2012 Project Management Symposium Agenda

The 2012 Project Management Symposium features a variety of educational programs presented by excellent speakers. The presentations will be held concurrently with the job fair and networking activities. You will be able to obtain up to seven PDUs throughout the day. In 2012, the Symposium presentations will follow three tracks: Agile Methodology, Project Management, and Professional Development. Attendees are encouraged to attend presentations in any track and are welcomed to switch between tracks throughout Symposium. Additional information will be provided as the Symposium nears.

2012 Project Management Symposium Agenda

8:00 am
  • Registration & Breakfast
  • Exhibition Area Opens
8:30 am
  • Welcome Address & Introduction
8:40 am
10:00 am
11:00 am
11:55 pm
  • Lunch Provided
  • Exhibition area is open
12:40 pm
1:30 pm
  • Exhibition area is open
2:00 pm
3:00 pm
4:00 pm
5:00 pm
  • Exhibition area closes
  • The 2012 Project Management Symposium concludes. Thank you for joining us!

Morning Keynote Presentation - Project CEO: Reaching New Heights!

Presented by Brad Raney

Facing obstacles you can't seem to overcome? Fearful of your future because of recent struggles? Or are you doing well but just can't seem to move ahead as fast as you would like? Brad Raney's Project CEO discussion will help you take control of your future and climb the "personal mountains" that are impeding your progress! This fast paced, fun, and motivating hour is the perfect way to kick off your day at the Project Management Symposium - don't miss it!

Lunch Keynote Presentation - Go for the Gold - Lessons Shared From Major Sporting Events Including the Summer Olympics

Presented by Mark Sorrell

Mark Sorrell, a Senior Practitioner in Pcubed’s Major Sporting Events practice, will be discussing lessons learned around the planning of the 2012 London Olympics as well as sharing best practices and experiences working on sporting events such as the Commonwealth Games and the Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Port Imperial. Mark will discuss the seven year project to build a new city for the Olympics in the heart of what was originally a neglected and much avoided section of London – leaving a living, functional legacy from the London games that will benefit London for years to come. Getting to the opening ceremony on time and on budget has been a long and highly complex program involving hundreds of interdependent teams and dozens of different stakeholders.

Agile Methodology Track

Agile 101: Introduction to Agile Methods

Presented by Derek Huether

More and more of us are being asked to leverage agile methods, and suddenly find that it is a critical job requirement to have a basic understanding of what qualifies to be called "Agile". However, that can quickly get confusing with all the buzzwords ranging from "stories" to "sprints" or from "backlogs" to "burndowns". In this high-paced and entertaining session, participants will gain clarification on agile methods, and be able to articulate to management how they will impact our organizations, projects, and our teams.

Managing Uncertainty Using the Agile Mindset

Presented by Dr. Ahmed Sidky

A lot of people have boiled agile down to only the practices and have lost essence of becoming Agile. The point is to change one’s mindset. In this lecture, we would like to take the participant on a journey explaining what Agile Mindset is all about. The session will go into Dr. Carol Dweck’s research on Mindsets and how this is related to Agile. The session’s focus will be on how people with an Agile mindset manage the uncertainty of Agile projects through discovery and learning while people with non-agile mindsets tend to try and make everything “fixed” to handle that uncertainty. The session will provide the participants with a series of “Aha” moments to expand their view point and solidify what is so special about Agile.

Fixed Price Agile Projects

Presented by Jesse Fewell

Agile experts tell us fixed price projects are immoral and declare that agility can only be delivered on a slippery schedule and budget. But what about the real world? What about fixed deadlines and fixed budgets? What about projects that are selected based on schedule and cost? How do you agile that? In this session, you will learn key principles for achieving agility in a fixed-price environment. Come discover how to achieve what agile experts tell you is impossible.

