PM Saturday

The PM Saturday quarterly breakfast meeting continues with an engaging speaker, a delightful breakfast, and opportunities to connect with professionals located in the southern-most region of Northern Virginia. Come join us and discover that Saturday morning is also a great time to earn PDUs and to network!
  • The Power of Groups

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    None of us are as good as all of us together. As social-relational beings, we need the positive, directed interaction with others in order to grow and produce effectively. Unfortunately, over the past 25 years, our society has pushed us into singular beings, reducing our ability to produce as a group. The goal of this discussion is to provide thoughts and opportunities to stretch ourselves and reinforce our ability to grow our groups within our families, co-workers, and clients.

    The Power of Groups

  • US Citizenship and Immigration Services' Agile Transformation

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    Historically, federal delivery has been slow, late, incomplete, and over budget. Using modern development practices, agile, DevSecOps, cloud, etc., US Citizenship and Immigration Services has evolved over the past 6 years from yearly releases to production to daily production releases with zero down time on large applications with multiple teams. Joshua Seckel led and directed USCIS as the Applied Technology Division Chief where he was responsible for Quality Assurance, Independent Test, Enterprise Architecture, Release Management, and Agile Coaching for all of USCIS. He created and implemented the policies that allowed development teams to be able to move from waterfall slower delivery to DevSecOps delivery on par with many commercial companies. This discussion will look at the cultural and technical challenges and solutions that were found at USCIS during this transformation.

    US Citizenship and Immigration Services' Agile Transformation

  • Leadership in the Agile Age

    The rise of Agile is revolutionizing product development and is forcing organizations to change their view of management. Organizations are moving away a command and control approach to management toward self-organizing, self-managing development teams. Decision making authority has moved down to where the information is, thus increasing decision speed and quality.

    Leadership in the Agile Age

  • Risk Management and Judgement under Uncertainty

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    Location

    475 Aquia Towne Center Drive - Suite 305

    Stafford, VA 22554

    There is no such thing as perfect knowledge. Risk – either negative or positive – is a function of uncertainty about the project and its environment. Risk Management is the disciplined approach to managing uncertainty by encouraging proactive thinking about project, program, and portfolio outcomes. Risk Management saves time, money, and human resources because it forces project teams to consider the “what ifs” that could happen to the project, and in doing so, teams develop strategies for handling threats and opportunities before they become issues.

    Risk Management and Judgement under Uncertainty

  • PM Saturday - Kanban Essentials Improving How We Work

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    About the Program

    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.

    PM Saturday - Kanban Essentials Improving How We Work

  • Want to Make Your Stakeholder Relationships Rock? Try These 8 Techniques

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    About the Program

    Project planning and execution depend on the project manager’s ability to address the needs, concerns, and expectations of stakeholders and align their engagement with a shared vision for success. In this interactive presentation, participants will discuss techniques PMs and PMOs can use to forge and nurture effective relationships and expedite alignment on objectives. Included are tips for managing difficult stakeholders, active listening techniques that can mitigate stakeholder resistance, and guidance on effective touch points with sponsors.

    Want to Make Your Stakeholder Relationships Rock? Try These 8 Techniques

  • Navy Federal Credit Union - PMO Of the Year and Beyond

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    About the Program

    Navy Federal’s IT PMO had a great, solid foundation that allowed us to be chosen as PMI’s 2015 PMO of the Year. So, what happens AFTER you’re selected as PMO of the Year? How do you keep the momentum going and build upon solid practices and procedures? What are we doing to serve our internal customers, as well as our over six million members? We’ll discuss what we’ve done over the past year to take our PMO to the next level, including benefits realization, increased productivity, financial/contract management, and portfolio management.

    The presentation will touch upon:

    Navy Federal Credit Union - PMO Of the Year and Beyond

  • The Rebirth of Business Relationship Management

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    About the Program

    Business Relationship Management (BRM) is emerging as an essential discipline and organizational capability to optimize, realize, and sustain the value of investments in new business capability. As a discipline it is most visible and mature in managing external relationships with customers (B2C) and business partners (B2B). It is now emerging as a strategic capability within the enterprise seeking to unite internal providers and business partners across the value creation cycle. Emerging most visibly in harnessing the value of Information Technology, the BRM discipline is also applicable to optimizing the value of shared services to business partners and the enterprise at large.

