Communication

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

  • Reston Agile Breakfast Club

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    The Reston Agile Breakfast Club is a unique event held the second Friday of the month except December. Come join other Agile professionals to discuss and understand the most challenging topics Agile faces with adoption to evolving as a practice. This event is an open forum providing each attendee's knowledge and perspective as the backdrop of learning from each other.

    Reston Agile Breakfast Club

  • From Stress to Success: Getting to the Tipping Point in 10 Minutes

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    About the Presentation

    If you want to strengthen teams and get better results having managers who the coach is key.

    But in the past, it’s been difficult for busy managers to shift from the traditional management style of telling people what to do rather than taking on the coaching approach of asking. Why? In today’s world managers are stretched more thinly than ever before, continually finding themselves stuck with just too much on their plate. They don’t have time to add another task to their job description but need to coach someone fast and as part of the work they already do - not in addition to it.

    From Stress to Success: Getting to the Tipping Point in 10 Minutes

  • Reston Agile Breakfast Club

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    The Reston Agile Breakfast Club is a unique event held the second Friday of the month except December. Come join other Agile professionals to discuss and understand the most challenging topics Agile faces with adoption to evolving as a practice. This event is an open forum providing each attendee's knowledge and perspective as the backdrop of learning from each other.

    Reston Agile Breakfast Club

  • September Reston Book Club Meeting - The 10X Rule

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    Free meeting for Chapter members.
    Preregistration, reading the book before the meeting, and bringing a copy (e-book okay) of the book to the meeting is required.

    Purchase the book through Amazon here

    https://www.amazon.com/10X-Rule-Difference-Between-Success/dp/0470627603...

    An E-book version is fine if you can find one. It may also be available from your local library.

    September Reston Book Club Meeting - The 10X Rule

  • PM 101: Subtle Ways to Improve Efficiency, Boost Productivity, and Foster Creativity

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    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.

    PM 101: Subtle Ways to Improve Efficiency, Boost Productivity, and Foster Creativity

  • Reston Agile Breakfast Club

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    The Reston Agile Breakfast Club is a unique event held the second Friday of the month except December. Come join other Agile professionals to discuss and understand the most challenging topics Agile faces with adoption to evolving as a practice. This event is an open forum providing each attendee's knowledge and perspective as the backdrop of learning from each other.

    Reston Agile Breakfast Club

  • Home Flipping: A Project Management Approach

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    Have you ever thought about remodeling and "flipping" a house for profit? Come and learn first hand how Schroeder Design & Build team has incorporated home flipping as a profitable portion of their business. Project management processes and software tools are used to track requirements, resources, schedule and budget. You'll see some great before and after photos of some of their best projects.

    Home Flipping: A Project Management Approach

  • August Reston Book Club Meeting - Will It Fly?

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    Free meeting for Chapter members.
    Preregistration, reading the book before the meeting, and bringing a copy (e-book okay) of the book to the meeting is required.

    Purchase the book through Amazon here

    https://www.amazon.com/Will-Test-Business-Waste-Money/dp/0997082305/ref=...

    An E-book version is fine if you can find one. It may also be available from your local library.

    August Reston Book Club Meeting - Will It Fly?

  • Ten Leadership Lessons From Running Marathons On All Seven Continents

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    Register TODAY! Monthly Dinner meeting attendees have a chance to win one of our exciting prizes including a complimentary registration for the 2019 PMIWDC PM Symposium (a $245 value)! The first 100 attendees will be registered twice for the Prize Drawing - increasing your chances to win! Advanced registration is recommended to ensure space availability and an expedited registration check-in onsite.  

    **Please note that the Industry Insights is a separate registration from the Dinner. To find out more information and to register for the Industry Insights, see here**

    Ten Leadership Lessons From Running Marathons On All Seven Continents

  • Reston Agile Breakfast Club

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    The Reston Agile Breakfast Club is a unique event held the second Friday of the month except December. Come join other Agile professionals to discuss and understand the most challenging topics Agile faces with adoption to evolving as a practice. This event is an open forum providing each attendee's knowledge and perspective as the backdrop of learning from each other.

    Reston Agile Breakfast Club

  • July Reston Book Club Meeting - Lean UX

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    Open book discussion

    Free meeting for Chapter members.
    Preregistration, reading the book before the meeting, and bringing a copy (e-book okay) of the book to the meeting is required.

