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Power Skills


ProjectBites LIVE! (Virtual)

Tuesday, February 21, 2023, 7-8 pm CST

Sponsored by PMI Tulsa





Strategic Communication: A PM’s Superpower

Amber McMillan

There are four main communication styles and PM's who know them, recognize them and leverage them in project work have a greater chance of project success. In this Project Talk, Amber will unlock the unique aspects of the 4 styles and share simple techniques to create strategic communication plans that reduce complexity and eliminate communication failure.


Process Groups - Essential for All Projects.

Michael Frenette

The PMI Process Groups Practice Guide (PGPG) has been released recently as a result of a need to maintain visibility after their removal from the latest edition of the PMBOK Guide® in favour of a digital-only presence and n PMI Standards+®.

The introduction makes note that Process Groups are useful only for Predictive (some call it Waterfall) projects. That is to say, they are not useful for Agile projects.

This presentation will engender a healthy discussion about this, with the perhaps controversial premise that process groups apply to any project, whether predictive, hybrid or agile.




The Feisty PM - Professional Coach, Executive Educator, Nonprofit Specialist, Thought Leader

Amber is a diversely skilled professional with unique approach for innovating and leading projects in various environments. With experience in all aspects of project, change and people management as well as operations and organizational strategy, she is committed to the highest of standards, works diligently to create positive working environments and is motivated by her own contagious enthusiasm.

With tangible credentials and over 25 years of experience in both profit and not-for-profit environments, she is well equipped to contribute her skill set in complex organizations in need of dynamic and proprietary services.


Mike Frenette, PMP, SMC, I.S.P.

Senior Project Manager - IT PMO Halifax Water; PM & OCM Speaker, Trainer.

Mike Frenette has worked as both an employee and consultant in the IT and project management industries for over thirty years. He currently runs the Information Technology Project Management Office at a municipal water utility based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His PMO personnel are delivering a strategically aligned five-year roadmap of fifty projects worth over fifty million dollars.

A strategic thinker and project management evangelist, he specializes in helping organizations meet their strategic goals through planning and execution of portfolios of programs and projects.

Mike has been a PMI volunteer since 1999, filling many roles locally and at the Global level. He currently sits on PMI Global’s Standards Insight Team and is a co-author of the Benefits Management Realization Practice Guide. This is an essential guide in which business people and all Portfolio, Program and Project Managers should be keenly interested to ensure expected (and sometimes unexpected) benefits accrue from the use of the products of programs of projects.

Mike believes in tailoring approaches to the culture of the organization to help ensure successful execution based on outcomes. He feels the hallmarks of successful projects are strategic alignment, inclusive planning, and executing to plan while communicating voraciously with high visibility.

Mike blogs about project management topics on both LinkedIn and PMI’s ProjectManagement.com.Alan has PMP and Agile (ACP) certifications from the Project Management Institute. He was one of the first PMI members to be certified as a Discipline Agile Instructor and Coach. Additionally, he has multiple advanced certifications from the Scrum Alliance and the Scaled Agile Institute (SAFe). 


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Type of category: Lunch & Learn

Type of activity: Power Skills

Date: February 21st, 2023

Hour: 7:00PM to 8:00PM

Number of PDUs: 1


Members: Free

Non members: Free