Communication

Effective communication, in general: audience, media / message, attention vs. "noise", etc.

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

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    Project Management in Driving Digital Transformation at Scale and Speed

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

  • Mind the Gap: Managing Motivation in Your Organization

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    About the Program

    Being motivated at work allows us to succeed. And yet, often there are barriers, seen and unseen, that frustrate our ability to be persistently motivated. These frustrations, generated by the gap between personal expectations and organizational reality sap our ability to stay on the path of success. Like a hiker on a long trail, we ask “how can I keep at this?!” In this extension of his “Leadership Lessons from an AT Thru-Hike,” Kendall provides a framework for seeing the sources of demotivation and provides insight from management theory on how you can manage your motivation within your environment.

    Mind the Gap: Managing Motivation in Your Organization

  • The Only Team Role Model You’ll Ever Need

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    You will appreciate yourself and others, in a unique and new way. You will resolve even your toughest team problems, in a new way. You will learn the S.M.A.R.T. way to make your team love you (no kidding!). Too good to believe? I have a special offer for the doubters among you. Come and find out!

    The Only Team Role Model You’ll Ever Need

  • Kicking Off Your First Agile Project

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    So your organization is going “Agile” now and you are overwhelmed with all this terminology like backlog, user stories, sprint, daily stand ups, etc. Where do you start? What does it take to kick off your first Agile project? How do you setup your team for success? In this talk, we will explore the essential elements for kicking off your first Agile project and possible options to setup your team and project for success.

    Kicking Off Your First Agile Project

  • PM After Hours - Shenandoah Valley Community

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    Join us for a networking event on Thursday 11/29/18 7pm-9pm at Village Square Restaurant, located on the beautiful downtown walking mall in Winchester, VA. Meet other Project Management Professionals from other companies and industries, and share your favorite PM stories and experiences.

    PM After Hours - Shenandoah Valley Community

  • Getting a Handle on Organizational Change and Change in Agile Projects

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    Do the people in your organization change because they are told to or need to? Do they resist? Any malicious compliance? Having fun yet? In this session, techniques are described for deploying new practices across the organization, and then how to manage process, people and scope changes within an Agile project.

    Getting a Handle on Organizational Change and Change in Agile Projects

  • Managing Agile Projects: Adaptive Planning & Full Life-Cycle

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    This two-day Agile Training course offers hands-on practices in Adaptive Planning, Product Roadmap and Backlog, Estimating Practices, and Agile Metrics for measuring and reporting on project progress. The Introduction to Agile class will introduce the student to the key reasons why an Agile approach is so essential for many projects today. We will review the principle Agile methodologies in use today, define the different stakeholder roles on Agile projects, the stages of the Agile project lifecycle, and how Lean and Value-driven delivery is applied throughout the stages of the Agile lifecycle. As we discuss these concepts, we will review key Agile estimating methods, prioritization schemes for rating value, voting methods and decision-making techniques, and also key techniques for improving communications and team performance. The class will go through different case examples to discuss how the key Agile approaches and tools-techniques are used.

    Managing Agile Projects: Adaptive Planning & Full Life-Cycle

  • Managing Agile Projects: Adaptive Planning & Full Life-Cycle

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    This two-day Agile Training course offers hands-on practices in Adaptive Planning, Product Roadmap and Backlog, Estimating Practices, and Agile Metrics for measuring and reporting on project progress. The Introduction to Agile class will introduce the student to the key reasons why an Agile approach is so essential for many projects today. We will review the principle Agile methodologies in use today, define the different stakeholder roles on Agile projects, the stages of the Agile project lifecycle, and how Lean and Value-driven delivery is applied throughout the stages of the Agile lifecycle. As we discuss these concepts, we will review key Agile estimating methods, prioritization schemes for rating value, voting methods and decision-making techniques, and also key techniques for improving communications and team performance. The class will go through different case examples to discuss how the key Agile approaches and tools-techniques are used.

    Managing Agile Projects: Adaptive Planning & Full Life-Cycle

  • Transition from Manager to a Leader

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    About the Program

    The hard work and commitment finally paid off. Your senior VP congratulated you and announced that you are promoted to the senior manager position. You are faced with the prospect of management role first time. These type of career transitions, often exciting and at the same time frightening. In the wake of successful promotion, you are wondering if there must-know field proven guiding principles that will lead you through the coming days - may be less painful but a successful path.

    Transition from Manager to a Leader

  • Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown

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    "True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.” Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives—experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy.

    Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown

  • Ms. Tina Taylor presents, "Working with Insecure Project Leaders"

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    In today’s competitive job market, professional development is a springboard for those who want to reach the top. Leadership, personal branding, and networking are the ultimate tools to boost your confidence and knowledge and create a competitive edge to attain the next professional level you desire.

    Ms. Tina Taylor presents, "Working with Insecure Project Leaders"

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

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    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!

    Nine (9) Ways I Can Hack Your Next Project

  • Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence by Ajay Agrawal

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    In Prediction Machines, the authors cast the rise of AI as a drop in the cost of prediction. The book shows how basic tools from economics provide clarity about the AI revolution and a basis for action by CEOs, managers, policymakers, investors, and entrepreneurs. When AI is framed as a cheap prediction, its extraordinary potential becomes clear. The book follows its inescapable logic to explain how to navigate the changes on the horizon. The impact of AI will be profound, but the economic framework for understanding it is surprisingly simple.

    Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence by Ajay Agrawal

  • Expect the Unexpected – Mitigating Hidden Risks in a Global Environment

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    This session will share lessons learned by corporations, large and small, when encountering unexpected situations while operating outside their home country. Dr. Kraljevic will introduce a proven methodology that will enable you to view the word from a ground-breaking perspective. Her engaging presentation will help you sharpen the global skills needed to successfully manage global projects when the unexpected happens.