    Purchase the book through Amazon here

    https://www.amazon.com/Lean-UX-Designing-Great-Products/dp/1491953608/re...

    An E-book version is fine if you can find one. It may also be available from your local library.

    July Reston Book Club Meeting - Lean UX

  • The Strategic Project Manager

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    Congratulations! You are a project manager! Whether this is your first project or you are seasoned with a successful history of getting things done, you’ve realized that your ability to maneuver around the obstacles and over the hurdles is highly dependent on the relationship between your project goals and the value of your results to the business. It is critically important to understand the business impact of your decisions.

    The Strategic Project Manager

  • The Difference is in the Similarities: Leading a Global Workforce

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    In this presentation you will learn, in five simple steps, how to reduce the complexities of today's global market to a manageable perspective, break away from obsolete business practices, and acquire the confidence, insights and global skills you need to lead and manage today’s highly interconnected global workforce.

    The Difference is in the Similarities: Leading a Global Workforce

  • Reston Agile Breakfast Club

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    The Reston Agile Breakfast Club is a unique event held the second Friday of the month except December. Come join other Agile professionals to discuss and understand the most challenging topics Agile faces with adoption to evolving as a practice. This event is an open forum providing each attendee's knowledge and perspective as the backdrop of learning from each other.

    Reston Agile Breakfast Club

  • Economic Development - A Project Management Perspective

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    Jan Mul, Director of International Marketing for the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (EDA) shares his approach to managing projects. Jan will share stories of how Fairfax County has attracted world class business to the area. Jan's primary role is to assist foreign firms with their market entry into the U.S and Fairfax County.

    Economic Development - A Project Management Perspective

  • Introduction to Earned Value: A Case Study

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    Earned value is a tremendous method to track the value of a project’s product as it relates to planned and actual spending. This session will introduce the audience to basic earned value concepts and to recognize how to manage and report against the metrics that are produced. The material presented follows the foundation provided in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) established by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). We will follow a case study to demonstrated the concepts, challenge the audience and forecast estimate at completion.

    Register for the dinner meeting here.

    Introduction to Earned Value: A Case Study

  • Your Future as a Project Manager

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    Register TODAY to learn about the  challenges of today’s project managers, the issues facing the profession in the near future, and the specific skills a project manager must attain. In addition, Monthly Dinner meeting attendees have a chance to win one of our exciting prizes - a complimentary registration for the 2019 PMIWDC PM Symposium (a $200 value) or a $100 Gift Certificate from Hilo Hattie (the world's largest manufacturer, distributor and retailer of Made in Hawaii fashions, foods, gifts, jewelry and more)! The first 100 attendees will be registered twice for the Prize Drawing - increasing your chances to win! Advanced registration is recommended to ensure space availability and an expedited registration check-in onsite. 

    Your Future as a Project Manager

  • June Reston Book Club Meeting - Herding Tigers

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    Preregistration, reading the book before the meeting, and bringing a copy (e-book okay) of the book to the meeting is required.

    Purchase the book through Amazon here

    https://www.amazon.com/Herding-Tigers-Leader-Creative-People/dp/07352117...

    An E-book version is fine if you can find one. It may also be available from your local library.

    June Reston Book Club Meeting - Herding Tigers

  • Self-Care for Project Managers, 5 Tips to help you blend your personal and work life and perform better in your job

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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.

    Are you pulling your hair out as a PM on your project? Are people not following up like you asked them to for the 100th time? Are you dealing with infighting and team struggles? Do you feel overworked, overwhelmed and stressed out? Come to this session, relax, and learn a few tips that you can implement now to help ease the effects of working intense projects. As a Project Managers you know you are the front line of any project and often take the brunt of the stress of balancing project needs, issues, and executive pressure. The effects of a stressful project can affect your sleep, performance, and health.

    Self-Care for Project Managers, 5 Tips to help you blend your personal and work life and perform better in your job

  • Reston Agile Breakfast Club

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    The Reston Agile Breakfast Club is a unique event held the second Friday of the month except December. Come join other Agile professionals to discuss and understand the most challenging topics Agile faces with adoption to evolving as a practice. This event is an open forum providing each attendee's knowledge and perspective as the backdrop of learning from each other.

    Reston Agile Breakfast Club

  • Changing Spaces

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    Two IT Professionals have transitioned from the corporate IT world to owning and operating their own "space based" logistics based businesses: Office Evolution Herndon and Staged Interior, Chantilly. Hear which project management skills these entrepreneurs are finding most useful in their new careers.

