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Lynn Scheu

Lynn Scheu is our spotlighted person this September. She is a project manager and has been with Kimball Electronics for the last 40 years.  Her recent focus has been implementing IT applications (primarily SAP). She’s married with 6 children and 12 grandchildren. Lynn enjoys time with her family and friends as well as volunteer work, reading, cooking and being outside. 

 

Her first project was to implement SAP where she learned a great deal from a gentleman by the name of Paul King who, at the time, worked for IBM.  She enjoyed getting into the details, the organization that it took, using the tools for project management and was eager to learn more.  This is when she decided to get better educated in the standards for project management to see what she could improve on. She said, “I’m a kind of a geek but I loved spending time studying the PMBOK, testing myself on concepts and implementing them into our business.” She became certified as a PMP in 2006.

 

When asked what motivates her, she said learning and helping others by passing on what I’ve learned. Lynn indicated the value of her PMP has enabled her to handle different ways to get the work done. “Having a sound background is important when you think about changing things around, keeping the good things and adding to what you have. We now have a hybrid way of handling work.” 

 

Lynn uses her project management skills both at home and in her volunteer work. She finds the pace and the way you conduct work in a professional environment compared to a volunteer environment is quite different (i.e., tools and terms you use might not be well known to all team members). Lynn finds herself using a large pad of paper and markers many times.

 

When asked how the chapter meetings have helped her, she said, “It gives me the refresher I need. I try to pick up a couple of nuggets to use. I recently attended one on blind spots and it was a good reminder to consider those. We are so busy so we need those reminders.” Lynn would like to see more meetings on leading a team of peers.

 

If you are thinking about a project management role, Lynn gave some great advice, “Get yourself a mentor who’s done it. Get associated with PMI because they are a great resource with many contacts. You need to be out ahead of the team, anticipating what is going to happen and know what is planned to come next. You also must be willing to put in the work it takes and flex hours if your team is decentralized. It is a great opportunity to learn and grow.”

 

 

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Jeet sInha

Jeet Sinha is our spotlighted person this July.  He is a Senior Project Delivery Manager in charge of delivering new projects from scratch with Deloitte Consulting LLP.  Jeet volunteers in the community through his company as well as independently .  He is a runner, has run many half-marathons and is preparing for his first full marathon.  Jeet was born in India and was a member of several technical societies.  He considers himself a health interoperability nerd. Jeet is married and recently became a new father.  Congratulations Jeet… 

 

Jeet has a passion for creating new tools for lower income families to help them navigate smoothly their interactions with technology.  Early on in his career, he saw how critical it was to innovate tools, processes and solutions.  He feels it’s important to be healthy and tohave a well-balanced lifestyle in order to manageprojects successfully. 

 

Before getting his PMP, he found himself stumbling and not having a work methodology.  Now Jeet feels he is more organized, knows what way to proceed forward in a project, and what is required to close out a project properly.  He even applies project management at home, especially for planning a project (eg. Planning a  vacation with family).   

 

Jeet is anxious to get more involved with the chapter and learn from others for personal growth while sharing his wealth of experience with others.   He is looking forward to learning more about Agile and technical implementations.

 

When asked what he would tell a person who is thinking about a project management career path, Jeet had these thoughts:

  • Many projects are chaotic, but a project manager's role is to guide the helm and provide a method for clarity.
  • It is always helpful to have experience in pre-project management roles such as a business analyst or a scrum master and how they help the team.
  • We need to internalize lessons learned as part of continuous improvement and learn how to organize the project tasks better in terms of order and including feedback.”

 

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Books

 

KIPMI is launching a Book Club in November 2020 but we need your help before we schedule our first event.   

We want to know what our first book should be and what day/time of the week we should meet.

If you are interested in joining us for our first event, please complete our three question survey by this Friday, 9/4/2020.

KIPMI Book Club Survey

The November event will be posted on our website later this month so check back to see what has been decided!

For more information on our Book Club program, click here and you will be taken to our event home page.

