Team Building

Techniques for building trust, team identification, common purpose, etc.

  • March Reston Book Club Meeting - Thinking in Bets

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    About the Book

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

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

    March Reston Book Club Meeting - Thinking in Bets

  • February Reston Book Club Meeting - Winning the Long Game

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    The PMIWDC Reston Book Club is a forum for talking about books that touch on the widely varied challenges of project and program management. Our meeting on Winning the Long Game will take place on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. We will meet in the first floor meeting room in the offices of CACI from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

    February Reston Book Club Meeting - Winning the Long Game

  • January Reston Book Club Meeting - Rescue the Problem Project

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

    January Reston Book Club Meeting - Rescue the Problem Project

  • 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

  • Reston Agile Breakfast Club

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    The Reston Agile Breakfast Club is a unique event held the second Friday of the month except December. Come join other Agile professionals to discuss and understand the most challenging topics Agile faces with adoption to evolving as a practice. This event is an open forum providing each attendee's knowledge and perspective as the backdrop of learning from each other.

    Reston Agile Breakfast Club

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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"

  • 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

  • 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

  • The Art of the Digital M&A Deal

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

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

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

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

    The Art of the Digital M&A Deal

  • Maximizing the Value of Your PMI Membership

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

    Maximizing the Value of Your PMI Membership

  • Lead the Change with Values NOT Feelings

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

    Lead the Change with Values NOT Feelings

  • 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

  • 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

  • Introduction to Agile Bootcamp Course

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

    Introduction to Agile Bootcamp Course

  • Introduction to Agile Bootcamp Course

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

    Introduction to Agile Bootcamp Course

  • July Reston Book Club Meeting - Tribal Leadership

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

    July Reston Book Club Meeting - Tribal Leadership

  • Presentation, "Change Leadership Coaching that Gets Results!

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    About the Presentation

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

    Presentation, "Change Leadership Coaching that Gets Results!

  • A Key Ingredient for Project Management Success: Change Management

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

    A Key Ingredient for Project Management Success: Change Management

  • 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!'

  • 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

  • May Reston Book Club Meeting - Improving Retrospectives

    About the Book Club Meeting

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

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

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

    May Reston Book Club Meeting - Improving Retrospectives

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

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

    • integrate the facets of the Diamond Leadership Model

    • enhance skills mapped by PMI’s Talent Triangle

    • channel your innate leadership capabilities

    • discover how to become the best person you can be

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

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

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    About the Seminar

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

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

  • 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

  • Lean & Agile Organizational Leadership

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    About the Presentation

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

    Lean & Agile Organizational Leadership

  • 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

  • April Reston Book Club Meeting - Stretch

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    About the Book Club Meeting

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

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

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

    April Reston Book Club Meeting - Stretch

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

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    About the Presentation

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

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

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

  • Power-Up Your Career

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    Do you ever feel that you’re working hard, doing your best and speaking up but no one notices? Power-Ups for Your Career will help you be distinct and get noticed …in a positive way. The six skills covered in this program are not rocket science - but we will talk about neuroscience. Brand Yourself:

    • Build Deeper Connections

    • Develop Extraordinary Communication Skills

    • Be More Present

    • Gain Impact and Influence

    • Daily Habits for your Career

    Learn and practice these skills and boost your career.

    Power-Up Your Career

  • Power-Up Your Career

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    Do you ever feel that you’re working hard, doing your best and speaking up but no one notices? Power-Ups for Your Career will help you be distinct and get noticed …in a positive way. The six skills covered in this program are not rocket science - but we will talk about neuroscience. Brand Yourself:

    • Build Deeper Connections

    • Develop Extraordinary Communication Skills

    • Be More Present

    • Gain Impact and Influence

    • Daily Habits for your Career

    Learn and practice these skills and boost your career.

    Power-Up Your Career

  • 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

  • Kanban Essentials: Improving How We Work

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

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

    Kanban Essentials: Improving How We Work

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

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    About the Program

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

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

    Managing Motivation: Leadership Lessons from an AT Thru-Hike

  • February Reston Book Club Meeting - How Google Tests Software

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    About the Book Club Meeting

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

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

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

    February Reston Book Club Meeting - How Google Tests Software

  • 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

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

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    About the Program

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

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

  • January Reston Book Club Meeting - Team of Teams

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    About the Book Club Meeting

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

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

    About the Book

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

    January Reston Book Club Meeting - Team of Teams

  • 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

  • From Agile to Agility

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    About the Presentation

    Agile is a methodology. It is not the source of Agility, which is the momentum that only people can create. I am going to share with you the no-fail secret to increasing Agility on your Agile teams.

    From Agile to Agility

  • 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.

    Outcome:

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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Thinking Differently with Lean

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    About the Program

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

    Thinking Differently with Lean

  • The Public Sector - Resolving Today’s Leadership Challenges

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    About the Presentation

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

    The Public Sector - Resolving Today’s Leadership Challenges

  • 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

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

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    About the Presentation

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

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

  • Technology Portfolio Management for Project Managers

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    About the Presentation

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

    Technology Portfolio Management for Project Managers

  • 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

  • Project Managers and Senior Management - Learning to Dance

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    A favorite pastime in so many organizations, big and small, is for project managers to try to understand senior management’s intentions, expectations, the demands made of them, and subsequent requirements forwarded down the food chain. Conversely, senior management is frequently plagued with challenges to understand the tangible, contextual benefits of project management beyond knowing such people exist on the payroll. Many senior managers have managed organizations but have never actually managed a project! It’s not easy to sell project management to senior executives – but it’s not impossible and is necessary for organizational success. There’s an art of finessing such organizational behavior so resources are available to achieve desired or directed results while also providing a pathway for project managers to advance.