    Expect the Unexpected – Mitigating Hidden Risks in a Global Environment

  • The Art of the Digital M&A Deal

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    Abstract
    An engaging discussion about why digital M&A deals are so attractive in today's business environment.

    * Have you ever survived a merger or acquisition of an employer?
    * Wonder why acquiring or merging with another company seems so attractive?
    * Want to successfully buy or sell a business?

    70% to 90% of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) fail. So why do companies spend more than $2 trillion worldwide on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) every year?

    Selling or merging a business is not like selling a house. There are many obstacles to a successful business sale or merger.

    The Art of the Digital M&A Deal

  • Maximizing the Value of Your PMI Membership

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    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

  • Lead the Change with Values NOT Feelings

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    This presentation will examine the challenges technology projects encounter; how to translate strategic goals into a portfolio of projects; how to select technology projects; assembling a portfolio that will have the highest return on investment for an organization; and developing a performance monitoring system to manage a project portfolio.

    Lead the Change with Values NOT Feelings

  • Creating the Recipe for Communication Success!

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    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.

    Creating the Recipe for Communication Success!

  • Power-Ups for Influence, Impact, and Innovation

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    In this interactive and high-energy program, Josef shows you techniques to unleash your influence. Balancing your expertise with the right interpersonal skill set allows you to advance your work and the effectiveness of your team. Josef presents a ‘toolbox’ packed with instantly usable techniques, ideas and methods designed to give you a smart, proven, communication-based approach to the challenges and opportunities you face every day. As an outcome, you will gain influence, impact and drive innovation in your organization.

    Power-Ups for Influence, Impact, and Innovation

  • August Reston Book Club Meeting - Agile Metrics

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    About the Book Club Meeting

    About the Book Club Meeting

    The PMIWDC Reston Book Club is a forum for talking about books that touch on the widely varied challenges of project and program management. Our meeting on Agile Metrics in Action will take place on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. We will meet in the first-floor meeting room in the offices of CACI from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm.

    Read more about the format of the book club in "About the Book Club" below.

    August Reston Book Club Meeting - Agile Metrics

  • How to Master your Career like a Pro

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    In today’s competitive job market, professional development is a springboard for those who want to reach the top. Leadership, personal branding, and networking are the ultimate tools to boost your confidence and knowledge and create a competitive edge to attain the next professional level you desire.

    How to Master your Career like a Pro

  • Influencing without Authority

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    This presentation will examine the challenges technology projects encounter; how to translate strategic goals into a portfolio of projects; how to select technology projects; assembling a portfolio that will have the highest return on investment for an organization; and developing a performance monitoring system to manage a project portfolio.

    Influencing without Authority

  • Transition from Manager to a Leader

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    The hard work and commitment finally paid off. Your senior VP congratulated you and announced that you are promoted to the senior manager position. You are faced with the prospect of management role first time. These type of career transitions, often exciting and at the same time frightening. In the wake of successful promotion, you are wondering if there must-know field proven guiding principles that will lead you through the coming days - may be less painful but a successful path.


    You are not alone in this transitional struggle. According to a study by a Deloitte comprising of 7,000 organizations about, 89% of executives rated “strengthening the leadership pipeline,” an urgent issue Organizations are continuously promoting people into management, and those new leaders struggle with the transition.

    Transition from Manager to a Leader

  • A Key Ingredient for Project Management Success: Change Management

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    About the Program

    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

  • Introduction to Agile Bootcamp Course

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    This two-day Agile Training course offers hands-on practices in Iteration Planning, Product Roadmap and Backlog, Estimating Practices, User Story Development and Iteration Execution. This course has been approved and earns all students the Certified IC Agile Professional designation upon completion of the course. Additionally, a total of 14 PDUs will be available upon completion of the course.

    Introduction to Agile Bootcamp Course

  • Introduction to Agile Bootcamp Course

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    This two-day Agile Training course offers hands-on practices in Iteration Planning, Product Roadmap and Backlog, Estimating Practices, User Story Development and Iteration Execution. This course has been approved and earns all students the Certified IC Agile Professional designation upon completion of the course. Additionally, a total of 14 PDUs will be available upon completion of the course.

    Introduction to Agile Bootcamp Course

  • July Reston Book Club Meeting - Tribal Leadership

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    The PMIWDC Reston Book Club is a forum for talking about books that touch on the widely varied challenges of project and program management. Our meeting on Tribal Leadership will take place on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. We will meet in the first-floor meeting room in the offices of CACI from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm.

    July Reston Book Club Meeting - Tribal Leadership

  • Presentation, "Change Leadership Coaching that Gets Results!

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    About the Presentation

    In today’s competitive job market, professional development is a springboard for those who want to reach the top. Today I will discuss how leadership, personal branding and networking are the ultimate tools to boost your confidence and knowledge and create a competitive edge to attain the next professional level you desire.

    Presentation, "Change Leadership Coaching that Gets Results!

  • A Key Ingredient for Project Management Success: Change Management

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    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

  • Get it Right Conversations

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    About the Presentation

    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

  • Project Management in Driving Digital Transformation at Scale and Speed

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    Project Management in Driving Digital Transformation at Scale and Speed

    Project Management in Driving Digital Transformation at Scale and Speed

  • Leadership in the Agile Age

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    About the Program

    The rise of Agile is revolutionizing product development and is forcing organizations to change their view of management. Organizations are moving away from a command and control approach to management toward self-organizing, self-managing development teams. Decision making authority has moved down to where the information is, thus increasing decision speed and quality. This trend has resulted in a myth that managers aren’t needed in Agile organizations. Nothing could be farther from the truth!

    Leadership in the Agile Age

  • June Reston Book Club Meeting - The Truth Machine

    If you experience any difficulties registering for this event, please call us at 703-683-4804 or email us at info@pmiwdc.org and include the name of the event.

