M2D2 Monthly Downtown DC Meetings

PMIWDC holds a free monthly brown bag meeting at the US Department of Agriculture. These meetings are free, and open to the public, but preregistration is required.

  • Collaborative Communications Strategies

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    The presentation will include strategies for improving the ability of the staff to work well with others through better communication. Gaining an increased understanding of each other and our collective needs enables the implementation of strategies for producing common ground that leads to progress. Attendees will come away with up-to-date methodologies that will enable them to navigate office politics using creative communication strategies and an understanding of behaviors extending from various types of personalities.

    Collaborative Communications Strategies

  • Falks 8 Rules to Project Management Success

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    We only have 60 minutes! How much can we learn in that amount of time? How about 40 years of business experience boiled down to 8 rules to make your life immensely easier. Whether you are a full time project manager or someone just starting your career, this presentation will give you a unique perspective on how to do your job more effectively. Bruce’s humorous and somewhat irreverent look at how to manage your projects will ring true with common sense and reality. Come join us on Monday, May 13th at noon. Walk away with information you will remember and use at home that night, at work the next day or right away with the person sitting next to you.

    Falks 8 Rules to Project Management Success

  • Negotiating Project Management into Corporate Strategy

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    People are always negotiating, just as countries, companies and all parties in-between. Indeed, it’s about outcomes; all of which requires knowing how to negotiate and recognizing necessary preparations. So, with respect to project management, do you recognize when and how to negotiate advantageous outcomes? Do you know that you can, and are often expected, to negotiate for (not simply request) project management equities within an organizational structure? Do you really know where project management fits within your corporate strategy? Chances are you don’t. That’s ok, you’re not alone, and it’s what we’ll talk about.

    Negotiating Project Management into Corporate Strategy

  • Risk Governance - The First Big Step to a Program, Project or Portfolio Risk Brand

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    Is your organization conservative? Risk-taking? A collection of loose cannons? Those are important questions to both our teams and our customers. We need to be crystal clear on who we are as organizations, as risk managers and as project/program managers. Without clear risk governance, no one knows where the proverbial lines are drawn and when and how we intend to react (or pro-act). In this engaging, dynamic presentations, Carl Pritchard examines how to evaluate your organization's current risk governance practices and how to take them to the next level by clearly identifying your risk language and brand.

    Risk Governance - The First Big Step to a Program, Project or Portfolio Risk Brand

  • Driving Better Business Outcomes

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    This presentation will provide insight into driving better project outcomes and how Project Managers can apply the findings to improve the potential for success of any project. Most PMs understand what it takes to drive project success. Extensive research has been conducted over the last 50 years to hone our craft in this area. However, the drivers of BUSINESS success is less clear. Do you feel that driving business success is someone else’s job? Many PMs do but the project is not a success without the business succeeding. Most importantly, driving positive business outcomes isn’t as hard as you might think it is. A 2007 study of the drivers of business outcomes for IT projects (i.e., return on investment) indicated that business success on IT projects can largely be predicted, based on an understanding of the key drivers of that outcome.

    Driving Better Business Outcomes

  • CANCELLED - Driving Better Business Outcomes

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    This event has been cancelled due to unforseen circumstances.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

    CANCELLED - Driving Better Business Outcomes

  • Performance Metrics as it Applies to the PMBOK

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    The presentation will illustrate how to create; effective (and accurate) qualitative and quantitative performance metrics for ANY PMBOK area. The attendees will be able to describe the steps of 3Ms approach: Measure, Manage, and Magnify.

    Performance Metrics as it Applies to the PMBOK

  • Generations: Coexist

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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.

    Generations: Coexist

  • The Intersection of Agile Methodologies and Traditional Project Management Approaches

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    Agile methods often succeed when organizations focus on 3 basic ideas: The law of Small Teams (Why working in small teams is almost always better than large teams), The law of the Customer (Why creating value for customers is the only thing an organization should focus on), and The law of Networks (Why utilizing networks, not hierarchies, is the way organizations can foster collaboration, learn to innovate, and thrive).

    The Intersection of Agile Methodologies and Traditional Project Management Approaches

  • Performance Metrics as it applies to the PMBOK

    The presentation will illustrate how to create; effective (and accurate) qualitative and quantitative performance metrics for ANY PMBOK area. The attendees will be able to describe the steps of 3Ms approach: Measure, Manage, Magnify.