    Project Managers and Senior Management - Learning to Dance

  • Communication Tools & Techniques in a Virtual and Mobile World

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    About the Program

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

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

    Learning Objectives:

    Communication Tools & Techniques in a Virtual and Mobile World

  • Leading as an Introvert

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    About the Presentation

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

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

    Leading as an Introvert

  • 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

  • The Metrics of Project Management Performance and PMBOK

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    About the Program

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

    The Metrics of Project Management Performance and PMBOK

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

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    About the Presentation

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

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

    Team Development - Using the Tuckman Model to your Advantage!

  • Network Interaction Modeling

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    About the Presentation

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

    Network Interaction Modeling

  • Build Quality In, Not at the End

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    Have you experienced a culture where people think, "It's not my job." Do you struggle with influencing individuals, teams and management to embrace practices that produce quality products?

    The presentation we are going to run an exercise that highlights advantages to adopt testing as early as possible in a project and what happens when you don't. We will also talk about recommended approaches to bring testing earlier into the project timeline.

    Build Quality In, Not at the End

  • 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

  • Creating Your Own Personal Brand

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    About the Presentation

    Define Your Brand to Refine Your Image

    Creating Your Own Personal Brand

  • Organizational Readiness

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    Organizational Readiness is a critical success factor for Information Technology (IT) deployment projects. This is an area that is frequently overlooked and generally not managed by IT Project Managers. Ensuring that an organization is “ready” to use, operate, manage, administer, and support new IT systems/technologies prior to its deployment will result in a smoother transition to the new systems/technologies.

    Organizations that are “ready” will more easily and promptly adopt the newly deployed systems/technologies, fully realizing its intended benefits. This presentation explores the idea of Organizational Readiness as it relates to IT system/technology deployments and the importance of formally planning and managing it to ensure project success. It also challenges the idea that IT Project success is just delivering on time, on budget, and meeting requirements.

    Organizational Readiness

  • 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

  • Tips for Preparing a Winning Technical Proposal

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    About the Presentation

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

    Tips for Preparing a Winning Technical Proposal

  • Emotional Intelligence for Project Leaders

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    About the Program

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

    Emotional Intelligence for Project Leaders

  • 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

  • Time Management & Team Communication Dynamics

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    About the Program

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

    Time Management & Team Communication Dynamics

  • Leading/Managing Multiple Generations of Employees

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    About the Program

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

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

    Leading/Managing Multiple Generations of Employees

  • Successful Product Ownership without A Product Owner

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    About the Presentation

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

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

    Successful Product Ownership without A Product Owner

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

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    About the Presentation

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

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

    Implementing and Maintaining an Earned Value Management System (EVMS)

  • Engaging Your Team for Agile Success

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    About the Webinar

    The realities of complexity and rapid change drove the need for agile development and project management, and taken together, became an environment that calls for more trusting and inspiring leadership. We need to encourage both initiative and collaboration, encouraging information gathering and solutions at the front lines. Some basic concepts help PMs achieve this shift in operating mode, allowing greater independent action and still keeping control of the project.

    Engaging Your Team for Agile Success

  • Fostering Innovation in Projects

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    About the Presentation

    Innovation is not always associated with project management but projects are one time opportunities and unique endeavors. Sometimes they may be the only time for organizations to innovate as the opportunities may simply not exist after the project. This presentation is based on several case studies in innovation from the First Industrial Revolution primarily the Transcontinental Railroad but also the Ironbridge, and Stockton Darlington Railway. These case studies have rarely been associated with innovation (and projects) and this is what makes this presentation so unique. Through these case studies the presentation highlights the importance of innovation and why it needs to be considered in projects.

    Fostering Innovation in Projects

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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!

  • The Code of Trust

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    About the Presentation

    In this talk, Robin shares his strategies that he teaches to CEOs, agents, and other leaders on how to build trust with anyone in any situation.

    The Code of Trust

  • The Agile Mindset for Project Managers: A Hands-on Case Study

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    About the Seminar

    In this seminar we will explore the Agile Mindset in depth and how talk about how to practically grow towards it and even spread it. If you are just starting your agile journey, then save yourself a lot of time and come learn about the essence of succeeding with Agile; its mindset.

    If you have been practicing Agile for some time, also join us since we will explore key aspects of the Agile Mindset including how it impacts planning, estimating and executing.

    This is neither a theoretical, nor philosophical seminar. On the contrary, it will be a very practical one with many “from the trenches“ stories – hopefully including possible solutions to your own challenges. The seminar will go through a hands-on case study so we can practice and discuss what we learn throughout the day.

    The Agile Mindset for Project Managers: A Hands-on Case Study

  • 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

  • Avoiding the Agile Death March

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    About the Presentation

    In project management, the phrase "death march" refers to the demoralizing experience people assigned to a doomed project have just prior to and during its death throes. Agile teams generally avoid this type of death march, but can experience another, potentially more harmful, death march. Join us to explore this risk and discuss how to avoid the agile death march.

    Avoiding the Agile Death March

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