    Changing Spaces

  • The Organic PMO

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    The Organic PMO. Standing a Project Management Office (PMO) can be arduous, time consuming, expensive, and a difficult process to undergo. Lack of support and buy-in at the top and low levels of an organization contribute to the failure and lack of adoption of a PMO. Our discussion will center on how to successfully stand up a PMO from the bottom-up that will be embraced by an organization. We will focus on how to jumpstart an organizational grass roots movement to help evangelize and rally project managers to discuss and define pain points and ultimately work together to implement and improve PM processes, tools, and frameworks in a collaborative manner. An “Organic PMO” does not start off as a PMO that is mandated by senior management, rather it is built slowly and incrementally instituting small successes along the way to demonstrate business value.

    The Organic PMO

  • 5 Success Patterns for Agile in the Government

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    Many government agencies are beginning to implement an Agile approach to Software Development. Does each agency, however, need to “reinvent the wheel” as they start or proceed on their Agile journey? Are there patterns or criteria that would increase your prospect for success? As a Scrum Master for an Agile Transformation team in a government agency, I have identified five patterns that will improve your outcome. This talk will discuss those five patterns.

    5 Success Patterns for Agile in the Government

  • May Reston Book Club Meeting - Human + Machine

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    Preregistration, reading the book before the meeting, and bringing a copy (e-book okay) of the book to the meeting is required.

    Purchase the book through Amazon here

    https://www.amazon.com/Human-Machine-Reimagining-Work-Age/dp/1633693864/...

    An E-book version is fine if you can find one. It may also be available from your local library.

    May Reston Book Club Meeting - Human + Machine

  • Managing Risk & Change in Information Technology Projects

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    Through a very interactive seminar combining lecture and workshops, participants will gain a much better idea of how best to deal with key risks on I.T. projects using both Agile approaches and traditional approaches.

    Participants will learn:

    • Key definitions, concepts and PMBOK® Guide processes involving Risk
    • To define key risks in your I.T. projects
    • How to use Agile to resolve I.T. project’s problems
    • The types of projects and types of risks that are good candidates for using traditional (Waterfall) approaches
    • Change Management & Configuration Management on I.T. projects
    • Process and documentation for Change Management/Configuration Management

    Managing Risk & Change in Information Technology Projects

  • University PM Talks - Hosted by Georgetown University

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    Our speakers will discuss each element of the PMI Talent Triangle to help further professional development and enhance the following skills all in one night! Each University PM Talks Event also offers certified PMPs 1.5 PDUs. Topics for the night are: Strategies for Managing Staff with High-Functioning Autism or Aspergers, Situational Leadership and Successful Project Management, and Spreading the Language of Project Management Throughout Africa to Turn the Tide on Failing Projects and Programs.

    University PM Talks - Hosted by Georgetown University

  • Reston Agile Breakfast Club

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    The Reston Agile Breakfast Club is a unique event held the second Friday of the month except December. Come join other Agile professionals to discuss and understand the most challenging topics Agile faces with adoption to evolving as a practice. This event is an open forum providing each attendee's knowledge and perspective as the backdrop of learning from each other.

    Reston Agile Breakfast Club

  • Servant Leadership

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    Servant Leadership is a lifelong journey. It’s a life and leadership philosophy…if truly lived, changes everything. A term coined by Robert Greenleaf that begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve first. The conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. Who is the best leader you would follow? Servant Leadership isn’t about giving people everything they need regardless. Many leaders will be working within the constraints of a tight budget and with little time at their disposal. Let’s talk about the basic principles of Servant Leadership and understand the best test that is difficult to administer and yet so simple.

    Servant Leadership

  • 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

  • Performance: Beyond the Project

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    About the Program

    It is NOT business as usual in Washington DC!

    Our federal government leaders have concocted a transformation that promises to turn the executive branch departments and agencies into lean and efficient organizations!

    The first part of this presentation will introduce:
    The legislative framework in place to drive the strategies that make the transformation a reality;
    The federal strategy structure of cross-agency and agency priority goals that set the foundation to measure performance;
    The governance bodies that coordinate the execution of the legal mandates across agencies;

    The second part of the presentation will introduce:
    Two key federal frameworks enabling the transformation
    The still-evolving federal data strategy
    The progress made over the first year (FY18)

    Performance: Beyond the Project

  • GMU Meet and Greet for University PM Talks

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    The Meet and Greet event is organized by the PMIWDC Special Programs team partnering with Mason's Information Systems and Operations Management Association (MISOMA), and Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

    GMU students and faculty are the intended attendees.

