George Mason University Community

This new local community is located at the George Mason University Arlington Campus and is open to PMIWDC members and nonmembers.

  • Maximizing Team Roles for Effective Project Management

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    Join us for this team-oriented development presentation -- increasing communication and effectiveness within your team so it achieves its objectives. Belbin Team Roles gives a framework and a common language from which to explore and increase understanding of collective strengths and how to use these for effective teams.

    This presentation will cover:

    • Belbin Team Roles: Theory, research and validity.
    • The Nine Team Roles.
    • What Preferred Roles are.
    • How you are most (and least) useful to a team.

    Attendees will also participate in a Team Mapping Exercise. Each table will act as a “team,” and based on the Team Role makeup, they will analyze their team strengths and potential areas for concerns.

    Maximizing Team Roles for Effective Project Management

  • Meetings: Being Productive and Using Time Wisely

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    About the Presentation

    What are the most common complaints about business meetings? • “There are TOO MANY meetings.” • “Our meetings are a HUGE WASTE of time.” • “We never get ANYTHING DONE in our meetings.”

    Meetings, if conducted successfully, can be a tremendous brainstorming and decision making event. Without the right tools and the commitment to process, though, meetings can get easily sidetracked.

    Even seasoned professionals who know what makes a successful meeting can be sidelined.

    In this presentation, we’ll discover the hidden triggers that could sabotage your next meeting.

    Meetings: Being Productive and Using Time Wisely

  • Project Risk through an ERM Lens

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    About the Presentation

    Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is a strategic methodology being adopted by many corporate and government organizations because risk does not occur in a silo. Consequences from one action can create an astounding effect on other parts of an organization.

    An effective ERM strategy encourages the integration of internal controls, risk assessment, and communications to cultivate collaborative risk identification and mitigation decisions across all projects within an organization. Within the last year, OMB has begun to encourage federal agencies to establish a Chief Risk Officer position whose responsibility is to identify and mitigate challenges across the entire enterprise.

    ERM is a powerful framework that offers many opportunities to enhance a project manager’s effectiveness. This session will explore the following three questions:

    Project Risk through an ERM Lens

  • Mindfulness: The Secret For Project Management

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    About the Presentation

    Project managers must always be ready to address the unexpected. Anecdotal evidence suggests PMs spend the bulk of their time managing scope changes and adjusting risk assessments. How do you stay ahead of the curve? What leadership characteristics help toward a project’s success and what characteristics can take a project off-track?

    Join the Mason PMI Local Community for a lively, interactive session during which we will explore the differences between Mindless and Mindful project managers.

    Mindfulness: The Secret For Project Management

  • Leadership Matters

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    About the Presentation

    At the project, organizational and even country level there are differential outcomes in performance. Dr. Davis will make the argument that the most important variable in all these outcomes is leadership. Dr. Davis believes leadership is the singular most important factor that contributes to successful projects, organizational performance and even country outcomes.

    Leadership Matters

  • Discussing Start Ups and Project Management

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    About the Presentation

    Start-ups go through steps that are similar with those of a project—from elaborating the strategy and establishing tactical activities to identifying the product/service, identifying resources, delivering and putting in place an exit strategy. This presentation will focus on how to apply the project management process in start-ups.

    Discussing Start Ups and Project Management

  • The Power of Branding and Project Management

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    About the Presentation

    Branding tells the world who you are as a project leader and what your project team represents. Effective project managers (or leaders) are able to craft a clear message that shares the clarity of their vision. Join us to learn some basics about branding that will help to differentiate you as a leader as well as your project team’s identity and performance. Interactive group exercises will provide participants a chance to reflect and practice identifying project team strengths.

    The Power of Branding and Project Management

  • Earned Value Management (EVM) - Train Like You'll Fight

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    About the Presentation

    Many now seeking Certification as Project Management Professionals are stumbling over the Earned Value Management (EVM) portion of the material necessary to master sufficiently to pass the PMP Certification Exam. This presentation will review basic EVM concepts, formulas, and application as expected on PMP Certification Exams as well tools, tips and techniques to prepare to for and pass the exam itself. The material presented is based on personal presenter exam experience as well as professional PM instructor knowledge.

