Monthly Dinner Meetings

The PMIWDC Monthly Dinner Meetings are held at the Sheraton Tysons (8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons, VA 22182), typically on the third Tuesday of each month (subject to change due to holidays and venue/speaker availability). Members and non-members are welcome to join us for the best speakers and networking the Washington, DC area has to offer.

The presentations are educational and informative to those professionals operating in the field of project management and functioning in leadership roles in industry and government. It is also of great value to those looking to step into the field of Project Management and begin their certification process. Each event will present specific learning points focusing on building a talent triangle of technical, leadership, and strategic and business management skills, unique to the presenter's area of expertise and the subject matter discussed while directly relating to improving the practice of managing projects and leading others. At each Monthly Chapter Event certified PMPs can earn 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU).

 

  • 12/15 Monthly Dinner Meeting

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    Register TODAY! Monthly Dinner meeting attendees have a chance to win one of our exciting prizes! Advanced registration is recommended to ensure space availability and an expedited registration check-in onsite.

    Speaker to be announced

    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.

    12/15 Monthly Dinner Meeting

  • 11/17 Monthly Dinner Meeting

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    Register TODAY! Monthly Dinner meeting attendees have a chance to win one of our exciting prizes! Advanced registration is recommended to ensure space availability and an expedited registration check-in onsite.

    Speaker to be announced

    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.

    11/17 Monthly Dinner Meeting

  • 10/20 Monthly Dinner Meeting

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    Register TODAY! Monthly Dinner meeting attendees have a chance to win one of our exciting prizes! Advanced registration is recommended to ensure space availability and an expedited registration check-in onsite.

    Speaker to be announced

    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.

    10/20 Monthly Dinner Meeting

  • 08/18 Monthly Dinner Meeting

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    Register TODAY! Monthly Dinner meeting attendees have a chance to win one of our exciting prizes! Advanced registration is recommended to ensure space availability and an expedited registration check-in onsite.

    Speaker to be announced

    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.

    08/18 Monthly Dinner Meeting

  • 05/19 Monthly Dinner Meeting

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    Register TODAY! Monthly Dinner meeting attendees have a chance to win one of our exciting prizes! Advanced registration is recommended to ensure space availability and an expedited registration check-in onsite.

    Speaker to be announced

    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.

    05/19 Monthly Dinner Meeting

  • 04/21 Monthly Dinner Meeting

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    Register TODAY! Monthly Dinner meeting attendees have a chance to win one of our exciting prizes! Advanced registration is recommended to ensure space availability and an expedited registration check-in onsite.

    Speaker to be announced

    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.

    04/21 Monthly Dinner Meeting

  • 03/17 Monthly Dinner Meeting

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    Register TODAY! Monthly Dinner meeting attendees have a chance to win one of our exciting prizes! Advanced registration is recommended to ensure space availability and an expedited registration check-in onsite.

    Speaker to be announced

    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.

    03/17 Monthly Dinner Meeting

  • Road Trippin' the Organizational Change: An Adaptive Approach

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    Register TODAY! Monthly Dinner meeting attendees have a chance to win one of our exciting prizes! Advanced registration is recommended to ensure space availability and an expedited registration check-in onsite.

    Most organizational change efforts fail to produce the expected results.

    Transformation initiatives are traditionally executed like waterfall projects. However, it is impossible to predict how organizations, which are complex systems, will respond to the change. Rather than assuming we can craft the perfect plan we would be better served by using an adaptive approach to these efforts.

    Road Trippin' the Organizational Change: An Adaptive Approach

  • Effective Use of Technology and Change Management During Times of Disruption: A Better Way to Manage Unit and System Change

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    Important meeting information - change in location: The January 21 meeting will now be held at the Marriott Tysons Corner located at 8028 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner.

    Register TODAY! Monthly Dinner meeting attendees have a chance to win one of our exciting prizes! Advanced registration is recommended to ensure space availability and an expedited registration check-in onsite.

    Effective Use of Technology and Change Management During Times of Disruption: A Better Way to Manage Unit and System Change

  • Holiday Risk

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    Register TODAY! Monthly Dinner meeting attendees have a chance to win one of our exciting prizes! The first 100 attendees will be registered twice for the Prize Drawing - increasing your chances to win! Advanced registration is recommended to ensure space availability and an expedited registration check-in onsite.

    Holiday Risk

  • Why Do We Have To Change?

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    Register TODAY! Monthly Dinner meeting attendees have a chance to win one of our exciting prizes! The first 100 attendees will be registered twice for the Prize Drawing - increasing your chances to win! Advanced registration is recommended to ensure space availability and an expedited registration check-in onsite.

    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.

    Why Do We Have To Change?

  • What Are the Cyber Threats Facing Project Managers in 2019? How to Create a Culture of Privacy and Security from the Mail Room to the Boardroom

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    Register TODAY! Monthly Dinner meeting attendees have a chance to win one of our exciting prizes! The first 100 attendees will be registered twice for the Prize Drawing - increasing your chances to win! Advanced registration is recommended to ensure space availability and an expedited registration check-in onsite.

     

    As breaches have become the third certainty in life, it is imperative that organizations foster a strong culture of top-to-bottom digital privacy and security. Cybersecurity practices must be mission central in everything from onboarding new talent to project management.

    What Are the Cyber Threats Facing Project Managers in 2019? How to Create a Culture of Privacy and Security from the Mail Room to the Boardroom

  • The Architect of the Capitol, Program and Project Management Overview

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    Online Registration is now closed- there will be onsite registration on a first come, first serve basis.

    Register TODAY! Monthly Dinner meeting attendees have a chance to win one of our exciting prizes including a complimentary registration for the 2019 PMIWDC PM Symposium (a $245 value)! The first 100 attendees will be registered twice for the Prize Drawing - increasing your chances to win! 

     

    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.

    The Architect of the Capitol, Program and Project Management Overview

  • Ten Leadership Lessons From Running Marathons On All Seven Continents

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

    Ten Leadership Lessons From Running Marathons On All Seven Continents

  • Your Future as a Project Manager

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

    Your Future as a Project Manager

  • SHOOT FOR THE MOON! An Unusual Eyewitness Account of America’s Premiere Project Management Achievement

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    Register TODAY to hear inspiring insights about one of the most remarkable project management success stories of the 20th century. In addition, Monthly Dinner meeting attendees will have a chance to win one of our exciting Raffle Prizes: a River Expeditions Vacation Package for 4 ($600 value) OR a complimentary registration for the 2019 PMIWDC PM Symposium ($200 value)! Advanced registration is recommended to ensure space availability and an expedited registration check-in. The first 100 attendees will receive an additional raffle ticket - increasing your chances to win!