    GMU Meet and Greet for University PM Talks

  • April Reston Book Club Meeting - Scrum Mastery

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    Preregistration, reading the book before the meeting, and bringing a copy (e-book okay) of the book to the meeting is required.

    Purchase the book through Amazon here

    https://www.amazon.com/Scrum-Mastery-Good-Great-Servant-Leadership/dp/09...

    An E-book version is fine if you can find one. It may also be available from your local library.

    April Reston Book Club Meeting - Scrum Mastery

  • Building Future Teams

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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.

    Too often we are thrown into arbitrary teams and told to just “make it work” without regard for our innate abilities. Many times, this results in a lack of cohesion and we start to view our team members as either heroes or villains. We become so accustomed to this way of working that we do not realize how this environment zaps our powers and limits our collective potential for greatness.

    Building Future Teams

  • Building Future Teams

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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.

    Too often we are thrown into arbitrary teams and told to just “make it work” without regard for our innate abilities. Many times, this results in a lack of cohesion and we start to view our team members as either heroes or villains. We become so accustomed to this way of working that we do not realize how this environment zaps our powers and limits our collective potential for greatness.

    Building Future Teams

  • Reston Agile Breakfast Club

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    The Reston Agile Breakfast Club is a unique event held the second Friday of the month except December. Come join other Agile professionals to discuss and understand the most challenging topics Agile faces with adoption to evolving as a practice. This event is an open forum providing each attendee's knowledge and perspective as the backdrop of learning from each other.

    Reston Agile Breakfast Club

  • Lead Smart, Not Hard!

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    About the Program

    Effective Leadership is crucial and is the key to defining the overall success of outcome at all levels -- personal and professional. It is a much-needed skill even if you are not directly managing people.

    In this session, you will receive simple and practical easy to use strategies. When applied, we expect to help you transform your existing leadership capabilities from your best to even better. It will lead you with a better understanding of self, improving your style of engagement with your all relationships and social networks, influence and inspire others, and achieve greater personal well-being and professional success.

    Lead Smart, Not Hard!

  • University PM Talks - Hosted by George Washington University

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    Project Management Institute Washington DC (PMIWDC) Chapter partners with local universities to bring our chapter events to university students, young professionals, and our members in Washington, DC on a quarterly basis. Both Members and Non-Members are welcome to join us for the best speakers and networking the Washington DC area has to offer! The presentations are targeted towards project management professionals, corporate and government leaders, and students looking to step into the field of project management. Our speakers will discuss each element of the PMI Talent Triangle to help further professional development and enhance the following skills all in one night! Each University PM Talks Event also offers certified PMPs 1.5 Professional Development Units (PDUs). These elements include:

    University PM Talks - Hosted by George Washington University

  • March Reston Book Club Meeting - Thinking in Bets

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    About the Book

    Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts by Annie Krupp (2018). Current price is $13.99 for the Kindle edition on Amazon. The book may also be available from your local library.

    Even the best decision doesn't yield the best outcome every time. There's always an element of luck that you can't control, and there is always information that is hidden from view. So the key to long-term success is to think in bets: How sure am I? What are the possible ways things could turn out? What decision has the highest odds of success? Did I land in the unlucky 10% on the strategy that works 90% of the time? Or is my success attributable to dumb luck rather than great decision making?

    March Reston Book Club Meeting - Thinking in Bets

  • CANCELED-Maximizing the Value of Your PMI Membership

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    About the Presentation

    This presentation will detail the many service offerings from both PMI and the PMI Washington, D.C. Chapter. It will show you how PMI resources can increase your knowledge, grow your network and advance your career.

    Contact guard at the front desk for access to Suite 1600. Networking 11:30 - 12:00. Bring your own lunch.

    CANCELED-Maximizing the Value of Your PMI Membership

  • Get It Right Conversations

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    About the Presentation

    In a perfect world every conversation would be easy, but in reality, some don’t work out the way we’d like them to. Did you ever think, "Why did I say that?" or "I should have said this." In this 45-minute, highly interactive workshop, you will be introduced to strategies to get more out of your interactions with clients, project team members, and other key stakeholders. Using fun improvisational activities and group discussion, you will practice thinking on your feet and quickly getting to the point.

