Shenandoah Valley Community

Announcing a New Local Community!

The DC Chapter of the Project Management Institute is pleased to host a new quarterly meeting in Winchester, VA. Membership in PMI and/or the DC Chapter is not required, however PDUs will be available for Project Management Professionals (PMPs). The presentations delivered are educational and informative to those with an interest in the field of project management. Each event will present specific learning points, unique to the presenter's area of expertise and the subject matter discussed while directly relating to improving the practice of managing projects and leading others.

Pre-registration is recommended.

  • PM 101: Subtle Ways to Improve Efficiency, Boost Productivity, and Foster Creativity

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    One of the most common complaints from project managers is that they lack the time to get everything done--but what they are really saying is that they are not making the most of the time they have to focus on the right things. How do project managers know which things are the "right things"? How can we set ourselves up for success tomorrow by improving our productivity, creativity, and focus today? This presentation will summarize the best tips from a variety of productivity gurus and apply them to the field of project management. Project managers will gain an understanding of how they can work with their teams today to get where they want to be tomorrow.

    PM 101: Subtle Ways to Improve Efficiency, Boost Productivity, and Foster Creativity

  • Servant Leadership

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    Servant Leadership is a lifelong journey. It’s a life and leadership philosophy…if truly lived, changes everything. A term coined by Robert Greenleaf that begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve first. The conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. Who is the best leader you would follow? Servant Leadership isn’t about giving people everything they need regardless. Many leaders will be working within the constraints of a tight budget and with little time at their disposal. Let’s talk about the basic principles of Servant Leadership and understand the best test that is difficult to administer and yet so simple.

    Servant Leadership

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

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    Leadership, management, and motivation are not just metaphors, but things that the physicality of an endurance hike can inform…and it comes with beautiful trail pictures. 9 lessons from the trail remind us of how to self-manage and manage teams, all learned from the physicality of the trail. These lessons lead to a realization of a simple technique to manage personal motivation to take on challenges.

    Managing Motivation: Leadership Lessons from an AT Thru-Hike

  • I Wanted to Wander and Found Myself Here

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    Chris Grassmuck, PMP, CSM will share his journey as a Project Manager to Slovenia with IBM's Corporate Services Corps (CSC). Chris will describe his experiences as a Project Manager and ultimately how his wanderings lead him to a month-long adventure with 14 other professionals from all over the world coming together to help a few non-profits transform & grow. It starts with a dream, progresses with 12-weeks of pre-travel education and ends with a 30-day life-changing adventure.

    I Wanted to Wander and Found Myself Here

  • PM After Hours - Shenandoah Valley Community

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    Join us for a networking event on Thursday 11/29/18 7pm-9pm at Village Square Restaurant, located on the beautiful downtown walking mall in Winchester, VA. Meet other Project Management Professionals from other companies and industries, and share your favorite PM stories and experiences.

    PM After Hours - Shenandoah Valley Community

  • Into The Heart Of Darkness, My Journey Into Agile

    Forrest Long, PMP, ACP will be speaking on his journey from traditional project management into Agile and what he learned in the process, including what project managers need to know to pass the ACP as well as how traditional project managers can use Agile techniques today to improve their projects resulting in happier employees and customers.

    Into The Heart Of Darkness, My Journey Into Agile

  • The Project Manager’s Guide to Agility

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    Organizations everywhere are jumping headlong into Agile; and this massive shift has impacted the role of the Project Manager. On time, under budget, and within scope no longer cuts it. We also must deliver high-quality, radically innovative products and services lightning fast; and Agile can help us get there. So, how do we become more Agile? It starts with rethinking our role and re-quipping ourselves as Project Managers. This interactive, game-filled session will discuss practical steps to becoming more Agile and ways to lead our teams and organizations to success.

    The Project Manager’s Guide to Agility

  • Maximizing the Value of Your PMI Membership

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    This event goes from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on February 26th.

    About the Program

    This presentation will detail the many service offerings from both PMI and the PMI Washington, D.C. Chapter. It will show you how PMI resources can increase your knowledge, grow your network and advance your career.

    Maximizing the Value of Your PMI Membership

  • Using People Analytics to Recover Projects in Trouble

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    About the Program

    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

  • Succeeding with Agile in the Federal Government

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    About the Program

    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

  • Building of the New John Kerr Elementary School, a PM Perspective

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    About the Program

    Ever wonder what it takes to build your child’s school? This presentation will take you on the construction journey of a new school, from concept to the first day of class. You will learn about funding mechanisms, project delivery methods, timelines, design, and construction challenges, furnishing and equipping, and executing a project in the public domain.

    Building of the New John Kerr Elementary School, a PM Perspective

  • Thinking Differently with Lean

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    About the Program

    Applying LEAN Methodologies in healthcare is all about experiencing healthcare from the patient's point of view and working to remove steps in the process that the patient does not find valuable. Come and learn more about LEAN methodologies and hear from two Project Managers at ValleyHealth about some of the LEAN initiatives being implemented at ValleyHealth.

