Project Management and Design Thinking

Project Management and Design Thinking


Vera Rhoads

Senior Managing Consultant UX

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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Event Location

USDA Building - use Wing 3 entrance,tell guards you are going to Cafeteria, they will not know about the event.
12th and Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC, 20250

Agenda and Cost:
  • 11:30 am: Networking begins
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm: Program

An interactive session about design thinking and how it impacts and enhances Project Management. Participants will learn to focus on the users and user desired business outcomes and how to solve complicated business problems through the power of Design Thinking. We will review creative co-creation-personas, empathy maps, storyboarding and how understanding those elements make a more effective and efficient Project Manager.

Special Instructions: 

Event requires registration. 

Metro Accessible via Smithsonian Station.

Government ID or Photo ID is required to enter the facility.

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category: 
Strategic and Business Management

About the Speaker

Vera Rhoads

Senior Managing Consultant UX

Vera Rhoads brings strong expertise in cognitive behavioral research to enhance the user experience. She has been working on improving the usability and optimizing web solutions for large-scale Fortune 500 companies, international finance organizations and non-profits (Fannie Mae, AARP, IMF) for 20 years.

Her specialties include: User Research, full life cycle User Experience (UX), IBM Design Thinking, Customer Experience (CX), Content Strategy, Web Strategy and Operations, Social Media, Usability, Branding, Multi-lingual Globalization and Localization, Web Content Management and Search.
Vera is CUA and CXA certified, PMP, PMI-PBA, PMI-ACP, ITIL and SCRUM master certified and works on enhancing process methodologies into the web development lifecycle. She has won many significant design awards in her career, including Nielsen Norman Top 10 Intranets.

Vera also frequently presents at UX conferences and has been teaching UX at the University of Maryland, College Park Graduate School for 14 years. She teaches Users and User Context, UX Research Methods (User Journey Maps, Personas, Surveys, Card Sorting) and Advanced Usability.

Vera is a board member at Byte Back – a non-profit organization that improves economic opportunity for low-income residents by providing computer training.

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