Government

Federal, state, local or tribal government entities / Contractor for such entities

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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. Futhermore, we’ll collect from each other several ideas for how to overcome those issues.

    Unlike other meet-ups, 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

  • 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

  • US Citizenship and Immigration Services' Agile Transformation

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    Historically, federal delivery has been slow, late, incomplete, and over budget. Using modern development practices, agile, DevSecOps, cloud, etc., US Citizenship and Immigration Services has evolved over the past 6 years from yearly releases to production to daily production releases with zero down time on large applications with multiple teams. Joshua Seckel led and directed USCIS as the Applied Technology Division Chief where he was responsible for Quality Assurance, Independent Test, Enterprise Architecture, Release Management, and Agile Coaching for all of USCIS. He created and implemented the policies that allowed development teams to be able to move from waterfall slower delivery to DevSecOps delivery on par with many commercial companies. This discussion will look at the cultural and technical challenges and solutions that were found at USCIS during this transformation.

    US Citizenship and Immigration Services' Agile Transformation

  • 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

  • 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. Futhermore, we’ll collect from each other several ideas for how to overcome those issues.

    Unlike other meet-ups, 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

  • 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

  • Recruiting

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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.

    Recruiting

  • 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

  • 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

  • Solving Your Agile Pain Points

    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 meet-up has a focus on Agile PM. We will be discussing pragmatic solutions to real agile project problems. Just real PMs talking about the Agile and how we can solve daily challenges.

    Solving Your Agile Pain Points

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • How to Ease Fear of Organizational Change

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    About the Event

    When organizations are ready to adopt Agile at the enterprise level, people are resistant to organizational changes and have a fear of change due to loss. The organizational change could not take effect if management ignores people’s fear of change. The workshop uses Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to help audience recognize signs of fear and understand what caused the fear. In addition, the workshop will practice on how to use both self-actualization and NLP Logical Levels of Change methods to deal with the fear due to changes.
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    How to Ease Fear of Organizational Change

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Agile Contracting

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    About the Presentation

     

    This event will review the application of agile software development principles in corporate support functions.

    Agile Contracting

  • The ServiceNow Effect – Project and Portfolio Management Moves to the Cloud

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    About the Program

    ServiceNow’s Jakarta release of its IT Business Management (ITBM) Solution leverages a common platform, a configuration management database, and resource capabilities to align strategy with critical business and technology services, programs, and applications. Project and Portfolio managers are talking about using a common platform, flexible workflow, and configurability as prominent features that are helping them to deliver on their strategic technology portfolios. A demo of the Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) Suite will highlight:

    The ServiceNow Effect – Project and Portfolio Management Moves to the Cloud

  • 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

  • The Science of Effective Training and Learning

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    About the Event

    For too long, traditional classroom instructions have been created on the assumptions that they should be fact based. In the corporate world too, most of the training and lecture content is printed on power point slides. Some might not know that this is not the most effective way to teach or learn. The problems we face with this approach are, learners lose interest during the training or lecturing session and/or they can not retain the information given to them. Various researchers have shown brain based learning techniques are most helpful. Brains normal process is to learn new information or enhance any information. As long as our brains are not prohibited from fulfilling its normal process, learning will occur.

    The Science of Effective Training and Learning

  • 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

  • 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

  • How to Ease Fear of Organizational Change

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    About the Event

    When organizations are ready to adopt Agile at the enterprise level, people are resistant to organizational changes and have a fear of change due to loss. The organizational change could not take effect if management ignores people’s fear of change. The workshop uses Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to help audience recognize signs of fear and understand what caused the fear. In addition, the workshop will practice on how to use both self-actualization and NLP Logical Levels of Change methods to deal with the fear due to changes.

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    How to Ease Fear of Organizational Change

  • 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

  • PM Saturday - Kanban Essentials Improving How We Work

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    About the Program

    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.