    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.

    SHOOT FOR THE MOON! An Unusual Eyewitness Account of America’s Premiere Project Management Achievement

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

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    Leadership Lessons from an AT Thru-Hike

    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. 9 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.

    Participants will learn a technique for managing motivation that empowers success, as well as be reminded of 9 steps that have application directly to the management of projects to help us be better managers and leaders.

     

     

    Managing Motivation: Leadership Lessons from an AT Thru-Hike

  • Disney’s Project Management Approach

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    Disney Institute

    Chrissy will share how Disney parks and resorts approach customer experience and how they leverage a service framework to transform and to sustain culture within organizations. For over 30 years, Disney Institute has helped business professionals learn the Disney approach to customer experience—rooted in time-tested business insights on leadership, employee engagement and service that create a culture of excellence at Disney parks and resorts. Whether it’s individuals, teams or entire organizations, Disney Institute helps people around the world apply these business insights to improve their own customer experience.

    Disney’s Project Management Approach

  • Simplinnovate: Transitioning from Innovative Complexity to Simplification

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    Innovation is not about complexity rather innovation is about simplicity. For any business to not just survive but to thrive they must seek to implement the most simple solutions in the shortest amount of time. When applied correctly, the Simplinnovate Trinity Method can help move you from complex to simple. This session is all about engaging in both hands-on activities and developing a firm understanding of methods that enable you to make the complex problem simple and then how to identify the fastest ways to solve that problem simply.

    Simplinnovate: Transitioning from Innovative Complexity to Simplification

  • The Challenge Mindset: Lessons in Possibility, Patience, and Persistence-REGISTRATION CLOSED

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    You've read the research, listened to the experts, and reviewed best practices and case studies. But now, you need to create something new. Where do you start? How can you avoid churning out the same old thing? Explore how developing a culture of small experiments—including challenging yourself and your team to create every day—can lead to better ideas, better teamwork, and more successful learning programs. Some of the world’s greatest inventions have happened by accident, science has achieved breakthroughs they weren’t looking for, and entrepreneurs have founded successful businesses with modest ideas. The Challenge Mindset is a way of improving teams, programs, and strategies through curiosity and learning.

    The Challenge Mindset: Lessons in Possibility, Patience, and Persistence-REGISTRATION CLOSED

  • PMIWDC 40th Anniversary Celebration - Possible Missions are Everywhere

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    Come and join us in celebration of PMIWDC’s 40th Anniversary, January 31st from 5:30 pm – 9:15 pm at the Sheraton Tysons Corner for a fun-filled evening of networking, entertainment, and celebration. Share in our pride as we look back over highlights and accomplishments resulting in Mission Possible: People, Passion, and Performance. Your senses will be enlightened; as a local vintner tempts your palette with several wine and cheese pairings and describes the differences between the grapes throughout the winemaking process. Be amused and inspired as a well-renowned comedian and philanthropist will entertain and educate us that “Possible Missions are Everywhere” and we have the power to change the world.  

    PMIWDC 40th Anniversary Celebration - Possible Missions are Everywhere

  • December 2018 Monthly Chapter Event (Dinner)

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    Celebrate the holidays with your fellow PMs and enjoy dinner while earning a PDU! Join us for an evening of discovery, inspiration, and celebration into the life of Clara Barton, performed by Award-Winning Actress and Smithsonian Scholar, Mary Ann Jung. Wear an Ugly Sweater to get a free drink ticket! This will be a sit-down dinner with extended networking.

    December 2018 Monthly Chapter Event (Dinner)

  • Positively Resilient

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    What is resilience? Is it just a fancy way to characterize a hopeful, upbeat personality or a positive spirit of never giving up? In Positively Resilient, Doug Hensch aims to take a different look at what turns out to be a much richer and deeper concept than just bouncing back from adversity. Martin Seligman, considered the father of positive psychology, has likened resilience to clearing the weeds from a rose garden, which can only reach its potential if the weeds are kept in check. Human beings face “weeds” of their own: Layoffs, health issues, stock market crashes, threats of terrorism, and natural disasters are all too common. Americans are busier, more stressed, and more anxious and depressed than they were during the Great Depression.

    Positively Resilient

  • A Toxic Work Environment Impacts Organizational Health

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    Registration is CLOSED. On-site registration will be available.

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    With massive layoffs, reorganizations, high turnover, poor leadership, workplace bullying etc., workplace toxicity is at the forefront of most business discussion. This presentation will define what a toxic work environment looks like, how it impacts the "health" of the organization, and provide tips on navigating a toxic work environment.

    Six signs of a toxic work environment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyBpj-MFcEQ

    A Toxic Work Environment Impacts Organizational Health

  • Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962: A Project Management Perspective

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    “The Cuban Missile Crisis 1962; In Extremis Project Management” At the height of the Cold War, the United States, under the leadership of a youthful and, some would argue, unproven president Kennedy faced off with the USSR, led by the cantankerous Premier Khrushchev. In the balance was the fate of the entire world. The tumultuous and now famous thirteen days that precipitated the negotiated peaceful resolution have been viewed and reviewed through thousands of interviews, hundreds of books and dozens of TV shows and movies; yet the ordeal has never been analyzed through the lens of project management and project leadership.

    Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962: A Project Management Perspective

  • August 2018 Monthly Chapter Event (Dinner)

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    This will be a sit-down dinner, featuring Mark Tolbert presenting on the four key risks we always face on projects, and how Agile can help us solve these problems, and how and when a traditional project management approach using "Predictive planning" is more appropriate. 

    August 2018 Monthly Chapter Event (Dinner)

  • July 2018 Monthly Chapter Event

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    In this presentation, Lisa and Dave will look at some of the current trends that are shaping our industry, and then you can decide…fashion or fundamental? Heavy hors-d'oeuvres will be served and there will be a cash bar. There will be a free hot sauce tasting, courtesy of the award-winning Pepper Palace! 

    July 2018 Monthly Chapter Event

  • June 2018 Monthly Chapter Event

    "It’s the Product, not the Project - Using Agile and Lean to redefine the role of Project Management" The networking portion of this event will be taking place outside, in the DoubleTree's lovely courtyard space as we celebrate the summer solstice. Local brewery, DC Brau, will be providing a complimentary beer tasting during networking. We hope you can join us!

    June 2018 Monthly Chapter Event

  • January 2018 Monthly Chapter Event

    About the Presentation

    Prepare for the Super Bowl with Super Powers...

    Attend PMIWDC's PM Talks on January 16th 2018 with...