This year your Board of Directors are looking at new opportunities to increase member engagement and participation. We want to give you options and allow you to choose the events that are of interest and align with the professional growth you are looking to achieve. Despite the challenges the pandemic has dropped into our laps, a silver lining has been our ability to continue bringing people together using technology. While we miss hosting in-person events, we are not limited to any one location and anyone, regardless of where they live or work, can attend.

Note regarding in-person events: While vaccines are now available and eligibility continues to expand, KIPMI will continue to host all upcoming 2021 events virtually. We have made this decision out of an abundance of caution and to eliminate any unnecessary risk. We care about your safety and well-being and do not want to jeopardize that unintentionally.

As we approach the latter half of the year, and with your help, we will re-evaluate the climate for in-person events and decide whether to reinstate them.  

We heard YOU! 2020 Survey Results

As a stepping stone for what laid the foundation for our key initiatives this year, we would like to share what we learned from you based on survey results last year. Between the two surveys, we had 60 responses.

2020 Survey Results Member Background

 

2020 Survey Results Chapter Feedback

 

2020 Survey Results Survey Themes

 

Additional Insights

While we have 700+ Chapter members, we are only hearing from approximately 6% of the membership. We believe we can do better in 2021 and hope that we can increase member participation from event attendance and reading our monthly newsletters to interacting with the Chapter on our social media platforms and participating in our surveys. Your participation and feedback will help us learn how we can serve you better. 

We aim to continue to provide the services you are accustom to while exploring new and innovative ways to help you keep your skills sharp and relevant. Further, we want to foster growth within the profession and help members connect with one another to share their wisdom and their experiences.

This leads us to our…

2021 Key Initiatives

Our quarterly book club event launched at the end of 2020 and is continuing in 2021. This March we debuted a networking event to bring project professionals together in an informal setting so you could get to know one another while also discussing key and relevant themes in leadership and project management. This event, which we plan to offer a few more time this year, is meant to share knowledge, support one another, and find opportunities we may not have found otherwise.

Additional events that we are considering launching this year include live virtual training on topics such as Agile, Business Analysis, and Change Management; certification prep classes for PMP/CAPM, PMI-ACP, and other micro-certifications offered by PMI; and access to additional educational content to earn PDUs at a discounted rate.

Offering learning events to help you maintain your certification(s) is not the only thing our Chapter aspires to offer, however. We also want to create a community of project professionals and project leaders who can lean on one another, in times of triumph but also in times of struggle. We want to develop a community where you feel supported and encouraged to be the best you can be. With that in mind, we are in the process of designing an industry-specific pilot event that we hope will bring people together to discuss best practices and challenges so we can learn from and help one another to succeed.

Lastly, we are looking into how we can build a volunteer program that allows those of you who are interested in giving back to the profession an avenue to help the Chapter execute on key initiatives and day to day operations. Candidly, this has been a challenge for the Board, but we are committed to identifying opportunities, outside of joining the Board of Directors, where you can support the profession and your local Chapter.

 

Contact Us

We are here to serve you. If you have an idea, a recommendation, or a suggestion for improvement that you think would benefit the Chapter, please let us know. If you have any questions regarding anything you have read in this address, please reach out to us. Our email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you for your membership and your continued support.

 

Best Regards,

Your 2021 Board of Directors

 

Have You Noticed??!?!?

Notice 

We are responding to your requests for more PM-focused topics, and a greater variety of speakers for our events.

We're investing your membership dollars this year to do just that, as you can see in our lineup for 2019.

How do you get a return on that investment? By attending our events – and spreading the word so others can benefit too!!!

So come on out and take advantage of this opportunity to hear professional speakers, interesting job-related topics, and gain useful skills, tips and tricks to use in your own professional development!! We also look for our chapter to grow as we entice new members with the added value to our offerings.

Want this new format to continue?? Attend our events! Invite friends and colleagues to attend and to join our chapter! Let’s build the momentum together and see how far we can go/grow in 2019!!!

 - Your KIPMI Board

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