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November 2014 Meeting Notice

2014 Engineering Bootcamp:
Broadcast Project Management


Monday, November 17, 2014 


8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Starz Entertainment, 8900 Liberty Circle, Englewood, CO 80112/p>


Broadcast Project Management 


Rosemary Fitzpatrick, Training Manager, CNN Best University &
Jack Linder, Senior Project Manager, CNN Best 


$30.00 per person
Includes: Continental Breakfast from 8AM to 9AM
Box lunch from 12:00 PM to 12:45 PM

As our systems become more complex, so do our projects that implement them. Not only are the projects more complex, but the business environment is changing and we have more pressure to be efficient and cost effective. What are you doing to ensure your project will be successful and delivered on time?

Join us in this bootcamp to learn the discipline of the project management – the processes and the basic tools used. You’ll learn practical steps you can use for your next project that will enable you to be more efficient and avoid common pitfalls. How a project is facilitated, managed, and organized will ultimately determine its level of success.

Topics to be covered include:
· Why is a structured approach to managing a project important?
· Different approaches to project management.
· Building a project team – roles and responsibilities.
· Creating a Charter to define the project and its goals.
· Setting the Project scope.
· Defining requirements and how Kepner-Tregoe analysis can help.
· Building a schedule.
· Executing and controlling the project
· Closing the project

The day will include several hands-on breakout sessions to practice the techniques presented.

Please pay below or send us an RSVP using the buttons below.

Presenter Biographies:
Rosemary Fitzpatrick, Training Manager Learning Development, joined CNN BEST University (BESTU) in 2006 and is responsible for managing major initiative projects, senior Training Project Leads (in Atlanta, NY & DC), process improvements, integration of new curriculum and services, and partner relationship management.
Prior to joining BESTU, Rosemary was a part of CNN Technical Operations as a Technical Operations Manager at CNN and HLN. She played a key role in the project planning of new technology initiatives within the NewsGroup Networks, specializing in control room on-air graphics, election coverage, staff training, network launches and special projects in Atlanta and the bureaus.
Rosemary began her career at CNN as a Video Journalist (VJ) in 1985 and has held several technical operations and leadership positions such as News Production Supervisor and Special Projects Manager.
Rosemary has a BA in Mass Communications from the University of Akron, has earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) credentials and is a certified Program Leader in Kepner-Tregoe’s Problem Solving & Decision Making (PSDM) methodology. As a KT Program Leader and Process Consultant, she has facilitated and coached Turner business groups to apply rational principles to organizational issues, to make the most balanced decisions, to evaluate procurement practices, and to protect/enhance plans.

Jack Linder, formerly Senior Project Manager, CNN Best, has over 45 years’ experience in radio and television broadcasting including audio, video, power systems, transmitters, design of directional AM antennas, and satellite systems.
Jack holds the BS degree in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. He has trained in both the Waterfall and Agile approaches to Project Management, is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO).
For the last 20 years, Jack has been with the CNN News Group in engineering and then project Management. He successfully managed a number of high value, high profile projects including:
· Election Data Systems for the CNN News Group. Responsible for all election data, from acquisition to on-air for 5 networks.
· Construction of the CNN Post Production facility consisting of 24 edit rooms (18 craft & 6 finishing), 2 audio rooms, terminal gear room, and engineering shop. This project also transitioned the facility from tape to a file based workflow.
· Expansion and upgrade of the CNN Library System with over 500,000 hours of video archive, expanding from 12 Petabytes to 28 Petabytes of storage capacity.
For the past 4 years, Jack has served as Chair for the Atlanta Section of SMPTE arranging for monthly presentations on new technology and a number of all-day workshops.

Parking is available in the lot behind the building.

Jim Schoedler
SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section Chairman

Shane Toven
Chairman, SBE Chapter 48

December 2014 Meeting Notice

Annual Holiday Luncheon at Park Hill


Thursday, December 5, 2013  


11:30AM to 1PM  


Park Hill Golf Club, 4141 E. 35th Avenue, Denver, CO 80207  


Bellaire Buffet, $18 per person  

Please join us at the Park Hill Golf Club as we conclude another successful year for our combined SMPTE section and SBE chapter.

Bellaire Holiday Buffet:
  • Baby Spinach, Dried Cranberries, Candied Pecans, and Feta Cheese with a Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Waldorf Salad
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Old Fashioned Stuffing
  • Sage Roasted Turkey with Sherry Mushroom Gravy
  • Sliced Smoked Ham with a Maple Glaze

Please pay below or send us an RSVP using the buttons below.

From I70 go south on Colorado Boulevard to 35th Avenue. From I25 go north on Colorado Boulevard to 35th Avenue. Turn east on 35th. Entrance is on north side of 35th.

We welcome sponsors for this event. Please contact Rome Chelsi ( if your company is willing to sponsor a portion of the luncheon. These contributions to this event make it possible to keep the cost to members low.

Jim Schoedler,
SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section Chairman

Shane Toven,
Chairman, SBE Chapter 48


Volunteer Opportunity for SMPTE-SBE48 Members:

The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2015 are scheduled to take place at Vail and Beaver Creek, CO.

The organizers are looking for volunteers for a variety of jobs, many of them technical. If you are interested you can view the job list and download a volunteer application at the following link:

Jim Schoedler
SMPTE Rocky Mountain Section Chairman

Shane Toven, Chairman,
SBE Chapter 48


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