    "Leadership is not a Solo Sport -- Super Powers for Project Leaders!" by Susan Schwartz

    With the Super Bowl right around the corner, do you wish you had the Super Powers to be the best Project Leader that you could be? Do you wish you had the tools to become the MVPL (Most Valuable Project Leader) on your team? Well, now you can!

    Join PMIWDC for a New Year, at a New Venue, and Kickoff our NEW 2018 Program PM Talk sessions with Susan Schwartz. PMP in learning "Leadership is not a Solo Sport -- Super Powers for Project Leaders!" and begin your training program to hone the four superpowers every project manager has within themselves to become a Most Valuable Project Leader (MVPL).

    January 2018 Monthly Chapter Event

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    Falling in Love with Agile

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  • May 2018 Monthly Chapter Event (Dinner)

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    Registration is CLOSED, as we have met our space capacity. We will be accepting walk-ons, if there are no-shows that leave empty seats. If you would like to try to walk-on, you will be placed on a waiting list at the event and will be accepted if there is room once everyone is seated.

    Various prizes will be given out during networking games, including a Fire HD Tablet, a 2nd Generation Amazon Echo, a 6th Edition PMBOK, and more!

    May 2018 Monthly Chapter Event (Dinner)

  • April 2018 Monthly Chapter Event

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    Earth Day 2018: End Plastic Pollution. Wear Green and Get a Free Drink!

    Registration has been closed, but onsite registration will be available.

    About the Presentation:

    Have you ever delivered a project that was on time, on budget and met all stated objectives but your business partner or client still wasn’t happy?
    Have you had to lead projects that did not meet your organization’s standard for top prioritization, however, these efforts were still regarded as highly valuable and must-haves in order to “future proof” the organization?

    April 2018 Monthly Chapter Event

  • (POSTPONED) A Pot of Gold, Full of Innovative Ways to Improve Project Management

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    The monthly meeting has been cancelled and will be rescheduled due to inclement weather. Please watch your email if you have already registered.

    About the Presentation:

    (POSTPONED) A Pot of Gold, Full of Innovative Ways to Improve Project Management

  • February 2018 Monthly Chapter Event

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    t is February. It is a time to celebrate love and romance. As project managers, it is time for us to fall head over heels in love with Agile. The Project Management Institute formally embraced Agile with the publication of the PMBOK 6th Edition® and the Agile Practice Guide. Agile is no longer coming. Agile is here! In this presentation, Alan Zucker will share the secrets of Agile and why it is so alluring. Like a good romance, Agile can brighten our day, lighten our load, and change our outlook.

    February 2018 Monthly Chapter Event

  • December Monthly Chapter Event

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    About the Presentation

    Super Powers for Project Managers – Become the Best You Can Be!

    Are you trying to decide how to ring in the New Year? Join PMIWDC to learn about the four superpowers every project manager has within themselves. This interactive session will help you get ready to start 2018 with a professional bang as you learn how to leverage your personal superpowers to:

    • enhance skills mapped by PMI’s Talent Triangle
    • channel your innate leadership capabilities
    • discover how to become the best person you can be

    You do not want to miss this great opportunity! We hope to see you there!

    December Monthly Chapter Event

  • Conversations with Leaders - Leadership Development & Performance Improvement US Census Bureau - Department of Commerce

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    About the Presentation

    Conversations with Leaders - Leadership Development & Performance Improvement US Census Bureau - Department of Commerce

    If you have ever wanted to have a chat about leadership with one of the US Census Bureau’s senior executives, please join us for this exciting LDPI series!

    In this town hall style session, Laura will share with you her leadership experience, including:

    Conversations with Leaders - Leadership Development & Performance Improvement US Census Bureau - Department of Commerce

  • September Monthly Chapter Event

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    About the Presentation

    Project Risk Management in an Agile Environment

    Risk management is one of the most critical areas of project management and yet it is often overlooked or undervalued – until it’s too late! While many project managers are reliant on the organization to account for risk through the implementation of contingency based on a percentage of the total budget and/or schedule, this does not allow adequate flexibility within the project manager’s control. In other words, for every change, the project manager must go to management to implement contingency.

    Join Lisa and Dave for a lively and interactive discussion about the importance of the risk identification process and discover a dynamic method of calculating contingency that enables flexibility within the project management process.


    September Monthly Chapter Event

  • July Monthly Chapter Event

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    About the Presentation

    Performance Management Readiness

    Have you ever been asked to create a performance dashboard for your organization? Was the request based on leadership's idealized expectations of the benefit? Were your organization's goals, processes, and data repositories too immature to inform the dashboard? If yes, then come learn about a performance management framework developed to evaluate an organization's readiness before any discussion about, or formulation of, a dashboard begins. The speakers will share their evaluation tool for assessing performance management readiness, identify the strategic and operational components needed for measure development, and describe some of their experiences from a performance readiness evaluation at the U.S. Census Bureau.

    July Monthly Chapter Event

  • June Monthly Chapter Event

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    The Ups, Downs and Great Rewards of International Project Management

     

     

    Presented By: Hampton Dowling, MBA, PMP

     

    Get your passport! From enabling resources, to coordinating partners, to engaging presidents, your experiences will lead to exciting professional opportunities. Such unique engagements create real depth, instills visible self-confidence and increases your value. Great stuff! Regardless of being there long term or leading efforts, from here you can lead results that truly provide for a public good and drive higher profits.

    June Monthly Chapter Event

  • April Monthly Chapter Event

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    About the Presentation

    PMIAA Impacts on Federal Acquisition

    John Driessnack will discuss the potential impacts the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act (PMIAA) law passed in Dec 2016 will have on the federal acquisition process. He will do this through the lens of his two PMI White Papers, "Using PMI Standards Framework to improve US Federal Government Capital Investment Outcomes" (2015), and "Update OMB Circular A-11 and Capital Programming Guide" (to be published in early 2017). The second white paper addresses specific recommendations for the new administration to implement PMIAA. The audience will be encouraged to note what they are observing within federal agencies.

    April Monthly Chapter Event

  • March Monthly Chapter Event

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    About the Presentation

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

    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.

    March Monthly Chapter Event

  • January Monthly Chapter Event

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    About the Presentations

    PM Tools Workshop: Successful Projects: What We Really Know
    Presented By: Alan Zucker

    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:

    January Monthly Chapter Event

  • Collaborative Leadership : How to Harness Ideas, People, and Resources for Results

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    About the Presentation

    In the old world of silos and individual contributors, leaders had everyone they needed under one roof and could drive results through command and control. In today’s world of global connectedness, leaders must know how to tap into the power of collaboration to get results. Leaders must be able to harness ideas, people, and resource from across boundaries of all kinds. It’s about wielding influence rather than authority to move things forward. It demands knowing when to halt unproductive jibber-jabber, how to promote healthy debate, and squash bad behavior that undermines bold solutions.