    About the Book Club Meeting

    The PMIWDC Reston Book Club is a forum for talking about books that touch on the widely varied challenges of project and program management. Our meeting on The Truth Machine will take place on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. We will meet in the first-floor meeting room in the offices of CACI from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm.

    Read more about the format of the book club in "About the Book Club" below.

    June Reston Book Club Meeting - The Truth Machine

  • Into The Heart Of Darkness, My Journey Into Agile

    Forrest Long, PMP, ACP will be speaking on his journey from traditional project management into Agile and what he learned in the process, including what project managers need to know to pass the ACP as well as how traditional project managers can use Agile techniques today to improve their projects resulting in happier employees and customers.

    Into The Heart Of Darkness, My Journey Into Agile

  • Leadership in the Agile Age

    The rise of Agile is revolutionizing product development and is forcing organizations to change their view of management. Organizations are moving away a command and control approach to management toward self-organizing, self-managing development teams. Decision making authority has moved down to where the information is, thus increasing decision speed and quality.

    Leadership in the Agile Age

  • May Reston Book Club Meeting - Improving Retrospectives

    About the Book Club Meeting

    The PMIWDC Reston Book Club is a forum for talking about books that touch on the widely varied challenges of project and program management. Our meeting on Fifty Quick Ideas will take place on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. We will meet in the first-floor meeting room in the offices of CACI from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

    Read more about the format of the book club in "About the Book Club" below.

    About the Book
    Fifty Quick Ideas to Improve Your Retrospectives by Ben Williams and Tom Roden (2015) Current price is under $10.00 for the Kindle version on Amazon. The book may also be available from your local library.

    May Reston Book Club Meeting - Improving Retrospectives

  • 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

  • Agile and Government Contracting – Expert guidance for legally applying Agile contracting practices

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    About the Seminar

    This amazing training integrates the best of Agile with materials based on the Project Management Institute, "A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge" and extends it to Agile Government contracting and program management in total compliance with the FAR, DFARS, and OMB mandates. Making the Agile transition for many has been difficult and legally risky. Until now, that is! In this class, you will receive simplified, expert guidance for legally applying Agile contracting standards to any program.

    Agile and Government Contracting – Expert guidance for legally applying Agile contracting practices

  • Agile in the Government: Cultural Change

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    About the Presentation

    This talk will discuss the cultural changes that were made at USCIS in the adoption of modern agile development practices. The discussion will include the successes and challenges of changes in an organization that has significant inertia in existing development practices and the changes that need to be made within both the IT and business organizations. The overall framework of change and recommendations will complete the discussion. It will be followed by an open interactive discussion with question and answers.

    Agile in the Government: Cultural Change

  • Lean & Agile Organizational Leadership

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    About the Presentation

    Dr. David F. Rico will give a presentation on "Lean & Agile Organizational Leadership: Establishing Vision, Guidance, & Trust to Unleash Enterprise Competitiveness," which are emerging models for managing high-risk, time-sensitive R&D-oriented new product development (NPD) projects with demanding customers and fast-changing market conditions (at the enterprise, portfolio, and program levels). It establishes the context, provide a definition, and describe the value-system for lean and agile methods, principles, and core ideas. It provides a brief history and comparative analysis of lean and agile methods, project management, and portfolio frameworks. Then it provides multiple histories of the fields of organizational leadership, administration, and management over the last 100 years.

    Lean & Agile Organizational Leadership

  • Effective Communication

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    About the Event

    Effective Communication

  • April Reston Book Club Meeting - Stretch

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    About the Book Club Meeting

    The PMIWDC Reston Book Club is a forum for talking about books that touch on the widely varied challenges of project and program management. Our meeting on Stretch will take place on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. We will meet in the first-floor meeting room in the offices of CACI from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

    Read more about the format of the book club in "About the Book Club" below.

    About the Book
    Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less – and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined by Scott Sonenshein (2017) As of this writing the price is $15.94 for a hardback version on Amazon. The book may also be available from your local library.

    April Reston Book Club Meeting - Stretch

  • From Stress to Success: Getting to the Tipping Point in 10 Minutes

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    About the Presentation

    If you want to strengthen teams and get better results having managers who the coach is key.

    But in the past, it’s been difficult for busy managers to shift from the traditional management style of telling people what to do rather than taking on the coaching approach of asking. Why? In today’s world managers are stretched more thinly than ever before, continually finding themselves stuck with just too much on their plate. They don’t have time to add another task to their job description but need to coach someone fast and as part of the work they already do - not in addition to it.

    From Stress to Success: Getting to the Tipping Point in 10 Minutes

  • Projectized Business Development and Sales

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    About the Program

    Project management isn't just about business operations. The application of project management tenets can be the differentiator that sets you apart from the crowd. Please join us to see how you can use Project Management Institute practices and processes to prepare for and execute high impact sales and business development engagements. This workshop will use a practical exercise to discover how project management and business development/sales leading practices intersect.

    Projectized Business Development and Sales

  • March Reston Book Club Meeting - The Inevitable

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    About the Book Club Meeting

    About the Book Club Meeting

    The PMIWDC Reston Book Club is a forum for talking about books that touch on the widely varied challenges of project and program management. Our meeting on The Inevitable will take place on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. We will meet in the first-floor meeting room in the offices of CACI from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

    Read more about the format of the book club in "About the Book Club" below.

    March Reston Book Club Meeting - The Inevitable

  • Read and Lead Through Body Language

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    Ms. Vinita Sahajwala presents,
    "Read and Lead through Body Language"
    This is a must attend session if you want to:
    • Manage perceptions
    • Improve your relationships
    • Make a great first impression
    • Pivot your career and personal life
    • Be recognized, respected, and validated
    • Gain the trust and credibility of your peers and management
    A leader listens beyond words and speaks so clearly without a word that people are compelled to follow. Learn ways to make lasting impressions, develop loyal connections, and make a difference and great impact within your work environment.
    This workshop will teach you about the core elements of professional body language. Leverage this knowledge to clearly communicate to others where you are in your career and where you want to go next.