Implementing Agile Methods in the Federal Government

Presented by Matthew Makai

With the latest executive mandates for IT reform, more and more agencies are adopting agile methods. But the devil is in the details. How can you achieve real governance with lightweight methods? How can you adjust scope on fixed contracts? Is collaboration even possible with competing contractors? This interactive session will offer actionable strategies to navigate the unique constraints for implementing agile in a federal environment.

Project Management Track

The Ups, Downs and Great Rewards of International Project Management

Presented by Hampton Dowling

This presentation will be focusing on tangible macro issues that PM’s need to understand in a US economy that’s becoming increasingly reliant upon the performance of foreign contracts. One of the discriminating factors US companies have relative to foreign competition is a record of great project management.Unfortunately, we sometimes fall short orienting successful management practices to apply in different cultures. Hampton will share with PMs how to evaluate project plans and lead teams through a different set of domestic lenses - and be successful.

How to Effectively Plan, Execute and Control SharePoint Projects

Presented by Dux Raymond Sy

Microsoft SharePoint has shifted the paradigm in enterprise information management and team collaboration. By empowering knowledge workers, SharePoint can increase worker productivity, improve business process efficiency and streamline business processes.

In a recent AIIM study, lack of planning is a key contributor to SharePoint deployment failure. To deliver successful SharePoint projects, effectively managing SharePoint 2007 and 2010 projects is paramount. Executive support, proper planning, and appropriately managing expectations are crucial to ensure SharePoint success.

In this interactive session, you will learn how to:

  • Initiate executive excitement, promote organizational buy-in and foster user adoption
  • Develop an effective and practical project management process in deploying SharePoint
  • Apply relevant strategies in mapping business processes to identify SharePoint-based solutions
  • Identify necessary resources to plan, deploy, maintain and support your SharePoint implementation
  • Minimize uncertainty and risk by applying practical scope management techniques

The primary audience for this class are executives, managers, analysts, consultants who wish to properly implement SharePoint and immediately reap its’ organizational benefits.

It’s the Product, Not the Project

Presented by Chris Girolamo

With the advent and widespread adoption of project standards and models (e.g. CMMI, PMBOK, EVM) over the last decade or two, software project management has matured significantly.  However, an overzealous application of these standards has often resulted in not-so-great products wrapped in great projects.  To build great products and enhance our project management maturity, a new model is needed where the project management is based on product development principles. Agile and lean practices, which are based on these product development principles, provide the means to build great products wrapped in an effective project management framework.

Maximize Project 2010 with SharePoint 2010 for Project Management Success

Presented by Dux Raymond Sy

Microsoft Project is a project management tool widely used by project managers today. Its' ability to support project managers to define a schedule, assign resources to tasks and track project status has been instrumental in contributing to project success. However, it can be a challenge for a project manager to share project information and collaborate with the project team with Microsoft Project alone. Microsoft SharePoint 2010 can complement Microsoft Project 2010 and address this gap.

In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Map organizational project management maturity to relevant toolset
  • Effectively create a Microsoft Project Plan
  • Create a SharePoint-based Project Management Information System (PMIS)
  • Integrate Microsoft Project information with SharePoint
  • Empower a project team to collaboratively share relevant information
  • Build a project management dashboard in SharePoint

What does Project Management have to do with losing weight and team performance? One PM’s personal application.

Presented by Rich Kay

In this presentation, you will hear how Rich took on the most important project of his life and achieved interesting and unexpected results. Rich was digging an early grave with a knife and fork. He was obese and suffering many life threatening health issues. But like most, he was hiding the pain. He was fed up. Rich walks you through his journey of how he leveraged project management nuggets in overcoming obesity and other benefits realized. He also shares some innovative team building and project performance enhancing ideas you may want to consider on your projects.

Professional Development Track

Networking to Get that Job!

Presented by Sheila Savar

In this economic recession, many of the rules of the business game have changed, including networking! Though it’s harder than ever to land a good job, turning to our network of contacts remains the most effective method of gaining employment. The jobs you see posted on LinkedIn and company websites account for 30% of all available positions. The remaining 70% are filled within our network of contacts! If you haven’t had much success finding a good job or changing careers, it’s time to expand your circle of contacts strategically so you have access to the key hiring decision makers.

