Tools

Specific tips and techniques in the use of PM tools (SW, other)

  • March Reston Book Club Meeting - Thinking in Bets

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    About the Book

    Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts by Annie Krupp (2018). Current price is $13.99 for the Kindle edition on Amazon. The book may also be available from your local library.

    Even the best decision doesn't yield the best outcome every time. There's always an element of luck that you can't control, and there is always information that is hidden from view. So the key to long-term success is to think in bets: How sure am I? What are the possible ways things could turn out? What decision has the highest odds of success? Did I land in the unlucky 10% on the strategy that works 90% of the time? Or is my success attributable to dumb luck rather than great decision making?

    March Reston Book Club Meeting - Thinking in Bets

  • February Reston Book Club Meeting - Winning the Long Game

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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 Winning the Long Game will take place on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. We will meet in the first floor meeting room in the offices of CACI from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

    February Reston Book Club Meeting - Winning the Long Game

  • January Reston Book Club Meeting - Rescue the Problem Project

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    Rescue the Problem Project provides project managers, executives, and customers with an objective process for accurately assessing what is wrong and a clear plan of action for fixing the problem. Turnaround specialist Todd Williams has worked with dozens of companies in multiple industries resuscitating failing projects. In this book, he reveals an in-depth, start-to-finish process that includes: * Techniques for identifying the root causes of the trouble * Steps for putting projects back on track-audit the project, analyze the data, negotiate the solution, and execute the new plan * Nearly 70 real-world examples of what works, what doesn't, and why * Guidelines for avoiding problems in subsequent projects Many books explain how to run a project, but only this one shows how to bring it back from the brink of disaster.

    January Reston Book Club Meeting - Rescue the Problem Project

  • Maximizing the Value of Your PMI Membership

    About the Presentation

    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

  • 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

  • A Key Ingredient for Project Management Success: Change Management

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    About the Presentation

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • OCI's from a Contractor's Perspective

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    This presentation will cover the current state of the market, how to build an effective staffing plan and execute on the recruitment side, and the Art of Recruitment.

    OCI's from a Contractor's Perspective

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 'Kanban Essentials: Improving How We Work!'

    About the Presentation

    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!'

  • Technology Portfolio Management for Project Managers

    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.

    Technology Portfolio Management for Project Managers

  • 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

  • Maximizing the Value of Your PMI Membership

    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. It's ideal for both current members and project managers thinking of becoming members.

    Maximizing the Value of Your PMI Membership

  • 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

  • Business Value of Agile Organizations

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    About the Program

    These are emerging models for successfully managing 21st-century human-capital, knowledge, and Internet technology-intensive global businesses. Dr. Rico will establish the context, provide a definition, and describe the value-system for lean and agile organizational strategies. He'll provide an overview and comparative analysis of major lean and agile frameworks, models, principles, and practices. He’ll then introduce a meta-model for achieving business-level agility based upon best-of-breed values, principles, and practices discussed herein. He'll also provide a brief survey of the costs, benefits, and performance results achieved by lean and agile organizations. Finally, he'll close with a summary of tips, tricks, technique, and common pitfalls of the lean and agile business paradigm.

    Business Value of Agile Organizations

  • 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

  • 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

  • Why Projects Fail Even With High Performing Teams

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    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 a leading indicators of a project failure.

    Why Projects Fail Even With High Performing Teams

  • 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

  • CANCELLED Technology Portfolio Management for Project Managers

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    The book club has been cancelled due to inclement weather. Please watch your email if you have already registered.

    In today’s world, most technology projects need to handle increased complexity and large uncertainty along with fast-paced changes in 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.

    CANCELLED Technology Portfolio Management for Project Managers

  • Kanban Essentials: Improving How We Work

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    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The Upsides and Downsides of Project Metrics

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    Many people use metrics as either performance indicators, to drive performance in their organizations or both. What if the use of metrics drives exactly the wrong type of performance? Can some metrics do more harm than good? If so, what metrics are the best for my project / program / organization? How will I know which metrics can drive the performance that I am looking for? In this session, we will provide some tips on how metrics should be aligned with the objectives of your project, program or organization. Be prepared to participate in a lively discussion where differing opinions are welcome

    The Upsides and Downsides of Project Metrics

  • Manage Risks for Project Success

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    About the Program

    Don’t let the specter of Murphy’s Law haunt your projects. While risk is an undeniable fact of life, you can proactively manage threats to your success. Please join us to see how you can use the Project Management Institute’s risk management process to prepare you and your team to keep any project on track despite the obstacles that are sure to materialize along the way. We’ll use a practical example and a hands-on approach to explore the process.

