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  • Design Thinking and Project Management - What's in it for you?

    About the Presentation

    Participate in this interactive session to learn more about Design Thinking and how it impacts and enhances Project Management.

    Learn to focus on the users and user desired business outcomes, how to solve complicated business problems through the power of Design Thinking. Learn what it is, learn about creative co-creation – personas, empathy maps, storyboarding and how all of this can make you a more effective and efficient Project Manager. Get practical advice from industry leaders in Design Thinking and long time effective project managers.

    Design Thinking seems to be everywhere these days – Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg, and Fast Company as it has emerged as an innovative force. Join to learn how you can benefit from Design Thinking and Project Management.

    Design Thinking and Project Management - What's in it for you?

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

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    Canceled due to inclement weather. 

    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.

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

  • Be Purpose Driven, the Goals Will Work Themselves Out

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    Project or program managers should be purpose driven with a responsibility to make the customer successful by identifying the underlying needs of the client and satisfying those root causes (Success is not about the just meeting requirements, it’s about fulfilling the “why” behind requirement.)

    Be Purpose Driven, the Goals Will Work Themselves Out

  • The Three Basic Assumptions of Agile

    Agile methods often succeed when organizations focus on 3 basic ideas: The law of Small Teams (Why working in small teams is almost always better than large teams), The law of the Customer (Why creating value for customers is the only thing an organization should focus on), and The law of Networks (Why utilizing networks, not hierarchies, is the way organizations can foster collaboration, learn to innovate, and thrive).

    The Three Basic Assumptions of Agile

  • Establishing the Correct Foundation for Organizational Improvement

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    About the Presentation

    Do you have these questions:

    • Why is it so difficult to get my organization ready for change?
    • Why did my improvement programs not reach the level of success that I expected?
    • Why have other groups been more successful at making necessary changes than my group?

    If so, this session will provide insights that will help you assess your organization's readiness for change. The session draws on a recent industry-sponsored study of the factors that drive the success of change programs for project organizations. The study provides unique insights into why certain organizations improve at a much faster rate than other organizations. By assessing those factors that inhibit change readiness, you can address them prior to launching improvement initiatives, thus improving the success of your initiatives.

    Establishing the Correct Foundation for Organizational Improvement

  • From Project Manager to IMPACT Driver: Preparing for the Future of Project Management

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    About the Presentation

    Are you ready to stop “surviving” and start thriving in your organization? It’s time to transform our project management mindset and shift our focus to an IMPACT-driven culture. In this inspiring and insightful presentation, you will learn Laura’s proven system for transforming your career from Project Manager to IMPACT Driver. This system has been developed leveraging more than 20 years of research and application of the most important techniques that Laura has used to transform the careers of hundreds of project managers, enabling them to become an invaluable strategic asset that business leaders are fighting over. After watching this presentation, you will be prepared to leverage a set of immediately applicable tools and techniques to help you Get. It. Done.

    From Project Manager to IMPACT Driver: Preparing for the Future of Project Management

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

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    About the Presentation

    Are you struggling to implement project or portfolio management practices in your organization? Do people seem to be avoiding things that aren't much more than common sense ... and perhaps it even feels as though they're starting to avoid you, too?

    Are you starting to doubt whether the best practices you were trained on don't really work? (Spoiler alert: the problem's not the medicine. It's the dosage and the treatment).

    In this 45-minute session, Dr. Brown will discuss the key principles behind his Simmer SystemSM and how they can help project or program managers - or line executives - bring the needed discipline into their organizations without tearing them apart. Based on the audience's interests, we'll spend the majority of the time in an interactive discussion of one of the System's key components:

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

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

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    About the Presentation

    Are you struggling to implement project or portfolio management practices in your organization? Do people seem to be avoiding things that aren't much more than common sense ... and perhaps it even feels as though they're starting to avoid you, too?

    Are you starting to doubt whether the best practices you were trained on don't really work? (Spoiler alert: the problem's not the medicine. It's the dosage and the treatment).

    In this 45-minute session, Dr. Brown will discuss the key principles behind his Simmer SystemSM and how they can help project or program managers - or line executives - bring the needed discipline into their organizations without tearing them apart. Based on the audience's interests, we'll spend the majority of the time in an interactive discussion of one of the System's key components:

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

  • Transforming Project Performance into Dollars and Cents

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    About the Presentation

    Getting your PMP doesn't necessarily mean that you will be able to profitably manage projects. Projects have different contractual and financial dimensions that can impact performance from a fiscal view - even if project costs and schedule constraints are met. Project managers are not only expected to deliver quality work n time and under budget, but they also have a key role in ensuring that projects meet the two most important financial goals in most companies - profit and cash.

    Transforming Project Performance into Dollars and Cents

  • An Introduction to Earned Value Management

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    About the Presentation

    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. Using a lecture and exercise format, the students will learn earned value following the foundation provided in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) established by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Students will then follow a case study through planning, executing and monitoring, and controlling to report earned value metrics and present the impact on the cost of completing the project.

    An Introduction to Earned Value Management

  • Rebirth of Business Relationship Management

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    About the Presentation

    Business Relationship Management (BRM) is emerging as an essential discipline and organizational capability to optimize, realize, and sustain the value of investments in new business capability. As a discipline it is most visible and mature in managing external relationships with customers (B2C) and business partners (B2B). It is now emerging as a strategic capability within the enterprise seeking to unite internal providers and business partners across the value creation cycle. Emerging most visibly in harnessing the value of Information Technology, the BRM discipline is also applicable to optimizing the value of shared services to business partners and the enterprise at large. It’s typically present in most organizations but benign relative to its potential, typically positioned in an order taking capacity as part of the provider organization.

    Rebirth of Business Relationship Management

  • Get Twice as Many Projects Done and Be Home for Dinner

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    About the Presentation

    Traditional PM thinking and practice tends to view projects as “single event” endeavors, but in reality most project-centric environments have a continuous flow of projects executed by a stable resource pool. Therefore, by applying flow-maximization principles from the Theory of Constraints, Lean, and Agile, project-centric organizations can achieve 2X or higher throughput of project completions, with no additional resources—and do so while de-stressing the workforce. This presentation will lay out the conceptual foundation for such improvement, show examples of how such dramatic jumps in performance have been done in practice, and provide insights for how any organization might replicate those jumps.

    Get Twice as Many Projects Done and Be Home for Dinner

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