Responding to the Unexpected: Setting Up Your Team Culture for Innovation

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Event Date
Start At : Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 9:00am
End At : Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 5:00pm

Responding to the Unexpected
Setting Up Your Team Culture for Innovation

Advanced Project Management Training Seminar
Presented by Northern Virginia Community College Workforce Development
A PMIWDC Strategic Partner

Please register early if you would like to attend.
This seminar series is extremely popular, and often sells out many weeks in advance.

7 PDUs for Certified PMs


This seminar provides 7 PDUs for certified PMs.

Date and Location

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Course Length: 7 hours – 1 class day from 9:00am – 5:00pm
Providing 7 PDUs

NOVA Community College
Reston 2 Center, Room 307
1831 Wiehle Ave
Reston, Virginia 20190
Driving Directions 

Registration and Costs

$295 per person

Register online

or by phone at calling 703-450-2551. Reference course code BUSC 1668 70L
Please register early: The Advanced PM Training series is very popular and space is very limited.

About the Course

Time and budget are running out, but the project is not complete. The word is circulated: “Get creative….we need an innovative solution, now!” Does this scenario sound familiar? Do you wonder how you and your project team members can quickly adopt an open, out-of-the-box mindset, particularly amid the standardized procedures and requirements of a project?  This one-day seminar focuses on how to foster flexible and innovative approaches needed to respond to project challenges.

Through lecture, discussion, and experiential activities, participants will explore the relationship between open-minded creativity and well-defined standard methods, how the project team culture and values influence the ability to innovate, and strategies to encourage changing individual habits and expectations.  We will examine the role of Project Manager/project leader and how his/her actions can support or suppress the mental flexibility to adapt under pressure.  By the end of the session, participants will identify their strengths and their blind spots – and create an action plan to introduce and support innovation as part of the team culture.

Specific objectives include:

  • Identify and assess current team culture characteristics that support flexibility
  • Explore the role of the leader/manager as a model or supporter of adaptability
  • Recognize the implications of “innovation” as a polite word for change
  • Examine organizations that promote innovation as a competitive strategy
  • Analyze the relationship between creation, innovation, and optimization
  • Examine strategies that encourage change in team habits and expectations
  • Compare strategies of innovation in response to external pressure versus in response to  proactive improvement

Register online or by phone at calling 703-450-2551. Reference course code BUSC 1668 70L

About the Instructors

Michael R. Van Dyke, PMP
President, Serengeti Enterprises, Inc

After working for 25 years as a project manager for theater, music, and dance productions, Michael R. Van Dyke, PMP, is president of Serengeti Enterprises, Inc. His company provides training, and workforce development services to business teams and individuals. He is a certified coach (NCC) through the Newfield Network and a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF). He has been on the faculty at Yale University, Dartmouth College, and Amherst College.

In addition to customized training, Mr. Van Dyke offers open enrollment seminars through the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), including in the Project Management Certificate Program, and has presented several popular courses in the PMIWDC-NOVA educational alliance.

Mr. Van Dyke received a master’s degree from Yale University and was recognized with the Virginia Community College System Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Workforce Trainer/Instructor.

Elizabeth A. McQueen, PMP
President,  Process Evolution Group, Inc

Elizabeth A. McQueen, PMP, is the President of Process Evolution Group, Inc. (PEG), a process development, re-engineering and consulting company.

Beginning in the mid ‘90s as a technical documentation librarian at the U.S. headquarters of Ericsson in Dallas, TX, her career has focused on helping both large and small companies to improve their organizational maturity to achieve successful certifications and assessments against international quality standards such as the CMM and CMMI, and various ISO standards.

In the course of Elizabeth’s career as a process improvement project manager, she has been responsible for the development of corporate process assets for all aspects of software, system, and service management projects and programs, including requirements development, deployment, risk management, release management, configuration / change management, internal quality assurance, and metrics reporting, trending, and analysis.


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