Webinars

The PMIWDC Webinar Education series is designed to highlight the latest trends and techniques in project management. The webinars will be hosted by PMIWDC and feature some of the top experts in the field who will collaboratively share their expertise and integrate with the online audience.

The webinar series is provided at no charge for current PMIWDC chapter members. Non-members can attend a single webinar for a fee of $15. The webinar series is brought to you by the Professional Development Committee of PMIWDC.

  • Effective Risk Management

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    Risk never sleeps! It is everywhere - at work, at home, in your volunteer opportunities. Prudence demands an effective and efficient method to identify, analyze and respond to risk. Attend this session and discover a creative process, realistic framework, useful tools and understandable visual aids to control and monitor risk. Participants will learn to write specific and meaningful risk statements, create a consistent matrix to analyze and prioritize risks, and develop potent plans for dealing with both identified and unidentified risk events. This webinar can really make a difference and be immediately applicable.

    Effective Risk Management

  • Relate & Communicate: Building Bridges & Connecting with Others

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    Relate & Communicate: Building Bridges & Connecting with Others, an interactive webinar session where you will learn how to: Determine your preferred communication style and learn to recognize the four styles Compare and contrast styles to gain deeper insights into differing preferences to become more effective with everyone Build the bridges of understanding and connect with anyone you meet to accomplish more, faster, with less headaches and hassle Be more effective with the communication style that drives you crazy

    Relate & Communicate: Building Bridges & Connecting with Others

  • The Recovery Machine: Metrics You Need to Recover Your Project

    Many holders of a PMP designation still cannot perform elementary calculations to get their project back on track. Come learn several handy new metrics to help you quickly get started on the best path to recovering your project!

    The Recovery Machine: Metrics You Need to Recover Your Project

  • Power-Up Your Career

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

    • Build Deeper Connections

    • Develop Extraordinary Communication Skills

    • Be More Present

    • Gain Impact and Influence

    • Daily Habits for your Career

    Learn and practice these skills and boost your career.

    Power-Up Your Career

  • Power-Up Your Career

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

    • Build Deeper Connections

    • Develop Extraordinary Communication Skills

    • Be More Present

    • Gain Impact and Influence

    • Daily Habits for your Career

    Learn and practice these skills and boost your career.

    Power-Up Your Career

  • Agile Program and Portfolio Management

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    About the Agile Program/Portfolio Management Webinar

    The agile manifesto and principles require considerable adaptation to leverage at the enterprise level. This presentation explores good practices in adapting the agile mindset to project, program, and systems engineering practices at the program and portfolio level. Topics covered include: • Organization: Supplanting organizational hierarchies with swimlanes and franchises • WBS: Align to product-oriented Scrum Teams • Deliverables: Value Driven artifacts replace CDRL’s • Schedule: Roadmaps replace activity-based, resource loaded schedules • Monitor & Control: Earned Value Mgt (EVM) is supplemented by Value Delivery Mgt. (VDM) • Maturity Assessment Agile vs CMMI Assessment approach • Contracting: Federal Acquisition Regulations interrupted for agile services

    Agile Program and Portfolio Management

  • Version Six of the PMBOK ® Guide Has Been Released! – An Overview of the Changes in the New PMBOK ® Guide

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    About the PM Tools Webinar

    PMI just formally published and released Version Six of the PMBOK ® Guide on September 6th. Version Six marks the most significant change to the PMBOK ® Guide perhaps since Version Two (or the 2000 PMBOK ® Guide version.) Agile concepts are now finally being incorporated into all ten Knowledge Areas. In our presentation, we will review the most important changes from Version Five to Version Six.

    Version Six of the PMBOK ® Guide Has Been Released! – An Overview of the Changes in the New PMBOK ® Guide

  • How Pilots use Social Media Checklists

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    About the Webinar

    Social media is often a blind spot for Project Management Professionals. This Webinar will review best practices for starting and continued engagement in the social media space using tools all pilots love- Checklists! It will outline a cogent plan for improving social media engagement in your organization.

