Reston Local Community

Each month, PMIWDC Reston Local Community volunteers strive to bring you interesting and informative speakers from a wide range of professions. They present these speakers to you at the Leidos building or other organization located at Reston Town center. This is an opportunity to network with other professionals of the PMI. The conference center at Leidos offers a maximum seating of approximately 30 guests. Pre-registration is required. Luncheons are held every third Wednesday of the month. If you are interested in presenting please contact the PMIWDC Staff who can put you in touch with the Luncheon Committee Volunteers. List of past events can be viewed below. Please follow PM Reston on facebook.

  • Reston Agile Breakfast Club

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    The Reston Agile Breakfast Club is a unique event held the second Friday of the month except December. Come join other Agile professionals to discuss and understand the most challenging topics Agile faces with adoption to evolving as a practice. This event is an open forum providing each attendee's knowledge and perspective as the backdrop of learning from each other.

    Reston Agile Breakfast Club

  • Reston Agile Breakfast Club

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    The Reston Agile Breakfast Club is a unique event held the second Friday of the month except December. Come join other Agile professionals to discuss and understand the most challenging topics Agile faces with adoption to evolving as a practice. This event is an open forum providing each attendee's knowledge and perspective as the backdrop of learning from each other.

    Reston Agile Breakfast Club

  • Reston Agile Breakfast Club

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    The Reston Agile Breakfast Club is a unique event held the second Friday of the month except December. Come join other Agile professionals to discuss and understand the most challenging topics Agile faces with adoption to evolving as a practice. This event is an open forum providing each attendee's knowledge and perspective as the backdrop of learning from each other.

    Reston Agile Breakfast Club

  • Reston Agile Breakfast Club

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    The Reston Agile Breakfast Club is a unique event held the second Friday of the month except December. Come join other Agile professionals to discuss and understand the most challenging topics Agile faces with adoption to evolving as a practice. This event is an open forum providing each attendee's knowledge and perspective as the backdrop of learning from each other.

    Reston Agile Breakfast Club

  • Reston Agile Breakfast Club

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    The Reston Agile Breakfast Club is a unique event held the second Friday of the month except December. Come join other Agile professionals to discuss and understand the most challenging topics Agile faces with adoption to evolving as a practice. This event is an open forum providing each attendee's knowledge and perspective as the backdrop of learning from each other.

    Reston Agile Breakfast Club

  • Reston Agile Breakfast Club

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    The Reston Agile Breakfast Club is a unique event held the second Friday of the month except December. Come join other Agile professionals to discuss and understand the most challenging topics Agile faces with adoption to evolving as a practice. This event is an open forum providing each attendee's knowledge and perspective as the backdrop of learning from each other.

    Reston Agile Breakfast Club

  • Reston Agile Breakfast Club

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    The Reston Agile Breakfast Club is a unique event held the second Friday of the month except December. Come join other Agile professionals to discuss and understand the most challenging topics Agile faces with adoption to evolving as a practice. This event is an open forum providing each attendee's knowledge and perspective as the backdrop of learning from each other.

    Reston Agile Breakfast Club

  • Building Future Teams

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    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.

    Too often we are thrown into arbitrary teams and told to just “make it work” without regard for our innate abilities. Many times, this results in a lack of cohesion and we start to view our team members as either heroes or villains. We become so accustomed to this way of working that we do not realize how this environment zaps our powers and limits our collective potential for greatness.

    Building Future Teams

  • Building Future Teams

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    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.

    Too often we are thrown into arbitrary teams and told to just “make it work” without regard for our innate abilities. Many times, this results in a lack of cohesion and we start to view our team members as either heroes or villains. We become so accustomed to this way of working that we do not realize how this environment zaps our powers and limits our collective potential for greatness.

    Building Future Teams

  • Reston Agile Breakfast Club

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    The Reston Agile Breakfast Club is a unique event held the second Friday of the month except December. Come join other Agile professionals to discuss and understand the most challenging topics Agile faces with adoption to evolving as a practice. This event is an open forum providing each attendee's knowledge and perspective as the backdrop of learning from each other.

    Reston Agile Breakfast Club

  • D.I.C.E- A Simple Guide to Mentorship

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    Project Management in Driving Digital Transformation at Scale and Speed

    D.I.C.E- A Simple Guide to Mentorship

  • Reston Agile Breakfast Club

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    The Reston Agile Breakfast Club is a unique event held the second Friday of the month except December. Come join other Agile professionals to discuss and understand the most challenging topics Agile faces with adoption to evolving as a practice. This event is an open forum providing each attendee's knowledge and perspective as the backdrop of learning from each other.

    Reston Agile Breakfast Club

  • Business Management - Business Models and Structures

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    About the Event

    The evolution of structures is driven by strategy.
    Transforming structures to support the business is a continuous process.
    The complexity is driven by time to market, the volume of change, and talent mix.
    Resource fulfillment: bodies vs talent.
    Are you solving the problem at the right level?
    Be tactical and strategic.

    Business Management - Business Models and Structures

  • Reston PMI Happy Hours / Networking Social

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    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 Reston PMI Happy Hours / Networking Social is a professional networking event forum to connect project management professionals in an informal setting in the Reston VA. Area. Join fellow Project and Program Managers at this informal event. Meet and discuss issues and strategies with others in your area of work. Mingle and meet selected employers interested in connecting with qualified project and program managers for positions they need to fill.

    Reston PMI Happy Hours / Networking Social

  • Reston PMI Happy Hours / Networking Social

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    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 Reston PMI Happy Hours / Networking Social is a professional networking event forum to connect project management professionals in an informal setting in the Reston VA. Area. Join fellow Project and Program Managers at this informal event. Meet and discuss issues and strategies with others in your area of work. Mingle and meet selected employers interested in connecting with qualified project and program managers for positions they need to fill.