    Read and Lead Through Body Language

  • The Project Manager’s Guide to Agility

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    Organizations everywhere are jumping headlong into Agile; and this massive shift has impacted the role of the Project Manager. On time, under budget, and within scope no longer cuts it. We also must deliver high-quality, radically innovative products and services lightning fast; and Agile can help us get there. So, how do we become more Agile? It starts with rethinking our role and re-quipping ourselves as Project Managers. This interactive, game-filled session will discuss practical steps to becoming more Agile and ways to lead our teams and organizations to success.

    The Project Manager’s Guide to Agility

  • Risk Management and Judgement under Uncertainty

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    Location

    475 Aquia Towne Center Drive - Suite 305

    Stafford, VA 22554

    There is no such thing as perfect knowledge. Risk – either negative or positive – is a function of uncertainty about the project and its environment. Risk Management is the disciplined approach to managing uncertainty by encouraging proactive thinking about project, program, and portfolio outcomes. Risk Management saves time, money, and human resources because it forces project teams to consider the “what ifs” that could happen to the project, and in doing so, teams develop strategies for handling threats and opportunities before they become issues.

    Risk Management and Judgement under Uncertainty

  • Managing Motivation: Leadership Lessons from an AT Thru-Hike

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    About the Program

    Leadership, management, and motivation are not just metaphors, but things that the physicality of an endurance hike can inform…and it comes with beautiful trail pictures. 8 lessons from the trail remind us of how to self-manage and manage teams, all learned from the physicality of the trail. These lessons lead to a realization of a simple technique to manage personal motivation to take on challenges.

    Learning Objectives
    Participants will learn a technique for managing motivation that empowers success, as well as be reminded of 8 steps that have applied directly to the management of projects to help us be better managers and leaders.

    Managing Motivation: Leadership Lessons from an AT Thru-Hike

  • February Reston Book Club Meeting - How Google Tests Software

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    About the Book Club Meeting

    The PMIWDC Reston Book Club is a forum for talking about books that touch on the widely varied challenges of project and program management. Our meeting on How Google Tests Software will take place on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. We will meet in the first floor meeting room in the offices of CACI from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

    Read more about the format of the book club in "About the Book Club" below.

    About the Book
    How Google Tests Software by James A.Whittaker and Jason Arbon (2012) As of this writing the price is $23.66 for a paperback version on Amazon. The book may also be available from your local library.

    February Reston Book Club Meeting - How Google Tests Software

  • Maximizing the Value of Your PMI Membership

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    This event goes from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on February 26th.

    About the Program

    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

  • Searching for -- and Finding -- Your Dream Job!

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    Registration for this event is now closed.

    There are many reasons why experienced professionals may decide to start searching for a new position. Once you've identified that it's time to move on to the next challenge, embarking on a job search can seem overwhelming! This presentation will offer insights on effective, successful search strategies, whether looking for your next contract opportunity or full-time position. From developing your brand and updating resumes to effective networking and research activities, this presentation will offer practical, actionable advice that will make your search what it should be...fun!

    Searching for -- and Finding -- Your Dream Job!

  • It Worked for Us- Challenges and Solutions for BIG Agile Teams

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    About the Program

    The typical sweet spot for an agile team is 7 people +/- 2. What challenges are faced when your project has 20+ developers and how did we handle it ? Join Edmond Joe and Shannon Griffith as they share their insights and stories of what worked for them.

    It Worked for Us- Challenges and Solutions for BIG Agile Teams

  • January Reston Book Club Meeting - Team of Teams

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    About the Book Club Meeting

    The PMIWDC Reston Book Club is a forum for talking about books that touch on the widely varied challenges of project and program management. Our meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. We will meet in the first floor meeting room in the offices of CACI from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

    Read more about the format of the book club in "About the Book Club" below.

    About the Book

    Purchase the book through Amazon here Team of Teams . An E-book version is fine. It may also be available from your local library.

    January Reston Book Club Meeting - Team of Teams

  • 7 Real World Digital Transformation Success Stories

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    About the Presentation

    Phillip Simulis will present: "7 Real-World Digital Transformation Success Stories"

    Many executives working to execute a successful digital transformation are stuck at the tyranny of how. They understand the importance of a successful digital transformation for their organization; however, they don’t really know what that looks like for their organization.

    This session outlines real-world digital transformation successes and failures, case studies from actual clients and a live demo of digital transformation in action.

    Previous sessions outlined the steps to a successful digital transformation and how to overcome key barriers to digital transformation. This topic is the next session in the series to guide midmarket companies through a successful digital transformation journey..

    7 Real World Digital Transformation Success Stories

  • Practical Project Management: Make Common Sense Your Secret Weapon

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    With all of the acronyms, buzzwords, and corporate speak, it can get lost that project management is supposed to be a tool to enable us to lead projects and teams more effectively. That's why we all need a secret weapon to help keep our projects moving forward, our teams motivated, and our stakeholders engaged.

    Practical Project Management: Make Common Sense Your Secret Weapon

  • Assessing the Maturity of Agile Teams

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    About the Program

    We will discuss different models of assessing agile teams maturity and approaches to generate a coaching action plan. Specific items that will be addressed include; TDA (Team Diagnostic Assessment) Digital Services Playbook

    Assessing the Maturity of Agile Teams

  • More Platforms, More Problems: Simplifying Your Social Media Marketing

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    About the Presentation

    How many social media platforms do you have? Two? Four? More? Do you even know why? The truth is, the more social media platforms you join, the more complex it becomes to understand or manage them with consistency. This often leads to creating a presence in multiple areas that could confuse or damage or your brand. Not every platform is created equal. Not every industry requires a presence on every platform. In fact, attempting to market in all places can lead to frustration and anxiety. The key to social media marketing success is knowing in which environments you thrive, so that you create the right message, to the right people on the right platform.