    PM Saturday - Kanban Essentials Improving How We Work

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • How to Ease Fear of Organizational Change

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    About the Program

    The audience will learn it is OK to have a fear when undergoing organizational changes. The workshop provides exercises to help the audience identify their fear, the cause of the fear, and learn how to overcome the fear during organizational changes such as scaling to enterprise Agile. We expect the audience to walk away with a method they can use to deal with their fear due to changes.

    How to Ease Fear of Organizational Change

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • CANCELLED - Solving Your Agile Pain Points

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    About the Event

    This Event Has Been Cancelled

    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.

    CANCELLED - Solving Your Agile Pain Points

  • Agile Concepts through Games

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    About the Event

    Do you have questions about Agile and how to get your teams to understand concepts? There are many methods to get teams to understand and embrace Agile.

    Unlike other meet-ups, this is not a lecture. Instead, we will have coaching expertise to introduce a game in which we will all participate. The goal is that you will learn Agile concepts from game participation. In addition, you will be able to take what you have learned back to your teams.

     

    Agile Concepts through Games

  • 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

  • Agile Retrospectives

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    About the Event

    Do you run retrospectives for your agile teams? Do you find that you struggle with ideas to keep the teams excited to participate in your retrospectives?

    This presentation will include ideas that you can take back and use. Your teams will be excited and these ideas will help you generate great conversations.

    About this Meet-Up:

    This meet-up has a focus on Agile PM. We will be discussing pragmatic solutions to real agile project problems. Just real PMs talking about Agile and how we can solve daily challenges related to retrospectives.

    Agile Retrospectives

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The Metrics of Project Management Performance and PMBOK

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    About the Program

    Purpose: To acquaint participants with two levels of the 3M’s system of measuring, managing and improving all levels of performance.

    Objectives: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to:

    1. Define the total value of individual and team level performance contributions as measured by the proportionate value of their Key Value Areas (KVA).
    2. Develop at least one Performance Objective per KVA that has a weighting, measures and 3 standards of performance.
    3. Those who attend with a project team member will be able to develop measures of interdependent tasks and objectives.

    The Metrics of Project Management Performance and PMBOK

  • 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?

  • Live Streaming Your Marketing Campaign

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    About the Program

    In the next five (5) years mobile technology will outstrip the growth of the major utilities we all know and love, like…electricity. Understanding why live streaming is taking off, and how it ties into the growth of mobile technology. This presentation will explore what has created this dynamic interest, and the reason Facebook and YouTube are only just getting started. How many live streaming services to choose from and what you need to get started. Ms. Mattison will share her experiences on the six (6) major sources and why the competition is increasing daily and why you will want to jump in soon. What approach works for setting up your strategy for selling/marketing via live streaming to maximize your desired goals.

    Live Streaming Your Marketing Campaign

  • 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?

  • 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

  • Claim Your Pillars of Resilience

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    About the Program

    As a Program Manager, a key ingredient to continuing success is your ability to recognize what it takes to manage change, pressure, and setbacks which are key ingredients to higher levels of professional and personal success. This session will help you: (1) Identify the “pillars” of resiliency; (2) Give you an opportunity to practice resilient thinking through individual and small group exercises; and (3) Provide tips on steps to take to consistently be more resilient in and outside the office.

    Claim Your Pillars of Resilience

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Business Value of Agile Testing

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    About the Program

    This presentation will focus on the highly-disciplined contemporary new product development (NPD) approaches for rapidly building high-quality information technology-intensive systems.

    Business Value of Agile Testing

  • 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

  • Five Ways to Find Your Focus

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    About the Program

    If you are a leader you are certainly busy. It is easy to get lost in the weeds. Work piles up and demands your attention. Distractions surround you and knock you off track. People look up to you and want your advice. Superiors look down on you and want you to do more. Conflict haunts you and challenges your decisions. Frustrations set in and force you to withdraw. Your smart phone vibrates and you are late for a meeting. Your meeting starts but your mind is elsewhere.

    Welcome to leadership in the 21st Century. It is fast-paced, complex, stressful and overwhelming.

