Ballston Local Community

PMIWDC is excited to announce a new Local Community: the Ballston Local Community hosted by Evoke Research and Consulting. The LC is a forum for learning, discussion and knowledge exchange. The LC sessions feature presentations by guest speakers who are PMI-recognized thought leaders, educators and Subject Matter Experts. The sessions are free and PMP attendees earn one PDU. Evoke is a management consulting firm that supports clients across the Federal government.

Please note: upon entering the Ballston Office Tower, you will be required to sign in three separate times. First with the Ballston Tower security desk where they may ask for your identification. Second with Evoke’s front desk personnel. Then one final time for PMI-WDC when you enter Evoke’s main conference room to receive PDU credits. We understand this can be a lengthy process, but it is per Ballston Office Tower and Evoke’s policies

  • Virtual: A Real-World Case for Restructuring Programs and Creating Organizational Change


    The NASA Technology Demonstration Mission (TDM) program represents an innovative
    approach to rapidly demonstrate and infuse revolutionary technologies into future
    missions for the national space community. This presentation provides a real-world
    example on restructuring the TDM program, which was the largest budgeted program in
    the Office of the Chief Technologist at the time.  The result was the first-ever release of
    a TDM Broad Area Announcement and seven contract awards focused on emerging
    space technologies. This presentation covers how the program was restructured and
    includes a discussion of the following: creating guiding principles; developing an
    advocacy strategy; selecting and investing in innovative technologies; devising unique
    program management and acquisition approaches; and securing partnerships with

    Virtual: A Real-World Case for Restructuring Programs and Creating Organizational Change

  • Virtual Meeting: Agile in Government: Theory, Practice, and Proof it Works


    Agile is trending hot in all areas of project management, and especially in government. Why? Because life in government continues to be more and more uncertain. Uncertainty doesn't fit in the predictive approach, with fragile schedules set to slip if deadlines are missed. Agile takes that uncertainty and flips the script with an anti-fragile approach where uncertainty is expected, worked into delivery, and offers a way to derive unbelievable benefits. Bombarded with stories of GSA's 18F and the Air Force's Kessel Run, the program manager is still asking the question, "yes, but how do we do this and stay compliant with the FAR, DFARs, and hold our vendors accountable?" The vendors are asking, "how can I take the risk of Agile under firm-fixed price?"

    Virtual Meeting: Agile in Government: Theory, Practice, and Proof it Works

  • Virtual Meeting: Why Projects Fail Even With High Performing Teams


    Project success or failure is a fantasy when relying on project methodology key performance indicators: budget, percent complete, requirement sign-off, defect counts, story points, burndown charts, demos, retrospectives. With today’s project methodologies their measurements are not enough to determine if a project is heading in the right direction or not. There are other project indicators that are revealed to managers on a day to day basis and can be used as leading indicators to a project failure.
    In this presentation you will learn the outside influences that can affect your High Performing team and how to lead them to success.

    Virtual Meeting: Why Projects Fail Even With High Performing Teams

  • Reporting Successful Projects: Choosing Meaningful Metrics


    Projects often have subjective completion criteria; however, Project Managers are usually required to report on their success using objective metrics. Dr. Grant will discuss examples of building projects around metrics and finding meaningful metrics in projects with complex outcomes. Understand how to identify and apply metrics to show successful outcomes for your projects.

    Reporting Successful Projects: Choosing Meaningful Metrics

  • I Inspire: Telling Your Inspirational Story


    Each of us has our own undiscovered, inspirational story. We may not recognize our own accomplishments. We may not have articulated our achievements into a personal narrative. Or, we may be uncomfortable talking about ourselves.

    In reality, we all have achieved great things. We have overcome challenges or difficulties. We have demonstrated integrity, courage, and bravery. We have succeeded beyond our expectations. We simply have not expressed or shared them.

    We can use our personal stories to build our own confidence and acknowledge our value and contribution. Through our stories we can share our values and beliefs. We can impart our experience and wisdom. We can also motivate and inspire others.