    More Platforms, More Problems: Simplifying Your Social Media Marketing

  • Using People Analytics to Recover Projects in Trouble

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    About the Program

    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.

    Using People Analytics to Recover Projects in Trouble

  • Managing Stakeholders with Competing Priorities

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    About the Program

    When managing a project within your own organization, or a client’s, a project manager may encounter stakeholders with priorities that do not align. For instance, one stakeholder may view a project as a necessary investment, while another may view the project as a waste of time and money. If those priorities are competing, this can have a negative effect on the project’s outcome by causing delays, excessive frustration, or even project failure.

    This presentation will review case studies from Afghanistan, teaching 8th graders and private sector clients to discuss techniques that will assess the stakeholder’s motivations and goals, and engage the stakeholder in a way that helps gain buy-in and minimizes the negative effect on the project and helps complete the project on time, within budget, and within scope.

    Managing Stakeholders with Competing Priorities

  • Agile Program and Portfolio Management

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    About the Agile Program/Portfolio Management Webinar

    The agile manifesto and principles require considerable adaptation to leverage at the enterprise level. This presentation explores good practices in adapting the agile mindset to project, program, and systems engineering practices at the program and portfolio level. Topics covered include: • Organization: Supplanting organizational hierarchies with swimlanes and franchises • WBS: Align to product-oriented Scrum Teams • Deliverables: Value Driven artifacts replace CDRL’s • Schedule: Roadmaps replace activity-based, resource loaded schedules • Monitor & Control: Earned Value Mgt (EVM) is supplemented by Value Delivery Mgt. (VDM) • Maturity Assessment Agile vs CMMI Assessment approach • Contracting: Federal Acquisition Regulations interrupted for agile services

    Agile Program and Portfolio Management

  • How to Deliver Bad News and Build Trust at the Same Time

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    The Words You Use May Unconsciously Derail Your Projects

    There comes a time in every project when the inevitable happens: things don’t go according to plan and bad news must be delivered. In a business environment marked by tight budgets, short time-frames, and rising stress levels, this happens more often than we’d like.

    How to Deliver Bad News and Build Trust at the Same Time

  • Understanding and Applying Project Management Soft Skills

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    About the Program

    Our military careers supply a wealth of experiences to apply to project management. While technical skills are very important in gaining a project management certification, there are additional skills that veterans bring to project management worth emphasizing. These skills are often referred to as "soft skills". There are many soft skill traits. Some soft skills highly desired for project management are dependability, integrity, initiative, and adaptability. This workshop will provide understanding of project management soft skills, how to identify applicable skills that veterans bring to the table, as well as considerations for current veterans in project management to flex or invigorate.

    Understanding and Applying Project Management Soft Skills

  • Scaling Agile within the Federal Government

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    About the Event

    The Federal Government is increasingly mandating the application of Agile software development across its technical acquisition programs. This trend comes from the realization that iterative and incremental development and delivery of software-intensive systems lowers costs, compresses schedules, improves quality, and delivers capabilities better aligned to the needs of system stakeholders and end users. However, two factors typically cripple Federal Agile development projects: the application of traditional program management, IT governance, acquisition, and contracting practices incompatible with Agile; and difficulty scaling Agile practices to deliver large-scale, highly complex systems.

    Scaling Agile within the Federal Government

  • Language Power: Word Neutrality

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    The Words You Use May Unconsciously Derail Your Projects

    Have You Ever Thought to Yourself ...

    • Why did he get so upset at the status update meeting?
    • I can’t believe she just said that!
    • How can I get others more engaged, taking more interest and ownership of projects?

    Want to see situations, others, and even yourself, in new ways so you can create more options for success? Watch your wording! As Steven Aitchinson said, “Your words have the power to hurt, to heal, open minds, open hearts and change the world. Never forget the responsibility you have over the words you speak.”

    Words Can Create an Effective Environment for Your Desired Results.

    As Manager:

    Language Power: Word Neutrality

  • Succeeding with Agile in the Federal Government

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    About the Program

    Agile Government does not need to be an oxymoron. In fact, Agile is congruent with our Government leaders' directives and acquisition regulations. However, execution often lags the setting of direction and the passing of laws and regulations. Large and bureaucratic organizations are slow to change. This session looks at what is driving Agile in the Government, the essential criteria for success with Agile, and common challenges and obstacles..

    Succeeding with Agile in the Federal Government

  • Successful Projects: What We Really Know

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    About the Presentation

     

    The Standish Group has published its annual CHAOS Report on the state of software development since 1994. The Report is often cited as a key metric for the industry's performance and progress and draws much attention.

    Analyzing the long-term trends provides an interesting perspective. On average only 29% of projects “succeed” and 23% “failed”. Over the past two decades, there has been little change in these headline results.

    However, when you dive into the data there are some bright spots and markers for the future improvement:

    Successful Projects: What We Really Know

  • Successful Projects: What We Really Know

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    About the Presentation

    The Standish Group has published its annual CHAOS Report on the state of software development since 1994. The Report is often cited as a key metric for the industry's performance and progress and draws much attention.

    Analyzing the long-term trends provides an interesting perspective. On average only 29% of projects “succeed” and 23% “failed”. Over the past two decades, there has been little change in these headline results.

    However, when you dive into the data there are some bright spots and markers for the future improvement:

    Successful Projects: What We Really Know

  • Influencing Without Authority

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    About the Program

    It's the number one complaint of project managers -- I have all this responsibility and no authority. We have extraordinary authority! But the key is to leverage it. The challenge is ensuring that we acknowledge and apply the right types of authority in the right situations. It's a matter of exerting influence. Carl Pritchard takes us through the mechanics of influence and a few basic steps we can take to make sure we're influencing the right people...the right way.