    Lisa delivers messages that are easy to grasp; she underscores concepts through interaction and storytelling so audience members can experience her message rather than simply hear it. Participants will leave filled with enthusiasm and armed for action.

    Collaborative Leadership : How to Harness Ideas, People, and Resources for Results

  • Establishing the Correct Foundation for Change

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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 organizations readiness for change. The session draws on a recent industry-sponsored study of the factors that drive 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 Change

  • Volunteer Fair 2016

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    2nd Annual PMIWDC Volunteer Fair is Bigger and Better than Ever!

    Looking for an opportunity to network with some of our 10,000 members and showcase your leadership and project management skills? Join us at our biggest Volunteer Fair yet!

    It will be a fun evening with games, exciting prizes, and a chance to learn how you can get engaged with some of the most meaningful projects in the DC area.

    You will meet like-minded leaders that will help you explore new interests and obtain fresh insights that will serve you whether you chose to volunteer for our chapter, local community partners, or non-profit organizations.

    Volunteering is one of the most rewarding ways to earn PDUs, contribute/develop your skills, and give back to the community. All of this and a cash bar! How can you resist?

    Volunteer Fair 2016

  • Values Workshop

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    About the Presentation

    Making a Community Impact that benefits those where we live and work is something that many of us may be doing now or at least wish to do, but may not know how to start. Based on newly adopted core values of your PMI WDC Chapter, we are taking the next steps to be more impactful community leaders who represent the best that the project management profession has to offer to those we serve and can serve.

    Join us on September 19th at 5:30 PM for networking and then a 2-hour program that will explore what we can do as community leaders and what are the next steps that we can plan now to start down new paths to improve and impact our communities for the betterment of all.

    Values Workshop

  • Communication Styles Can Create and Remove Stress in the Workplace

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    About the Presentation

    How you communicate can add stress or reduce stress in your team. How would I know the difference? Know your audience! Discover how to discern "too much" from "not enough" when running a meeting. Lean how to use VAK (Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic) language to reach more participants. Learn the four words to avoid to REDUCE stress in the workplace.

    Communication Styles Can Create and Remove Stress in the Workplace

  • UPDATED: Influencing Without Authority

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    About the Presentation

    Only a handful of us BOTH carry the title of Project Manager and show up on the organization chart in a position of significance. Even so, we have specific goals to achieve. We don't have direct authority over others to get them done. We are working against a deadline. We believe in where we're going. In this powerful workshop, project management author, lecturer and guru Carl Pritchard reminds us how the specific tools and practices of project management can be leveraged to build authority in our day-to-day work life (and home life, for that matter). Carl gives you a chance to explore how you're distributing work and why some people seem to succeed while others never seem to get things done. He'll talk about the power of a real deadline, and give you a chance to actually walk the fine line between direction and micro-management.

    UPDATED: Influencing Without Authority

  • Servant Leadership

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    About the Presentation

    Servant Leadership is focused on serving your team, rather than your team serving you. Out of serving one's team, a desire to lead is manifest. Servant Leadership is radically different than when the leader is leading first. When the focus is on leading first, it is very easy to use your power, your title (role in the hierarchy), or the fact that you were put in charge, as the basis of your actions. When we employ servant leadership, we support our team as a whole, and its individual members, in their growth and development. We ensure that their highest needs are being met through our support and service. This may seem foreign; however consider those leaders you admire the most. What do they provide to you and your organization?

    Servant Leadership

  • 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

  • Lessons from the 2015 PMI PMO of the Year

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    About the Presentation

    Have you been faced with the challenge of taking your organization’s PMO to the next level? Hear from the 2015 PMI PMO of the Year award winner Navy Federal Credit Union. Bill Hills, CIO, and Anna Consor, Mgr PMO, will discuss how the IT PMO evolved over a period of intense growth and how its leadership worked to successfully champion change with positive impact across the enterprise. Key lessons learned will be shared from how NFCU worked to deliver results faster, maximize resources, ensure the bottom line was met and foster leadership in its project and program management practice.

    Lessons from the 2015 PMI PMO of the Year

  • Military Generals, Mindfulness, and Emotional Intelligence

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    About the Presentation

    People find it difficult to identify specific leadership qualities, much less measure these intangibles. For many years, business schools have looked toward the military and its long leadership legacy to better understand successful leadership methods. Senior level officers have always needed to be adept at managing shifting trends. In fact, a current military leadership program promises to foster agile and adaptive officers who can think critically and creatively. We, humans, often learn best from experience. How have our military leaders leveraged these non-tangible traits in the past to be able to set leadership behavior goals based on: agility, adaptiveness, critical thinking, and creativity? This session takes a practical look at successful, and not so successful, U.S. military general behaviors from WWII to the present.

    Military Generals, Mindfulness, and Emotional Intelligence

  • 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

  • POSTPONED: Reflections on the History of Project Management and the Project Management Institute

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    About the Presentation

    To understand the project management professional of 2015 and beyond, requires an understanding of how we have matured and changed from the project schedulers and planners of the 1960's. Where did we come from and how did PMI play a role in building a new profession? A look back at the people, places, and environment will not only tell us about our history but will help us to understand where project management may be headed and how you can influence that direction.

    This presentation aims to put you back in the 1960's, to help you understand the motivation for the founding of PMI and to give you a look at the time and people. With this bit of history as a backdrop, we will then take a look at what the future may hold for the project management profession and PMI.

    POSTPONED: Reflections on the History of Project Management and the Project Management Institute

  • December 2015 Fairview Park Dinner and Annual Volunteer Appreciation

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    This December Fairview Park dinner meeting might just be the best meeting of the year. We have convened a panel of leaders & speakers who will share some of the key challenges of leadership and how to overcome those challenges. Since this is an interactive session, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about some of your more pressing challenges. You will learn about leading leaders, leadership by influence, technology leadership, leadership & emotional intelligence and virtual leadership. Jason Legum will moderate the panel.

    Please send your questions by Dec. 10th to volunteer@pmiwdc.org.

    Speakers:

    December 2015 Fairview Park Dinner and Annual Volunteer Appreciation

  • Seven Things Your Team Needs to Hear You Say

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    Engaged and motivated teams are essential to success. In this interactive presentation, participants will gain specific phrases, tools, and inspiration to cultivate an innovative, responsible, results-oriented team. It doesn’t require buckets of charisma – they just need to hear these seven things.

    Seven Things Your Team Needs to Hear You Say

  • Volunteer Fair 2015

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    Welcome to the Carnival - PMI Style!