    How Pilots use Social Media Checklists

  • Successful Projects: What We Really Know

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    About the PM Tools Webinar

    The Standish Group has published its annual CHAOS Report on the state of software development since 1994. The Report is often cited as a key metric for the industry's performance and progress and draws much attention.

    Analyzing the long-term trends provides an interesting perspective. On average only 29% of projects “succeed” and 23% “failed”. Over the past two decades, there has been little change in these headline results.

    However, when you dive into the data there are some bright spots and markers for the future improvement:

    Successful Projects: What We Really Know

  • Value and Strategy – Connecting Project Management to the Business

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    About the Webinar

    Whether your organization is large or small, a good strategy is key to your success and ultimately to your survival. This webinar will connect our projects to strategy by exploring opportunities for creating business advantage and how we could keep the focus on strategy while making daily decisions with our stakeholders. We know that a strategy’s purpose is to create a business advantage. That advantage may be a cost (or profit) advantage, a value improvement for our customers, greater focus, incredible speed, or amazing maneuverability. Regardless, a good strategy will add value to the business. Also, we talk about value when we get permission to start a project and when we balance our portfolio of projects. That Cost-Benefit analysis should tie into strategic thinking.

    Value and Strategy – Connecting Project Management to the Business

  • Project Management for Daily Life

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    About the Webinar

    As trained project managers, we frequently forget how project management basics can help us get ahead in life - whether at home, in graduate school, or coordinating our social life. This webinar will show you how to use a project management toolkit outside of work and reap the benefits. We will focus on the three areas that we do naturally at work, but tend to neglect in day-to-day life:

    • Creating a timeline – determining milestones
    • RACI matrix – distributing responsibility
    • Project close out and review – facilitating feedback without severing ties

    Project Management for Daily Life

  • Can Agile Methodologies Be Used Effectively Together With EVM?

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    About the Webinar

    There is a tremendous push in the last couple of years to use Agile methodologies along with Earned Value (EVM), or at least investigate how the two methodologies can be used together. It appears the Federal government is pushing hard for the two methodologies be used together in certain programs. At several College of Performance Management (CPM) meetings in the Washington, DC area in the past year, this topic has been explored in some length. PMI® believes this is very possible, and the PMI-ACP certification exam (Agile Certified Practitioner) requires an understanding of how to use EVM techniques inside of Agile, and measure variances (CV and SV), performance indices (CPI and SPI), and do forecasting with EVM for Agile projects. If you Google Agile and EVM, you will find many articles explaining exactly how to do this.

    Can Agile Methodologies Be Used Effectively Together With EVM?

  • Engaging Your Team for Agile Success

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    About the Webinar

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

    Engaging Your Team for Agile Success

  • It's All a Matter of Perspective

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    About the Webinar

    Many project managers think that executives don't give them the respect and recognition they deserve. That's because executives often believe project managers "lack perspective." (In other words, the project manager doesn't have the same perspective as the executive.) This webinar explores the executive perspective about projects and how, when project managers understand that perspective, they can more effectively interact and communicate with executives who are key stakeholders of their projects.

    It's All a Matter of Perspective

  • Vendor Management For Project Success

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    About the Presentation

    In the project management world, we face the decision to build or buy every week. In many situations, buying services and products is a great decision. However, poorly managed vendor relationships can doom a project to failure.

    In this webinar, you will learn best practices to manage vendors. These practices will deliver the greatest value for long term and high value (over $1 million) vendor relationships. You will learn how to manage vendor reporting, vendor quality management and fundamentals of financial governance.

    Vendor Management For Project Success

  • Agile: Adjustments Needed to Meet the Enterprise Portfolio

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    About the Presentation

    This presentation will explain how agile techniques fit into the Project and Program Management Office disciplines essential for large scale projects and Enterprise Portfolio Management. We begin with understanding why large complex projects fail and what agile can contribute to improve their success rate. We explore the changes needed in existing PMBOK knowledge areas such as Planning, Monitoring & Control, and Communication to leverage agile strategies and techniques for large complex systems management. We conclude with some specific recommendations that Organizations can adopt to operate more efficiently and produce value faster at the Enterprise level. We will introduce the Franchise Model as an innovative organizational structure for the PMO and the Enterprise.

