Loudoun Community

PMIWDC is pleased to announce a new Community in Loudoun County: PMIWDC - LC! PMIWDC’s Loudoun luncheons are a series of free brown bag luncheons hosted at the REI Systems Headquarters, 45335 Vintage Park Plaza, Sterling, VA 20166, conveniently located near the intersection of Route 28 and Route 606, north of the Dulles Airport. The Loudoun Community Luncheons are held every second Monday of the month, unless posted otherwise. In the event of a holiday, the luncheon will be on the third Monday. (Pre-registration is recommended). PMIWDC – Loudoun Community’s goal is to provide members with a convenient forum for learning, discussion and knowledge exchange. The Luncheons will feature presentations by guest speakers who are PMI-recognized thought leaders, educators and Subject Matter Experts. This series is made possible by the generous support of REI Systems, a recognized leader in federal grants management systems, full-life cycle software development, and open government and transparency solutions.

  • Creating the Recipe for Communication Success!

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

    Creating the Recipe for Communication Success!

  • Transition from Manager to a Leader

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    The hard work and commitment finally paid off. Your senior VP congratulated you and announced that you are promoted to the senior manager position. You are faced with the prospect of management role first time. These type of career transitions, often exciting and at the same time frightening. In the wake of successful promotion, you are wondering if there must-know field proven guiding principles that will lead you through the coming days - may be less painful but a successful path.


    You are not alone in this transitional struggle. According to a study by a Deloitte comprising of 7,000 organizations about, 89% of executives rated “strengthening the leadership pipeline,” an urgent issue Organizations are continuously promoting people into management, and those new leaders struggle with the transition.

    Transition from Manager to a Leader

  • A Key Ingredient for Project Management Success: Change Management

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

    A Key Ingredient for Project Management Success: Change Management

  • Veteran to Civilian Transition as PMPs

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    Veteran to Civilian Transition as PMPs
    Nathan J. Kerr PMP lead instructor and founder of PMCertDC will be speaking on the challenges veterans face entering the civilian workforce as PMPs. Nathan will also be speaking of the hidden opportunities of veteran employment. This aligns with the PMI PMBOK regarding Resource Management.

    Veteran to Civilian Transition as PMPs

  • Kanban Essentials: Improving How We Work

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

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

    Kanban Essentials: Improving How We Work

  • Assessing the Maturity of Agile Team

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    During this session, different models for assessing agile team maturity and approaches to generate a coaching action plan, will be discussed. Focus will be placed on the TDA (Team Diagnostic Assessment) from Team Coaching International and if time permits, Mr. Nkomba will also discuss the U.S. federal Government’s Digital Services Playbook.

    Assessing the Maturity of Agile Team

  • Introduction to SAFe 4.5

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    Introduction to SAFe 4.5

  • Agile Contracting

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    About the Presentation

     

    This event will review the application of agile software development principles in corporate support functions.

    Agile Contracting

  • From Agile to Agility

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    About the Presentation

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

    From Agile to Agility

  • Evolving Grants Management Landscape and Management Requirements

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    About the Presentation

     

    Elected Federal political positions change every 2, 4, or 6 years, but the country must continue to effectively operate to keep the citizens safe and prosperous. One of the key areas that support a functioning US economy is the Federal Grant programs that total nearly one-third of the annual US budget. So how is this managed and what has changed over time to ensure the proper use and effectiveness of these federal funds. Steve will review this changing environment and how it either is or could be properly managed with the right processes and oversight.

    Join us for an informative session presented by Steve Lancaster, Business Development Director at REI Systems Inc.

     

    Evolving Grants Management Landscape and Management Requirements

  • The Art of "Discovering" Product Features

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    Product discovery is a process that helps us make sure we're not just creating products that are usable, but also useful. The notion of requirements and design as a sequential, predictable and scheduled phase in a product development process is so ingrained in our industry that it’s often one of the most difficult habits for product organizations to break. Product organizations need to come to terms with the fact that the product invention process is fundamentally a creative process. It is more art than science. The session will present an opportunity to learn techniques in interactive, hands-on exercises.

    The Art of "Discovering" Product Features

  • Trust By Design: Keeping The Audience on Your Side

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    About the Presentation

    Trust is easy to gain, but just as easy to lose. It's our nature to quickly decide whether we have faith in a product or media based on its appearance. We decide in less than a second whether we trust something or not based purely on visual information, but a poor experience can taint that trust forever.