    Thinking Differently with Lean

  • Communication Tools & Techniques in a Virtual and Mobile World

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    About the Program

    As our world becomes increasingly virtual and mobile, effective communication has become increasingly more challenged. Remote communication makes it’s harder to build relationships, gain trust, and create empathy. However, the benefits of working virtual and mobile still outweigh any negative impacts to communication.

    This session will discuss strategies and tactics for improving project communications for virtual and mobile staff. We’ll also review technology tools that can increase effectiveness when working virtual and mobile.

    Learning Objectives:

    Communication Tools & Techniques in a Virtual and Mobile World

  • The Metrics of Project Management Performance and PMBOK

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    About the Program

    The presentation will actually take participants through Mel's methodology of creating project management metrics to measure, manage and magnify (3Ms) their own and colleagues’ performance.

    The Metrics of Project Management Performance and PMBOK

  • Agile and Risk

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    About the Program

    As we migrate to more and more organizations adopting Agile, there's a sense that risk management may be left behind (or incorporated as a part of the Agile equation). Carl Pritchard takes a look at the integration of risk into the Agile space, and examines the heightened importance of tolerances, thresholds, and triggers. He also begins the conversation about using the classic quantification tools (like Monte Carlo) and applying risk responses in an Agile-aware environment.

    Agile and Risk

  • The Power of Networking

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    About the Program

    Is your business generated by someone making a decision? If you meet more people that can make decisions can you do more business? If the answers are "Yes" then let Christine show you a few simple steps you can use to make it work for you. Networking with other business professionals is not only fun, but it's also important in advancing your career! Come learn from Christine Kriz, networking guru, how you can improve your networking skills and achieve success.

    The Power of Networking

  • Emotional Intelligence for Project Leaders

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    About the Program

    Leadership is much more than setting goals and measuring results. Strong project leaders create a culture where people are inspired to do their best work. This one-hour presentation will overview the power Emotional Intelligence can provide and discuss how these traits can be combined to create a personal governance GPS for 21st century project managers.

    Emotional Intelligence for Project Leaders

  • Leading/Managing Multiple Generations of Employees

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    About the Program

    How do you manage the up and coming generation? How do you manage someone who has already retired? What about someone who is a part-timer? Come and listen to Ray Cowan, General Manager of Chick-fil-A in Winchester as he presents tricks of the trade in striking a chord managing multiple generations.

    Join us for our first breakfast time event for the PMIWDC Shenandoah Valley Community, earn a PDU, and network with other Project Management Professionals in the Shenandoah Valley. Light breakfast will be served.

    Leading/Managing Multiple Generations of Employees

  • PMI Talent Triangle and Managing Through the Perfect Storm

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    About the Program

    This event will include two presentations:

    First, Chris Grassmuck will share information about PMI's recently released Talent Triangle, and how this will influence future Shenandoah Valley Community events.

    Second, David Schwantes will present "Managing Through the Perfect Storm" sharing a recent project experience in Lublin, Poland through IBM's Corporate Services Corps.

    Come join us for this lunchtime event, earn a PDU, and network with other Project Management Professionals in the Shenandoah Valley. Light sandwiches and chips will be served.

    PMI Talent Triangle and Managing Through the Perfect Storm

  • United Way Project Stories in the Northern Shenandoah Valley

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    About the Program

    The presentation will share United Way's project experiences and lessons learned in the Shenandoah Valley.

    United Way Project Stories in the Northern Shenandoah Valley

  • Six Year Improvement Plan for VDOT Projects

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    About the Program

    This presentation will cover major transportation projects and priorities in Frederick County such as Exit 310, Route 277, and Route 37. In addition it will include a summary of what the County has been dealing with in regards to the new House Bill 2 program for choosing projects for funding. Finally, it will outline what House Bill 2 is, the supporting legislation and planning efforts, its implementation process, and next steps.

    Six Year Improvement Plan for VDOT Projects

  • Exploring the Iceberg

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    About the Program

    Project managers are supposed to “fix” projects that veer off target. However, large complex projects have many moving tasks; how do you know you are solving the actual problem and not just the tip of the iceberg? Are you rectifying the root cause, or simply calming the waters? Do stakeholders and team members take ownership of the challenge or spend time playing blame games? This tools session offers you a four point approach to help you and your team to determine the real issue causing the problem and generate a creative solution that successfully gets your project back on course.

    Exploring the Iceberg

  • Valley Health's Epic Journey

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    About the Program

    The presentation will share experiences and lessons learned around Valley Health's Epic implementation and rollout, Valley Health's Electronic Health Record system replacement.

    Valley Health's Epic Journey

  • Stakeholder Management in Large, Complex Projects

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    About the Program

    Stakeholder Management in Large, Complex Projects - A case study from Customs and Border Protection, DHS. The topic of this presentation sits at the intersection of Federal Government and Agile. From the unique position of Branch Chief, Elizabeth shares her experiences managing a project that is massive, Agile, and involving multiple government agencies, as well as numerous other stakeholder groups.