    Manage Risks for Project Success

  • 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

  • 5 Myths Killing Agile in Government

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    About the Presentation

    Over the last 5 years, Agile approaches have seen widespread adoption across the US Federal Government. Where real commitment is given to proven Agile frameworks and techniques, programs do see significant improvement in value delivery and speed. But unfortunately often, ‘Agile’ nomenclature is used while perpetuating behaviors that make real improvement impossible and may actually make the lived experience worse for participants or stakeholders. And where Agile approaches fail, they add to a narrative that real methods won’t work in this environment. Many of the anti-patterns I’ve seen working as a Coach in the Public Sector are rooted in decisionmakers clinging to 5 myths about Agile in Government. This talk will explore these 5 myths, and some approaches for dealing with them.

    5 Myths Killing Agile in Government

  • 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

  • The Art of "Discovering" Product Features

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    Product discovery is a process that helps us make sure we're not just creating products that are usable, but also useful. The notion of requirements and design as a sequential, predictable and scheduled phase in a product development process is so ingrained in our industry that it’s often one of the most difficult habits for product organizations to break. Product organizations need to come to terms with the fact that the product invention process is fundamentally a creative process. It is more art than science. The session will present an opportunity to learn techniques in interactive, hands-on exercises.

    The Art of "Discovering" Product Features

  • Scaling Agile

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    About the Program

    In this highly interactive session you will learn how to scale Agile across multiple teams by adopting the core elements of the Scaled Agile framework. From setting common deliverables, to establishing priorities, these elements will ensure that your teams are in sync and delivering value to business. We’ll cover how the framework applies to project managers, how it intesects with the PMBOK, and give some tips for utilizing both methodologies in your projects.

    Scaling Agile

  • Breaking the Code of Earned Value Management

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    Breaking the Code of Earned Value Management

    About the Program

    In the world of civilian project management, your understanding of Earned Value Management (EVM) could mean the difference in a successful project or one that crashes and burns. It can also make or break your hopes of passing the PMP Exam. Unlike the military, most civilian projects are profit driven, and that means a keen focus on value creation and budget/schedule performance that can best be understood through the proper use of EVM. Tim Dalhouse shows you how to break the code of complexity surrounding EVM so you can master it like a pro!

    In 1 hour or less, you will learn:

    Breaking the Code of Earned Value Management

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Business Value of Agile Organizations: Strategies, Models, & Principles for Enterprise-Level Agility

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    About the Presentation

    Dr. David F. Rico will give a presentation on "Business Value of Agile Organizations: Strategies, Models, & Principles for Enterprise-Level Agility," which are emerging models for successfully managing 21st century human-capital, knowledge, and Internet technology-intensive global businesses. Dr. Rico will establish the context, provide a definition, and describe the value-system for lean and agile organizational strategies. He'll provide an overview and comparative analysis of major lean and agile frameworks, models, principles, and practices. He’ll then introduce a meta-model for achieving business-level agility based upon best-of-breed values, principles, and practices discussed herein. He'll also provide a brief survey of the costs, benefits, and performance results achieved by lean and agile organizations.

    Business Value of Agile Organizations: Strategies, Models, & Principles for Enterprise-Level Agility

  • 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

  • Leveraging Diverse Personalities to Achieve Enhanced Project Performance

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    About the Event

    Matrix-managed teams are becoming the norm as organizations merge and want to achieve cost savings through economies of scale. The reality of matrix teams is that you need to manage a diverse group of people from a variety of departments who don’t share the same priorities. The people don't report to you and you have little to no authority over their performance evaluation. However, you are responsible for the team's output. What’s a project manager to do?

    This session will introduce several approaches to help you sidestep potential pitfalls and leverage individual team member strengths and motivate successful collaborative relationships across complex organizational boundaries.