    Reston PMI Happy Hours / Networking Social

  • Reston Agile Breakfast Club

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    The Reston Agile Breakfast Club is a unique event held the second Friday of the month except December. Come join other Agile professionals to discuss and understand the most challenging topics Agile faces with adoption to evolving as a practice. This event is an open forum providing each attendee's knowledge and perspective as the backdrop of learning from each other.

    Reston Agile Breakfast Club

  • A Real-World Case for Restructuring Programs and Creating Organizational Change

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    Project Management in Driving Digital Transformation at Scale and Speed

    A Real-World Case for Restructuring Programs and Creating Organizational Change

  • Reston Agile Breakfast Club

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    The Reston Agile Breakfast Club is a unique event held the second Friday of the month except December. Come join other Agile professionals to discuss and understand the most challenging topics Agile faces with adoption to evolving as a practice. This event is an open forum providing each attendee's knowledge and perspective as the backdrop of learning from each other.

    Reston Agile Breakfast Club

  • Reston Agile Breakfast Club

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    The Reston Agile Breakfast Club is a unique event held the second Friday of the month except December. Come join other Agile professionals to discuss and understand the most challenging topics Agile faces with adoption to evolving as a practice. This event is an open forum providing each attendee's knowledge and perspective as the backdrop of learning from each other.

    Reston Agile Breakfast Club

  • Reston PM After Hours

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    The PM Reston After Hours is a professional networking event forum to connect project management professionals in an informal setting in the Reston VA. Area. Join fellow Project and Program Managers at this informal event. Meet and discuss issues and strategies with others in your area of work. Mingle and meet selected employers interested in connecting with qualified project and program managers for positions they need to fill.

    Reston PM After Hours

  • Nine (9) Ways I Can Hack Your Next Project

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    By the end of this talk, everyone in the room will be a CyberSecurity warrior. Sean will explain how to think like an attacker about your next project. From incorporating security intelligently into Agile methodologies, thinking about security in a DevOps world, secret hacks, and getting into the mindset of a researcher in a bug bounty program, you will be able to envision where your project can go wrong and how to get rid of the badness. Let's manage some risk!

    Nine (9) Ways I Can Hack Your Next Project

  • Reston Agile Breakfast Club

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    The Reston Agile Breakfast Club is a unique event held the second Friday of the month except December. Come join other Agile professionals to discuss and understand the most challenging topics Agile faces with adoption to evolving as a practice. This event is an open forum providing each attendee's knowledge and perspective as the backdrop of learning from each other.

    Reston Agile Breakfast Club

  • Reston PM After Hours

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    The PM Reston After Hours is a professional networking event forum to connect project management professionals in an informal setting in the Reston VA. Area. Join fellow Project and Program Managers at this informal event. Meet and discuss issues and strategies with others in your area of work. Mingle and meet selected employers interested in connecting with qualified project and program managers for positions they need to fill.

    Reston PM After Hours

  • Lead the Change with Values NOT Feelings

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    This presentation will examine the challenges technology projects encounter; how to translate strategic goals into a portfolio of projects; how to select technology projects; assembling a portfolio that will have the highest return on investment for an organization; and developing a performance monitoring system to manage a project portfolio.

    Lead the Change with Values NOT Feelings

  • Reston Agile Breakfast Club

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    The Reston Agile Breakfast Club is a unique event held the second Friday of the month except December. Come join other Agile professionals to discuss and understand the most challenging topics Agile faces with adoption to evolving as a practice. This event is an open forum providing each attendee's knowledge and perspective as the backdrop of learning from each other.

    Reston Agile Breakfast Club

  • Reston PM After Hours

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    The PM Reston After Hours is a professional networking event forum to connect project management professionals in an informal setting in the Reston VA. Area. Join fellow Project and Program Managers at this informal event. Meet and discuss issues and strategies with others in your area of work. Mingle and meet selected employers interested in connecting with qualified project and program managers for positions they need to fill.

    Reston PM After Hours

  • Reston PM After Hours

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    The PM Reston After Hours is a professional networking event forum to connect project management professionals in an informal setting in the Reston VA. Area. Join fellow Project and Program Managers at this informal event. Meet and discuss issues and strategies with others in your area of work. Mingle and meet selected employers interested in connecting with qualified project and program managers for positions they need to fill.

    Reston PM After Hours

  • Reston PM After Hours

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    The PM Reston After Hours is a professional networking event forum to connect project management professionals in an informal setting in the Reston VA. Area. Join fellow Project and Program Managers at this informal event. Meet and discuss issues and strategies with others in your area of work. Mingle and meet selected employers interested in connecting with qualified project and program managers for positions they need to fill.

    Reston PM After Hours

  • Influencing without Authority

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    This presentation will examine the challenges technology projects encounter; how to translate strategic goals into a portfolio of projects; how to select technology projects; assembling a portfolio that will have the highest return on investment for an organization; and developing a performance monitoring system to manage a project portfolio.

    Influencing without Authority

  • Reston PM After Hours

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    The PM Reston After Hours is a professional networking event forum to connect project management professionals in an informal setting in the Reston VA. Area.

    Reston PM After Hours

  • Project Management in Driving Digital Transformation at Scale and Speed

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    Project Management in Driving Digital Transformation at Scale and Speed

    Project Management in Driving Digital Transformation at Scale and Speed

  • Technology Portfolio Management for Project Managers

    This presentation will examine the challenges technology projects encounter; how to translate strategic goals into a portfolio of projects; how to select technology projects; assembling a portfolio that will have the highest return on investment for an organization; and developing a performance monitoring system to manage a project portfolio.

