2018 Symposium Agenda



- : 2018 Opening Keynote


Keynote

Project Managers must learn to look at projects in a new way in order to be competitive in today’s world of exponential change. Leadership holds a critical position in a company seeking to be at the forefront of such innovation. Project leaders must learn how to bring about change and innovation within their project teams to be successful. What techniques and methods provide the greatest benefit when leading teams?  How do you identify the creative professionals within your team and then exploit their innovative potential? Learn how to grow leaders within your company to create value and develop a culture of innovation.  



- : 2018 Breakout 1


Technical Project Management

CARFAX has grown from a small, single-product organization to an 850+ employee entity with a portfolio of products/services that serve a myriad of markets. Delivering solutions for our core product strategy requires significant portfolio/project management expertise. CARFAX's PMO leaders will provide insight into the collaborative environment that enables our unique culture and ensures project delivery success, an overview of CARFAX's unique and diverse business, highlights of CARFAX's portfolio and project management processes/lifecycle(s)/ artifacts/tools, insight into how we balance solid portfolio and project management with agile delivery.  

Note - CARFAX's PMO was profiled in the May 2018 issue of PMI's PM Network magazine and is a nominee for PMI's 2018 PMO of the Year award.  CARFAX is also hosting a learning excursion group during PMI's global PMO Symposium conference in November 2018.


Strategic and Business Management

In this session, Michael Milutis will share what he has learned from having consulted with hundreds of project management and IT professionals from around the world on their personal branding and career development challenges. He will explain why self-knowledge and mindfulness are such critical success factors, while also exploring the key personal questions that everyone must find answers to, and that are universal across functional areas. Michael will walk you through this process and then demonstrate how one's learning strategy, networking strategy, and personal branding strategy all flow logically from the answers. Attendees will walk away with a  roadmap for becoming more fulfilled and self-actualized and for positively transforming their careers.

Learning Objectives


Leadership

Program managers lead meetings; lots and lots of meetings. Are your meetings productive? Do attendees show up on time and prepared? Do they stay engaged and contribute at just the right time? Do they listen attentively and ask helpful questions? Do decisions get made, and when the meeting is over, do colleagues complete their action items?  And when there is a disagreement, is it discussed productively or does it go undercover or become explosive? Managing effective and productive meetings is a skill set, and in this session, you will learn techniques for improving productivity and engagement. 



- : 2018 Breakout 2


Strategic and Business Management

Motivating your team to stay on course despite the challenges that arise is critical to success. A motivated team keeps each other engaged, maintains focus, and is resilient through times of change. This presentation will discuss ways to keep your team motivated, by understanding the differences between diverse team members, and aligning their individual motivations with the goals of the organization.  
 


Leadership

Preparing for and completing a marathon is the perfect backdrop for examining the problems and challenges faced by today's business leaders. While all certified marathons are the same distance, the dangers, terrain, altitude, and weather offer unique and varying challenges. However, you quickly learn that hills build character.


Technical Project Management

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.



- : 2018 Keynote 2


Keynote

Bullying behavior is often considered to be related to the antics of developing children.  However, the same or similar behavior is experienced in many offices, too.  Workplace bullying is an issue with great significance that isn’t discussed enough, impacts productivity in offices around the world, and can lead to emotional or psychological damage.  This session addresses: the types of workplace bullying; reasons individuals bully; differences between a bully, a bad manager, and someone who has bad manners; strategies to help workplace bullies.



- : 2018 Breakout 3


Technical Project Management

Agile adoption has become almost universal, however, it is fascinating that most of the management teams at the same companies that are adopting Agile are still planning in one-year increments. Managers are literally guessing about the resources they will need and the work that they will be doing ten months later. Typically, within the first few months of the year, the plan becomes irrelevant as the landscape changes from new projects and priorities or unexpected delays and changes in resources. This talk reviews how an IT management team of a small financial services firm took a conference room, colored note cards, and their experience with Scrum and Kanban to improve their throughput, increase visibility, and improve coordination across IT. 


Leadership

"How do you counsel, advise or lead employees in conflict or distress without getting sucked into the maelstrom or appearing indifferent? Mindfulness strategies help you interact with distressed employees from a place of greater calmness and clarity, helping you with greater patience, focus, wisdom, and compassion. This promotes greater connection, engagement and positive modeling.   