    Influencing Without Authority

  • Building of the New John Kerr Elementary School, a PM Perspective

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    About the Program

    Ever wonder what it takes to build your child’s school? This presentation will take you on the construction journey of a new school, from concept to the first day of class. You will learn about funding mechanisms, project delivery methods, timelines, design, and construction challenges, furnishing and equipping, and executing a project in the public domain.

    Building of the New John Kerr Elementary School, a PM Perspective

  • PMIWDC Agile Training Course

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    About the Course

    The 2-Day PMI-ACP® Exam Prep Course is a thorough and comprehensive review of all materials required to successfully pass the PMI-ACP exam. For PMI's Agile Certification (PMI-ACP®), there is no comparable PMBOK® Guide (or Body of Knowledge) like what exists for the PMP® certification. Instead, PMI provides a reading list of eleven books they recommend students read before sitting for the exam, and a "Role Delineation Study" (RDS) that covers seven domains and numerous tasks and tools and techniques. So, in the two-day class, we will digest all the needed themes, topics, terminology and concepts addressed in these books, and the RDS, so that you are thoroughly prepared to pass the test.

    PMIWDC Agile Training Course

  • 8 Stakeholder Relationship Techniques

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    About the Program

    Project planning and execution depend on the project manager’s ability to address the needs, concerns, and expectations of stakeholders and align their engagement with a shared vision for success. In this interactive presentation, participants will discuss techniques PMs and PMOs can use to forge and nurture effective relationships and expedite alignment on objectives. Included are tips for managing difficult stakeholders, active listening techniques that can mitigate stakeholder resistance, and guidance on effective touch points with sponsors.

    8 Stakeholder Relationship Techniques

  • The Three C's of your Professional Image

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    About the Presentation

    Ms. Vinita Sahajwala will present, 'The Three C's of Your Professional Image,' at the Washington DC PMI Chapter, Tysons Corner luncheon meeting, on 23 May 2017.

    This is a must attend session if you want to:

    • Pivot your career
    • Manage perceptions
    • Improve your relationships
    • Make a great first impression
    • Be recognized, respected, and validated
    • Gain the trust and credibility of your peers and management

    A powerful Executive Presence is essential for your professional success in any workplace, be it a very large corporation, or a small business environment. Individuals with highly effective and authentic Executive Presence make lasting impressions, develop loyal connections, and are able to make a great impact within their work environment.

    The Three C's of your Professional Image

  • Thinking Differently with Lean

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    About the Program

    Applying LEAN Methodologies in healthcare is all about experiencing healthcare from the patient's point of view and working to remove steps in the process that the patient does not find valuable. Come and learn more about LEAN methodologies and hear from two Project Managers at ValleyHealth about some of the LEAN initiatives being implemented at ValleyHealth.

    Thinking Differently with Lean

  • The Public Sector - Resolving Today’s Leadership Challenges

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    About the Presentation

    We’ll have an interactive breakfast discussing some of the practical differences and challenges facing project managers and senior leadership in the National Capital Region. It’s an opportunity to compare expectations and aligning actionable approaches to achieving better understood objectives. It’s all about doing things better rather than harder.

    The Public Sector - Resolving Today’s Leadership Challenges

  • Self-Publishing Using Essential Elements of Project Management

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    About the Presentation

    Ms. Patricia Williams will present, "Self-Publishing Using Essential Elements of Project Management."

    Imagine identifying a passion project and organizing/detailing specific tasks to see the project through to completion! That is exactly what can happen for a would-be author/artist whose divine idea has found it's time and moment.

    As we know as project management professionals, and those seeking to make a career of this unique skill set, the beauty of project management is that its key components can be leveraged by anyone in any industry. Self-publishing is no exception.

    In this hour-long session, attendees will be introduced to the basics of self-publishing, and to the tremendous benefits of using the power of project management to guide and deliver their product to the public on time.

    Self-Publishing Using Essential Elements of Project Management

  • Overcoming Key Barriers to Digital Transformation

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    About the Event

    Many executives understand the importance of a successful digital transformation for their organization; however, potential key barriers are preventing them being digitally enabled.

    This session identifies key potential barriers to digital transformation and viable strategies for small and mid-market business owners and executives. By avoiding these pitfalls, executives can quickly and effectively transform their business to lower costs, implement better operational controls, and offer more competitive prices to eliminate the risk of digital disruptors.

    The 7 Steps to Digital Transformation outlined the steps to a successful digital transformation. This topic is the next session in the series to guide small and midmarket companies through a successful digital transformation.

    Overcoming Key Barriers to Digital Transformation

  • Want to Make Your Stakeholder Relationships Rock? Try These 8 Techniques

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    About the Program

    Project planning and execution depend on the project manager’s ability to address the needs, concerns, and expectations of stakeholders and align their engagement with a shared vision for success. In this interactive presentation, participants will discuss techniques PMs and PMOs can use to forge and nurture effective relationships and expedite alignment on objectives. Included are tips for managing difficult stakeholders, active listening techniques that can mitigate stakeholder resistance, and guidance on effective touch points with sponsors.

    Want to Make Your Stakeholder Relationships Rock? Try These 8 Techniques

  • Technology Portfolio Management for Project Managers

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    About the Presentation

    In today’s world, most technology projects need to handle increased complexity and large uncertainty along with fast-paced changes on the technological landscape. These projects are both difficult and challenging even for the most seasoned project managers and require novel approaches in order to enable successful outcomes. Creating a portfolio of these technology projects requires a versatile skill set, the ability to manage the unforeseen, and a strategic vision. In this presentation best practices for technology portfolio management will be discussed.