    Performance Metrics as it applies to the PMBOK

  • Project Management Analytics: A Data Driven Approach for Effective Project Decisions

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    This presentation focuses on the use and application of Analytics for Project Management and how to effectively communicate results to stakeholders. The following topics will be covered:

    1. Data-driven decision making in Project Management
    2. How data analytics can be used to improve project outcomes
    3. Common analytical concepts, software, and tools for analysis
    4. Best Practices for communicating analytic results to engage stakeholders

    Project Management Analytics: A Data Driven Approach for Effective Project Decisions

  • “It’s About Time” - Strategies for Maximum Effectiveness

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    Strategies for Maximum Effectiveness

    What would your life look like if you achieved more today than yesterday, and seized more opportunities? Leonard Ravenhill once wrote, “The opportunity of a lifetime needs to be seized in the lifetime of the opportunity.” ]

    In this 1-hour workshop, Carlton Reed will discuss how to leverage time to create maximum effectiveness in both your work life and personal life. In this workshop you will learn:

    •  How to develop and effectiveness mindset
    •  Prioritization strategies
    •  Delegation tips
    •  Why “now” is the right time
    •  Keys for managing personal change
    •  Communication tips for maximum cooperation
    •  Keys to stay inspired and eliminate

    “It’s About Time” - Strategies for Maximum Effectiveness

  • Project Management Trends

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    Throughout the history of the practice of project management, we have been subject to a plethora of techniques and practices that, while fashionable at the time, became obsolete very quickly. For several years many saw Agile as one of those short-term quick-fix ideas that would soon be remembered as nothing more than a buzzword.

    By now most of us realize that that hasn’t happened! Agile has become one of the several trends that are changing the way we accomplish our goals. In this brief presentation, we will look at some of the current trends that are shaping our industry, and then you can decide…fashion or fundamental?

    Learning Objectives:

    Project Management Trends

  • Overcoming Key Barriers to Digital Transformation

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    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 identified the importance of 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

  • Put a Ring on It: Engaging Your Project Team Members

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    Come join a discussion about how to engage project team members. Gallop's latest State of the American Workplace report highlights the overall lack of engagement and we will consider the implications for our project teams.

    Put a Ring on It: Engaging Your Project Team Members

  • March M2D2 Luncheon - Christopher Hamilton - "From Aristotle to Web 2.0"

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    "From Aristotle to Web 2.0: What PMs Need to Know About Communications"

    featuring

    Christopher Hamilton

    Registration and Cost

    The M2D2 Event is free of charge and open to all interested PMs. However, preregistration is required

    When:

    Monday, March 16, 2009, 11:30am to 1:00pm

    Where:

    USDA Cafeteria Conference Room
    US Department of Agriculture
    1400 Independence Avenue SW
    Washington, DC 20250
    (Driving Directions)

    Metro Accessible via Smithsonian Station

    Photo ID is required to enter the facility

    March M2D2 Luncheon - Christopher Hamilton - "From Aristotle to Web 2.0"

  • Project Management and Design Thinking

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    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.

    Project Management and Design Thinking

  • Technology Business Management (TBM) Implementation

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    The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is leveraging and implementing the Technology Business Management (TBM) Council's TBM framework across Federal agencies. The TBM framework defines a business model which enables IT to run like a business. It is a decision-making framework for IT Program/Project Managers and senior leadership in making informed trade-offs of the cost, quality, and value of IT services. This presentation will provide an understanding of TBM, its impact on Federal agencies IT management, potential challenges, and best practice recommendations.

    Technology Business Management (TBM) Implementation

  • Risks - Manage them to meet Project Objectives

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    The presentation will start by identifying the learning objectives – risks are unavoidable, risk management is an essential management process, differentiate between project risks, opportunities and issues.

    For risk planning, the topic covers translating risk information and defining mitigation strategies such as accept, avoid, transfer, control. For risk control, the speaker will explain that controlling requires carrying out actions previously recorded, and ongoing revaluation of the risks to assess if the mitigation strategy is working or need adjustment or closure.

    Risks - Manage them to meet Project Objectives

  • The Role of the Product Owner

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    The presentation will explore Agile versus traditional waterfall process for software development and why it is being adopted by the Federal Government. Included in the presentation will be the responsibilities & characteristics of a Product Owner, the day to day activities of a Product Owner and the tools and techniques every Product Owner should know along with the pitfalls to avoid.

    The Role of the Product Owner

  • 3 Roles Project Managers Play to Maximize Impact

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    The success of any project manager is closely tied to the strength of their executive sponsor(s). Yet, it is understood that not all leaders are seasoned in their role as sponsor. The ability to build a coalition of support, being actively engaged, managing resistance and communicating authentically are key skills that all sponsors must have for a project to be successful. Are you trying to figure out how to leverage your role to strengthen the influence of your project sponsor(s)? This one-hour session will provide project managers with key tactics they can use to help their sponsor(s) have maximum impact.