    Late breaking update -- bring a friend even as a walk-in, and you both can get a free PM Tools meeting in 2016 -- that's another PDU each!

    Our focus is on:

    • Member Professional Development (to help members build skills around the PMI Talent Triangle)
    • Opportunity for members to “give back”
    • Chapter Talent Growth, (from a board perspective) to have more volunteers supporting our activities as well as creating a pool of skilled and engaged talent for succession
    • Providing member value, the same price as our regular dinner meetings but you receive 2 PDUs instead of 1

    Join PMIWDC and local community partners for the 2015 Volunteer Fair, an evening of fun, games, exciting prizes and a chance to learn how you can get engaged with some of the most meaningful proj

    Volunteer Fair 2015

  • Ignite your Career

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    About the Program

    Everyone knows that face-to-face networking can assist in job transition, keeping up with industry trends, and helping others find jobs. This presentation will give you the practical down-to-earth tools to accomplish those goals.

    John Gilroy will present four topics. He will start off by addressing the main fears people have with face-to-face networking. He will show you how to handle reactions like “I have nothing to say,” and “The only time I hear from Bill is when he wants something.”

    There may be more than five pillars to networking, John will present the five that are the most obvious. He will elucidate upon recognizing a networking opportunity, how to approach a stranger, the “next steps” in an informal business conversation, and what to do when you get home with a handful of business cards.

    Ignite your Career

  • Improving Program Management in the Federal Government

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

    Improving Program Management in the Federal Government

  • PMs in the C-Suite: What Project Leadership can do for Your Bottom Line

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    “On time, on scope, on budget.” This is the relentless mantra of the Project Manager—but is our hyper-focus on tactical success hurting our bottom line? When Project Managers are afraid to recommend thata project be killed, the answer is probably yes! This is why companies all across the country are recognizing that it takes more than a project manager to drive strategic success—it takes a Project Leader. A Project Leader understands the larger dynamics driving the project agenda—the competitive environment, the project portfolio, and the strategic plan—and they’re poised to make their appearance in C-suites across America.

    PMs in the C-Suite: What Project Leadership can do for Your Bottom Line

  • Master the Art of Speaking with Confidence

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    Whether you’re in the boardroom, around the proverbial “water cooler,” at a conference, on the phone, or anywhere else: your ability to speak with confidence will drive your career forward -- just as a lack of confidence will frustratingly hold you back. In Master the Art of Speaking with Confidence, Christine Clapp will gives you a set of powerful insights and practical strategies that will rapidly transform your public speaking anxiety and apprehension into poise and polish. Get ready to develop your speaking skills in a way that will transform your career -- and change your life!

    Master the Art of Speaking with Confidence

  • Motivational Leadership

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    Have your people 'gone fishin'? If you lead a workforce, a team, or a family, keeping your folks involved, engaged, and motivated is critical for success. There's an ancient proverb that says, "if you give a man a fish, you'll feed him for a day; if you teach a man to fish, you'll feed him for a lifetime." But is that enough to motivate him to catch his own fish? Whether you want your employees to go the extra mile, your customers to buy your products, or your teenager to clean her room, you need to understand and appeal to the motivations of others. Motivational leadership expert John Verrico will bring levity and insight to this most important of leadership topics.

    Motivational Leadership

  • LinkedIn Leadership Top 10 Profile Must Have’s

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    There is no denying LinkedIn is one of the most powerful networking tools available for today’s busy professionals but are you maximizing its potential or missing opportunities to engage and enroll others in your current or future projects? Kari Mirabal, founder and “LinkedIn Sherpa” with JuMar Services, challenges leadership audiences through humor and personal business examples to leverage LinkedIn to showcase professional skills, share knowledge, research and exchange information, and help project intentions move from Point A to Point B – faster. Join Kari as she presents the top 10 ways leaders can enhance their professional LinkedIn profiles and proven strategies for preparing, connecting, and strengthening professional networks.

    LinkedIn Leadership Top 10 Profile Must Have’s

  • The Cuban Missile Crisis; In Extremis Project Management

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    At the height of the Cold War, the United States, under the leadership of a youthful and, some would argue, unproven president Kennedy faced off with the USSR, led by the cantankerous Premier Khrushchev. In the balance was the fate of the entire world. The tumultuous and now famous thirteen days that precipitated the negotiated peaceful resolution have been viewed and reviewed through thousands of interviews, hundreds of books and dozens of TV shows and movies; yet the ordeal has never been analyzed through the lens of project management and project leadership. Clearly, these events predate the development of the formal discipline of project management – or at least project management as we know it today.

    The Cuban Missile Crisis; In Extremis Project Management

  • RESCHEDULED: Doing It The Lego Way - Essential Truths for Project Managers (Lessons from the Lego movie)

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    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, participants will learn how they can use ‘Project Leadership’ lessons inspired by The Lego Movie to: • What can PMs do to help their teams develop “new eyes” and perspectives to tackle challenges? • How to create a collaborative team environment among diverse team members? • Understand best practice to guide teams through complex situations to achieve project success.

    RESCHEDULED: Doing It The Lego Way - Essential Truths for Project Managers (Lessons from the Lego movie)

  • Dealing With People Who Drive You Crazy

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    A study at Carnegie indicated shown that 15% of financial and career success can be attributed to technical competence, while 85% is due to good interpersonal skills. We all are different. Some of us are thinkers, others are doers, some are passive, and still others are aggressive. Most people come to work with pretty good intentions, but we get on each other's nerves just by being ourselves. At this event we will have a lot of fun discussing how our interpersonal skills can be enhanced at both work & home in four areas: 1. We’ll identify three areas of potential conflict and strategies for addressing them. 2. We’ll better understand the gift of greater self-awareness, along with ways to enhance connections with other team members for betterment of the whole. 3. We’ll see how Blind Spots can be revealed and addressed. 4.

    Dealing With People Who Drive You Crazy

  • The 7 Deadliest Communication Sins of Project Managers

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    This interactive session introduces project managers to the seven biggest communication mistakes taking place in and around their project teams. These communication mistakes are the most common communication habits engaged in by project managers, project team members and stakeholders at all levels.

    In this program project managers will easily be able to recognize and resonate with all seven of this communication sins, be able to identify specific ways they manifest and simple ways to turn around these negative and limiting communication habits.

    Specific learning objectives for this session include:

    The 7 Deadliest Communication Sins of Project Managers

  • Learning a Skill That Could Kill You: Defining Your Personal Learning Path

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    Where has your personal learning path taken you in the last few years? What do you know today that you didn’t know 5 years ago? What did you know then that isn’t as relevant today? Making the decision to learn something new and seeing it through is one of life’s oldest projects to be managed. While deciding what to learn can be an arduous task, choosing not to keep learning is one of the bigger mistakes many make as they grow older. This talk on the power of taking risks, the potential to get hurt and the rewards of defining your personal learning path can help you lead a more interesting, more rewarding and more enjoyable life.