    Five Ways to Find Your Focus

  • PMI Talent Triangle and Managing Through the Perfect Storm

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    About the Program

    This event will include two presentations:

    First, Chris Grassmuck will share information about PMI's recently released Talent Triangle, and how this will influence future Shenandoah Valley Community events.

    Second, David Schwantes will present "Managing Through the Perfect Storm" sharing a recent project experience in Lublin, Poland through IBM's Corporate Services Corps.

    Come join us for this lunchtime event, earn a PDU, and network with other Project Management Professionals in the Shenandoah Valley. Light sandwiches and chips will be served.

    PMI Talent Triangle and Managing Through the Perfect Storm

  • United Way Project Stories in the Northern Shenandoah Valley

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    About the Program

    The presentation will share United Way's project experiences and lessons learned in the Shenandoah Valley.

    United Way Project Stories in the Northern Shenandoah Valley

  • 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

  • CANCELLED: Project Management - A Health IT Executive's View

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    Unfortunately this presentation has been cancelled as of October 1, 2015.

     

     

    About the Presentation:

     

    This award-winning presentation will describe how Blue Shield of California, realizing that Project Management skills were critical to the success of its strategy, conducted a full make-over of its Project Management capabilities, processes and culture, and integrated those into its operational and financial management for improved business outcomes.

    CANCELLED: Project Management - A Health IT Executive's View

  • CANCELLED: Bringing Order to Chaos: Where to Start When You Don’t Know Where to Start

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    About the Event

    THE FOLLOWING EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED Sometimes the most difficult part of a project is figuring out where to start. Who should I engage? What deliverables should I develop? How should I invest my time? Ideally, there is clear direction about how to progress from the beginning. More frequently, there are many ambiguities and conflicting direction. How you start out on a project can lay the groundwork for success… or take you down the path to failure. During this luncheon discussion, Scott will share some thoughts, suggestions, and real-life experiences about how best to start when you are trying to bring order to chaos.

    CANCELLED: Bringing Order to Chaos: Where to Start When You Don’t Know Where to Start

  • Improving Program Management in the Federal Government

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    There is a growing awareness within the federal government of the importance of improving agency programs and saving taxpayer dollars. Mr. Burton will address the challenges and obstacles facing the government as it seeks to improve program and project management at the agencies. He will also review legislation introduced this year in the House and Senate that is aimed at improving agency programs and professionalizing the federal program management workforce.

    Improving Program Management in the Federal Government

  • 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

  • Best Practices in Managing Stakeholder Expectations

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    About the Program

    Stakeholder Management is one of the most essential aspects of project management, regardless of the size or complexity of the project. However, stakeholder management is often overlooked, or it is relegated to an afterthought or secondary level of importance in the project management process.

    This PMI session will offer participants a sobering perspective on the various reasons why stakeholder management is often not viewed with the necessary level of seriousness when project managers are initiating or planning a project. The presenter will provide practical guidance and will offer best practice recommendations regarding the key steps to appropriately identifying and managing project stakeholders and their expectations in order to achieve best project closure results.

    Best Practices in Managing Stakeholder Expectations

  • Agile Scheduling

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

    Mike Santens leads discussion on use of Agile techniques in Project Management, with emphasis on scheduling.

    Agile Scheduling

  • Radical Risk Identification, moving Risk Management into the 21st Century

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    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. An extensive analysis of hundreds of programs has revealed a common set of program risks. By evaluating projects with a standard, comprehensive set of risks, projects can significantly reduce the monies required to address known and unknown risks.

    Radical Risk Identification, moving Risk Management into the 21st Century

  • Motivation – Key to success. How PM’s can leverage motivation to create highly effective teams

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    Coach Frank will focus on how to motivate a team. A motivated team can accomplish difficult tasks with ease. This meeting will focus on how motivation plays a key role in building effective teams. How a de-moralized team can be turned around to start performing like a highly effective team. The Session will focus on the following questions:
        How to recognize signs of de-moralized teams
        How PM's can motivate their teams to achieve the best result

      Motivation – Key to success. How PM’s can leverage motivation to create highly effective teams

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