    3 Roles Project Managers Play to Maximize Impact

  • Project Managers and Senior Management - Learning to Dance

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    A favorite pastime in so many organizations, big and small, is for project managers to try to understand senior management’s intentions, expectations, the demands made of them, and subsequent requirements forwarded down the food chain. Conversely, senior management is frequently plagued with challenges to understand the tangible, contextual benefits of project management beyond knowing such people exist on the payroll. Many senior managers have managed organizations but have never actually managed a project! It’s not easy to sell project management to senior executives – but it’s not impossible and is necessary for organizational success. There’s an art of finessing such organizational behavior so resources are available to achieve desired or directed results while also providing a pathway for project managers to advance.

    Project Managers and Senior Management - Learning to Dance

  • Build Quality In, Not at the End

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    Have you experienced a culture where people think, "It's not my job." Do you struggle with influencing individuals, teams and management to embrace practices that produce quality products?

    The presentation we are going to run an exercise that highlights advantages to adopt testing as early as possible in a project and what happens when you don't. We will also talk about recommended approaches to bring testing earlier into the project timeline.

    Build Quality In, Not at the End

  • Organizational Readiness

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    Organizational Readiness is a critical success factor for Information Technology (IT) deployment projects. This is an area that is frequently overlooked and generally not managed by IT Project Managers. Ensuring that an organization is “ready” to use, operate, manage, administer, and support new IT systems/technologies prior to its deployment will result in a smoother transition to the new systems/technologies.

    Organizations that are “ready” will more easily and promptly adopt the newly deployed systems/technologies, fully realizing its intended benefits. This presentation explores the idea of Organizational Readiness as it relates to IT system/technology deployments and the importance of formally planning and managing it to ensure project success. It also challenges the idea that IT Project success is just delivering on time, on budget, and meeting requirements.

    Organizational Readiness

  • Leveraging Discretionary Effort to Maximize Team Performance

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    Decide today to leveraging Discretionary Effort to Maximize Team Performance. Project Managers know that some of their team members go above and beyond while others get by doing the bare minimum. What most PMs don’t know is why this is or how to get some team members to stop withholding their true potential. Ground-breaking research from the NYU Stern School of Business indicates that there are specific things leaders can focus on to build a high performing team where incredible performance is the rule rather than the exception. The presentation will:

    • Describe Discretionary Effort (DE) and how it is manifested in team members
    • Explain the linkage between the 6 drivers of DE and improved team performance
    • Describe how to leverage this linkage to increase competitive advantage
    • Understand the benefits of increased team member DE

    Leveraging Discretionary Effort to Maximize Team Performance

  • Can Agile Methodologies Be Used Effectively Together With Earned Value (EVM)?

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    There is a tremendous push in the last couple of years to use Agile methodologies along with Earned Value (EVM), or at least investigate how the two methodologies can be used together.

    If you Google Agile and EVM, you will find many articles explaining exactly how to do this.But does it really make sense to do this?

    Are there any real examples of people managing Agile projects who are also using EVM effectively? If the two approaches are at odds with each other, is one methodology better than another for most projects, and to be preferred? These questions and topics will be explored in this presentation.

    Can Agile Methodologies Be Used Effectively Together With Earned Value (EVM)?

  • Earned Value Management Scalability Guide

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    The presentation will discuss EVM Scalability and how it applies to smaller, less complex projects. A scaled EVMS applies the 32 guidelines in a way that reflects the size, complexity, and type of work necessary for the successful management of the project. This scalability allows any project, regardless of the size and complexity, to realize the benefits of earned value management. A scaled EVMS implementation recognizes the less complex scope, schedule, and resource requirements of small projects which do not require the level of detail and rigor large, complex projects often desire.

    Earned Value Management Scalability Guide

  • Maximizing Your Leadership Potential

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    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 'reactive' and 'creative' leadership behaviors that influence leadership impact on projects, develop an approach to self-assess opportunities for development and discuss accountability mechanisms.

    Maximizing Your Leadership Potential

  • Managing and Leading Teams in a Cultural Diverse Environment

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    The presentation will focus on understanding cultural differences and barriers, verbal and non-verbal communication, attitudes toward hierarchy, time, etc. and how managers can become more efficient in leading multicultural teams.