    Jason explores the traits that make an experience trustworthy, when to integrate considerations of trust into design thinking activities, and how to explain decisions made based on improving trust.

    TAKEAWAYS

    • How viewers look at visual and interactive signals to build trust in the experience and product.
    • How to assess designs based on how the viewer will trust its visual and interactive messages.
    • How to look at designs long term success based on trust.

    Trust By Design: Keeping The Audience on Your Side

  • Project Management Doesn't Begin on Day One

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    About the Presentation

    The PMBOK gives us a lot of great information. The mechanics project management are all true… but what happens in the real world? When does a PM actually begin work? When does the project and expectations really begin? There are answers and they may not be what you think. You dad’s Oldsmobile… aka project... it’s today’s project. There are many not-so-subtle variables to consider that have bearing on the ultimate success of a project and, perhaps more importantly, the PM’s success. We’ll take a visit to reality, and consider challenges and milestones in a company’s business rhythm that have bearing on answers to the above questions. You’ll look at things a bit differently when you go back to the office. See you for lunch!

    Project Management Doesn't Begin on Day One

  • Using People Analytics to Recover Projects in Trouble

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    About the Presentation

    We will demonstrate how behaviors can be used to understand project challenges and people analytics can be used to recover projects in trouble.

    We will use a mini case study approach to engage participants in exploring the contribution of behaviors to common project problems, e.g., cost overruns, schedule delays, organizational power struggles and politics, and resourcing conflict.

    Participants will then be invited to identify the relative benefits of having project teams created on the basis of work area representation, versus technical knowledge and skills, versus behavioral composition.

    In this way participants will learn a new way to increase the probability of project success from inception.

    Using People Analytics to Recover Projects in Trouble

  • Smart Shopping- Uncle Sam Buying Agile

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    About the Presentation

    The challenge: Federal CIO’s office trying to figure out an effective process to procure Agile Delivery services when transitioning from traditional to Agile. Federal agencies are struggling to find a process to make this transition smooth and increase the likelihood of a successful agile acquisition both pre-award and post-award. Based on first hand experience, the presentation will share guidelines on different procurement models, agile contract structures, and the key pre-requisites pre-award and post-contract award.

    Smart Shopping- Uncle Sam Buying Agile

  • Case Studies of Continuous Improvement Through Metrics

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    About the Presentation

    Learn how to judge the health of your Agile teams by doing a health check with real customer case study data. We'll look at data on team performance based on various Agile metrics such as Burnups/Burndowns, Cumulative Flow Diagrams, Velocity Chart, SDPI charts, and more. We’ll mine them for insight to interpret possible challenges the team is facing and determine prescriptive action items that will influence improvement.

    This will be a very interactive session, where everyone comes away learning something. We’ll examine how to mine for internal performance data, evaluate what we can deduce from actions happening outside the boundaries of agile practices and pinpoint areas that will have the most impact on future projects to get them back on track. The goal is to turn work into data, data into insights and insight into action.

    Case Studies of Continuous Improvement Through Metrics

  • "What I Said is Not What You Heard"

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    About the Presentation

    Successful teams value communication. Effective communication is an important life skill that enables us to better understand and connect with the people around us. It allows us to build respect and trust, resolve differences, and foster environments where problem-solving, caring, affection, and creative ideas can thrive.

    Effective communication is necessary for managers to perform the basic functions of management, i.e., planning, organizing, leading, and controlling, within their organization.

    "What I Said is Not What You Heard"

  • PiMP My Scrum - Looking at Scrum Through the Lens of Waterfall

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    About the Presentation

     

    Scrum is hard to understand, or so they say. But when we describe new topics in easy to understand language, suddenly it can all make sense.

    We'll look at Scrum through the lens of Waterfall, to discuss how similar they really are if you think about the core concepts that make Scrum work so well and apply them to Waterfall in the right way.

    We'll talk about how the first big hurdle isn't in changing the process, but rather in how you think about the process. This is particularly important because often we cannot change the process. However, we do have flexibility to operate *within* and *in addition to* the process, where we can inject tangible benefits, so we can create trust around the approaches, so we can get the support to move closer to pure Scrum.

    PiMP My Scrum - Looking at Scrum Through the Lens of Waterfall

  • How to Maximize Positives and Minimize Negatives of Remote Agile Teams

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    About the Presentation

    Are you part of a Remote Agile Team? We’ve heard it- even if one person on your team is working remotely, your team has now become a Remote Agile Team.