Please join noted keynote presenter and author Sheila Savar in this highly interactive and topical presentation based on her book, The Power of Networking, where you’ll learn:

  • The Job Seeker's Guide to Employment: How to Create your Networking Strategy
  • Personal Branding: How to Enhance your Networking Effectiveness
  • Networking Do’s & Don’ts
  • How to Maximize the Return On Networking Investment (RONI): Social Media and The Follow up!

Value to Participants:

  • Use your network of contacts to leverage employment opportunities so you work smarter not harder!
  • Identify the right networking venues so you achieve your job search goals more efficiently.
  • Expand your network strategically so it continues to serve you beyond landing your Dream Job!

Beyond the PMP: An Overview of the PMI Certification Family

Moderated by Christopher Talmont. Panelists: Allen Green, Derek Huether, Rich Kay, Tony Maida, Martin Oard
The Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification has arguably become the most well-recognized professional certification in the world and tops many industry lists in credentials improving earning potential.  We all know that professional certifications are a great way for individuals to demonstrate their knowledge and experience to prospective employers and help organizations improve their capabilities and competitiveness in new business opportunities.

How can I set myself apart in a room where everyone around me is also a PMP®?
What can I do if I do not yet have the experience to apply for the PMP exam?
What if I am part of a project management team, but not the project manager?

In addition to the PMP® credential, the PMI® offers a family of certifications for project practitioners of all education and skill levels This presentation will provide an overview of the entire family of PMI® certifications including: the PgMP®, CAPM®, PMI-SP®, PMI-RMP®, and the new PMI-ACP®. Chris Talmont, the Manager of Course Development at Off Peak Training, will discuss the intended audience, application process, and maintenance requirements for each credential and the certification benefits to individuals and employers.  Additionally, a small panel of credential holders will discuss the value of additional certifications and how obtaining a PMI® credential has helped them grow professionally. The session will conclude with a question and answer session. Find out if additional credentials are right for you or your organization.

Market Yourself Using Social Media

Presented by Hector Del Castillo

How can social media accelerate your job search? The wide adoption of social media has created a new communication channel. Find out how to use it effectively to market yourself and accelerate your job search. Hector Del Castillo will show you how to organize your job search and market yourself.  He will discuss how to track companies to identify specific opportunities and network directly with hiring decision makers. He will also discuss key tips to build a network of business contacts, connect with employers, get recommendations, and find new leads and career advice through social media.  He will also discuss why you need to use professional branding and positioning to get quality job leads to come to you.If you are currently in between jobs, or frustrated in your current job and looking for a new job, contract, or consulting opportunity, then this seminar is for you.

Getting the Best out of Global Teams

Presented by Karen Davey-Winter, PMP, ACC

More and more of the projects that we lead are global…and navigating the complexities of Project Management is challenging enough, without throwing cultural differences into the mix! This presentation will discuss 5 dimensions of culture, based on research conducted in over 90 countries. Each dimension will be discussed in detail, and practical strategies will be presented to allow Project Managers to better understand how to adjust their approaches and style to get the best out of multi-cultural teams. This workshop will help Project Managers who are leading US based teams composed of people from many cultures, as well as those leading teams in multiple countries.

Maximizing Your Role in the Performance Domains

Presented by Paul Rondeau

Interviewing for a promotion, running a team, or managing a project requires that you understand and be able to explain your role in the three domains of performance: Purpose, People, and Process. Groundbreaking yet simple, the P3 (TM) model of performance is built on 30 years hands-on management experience from entrepreneurial start-ups to Fortune 500 leaders. It combines best practices and leading edge research but no jargon or highfalutin theories. Whether following or leading, this integrated approach helps you see the whole puzzle, not just the pieces.  In just one hour, you can make better decisions, increase personal performance; and be more proactive.

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