    I Inspire: Telling Your Inspirational Story

  • Proven Concepts in a Changing World


    Technology is a necessary element of the way that companies do business. This has changed our interactions with one another significantly, but it has not changed the core concepts of a successful project. This presentation will focus on key business, project management and leadership principles that have been proven to work in the military and private sector. The goal of the presentation is to discuss some of the changes in the ways that business is done, but also reiterate the importance of traditional concepts that have not changed.
    Participants to walk away thinking about areas where they are strong and where they could improve in the following areas:
    1. Effective Communication
    2. Translating Strategy into Behaviors
    3. Dedication to Service
    4. Leadership Principles

    Proven Concepts in a Changing World

  • The Difference is in the Similarities: Leading a Global Workforce


    In this presentation you will learn, in five simple steps, how to reduce the complexities of today's global market to a manageable perspective, break away from obsolete business practices, and acquire the confidence, insights and global skills you need to lead and manage today’s highly interconnected global workforce.

    The Difference is in the Similarities: Leading a Global Workforce

  • Nine (9) Ways I Can Hack Your Next Project


    By the end of this talk, everyone in the room will be a CyberSecurity warrior. Sean will explain how to think like an attacker about your next project. From incorporating security intelligently into Agile methodologies, thinking about security in a DevOps world, secret hacks, and getting into the mindset of a researcher in a bug bounty program, you will be able to envision where your project can go wrong and how to get rid of the badness. Let's manage some risk!

    We will use real-life scenarios to drive the conversation, and we’ll make sure to have fun along the way (including calling out the one phrase in this abstract security people never want you to say).

    Nine (9) Ways I Can Hack Your Next Project

  • Get It Right Conversations

    In a perfect world every conversation would be easy, but in reality, some don’t work out the way we’d like them to. Did you ever think, "Why did I say that?" or "I should have said this." In this 45-minute, highly interactive workshop, you will be introduced to strategies to get more out of your interactions with clients, project team members, and other key stakeholders. Using fun improvisational activities and group discussion, you will practice thinking on your feet and quickly getting to the point.

    Get It Right Conversations

  • Assessing Your Project Riskiness


    Registration is closed due to space restraints.

    All PMs know that their projects contain risks. Consequently, we typically adjust our approaches based on that risk. Increasingly, PMs are asked to accept some risk and make process decisions based on their risk assessments. But what makes a project risky and how will that risk manifest itself in potential cost, schedule, and scope impacts? What type of “tolerance” does your sponsor or stakeholders have for risk in your project? If you don’t know, you will be handcuffed in decision making. This session examines a tool designed to help PMs assess the risks in their projects and quantify that risk. The tool also helps PMs take a consistent approach to risk assessment and enables them to communicate that risk to sponsors and stakeholders, based on actual industry data and research.

    Assessing Your Project Riskiness

  • Kanban Essentials: Improving How We Work


    Registration closed as space is maxed out.

    Agile practices are sweeping through the project management industry. Agile is being used in industries as varied as software development to organizational leadership and news reporting. Agile projects are 4-times more likely to be successful than traditional waterfall projects, according to the Standish Group.

    Lean and Kanban practices are at the heart of many Agile practices. These practices are most often associated with Toyota’s manufacturing model. However, they are broadly applicable to project management.

    Kanban Essentials: Improving How We Work

  • Maximizing the Value of Your PMI Membership


    This presentation will detail the many service offerings from both PMI and the PMI Washington, D.C. Chapter. It will show you how PMI resources can increase your knowledge, grow your network and advance your career.

    Maximizing the Value of Your PMI Membership

  • A Key Ingredient for Project Management Success: Change Management


    What is a key outcome of a project implementation? Change! Successfully implementing change requires systematic engagement of key stakeholders, managing risks, and effective communications. Project managers can establish a strong foundation for the project by developing a shared vision for the future state and then support the client to successfully navigate the change and sustain the gains.

    A Key Ingredient for Project Management Success: Change Management

  • Leadership is not a Solo Sport -- Super Powers for Project Leaders

    Join PMIWDC and begin your training program to hone the four superpowers every project manager has within themselves to become a Most Valuable Project Leader (MVPL). This interactive session will help you jumpstart your career with a professional bang as you learn how to leverage your personal team leadership super powers. Come prepared to participate in a scrimmage session that will help you flex your project leader muscles as you:

    • integrate the facets of the Diamond Leadership Model

    • enhance skills mapped by PMI’s Talent Triangle

    • channel your innate leadership capabilities

    • discover how to become the best person you can be

    Leadership is not a Solo Sport -- Super Powers for Project Leaders

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