    Working distributed has it’s drawbacks but also brings the possibility of working in a way where:

    • people can work their own hours, everybody can work in their own location , people can work together well without physically attending a meeting, people can be mobile.
    • people who can contribute talent are utilized even if they are unable to change their physical location

    In this presentation Heather will share her experience working on different kinds of remote agile teams and we will explore :

    What is a Decentralized Team?

    How to Maximize Positives and Minimize Negatives of Remote Agile Teams

  • Kanban: An Agile Methodology for the Operational Side of Business

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    About the Presentation

    Kanban had its origin in lean production systems and just-in-time manufacturing, the most notable implementation being the Toyota Production System. But in the last decade, the interest in Kanban has spread into many other business arenas outside of manufacturing. For some time, it has been a primary methodology used in the ITIL environment and it has also found its way into the world of software.

    In the first half of this presentation we will explore Kanban and its relevance to the Agile community and what it can do for organizations. In this exploration we will look at the five core properties that have been present in every successful Kanban implementation and how they can be used in building your Kanban:

    Kanban: An Agile Methodology for the Operational Side of Business

  • Let’s Sharpen Your Agile Ax, It’s Story Splitting Time

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    About the Presentation

    Do you want to write great User Stories (a.k.a. small features that are part of a product) that provide the vehicle for conversation and confirmation that we build the right thing? Do you struggle with splitting stories so that they still provide business value but can be accomplished within a fraction of your iteration and be potentially shippable to production? We will do a quick refresher on User Story formatting to include Acceptance Criteria. Additionally we will learn techniques for splitting stories in this interactive workshop.

    Let’s Sharpen Your Agile Ax, It’s Story Splitting Time

  • Successfully Achieving Ambitious Goals in Government

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    About the Presentation

    Contribute to fact-based knowledge of how public strategies are successful:

    • Provide thought leadership in the fields of public administration, strategy development and strategic change
    • Support strategy and transformation efforts – particularly following the presidential election

    Successfully Achieving Ambitious Goals in Government

  • Seven Secrets of Highly Effective Retrospectives

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    About the Presentation

    Retrospectives are the core of agility. And yet they are often the scrum ceremony that is most frequently skipped. Many teams like the idea of the retrospective but find them boring, or worse ineffective.

    Join Retrium CEO and Co-Founder David Horowitz as he reveals seven secrets that lead to effective retrospectives. You'll learn:* The best way to ensure your retrospectives lead to real change* The "pledge" everyone on your team must take before participating* How to know who to include in each retrospective* The single most important thing you can do to keep your team engaged during the retro* And much, much more!

    Seven Secrets of Highly Effective Retrospectives

  • Build Quality In, Not at the End

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    About the Presentation

    Do you ship buggy products? Have you experienced a culture where people think, "It's not my job." Do you struggle with influencing individuals, teams and management to embrace practices that produce quality products? We are going to run an exercise that highlights advantages to adopt testing as early as possible in a project and what happens when you don't. We will also talk about recommended approaches to bring testing earlier into the project timeline.

    Build Quality In, Not at the End

  • Leading Language - Word Neutrality

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    About the Presentation

    The words we use have a charge.

    Do you want to Engage and Elicit, or Direct and Dissuade? A lot can depend on the words you use.

    Attend this highly interactive session to learn how you might be unconsciously conversing in ways that take you farther from your intended goals.

    Leading Language - Word Neutrality

  • The Changing Customer Expectations of IT Project Management

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    About the Presentation

    Years of experience has shown us that the expectations for Project Manager has evolved over time. What was considered successful before is no longer the same to manage important projects and fulfill the role of Project Manager. The expectations of customers is changing more currently for a number of reasons that will be discussed. The expectations are broader and are rising to the point that what was the prior minimum skill set is no longer adequate. Internal and external influences of the end customer experience are impacting client expectations and thus performance requirements for project management success. This one hour session will provide Project Managers with new insights to the client's view of Project Management and essential PM skills.

    The Changing Customer Expectations of IT Project Management

  • Are You Really Effective as a Scrum Master?