    Stakeholder Management in Large, Complex Projects

  • Project Management Lessons that Can be Drawn From Using Agile in the Family

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    About the Program

    Agile software development is a growing phenomenon that has resulted in improved software quality and on-time delivery. But just what is Agile, and how can it improve software service delivery? Some of the concepts, obstacles, and pitfalls of Agile are considered in the context of John Laub’s personal experiences with applying Agile principles in the family, including bottom-up idea flow, constant feedback, and accountability, and how those lessons translate to the workplace. Also considered is a surprising feature: what can be learned from allowing kids to pick their own punishments?

    Project Management Lessons that Can be Drawn From Using Agile in the Family

  • PM Concepts within Construction Projects

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    About the Program

    PM Concepts within Construction Projects. Topic will be an brief overview of how Organizations apply PM concepts to design and construction of infrastructure projects.

    PM Concepts within Construction Projects

  • Conflict Manager or Project Manager? What's your Title Today?

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    About the Program

    Put two people in a room and there's inevitable conflict but not all conflict leads to destruction. During this discussion, we'll discuss tips for managing conflict, review four resolution strategies, and talk about real world ways to move people away from the conflict and onto action. We'll also discuss Outcome Thinking - a transformational way of looking at communication by Anne Warfield. What's the goal? We'll discuss every PMs desire in conflict - Move from conflict to action - FAST. We'll discuss it all in one impactful hour. It starts July 21 at noon.

    Conflict Manager or Project Manager? What's your Title Today?

  • Capture Management to Proposal Management to Project Management

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    About the Program

    This presentation will provide a high level overview of over the full life cycle of project activities from finding the business (Capture Management) to preparing the proposal and pricing to win (Proposal Management), to kicking off the project (Project Management).

    Capture Management to Proposal Management to Project Management

  • The Barber Cuts His Own Hair

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    The PMIWDC Governance and Operations Boards manage a very complex membership organization, with an annual budget of over $1M, and over 10,500 chapter members.  These boards have risen to a high level of sophistication in the operation of the chapter, with innovation and new ways of supporting the membership added every year.  And yet, as successful as the boards have become at creating membership value, the "ways" of doing business become outmoded as complexity continues--the very stability the boards provide the chapter tends to stasis for the boards' culture and interaction.  Enter the change manager...but what happens when the change manager is the volunteer leader with no actual authority, and when the culture change must be of the leadership itself?  Can change be purposeful and successful?

    The Barber Cuts His Own Hair

  • The Leader in the Mirror

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    About the Program

    The best leaders know their success in leading people depends in large part on keeping them challenged, interested, and engaged.  Using stories, analogies, and humor drawn from his extensive experience, Ron shares powerful leadership lessons that have been proven to work across the board -- in for-profit and non-profit organizations, with employees and volunteers, in teams of ten and organizations of 10,000. Those who attend this presentation will be able to:
    • Understand the importance of developing personal leadership principles
    • Identify their own personal leadership principles
    • Apply simple, effective techniques for leading groups an

    The Leader in the Mirror

  • Leading People and Managing Projects: Are they the same?

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    About the Program

    The presentation will explore issues related to the similarities, differences and challenges in leading people and managing projects. We will also discuss the different skill sets needed in leading people and managing projects.

    Leading People and Managing Projects: Are they the same?

  • Slaying the Agile Dragon: Dispelling Myths and Misperceptions

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    About the Program

    Lot’s of folks have jumped on the Agile bandwagon, and certainly, there is a lot of good stuff going on out there. At the same time, however, there is a lot of “not quite there” or even “not getting anywhere” agile going on. So much so, that some teams have taken to calling their organizations’ attempt to integrate Agile into their existing processes such derisive names as Agilefall, ScrumBut, or FrAgile. What’s going on? Despite Agile being around for a while now, there still exists much misinformation, confusion, and poor execution of Agile principles and practices. Change can be hard, and an organization’s Agile adoption is no exception. However, it can be made much easier if there is shared understanding of what Agile actually is.

    Slaying the Agile Dragon: Dispelling Myths and Misperceptions

  • Speaking Risk Language (and other foreign languages)

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    About the Program

    Carl Pritchard, PMP, PMI-RMP, EVP takes participants on a dynamic excursion through the language of risk, demystifying the practice with his engaging, humorous style.  In this presentation, participants learn the four simple ways to improve their risk management practice without changing the way the organization does business.  Instead, they learn how to improve overall risk management through the careful manipulation of the risk language.  Carl takes you through your risk fears, dealing with them through improved clarity of the risk discussion and consistency in how the risk language is applied.  You'll learn how to challenge poorly stated risks to bring to light the real concerns that plague your organization's projects.  And you'll identify ways to build risk alliances and to get others to support you in your risk management practice.

    Speaking Risk Language (and other foreign languages)

  • Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone

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    About the Program

    The everyday demands of being a good PM, can sometimes be very demanding. Going above and beyond a project manager's assigned duties can be sometimes viewed as unrealistic, too time consuming and difficult to sustain. And worse, these extra efforts can often go overlooked. For a variety of reasons, doing more than "what is expected" can be daunting. Darla's presentation will provide examples of people and managers viewed as leaders and then examine what differentiates them. This session will also provide practical tools and tips to use in your daily PM jobs to move towards being that extra ordinary PM and a leader.

    Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone

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