    Learning a Skill That Could Kill You: Defining Your Personal Learning Path

  • Motivating Project Teams

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    This keynote by best-selling project management author Andy Crowe explores the topic of motivating project teams to operate at their peak performance. In his high-energy style, Crowe weaves existing motivational studies with cutting edge behavioral research to unlock how project managers can channel the underlying motivation of individuals and teams. By exploring such topics as contingent, intrinsic, and extrinsic motivators, managers will be exposed to techniques they can immediately put into practice to help their teams operate at their full capacity.

    Motivating Project Teams

  • 5 ½ Secrets of Resilient Project Managers

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    About the Presentation

    Many experienced project managers began their careers when mobile phones, email and the internet were not yet mainstream. In the last two decades, a great deal has changed. In fact, the pace of change is blinding. Employers are asking employees to be connected to their work for longer hours with the ever-present smart phone. Reactions to the market place that used to take months now demand results in days or even hours. On top of that, today's employee is more cognizant of the value of paying attention to family and personal needs. Employees know that a change in the marketplace can lead to re-organization and layoffs. This relentless pressure calls for new skills and ways of thinking that improve performance and lead us to higher levels of well being.

    5 ½ Secrets of Resilient Project Managers

  • The Matter of 1: YOU Are the Most Powerful 1 in This Room

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    About the Presentation

    Ken Leslie knows YOU are the most powerful person in the room, but do you? He will prove it.

    He knows that YOU have magical powers to change and even save lives, but do you? He will prove it.

    He knows that given a large project with unrealistic demands that YOU can get it done ahead of schedule AND under budget, with just a twig and piece of string, but do you? He will prove it.

    He knows all of this can be done by just using YOUR incredible Power of 1 to Matter.

    He will prove it.

    The Matter of 1: YOU Are the Most Powerful 1 in This Room

  • Client Program Management at Verizon Enterprise Solutions

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    About the Presentation

    This presentation will review key aspects and recommendations of delivery models for large Enterprise Client Programs and PMOs in the IT and Telecom Services space, and illustrate how Program Management and on-going Service Delivery are integrated. We will review how tiered support models align with Program Client needs, scope and operating model.

    We will also review key Program Management processes and recommended best practices in critical areas such as Program Governance and Client Benefits Realization– which are required for benefits realization through targeted IT solution transformation and associated on-going management.

    Client Program Management at Verizon Enterprise Solutions

  • Creating an Extraordinary Customer Experience that Drives Loyalty & Growth

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    About the Presentation

    It is no accident that most of the Business Week Customer Service Elite companies grew profits in excess of 20% last year. These companies know that remarkable service leads to business growth. They also recognize great customer service can trump price, product and location in the customer’s new definition of marketplace value. The Elite execute remarkable service through up-to-date customer intelligence, a purposeful service strategy, customer-centric metrics that insure focus, standards that promote consistency, service forensics able to repair hiccups before they disappoint customers, and a people plan that has effective leadership as its centerpiece.

    Creating an Extraordinary Customer Experience that Drives Loyalty & Growth

  • Project Lessons from the Great Escape

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    About the Presentation

    The Great Escape from the prison camp Stalag Luft III is widely regarded as one of the most audacious and daring escape attempts of the 20th century. But as an event in March 1944, set in dire circumstances, what actually happened? How was the escape planned and executed as a project? How did it get around numerous obstacles in a habitat designed to be escape proof? How was the project tracked? In today’s world business people are grappling with numerous obstacles in planning and executing projects in a climate of rapid changes. What can be learned from this event and put into practice today?

    Project Lessons from the Great Escape

  • April 2014 Chapter Meeting

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    About the Presentation

    Many are identified as having potential for being top performers as athletes, coaches, managers, or leaders. But only a few discover the extra that turns them from ordinary to extraordinary. Recent research into human performance and applied practice has identified several characteristics that consistently differentiate elite from the sub-extraordinary from the ordinary. The good news is that these characteristics are not inherent, but rather learned and applied by almost anyone to elevate their level of performance to extraordinary. In this presentation, the roles of talent, routines, perception and analysis, decision-making, and innovative thinking will be examined to identify how one can consistently achieve the extraordinary.

    Topics to be covered in this presentation

    April 2014 Chapter Meeting

  • Project Management – It’s All About Paying Attention

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    About the Presentation

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

    Project Management – It’s All About Paying Attention

  • February Fairview Park Chapter Meeting

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    About the Presentation

    What does it take in project management to be the best-of-the-best, the top dog, a superstar, or world-class? What does it take to practice project management at the high-end? What does it take to be a great project manager? Thanks to recent studies and research the answers to these questions are closer now then they have ever been before. This is a how-to presentation. It describes how to become a great project manager and it identifies a list of top factors associated with great project managers. This presentation draws on recently published results of studies and research by PMI and others about what top project managers know and do, about why their projects succeed or fail, and about their project manager competencies.

    February Fairview Park Chapter Meeting

  • RESCHEDULED: How to Stop Herding Cats

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    About the Presentation

    Do you feel that managing your project team is like managing a herd of cats? Do you have people going every direction? Do you have accountability and control of the process and the team to ensure a successful project? Most project managers feel that they spend more time herding cats than actually leading the project. This presentation focuses on why this happens, and how project managers have gotten their “cats” under control.

    RESCHEDULED: How to Stop Herding Cats

  • POSTPONED: Chapter Dinner, Tools, and Book Club Programs Rescheduled to January 30

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    Please note that due to inclement weather the Chapter dinner meeting, PM Tools workshop, and Book Club meetings previously scheduled for January 21 have now been postponed to Thursday, January 30th, 2014.

    All other program details such as time, location, and speakers will remain the same. Access the event pages for the rescheduled programs below:

    https://www.pmiwdc.org/2014/01/fairview-park-dinner
    https://www.pmiwdc.org/2014/01/pm-tools-workshops
    https://www.pmiwdc.org/2014/01/book-club

    POSTPONED: Chapter Dinner, Tools, and Book Club Programs Rescheduled to January 30

  • 35th Anniversary Celebration

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    About PMIWDC's 35th Anniversary Celebration

    Join us in a celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the PMI Washington, D.C. chapter as we take a look from our humble beginnings forward to all the promise that the future holds. 