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    About the Presentation

    Today a huge number of organizations are making the transition to Agile. Many do it well, but a huge number of organizations struggle and don’t really do it well. The success of an Agile project has a lot to do with the effectiveness of the Scrum Master…. but this role and its importance is often not understood well enough…

    Here are some questions that arise often:

    • How is a Scrum master different from a traditional PM?
    • What are the key expectations for this role? What must I do differently?
    • What qualities are needed to become an effective Scrum Master?

    Come and join us for an engaging and interactive discussion …..

    Are You Really Effective as a Scrum Master?

  • EVM and Agile - Can They Co-exist?

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    About the Presentation

    As an Agile team member, are you trying to figure out where you are, exactly, in the bigger picture of product development compared to where you are expected to be? Are you are working on a government contract where Earned Value Management (EVM) implementation is mandatory, but would like to use Agile software development methods? Perhaps you're an Agile project manager often "translating" Agile iteration results for non-Agile stakeholders? As a product manager, would you like to be able to forecast the impacts of changes on your expected return on investment?

    EVM and Agile - Can They Co-exist?

  • Avoiding the Agile Death March

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    About the Presentation

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

    Avoiding the Agile Death March

  • A Coach Approach

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    Participants will learn how a coach approach can lead to greater influence and effectiveness. Using a case study, participants will experience the difference between telling and asking, and will be able to use a simple coaching model to build influence and results.

    A Coach Approach

  • Different Approaches to Scaling Agile

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    Scaling Agile is a source of great debate and discussion currently in the agile community. Agile practitioners are asking: what does it mean to scale, how to scale, what framework or approach to use, what techniques need to change when adopting agile at scale, etc.

    The presentation will introduce a handful of key scaling frameworks, their approaches, key differences, and provide information to allow you to make your own comparisons and select the framework that is best suited for your circumstances.

    Key Highlights:

    1. How to scale an Agile project to span the Enterprise
    2. Tools and Techniques for adopting Agile at Scale
    3. Introduction to key scaling frameworks

    Different Approaches to Scaling Agile

  • Difficult Conversations for PMs

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    Difficult Conversations are inevitable for Project Managers. Sooner or later in the course of a project or association with individuals, circumstances crop up that need difficult and/or tough conversations to be had. Be it conversations with project team members, external vendors or clients for any reason, these conversations must be handled in a professional and tactful manner so as to not impact the morale or team dynamics and ensure success of projects. Francis Roman, a professional development coach, will present with techniques or approaches to handling these hard but necessary conversations.

    Difficult Conversations for PMs

  • A Practical Approach to Knowledge Management

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    Within the perspective of project management’s best practices, three common sense premises are assumed to be shared with the audience:

    • The overall performance of an organization can be improved through improving the knowledge of its members;
    • The current level of knowledge in an organization can be known;
    • There is interest in processes and procedures directed at improving knowledge.

    This presentation outlines new ways to make Knowledge Management (KM) more valuable to the enterprise and the employees.

    A Practical Approach to Knowledge Management

  • Agile Requirements Management

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    While agile improves many components of software delivery, one constant struggle for development is being able to accurately discern what the customer wants. This discussion will address common pitfalls in the requirements management cycle. During this time we will define risks and several strategies to mitigate these risks to improve the ability to deliver the desired results and the value an agile team brings to the organization.

    Agile Requirements Management

  • 9 Habits of a High Performing Project Manager

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    This session is for project management (PM) professionals at all levels who want to improve the practice of PM in their organization by deploying better habits. A constantly changing project environment dictates the use of every possible tool, process, and habit. In as much as these habits are neither revolutionary nor unique, when applied together they can positively influence the outcome of projects in a very significant way. Each habit’s simplicity is powerful and easy for any project manager to adopt. High-performing project managers routinely deploy all 9 habits to achieve excellence in executing small or large projects worldwide.

    Highlights:

    9 Habits of a High Performing Project Manager

  • 5 Secrets to Resilience

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    What is the difference between people who fail and those that succeed? The research from the last 30 years suggests that it’s not education, training, or experience. Resilience (the ability to bounce back and forward) helps people cope with adversity and thrive with uncertainty and change. And, the good news is that all of us can learn to be more resilient.