Session takeaways

  • Cultivate a state of active, open, non-criticizing attention to one's present intra- and interpersonal experiences
  • Calm your mind and body during distressing situations so you can take wiser action
  • Improve your ability to lead with clarity of purpose and intentions

Strategic and Business Management

What is the best career move for me as a project manager? That can be a challenging question for some of us as we get caught up in being everything to everyone, taking on assignments that are not fulfilling and/or require a significant amount of our time, keeping us away from the people and things that matter the most. There can be the pressure to obtain every certification, job hop for the next big salary or title, and attend countless networking events in the hopes of the next big position. Yet, all of the hustle and bustle without staying focused on what WE want as an individual can lead us chasing our tails and ending up in a job that is not quite right for us. This interactive presentation gets real about assessing your values, steering clear from the comparison trap, and putting you in the driver's seat when it comes to your project management career path. After all, YOU are the star of your career journey.  



- : 2018 Breakout 4


Strategic and Business Management

How can we show stakeholders the money for their smart cities and communities projects - demonstrating value for your organization and professional practice?  Linking the project scope to the stakeholder ecosystem is one approach that has been provided measurable ROI.  This presentation will provide a PMP based approach to delivering a $1.05 - to - $1.00 return on capital for a citywide project at a $10B budget local government; and to staying on budget and schedule while enhancing the scope of a high pressure smart technology for a $50MM - $100MM value building project.  Participants will receive a framework deliverable with resources and tools to assist in supporting Smart Building/City/Community related projects.  

Chris will be presenting with contributions from a global team, including Adugna Sime, Dalton Oliveira, Surya Dev Prakash, and Ulrich Norbisrath.


Leadership

Federal organizations hire individuals of all generations, beliefs and backgrounds. Understanding and having the necessary skills to practice conflict management strategies is critical today more than ever. Whether operating as a program manager, team member, team leader or stakeholder in the workplace, having the skills to take conflict in stride and resolve differences in ways that build trust and confidence needs to happen on purpose. When organizations do not take this position there will be a gap in knowledge which will ultimately impact organizational success. Employees who are not equipped with these skills will foster an environment of disgruntled employees, high turnover, resentment, antagonism, and hostility. At a time when budget cuts are at an all-time high managing conflict constructively is needed now more than ever.


Technical Project Management

This presentation dives into the current use of different Project Management Methods across industries, and the conditions under which Agile, Lean, or Traditional project management methods are used. It looks at the benefits and strengths of each method, and then how they best fit industries and business models.  In the end, one driver determines the acceptance, architecture, communication, and culture of the project - and it's not the PM - it's the customer! 

Understanding the customer is your greatest asset and constraint unleashes opportunities to address and improve your delivery methods.  The presentation finishes with a look at how to scale these delivery models and take advantage of best practices across the traditional and alternative techniques to improve delivery success in any market.



- : 2018 Breakout 5


Technical Project Management

As the long-term fall out of "lift and shift" moves hit early cloud technology adopters, Government and Industry are realizing that the real foundation for success relates to changes in business and cultural shifts. Too many current and past solicitations and projects reflect the technology patterns from data centers and client server knowledge. To understand the difference, com toe hear the issues with acquisition approaches, post award management issues, and what changes organizations need to make to increase successful cloud adoptions.


Leadership

Based on Belinda's chapter from "You@Work - Unlocking Human Potential in the Workplace: A collection of insights from leading HR and OD experts," this engaging session unlocks the mystery of accomplishment in an over-worked, over-stressed, high-demand environment. Digging into the inner-workings of the human brain, Belinda actively leads the audience through the process for accomplishment acceleration through micro-successes. Psychology meets Agile in this revolutionary approach to not only achieving more but also finding more satisfaction in the process. 


Strategic and Business Management

All technologists should consider the use of blockchain as a new and exciting arrow in their quivers, as it relates to the provenance and tracking of a digitized record and the automation of transactions.

The implications of a more efficient and more secure method of storage and way of transacting lends itself to the following use cases, which will be discussed in detail and through real-world examples:  increased efficiency IT and financial auditing; blockchain's use in credentialing and validation of personally identifiable information; blockchain's role in voting and elections; and the use of smart contracts to make and validate transactions.  

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