    Technology Portfolio Management for Project Managers

  • Communication Tools & Techniques in a Virtual and Mobile World

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    About the Program

    As our world becomes increasingly virtual and mobile, effective communication has become increasingly more challenged. Remote communication makes it’s harder to build relationships, gain trust, and create empathy. However, the benefits of working virtual and mobile still outweigh any negative impacts to communication.

    This session will discuss strategies and tactics for improving project communications for virtual and mobile staff. We’ll also review technology tools that can increase effectiveness when working virtual and mobile.

    Learning Objectives:

    Communication Tools & Techniques in a Virtual and Mobile World

  • The Secret Sauce

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    About the Program

    It's your third day on a the job. You are handed your new project to lead. You learn that this project impacts 26 different software applications and there is a Legislative mandate to complete this project within 10 months. What do you do to successfully complete this project? Join Mr. Edmond Joe as he shares his insights and stories that create "The Secret Sauce."

    The Secret Sauce

  • Leading as an Introvert

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    About the Presentation

    Ms. Tina Taylor presents, "Leading as an Introvert."

    Introverted people are often mistaken as being shy or insecure, when in fact they are often neither. A large number of bold, well-spoken and confident leaders are decided introverts. In this session we establish a common framework for what it means to be an introvert. We review some of the most common ways introvert qualities are perceived in the work environment and how project managers can leverage these perceptions to be a leadership advantage.

    Leading as an Introvert

  • "What I Said is Not What You Heard"

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    About the Presentation

    Successful teams value communication. Effective communication is an important life skill that enables us to better understand and connect with the people around us. It allows us to build respect and trust, resolve differences, and foster environments where problem-solving, caring, affection, and creative ideas can thrive.

    Effective communication is necessary for managers to perform the basic functions of management, i.e., planning, organizing, leading, and controlling, within their organization.

    "What I Said is Not What You Heard"

  • The Metrics of Project Management Performance and PMBOK

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    About the Program

    The presentation will actually take participants through Mel's methodology of creating project management metrics to measure, manage and magnify (3Ms) their own and colleagues’ performance.

    The Metrics of Project Management Performance and PMBOK

  • Navy Federal Credit Union - PMO Of the Year and Beyond

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    About the Program

    Navy Federal’s IT PMO had a great, solid foundation that allowed us to be chosen as PMI’s 2015 PMO of the Year. So, what happens AFTER you’re selected as PMO of the Year? How do you keep the momentum going and build upon solid practices and procedures? What are we doing to serve our internal customers, as well as our over six million members? We’ll discuss what we’ve done over the past year to take our PMO to the next level, including benefits realization, increased productivity, financial/contract management, and portfolio management.

    The presentation will touch upon:

    Navy Federal Credit Union - PMO Of the Year and Beyond

  • Team Development - Using the Tuckman Model to your Advantage!

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    About the Presentation

    Most people have never heard of the "Tuckman Model", but most people have heard of forming, storming, norming and performing.

    In today's world, we have to be able to work in teams. Whether our focus is business, government, volunteer organizations or even home, all teams go through these stages in one fashion or another. Why not see how to use Dr. Tuckman's ideas to deal effectively with conflict, creativity and motivation. Learn what to provide your team and when to provide it. Move through the model more efficiently and effectively to reach the high level of team performance you desire.

    Team Development - Using the Tuckman Model to your Advantage!

  • Network Interaction Modeling

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    About the Presentation

    Network interaction modeling is a unique approach to analyzing business operations and understanding the interactions across an organization. With the growing pressure on organizations to do more with less – and more quickly than ever before – Network Interaction Modeling’s ability to save time and resources through targeted process and business unit improvement is increasingly relevant. NIM allows executives to dynamically view an organization’s interactions, from across the enterprise all the way down to specific, targeted connection. Its intuitive presentation, customizable quantitative analysis capabilities, and unique enterprise approach enable rapid, one-of-a-kind insight, driving change to an agency’s mission.

    Network Interaction Modeling

  • Using a Communication Strategy to Improve Stakeholder Relationships

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    About the Program

    Rich and meaningful communication can do more than report status—it can smooth resistance, improve decision making, and build trust among stakeholders. But a basis communication plan -- who, what, when – is not always enough. This presentation will discuss how to develop a communications strategy designed around a strong project narrative and disciplined messaging and how to execute the strategy to improve stakeholder relationships and drive successful project outcomes.

    Using a Communication Strategy to Improve Stakeholder Relationships

  • Creating Your Own Personal Brand

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    About the Presentation

    Define Your Brand to Refine Your Image

    Creating Your Own Personal Brand

  • Agile and Risk

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    About the Program

    As we migrate to more and more organizations adopting Agile, there's a sense that risk management may be left behind (or incorporated as a part of the Agile equation). Carl Pritchard takes a look at the integration of risk into the Agile space, and examines the heightened importance of tolerances, thresholds, and triggers. He also begins the conversation about using the classic quantification tools (like Monte Carlo) and applying risk responses in an Agile-aware environment.

    Agile and Risk

  • The Power of Networking

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    About the Program

    Is your business generated by someone making a decision? If you meet more people that can make decisions can you do more business? If the answers are "Yes" then let Christine show you a few simple steps you can use to make it work for you. Networking with other business professionals is not only fun, but it's also important in advancing your career! Come learn from Christine Kriz, networking guru, how you can improve your networking skills and achieve success.

    The Power of Networking

  • 7 Critical Steps to Digitize Your Business

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    About the Presentation

    Why is digitization of your business important?

    Customers have been spoiled. Thanks to companies such as Amazon, Airbnb, Dropbox, Netflix, and Uber they now expect every organization to deliver products swiftly, with a seamless user experience.

    As a result, customers want to buy a phone from their telecommunications provider and have it activated and set up immediately out of the box. They expect to log in to an auto insurance website and get a quote and quickly compare against other providers before they buy. They want to submit an application, get a decision within minutes and obtain a digital proof of insurance instantly once they purchase a plan. They want to easily find the nearest pizza delivery service, order online, and get status of their order once they purchase.