    Leveraging Diverse Personalities to Achieve Enhanced Project Performance

  • The Zero Defect Project

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    About the Event

    A Case study observation of a project received zero defects in the first User Acceptance Testing (UAT) cycle.

    The Zero Defect Project

  • 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

  • CANCELLED The Zero Defect Project

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    About the Event

    This Event Has Been Cancelled

    A Case study observation of a project received zero defects in the first User Acceptance Testing (UAT) cycle.

    CANCELLED The Zero Defect Project

  • 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 Other Tech Tools for Project Managers

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    About the Program

    You already know and use project management software and have your favorite. You’ve even expanded into some specialty software for tracking risk management or portfolio management. You have software for tracking your budget, resources, and doing complex Gantt charts. Those are all really good and helpful.

    But what about all the other tech tools out there that could help with important aspects of your project management work, like requirements gathering, user adoption, and communication? Have you leveraged technology into all aspects of your work as much as you could, should, or want to?

    The Other Tech Tools for Project Managers

  • 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

  • 7 Steps to Digitizing Your Business

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    About the Event

    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 Steps to Digitizing 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

  • PMO Startup - What Happens After the Award?

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    About the Seminar

    Government Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs), Multiple Agency Contracts (MACs) and Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQs) - Most companies struggle with at least one aspect of a Project/Program Management Office (PMO) implementation. This session provides insights into:

    PMO Startup - What Happens After the Award?

  • 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?

  • 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

  • Risk Management - Tools for the Journey

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    About the Seminar

    Uncertainties are everywhere and they are unavoidable. Learning to “look around corners” is a critical PM skill, but it is a journey not a destination. Fortunately there are many tools and techniques to help you on your way.

    This interactive, participatory seminar will help you build a risk management toolbox for your journey. In one day you will be introduced to common, standards-based risk management process frameworks and techniques, you will practice what you have learned using small group case studies and you will leave armed with a practical collection of broadly applicable risk management tips, tricks, and techniques.

    Risk Management - Tools for the Journey

  • Implementing and Maintaining an Earned Value Management System (EVMS)

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    About the Presentation

    This session will provide participants the needed points of reference for implementing and maintaining an Earned Value Management System (EVMS).

    Our speaker, Dale Gillam, in his many leadership positions from SAIC’s EVM and Scheduling focal point to active Board roles in NDIA, CPM, and NCMA, is a leader in the EVM field and well informed to shine the light on what it takes to implement and maintain an EVMS.

    Implementing and Maintaining an Earned Value Management System (EVMS)

  • UPDATED: Earned Value Management

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    The objective of Introduction to Earned Value Management is to introduce the students to basic earned value concepts and to recognize how to manage and report against the metrics that are produced. During this session, a simple case study will be presented and metrics calculated including cost variance, schedule variance, estimate at completion, to-complete-performance-index, etc. This overview fully follows the foundation provided in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) established by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

    UPDATED: Earned Value Management

  • Solving Your Agile Pain Points

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    About the Event

    Are you running into issues using Agile methods on your project? Do people argue over who should attend which meetings? Do you have unanswered questions about how Project Managers fit into the Agile World?

    This meetup is for people who have discovered the path to agile methods is not the easy street that was promised. We will learn from other project leaders which issues are common, and which are unique to your context. Furthermore, we’ll collect from each other several ideas for how to overcome those issues.

    Unlike other meetups, this is not a lecture. Instead, our facilitator will create an interactive exchange of which issues are bothering you, and which tips have worked for others. Please come to learn, share and experience conversations that will yield actionable tips for common issues with Agile methods.

    Solving Your Agile Pain Points

  • Program Risk ID – Radical Risk Identification for Product and Service Development

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    About the Presentation

    Product and service development programs are overrunning and failing at an ever increasing rate. A primary cause is the failure to identify cost, schedule and performance issues before they become obvious later in development, and are costly and time-consuming to address.

    An extensive analysis of over 500 programs has revealed a new, radical and comprehensive approach to risk identification, greatly improving both risk identification and risk management. Program Risk ID embodies several major improvements in risk identification, creating a comprehensive, standardized, and objective risk management tool. Program Risk ID can be used on one program or a program portfolio for direct risk identification measurement and trending through time.

