Stop Playing Games

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Event Date
Start At : Friday, December 3, 2010 - 8:30am
End At : Friday, December 3, 2010 - 5:00pm

Stop Playing Games


Rick A. Morris

Friday, December 3, 2010

PDUs: Attending this program earns 7 PDUs.

Location and Cost


8:30 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM: Seminar Begins
5:00 PM: Seminar Ends


United States Patent and Trademark Office,
Madison Auditorium, North
600 Dulany Street
Alexandria, VA 22313
(Maps and Directions)


(Fee includes seminar, materials, breakfast, and lunch. )

$300.00 - Member Registration
$350.00 - Nonmember Registration

About the Presentation

Stop Playing Games
Based on Rick’s new book “Stop Playing Games” (RMC Project Management, 2010) Rick identifies and discusses the day to day world of a Project Manager.  Project Managers have the unique ability to find shortcuts or workarounds in dealing with projects, sponsors, and stakeholders.  This seminar will bring to life true issues and fixes to help Project Managers avoid the games we are forced to play.  Through sharing years of experience, Rick will show you how to get stronger, more process oriented, and more respect for the work you do.  Rick will offer real world advice to help you gain proper techniques that you can immediately use to impact your projects, learn how to influence without authority, stop end rounding projects and get back to the basics that will help create a Project Manager that will do the right things the right way.

Full-day Seminar Agenda:                        
  • The State of our Profession (Project Management)
    • The Halo Effect
    • Not Everyone Can be a PM
  • Finding Value in Project Management
    • Why is it difficult to articulate value?
    • The issue with project selection
    • Budget, Business Value and Capacity, Oh My!
  • The Pricing Game
    • Utilizing PERT to get the right estimates
    • Using Risk and Risk Information
    • Coming under budget can be just as bad!
  • Guess the Truth!
    • Learning to craft proper messages
    • Force the Decision, ask for what you need.
    • Learn how to make proper assumptive statements
  • Grapevine
    • Communicate often
    • Change your methods of communication
    • The Issue Log game
  • The Right Price
    • Pricing Estimator
    • Fixed Price vs. T&M contracts
  • Hit the Rodent
    • Scheduling tool frustration
    • Without data, how do you know what you need?
  • Marco! Polo!
    • Running a project without a project plan
    • Not Calling out true mistakes
    • Losing the forest because of the trees
  • Armchair Quarterback
    • Stop calling out other project managers!
  • Rules of the Game
    • Key insights on how to play the games
  • How to Win the Game
    • Lessons Learned on becoming a real project manager

About the Speaker

Rick A. Morris, OPM3, PMP, ITIL Practitioner
OWNER/President, R2 Consulting

Rick Morris

Rick A. Morris, PMP, OPM3 certified, an ITIL Practitioner, consultant, author, mentor, and creator of a non-profit foundation to promote Project Management in charities and other non-profits.

Rick is currently the Owner/President of R2 Consulting, LLC. Rick is an accomplished project manager and public speaker. His appetite for knowledge and passion for the profession makes him a sought after speaker at PMI chapters, various civic organizations, and a frequent guest lecturer at local universities.

He holds the PMP (Project Management Professional), MPM (Masters of Project Management), OPM3 (Organization Project Management Maturity Model), Six Sigma Green Belt, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, TQM, ATM-S, ITIL, and ISO certifications. Rick has worked for organizations such as GE, Xerox, and CA and has consulted to numerous clients in a wide variety of industries including financial services, entertainment, construction, non-profit, hospitality, pharmaceutical, retail, and manufacturing. Rick has two books (“The Everything Project Management Book”, 2nd Edition published by Adams Media and “Project Management That Works!” published by AMACOM) that were released in 2008.

An active member of the Project Management Institute and currently the Past President of the Birmingham Chapter, Rick is no stranger to being center stage in front of large groups of people.

At the early age of 11, Rick was a Walt Disney World Performer in their seasonal shows. In high school, he worked at MGM Studios on various projects including the New Mickey Mouse Club.

Taking the experience of his youth and blending it with the knowledge he attained throughout his career, Rick has been able to inspire and mentor many project managers. His blend of real world experience and down to earth delivery style makes his passion for the profession contagious.


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