PMI Silver Spring Chapter


PMISSC Announcements


PMI Southern Maryland is proud to present our new 2021 initiative: “True Talks with Project Managers”!

Join PMI Southern Maryland chapter for this new engaging, educational, presentation free, spontaneous talk show between guest experts in project management and experts in other disciplines.  Attend live or recorded sessions and receive PDUs. Register below to attend live or recorded sessions.  You will receive a link to the recorded session after March 24th

"What is the future of Project Management"
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Start Time:  7:00 PM ET
End Time:  8:00 PM ET
Host: Kendall Lott
Guests: John H. Cable, Project Management Center for Excellence UMD; David Pells, PM World Journal

PDU eligible:  Yes

Registration opened up on March 1st.


2020 Board Elections: PMISSC Members Elect Five New Directors

Chapter Leaders Meeting v2November 14, 2020: The Project Management Institute Silver Spring Chapter (PMISSC) announced the results of its recently concluded elections for its open 2021-2022 board of director positions. 

The successful candidates are: 

          ♦ Kent Gring, PMP - incoming Vice-President of Professional Development
          ♦ Eden Ahmed Mdluli, PMP - incoming Vice-President of Membership
          ♦ Mitra Krishnamoorthy, PMP, CISSP, ITIL, CSM/SA - incoming Vice-President of Governance/Board Secretary 
          ♦ Eric Johnson, PMP PMI-ACP - incoming Vice-President of Technology
          ♦ Angela Ashe PMP, ITIL, CSM - incoming Vice-President of Outreach

Those elected for the positions above will serve a two-year term beginning on January 1, 2021 and ending on December 31, 2022.

For more information on the incoming board members, read their biographies and feel free to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

To access the rules and regulations governing PMISSC activities, please visit the chapter by-laws page:


Self-Study Group for PMI-ACP exam is Forming Now!

Study Groups

Nov. 7, 2020:  Are you looking for a study group with peers? PMISSC is forming a self-study group for the PMI-ACP exam now!

The PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) ® is one of the most recognized Agile certifications. If you have begun your studies or you are thinking about seeking the accreditation, then this is the study group for you. 

The study group will go over the 7 Domains of Practices for the PMI-ACP® Exam.

  1. Domain I Agile Principles and Mindset

  2. Domain II Value-driven Delivery

  3. Domain III Stakeholder Engagement

  4. Domain IV Team Performance

  5. Domain V Adaptive Planning

  6. Domain VI Problem Detection and Resolution

We are limiting to 10 participants to the study group, which will meet on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm or Saturdays at 10:00 am (group preference) for one hour over 8 sessions.

If interested please contact VP of Professional Development at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.  If more participants are interested, and/or volunteer(s) to coordinate are expressed, then additional small study groups may be added.

eCommerce Enhancements August 2020 – All Regions

Federal PMP Program Announcement

August 31, 2020: Project Management Institute (PMI) has announed updates to its membership renewal policies and it outlines the rules governing chapter renewals as well.

Similar to a PMI Membership, when you complete a Chapter Membership purchase, your Chapter Membership will now be automatically opted-in for auto renew.

In addition, if you are a current PMI Member (and enrolled in auto renew), and you complete a purchase for a new Chapter Membership, then the Chapter Membership will automatically be enrolled in auto renew. See this PDF for more information.

Pilot Opportunity for US Federal Project/Program Managers

Federal PMP Program Announcement

August 3, 2020: Are you a US Federal project or program manager?  Do you have a Level III FAC P/PM or DAWIA certification?  Are you interested in pursuing PMI’s PMP certification?

If you’ve answered yes to the questions above, you may be eligible to participate! PMI recognizes the expertise of Level III FAC P/PM and DAWIA certified professionals and we want to help you grow professionally.

To make it easier for certified federal project/program managers to obtain PMI’s PMP credential, PMI has initiated a small pilot initiative known as “Fast Track.” Through this pilot, PMI will work directly with participants to fast track their PMP applications.

