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North Dinner Meeting: Team Building in a Project Environment (Kindergarten Skills You Can Use)

April 10, 2012
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
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Strack Farms Restaurant - Banquet Hall
5707 Louetta Road
Spring, TX 77379

We have streamlined the registration process. Click on "Register Now", you will have the opportunity to register to the pre-dinner meeting and/or the dinner meeting.

The pre-dinner meeting remains free to attend.


Meeting Agenda

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm     Pre-dinner Speaker Presentation

6:30 pm to 7:00 pm     Networking, Dinner Opens, Chapter Announcements

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm     Dinner Speaker Presentation


Pre-Meeting Presentation:

Presentation Title: Application Portfolio Management Fundamentals with Microsoft Project Server 2010

Application Portfolio Management (APM) enables organizations to understand, control, and optimize their application portfolio in alignment with Business and IT objectives.  APM processes must also closely align with Project Portfolio Management practices as they are highly integrated.

During this presentation, we will explore how Microsoft Project Server 2010 can be leveraged to support dynamic IT organizations challenged with managing both project and application portfolios. 

Speaker: Tony Castronovo, PMP, MCTS

Tony is a Senior Vice President with UMT Consulting Group and is the Practice Lead for UMT in the South Central region of the USA.  Tony has 16 years of experience in Project & Portfolio Management, Information Technology, and Business Consulting.  He holds a BS degree in Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering from West Virginia University. 

Prior to joining UMT, Tony developed and directed consulting practices, including those focused on enterprise project management, business strategy, process engineering, and customer relationship management.  He has also developed and led Project Management Offices (PMO) for several progressive Fortune 500 organizations.

Tony is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, with specialization on Microsoft Project Server.  He also holds the PMP certification from the Project Management Institute and has formerly served as Vice President of the Microsoft Project User Group (Houston Chapter).  Together with the combination of technology, process, management, and industry experience, Tony brings complete solutions to clients looking to improve their project and portfolio management capabilities.  Tony has extensive experience with Microsoft Project Server and has received local, regional, and national recognition within the Microsoft EPM community.








Dinner Presentation:

Team Building in a Project Environment (Kindergarten Skills You Can Use)

Team building in the project management arena is often an overlooked process frequently given lip service and rarely given time. In work environments that are highly technical, team building process are often non-existent and these organizations often struggle with implementing the basics of project management due to lack of buy in by the team on a number of fronts. Organizations often overlook the fact that teams exist on multiple levels and team building processes need to occur at all of these levels.

Presentation Testimonials:

The presentation was engaging to everyone in the room. Whatever our roles - we could relate. I honestly came away excited to proceed as a better manager with concrete ideas for success! D. Rothe, Bethesda Lutheran Communities

Informative + great fun. Amazing speaker. M. Johnson. Qwest

Great content, clearly delivered, and great bonus material in the handout. H. Wehrman, Raytheon

Good project managers will be excited about this content. People excited about this content should become good project managers. D. Mullaney, Agilent Technologies

Excellent - lot's of wisdom communicated in a short time. J. Bryan, Charter Communications

The session was very eye opening to things that should be very obvious yet they are always overlooked. I would have never thought it was as simple as going back to the core kindergarten lessons. M. Meir, Bethesda Lutheran Communities

Dinner Meeting Speaker: 

James T. Brown Ph.D., president of SEBA® Solutions Inc., a Registered Education Provider for the Project Management Institute, has provided training and consulting services for dozens of companies nationally and internationally. He has sixteen years of NASA experience that includes "hands on" experience as a team member, project manager and serving in executive level organizational leadership roles.

He provides consulting services in project management and has served as a subject matter expert for a leading project software vendor.


Dr James Brown speaking to a groupJames is the author of The Handbook of Program Management published by McGraw-Hill. The Handbook of Program Management has been ranked as high as number three of all project management books on He also provides project management training through the online training portal He has been published in PM Network, PE Magazine, PMI Community Post, Projects@Work, The Systems Thinker and PM World Today. A recognized authority in project management, he is a frequently invited keynote speaker on project management areas of interest and leadership.

Dr. Brown has a patent for a project scheduling methodology, and has received numerous awards including "Engineer of the Year"   from the Cape Canaveral Technical Societies and is a recipient of the "NASA Public Service Medal"  for exceptional contributions to NASA's mission. He is a member of the Project Management Institute, the National Speakers Association and the National Association of Corporate Directors. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Florida's Technological Research and Development Authority.

James has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida, a MS in Engineering Management from Florida Institute of Technology and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee State University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE), a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Speaking Professional (CSP).

Professional Development Units (PDU) for PMI certified professionals:

There are no specific PDU codes for events that award up to 2 PDUs. This meeting awards 1 PDU. Below is the procedure for getting credit for this event towards your PMP/PgMP recertification:

• Log in using your Username and Password
• Select Report PDU
• Select PDU category CAT A: Registered Education Provider/PMI Component Event
• At Activity Type click Report a 1-2 PDU Event
• Click Next
• Enter Provider Number: C012
• Click Search
• Click on C012
• Answer the questions about the chapter meeting
• Click Next
• Enter the total number of PDUs you earned by attending the chapter meeting.
• Click Next
• Review the data you've entered and if correct, click the box indicating "I agree this claim is accurate"
• Click Submit
• Print a copy for your records

Note: If attended both, pre-meeting and dinner presentations, please submit a claim for 2 PDUs. Enter "PMI Houston Monthly Meeting" as the Activity Title.

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