Sociological

Managing diverse teams: effects of culture, generation, gender, etc., on management / communication needs

  • The World Needs Braver Leaders!

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    LEADER: Anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes and has the courage to develop that potential. – Brené Brown

    What if you weren’t born to be a leader? What if your “boss” isn’t a good leader? Should you worry? Should you give up, “fall in line,” and wait for others to show you the way?

    Positively, absolutely, without any doubt, NO!

    The World Needs Braver Leaders!

  • Adapt Or Die - Just Surviving is Not What Matters Today, but Adopt, Adapt, and become Adept

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    It is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is also not the strongest that survives, but the species that survives is the one that is able to adapt to and to adjust best to the changing environment in which it finds itself, so says Charles Darwin.


    Explore with us the Strategic Execution Framework, developed by the Stanford Advanced Project Management program. The Strategic Execution Framework is a reflection tool for organizations which seek to examine all the elements within that organization to establish whether projects and programmes are aligned with the organization's overall strategy and goals, to ensure that critical initiatives achieve their intended results.

    Adapt Or Die - Just Surviving is Not What Matters Today, but Adopt, Adapt, and become Adept

  • Project Managing Remote Teams

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    This interactive workshop provides participants with key techniques and insights into managing remote teams while balancing the project constraints. The five most critical aspects of managing a remote team will be discussed in-depth with hands-on exercises to demonstrate principles and best practices. The five aspects are: communication, team-building, technology, knowledge management, and cultural considerations. All participants receive a robust participant guide that provides a 30-60-90 day action plan to maximize learning retention and application within the work environment.

    Project Managing Remote Teams

  • October Reston Book Club Meeting

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    Free meeting for Chapter members.
    Preregistration, reading the book before the meeting, and bringing a copy (e-book okay) of the book to the meeting is required.

    Purchase the book through Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Helping-People-Change-Coaching-Compassion/dp/1633... Current price is $26.00 for the hardback edition on Amazon. 

    An E-book version is fine if you can find one. It may also be available from your local library.

    About the Book Club Meeting

    October Reston Book Club Meeting

  • September Reston Book Club Meeting - The 10X Rule

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    Free meeting for Chapter members.
    Preregistration, reading the book before the meeting, and bringing a copy (e-book okay) of the book to the meeting is required.

    Purchase the book through Amazon here

    https://www.amazon.com/10X-Rule-Difference-Between-Success/dp/0470627603...

    An E-book version is fine if you can find one. It may also be available from your local library.

    September Reston Book Club Meeting - The 10X Rule

  • August Reston Book Club Meeting - Will It Fly?

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    Free meeting for Chapter members.
    Preregistration, reading the book before the meeting, and bringing a copy (e-book okay) of the book to the meeting is required.

    Purchase the book through Amazon here

    https://www.amazon.com/Will-Test-Business-Waste-Money/dp/0997082305/ref=...

    An E-book version is fine if you can find one. It may also be available from your local library.

    August Reston Book Club Meeting - Will It Fly?

  • Ten Leadership Lessons From Running Marathons On All Seven Continents

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    Register TODAY! Monthly Dinner meeting attendees have a chance to win one of our exciting prizes including a $100 gift card to the Pacers Running Store or a complimentary registration for the 2019 PMIWDC PM Symposium (a $245 value)! The first 100 attendees will be registered twice for the Prize Drawing - increasing your chances to win! Advanced registration is recommended to ensure space availability and an expedited registration check-in onsite.  

    Ten Leadership Lessons From Running Marathons On All Seven Continents

  • July Reston Book Club Meeting - Lean UX

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    Open book discussion

    Free meeting for Chapter members.
    Preregistration, reading the book before the meeting, and bringing a copy (e-book okay) of the book to the meeting is required.

    Purchase the book through Amazon here

    https://www.amazon.com/Lean-UX-Designing-Great-Products/dp/1491953608/re...

    An E-book version is fine if you can find one. It may also be available from your local library.

    July Reston Book Club Meeting - Lean UX

  • The Strategic Project Manager

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    Congratulations! You are a project manager! Whether this is your first project or you are seasoned with a successful history of getting things done, you’ve realized that your ability to maneuver around the obstacles and over the hurdles is highly dependent on the relationship between your project goals and the value of your results to the business. It is critically important to understand the business impact of your decisions.