    Technology Portfolio Management for Project Managers

  • Effective Communication

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    About the Event

    Effective Communication

  • Why Projects Fail Even With High Performing Teams

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    Project success or failure is a fantasy when relying on project methodology key performance indicators: budget, percent complete, requirement sign-off, defect counts, story points, burndown charts, demos, retrospectives. With today’s project methodologies, their measurements are not enough to determine if a project is heading in the right direction or not. There are other project indicators that are revealed to managers on a day to day basis and can be used as a leading indicators of a project failure.

    Why Projects Fail Even With High Performing Teams

  • CANCELLED Technology Portfolio Management for Project Managers

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    The book club has been cancelled due to inclement weather. Please watch your email if you have already registered.

    In today’s world, most technology projects need to handle increased complexity and large uncertainty along with fast-paced changes in the technological landscape. These projects are both difficult and challenging even for the most seasoned project managers and require novel approaches in order to enable successful outcomes. Creating a portfolio of these technology projects requires a versatile skill set, the ability to manage the unforeseen, and a strategic vision. In this presentation best practices for technology portfolio management will be discussed.

    CANCELLED Technology Portfolio Management for Project Managers

  • Searching for -- and Finding -- Your Dream Job!

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    Registration for this event is now closed.

    There are many reasons why experienced professionals may decide to start searching for a new position. Once you've identified that it's time to move on to the next challenge, embarking on a job search can seem overwhelming! This presentation will offer insights on effective, successful search strategies, whether looking for your next contract opportunity or full-time position. From developing your brand and updating resumes to effective networking and research activities, this presentation will offer practical, actionable advice that will make your search what it should be...fun!

    Searching for -- and Finding -- Your Dream Job!

  • Practical Project Management: Make Common Sense Your Secret Weapon

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    With all of the acronyms, buzzwords, and corporate speak, it can get lost that project management is supposed to be a tool to enable us to lead projects and teams more effectively. That's why we all need a secret weapon to help keep our projects moving forward, our teams motivated, and our stakeholders engaged.

    Practical Project Management: Make Common Sense Your Secret Weapon

  • The Upsides and Downsides of Project Metrics

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    Many people use metrics as either performance indicators, to drive performance in their organizations or both. What if the use of metrics drives exactly the wrong type of performance? Can some metrics do more harm than good? If so, what metrics are the best for my project / program / organization? How will I know which metrics can drive the performance that I am looking for? In this session, we will provide some tips on how metrics should be aligned with the objectives of your project, program or organization. Be prepared to participate in a lively discussion where differing opinions are welcome

    The Upsides and Downsides of Project Metrics

  • How to Deliver Bad News and Build Trust at the Same Time

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    The Words You Use May Unconsciously Derail Your Projects

    There comes a time in every project when the inevitable happens: things don’t go according to plan and bad news must be delivered. In a business environment marked by tight budgets, short time-frames, and rising stress levels, this happens more often than we’d like.

    How to Deliver Bad News and Build Trust at the Same Time

  • Language Power: Word Neutrality

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    The Words You Use May Unconsciously Derail Your Projects

    Have You Ever Thought to Yourself ...

    • Why did he get so upset at the status update meeting?
    • I can’t believe she just said that!
    • How can I get others more engaged, taking more interest and ownership of projects?

    Want to see situations, others, and even yourself, in new ways so you can create more options for success? Watch your wording! As Steven Aitchinson said, “Your words have the power to hurt, to heal, open minds, open hearts and change the world. Never forget the responsibility you have over the words you speak.”

    Words Can Create an Effective Environment for Your Desired Results.

    As Manager:

    Language Power: Word Neutrality

  • Scaling Agile: Going Beyond the Daily Scrum

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    About the Event

    In this highly interactive session, you will learn how to scale Agile across multiple teams by adopting the core elements of the Scaled Agile framework. From setting common deliverables to establishing priorities, these elements will ensure that your teams are in sync and delivering value to business. We’ll cover how the framework applies to project managers, how it interests with the PMOK, and give some tips for utilizing both methodologies in your projects.

    Scaling Agile: Going Beyond the Daily Scrum

  • Where are my Project Managers? Exploring the Role of the Project Manager Post Agile Transition

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    About the Event

    The technology/digital revolution makes business agility critical for meeting client demands and capitalizing on market opportunities. To do this, companies are moving away from traditional project delivery methodologies to Agile and other Lean frameworks. These frameworks replace the structured world of charters, detailed upfront requirements, timelines and the perception of control with the concepts of adaptive planning, evolutionary development, and self-organizing teams.

    Where are my Project Managers? Exploring the Role of the Project Manager Post Agile Transition

  • Building Impactful Digital Experiences

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    About the Event

    Today, the empowered customer expects high-value and meaningful experiences across digital channels. As a result, companies all across the world are immersed in digital initiatives that are competing on time to market. The need for rigorous program management is higher now, more than ever before. However, it is becoming increasingly difficult for program managers to lead without having full visibility into “what” they are building. This session presents tools, techniques and processes to help program managers lead ideation of the right solutions before following through with the triple constraint of delivery.

    Some key takeaways from this session:

    Building Impactful Digital Experiences

  • It’s the Product, not the Project

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    About the Event

    With the advent and widespread adoption of project standards and models (e.g. CMMI, PMBOK, EVM) over the last decade or two, software project management has matured significantly. However, an overzealous application of these standards has often resulted in not-so-great products wrapped in great projects. To build great products and enhance our project management maturity, a new model is needed where the project management is based on product development principles. Agile and lean practices, which are based on these product development principles, provide the means to build great products wrapped in an effective project management framework.

    It’s the Product, not the Project

  • Overcoming Key Barriers to Digital Transformation

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    About the Event

    Many executives understand the importance of a successful digital transformation for their organization; however, potential key barriers are preventing them being digitally enabled.

    This session identifies key potential barriers to digital transformation and viable strategies for small and mid-market business owners and executives. By avoiding these pitfalls, executives can quickly and effectively transform their business to lower costs, implement better operational controls, and offer more competitive prices to eliminate the risk of digital disruptors.