    PMIWDC 35th Anniversary photos

    About PMIWDC's 35th Anniversary Celebration

    Join us in a celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the PMI Washington, D.C. Chapter as we take a look from our humble beginnings forward to all the promise that the future holds.

    35th Anniversary Celebration

  • The Disruptive PMO: Change, Innovate and Lead

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    About the Presentation

    PMOs are increasingly responsible for leading massive organizational change and jump-starting innovations in products, strategic initiatives, services, and internal processes. Research by McKinsey and Forrester has shown how being courageous in "disrupting" the status quo can turn around ailing companies and deliver value. Once an "ad-hoc compliance office," the PMO has moved through various roles as strategic PMO, transformative PMO, "Change Management Office" and more. Now, welcome to the Disruptive PMO: a Center for Innovation and Organizational Change. We'll discuss how PMOs should become key facilitators of innovation by leveraging project portfolio selection and prioritization and leading organizational change. Learn how to gauge "change readiness" and put the best-skilled people on the most strategic initiatives.

    The Disruptive PMO: Change, Innovate and Lead

  • Stop Thinking and Start Doing!

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    About the Presentation

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

    Stop Thinking and Start Doing!

  • Flex Your Leadership Style

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    About the Program

    Flex Your Leadership Style offers two tools to evaluate your project team’s leadership style needs. Based upon extensive academic research into what makes an outstanding team leader, you will learn about the Tuckman’s stages of team development and Situational Leadership by combining the power of both tools to analyze your team’s leadership needs of how hands-off or hands-on you are to get your team to maintain high performance. Join Susan Morris, a frequent PMI chapter speaker and expert on how adults learn best, for an interactive and memorable learning event.

    Flex Your Leadership Style

  • Get Along with Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere - Build Rapport, Relationships and Connect!

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    About the Program

    “The #1 Most Important Single Ingredient in the Formula for Success is Knowing How to Get Along and Connect with People” Teddy Roosevelt Building positive connections, enhancing emotional intelligence and transforming interpersonal skills will boost your bottom line in many ways. You will retain employees, improve morale, get things done, build better teams, improve customer service and get customers and co-workers singing your praises. Arnold Sanow, author of “Get Along with Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere … 8 keys to creating enduring connections with customers, co-workers …even kids” will share some tips, tools and solutions to improve relationships and connect with anyone, anytime, anywhere.

    Get Along with Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere - Build Rapport, Relationships and Connect!

  • Life & Business Lessons From My Time on the Asian Underground Railroad

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    About the Program

    Mike will share the story of his time at the China-North Korean border helping North Koreans escape through the 6,000-mile modern-day underground railroad in Asia that runs from North Korea to Thailand. In doing so, he’ll draw upon his experiences founding a NGO, managing a team of 41 staff and volunteers, networking and relationship building, and planning and executing missions helping North Koreans gain their freedom.

    Life & Business Lessons From My Time on the Asian Underground Railroad

  • Running to Leadership

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    About the Program

    Companies today are struggling to maintain morale while doing more with work with fewer monetary and human resources. This isn’t an easy task. Preparing for and completing a marathon is the perfect backdrop for examining the problems, risks, and challenges faced by today’s business leaders. While all certified marathons are the same distance, the dangers, terrain, altitude, and weather offer unique and varying challenges and risks. However, you quickly learn that hills build character.

    Running to Leadership

  • Transforming Government to Meet the Challenges of Today and Tomorrow

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    Mr. Walker will discuss the way the world is changing and how government has not successfully changed with it. He will outline various policy, operational, and political reforms to address the challenges and areas of opportunities in government, including the role that Program Managers can play to help make these needed reforms become a reality.

    Transforming Government to Meet the Challenges of Today and Tomorrow

  • 495 Express Lanes

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    About the Presentation

    Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) along with Fluor-Transurban completed work to provide key transportation improvements to the Capital Beltway in the form of new HOV/HOT lanes. The new lanes, named “495 Express” are two new lanes in each direction from the Springfield Interchange to just north of the Dulles Toll Road that were opened to traffic on November 17, 2012 ahead of schedule.

    495 Express Lanes

  • Get Switched On!

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    About the Presentation

    Get Switched On is a fun, engaging and interactive experience designed to help people get a better attitude and take high quality action. In difficult economic times, people tend to make excuses, focus on what's not working, and can become disillusioned. Attitudes can sour and the quality of their effort can decline. The turnaround starts with acknowledging the gap between where you are and where you can be. What is possible for you? What have you been neglecting? What are the brutal facts you need to confront and take action on now? Chip helps you clarify your compelling vision and a get a clear game plan for the future. What's working? What's exciting? Painting a picture in which you can see yourself making the vision a reality goes a long way to getting plugged back in and switched on!

    Get Switched On!

  • Improving IT in the Federal Government

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    About the Presentation

    To increase productivity, provide benefits to its citizens, and bolster cybersecurity, the federal government spends more than $75 billion annually on information technology (IT). In its role as the audit arm of the Congress, the Government Accountability Office conducts reviews of various aspects of this investment in IT. These reviews cover topics that include information security, privacy, critical infrastructure protection, modernization efforts, enterprise architecture, investment management, and software acquisition and development. For example, in the area of information security, GAO has addressed issues on mobile device security, human capital, cloud computing, IT supply chain, the electricity grid, social media, and wireless communications.

    Improving IT in the Federal Government

  • Building the First Steamship in History

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    About the Presentation

    In 1807, a brilliant, creative, and controversial American by the name of Robert Fulton declared his intent to build an experimental "steamboat," which would be used to initiate a continuous passenger service between New York City and Albany, New York.  With the success of his North River Steam Boat, Fulton showed that it was possible to alter artificially both a person's location and the amount of time it took to change it.  In so doing, he also broke through the enormous psychological barrier that had existed in people's minds; it was, in fact, possible to overcome Nature to practical effect.

    Building the First Steamship in History

  • Insights and Trends: Current Portfolio, Programme and Project Management Practices

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    About the Program

    In today’s difficult economic times, organisations are constantly faced with the challenges of fiercely competitive and changing environments driven by regulatory modification and organisational restructuring. Environmental forces - competitive, economic, technological, political, legal, demographic, and cultural - create challenges and opportunities for organisations. They must, therefore, continuously adapt to the environment if they are to survive and prosper. Top management are thus confronted with the critical task of analyzing and improving the ability of an organisation to change, survive, and grow in this complex and changing global economy and volatile world. In order to stay competitive, today’s organisations have been moving from operations and business as usual, to project management as part of their competitive advantage strategy.