    The Strategic Project Manager

  • Your Future as a Project Manager

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    Register TODAY to learn about the  challenges of today’s project managers, the issues facing the profession in the near future, and the specific skills a project manager must attain. In addition, Monthly Dinner meeting attendees have a chance to win one of our exciting prizes - a complimentary registration for the 2019 PMIWDC PM Symposium (a $200 value) or a $100 Gift Certificate from Hilo Hattie (the world's largest manufacturer, distributor and retailer of Made in Hawaii fashions, foods, gifts, jewelry and more)! The first 100 attendees will be registered twice for the Prize Drawing - increasing your chances to win! Advanced registration is recommended to ensure space availability and an expedited registration check-in onsite. 

    Your Future as a Project Manager

  • June Reston Book Club Meeting - Herding Tigers

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    Preregistration, reading the book before the meeting, and bringing a copy (e-book okay) of the book to the meeting is required.

    Purchase the book through Amazon here

    https://www.amazon.com/Herding-Tigers-Leader-Creative-People/dp/07352117...

    An E-book version is fine if you can find one. It may also be available from your local library.

    June Reston Book Club Meeting - Herding Tigers

  • Self-Care for Project Managers, 5 Tips to help you blend your personal and work life and perform better in your job

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    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.

    Are you pulling your hair out as a PM on your project? Are people not following up like you asked them to for the 100th time? Are you dealing with infighting and team struggles? Do you feel overworked, overwhelmed and stressed out? Come to this session, relax, and learn a few tips that you can implement now to help ease the effects of working intense projects. As a Project Managers you know you are the front line of any project and often take the brunt of the stress of balancing project needs, issues, and executive pressure. The effects of a stressful project can affect your sleep, performance, and health.

    Self-Care for Project Managers, 5 Tips to help you blend your personal and work life and perform better in your job

  • Changing Spaces

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    Two IT Professionals have transitioned from the corporate IT world to owning and operating their own "space based" logistics based businesses: Office Evolution Herndon and Staged Interior, Chantilly. Hear which project management skills these entrepreneurs are finding most useful in their new careers.

    Changing Spaces

  • The Organic PMO

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    The Organic PMO. Standing a Project Management Office (PMO) can be arduous, time consuming, expensive, and a difficult process to undergo. Lack of support and buy-in at the top and low levels of an organization contribute to the failure and lack of adoption of a PMO. Our discussion will center on how to successfully stand up a PMO from the bottom-up that will be embraced by an organization. We will focus on how to jumpstart an organizational grass roots movement to help evangelize and rally project managers to discuss and define pain points and ultimately work together to implement and improve PM processes, tools, and frameworks in a collaborative manner. An “Organic PMO” does not start off as a PMO that is mandated by senior management, rather it is built slowly and incrementally instituting small successes along the way to demonstrate business value.

    The Organic PMO

  • May Reston Book Club Meeting - Human + Machine

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    Preregistration, reading the book before the meeting, and bringing a copy (e-book okay) of the book to the meeting is required.

    Purchase the book through Amazon here

    https://www.amazon.com/Human-Machine-Reimagining-Work-Age/dp/1633693864/...

    An E-book version is fine if you can find one. It may also be available from your local library.

    May Reston Book Club Meeting - Human + Machine

  • Managing Risk & Change in Information Technology Projects

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    Through a very interactive seminar combining lecture and workshops, participants will gain a much better idea of how best to deal with key risks on I.T. projects using both Agile approaches and traditional approaches.

    Participants will learn:

    • Key definitions, concepts and PMBOK® Guide processes involving Risk
    • To define key risks in your I.T. projects
    • How to use Agile to resolve I.T. project’s problems
    • The types of projects and types of risks that are good candidates for using traditional (Waterfall) approaches
    • Change Management & Configuration Management on I.T. projects
    • Process and documentation for Change Management/Configuration Management

    Managing Risk & Change in Information Technology Projects

  • April Reston Book Club Meeting - Scrum Mastery

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    Preregistration, reading the book before the meeting, and bringing a copy (e-book okay) of the book to the meeting is required.

    Purchase the book through Amazon here

    https://www.amazon.com/Scrum-Mastery-Good-Great-Servant-Leadership/dp/09...