    The Rebirth of Business Relationship Management

  • Project Management Lessons Learned through Quips, Quotes, Anecdotes and Stories

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    About the Program

    What happens when you inject a little humor into a project? Or prepare an introductory funny story for a meeting you know is going to be tense? Or you just realize that you’re not the first PM to go through the wringer or get stuck a specific situation?

    Project Management Lessons Learned through Quips, Quotes, Anecdotes and Stories

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

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    About the Program

    Has your organization tried to implement project, portfolio or program management and ended up rejecting it? Or maybe it has never actually tried holding itself accountable at all? And now you're the one who gets to make it happen.

    The challenge is that people don't want to be changed, even when they know it is in their best interest. In this session, Dr. Douglas Brown provides an overview of an alternative refined over 20 years of experience in PMO implementations. The Simmer System(TM) is a step-wise approach to improving organizational processes and creating lasting change with a minimum of conflict. Think of this approach as a way to help managers help themselves instead of throwing darts at you.

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

  • The Self Discovery Window

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    About the Program

    As we go through life we hear quotes, statements and criticisms that knock sense into our everyday life. Unfortunately, we are challenged to accept these words and apply change to our own lives. Most often we blame others, rather than take responsibility for our own growth and development. The Self-Discovery Window helps to identify some resources to take these 2x4 moments and build a strong foundation of empathy, respect and responsibility as we serve others.

    The Self Discovery Window

  • Starting Projects Successfully

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    About the Program

    We all imagine starting off a new project, and having the time to initiate and plan things properly. We all envision having time to:

    Starting Projects Successfully

  • How to Customize Agile Projects

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    About the Program

    A key agile premise for folks at Berkana Enterprise Consulting--encapsulated in our name--is that no two agile implementations are alike--and that's a good thing! Variability in product and project delivery provides room for the innovation needed to continuously improve. That premise also accounts for the reason agile is based on the evolutionary process improvements of lean manufacturing--as described by "The Toyota Way" where resulting improvements are meant only for Toyota. So what will work for your company? Some agilists might have you believe that any deviation from strict rules of many agile methods is VERBOTEN! Not so--as many practitioners also appropriately refer to these approaches as 'merely' frameworks. Still, what can you modify within those agile frameworks to meet the needs of your project teams while remaining lean and agile?

    How to Customize Agile Projects

  • Coaching through Resistance to Change

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    About the Program

    This is an interactive presentation with audience participation. In addition to experience reports with examples of real failures and successes, Agile practitioners can take away an awareness about Change Management models that can provide structure to Agile implementation at both the organizational and team level proven actions that we can take to manage resistance to change.

    Coaching through Resistance to Change

  • Changes in the Federal Contracting

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    About the Program

    Lowest Price, Technical Acceptable (LPTA) contracting has introduced uncertainty for the federal government and government contractors. Does the procurement approach stifle innovation, drive down prices, or limit delivery quality? Is LPTA being used for the wrong types of procurements? Are agencies fully informed about related policies and budget procedures? How does this impact the biggest buyer of them all, the Department of Defense? What has been your experience? Join us for an insightful discussion facilitated by Mr. Dave Drabkin, Director of Contracts for Northrop Grumman Corporation.

    Changes in the Federal Contracting

  • Big Agile: It’s Not Just for Small Projects Anymore

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    About the Presentation

    One of the stereotypes for Agile approaches is that they only work for small projects. However, over the last several years, Agile techniques now being applied to increasingly larger and more complex environments. From the largest telecom in Europe to the largest Dot.com in the UK, large organizations are changing the way they do work. But how is this possible? How does self-organization work for a thousand people? How do programs run without plans? How can a massive solution go to market in a matter of weeks? In this illuminating session, we will explore both a common, repeatable approach and case studies from the real world. Come learn both recent trends and actionable tips for growing out of small Agile to big Agile.