    Insights and Trends: Current Portfolio, Programme and Project Management Practices

  • If We Can Put a Man on the Moon: How to Achieve Better Results in Government

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    From health care reform to energy policy to fixing the financial crisis, we’ve never expected so much from our government at a time when there is so little public confidence in government’s ability to actually get these things done.

    This presentation by government reform expert Bill Eggers looks at government undertakings in the U.S. and abroad to find out what works, what doesn’t and why. Eggers argues that democratic governments can execute on large, groundbreaking plans, goals and dreams – if they have the Right Stuff. He explains how and why the most ambitious public policies in recent history either succeeded or stumbled. Hint: it’s all in the execution, and if organizations, leaders and individuals don’t plan properly and diligently, the results will backfire, often disastrously. 

    If We Can Put a Man on the Moon: How to Achieve Better Results in Government

  • You’re Not the Boss of Me!

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    Nearly all of us have a boss.  Your boss might be a project manager, a program manager, a vice president, a CEO or your child. He or she can have a profound effect on the way you lead and the way you follow, but only you can decide what you own.  

    Taking ownership is often the critical difference between success and failure.  Based on his considerable experience and research and on sources ranging from Aristotle to ZigZiglar, Ron shares stories and lessons that will help you take ownership of your projects, your programs, your career and your life.
     

    You’re Not the Boss of Me!

  • Project Management Blunders

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    About the Program

    R.M.S. Titanic was considered by many, including its designers and builders to be an unsinkable ship. With redundant safety systems that used the latest emerging technologies of the day, the ship was considered so safe that it did not even need a full complement of lifeboats. Yet, a collision with ice put an end to the ship on its maiden voyage and led to the deaths of thousands of passengers and crew. The sinking of Titanic is one of the worst maritime disasters ever.

    Project Management Blunders

  • Beyond Survival

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    About the Presentation

    In his talk, BEYOND SURVIVAL, Captain Coffee gives a moving account of his incredible experience from capture to ultimate release. His faith - in himself, others, his country, and his God - was the key to turning an unbelievably difficult, potentially devastating experience into an opportunity for personal growth. Captain Gerald Coffee is an inspiring example of the power of the human spirit to survive and triumph over the most adverse circumstances. His story conveys a positive message that we each have the potential to survive any ordeal, overcome any obstacle, achieve any goal. After hearing him, those in the audience will look at their challenges and adversities in a totally different way.

    Beyond Survival

  • Krav Maga Leadership™

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    About the Presentation

    Krav Maga literally translated means “contact combat” – this exciting, motivating and fun presentation will connect the most proven self defense system in the world with elevating leadership capacity. Managing and leading projects can be extremely difficult and almost feel like we need to know martial arts to just survive (or, sometimes we may even wish we could give a good “smack” to someone getting in the way of our project running smoothly, on time, within cost and scope requirements.) While we can’t touch anyone for real, we can learn more about leadership when analyzing the only proven “martial” arts system designed to stop someone that is willing to die to kill you.

    Krav Maga Leadership™

  • Five Traits of Risk Management Excellence

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    About the Presentation

    In risk, it's not just about the tools. It's about how you deploy them. It's about how you bring others into the risk conversation. And it's about how you affirm that you know what you're doing and where you're taking your project.

    Carl Pritchard is back with the Washington, DC chapter, promising an evening of powerful insight and some humorous stories along the way. He'll drive home the power of clarity and metaphors in taking the risk management story to the next level, and he talk about the importance of language, and how to craft risk terminology that's meaningful for you, your management and your team. He'll share how a single clear rule can avoid cataclysmic events and how poorly structured rewards can create more risks than they cure.

    Five Traits of Risk Management Excellence

  • London Olympics 2012

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    About the Presentation

    With the London Olympics right around the corner, it’s a good time to consider the enormity of the project management challenges confronted by Olympiad organizers. From politics to power lines, the London Olympics project management professionals have to be at the top of their game to bring home the gold.

    PMIWDC is pleased to welcome from Pcubed, Inc’s London office, Mr. Ky Nichols who heads up Pcubed’s Major Sporting Events practice, which brings together experience from the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, the 2006 Soccer World Cup in Germany and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow as well as his current engagement with the London 2012 Games.

    London Olympics 2012

  • Why the 2010 Census was Successful

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    About the Presentation

    Why the 2010 Census was Successful

    The U.S. Constitution requires a population and housing census every 10 years. The massive undertaking has been referred to as the largest peacetime mobilization in U.S. history. The effort employs some of the most sophisticated technical and operational knowledge and tools available, as well as a work force of more than 500,000 enumerators to count every man, woman and child once, and only once, and in the right place. Census results are the basis for congressional representation as well as the distribution of federal, state and local funds totaling more than $300 billion annually.

    Census Day was April 1, 2010. The 2010 Census was completed on time and under budget. The discussion will focus on the contributing factors that made the 2010 Census a success.

    Why the 2010 Census was Successful

  • TSA’s Risk Based Security Initiative

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    About the Presentation

    A discussion of TSA’s RBS initiative from concept to Proof of Concepts.

    TSA is moving away from a one size fits all approach and shifting to more risk-based, intelligence driven operations. This is a fundamental transformation of thinking and security procedures.

    The discussion will focus on the process TSA took from concept development to a Pre-Check proof of concept that changes the screening process for those passengers who can be assessed as low risk and encompassing many other changes along the way.

    TSA’s Risk Based Security Initiative

  • Branded! Is This Who I Am and Is This What I Do?

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    Celebrate PMIWDC Reaching 10,000 Members

    In August PMIWDC reached a significant milestone in chapter history when total membership crossed the 10,000 mark.

    Join us at the October dinner meeting to celebrate this milestone with a Champagne toast!

    About the Presentation

    There will be times in nearly all of our professional lives when we find ourselves at a crossroads.

    Too often, we tend to feel that we are the sum of all that we have done and nothing more. We are who we are and it is what it is.

    Not so.

    Branded! Is This Who I Am and Is This What I Do?

  • Selling the PMO (And Other Concepts) to Executives

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    Unless you have unlimited resources (i.e. staff, money, and infrastructure), no project deadlines, and high internal customer satisfaction, you don’t need to establish a Project Management Office (PMO). However, if you’re like most managers, you must juggle resources, time, scope, quality, and customer satisfaction in order to contribute to your company’s strategic plan. Unfortunately, you’re asked to drive projects through completion with limited resources and tight dead-lines. This keynote presentation shows you how to sell PMO’s, application upgrades, and budget re-quests to the executives and ensure their success. You’ll learn how to:

    • Justify the creation of a PMO.
    • Determine the type of PMO to establish.
    • Sell concepts to executives and get their full support.
    • Justify business software upgrades.

    Selling the PMO (And Other Concepts) to Executives

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