This customized application process would bypass the manual entry of certain experience and training requirements enabling participants to sit for the PMP examination sooner.

If you are Level III FAC P/PM or DAWIA certified and looking to obtain your PMP credential, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it...

Read this flier for more information!


PMIEF Celebrates 30th Anniversary

PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) 30 Anniversary Image

August 2, 2020: Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) has announced the Tuesday, August 4th kick-off of its month-long annual anniversary celebration for 2020.

Please join PMIEF throughout August to enjoy a digital itinerary packed full of fun. Early activities are just a click away 

Also watch the PMIEF Award-Winning video spotlighting their 2018 grant to the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund. This video has been selected as a Telly Award GOLD WINNER. 

Learn more and view the video today! 

PMIEF was created 30 years ago and its mission is to support the application of project management principles in youth and youth-serving nonprofits.

PMI's Hardship Provision

July 19, 2020: In light of the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Project Management Institute is spreading the word to various North America chapter’s about its “hardship provision” that is available as a valuable member benefit to those who qualify.

During a recent update discussion held this past week with PMISSC’s leadership, the PMI chapter administrators highlighted PMI's "hardship provision" which is available for members who find themselves in “altered” financial circumstances.

Here are details on the initiative:

* PMI’s hardship provision is available to any member who becomes unemployed. Member must be in good standing and must have paid dues for at least three (3) previous continuous years.

* Under this provision, a member is granted a waiver for one (1) year of PMI membership dues and one year of dues for membership in any one chapter of which the applicant was a member the previous year. The hardship provision may be granted for a maximum of two (2) years for each member.

* To apply for a hardship provision, please send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and explain the nature of your hardship. Please be sure to include a copy of your renewal invoice (if possible).

* PMI encourages members to renew their membership dues prior to their expiration date. If a member’s membership has expired for more than 10 months, PMI would not be able to renew their membership under the Hardship Provision.

Additional Source: PMI Chicagoland:

PMI’s Resource Hub

July 15, 2020: During its recent North America chapter leaders community chat, PMI provided an update on its efforts to address the impacts of COVID-19 for members.

Working through the PMI’s Resource Hub, members have continued access to digitally accessible low/no cost offerings and future offerings.

On its Resources for the New Work Ecosystem webpage, PMI has compiled a variety of free online resources, virtual events and even a sneak peek of new digital offerings to help members connect with the global community, build skills, and prepare to advance in a post-COVID-19 world.

Explore and share these resources today, but check back often for updates:

Also feel free to visit PMI's Update Center (public):

New PMI Certification Application Format

June 8, 2020: The Project Management Institute (PMI) recently announced the launch of a new and redesigned format for all of its current certification exam applications.

Scheduled for implementation during the second half of June 2020, the changes were made on the basis of user feedback and so the new application is designed to be more straightforward and easier for certification candidates to complete.  

Here’s what is new:

  • Decreased number of screens to streamline application
  • Eligibility requirements (years of work experience, hours of training required) are staying the same, but the format in which applicants submit this information is changing. For example, candidates can now enter months of experience instead of hours, which is much easier to track
  • Where possible, PMI eliminated free text fields and included more drop-down type selection fields. Being able to select an answer from a drop-down makes it clear to applicants what the question is asking and is thus easier to answer

The following certifications benefit from these improvements: PMP, CAPM, PgMP, PfMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA, PMI-RMP, and PMI-SP. 

To improve stakeholder understanding of the new process, PMI has made available a Quick Reference Guide in portable digital format (PDF) and there is an online demo that illustrates and previews the changes. View the demo here.   

Candidates with open/pending applications are encouraged to submit applications by June 15, 2020. If they are unable to submit by that date, PMI will do its best to transfer over as much of the application data as possible into the new application. Candidates with open/pending applications will be contacted directly.

For questions about the application changes, please feel free to contact PMI’s Customer Care team.​​​​​