    Doug Hensch is an executive coach, group facilitator and consultant with over 20 years of experience. Doug had the pleasure of working with some of the best-known psychologists in the world while running a web-based startup that touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and was featured in Time magazine, CNN and other major media outlet. He lives in Leesburg, VA, has a wide range of clients and spends his free time coaching his two sons and learning Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

    5 Secrets to Resilience

  • Motivation – Key to success. How PM’s can leverage motivation to create highly effective teams

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    Coach Frank will focus on how to motivate a team. A motivated team can accomplish difficult tasks with ease. This meeting will focus on how motivation plays a key role in building effective teams. How a de-moralized team can be turned around to start performing like a highly effective team. The Session will focus on the following questions:
        How to recognize signs of de-moralized teams
        How PM's can motivate their teams to achieve the best result

      Motivation – Key to success. How PM’s can leverage motivation to create highly effective teams

    • To Be or Not To Be Agile? That is Not the Question.

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      How can you maintain disciplined execution while encouraging continuous innovation? Promising efforts to improve one dimension always seem to cause losses in the other. Disciplined execution crushes innovation, and innovation by its nature is undisciplined. Until recently, the problem has seemed insoluble, but agile teams have broken the code (so to speak). Agile teams do achieve both disciplined execution and continuous innovation, something that was impossible to accomplish with traditional management methods. Come hear how agile works with non-IT teams and in non-software/technology organizations. Learn how ‘tis nobler in the mind (and better for the project) to apply key agile principles to any type of knowledge work. How do you get disciplined execution along with continuous innovation? Promising efforts to improve one dimension always seem to cause losses on the other one.

      To Be or Not To Be Agile? That is Not the Question.

    • Coaching through Resistance to Change

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      It's not enough to manage scope, quality and cost - nearly every project manager has to become a change agent, too. There are numerous studies that link the success of major projects to the application of change management. If you feel like managing the human side of change is like stepping into quicksand, you are not alone! Please join us for this interactive presentation about mitigating resistance and maximizing adoption and use. You will leave with an awareness of how to recognize resistance early, how to mitigate it, and who should do it. This presentation with arm you with some specific actions to apply immediately to your their current situation.

      Coaching through Resistance to Change

    • 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.

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

    • Application of Analytics to Project and/or Product Management Techniques, Especially in IT Project Management

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      While analytics is a hot buzzword in technology circles, there’s little real application of analytics to project and/or product management techniques, esp. in IT project management. Analytics starts with data collection. Analytics for IT project management can be broken down into project health, digital analytics, and systems monitoring. With the right data in hand, analytics can start to track key metrics to predict trouble early on in a project with respect to the traditional constraints of cost, scope, time, and performance. Learn more in this presentation about building an analytics practice within your project team to measure progress, predict outcomes, and communicate better.

      Application of Analytics to Project and/or Product Management Techniques, Especially in IT Project Management

    • The Role of the Project Manager in Scrum

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      The Agile framework called Scrum defines three roles -- Product Owner, ScrumMaster and Development Team. Nowhere in the authoritative definition of Scrum, "The Scrum Guide", authored by Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber, is there mention of a role, title, or person called a project manager. In fact, there is just one mention of the word "project" and that is in reference to a Sprint. The word "manager" doesn't appear even once. What is a project manager to do then in the context of Scrum?

      Jim York, Certified Scrum Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer, shares insights on the three Scrum roles and the role of the project manager in Scrum.

      Highlights

      • What is an Agile Framework?

      • What is a project manager to do then in the context of Scrum?

      The Role of the Project Manager in Scrum

    • Projects by Design: Improving Project Outcomes through Design Thinking

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      Design thinking is an applied process to structure problem-solving activities, build project team inclusiveness, generate creativity, and shape customer-focused outcomes. From transforming doctor-patient interactions at the Mayo Clinic to the development of a low-cost life-saving baby incubator for developing countries, design thinking has been proven to deliver astonishing project outcomes, but can too much design thinking lead to scope creep, cost overruns, and delays?

      Join Eric Vazquez of Fulcrum for this session on design thinking’s role in project management, its effectiveness, and real-world application.

      Highlights

      • What is design thinking and how can it help project teams be both vision- and task-driven?

      Projects by Design: Improving Project Outcomes through Design Thinking

    • Agile Estimation and Planning Presentation

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      You’ve probably heard some people say, “there is no planning in agile projects.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

      The presentation, by agile coach and trainer Manjit Singh, explains how agile teams estimate and plan their work. Learn how to estimate the “size” of a project and “forecast” project completion using story points and velocity. Learn techniques for estimating and planning Date, Scope and Budget driven projects.