    Managing and Leading Teams in a Cultural Diverse Environment

  • CANCELLED: Leveraging Discretionary Effort to Maximize Team Performance

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    The presentation will provide the Project Manager with what are the influencing factors that affect employee effort? Ground-breaking research from the NYU Stern School of Business indicates that there are specific things leaders can focus on to build a high-performing team where incredible performance is the rule rather than the exception. The speaker will -

    • Describe Discretionary Effort (DE) and how it is manifested in team members
    • Explain the linkage between the 6 drivers of DE and improved team performance
    • Describe how to leverage this linkage to increase competitive advantage
    • Understand the benefits of increased team member DE

    CANCELLED: Leveraging Discretionary Effort to Maximize Team Performance

  • The New Age of Hybrid Project Management

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    There is no question there is a long-term trend in adopting agile in the commercial market and the public sector is catching-up quickly. But agile will never totally replace traditional practices because some types of projects are best suited for traditional methodologies and while others are agile.

    Managers are adapting to address a mix of traditional and agile projects within their portfolio, like hybrid project management. Managers have identify the following challenges in integrating agile into their portfolio and project management structure:

     

    The New Age of Hybrid Project Management

  • Quick Tips to Improve Any Project and Any Project Management Organization

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    In the presentation, Dominic Lepore will provide a series of quick tips that will improve the performance of any project or any project management organization. These quick tips come from both project management research and from personal experience. This presentation is guaranteed to change your project performance.

    Quick Tips to Improve Any Project and Any Project Management Organization

  • Agile Service Management: Putting it all together

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    Think Scrum is only for software development? Think again! Scrum is a lightweight framework for delivering valuable product to customers by empowering cross-functional, self-organizing teams. While Scrum is most often applied to software development, this presentation will explore how Scrum concepts can be applied to process improvement efforts.

    Agile Service Management: Putting it all together

  • Having Difficult Conversations

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    These are the discussions we all dread. Delivering bad news, dealing with inappropriate team member behavior, and addressing conflict and misinformation can be stressful and distracting. But as project managers, these difficult conversations come with the job - and how we manage these encounters contributes to the overall success of our projects.

    When handled calmly and respectfully, even the most challenging situations can be successfully overcome. This presentation will examine how to approach these discussions and provide tips and techniques for the next time you are faced with a difficult conversation.

    Having Difficult Conversations

  • Successful Keys to Stakeholder Management

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    Project Managers become more successful by learning to manage stakeholder relationships in a productive and collaborative way. This interactive presentation highlights several important keys that will help transform stakeholder relationships

    Learning Objectives for Some Successful Keys to Stakeholder Management:

    1. Make the decision to be proactive in your approach
    2. Be aware of your surroundings
    3. Know the scope of your responsibilities
    4. Build your team both virtually & in-person
    5. Communication

    Participants will gain valuable insights on:

    • The roles stakeholders and team member splay in the larger organizational dynamic
    • How to apply principles of effective leadership and team-building
    • Applying negotiation skills to requirements

    Successful Keys to Stakeholder Management

  • Speak Like a Leader

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    How often have you marveled at presentations by great leaders of this or a previous generation, and imagined that it was you connecting with a rapt audience hanging on every word? On Monday, May 18, 2015, Christine Clapp will take you on a remarkable tour of the five habits that influential leaders – from political heavyweights, to business icons, to entertainment moguls – rely on to convey confidence, command a room, and transform their listeners.

    Speak Like a Leader

  • Are We Really Being Agile? - Agile Patterns and Anti-Patterns

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    More and more teams and organizations are adopting Agile methods. Teams go to training and learn the processes, techniques, and practices behind Agile methods like Scrum and Kanban. However Agile is more then just a set of rituals and practices, Agile is based on core beliefs and principles. When teams implement their practices and create their processes, are they really being “Agile”?

    Are We Really Being Agile? - Agile Patterns and Anti-Patterns

  • How to Influence Aspiring Leaders

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    In this presentation Ron delivers a module from his popular workshop, “A Day in A Leader’s Life.” He includes tips for nurturing trust, using your leadership moments, choosing conversations carefully, and asking for help when you need it. He also includes a real-life situation that will challenge your leadership skills.

    How to Influence Aspiring Leaders

  • Agile ITIL: Putting it all together

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    IT organization’s today face an onslaught of frameworks, methodologies, and standards, it can be a daunting process to figure which ones apply best and how to implement within your organization. This session will focus on how IT Service Management can be combined with Agile Methodologies and traditional project management to produce high-value IT Services.

    Agile ITIL: Putting it all together

  • 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

  • The Project Manager as Coach: 10 Pitfalls to avoid when implementing a coaching strategy

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    Coaching and mentoring team members is (or should be!) a key duty of the high performing project manager. However, given the all-too-common career path of “technical expert” to “project manager”, the knowledge and skills of HOW to coach effectively is often lacking. In this 60 minute presentation ESI reviews the top 10 challenges most project managers face when serving as coaches and how they (and their organizations) can overcome them for best-in-class results.

