President's Message


May 2017


Hi all, Summer is coming fast! PPRC will have one more meeting prior to the July-August chapter meeting break. The June chapter meeting will be held a little later this month as the hotel has a large conference on the regular night. So, instead of meeting on the 2nd Thursday we’ll get together on the 3rd Thursday, June 15th.  Interestingly, the September chapter meeting will be held one week EARLIER on September 7th for a similar reason. We’ll keep you informed on early bird discount cutoff dates and meeting dates. May’s chapter meeting was very interesting as Aaron Sever and Aileen Ellis, both PPRC members, provided awesome presentations!   


PMI notified PPRC that we have again been selected as a candidate for the North American Chapter of the Year, mid-size. This makes the second year in a row your chapter has received this honor. It could not have happened without the dedication of PPRC members and our wonderful volunteers. I want to thank you all for the dedication to PMI and PPRC.


Coming up in October we’ll be electing several board positions. This year the VP positions of Programs, Communications, Marketing, and Membership are up for election. If you are interested in giving back to the chapter and PMI by volunteering for these positions let Dan know at He can answer your questions and provide you with the information you need for the position.


Have you noticed that each month PPRC seems to be bigger? Membership continues to grow each month with April end of month at 839 active members! What this shows is that more project management professionals in the area understand the value of being part of a vibrant professional organization like PPRC. Chapter events are an opportunity to get to connect with other folks who have similar experiences yet work in many of the organization in the area. If you know co-workers and friends who could benefit from being part of PMI and PPRC contact Pam ( for information on the Chapter Pass program. It’s a way for folks to learn more about PMI.


Coming up in November will be the annual Unconference. It’s purpose is to showcase members who have something to share with PPRC members. It’s always one of the highlight events of the year as we get a chance to learn something new from one of our own. Each presentation is 10-15 minutes long about something new and interesting. Interested? Contact Cheryl at to learn more.


PPRC has several workshops coming up over the next several months. They are focused on many of the aspects we as project management professionals need to understand. Plan now to attend workshops in risk, scrum, scheduling, and the future of project management.


The next workshop will be in July with a focus on Scrum. This workshop goes over the principles and empirical process theory underpinning the mechanics, rules, and roles of the Scrum framework. Here’s your opportunity to find out how Scrum can become a part of your skillsets and utilized in your company.


August has Chuck Sammon discussing risks during a 4 PDU Saturday session. Risk Management is one of the ten knowledge areas in which a project manager must be competent. This workshop provides the “why” and “how” of Risk Management, for both risks and opportunities. Be sure to learn about risks from someone who has made a career in that field.


Ever wondered about how to apply a formalized and standards-based approach to project management? Attend the PMI-SP training in August to develop a foundation which applies to the Project Management Institute, Inc. PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP) certification. Brian Purcell will be holding a 3-day workshop on this subject during August.


Have you ever wondered about the future of project management? In October, PPRC will be hosting Dr. Harold Kerzner who is the godfather of modern project management. He will be presenting a 6 PDU session on where project management has been and how it will transition over the next 1-2 decades. It is a great opportunity to hear from this outstanding leader and receive his book FREE as well!!


If you have suggestions for future workshops please contact Barbara at


The PPRC Board of Directors remains committed to providing you the best opportunity in education, and  networking with other project management professionals in Southern Colorado. If you have questions or suggestions on improving the PPRC community please let me or one of the other board leaders know.  Your input on your PPRC is always appreciated.

Best wishes,

Roland Cook, PMP
PMI PPRC President

Contact me at