      Agile Estimation and Planning Presentation

    • Agile Project Management

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      The first line of the Agile Manifesto marked the beginning of a seismic change in software development: "We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it." While Agile was created to be a new take on traditional software development practices, its concepts can also be successfully applied to a variety of project types. I will discuss the concepts of iteration, collaboration, change responsiveness, and their application in both software and non-software projects.

      Join Jason Rashaad for this session on Agile Project Management, its history and impact on software development, and how its principles can be applied elsewhere.

      Highlights

      • What is Agile?

      • How is Agile applied to software development project management?

      Agile Project Management

    • Creating Order From Chaos – Sharing Information across Virtual Water Coolers

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      <p>People are an organization’s most powerful asset.  Informal conversations around 
      the break room water cooler have long been considered a powerful platform for 
      information exchange.  Today, people work remotely across geographies and 
      time zones.  Physical proximity is a rare luxury among co-workers.  This
      lunch time session will discuss best practices for project managers to create an 
      enterprise-wide break room complete with a virtual water cooler.  </p>

      <p>Join us to learn how to develop a collaborative environment to help your dispersed
      team members connect and communicate. </p>

      Creating Order From Chaos – Sharing Information across Virtual Water Coolers

    • Improve Your Management Effectiveness Through Knowledge of Personality Types

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      Do you want to understand more about yourself, and the people that you work with, in order to improve your effectiveness as a Project Manager? Excellent Project Managers understand not only how to build and track a project schedule and budget, they are also skilled in the areas of communication, negotiation, influencing and conflict management. This presentation will use the framework of Myers Briggs, as well as other tools, as a means of developing a deeper understanding of ourselves and the people we collaborate with, and lead, on a daily basis.

      We will take Myers Briggs to deeper levels, highlighting not only the basic dichotomies and how they impact our management and leadership styles, but also go deeper and understand how our dominant function drives us, both in normal circumstances and under stress.

      Improve Your Management Effectiveness Through Knowledge of Personality Types

    • Project Estimation: Techniques and Tools for Project Success

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      Project estimation is the single most important task of a project, to setting realistic expectations. Yet, accurate project estimation is one of the most challenging aspects of any project. Project estimation is the true application of knowledge, skills, basic tools, and techniques in

      project management in order to meet the requirements of a particular project; resulting in a

      project resource estimate which in turn will be the bases for developing a project schedule

      Project Estimation: Techniques and Tools for Project Success

    • The PM's Role in Capturing, Bidding, and Winning Performance-Based Contracts

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      About the Presentation

      Project managers and project team members often  have challenges responding to a
      Performance-Based Services Acquisition (PBSA).
      Developing key deliverables, such as a Performance Work Statement (PWS) and a
      Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan (QASP), is not the easiest task.

      Join PMIWDC – Loudoun Community for this very informative session to learn about
      Performance-Based Contracts.

      Highlights

      The PM's Role in Capturing, Bidding, and Winning Performance-Based Contracts

    • 3 Keys to Better Stakeholder Management

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      About the Presentation

      Stakeholders can be our biggest cheerleaders or our biggest detractors when managing projects. Often it feels like we have no ability to control which side of the equation they fall on. That is simply not true.

      Being a successful PM means successfully communicating and managing stakeholders. In this discussion we are going to talk about the 3 biggest keys in managing stakeholders. More importantly, we are going to talk about actions you can take immediately that will help you better manage your stakeholders and generate better results because of it.

      3 Keys to Better Stakeholder Management

    • Software Project Management – Leveraging RUP, OpenUP, and the PMBOK.

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      About the Presentation

      Software development projects can be complex and costly. The software development environment can be dynamic due to changing business conditions-as well as the technology evolution that may occur during projects. Across all organizations, most software development projects miss their targets dramatically. One of the major causes of these failures is poor project management that allows projects to spin out of control.

      Software Project Management – Leveraging RUP, OpenUP, and the PMBOK.

    • All You Wanted to Know About Big Data Projects

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      About the Presentation

      This topic uncovers the myth of the hyped BigData concepts and its implementation in various enterprise and highly scalable internet facing projects. The speaker will brief on the history, adoption and acceleration of current open source products including Hadoop, which help the companies achieve high return and differentiators in their verticals. We will also discuss about how these "big data" projects are being managed.

      All You Wanted to Know About Big Data Projects

    • Life is a Project: Lead it!

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      About the Presentation

      It is not just projects that have a life cycle - even life has one!