    Program Risk ID – Radical Risk Identification for Product and Service Development

  • Are You Really Effective as a Scrum Master?

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    About the Presentation

    Today a huge number of organizations are making the transition to Agile. Many do it well, but a huge number of organizations struggle and don’t really do it well. The success of an Agile project has a lot to do with the effectiveness of the Scrum Master…. but this role and its importance is often not understood well enough…

    Here are some questions that arise often:

    • How is a Scrum master different from a traditional PM?
    • What are the key expectations for this role? What must I do differently?
    • What qualities are needed to become an effective Scrum Master?

    Come and join us for an engaging and interactive discussion …..

    Are You Really Effective as a Scrum Master?

  • Project Management Lessons Learned through Quips, Quotes, Anecdotes and Stories

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    About the Program

    What happens when you inject a little humor into a project? Or prepare an introductory funny story for a meeting you know is going to be tense? Or you just realize that you’re not the first PM to go through the wringer or get stuck a specific situation?

    Project Management Lessons Learned through Quips, Quotes, Anecdotes and Stories

  • EVM and Agile - Can They Co-exist?

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    About the Presentation

    As an Agile team member, are you trying to figure out where you are, exactly, in the bigger picture of product development compared to where you are expected to be? Are you are working on a government contract where Earned Value Management (EVM) implementation is mandatory, but would like to use Agile software development methods? Perhaps you're an Agile project manager often "translating" Agile iteration results for non-Agile stakeholders? As a product manager, would you like to be able to forecast the impacts of changes on your expected return on investment?

    EVM and Agile - Can They Co-exist?

  • POSTPONED: How to Improve Your Project Portfolio’s Return on Investment (ROI) by 10X

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    All projects are investments, yet most project portfolios aren’t managed with the same ROI focus and financial-management discipline that we’ve come to expect from the typical investment portfolio. Ask any PM what their primary job is, and they’ll likely say a lot about delivering projects within plan, but very little about maximizing ROI—or in public-sector terms, maximizing mission impact. As a result, a lot of potential “bang-for-the-buck” is left unexplored and, therefore, unexploited. This PM Tools session will provide an introduction to three techniques that, taken together, have the power to boost ROI by 10X or higher.

    POSTPONED: How to Improve Your Project Portfolio’s Return on Investment (ROI) by 10X

  • Radical Risk Identification - Moving Risk Management into the 21st Century

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    About the Presentation

    The PMBOK defines risk as ‘an uncertain event or condition that, if it occurs, has a positive or negative effect on one or more project objectives such as scope, schedule, cost or quality’. Known and unknown risks can impact projects significantly if not addressed. If risks are not identified, they cannot be addressed. If a risk costs $1000 to address early in a project, studies show that cost can increase to $300,000-$500,000 later in the project when hardware, software or both must be modified. Program risk identification is usually an ad hoc, non-comprehensive exercise.

    Radical Risk Identification - Moving Risk Management into the 21st Century

  • Social Media Strategy for Business

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    About the Program

    This presentation will explore the key steps and effective tools for developing a personal and/or business social media strategy.

    Social Media Strategy for Business

  • EDM: Earned Duration Management

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    Concept of schedule monitoring and control as one of the most important functions of management has not been fully exploited in projects and project management environment. One possible explanation could be the dominance of the Earned Value Management System (EVMS, also known as EVM). EVM was originally developed as a cost management and control tool which was extended to track the schedule as well. The EVM and its derivatives (e.g. Earned Schedule) use cost as a proxy to measure schedule performance to control duration of the project. While there is a correlation between schedule, cost, quality, and scope of a project, using cost to control duration has proven to be misleading.

    EDM: Earned Duration Management

  • Making Project, Portfolio and Program Management Practices Stick in a Skeptical Organization

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    About the Program

    Has your organization tried to implement project, portfolio or program management and ended up rejecting it? Or maybe it has never actually tried holding itself accountable at all? And now you're the one who gets to make it happen.

    The challenge is that people don't want to be changed, even when they know it is in their best interest. In this session, Dr. Douglas Brown provides an overview of an alternative refined over 20 years of experience in PMO implementations. The Simmer System(TM) is a step-wise approach to improving organizational processes and creating lasting change with a minimum of conflict. Think of this approach as a way to help managers help themselves instead of throwing darts at you.