    The Project Manager as Coach: 10 Pitfalls to avoid when implementing a coaching strategy

  • The Building Blocks of An Effective and Sustainable PMO

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    Join us as we explore both the art and science of what makes PMOs an invaluable resource for strategy realization.

    The speaker will focus on building and running a PMO. You've got tools, you know about best practices, and you have templates coming out of your ears. Now what? The presentation will emphasize PMO development by exploring the foundational building blocks necessary for your PMO and how to avoid the common pitfalls that lead to PMO disaster. Next, we will transition to the art of a great PMO. This is where organizational savvy, strong talent management and strategic change leadership come into play. You will walk away from this presentation understanding what the key building blocks are that will make your PMO an effective and sustainable change management solution for your company.

    The Building Blocks of An Effective and Sustainable PMO

  • Project Management Principles for Shared Service Implementations

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    About the Presentation

    Integration Management and what it is, will be the focus of the presentation. The speaker will illustrate how shared services, project knowledge and techniques integrate to create project success. PMBOK based project management disciplines will be discussed to show how they can affect Shared Service project achievements.

    Project Management Principles for Shared Service Implementations

  • How to Communicate & Engage the Four Behavioral Styles

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    About the Presentation

    Enhance your human engagement (and EQ) skills by learning how to more effectively communicate and motivate others based on their Behavioral Style.

    Do you wonder why you can connect and communicate so easily with some people while others leave you struggling to be understood? Is it almost effortless to gain some people’s cooperation and buy-in while it’s a near impossibility with others?

    These questions, and others, will be answered by Expert Resource Speaker Sheila Savar, in this engaging and highly interactive presentation on behavioral style. After attending you’ll understand how miscommunication due to differing behavioral styles is in large measure responsible for both the positive and negative interactions, conversations and relationships we have – at work and at home!

    How to Communicate & Engage the Four Behavioral Styles

  • Taking Agile to the Enterprise

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    Taking Agile to the Enterprise

  • Objective and Use of the Integrated Baseline Review

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    About the Presentation

    The Integrated Baseline Review (IBR) was created by Office of the Secretary of Defense in the 1990s to improve planning and execution of contracts and to reduce the number of formal contractor management reviews and audits. The current IBR Guide is being revised by NDIA to ensure that its purpose and use does not become over prescriptive but rather a collaborative tool to improve program execution. This presentation will provide you guidelines as how to improve your IBR process.

    Objective and Use of the Integrated Baseline Review

  • A Roadmap for (Agile) Engineering Best Practices

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    About the Presentation

    The presentation will review an Agile Roadmap, the steps and best practices to building quality. The roadmap explains what the practices are, the tools that support the practices, a recommended sequence to implement, and effort to implement. The presentation gives a non-technical look at a technical concept.

    A Roadmap for (Agile) Engineering Best Practices

  • Project Management Principles for Shared Service Implementations

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    About the Presentation

    OMB has been issuing guidance and encouraging federal agencies to implement Shared Services Strategies, with a focus on financial systems and applications. As agencies have been analyzing, planning, and implementing cloud based solutions, agencies and contractors have realized they need to adapt their Project Management principles and techniques. This presentation will focus on the types of PMO organizations and stakeholders, dealing with Procurement Management Challenges, the role of Agile techniques and methods, and integration management challenges.

    Project Management Principles for Shared Service Implementations

  • Providing an independent review of your project and the meaning of “Quality”

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    About the Presentation

    This presentation will provide guidance on ways to conduct your own independent review of your project and the meaning of “Quality”. How do you define “Quality”? How we can evaluate and ensure quality is in each component of our projects? How can we achieve consistent quality? During this presentation we will discuss the characteristics of a “Quality” project that you may not have considered and ideas to help improve the quality and performance of you project.

    Providing an independent review of your project and the meaning of “Quality”

  • Stress Management at Work

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    About the Presentation

    David Leigh will discuss his premise that effective communications is the fundamental key to enabling successful projects and rescuing failing projects. In his experience, the lack of adequate status information and unfulfilled evolving expectations are leading causes of project failures. David will discuss new solutions available to Project Teams resulting from the mobile and social communication IT revolution that have the potential to eliminate these issues.

    Stress Management at Work

  • Stress Management at Work

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    About the Presentation

    While stress is a part of most people’s lives, today’s economy has intensified stress at work. Project managers are forced to do more with less. Projects are expected to be delivered on time and within budget but with fewer human resources. What are the impacts of stress on your mental, emotional and physical health and well-being? Do you feel there aren’t enough hours in the day to complete your tasks? Are you always rushing to catch up, often at your family’s expense? How long has it been since you’ve had personal quality time for yourself? How can you create more life-balance so that you stress less and enjoy life more?