    The 7 Steps to Digital Transformation outlined the steps to a successful digital transformation. This topic is the next session in the series to guide small and midmarket companies through a successful digital transformation.

    Overcoming Key Barriers to Digital Transformation

  • The 3 Key Ingredients to Enabling Organizational Agility

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    About the Event

    Agility is a strategic issue. It is essential to any organizations not only to survive but to thrive! The ability to respond to change is becoming more and more important every day. In this session, we will explore the 3 key ingredients to enabling organization agility and how to apply them to enable a more agile organization

    The 3 Key Ingredients to Enabling Organizational Agility

  • Leveraging Diverse Personalities to Achieve Enhanced Project Performance

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    About the Event

    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 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

  • The Zero Defect Project

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    About the Event

    A Case study observation of a project received zero defects in the first User Acceptance Testing (UAT) cycle.

    The Zero Defect Project

  • CANCELLED The Zero Defect Project

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    About the Event

    This Event Has Been Cancelled

    A Case study observation of a project received zero defects in the first User Acceptance Testing (UAT) cycle.

    CANCELLED The Zero Defect Project

  • So You Have a Sponsor, Now What?

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    About the Event

    Both sponsors and PMs are often confused as to their role on projects. This finding is not really surprising because rarely, do sponsors receive training on how they should “sponsor” a project. Likewise, there is often no training for PMs, either. However, data shows that active and appropriate sponsor involvement results in improving your project’s chances of success across a range of outcomes.

    The correct approach to engaging sponsors should vary by project characteristics, issue involved, and by sponsor strengths. The question is “what is the right level and type of involvement?”

    During this luncheon discussion, Jason will share some strategies, research data, and practical experiences about how best engage your sponsor.

    So You Have a Sponsor, Now What?

  • 7 Steps to Digitizing Your Business

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    About the Event

    Customers have been spoiled. Thanks to companies such as Amazon, Airbnb, Dropbox, Netflix, and Uber they now expect every organization to deliver products swiftly, with a seamless user experience.

    As a result, customers want to buy a phone from their telecommunications provider and have it activated and set up immediately out of the box. They expect to log in to an auto insurance website and get a quote and quickly compare against other providers before they buy. They want to submit an application, get a decision within minutes and obtain a digital proof of insurance instantly once they purchase a plan. They want to easily find the nearest pizza delivery service, order online, and get status of their order once they purchase.

    7 Steps to Digitizing Your Business

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

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    About the Event

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

    Creating Order from Chaos – Sharing Information across Virtual Water Coolers

  • The Metrics of Project Management Performance and PMBOK

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    About the Event

    Purpose: To acquaint participants with two levels of the 3M’s (Measure, Manage, Magnify) system of measuring, managing and improving all levels of performance.

    Objectives: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to:

    1. Define the total value of individual and team level performance contributions as measured by the proportionate value of their Key Value Areas(KVA).
    2. Develop at least one Performance Objective per KVA that has a weighting, measures and 3 standards of performance.
    3. Those who attend with a project team member will be able to develop measures of interdependent tasks and objectives.

    The Metrics of Project Management Performance and PMBOK

  • Maximizing Your Leadership Potential

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    About the Event

    Organizations have adopted a "new normal" of consistent change. Key functions are revamping their processes and technology. Some organizations are shifting their entire culture. This new landscape requires a more expansive set of leadership skills, and more ownership of potential leaders of their own development.

    Investment in emerging leaders is not consistent across industries and organizations. Professionals on the cusp of leadership will have to be more pro-active in their development as leaders. This interactive session will outline a process by which emerging leaders can take a strategic approach to maximizing their leadership potential. We will walk-through how to assess your own skills, develop a plan and create effective accountability mechanisms.

    Maximizing Your Leadership Potential

  • Bringing Order to Chaos

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    About the Event

    Sometimes the most difficult part of a project is figuring out where to start. Who should I engage? What deliverables should I develop? How should I invest my time?

    Ideally, there is clear direction about how to progress from the beginning. More frequently, there are many ambiguities and conflicting direction. How you start out on a project can lay the groundwork for success... or take you down the path to failure.

    During this luncheon discussion, Scott will share some thoughts, suggestions, and real-life experiences about how best to start when you are trying to bring order to chaos.

    Bringing Order to Chaos

  • Trust and Influence

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    About the Event

    The intent of this presentation is to provide PMs with real insights and tools to address some of the common challenges they face. During the session, participants will break down the elements of trustworthiness in order to demystify trust, understand how people make decisions, be introduced the secret weapon of influence, and understand its relationship to trust. The presentation pulls from the Trusted Advisor (Maister, Green, and Galford), Trust-Based Selling (Green) and The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook (Green and Howe).

    Trust and Influence

  • 9 Things Exceptional Project Leaders Do Differently

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    About the Event

    Why are some project leaders more successful than others in delivering exceptional project results?

    Hector Del Castillo will share nine insights to help you become an exceptional project manager.

    Participate and Win!

    Participants will have a chance to win a free initial consulting session to help you create or assess your own personal brand.

    Who Should Attend

    Project Managers, Program Managers and project leaders seeking to become exceptional leading cross-functional teams.

    9 Things Exceptional Project Leaders Do Differently

  • Project Management in the Age of High Throughput Satellites

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    About the Event

    While project management has always been an important part of managing communications satellites life cycle, the rise of a new generation of satellites known as "High Throughput Satellites" or HTS lead to higher costs and risks. Project costs of several hundred million dollars and with highly sophisticated technology on board is common now. This, in turn, meant an even bigger role for project management in HTS satellite projects. We will discuss this evolving role in the context of developments in the communications satellite industry.