    Making Project, Portfolio and Program Management Practices Stick in a Skeptical Organization

  • Agile and Government Contracting

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    About the Seminar

    Government contracting and project management always shared two common approaches – Traditional and Agile. However, the Clinger-Cohen Act (Pub. L No. 104-106, 1996) made Agile practices mandatory. Making this transition for many has been difficult and legally risky. Until now.

    Morning Session:

    • Learn to Agile fundamentals and map vocabulary to the PMBOK Guide®.
    • Understand how to apply Agile principles to execution of government contracts.
    • See how Agile architectural and engineering practices are used in government projects.
    • Apply advanced Agile practices to program and portfolio-level scheduling.
    • Master reporting compliance using Earned Value Management.

    Afternoon Session:

    Agile and Government Contracting

  • Harder Choices: Learn How to Make Hard Choices as a Project Manager

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    This presentation will discuss the difficult choices facing project managers in three different parts of the project lifecycle: 1) project selection, 2) execution and 3) project termination. It will provide methodologies, tools and advice to ensure your organization makes the right choices to increase success in projects as well as maximizing the business value delivered by projects.

    Harder Choices: Learn How to Make Hard Choices as a Project Manager

  • PMIWDC Reston Book Club September Meeting

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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 “Effective Work Breakdown Structures" by Gregory T. Haugan will take place on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. We will meet at the community room in the 1st floor Conference Room at L-3 from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

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

    About the Book

    Effective Work Breakdown Structures ,Gregory T. Haugan

    PMIWDC Reston Book Club September Meeting

  • The Executive Dashboard

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    About the Program

    How many times have you been facilitating a meeting and seen executives spend too much time on details that were completely irrelevant to the meeting? Your meeting is over and you didn’t even get the decisions made necessary to keep your project moving! Ugh. Bad news...we do it to ourselves! You gave them MORE information than they needed and distracted them from focusing on the immediate actions and decisions necessary to keep that project going.

    The Executive Dashboard

  • The Self Discovery Window

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    About the Program

    As we go through life we hear quotes, statements and criticisms that knock sense into our everyday life. Unfortunately, we are challenged to accept these words and apply change to our own lives. Most often we blame others, rather than take responsibility for our own growth and development. The Self-Discovery Window helps to identify some resources to take these 2x4 moments and build a strong foundation of empathy, respect and responsibility as we serve others.

    The Self Discovery Window

  • How to Facilitate Productive Meetings

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    About the Program

    We’ve all attended meetings we thought were a waste of time, where the person who called the meeting had no clear agenda, went off track, allowed the participants to hijack the meeting, or droned on and on…and on. This session will focus on how to facilitate productive meetings. Successful meetings begin with pre-meeting planning. Topics that will be discussed include:

    How to Facilitate Productive Meetings

  • PMIWDC Reston Book Club August Meeting

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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 “Managing the Telecommuting Employee: Set Goals, Monitor Progress, and Maximize Profit and Productivity" by Michael Amigoni and Sandra Gurvis will take place on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. We will meet at the community room in the 1st floor Conference Room at L-3 from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

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

    PMIWDC Reston Book Club August Meeting

  • Holistic Approach to Building Morale and Motivating

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    Motivation, worker behavior, and efficiency studies have been conducted since the industrial revolution. Management scientists like Abraham Maslow, Frederick Herzberg, and David McClelland all conducted studies in an attempt to better understand what truly motivates the average worker. These findings and additional studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and PME’s own survey of project managers and team members will all be discussed to further understand how to tap into the human psyche and position our project team members to be increasingly focused and productive. You will leave with a list of lessons learned and some actions to create a truly satisfying and productive project environment. This unique perspective considers the role of the whole team member and not just the “worker bee” that comes to work every day.

    Holistic Approach to Building Morale and Motivating

  • Agile Requirements Management

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    While agile improves many components of software delivery, one constant struggle for development is being able to accurately discern what the customer wants. This discussion will address common pitfalls in the requirements management cycle. During this time we will define risks and several strategies to mitigate these risks to improve the ability to deliver the desired results and the value an agile team brings to the organization.