    Agile: Adjustments Needed to Meet the Enterprise Portfolio

  • Effective Teamwork Habits for Project Managers

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    About the Presentation

    In the project management world, time is of the essence. Time pressure often makes it difficult to develop effective, high performance project teams. Fortunately, you can learn methods to improve your team work and reach success despite those challenges.

    In this webinar, you will learn how to understand your approach to team work. In addition, you will learn methods to kick off projects and bring new team members up to speed.

    Effective Teamwork Habits for Project Managers

  • Understanding Agile from a PMP’s Perspective! Exploding the myth that Agile is not in the PMBOK Guide

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    About the Presentation

    Have you been wondering, “What is the PM’s role in Agile?” or “Can Agile projects coexist in a Traditional environment?” or “What is the relationship between project-type and Agile tools?”

    Many PMPs have been told, often by well-meaning but uninformed, “experts” that Agile is outside the PMBOK Guide and there is no role for project managers. Those myths have no basis in fact!

    Fact #1 - Long before the Agile Manifesto the PMBOK Guide included Rolling Wave Planning, Progressive Elaboration, and Decomposition...three core concepts Agile simply can’t live without.

    Fact #2 - The Agile focus on serving the customer, as practiced by many agilists, ignores the needs of the organizational-customer - the company - for budgeting and sophisticated scheduling tools that none of the Agile frameworks provide.

    Understanding Agile from a PMP’s Perspective! Exploding the myth that Agile is not in the PMBOK Guide

  • PMP Leaders: How to Provide More Efficient and Effective BD Support

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    About the Presentation

    PMPs are typically focused on operations and customer delivery, giving little thought to the capture and proposal efforts that are necessary to keep operations going. Oftentimes PMPs are required to support capture and proposal efforts but don't know their role or how to effectively contribute without significant (often negative) impact to their day jobs. This capture/proposal challenge is now the new norm in many markets. PMPs are frequently unaware of the capture planning that can and should be completed in order to differentiate their company from the competition. Yet many PMPs are best positioned to assist the capture team assess the competition, conduct stakeholder analysis, and assist in executing call plans designed to collect valuable information and to influence recommenders, decision makers, and other stakeholders.

    PMP Leaders: How to Provide More Efficient and Effective BD Support

  • Thoughts on Agile, Hybrid projects and Risk Management

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    About the Presentation

    The Agile Manifesto was originally published over thirteen years ago, in February of 2001. Over the last 13+ years, the interest level in APM (Agile Project Management) and the specific methodologies included within the “Agile umbrella” - such as Scrum, Extreme programming, Lean, Crystal, DSDM and Feature Driven Development - has steadily increased. Agile is certainly not a passing fad. More and more people are departing from running their projects using the traditional methods, and are using Agile methodologies instead.

    Thoughts on Agile, Hybrid projects and Risk Management

  • Comparing CMMI and PMBOK Methodologies

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    About the Presentation

    The CMMI-DEV* model is a collection of practices aimed at organizations that develop products, systems and IT solutions. The model is organized into five levels, each level defining more advanced practices to improve schedule, budget, risk management and quality performance. The levels provide a road map for sustained incremental improvement. Example development organizations that use CMMI-DEV are:

    • Software application and embedded systems
    • IT solutions
    • Hardware (electrical, mechanical, optical, electronic)
    • Systems engineering (large software and hardware systems)

    The Project Management Body of Knowledge defines an extensive set of project management practices that can be applied to any type of project. The Project Management Institute (PMI) provides classes and examinations on PMBOK content.