    Project Management in the Age of High Throughput Satellites

  • Good, Fast, or Cheap

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    About the Event

    Everyone knows the old joke, “Did you want it good, fast, or cheap? Pick two.” What most people don't know is that it isn’t a joke. It’s actually one of the most central and most profound ideas in project management.

    The Triple Constraint (time/cost/scope) defines the outer borders of acceptable project performance, but what most project managers don’t realize is that the constraints form a hierarchy: Driver, Middle, and Weak. You have to achieve the driver, or else you don’t have a successful project. The middle and weak constraints, however, have flexibility. How you recognize and how you exploit the Hierarchy of Constraints is the most central management decision you’ll ever make on any project.

    Good, Fast, or Cheap

  • Program Management Sustainability in the Nonprofit World

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    About the Event

    Francisco Semião will present on the challenges of program management sustainability in the nonprofit world. As the corporate and nonprofit worlds continue to merge more each day through board service or executive leaders taking the lead of foundation and charities, the challenges most face is the ever growing number of nonprofit entities that are competing for the same donors and grant awards. This is especially a challenge for nonprofit hospitals that have $1 billion budgets but only have less than 3 percent profit margin with capital needs that far exceed that. To ensure new programs can be launched, managed, and sustained in the nonprofit world, a program manager needs to strategically creep towards thinking like a for-profit executive to ensure the long life of vital programs.

    Program Management Sustainability in the Nonprofit World

  • CANCELLED: Bringing Order to Chaos: Where to Start When You Don’t Know Where to Start

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    About the Event

    THE FOLLOWING EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED Sometimes the most difficult part of a project is figuring out where to start. Who should I engage? What deliverables should I develop? How should I invest my time? Ideally, there is clear direction about how to progress from the beginning. More frequently, there are many ambiguities and conflicting direction. How you start out on a project can lay the groundwork for success… or take you down the path to failure. During this luncheon discussion, Scott will share some thoughts, suggestions, and real-life experiences about how best to start when you are trying to bring order to chaos.

    CANCELLED: Bringing Order to Chaos: Where to Start When You Don’t Know Where to Start

  • Finishing More Projects, Faster

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    Finishing well is about executing well. However, executing projects is fraught with uncertainty and variation. For some who manage multiple projects with dependencies, scattered across multiple sources, there is no hope of escape from the chaos. In order to finish well, others have found it possible to take advantage of the uncertainty and variation to complete projects 50% faster, while using fewer resources. The resources not used on the accelerated projects are assigned to tasks on other projects, creating the multi-project environment in which the organization finishes more projects, faster. We will discuss the new rules to managing the chaos and give some examples of organizations who have changed their reputation and bottom line.

    Finishing More Projects, Faster

  • Understanding, Getting-Along-With, and Surviving Your Stakeholders

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    This interactive presentation will give you some tools and background to answer the following questions.

    • Why are stakeholders important to my project?
    • How do I understand them, what they want, and what constitutes a win?
    • What's a stakeholder analysis and is it painful?
    • What is a stakeholder anyway?
    • Is there a test for that?

    We will answer these questions and more (time allowing), so bring your favorite stakeholder story and questions. This should be a fun and engaging presentation that will not only make your projects better, but apply to your presentations, meetings, and writing as well.

    Understanding, Getting-Along-With, and Surviving Your Stakeholders

  • Agile Requirement 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 Requirement Management

  • Real World Quality Management

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    Quality management is too frequently an elusive, misunderstood, and poorly performed project management practice. Despite the best intentions of project teams, the common failure to define and implement realistic and effective quality management processes and standards inevitably leads to project outcomes that fail to meet business needs. This luncheon presentation will highlight real world quality management lessons learned, including common myths and mistakes as well as practical tips for ensuring project quality in a feasible and efficient manner.

    Real World Quality Management

  • Portfolio Management for Everyone

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    The terms project management and program management are frequently used interchangeably, despite their distinct differences. Adding the concept of portfolio management into the mix often leads to further confusion, as many are even less familiar with its principles and benefits. In Portfolio Management for Everyone, participants will learn:
    • The fundamentals and importance of portfolio management
    • The differences and interrelatedness between project, program and portfolio management
    • How to incorporate portfolio management principles into any practice
    • What the PfMP is, how to obtain it and why it is beneficial

    Portfolio Management for Everyone

  • Earned Value Management (EVM), Train like You’ll Fight

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    Many now seeking Certification as Project Management Professionals are stumbling over the Earned Value Management (EVM) portion of the material necessary to master sufficiently to pass the PMP Certification Exam.

    This presentation will review basic EVM concepts, formulas, and application as expected on PMP Certification Exams as well tools, tips and techniques to prepare to for and pass the exam itself. The material presented is based on personal presenter exam experience as well as professional PM instructor knowledge.

    Earned Value Management (EVM), Train like You’ll Fight

  • Employing PM as a Critical Decision-Making Process & Tool

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    Learning objectives for employing PM as a critical decision-making process and tool:

    • How the paradigm of PM thinking is transferable

    • It’s all about the risk/reward ratio

    • Handling constrained resources

    Project Managers are successful by learning to focus on multiple criteria and knowledge areas to gather and organize information. This disciplined process and way of thinking are a useful framework and construct for examining many business decisions - this disciplined way of thinking is transferable.

    Employing PM as a Critical Decision-Making Process & Tool

  • Managing for Technical Excellence

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    When is the last time you used your technical skills? Most managers eventually lose their technical edge, and even become—well, frankly— technically obsolete. And yet managers have a major stake in fostering the technical excellence in the skills and the work of their staff.

    So how does a manager ensure technical excellence? A number of approaches have been tried. Surprisingly, while some of these approaches can be effective, others are actually counterproductive. In this presentation, we’ll explore approaches that promote technical excellence in your team as well as a few popular but more dubious approaches.