    An E-book version is fine if you can find one. It may also be available from your local library.

    April Reston Book Club Meeting - Scrum Mastery

  • Building Future Teams

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    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.

    Too often we are thrown into arbitrary teams and told to just “make it work” without regard for our innate abilities. Many times, this results in a lack of cohesion and we start to view our team members as either heroes or villains. We become so accustomed to this way of working that we do not realize how this environment zaps our powers and limits our collective potential for greatness.

    Building Future Teams

  • Building Future Teams

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    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.

    Too often we are thrown into arbitrary teams and told to just “make it work” without regard for our innate abilities. Many times, this results in a lack of cohesion and we start to view our team members as either heroes or villains. We become so accustomed to this way of working that we do not realize how this environment zaps our powers and limits our collective potential for greatness.

    Building Future Teams

  • Lead Smart, Not Hard!

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    About the Program

    Effective Leadership is crucial and is the key to defining the overall success of outcome at all levels -- personal and professional. It is a much-needed skill even if you are not directly managing people.

    In this session, you will receive simple and practical easy to use strategies. When applied, we expect to help you transform your existing leadership capabilities from your best to even better. It will lead you with a better understanding of self, improving your style of engagement with your all relationships and social networks, influence and inspire others, and achieve greater personal well-being and professional success.

    Lead Smart, Not Hard!

  • 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

  • D.I.C.E- A Simple Guide to Mentorship

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    Project Management in Driving Digital Transformation at Scale and Speed

    D.I.C.E- A Simple Guide to Mentorship

  • 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

  • Business Management - Business Models and Structures- CANCELLED

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    This event has been canceled due to expected inclement weather.

    The evolution of structures is driven by strategy.
    Transforming structures to support the business is a continuous process.
    The complexity is driven by time to market, the volume of change, and talent mix.
    Resource fulfillment: bodies vs talent.
    Are you solving the problem at the right level?
    Be tactical and strategic.

    Business Management - Business Models and Structures- CANCELLED

  • 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

  • Mind the Gap: Managing Motivation in Your Organization

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    About the Program

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

    Mind the Gap: Managing Motivation in Your Organization

  • The Only Team Role Model You’ll Ever Need

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

    The Only Team Role Model You’ll Ever Need

  • 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

  • Transition from Manager to a Leader

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    About the Program

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

    Transition from Manager to a Leader

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Expect the Unexpected – Mitigating Hidden Risks in a Global Environment

  • The Art of the Digital M&A Deal

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

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

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

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

    The Art of the Digital M&A Deal

  • Creating the Recipe for Communication Success!

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

    Creating the Recipe for Communication Success!

  • August Reston Book Club Meeting - Agile Metrics

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    About the Book Club Meeting

    About the Book Club Meeting

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

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

    August Reston Book Club Meeting - Agile Metrics

  • How to Master your Career like a Pro

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

    How to Master your Career like a Pro

  • Influencing without Authority

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

    Influencing without Authority

  • Transition from Manager to a Leader

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


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

    Transition from Manager to a Leader

  • 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

  • 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!'

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Veteran to Civilian Transition as PMPs

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    Veteran to Civilian Transition as PMPs
    Nathan J. Kerr PMP lead instructor and founder of PMCertDC will be speaking on the challenges veterans face entering the civilian workforce as PMPs. Nathan will also be speaking of the hidden opportunities of veteran employment. This aligns with the PMI PMBOK regarding Resource Management.

    Veteran to Civilian Transition as PMPs

  • 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

  • March Reston Book Club Meeting - The Inevitable

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    About the Book Club Meeting

    About the Book Club Meeting

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

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

    March Reston Book Club Meeting - The Inevitable

  • Read and Lead Through Body Language

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

    Read and Lead Through Body Language

  • 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

  • The State of the Middle Market M&A 2018

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    Have you ever survived a merger or acquisition of an employer? Wonder why acquiring or merging with another company seems so attractive? Want to successfully buy or sell a business? Although companies spend more than $2 trillion on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) every year, 70% to 90% of them fail. Selling or merging a business is not like selling a house. There are many obstacles to a successful business sale or merger. Much planning is needed to identify the obstacles faced by business owners, and overcome or minimize the effect of the obstacles. We will identify the trends of the M&A market for 2018 and focus specifically on opportunities for middle market companies.