    Comparing CMMI and PMBOK Methodologies

  • Project Management for the Non-Profit World

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    About the Presentation

    Join PMIWDC Chair Kendall Lott for a peek into an under served market, the Non-Profit organization. Beyond finding funding, these organizations are in need for services that improve their mission delivery, help them work more efficiently (the triple constraint) and allow them to know when the have reached “done.” Project Management can help, but the non-profits are hampered by the lack of capacity to even ask for the service, much less pick up the skills directly—we have to reach out! Past getting a glimpse and an understanding of why project managers can be important in this market, find out how you can be part of a history making event that will improve non-profit success while highlighting the value of the skills we PMs bring to bear on problems and on driving change.

    Project Management for the Non-Profit World

  • The Leader in the Mirror

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    About the Presentation

    Although the fundamentals of leadership have remained the same for eons, the demands upon leaders have changed.  Today, people expect their jobs and their projects to be challenging, interesting and engaging.  The leaders of successful projects, programs and organizations know this, and they know how to create a collaborative environment in which their team members and employees are challenged, interested, and engaged.  They recognize their success is not solely the result of how well they perform, but how well others perform, so they invest their time and energy in helping others succeed.

    The Leader in the Mirror

  • Introduction to Proactive Scheduling

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    About the Presentation

    Ultimately, the purpose of the project schedule is to enhance the chances of successful project delivery. To be useful then, a proactive schedule should always reflect the true intention (both scope and time) AND actual progress of the project. It should clearly communicate work and priorities to project team members, provide accurate forecasting of remaining effort and durations and identify variances before it is too late for corrective action. This webinar provides an introduction to the principles of Proactive Scheduling as well a practical approach to deploying these principles in Microsoft Project and Project Server.

    Introduction to Proactive Scheduling

  • Taking Agile to the Enterprise

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    About the Presentation

    Agile has been proven to deliver speed and other benefits at the project level, and as a result many organizations are now looking to apply it across their IT project portfolios. However, Agile was never designed as a PMO or Portfolio Management framework, so Agile practitioners have invented ways to apply Agile thinking at the portfolio level, with varying degrees of success. This webinar introduces a proven, highly effective framework for project portfolio management called Critical Chain, and integrates Agile and Lean in new ways to optimize both project-level and portfolio-level performance. The result is a dramatic jump in both portfolio throughput (completed projects) and reliability (minimizing project failures).

    Taking Agile to the Enterprise

  • Project Can-agement! 10 Must-Haves Between Contractors and Feds

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    About the Presentation

    This exciting webinar is no boring presentation! Chris Daniel, PMP (Author of Consult in Jeans) delves into a study he conducted of high-level project managers in both the public and private sectors, and show participants what both sides agree needs to take place to:

    • Gain Repeat Business (Cha-Ching!)
    • Impress The Federal Client (Smiling Decision-Makers)
    • Form Sustainable Relationships (Mo’ Money, Mo’ Money, Mo’ Money)

    This insightful webinar has participants in awe of the BFO’s (Blinding Flashes of the Obvious). Daniel illustrates with energy and intuition the 10 themes that both audiences constantly agree to forge ahead in business. 

    Project Can-agement! 10 Must-Haves Between Contractors and Feds

  • Applying Agile in Software and Project Management

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    About the Presentation

    With the success of agile, software development opportunities and challenges are occurring in project management. Some of the agile techniques such as rapid communication and work in progress methods can apply to multiple project management areas.

    Please join us as PMIWDC's expert panel discusses using agile techniques in today’s project management environment to accelerate execution and improve communication in software development and program management. The panel members will discuss the challenges and opportunities in both project management and software development techniques.

    Applying Agile in Software and Project Management

  • PMIWDC Webinar

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    About the Presentation

    Agile is not just for software development. Agile techniques such as rapid communication, limited work in progress can apply to multiple project management areas. Please join this PMIWDC expert panel to discuss Going Agile, Challenges and Opportunities, who will discuss using Agile in today’s environment, how to use Agile techniques to accelerate execution and improve communication in software development and program management.

    PMIWDC Webinar

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