we are encouraging a pragmatic, not panicked, response.  Follow the guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Coronavirus CDC

We must be responsible to our members, their families, and other guests.  As such, our March Chapter meeting will be a virtual event, still on the evening of Wed, March 18.  Please utilize Zoom or Facebook Live to join the conversation – and learn about the new PMBOK and PMP Certification exam.  Visit to find information for using our virtual technologies.

Chapter Leadership will evaluate all future events and meetings based on the current situation and public health guidelines.  Please check our website, follow us on social media, and the Monday Pulse for them most up-to-date information regarding that status of our events.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.


Todd R Jones 
PMINEO Chapter
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Did you notice our new website? PMI announced a rebranding in October 2019 and PMINEO released our new logo and website during our Annual State of the Chapter Meeting on February 19, 2020. We are excited to share the meaning behind our new colors and symbols:

The Project Economy

Today, the way we work has changed. Organizations and people are centered around a portfolio of projects, creating an economy of projects. At PMI, we call this new way of working “The Project Economy.”

Q: What are the new colors and what do they mean?

A: There are 3 colors that make up our new brand - Tangerine, Aqua, and Violet

Tangerine: We are fearless. We’re unafraid to try new approaches, we learn from our failures and move forward, paving the way for those brave enough to do the same.

Aqua: We are bright. We enlighten and energize people to make a difference in their careers and an impact in their communities.

VioletWe are nurturing. We understand what our community needs, help people get where they want to go, and celebrate them along their journey.

Q: What are the new symbols and what do they mean?

A: There are 10 unique symbols that make up the language of The Project Economy.

 Collaboration: We can’t do it alone. Whether it’s partnering with a colleague, client, company or non-profit organization, each of us brings something unique to the table. And we are made stronger when we work together.

C:\Users\canderson\Documents\CINDY-F\Logos\2019 PMI logos\Symbols\DeterminationSymbol\Determination\Black\RGB\pmi_sym_dtrm_blk_rgb.jpg Determination: Sometimes projects go according to plan. Most of the time, not. Perseverance is needed to complete any project and successfully deliver outcomes that make a difference in the world.

Change: Disruption isn’t new—it’s constant. Learning how to navigate change is inherent to our growth and challenges us to continuously evolve. Greater challenges bring greater satisfaction in giving back.

C:\Users\canderson\Documents\CINDY-F\Logos\2019 PMI logos\Symbols\InnovationSymbol\Innovation\Black\RGB\pmi_sym_inno_blk_rgb.jpg Innovation: New ideas. New products. New methods. Constant transformation is what helps us tackle new problems and find fresh solutions. We know that the world isn’t one-size-fits-all. We bring new takes on everyday things to constantly move forward and make life better across the world.

C:\Users\canderson\Documents\CINDY-F\Logos\2019 PMI logos\Symbols\TeamworkSymbol\Teamwork\Black\RGB\pmi_sym_tmwk_blk_rgb.jpg Teamwork: Projects are delivered by people, but winning projects are delivered by teams. Project delivery relies on team players and people who contribute added value to any project, making the team stronger.

C:\Users\canderson\Documents\CINDY-F\Logos\2019 PMI logos\Symbols\OutcomesSymbol\Outcomes\Black\RGB\pmi_sym_outc_blk_rgb.jpg Outcomes: We celebrate not just the process, but the positive impact that projects around the world make on society. We’re changing the world—for the better—one project at a time.

C:\Users\canderson\Documents\CINDY-F\Logos\2019 PMI logos\Symbols\GrowthSymbol\Growth\Black\RGB\pmi_sym_grwt_blk_rgb.jpg Growth: Change and transformation, while at times unfamiliar, spur progress. Whether it’s skill development or organizational expansion, growth brings new opportunities into our economy—and contributes to the greater good.

C:\Users\canderson\Documents\CINDY-F\Logos\2019 PMI logos\Symbols\VisionSymbol\Vision\Black\RGB\pmi_sym_visn_blk_rgb.jpg Vision: This can mean being unconventional. It can mean coming up with new ideas to solve new challenges. It’s about perspective, seeing the big picture, and the ability to create solutions for now that are sustainable for generations to come.

C:\Users\canderson\Documents\CINDY-F\Logos\2019 PMI logos\Symbols\CommunitySymbol\Community\Black\RGB\pmi_sym_comm_blk_rgb.jpg Community: The people that are part of our world make it what it is today. Our community is one of our most valuable assets. We celebrate it and keep it going by welcoming all who wish to join us to make the world a better place.

Philanthropy: Making dreams a reality takes more than a vision — it takes action and dedication. We nurture and inspire the next generation to learn, grow, and achieve their goals so that they too can benefit society. This continued commitment and passion enables us to contribute to the welfare of our youth — and their communities. 



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