    The State of the Middle Market M&A 2018

  • The Project Manager and Adult Learning: Examining the “How” from a Cognitive Perspective

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    image234About the Program

    This event will include lunch for $12.00 per person. The Project Manager and Adult Learning: Examining the “How” from a Cognitive Perspective Project management is formally defined as “the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities” for the purpose of meeting project requirements, or in very succinct terms, to realize value. However, before application, there must be acquisition and development, the quality of which directly impacts application outcomes. This fact directs our attention to the vital role that adult learning and development plays in the overall project management process - from learning to value realization.

    The Project Manager and Adult Learning: Examining the “How” from a Cognitive Perspective

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Overcoming Key Barriers of Digital Transformation, from Phillip Simulis

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    About the Presentation

    Phillip Simulis will present, " Overcoming Key Barriers to Digital Transformation

    Overcoming Key Barriers of Digital Transformation, from Phillip Simulis

  • 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

  • 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

  • Is That What You Call It? Finding Commonality for Strategic Allocation of Resources

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    About the Presentation

    Ultimately the allocation of scarce resources should be tied to the Strategic goals and objectives of an organization. In large organizations, such as the Department of Defense (DoD) or Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), there are substantial management and business processes in place in an effort to get the most bang for the buck. These processes include Planning, Programing, Budgeting, Execution, Policy, Acquisition, and many more. The implementation of all of these processes ultimately rests on the shoulders of a Program Manager and skills in managing his or her program. But let’s back up a minute. What is a Program? Across the Federal Government, is there a common definition of what one is? How does a program get started? How does it tie into the “big picture”? Is there a portfolio of programs built upon a portfolio owner’s strategy?

    Is That What You Call It? Finding Commonality for Strategic Allocation of Resources

  • 8 Stakeholder Relationship Techniques

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    About the Program

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

    8 Stakeholder Relationship Techniques

  • The 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

  • 7 Critical Steps to Digitize Your Business

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    About the Presentation

    Why is digitization of your business important?

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

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

    7 Critical Steps to Digitize Your Business

  • The 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

  • 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

  • Emotional Intelligence for Project Leaders

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    About the Program

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

    Emotional Intelligence for Project Leaders

  • 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

  • Searching for - and Finding - Your Dream Job!

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    About the Presentation

    There are many reasons why experienced professionals may decide to start searching for a new position. Once you've identified that it's time to move on to the next challenge, embarking on a job search can seem overwhelming!

    This presentation will offer insights on effective, successful search strategies, whether looking for your next contract opportunity or full-time position. From developing your brand and updating resumes to effective networking and research activities, this presentation will offer practical, actionable advice that will make your search what is should be...fun!

    Searching for - and Finding - Your Dream Job!

  • Write It, Speak It!

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    About the Program

    Strong communication skills are essential leadership. In this workshop, you will learn techniques to more effectively communicate with your clients, coworkers, and peers through both written and oral messaging. You will learn how to engage your audience, whether it’s a room full of colleagues or just you and your boss. You will learn how the Power of Storytelling and the Power of Three can enhance your Power of Persuasion—and have a chance to practice it. Finally, you will learn vocal and gesturing techniques to enhance your oral presentations. You will leave the session with important tools that will make you a more effective communicator and leader.

    Write It, Speak It!

  • Getting Teams Unstuck

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    About the Program

    When teams get stuck on complex problems, it can torpedo a project’s success. Using games at work, however, can get teams thinking about problems in new ways, bring hidden ideas to the forefront, and get them quickly moving in the right direction. This presentation will incorporate a number of fun, interactive games to show the power of how games can enliven and empower a team to think in different ways, solve their own problems in hours not days, and dramatically increase cohesiveness and trust between team members.

    Getting Teams Unstuck

  • 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

  • Getting at Your Team's Get-Up-and-Go

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    About the Program

    Motivating Team members is no mean feat. It’s not easy when the projects we are facing are administratively heavy, challenging, or just plain daunting. And yet, we’re charged with getting team members to buy into, accept and ultimately deliver on our organization’s efforts. There are ways to identify specific behaviors among your peers and your team members that will energize and excite them and will open the doors for you to feel better about the work you’re doing and how it’s getting done. Carl Pritchard talks through motivators from T-Shirts to Team-Building, and speaks to how the PM Tools can actually be a major key to effective motivation.

