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MBAs Compete in Project Management Competition

November 18, 2008
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 PMI Winners
1st Place Team (left to right): Max Cacchione,
Carlos DeBayle, Riegan Sage, Fakhri Mammadov
and Robert (Will) Walker.
 PMI Second place
2nd Place Team (left to right): Vidya Thylur, Jasem
Al-Asfour, Deborah Roseman, Erik Alvarez, Bettina
Municipal recycling was the theme when three teams of MBA students competed for top honors and prize money November 18 in a series of project management presentations held at the University of Miami School of Business Administration. The competition, a partnership between the School’s Ziff Graduate Career Services Center and the South Florida chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI), is in its second year. The competition asks participants, all UM MBA students, to develop a project management plan for a recycling initiative in the fictional South Florida community of Coral Green. The entries must include plans for project scope, process improvement and management of scheduling, costs, quality, staffing, communication, risk and procurement.

The competition is part of PMI’s Outreach Program, an educational initiative that enables students to work with professional project managers and gain a realistic business experience. Each team was assigned a South Florida PMI member who acted as their mentor and coach throughout the competition. Other chapter members served as judges.

The winning team received a $1,500 prize and an invitation to showcase their project to the industry during the chapter’s December dinner meeting. The second-place team received a $700 prize.  The third-place team received copies of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Third Edition. Each participant also received a certificate.
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