      So, if life IS indeed a project, as aspiring/trained PMPs, should we not be really leading it? How to do it?

      This session is to help open our minds to leading this important project.

      Life is a Project: Lead it!

    • Successfully Achieving Ambitious Goals in Government

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      About the Presentation

      After many years as a strategy consultant to federal agencies, Jeff noticed that some succeeded, while others failed as they sought to change strategies and actions. Suspecting that he knew some of the reasons for success, Jeff sought a robust, academic basis for recommendations related to employee engagement, strategic planning processes, and use of performance measures, for example. Discussions with several Harvard faculty members found that no such research existed. Consequently, Jeff and Harvard Professor of Public Management Steve Kelman agreed to collaborate on a rigorous comparison of the techniques used by both successful federal leaders and a control group.

      Successfully Achieving Ambitious Goals in Government

    • What every Project Manager should know about Information Security

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      About the Presentation

      You read it in the news, you hear about it from customers and you have wondered what role you, the Project Manager, should play in ensuring security has the right project focus. Project Managers are a crucial factor in the successful implementation of information security. Presentation will cover what Information Security is, why we need it, examples of security project engagements and how to successfully manage a security engagement.

      What every Project Manager should know about Information Security

    • Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers

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      About the Presentation

      Technical know-how is important to an IT project, but it’s not the only factor critical to success. Interpersonal skills can make a real difference in planning, communicating, resolving a conflict or just about any aspect of moving a project forward, especially in today’s association environment, where priorities are always competing and continually changing.

      Karen Davey-Winter will help us understand how being able to read and react to emotions leads to better outcomes. You’ll take away ideas and tips for developing your own emotional intelligence, improving relationships and motivating others.

      Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers

    • Prioritizing Projects for Portfolio Success: The Analytical Approach

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      About the Presentation

      Project prioritization is often a valuable principle overlooked as a key component to maintaining a successful project portfolio. With complex project dependencies it is difficult to keep your organization's strategic objectives at the center of the process. During this session we will develop a plan to manage projects constrained by limited resources, budgets, and political influences. We will explain how to simplify your process by weighing quantitative project data to make qualitative judgments – to create buy-in for the projects you plan to support.

      Prioritizing Projects for Portfolio Success: The Analytical Approach

    • Succeeding with Agile in the Federal Government Arena

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      About the Presentation

      Agile Government does not need to be an oxymoron. In fact, Agile is congruent with our Government leaders' directives and acquisition regulations. However, execution often lags the setting of direction and the passing of laws and regulations. Large and bureaucratic organizations are slow to change. This session looks at what is driving Agile in the Government, the essential criteria for success with Agile, and common challenges and obstacles.

      Succeeding with Agile in the Federal Government Arena

    • Leveraging Diverse Personalities to Achieve Enhanced Project Performance

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      About the Presentation

      Matrix-managed teams are becoming the norm as organizations merge and want to achieve cost savings through economies of scale. The reality of matrix teams is that you need to manage a diverse group of people from a variety of departments who don’t share the same priorities. The people don't report to you and you have little to no authority over their performance evaluation. However, you are responsible for the team's output. What’s a project manager to do? This PMI-sponsored lunch session will introduce several approaches to help you sidestep potential pitfalls and leverage individual team member strengths and motivate successful collaborative relationships across complex organizational boundaries.

      Leveraging Diverse Personalities to Achieve Enhanced Project Performance

    • Leading Complex Projects

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      About the Presentation

      Many of today’s projects require novel approaches to handle increased complexity and large uncertainty. Complex projects are both difficult and challenging even for the most seasoned project managers. Leading these types of projects requires a versatile skill set, the ability to manage the unforeseen, and a strategic vision. Complex projects require more than just management, they require leadership. This presentation will provide specific techniques and best practices to successfully lead mission critical, high risk, highly visible, and technically challenging projects where there are often multiple stakeholders.

      Leading Complex Projects

    • Having Difficult Conversations

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      About the Presentation

      These are the discussions most of us dread. Delivering bad news, dealing with inappropriate team member behavior, and addressing conflict and misinformation can be stressful and distracting. But as project managers, these difficult conversations come with the job - and how we manage these encounters contributes to the overall success of our projects. When handled calmly and respectfully, even the most challenging situations can be successfully overcome. This presentation will examine how to approach these discussions and provide tips and techniques for the next time you are faced with a difficult conversation.

      Having Difficult Conversations

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