    Managing for Technical Excellence

  • How to Deliver Bad News and Build Trust at the Same Time

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    The intent of this presentation is to provide PMs with real insights and tools to address some of the common challenges they face. During the session, participants will break down the elements of trustworthiness and what it means to be trustworthy, challenge conventional wisdom on bad news, and learn a tried and true technique for delivering bad news. The presentation pulls from the Trusted Advisor (Maister, Green, and Galford), Trust-Based Selling (Green) and The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook (Green and Howe).

    How to Deliver Bad News and Build Trust at the Same Time

  • How to Deliver Bad News and Build Trust at the Same Time

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    The intent of this presentation is to provide PMs with real insights and tools to address some of the common challenges they face. During the session, participants will break down the elements of trustworthiness and what it means to be trustworthy, challenge conventional wisdom on bad news, and learn a tried and true technique for delivering bad news. The presentation pulls from the Trusted Advisor (Maister, Green, and Galford), Trust-Based Selling (Green) and The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook (Green and Howe).

    How to Deliver Bad News and Build Trust at the Same Time

  • Surviving the Shift

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    Organizations are adopting various forms of agile at an alarming rate. For project managers and other practitioners this means a new life in a different role. How do you survive the change? How do you survive in the new agile world? In this discussion we tackle the challenges associated with transitioning to from traditional project management to and agile framework. We focus on the keys to making the required changes to thrive in the new environment.

    Surviving the Shift

  • Applying Emotional Intelligence

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    This luncheon presentation focuses specifically on applying the personal and social emotional intelligence competencies that project and program managers need to deliver successful outcomes. We will explore skills that will strengthen your ability to build effective teams, operate in complex matrix environments, and provide leadership. We will examine strategies to harness and increase your abilities to regulate your emotions and communicate more effectively with others. By the end of the session, you will gain insight into how to manage the emotional characteristics of your work environment for improved performance that is less stressful, more predictable, and focused on successful results.

    Applying Emotional Intelligence

  • Project Management

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    Geospatial Information System (GIS) software and implementations are widespread and span almost every business functional area. You can find GIS projects in local county wide implementations, commercial businesses, and large federal programs. GIS is integral to defense, homeland security, emergency management, healthcare, agriculture, law enforcement, telecommunications, social media etc. We’ll explore the basics of GIS what it is and where to learn more about it. More importantly, we’ll examine the top 10 key factors to consider when managing a project that has a geographic component. 

    Project Management

  • It’s the Product, not the Project

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    With the advent and widespread adoption of project standards and models (e.g. CMMI, PMBOK, EVM) over the last decade or two, software project management has matured significantly. However, an overzealous application of these standards has often resulted in not-so-great products wrapped in great projects. To build great products and enhance our project management maturity, a new model is needed where the project management is based on product development principles. Agile and lean practices, which are based on these product development principles, provide the means to build great products wrapped in an effective project management framework.

    It’s the Product, not the Project

  • Business Value of Agile Methods

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    Dr. Rico will provide a brief introduction to agile methods, an overview of popular agile methods, and a brief survey of the benefits of agile methods as reported by major industry studies (including rarely seen, late-breaking economic data and results from the top consulting firms). He will provide a survey of costs and benefits, a suite of metrics for quantifying business value, a discussion of parametric models, a methodology for estimating ROI, and a comparison of major Agile and Traditional Methods.

    Business Value of Agile Methods

  • Dale Carnegie had it right: Applying Soft Skills for Effect (and Fun)

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    Soft Skills are often the most misunderstood and under-developed tools in the Project Manager’s toolkit, yet these are almost always the capabilities that will make or break a project. Knowing why, when, and how to apply soft skills can create strong relationships with the toughest stakeholders and build teams that execute with energy and passion. We’ll look at some select skills over the life of a project as well as talk about some ways to help you bring out your best.

    Dale Carnegie had it right: Applying Soft Skills for Effect (and Fun)

  • DOD Rapid Fielding Projects: A Project Manager’s Perspective

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    Over the past ten years Mr Phil Stockdale has managed a series of rapid fielding projects for the Department of Defense. His presentation will address the process that distinguishes these projects from non-government projects, and the compressed timeline that distinguishes rapid fielding projects from the normal acquisition process in Defense. Mr Stockdale will focus on the challenges and rewards of managing these projects. The views expressed will be his own; they are not intended to represent the Department of Defense.

    DOD Rapid Fielding Projects: A Project Manager’s Perspective

  • Getting the Requirements Right – The First Time

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    Albert Einstein once said, If I can't see it, I can't understand it. This is the basis for utilizing visualization tools in the requirements gathering phase of software development projects.

    Most projects that fail are due to miscommunication between the business stakeholders and the development team. Visualization tools combat this, allowing you to quickly see your software solution before a single line of code is written. Advanced visualization tools enable extremely rapid prototyping with online publishing and critiquing that can cut the time and cost of requirements gathering in half.

    Getting the Requirements Right – The First Time

  • Agile Risk Management

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    This presentation provides details on the methodology of risk management as it applies to Agile Project Management. We will go through the steps of identifying, assessing and managing risks and discuss how these pertain to Agile Practices. As project managers, we have heard of risk management and Agile, but how do these methodologies relate, and how can we use them to manage resources and do more with less on our projects?  

    Agile Risk Management

  • Prioritizing Projects for Portfolio Success: The Analytical Approach

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    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

  • Strategic Project Management: Lessons from the Frontline

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    Strategic project management involves both leading and managing; it involves skills that can be developed and it is in high demand throughout the world as organizations are learning to do more with less resources.  We will discuss practical techniques for how to negotiate effectively, utilizing influencing skills in matrixed environments to get buy-in from all affected parties to get better results, navigating organizational factors that impact projects, and how leading and managing skill sets both come into play in order to succeed.  As you manage projects strategically, you will differentiate yourself and prove your value to your organization and your customers.