    7 Critical Steps to Digitize Your Business

  • The Bridge Between Acquisitions and Project Management

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    About the Presentation

    In government contracting, the relationship between the Acquisitions Office and the Program Management Office can often be an onerous one. With each potentially having differing goals and objectives, clear communication and partnering can be complex and often nonexistent. We will explore the responsibilities of both parties, as well as discuss some best practices for ensuring collaboration and mutual goal-setting while ensuring appropriate utilization of funds.

    The Bridge Between Acquisitions and Project Management

  • Tips for Preparing a Winning Technical Proposal

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    About the Presentation

    Everyone investing in a governmental proposal effort wants to win. We all know not everyone will, so what does it take to win? Come join us and discover some "Tips for Preparing a Winning Technical Proposal" from a senior proposal manager.

    Tips for Preparing a Winning Technical Proposal

  • Emotional Intelligence for Project Leaders

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    About the Program

    Leadership is much more than setting goals and measuring results. Strong project leaders create a culture where people are inspired to do their best work. This one-hour presentation will overview the power Emotional Intelligence can provide and discuss how these traits can be combined to create a personal governance GPS for 21st century project managers.

    Emotional Intelligence for Project Leaders

  • The Joy of Herding Cats

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    About the Presentation

    Ms. Williams will present, "The Joy of Herding Cats: Influence on Projects without Direct Authority, " and discuss the key skills necessary to succeed, when and if, you find yourself managing a project without direct authority.

    The Joy of Herding Cats

  • How to present a winning Business case in 5 slides?

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    You’ve already put a great deal of work into preparing a solid business case for your project or idea. But when it comes to the critical presentation phase, how do you earn the support of decision makers in the room? How do you present your case so that it’s clear and straightforward while also persuasive?
    This presentation introduces a practical framework for developing Executive Briefings and Presentations on the contents of your Business Case. Participants will explore a step-by-step approach to designing concise, information-packed presentations using Strategic Business Case Canvas that provides structure and visual guidance for creating powerful presentations.

    How to present a winning Business case in 5 slides?

  • Seven Secrets of Highly Effective Retrospectives

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    About the Presentation

    Retrospectives are the core of agility. And yet they are often the scrum ceremony that is most frequently skipped. Many teams like the idea of the retrospective but find them boring, or worse ineffective.

    Join Retrium CEO and Co-Founder David Horowitz as he reveals seven secrets that lead to effective retrospectives. You'll learn:* The best way to ensure your retrospectives lead to real change* The "pledge" everyone on your team must take before participating* How to know who to include in each retrospective* The single most important thing you can do to keep your team engaged during the retro* And much, much more!

    Seven Secrets of Highly Effective Retrospectives

  • Lean & Agile Enterprise Frameworks

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    About the Presentation

    Dr. David F. Rico will give a presentation on "Lean & Agile Enterprise Frameworks: For Managing Large U.S. Government Cloud Computing Projects," which are emerging models for managing high-risk, time-sensitive R&D-oriented new product development (NPD) projects with demanding customers and fast-changing market conditions (at the enterprise, portfolio, and program levels). Dr. Rico will establish the context, provide a definition, and describe the value-system for lean and agile program and project management.

    Lean & Agile Enterprise Frameworks

  • The Rebirth of Business Relationship Management

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    About the Program

    Business Relationship Management (BRM) is emerging as an essential discipline and organizational capability to optimize, realize, and sustain the value of investments in new business capability. As a discipline it is most visible and mature in managing external relationships with customers (B2C) and business partners (B2B). It is now emerging as a strategic capability within the enterprise seeking to unite internal providers and business partners across the value creation cycle. Emerging most visibly in harnessing the value of Information Technology, the BRM discipline is also applicable to optimizing the value of shared services to business partners and the enterprise at large.

    The Rebirth of Business Relationship Management

  • Build Quality In, Not at the End

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    About the Presentation

    Do you ship buggy products? Have you experienced a culture where people think, "It's not my job." Do you struggle with influencing individuals, teams and management to embrace practices that produce quality products? We are going to run an exercise that highlights advantages to adopt testing as early as possible in a project and what happens when you don't. We will also talk about recommended approaches to bring testing earlier into the project timeline.

    Build Quality In, Not at the End

  • Time Management & Team Communication Dynamics

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    About the Program

    This briefing will explore various personality types and how each type factors into managing time, project planning, ingesting information, and organizing our life/work. To get the most out of the presentation, please take the short personality type quiz via the link below. It is short and interesting.

    Time Management & Team Communication Dynamics

  • Leading/Managing Multiple Generations of Employees

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    About the Program

    How do you manage the up and coming generation? How do you manage someone who has already retired? What about someone who is a part-timer? Come and listen to Ray Cowan, General Manager of Chick-fil-A in Winchester as he presents tricks of the trade in striking a chord managing multiple generations.

    Join us for our first breakfast time event for the PMIWDC Shenandoah Valley Community, earn a PDU, and network with other Project Management Professionals in the Shenandoah Valley. Light breakfast will be served.

    Leading/Managing Multiple Generations of Employees

  • Successful Product Ownership without A Product Owner

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    About the Presentation

    What is the Product Owner (PO) role? Is it different in the federal space and the commercial space? What are the challenges that the PO face? If we were to define a PO persona, what would it look like? Does a conventional PO role work in the government? What changes are needed to enable the PO in the government? How would the PO role apply in the government settings? Does the organizational structure affect the PO role?

    The product owner role is one of the most demanding and critical roles on agile projects. The PO is engaged with the stakeholders (those who will be impacted by the product) as well as the development (delivery) team (those who will be delivering the product).

    Successful Product Ownership without A Product Owner

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