    Stress Management at Work

  • Project Management skills for Life

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    The presentation will show how critical PM skills can be learned and applied outside of your professional work environment.  Mr. Toppall will discuss how events like managing the scope of a birthday party, the mistaken delivery of an iPod, or simply having dinner after coming home from a business trip can provide some of the most profound and memorable lessons for a project manager.  Life is a far better teacher than work and tends to be more interesting than the PMBOK. 

    Project Management skills for Life

  • PMBOK(r), 5th Edition vs. ISO/IEC/IEEE 21500.

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    The new PMBOK 5th Edition aligns with the new ISO/IEC/IEEE 21500 standard. Great, what does that really mean?  Do we do something different tomorrow than we did yesterday?  Matthew gives a real-world assessment of the simplicity and the complexity of the changes by comparing the new PMBOK(r)Guide and 21500 standards. In particular, he will address what, if anything, we should consider doing differently.

    PMBOK(r), 5th Edition vs. ISO/IEC/IEEE 21500.

  • Excel Spreadsheet Analytics and Microsoft 365 as it relates to Project Management

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    Objective of the Presentation: Understanding how features of Excel can benefit you in Project Management within the Microsoft 365 environment. Excel Spreadsheet Analytics:

    • Summary areas
    • Knowledge areas most impacted
    • Benefits as a tool and technique with examples
    • Conclusion

    Microsoft 365:

    • Summary areas
    • Knowledge areas most impacted
    • Benefits as a tool and technique with examples
    • Conclusion

    Excel Spreadsheet Analytics and Microsoft 365 as it relates to Project Management

  • FFP Contracting. Does either side win?

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    Is the push towards more Firm Fixed Price (FFP) contracts in the federal market a good idea? Does the government or contractor come out as a winner? How do the government and contractors have to change to manage FFP contracts? These questions and more will be analyzed and discussed.

    FFP Contracting. Does either side win?

  • Building Championship Project Teams

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    There are many different analogies that can be used to describe high performing teams. This presentation describes how building and leading great project teams is like running a major league baseball organization. The author draws parallels between the two types of organizations and describes the similarities in the responsibilities between three key groups: individual contributors, management, and ownership.

    Building Championship Project Teams

  • Create Actionable Plans

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    Do you find challenge in writing an actionable plan? Do you or your project sponsor and management find “We will communicate with stakeholders periodically to keep them informed of project.” insufficient detail in your communication plan? This presentation will offer some simple guidance and five easy steps to creating actionable plans. Our focus will be on the Project Management Plan and its many subsidiary plans. Reference will be given to the PMBOK and ISO/IEC/IEEE 16326 (which is the standard applicable to those using ISO/IEC/IEEE 12207 or 15288). Audience is anyone responsible for writing, reviewing, or approving project management plans for any type of project.

    Create Actionable Plans

  • A Deep Look at Agile Certifications

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    The Agile certification landscape can be quite complex. Scrum.org, Scrum Alliance, and International Consortium for Agile all have multiple levels of Agile certification. Combine that with the PMI’s new Agile certification, the choices for Agile certification can be confusing. This session takes a look at the Agile certifications, the relationship and differences between each certification, and how each certification is obtained. We will take a look at a complex certification landscape and lay it out in simplified terms to make it easy to navigate the complex world of Agile certifications.

    A Deep Look at Agile Certifications

  • The Value of Values

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    A set of core values can be a basis for making good decisions and interacting with your clients, project stakeholders and team members in a positive way. 

    Does your company have a set of core values?  Adopting a set of simple but strong core values could create an environment to support successful project management. This presentation will demonstrate through examples how values that support client focused delivery, creativity, leadership, openness, people growth, and relationships can create a recipe for successful project management. 
     

    The Value of Values

  • Applying Earned Value Management on a Project

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    The aim of this presentation is to walk the audience through the steps involved in actually applying EVM on a program in compliance with the ANSI/EIA Standard 748, Earned Value Management Systems (EVMS) and an individual company’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

    It begins with the assumption that an EVM System has been fully implemented and all the subsystems and procedures are in place. It closely follows the structure of the ANSI/EIA 748 guidelines all the way from building the Performance Measurement Baseline through to forecasting, variance analysis and reporting. It looks at what has to be in place and also explains why the various steps are taken and the expected outcome of each.
     

    Applying Earned Value Management on a Project

  • Leveraging Best Practices in Risk Management for Strategic Outcomes

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    Project risk management is opportunity management. It is the ability to seize opportunities, minimize threats and achieve optimum results. Too often, risk management is seen as reactive, or worse, unresponsive. Nothing could be further from the truth. In this presentation, Peter Schmidt will walk you through a proactive approach to risk, threat and opportunity.