    Strategic Project Management: Lessons from the Frontline

  • Integrated Project Delivery – Doing More with Less

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    Today’s project managers face the daunting task of doing more with less. While staff and capital budgets are being cut the costs for delivering projects escalate. Unfortunately, the traditional procurement methods to solicit and contract these projects don’t provide the project manager with the quick response and budget control required. However, there is an alternative procurement vehicle that truly has the possibility of being better, more responsive and more cost effective… three things all managers dream of. Job Order Contracting (JOC) is an integrated project delivery method that delivers projects within budget and on time. This presentation will explain what Integrated Project Management and Job Order Contracting (JOC) is, how it works, and what its potential benefits are.

    Integrated Project Delivery – Doing More with Less

  • Resource Management Through Work Profiling

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    Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4BC – AD 65), a Roman philosopher and statesman, wrote that, “The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future.” The art of resource management can be similarly described. It is an exercise that all resource managers, as well as project managers, go through. It is dependent upon a set of expectations and a level of uncertainty from which conclusions are drawn in an effort to predict a future state – a schedule, a budget, or a set amount of scope. Determining the level of resources required to complete a project can be a daunting task with estimate variances sometimes in upwards of 50 percent. This is where the concept of “Work Profiling” may be able to help. This presentation will provide the following:

    Resource Management Through Work Profiling

  • Crisis Communications is War: Lessons from the U.S. Army

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    Crisis Communications battles happen not only internal to your organization, but also in the media, and the glare of the spotlight can turn even a mild matter into a full-blown crisis. This month’s program will share lessons from the "battlefield" in order to help industry leaders navigate the often frantic and hostile media coverage associated with these "wars." As Chief of Media Operations, Retired Colonel Rudy Burwell handled crisis communications for the U.S. Army ranging from the alleged shooting of Iraqi civilians by private security forces to the aftermath of the Fort Hood killings. Now, he is using his communications management skills to help government agencies and corporations deal with some of their most vital and sensitive communications issues. Colonel Burwell will discuss:

    Crisis Communications is War: Lessons from the U.S. Army

  • 10 Ways to Be More Productive in 2013

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    Almost everybody feels squeezed between the things they want to accomplish and the limited time and energy available to do them. Getting more results in less time and with less effort – being more productive – is possible; these ten techniques will help!

    10 Ways to Be More Productive in 2013

  • Reach Back / Push Forward

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    "Reach Back, Push Forward" – A conversation on the challenges of getting information and materials to and from your HQ to field PM’s Reach Back means that not all field PM’s know what they can contact their corporate office or PMO for in the way of marketing tools, written assignment assistance, products and services. Push Forward means that not all PMO or corporate offices push out information to their field PM’s when they think it is irrelevant, but more times than not that information can be used for company promotion on philanthropy, contract awards, products and services. Join us in bringing this to light and coming up with other ways to get the word to and from your PMO/Corporate office to the field.

    Reach Back / Push Forward

  • You know how to manage your project, but can you lead your team?

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    As Project Managers we manage our projects, work with budgets, schedules and client requirements but how much effort is put into building a common purpose and clear understanding of goals/objectives, fostering communication, growth and good relations among the project team members? This session will focus on tools to keep the project team healthy, which contributes toward a more efficient and effective team. Ultimately this makes for better project performance and results. Some of the topics touched on will be:

    • Developing staff
    • Communication mentoring
    • Working with varying personality styles
    • What you can do to deal with conflict among team members
    • Why it’s important to be the buffer between your team and the client

    You know how to manage your project, but can you lead your team?

  • Managing Uncertainty

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    Presentation will illustrate the criticality of Resilience (Incident Management, Business Continuity, and Disaster Recovery planning) and highlight the pivotal role of Risk Management to ensure all angles are covered when the time comes. A disruption to our business doesn’t necessarily equate to a natural disaster anymore. It can take many forms: equipment failure, application failure, human error, malicious software attacks, blackouts, fire, or even workplace violence. These may occur anytime, so we need to be prepared to minimize the disruption and keep personnel safe and our business competitive. Continuing our business is dependent on planning, communication, and coordination – all key functions of our Program Management Organization.

    Managing Uncertainty

  • How to Deliver Bad News and Build Trust at the Same Time

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    There comes a time in every project when the inevitable happens: things don’t go according to plan and bad news must be delivered. In a business environment marked by tight budgets, short time-frames, and rising stress levels, this happens more often than we’d like. Based on the books "The Trusted Advisor" and “The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook,” How to Deliver Bad News and Build Trust at the Same Time is a practical exploration of ways to communicate tough messages to customers, sponsors, and other stakeholders such that trust levels actually increase rather than decrease. Attendees will learn how to see bad news as an opportunity instead of a liability and will walk away with specific best practices that can be immediately applied, including a time-tested technique for putting hard truths on the table in a socially acceptable way.

    How to Deliver Bad News and Build Trust at the Same Time

  • Project Estimation

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    Project estimation continues to plague many organizations. Over optimistic sales forecasts, understated development costs, scope creep, and a false sense of urgency that artificially drives the due date. Driving business must focus through strategic goals and objectives, SWOT analysis, the use of ‘From – To’ analysis, and focus on the portfolio. Strong commitment by management to align new projects with five year plus initiatives help to focus resources to the priority projects. A strong estimating tools, training, and taking the upfront time to do planning all contribute to projects that bring quality products and services online within budget, on schedule, and meeting all project objectives.

    Project Estimation

  • The Art of Promoting Your Company’s Capabilities – A Primer for Project Managers

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    Project Managers are typically well-versed in balancing scope, schedule, and cost. However, at times they may not be as comfortable promoting themselves or their companies. This presentation will discuss how to promote your company’s capabilities without sounding like a “used car salesman”. The discussion will include the art of listening, how to recognize and qualify an opportunity, using your team, why the soft sell is always more successful, how to say no, and how to turn disadvantages into opportunities.