    Big Agile: It’s Not Just for Small Projects Anymore

  • Getting Teams Unstuck: Using Games to Promote Creativity and Solve Problems

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    About the Presentation

    When teams get stuck on complex problems, it can torpedo a project’s success. Using games at work, however, can get teams thinking about problems in new ways, bring hidden ideas to the forefront, and get them quickly moving in the right direction. This session will incorporate a number of fun, interactive games to show the power of how games can enliven and empower a team to think in different ways, solve their own problems in hours not days, and dramatically increase cohesiveness and trust between team members.

    Getting Teams Unstuck: Using Games to Promote Creativity and Solve Problems

  • On Wednesdays We Wear Pink - The Basis of Conflict Resolution

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    About the Presentation

    Conflict is inevitable. How we react to conflict is dependent upon our values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors we exhibit. When faced with a conflict, can you “let it go”, or do you “react”, and how much? Participants will gain a basic understanding of individual, group, and organizational conflict; and, how these conflicts are associated with roles, responsibilities, and duties within an organizational setting.

    On Wednesdays We Wear Pink - The Basis of Conflict Resolution

  • 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. In this presentation, you will learn foundational leadership principles that have been proven to work in a wide variety of circumstances. You will also have the opportunity to learn from others how you might solve your most difficult leadership challenges.

    The Leader in the Mirror

  • Leadership, Project Management and Cyber Security

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    About the Presentation

    Is there a recipe or formula for success? Are there ingredients or factors that facilitate success? We know success when we see it, but how do we get there? Is leadership a key piece; or, is it a nice to have? Join us to hear Ms. Mary Ellen Condon’s perspective on leadership, project management, and cyber security considerations.

    Leadership, Project Management and Cyber Security

  • Effective Communication from a Leadership Perspective

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    About the Presentation

    We have all heard many times about the importance of effective communication, but it continues to be one of the main topics that arise when dissecting why organizations are not operating at peak efficiency. Mrs. Jennifer Sanchez will give her perspective as a leader in the IT field on this critical component to success, providing tips and techniques based on a career working with customers and other stakeholders.

    Effective Communication from a Leadership Perspective

  • The Trillion-Dollar Question: How Will Project Management Help Prepare DoD to Pass an Audit?

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    About the Presentation

    By close of business on September 30, 2017, the Department of Defense must be prepared to pass a financial audit. And even before then—by the end of 2014—Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta wants DoD’s available budgetary resources to be able to pass an audit. Considering that the DoD had $1.2 trillion in available budgetary resources in FY 2011—more than any other agency within the Federal Government—these tasks are colossal undertakings. How does DoD even begin to tackle such a monumental goal? Join us on Saturday, July 21, 2012, to hear James E. Short, former DoD Deputy Chief Financial Officer as well as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the United States Air Force for Financial Operations and now a director at Acuity, one of the firms helping the Pentagon in its audit readiness effort. Mr.

    The Trillion-Dollar Question: How Will Project Management Help Prepare DoD to Pass an Audit?

  • The Trillion-Dollar Question: How Will Project Management Help Prepare DoD to Pass an Audit?

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    About the Presentation

    By close of business on September 30, 2017, the Department of Defense must be prepared to pass a financial audit. And even before then—by the end of 2014—Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta wants DoD’s available budgetary resources to be able to pass an audit. Considering that the DoD had $1.2 trillion in available budgetary resources in FY 2011—more than any other agency within the Federal Government—these tasks are colossal undertakings. How does DoD even begin to tackle such a monumental goal? Join us on Saturday, July 21, 2012, to hear James E. Short, former DoD Deputy Chief Financial Officer as well as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the United States Air Force for Financial Operations and now a director at Acuity, one of the firms helping the Pentagon in its audit readiness effort. Mr.

    The Trillion-Dollar Question: How Will Project Management Help Prepare DoD to Pass an Audit?

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