    Earned Value Management (EVM) - Train Like You'll Fight

  • Project Management Lessons from The Lego Movie

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    About the Presentation

    The most successful project case studies describe blended team efforts that leverage the expertise of each team member and stakeholder. Strong project teams are resilient and able to adapt to changing environments. During this session, Susan Schwartz, PMP, will share ‘Lego Leadership’ lessons inspired by The Lego Movie which project managers can use to guide their teams through complex situations toward success.

    Project Management Lessons from The Lego Movie

  • Falk's Eight Rules to Project Management Success

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    About the Presentation

    We only have 60 minutes! How much can we learn in that amount of time? How about over 35 years of business experience boiled down to 8 rules to make your life immensely easier. Whether you are a full time project manager or someone just starting your career, this presentation will give you a unique perspective on how to do your job more effectively.  This humorous and somewhat irreverent look at how to manage your projects will ring true with common sense and reality. Walk away with information you will remember and use at home that night, at work today, or right away with the person sitting next to you.

    Falk's Eight Rules to Project Management Success

  • Receiving and Interpreting Project Feedback

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    Feedback does not only occur during the Monitoring and Controlling Process tasks. Evaluating formal and informal feedback throughout the project lifecycle is a valuable project management practice.  The secret to project management success is being able to recognize when stakeholders are discussing the essential issue or simply reacting to ”the tip of the iceberg”. The real issue at hand often is cloaked.  Mining the initial feedback and steering difficult discussions toward an actionable agenda is a characteristic of a strong project manager. Join us for an interactive session to learn how to convert potentially negative situations into a constructive learning experience for all project team members.

    Receiving and Interpreting Project Feedback

  • Emotional Intelligence – Nice to have, or necessity?

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    About the Presentation

    Technical know-how is important to an IT project, but it’s not the only factor critical to success. Interpersonal skills can make a real difference in planning, communicating, collaborating, resolving conflict or just about any aspect of leading people to meet the project goals. This is especially critical in today’s environment, where priorities are always competing and continually changing. This presentation uses the lens of an emotional intelligence tool to help participants understand EI in 5 different areas – perceiving, managing, decision making, achieving and influencing. Participants will increase their awareness of how to read and react to emotions, resulting in better outcomes for project delivery.  There will be ideas and tips for developing your own emotional intelligence, improving relationships and motivating others. 

    Emotional Intelligence – Nice to have, or necessity?

  • Virtual Water Coolers – Creating an Enterprise Break Room

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    About the Presentation

    People are an organization’s most powerful asset. Informal conversations around the break room water cooler have long been considered a powerful platform for information exchange. Today, people work remotely across geographies and time zones. Physical proximity is a rare luxury among co-workers. This lunch time session will discuss best practices for project managers to create an enterprise-wide break room complete with a virtual water cooler. Join us to learn how to develop a collaborative environment to help your dispersed team members connect and communicate.

    Virtual Water Coolers – Creating an Enterprise Break Room

  • Impact of Culture on Multi-national Projects

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    About the Presentation

    Drawing on his experience in China spanning 10 years, Professor Porter will share his experiences and lessons learned with respect to the impact of culture on project management. In China he was both college professor and senior manager at a prominent IT solutions provider in financial services with responsibility for many multi-national projects. Porter is a student of Chinese culture and business practices and speaks Mandarin. Prior to living in China, he worked at Science Applications Internationalfor nearly 20 years, where his responsibilities ranged from programmer to Corporate Vice President with responsibility for major programs.

    Impact of Culture on Multi-national Projects

  • Strategic Planning and Project Management Integration in the Real World

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    About the Presentation

    Strategic planning, when done properly and integrated with project management best practices, maximizes the probability of your business’s success. This presentation identifies a methodology for accomplishing cost-effective, time-efficient strategic planning. It uses analytical tools borrowed from management/information sciences, process design, and decision sciences to rapidly identify, prioritize, and develop strategies and actions to close “gaps” that exist between market critical success factors, business processes, and management goals. Strategic actions are planned and implemented using an iterative, incremental adaptive project life-cycle that uses PMBOK® Guide, 5th edition, project management best practices.

    Strategic Planning and Project Management Integration in the Real World

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