    Getting at Your Team's Get-Up-and-Go

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Running the American Odyssey Relay Race on the Legs of Project Human Resources Management

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    About the Presentation

    The American Odyssey Relay (AOR) is a 200-mile, 2-day, 12-person team relay race that takes place every spring. The race adventure begins in Gettysburg, PA, making its way through beautiful wooded areas and small towns in the Blue Ridge Mountains, across the Mason-Dixon Line, through Antietam Battlefield then along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal before finishing along the harbor in Washington, DC. The race is difficult and often grueling with significant elevation changes, night running, cold temperatures and usually rain; all accomplished on little to no sleep. The most difficult part, however, is forming a team that is willing to endure 30 plus hours together in a van and keeping that team relatively happy, healthy and hungry (to win).

    Running the American Odyssey Relay Race on the Legs of Project Human Resources Management

  • 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

  • The Impossible PMO™: Lessons Learned from Running an All-Volunteer PMO

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    About the Presentation

    The Project Management Day of Service™ took on the monumental task of changing the perception of the Project Management profession by asking “What’s next for Project Managers?” Wanting more for the profession, this group believed that Project Management deserved to sit among the industries called upon to provide pro bono services to the community.

    How do you build an organization and create endless enthusiasm with a group of volunteers trying to do something that has never been done before? Internationally recognized as an unprecedented event to bring together hundreds of nonprofits and project managers from the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area, the PMDoS™ was an idea aimed at raising the profile of the project management profession, while serving those organizations that work tirelessly to make a difference in our community.

    The Impossible PMO™: Lessons Learned from Running an All-Volunteer PMO

  • 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

    • Project Management Blunders - Lessons in Risk Management from Titanic

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      About the Seminar

      The process of gathering and managing requirements can be difficult enough but when stakeholders start to meddle project risks can get quickly out of control.

      Managing Project Risk in the Face of Meddling Stakeholders

      Project Management Blunders - Lessons in Risk Management from Titanic

    • Breakthrough IT Project Portfolio Performance

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      About the Seminar

      This seminar will teach nine disciplined techniques for boosting the performance of IT project portfolios dramatically. It focuses on three primary drivers of project portfolio performance:

      1) Maximal-impact Project Selection™—picking the highest-impact projects possible.

      2) Maximum throughput of project completions—getting as many projects done as possible, within resource constraints.

      3) Optimal portfolio reliability—delivering as many projects within plan as is optimal for the organization’s risk tolerance and resource levels.

       

      Breakthrough IT Project Portfolio Performance

    • Project Management – It’s All About Paying Attention

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      About the Presentation

      In the summer of 2012, Karen Davey-Winter took an eight-week road trip around the United States with her 10-year-old son. It became a project in mindfulness. Every week they had a different theme, and every week they paid attention to what showed up. They learned that when you pay attention to something, the following happens:

      Project Management – It’s All About Paying Attention

    • Getting Teams Unstuck

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      About the Program

      When teams get stuck on complex problems, it can torpedo a project’s success. Using games at work, however, can get teams thinking about problems in new ways, bring hidden ideas to the forefront, and get them quickly moving in the right direction. This session will incorporate a number of fun, interactive games to show the power of how games can enliven and empower a team to think in different ways, solve their own problems in hours not days, and dramatically increase cohesiveness and trust between team members.

      Getting Teams Unstuck

    • Stop Thinking and Start Doing!

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      About the Presentation

      Good ideas without execution remain good ideas…it takes action to create new value and that is what Project Managers must be accountable for…action. Project Managers play an absolutely critical role as a catalyst for driving innovation and change in organizations. There are millions of reasons why things cannot be done. Focus on the way you can. There are no acceptable excuses. The most oft used excuse for inaction is to blame the culture of the organization. Don’t fall into that trap! You control what you say and what you do. If you want something done differently…do it! Be accountable for the change you seek. Innovation and change triggers the corporate (or federal) immune system. In short, corporate antibodies seek out and destroy anything (and the person driving it) that does not look like the rest of the organization.

      Stop Thinking and Start Doing!

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