    Agile Requirements Management

  • Case Study: Agile Techniques in 20th Century Enterprise IT Development

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    Monthly Quantico Outreach Lunchtime Toolkit Session; First Wednesday every month.

    About The Event

    A case study of early Agile techniques for program management: Challenges in Development and Fielding of the Tactical Combat Operations (TCO) system 1992-1995.

    Case Study: Agile Techniques in 20th Century Enterprise IT Development

  • PMIWDC Reston Book Club July Meeting

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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 “Inside the Box: A Proven System of Creativity for Breakthrough Results" by Drew Boyd will take place on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. We will meet at the community room in the 1st floor Conference Room at L-3 from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

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

    About the Book

    Inside the Box: A Proven System of Creativity for Breakthrough Results, Drew Boyd

    PMIWDC Reston Book Club July Meeting

  • The Basics of Schedule Planning – It’s all about Communication

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    Planning your project schedule is simple – all you need to do is go to your desk, roll up your sleeves, fire up Microsoft® Project on your computer, and begin typing – what could be simpler – Right?? Wrong! But this is the accepted belief (and practice) by many project managers. It is also one of the contributing factors for why so many projects fail each year – in excess of 60% according to some industry surveys. In this presentation we will discuss Schedule Planning, which is different than “Project Planning” in that we will be focusing on the project schedule and developing an accurate and comprehensive schedule that you can use to manage your project. We will introduce you to some proven project planning and scheduling techniques for determining the major tasks and evaluation milestones that are required to develop a comprehensive and manageable schedule plan.

    The Basics of Schedule Planning – It’s all about Communication

  • 9 Habits of a High Performing Project Manager

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    This session is for project management (PM) professionals at all levels who want to improve the practice of PM in their organization by deploying better habits. A constantly changing project environment dictates the use of every possible tool, process, and habit. In as much as these habits are neither revolutionary nor unique, when applied together they can positively influence the outcome of projects in a very significant way. Each habit’s simplicity is powerful and easy for any project manager to adopt. High-performing project managers routinely deploy all 9 habits to achieve excellence in executing small or large projects worldwide.

    Highlights:

    9 Habits of a High Performing Project Manager

  • Managing Projects As Investments: The Benefits Of Computing Critical Path Drag And Drag Cost

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    Every project is an investment. The value of that investment is usually extremely sensitive to project duration. Every project’s duration is determined by the longest path of work and constraints. However, traditional critical path analysis fails to provide metrics for activities on the critical path, saying only that their float is zero. Devaux will explain the new scheduling metric, critical path drag, that measures the time by which critical path tasks and constraints are delaying project completion. He will also explore the implications of that added time, another metric called drag cost that may be measured in dollars or in lost human lives.

    Managing Projects As Investments: The Benefits Of Computing Critical Path Drag And Drag Cost

  • Portfolio Management Categorization, Optimization and Recalibration

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    Project Portfolio Management is one of the key activities that an organization can perform to consistently deliver business value to its stakeholders. According to Gartner, IT spending is on pace to grow by $3.8 Trillion globally in 2015 which is a 2.4 % increase from 2014. Despite this slow growth outlook, IT organizations can utilize the core competencies of Project Portfolio Management to drive greater value creation through the process of categorization, optimization and recalibration of their IT investment assets. This presentation will discuss the challenges of creating business value through the vehicle of project portfolio management by providing insight into:

    Portfolio Management Categorization, Optimization and Recalibration

  • Organizational Structures, Modes of Power, and the Prisoner’s Dilemma

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    When you start a new project, do you actively think how you want to engage with your project team? Do you consider, the organizational structure, your options for wielding power? Do you consider the long- and short-term implications of your behavior with the team? Alan Zucker will share options for a project managers to consider when leading a new project team. He will present: • The impact of the project organizational structure on the project manager’s role and his/her ability to lead the project. • The classic roles of power—formal, relationship, and expertise—and how a project manager can use them. • A lesson from game theory—the prisoners’ dilemma—and what it teaches about long- and short-term incentives for collaboration. The primary intent of the presentation is to challenge project managers to proactively consider how they want to engage with their project teams.

    Organizational Structures, Modes of Power, and the Prisoner’s Dilemma

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