    Learn How To:

    • Use a practical, eight-step process to manage project risk
    • Identify threats and opportunities and weigh their relative value in your project
    • Control multiple risks using concise strategies
    • Overcome psychological barriers to risk in stakeholders and team members
    • Make risk and opportunity integral components of your next project plan

    Leveraging Best Practices in Risk Management for Strategic Outcomes

  • Managing Multicultural Teams

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    Multiculturalism can bring affecting both effectiveness and efficiency inside and outside teams. All of the following questions will be addressed by the presentation. What are models are to be employed while managing multicultural teams? What are the advantages and disadvantages of those models within multicultural teams? How do selections of multicultural models affect the organizational image outside multicultural teams?

    Managing Multicultural Teams

  • Using WBS to Establish Best Practices

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    A complete Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is critical to project success and an important tool in establishing and implementing best practices in any project.  This discussion aims to refocus or introduce project managers to the continuing value of the WBS.  

    Matthew will briefly review the basic pieces of the WBS, WBS Dictionary, and WBS Work Package, then show how to apply this while following common best practices in the PMBOK, IEEE standards and guidelines, CMMI, and ISO-9001.  He will show participants how to secure measurable and traceable results that will improve project quality and success.

    Using WBS to Establish Best Practices

  • The Serenity Factor in Risk Management

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    Risk management can become very complex, in large part because risk analysis is open-ended and non-deterministic. In addition, there is a natural tendency for risk management practitioners to focus their efforts on actions before the fact, forgetting it may not be the best response for a given uncertainty. Risks are traditionally assessed using three factors: impact; likelihood; and velocity. In this presentation Mr. Erickson will propose a fourth factor – the Serenity Factor – and will demonstrate how it can be a useful tool for quickly determining whether the response to a given uncertainty would be more effective before or after the fact, or should include a mixture of both preemptive and reactive actions.

    The Serenity Factor in Risk Management

  • Linking Cost Estimating with Earned Value Management (EVM)

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    This presentation provides a discussion of the issues facing analysts in estimating and analyzing major acquisition programs. Specifically it will highlight the problems in projecting potential cost and schedule overruns and how better cost estimating and use of earned value management (EVM) can help better prediction of results. The presentation will discuss the requirement programs have to use cost estimating and EVM but also how these functions are stovepiped and rarely interact. The discussion will address how the stovepipe problem causes analytical problems and therefore how cost estimators and EVM analysts can work together to provide better program analysis by using the same data and together create a better means for evaluating and predicting risk.

    Linking Cost Estimating with Earned Value Management (EVM)

  • Six Sigma 101

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    Six Sigma 101

    featuring

    Matthew J. Weaver

    Registration and Cost

    The M2D2 Event is free of charge and open to all interested PMs. Preregistration is required.

    One PDU Credit will be available  for Certified PMPs.

    When:

    Monday, August 15, 2011, 11:30am to 1:00pm

    Where:

    Department of Agriculture
    12th and Independence Ave, S.W.
    Cafeteria Conference Room (Wing 2 Entrance)
    Washington, DC
    (Driving Directions)

    Metro Accessible via Smithsonian Station

    Six Sigma 101

  • Managing in Difficult Environments: How to Turn Risk and Constraints into Advantage

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    Managing in Difficult Environments:  How to Turn Risk and Constraints into Advantage

    featuring

    Jeff Toppall, PMP and Bob Meyer, PMP

    Registration and Cost

    The M2D2 Event is free of charge and open to all interested PMs. Preregistration is required.

    One PDU Credit will be available  for Certified PMPs.

    When:

    Monday, July 18, 2011, 11:30am to 1:00pm

    Managing in Difficult Environments: How to Turn Risk and Constraints into Advantage

  • Measuring Strategic Performance

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    Measuring Strategic Performance

    featuring

    Jenine Serviolo, PMP, Level 1 SDI® Facilitator
    SMART Management Consulting, LLC

    Registration and Cost

    The M2D2 Event is free of charge and open to all interested PMs. Preregistration is required.

    When:

    Monday, June 20, 2011, 11:30am to 1:00pm

    Where:

    Department of Agriculture
    12th and Independence Ave, S.W.
    Cafeteria Conference Room
    Washington, DC
    (Driving Directions)

    Metro Accessible via Smithsonian Station

    Measuring Strategic Performance

  • Stakeholder Management for Project Managers

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    Stakeholder Management for Project Managers

    featuring

    Teresa Allison, PMP, CGEIT, CPP
    High Performance Technologies Inc. (HPTi)

    Registration and Cost

    The M2D2 Event is free of charge and open to all interested PMs. Preregistration is required.

