The Prioritization Conundrum

The Prioritization Conundrum


Toby V. Rao

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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Event Date
Event Location

Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business- Shenandoah University
600 Millwood Avenue, Halpin-Harrison Hall – Boardroom
Winchester, VA, 22604

Agenda and Cost:

Registration is complimentary.

Outline/Structure of the Talk
Toby will start the session by setting the expectations and the foundation for the session. He will discuss and unpack the methods, frameworks and techniques available today. (Examples: Opportunity scoring, Story Mapping, Stacked ranking etc.) He will facilitate an understanding of the traps and challenges involved with prioritization and share some personal stories to drive home the points.

Toby will discuss his recommendations of 5 ‘go-to’ prioritization methods that are not only practical but are relatively easy to facilitate. He will facilitate a quick simulation exercise during which participants will choose the optimum prioritization technique for the unique needs pertaining to the program (simulated) to help the participants learn. He will conclude the session with a debrief to ensure that there are great ‘take home’ points!

Learning Outcome
Participants will develop a good understanding of the challenges with Prioritization. They will learn about the methods and techniques that actually work. They will learn about the 5 top techniques they can immediately add to their toolkit. They will learn how to lead and facilitate prioritization with additional tips for success, and traps to avoid.

Taking part in the interactive and Table exercise parts of the session will help them retain the knowledge. Participants will leave this session with a good understanding of steps they can take to prioritize effectively, efficiently and change the game.

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category: 

Event Keywords

Soft Skills


Effective communication, in general: audience, media / message, attention vs. "noise", etc.

Hard Skills

Resource Problem Solving

"War stories" in successfully working through severe resource constraints

About the Speaker

Toby V. Rao

Toby V. Rao is an ICC certified Agile Coach and SAFe certified Scaled Agile Program Consultant with more than 13 years of experience managing diverse projects, leading large cross functional teams, using Agile and traditional models to deliver value and solutions. He has more than eight years of experience as a coach, scrum master, practitioner and trainer in Lean, Agile, Scrum, Kanban, and SAFe methodologies. Throughout his career, he has exhibited passion for Strategic Agile Transformation, Agile implementation and Adoption, project management, and organizational development. Through these practices, he has helped clients achieve their strategic goals by driving increased efficiency and quality, and consistently delivering tangible business value. His project management and Agile implementation services experience includes several mission critical Software development , Digital transformation, Agile Transformation, Healthcare, and modernization projects for Federal Government agencies, Government-sponsored enterprise, Financial and IT organizations. Toby is passionate about all things Agile and continuously invests in his own learning and in developing agile talent of others. He loves to volunteer, share knowledge and help grow the project management and agile community. Toby has presented at global Agile conferences like Agile Alliance Annual Conference, Global SAFe Summit and several local PMIWDC community meetups.



About the 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.

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