Using People Analytics to Recover Projects in Trouble

Using People Analytics to Recover Projects in Trouble

Demonstrating How People Analytics Can Be Used to Form a Team With the Right Talents to Recover a Project in Trouble


Germaine Watts BBA, MIR


Geraldine Canty B.A., PMP, CSM, PM Dip

Project and Portfolio consultant

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About the Presentation

We will demonstrate how behaviors can be used to understand project challenges and people analytics can be used to recover projects in trouble.

We will use a mini case study approach to engage participants in exploring the contribution of behaviors to common project problems, e.g., cost overruns, schedule delays, organizational power struggles and politics, and resourcing conflict.

Participants will then be invited to identify the relative benefits of having project teams created on the basis of work area representation, versus technical knowledge and skills, versus behavioral composition.

In this way participants will learn a new way to increase the probability of project success from inception.

Event Location

REI Systems Inc.
45335 Vintage Park Plaza
Sterling, VA, 20166

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category: 

Event Keywords

Soft Skills

Negotiation / Conflict

Tools and techniques for negotiations and conflict management / effects of personality traits, etc.

Hard Skills

Resource Problem Solving

"War stories" in successfully working through severe resource constraints

Industry / Sector


Information Technology, including organizations that utilize Agile development methodologies

About the Speakers

Germaine Watts BBA, MIR


With degrees in Business Administration and Industrial Relations, complemented by continuing studies in Integral Psychology and Organization Development, Germaine takes a full-spectrum consciousness approach to her work

Germaine has a thriving psycho-spiritual life coaching practice, Integrated Meaning Systems, that uses mindfulness techniques and provocative self-reflection exercises to cultivate insight, build resilience, and foster wellbeing. This work is based on her first book, Meaning-Making: The Power of Meaning Systems, in which she takes readers on a guided self-discovery journey around 7 Theatres of Mindfulness. It is also at the heart of her latest venture, providing customized workshops on Buddhist theories of mind, meditation techniques, and their application to reducing strain and burn-out in high stress occupations.

In addition to her ongoing coaching work, Germaine is also partner and CEO of a niche consulting firm Intelligent Organizational Systems, where she advises senior leaders on the design, management, and resourcing of purpose-driven organizations. Motivated by the challenge of bridging differences in cross-cultural and multi-lingual settings, she has travelled extensively as expert lecturer and facilitator on behalf of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Working in countries as diverse as China, Nigeria, Belarus and Brazil, she has motivated senior leaders, professionals, and frontline staff to adopt the progressive ways of working demanded by safe use of nuclear technologies.

Germaine has recently published her novel approaches to building resilient organizations a second book, Process-based Management Systems for High Reliability Organizations. Co-authored with John Paciga PhD, this handbook provides whole system organizational designers and systemic change agents step-by-step guidance on how to work with and align meaning, propensities, and systems in support of high performance.
Before launching her international consulting career, Germaine held progressively more senior leadership positions in provincial worker’s compensation and cancer treatment systems, where she directed recruitment and selection, leadership development and performance improvement initiatives.

Geraldine Canty B.A., PMP, CSM, PM Dip

Project and Portfolio consultant

Geraldine is a Project and Portfolio Management consultant. She has worked in many public, private, and industrial sectors. For the past 20 years, she has worked around the globe in places like Ireland, UK, Singapore, India, The Netherlands, Germany, Mexico and various locations in the United States, including Washington, DC, where she now resides. Geraldine has served in the United States Navy, also.

Over the past year, Geraldine has done extensive research into the Future of Work, and what companies will need to do to prepare. Of the many exciting changes begin driven by the technology revolution, global changes and multi-generational workforces, the focus on the role of people and their holistic wellbeing is extraordinary and exciting. How well a company does in Talent Management and Organizational Agility will be critical to organizations financial health and success. The game changers will be behavioral analytics and the successful use of agile methodologies.

Along with a B.A. from George Washington University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Project Management from University College Cork; she is a certified PMP, and CSM, has nine career performance awards and she is a lifelong learner currently focusing on building great teams for the organizations of the future….

Since early childhood, Germaine has been captivated by “how we work inside”, how thoughts, feelings, and perceptions shape our states of being, relationships with others, and our impact in the world. With over 25 years of experience as educator, lecturer and hands-on practitioner in the human and organization development fields, she has had the privilege of engaging many hundreds of people in thought-provoking explorations of what gives meaning and purpose to their lives.

About the Loudoun Community

PMIWDC is pleased to announce a new Community in Loudoun County: PMIWDC - LC! PMIWDC’s Loudoun luncheons are a series of free brown bag luncheons hosted at the REI Systems Headquarters, 45335 Vintage Park Plaza, Sterling, VA 20166, conveniently located near the intersection of Route 28 and Route 606, north of the Dulles Airport. The Loudoun Community Luncheons are held every second Monday of the month, unless posted otherwise. In the event of a holiday, the luncheon will be on the third Monday. (Pre-registration is recommended). PMIWDC – Loudoun Community’s goal is to provide members with a convenient forum for learning, discussion and knowledge exchange. The Luncheons will feature presentations by guest speakers who are PMI-recognized thought leaders, educators and Subject Matter Experts. This series is made possible by the generous support of REI Systems, a recognized leader in federal grants management systems, full-life cycle software development, and open government and transparency solutions.

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