    The Art of Promoting Your Company’s Capabilities – A Primer for Project Managers

  • Program & Project Management for Commercial Satellites

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    This presentation will provide a look at a real operational approach to the alignment and coordination required within the highly competitive and very complex commercial satellite imagery industry. The presentation will look at the requirements for the establishment of corporate strategic goals and objects, the alignment of the portfolio of programs and projects, the organization of the overall governance body, and the impact on programs and projects with a view to future enhancements.

    Program & Project Management for Commercial Satellites

  • The Value of an Enterprise Project Management System

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    This presentation will provide a CEO perspective on the rationale for implementing an enterprise project management system involving integration between project financials, enterprise project management, and the data warehouse.  The value of the system and implementation lessons learned will also be discussed.

    The Value of an Enterprise Project Management System

  • Agile DNA

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    There is a large and mature body of knowledge that describes, explains and documents agile practices, processes, training and lessons learned.   But one question we should also ask is, “Why does agile work?”  What is it about agile practices that make them so effective, especially when compared with more traditional methodologies?

    This presentation will explore the underlying product development principles that are the basis of, or the DNA of agile.  These include: working in small batches; effective queue management; distinguishing project management from product development; building in quality; and self-organizing teams.  For agile adoption and transformations to be effective, teams and organizations need a perspective which is steeped beyond what agile is, they need to understand why agile works.

    Agile DNA

  • Natural Project Management

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    Are you a Tiger, Camel, or a Cat on your project team? Diversity is a critical component of every project, particularly as a new team comes together and learns to co-exist prior to performing. Just what happens when a new project is conceived and the team is selected, initiated, and members don’t get along?  There’s a natural flow that every newly formed group, including a project team, moves through before it actually begins to perform. 

    This luncheon presentation ties the underlying concepts of the group dynamics model to some important lessons gleaned from the natural world of animals as a framework for successful team achievement. Don’t miss this informative yet entertaining session.

    Natural Project Management

  • Preparing Your Project for Re-Compete: The Role of the Project Manager

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    Project Managers often overlook the pivotal role they play in ensuring their company wins the re-bid.  In reality, preparing for a project re-compete begins on day one of contract award. This luncheon presentation will explain what Project Managers can do to help retain incumbent status well before the contract expiration date and how they can augment the entire opportunity capture and proposal process to bring home the win.

    Preparing Your Project for Re-Compete: The Role of the Project Manager

  • Disaster Averted! Avoiding Common Project Management Pitfalls

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    Despite the continuous evolution of the project management discipline, projects repeatedly fail due to common project management mistakes. In a time when project managers are expected to do much more with much less, understanding these common mistakes and proactively preventing them is critical to project success. This luncheon presentation will identify the most common and most impactful project management mistakes; will address the root causes, indicators, and risks associated with these mistakes; and will describe multiple strategies for avoiding them.

    Disaster Averted! Avoiding Common Project Management Pitfalls

  • Differences Between Project Management and Product Management

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    This session will focus on discussing the challenge of working in organizations that do not understand the difference between project management and product management. The two roles often appear to be at odds with each other. A product manager may want to add features to meet customer needs while the project manager may want to limit the scope to ensure the project is delivered on time and under budget. Hector will discuss the major differences in the two roles and how they work together within organizations to transform product innovation to profit. Despite the similar names, there are big differences between product management and project management. The confusion between the two roles is common and potentially harmful to organizations who do not acknowledge the distinction. This is often the case for companies that develop web-based and technology products.

    Differences Between Project Management and Product Management

  • Project Management Doesn’t Begin On Day One

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    In many institutions, big and small, public and private, the role of a project manager has typically been flanked by bookends; they have a cameo appearance during the final days of proposal development (well…. maybe), have a debut after a contract has been awarded and then seem to fade away after the customer has accepted delivery. Even today with so many published articles and quantitative references that speak to how we can manage the end-to-end project cycle more effectively, the myriad of stovepipes and administrative bureaucracies within organizations often continue to intercede on behalf on added risk and inefficiency. Why?

    Project Management Doesn’t Begin On Day One

  • Where Balanced Scorecard Strategic Planning and Project Management Merge

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    Where Balanced Scorecard Strategic Planning and Project Management Merge

    featuring

    Timothy J. Ciampaglio
    President, Pharos Group Inc.

    Date and Time

    Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
    11:30 am: Networking
    12:00- 1:00 pm: Program

    1 PDU Credit will be available for Certified PMPs

    Location and Cost

    PMIWDC Members $30
    Non-Members: $30
    *Lunch will be served

    Passion Fish   
    11960 Democracy Drive
    Reston, VA 20190
    (703) 203-3474

    Where Balanced Scorecard Strategic Planning and Project Management Merge

  • Trust and Influence: What Every Successful PM Needs to Know

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    Trust and Influence: What Every Successful PM Needs to Know

    featuring

    Andrea Howe
    Consultant; Trusted Advisor Associates, LLC

    Additional registration space now available! Sign up now before all of the seats are taken.

    Date and Time

    Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
    11:30 am: Networking
    12:00- 1:00 pm: Program

    1 PDU Credit will be available for Certified PMPs

    Location and Cost

    PMIWDC Members $28
    Non-Members: $28
    *Lunch will be served

    Mon Ami Gabi
    11950 Democracy Drive
    Reston, VA 20190
    (703) 707-0233

    Trust and Influence: What Every Successful PM Needs to Know

  • The Power of Effective Portfolio Management

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    The Strategic PMO

    Featuring

    Jon Weinstein, PMP
    President
    Line of Sight (LOS)

    Tuesday, May 24, 2011

    The Power of Effective Portfolio Management

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