    When:

    Monday, May 16, 2011, 11:30am to 1:00pm

    Stakeholder Management for Project Managers

  • Improving Quality Within Your Project Teams and Organizations

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    Improving Quality Within Your Project Teams and Organizations

    featuring

    Ronke Luke,PMP & Catria Wright-Burgess

    Registration and Cost

    The M2D2 Event is free of charge and open to all interested PMs. Preregistration is required.

    When:

    Monday, April 18, 2011, 11:30am to 1:00pm

    Where:

    Department of Agriculture
    12th and Independence Ave, S.W.
    Cafeteria Conference Room
    Washington, DC
    (Driving Directions)

    Metro Accessible via Smithsonian Station

    Improving Quality Within Your Project Teams and Organizations

  • Business Process Identification: Using BPI to Ensure Successful Engagements and Pinpoint New Opportunities

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    Business Process Identification: Using BPI to Ensure Successful Engagements and Pinpoint New Opportunities

    featuring

    Keith Conrad

    Registration and Cost

    The M2D2 Event is free of charge and open to all interested PMs. Preregistration is required.

    When:

    Monday, March 21, 2011, 11:30am to 1:00pm

    Where:

    Department of Agriculture
    12th and Independence Ave, S.W.
    Cafeteria Conference Room
    Washington, DC
    (Driving Directions)

    Metro Accessible via Smithsonian Station

    Business Process Identification: Using BPI to Ensure Successful Engagements and Pinpoint New Opportunities

  • Why Are More PMs Attending BA Courses Than BAs?

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    Why Are More PMs Attending BA Courses Than BAs?

    featuring

    Ray Siguenza

    Registration and Cost

    The M2D2 Event is free of charge and open to all interested PMs. Preregistration is required.

    When:

    Monday, February 28th, 2011, 11:30am to 1:00pm

    Where:

    Department of Agriculture
    12th and Independence Ave, S.W.
    Cafeteria Conference Room
    Washington, DC
    (Driving Directions)

    Metro Accessible via Smithsonian Station

    Photo ID is required to enter the facility

    Why Are More PMs Attending BA Courses Than BAs?

  • Implementing an Earned Value Management System

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    Implementing an Earned Value Management System

    featuring

    Desmond Bollers PMP EVP

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Registration and Cost

The M2D2 Event is free of charge and open to all interested PMs. Preregistration is not required.

When:

Monday, January 24, 2011, 11:30am to 1:00pm

Where:

Department of Agriculture
12th and Independence Ave, S.W.
Cafeteria Conference Room
Washington, DC
(Driving Directions)

Metro Accessible via Smithsonian Station

Photo ID is required to enter the facility

Implementing an Earned Value Management System

  • Agile Project Management – Truths and Misconceptions Exposed

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    Agile Project Management – Truths and Misconceptions Exposed

    featuring

    Richard K. Cheng, PMP, CSP

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    Registration and Cost

    The M2D2 Event is free of charge and open to all interested PMs. Preregistration is not required.

    When:

    Monday, November 15, 2010, 11:30am to 1:00pm

    Where:

    Department of Agriculture
    12th and Independence Ave, S.W.
    Cafeteria Conference Room
    Washington, DC
    (Driving Directions)

    Metro Accessible via Smithsonian Station

    Photo ID is required to enter the facility

    Agile Project Management – Truths and Misconceptions Exposed

  • Program Management Professional (PgMP)

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    Program Management Professional (PgMP)

    featuring

    Tom Erickson, PgPM

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      Registration and Cost

      The M2D2 Event is free of charge and open to all interested PMs. Preregistration is not required.

      When:

      Monday, October 18, 2010, 11:30am to 1:00pm

      Where:

      Department of Agriculture
      12th and Independence Ave, S.W.
      Cafeteria Conference Room
      Washington, DC
      (Driving Directions)

      Metro Accessible via Smithsonian Station

      Photo ID is required to enter the facility

      About the Program

      Program Management Professional (PgMP)

    Program Management Professional (PgMP)

  • Creative Techniques for Project Success

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    Creative Techniques for Project Success

    featuring

    Joanne Aaronson, Rev., PMP, EIIS

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    Registration and Cost

    The M2D2 Event is free of charge and open to all interested PMs. Preregistration is not required.

    When:

    Monday, September 20, 2010, 11:30am to 1:00pm

    Where:

    Department of Agriculture
    12th and Independence Ave, S.W.
    Cafeteria Conference Room
    Washington, DC
    (Driving Directions)

    Metro Accessible via Smithsonian Station

    Photo ID is required to enter the facility

    Creative Techniques for Project Success