    Get It Right Conversations

  • D.I.C.E- A Simple Guide to Mentorship

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    Project Management in Driving Digital Transformation at Scale and Speed

    D.I.C.E- A Simple Guide to Mentorship

  • SOLD OUT - Cybersecurity for the Non-Technical Program Manager

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    This seminar is designed to inform managers at government agencies of the requirements for security and privacy. The instructor will define the role of the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), the Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) and the Risk Management Framework (RMF) and tie them all together in such a way that even the non-technical Program Manager will understand. The seminar will be highly informative, include open discussion of current information security news and events, and provide attendees with a foundational understanding and importance of various cybersecurity mandates and guidelines.

    SOLD OUT - Cybersecurity for the Non-Technical Program Manager

  • Transportation Projects in Northern Virginia-Scoring, Prioritizing and Funding

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    Jason Stanford, Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance (NVTA) will inform the Chantilly community about the Commonwealth of Virginia’s process to score, prioritize and fund transportation projects across the state. Participants will hear what projects have been funded and NVTA's recommendations for improving the process. Jason will also provide an overview of NVTA's approach to organizing stakeholders around transportation initiatives in Northern VA, and we'll learn what priorities NVTA has identified moving forward into 2019 and beyond.

    Transportation Projects in Northern Virginia-Scoring, Prioritizing and Funding

  • I Wanted to Wander and Found Myself Here

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    Chris Grassmuck, PMP, CSM will share his journey as a Project Manager to Slovenia with IBM's Corporate Services Corps (CSC). Chris will describe his experiences as a Project Manager and ultimately how his wanderings lead him to a month-long adventure with 14 other professionals from all over the world coming together to help a few non-profits transform & grow. It starts with a dream, progresses with 12-weeks of pre-travel education and ends with a 30-day life-changing adventure.

    I Wanted to Wander and Found Myself Here

  • Reston Agile Breakfast Club

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    The Reston Agile Breakfast Club is a unique event held the second Friday of the month except December. Come join other Agile professionals to discuss and understand the most challenging topics Agile faces with adoption to evolving as a practice. This event is an open forum providing each attendee's knowledge and perspective as the backdrop of learning from each other.

    Reston Agile Breakfast Club

  • Agile Risk Management

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    As large organizations undertake the exciting journey of Agile transformation, they inevitably face a certain identity crisis that makes them question everything they have known about project management and practiced for years (and decades). PMI and the PMBOK gave us a structured framework of 5 process groups and 12 knowledge areas, with all the processes within, each with clear inputs and outputs. And then Agile came along with only 4 values and 12 principles that fit on a single page, and blew everything away.

    We are amid a major transition toward Agile and DevOps, where seasoned project managers are expected to pivot and embrace a new way of delivering better software. However, most Agile training classes and books focus of the desired and ideal state of Agile practice, without connecting the dots for how to get there.

    Agile Risk Management

  • February Reston Book Club Meeting - Winning the Long Game

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    The PMIWDC Reston Book Club is a forum for talking about books that touch on the widely varied challenges of project and program management. Our meeting on Winning the Long Game will take place on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. We will meet in the first floor meeting room in the offices of CACI from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

    February Reston Book Club Meeting - Winning the Long Game

  • Business Management - Business Models and Structures- CANCELLED

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    This event has been canceled due to expected inclement weather.

    The evolution of structures is driven by strategy.
    Transforming structures to support the business is a continuous process.
    The complexity is driven by time to market, the volume of change, and talent mix.
    Resource fulfillment: bodies vs talent.
    Are you solving the problem at the right level?
    Be tactical and strategic.

    Business Management - Business Models and Structures- CANCELLED

  • Reston Agile Breakfast Club

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    The Reston Agile Breakfast Club is a unique event held the second Friday of the month except December. Come join other Agile professionals to discuss and understand the most challenging topics Agile faces with adoption to evolving as a practice. This event is an open forum providing each attendee's knowledge and perspective as the backdrop of learning from each other.

    Reston Agile Breakfast Club

  • How To Conduct Productive Meetings

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    About the Program

    A good portion of our work week is spent in meetings that take more time and accomplish less than they could. We’ve all attended meetings we thought were a waste of time, where the person who called the meeting had no clear agenda, went off track, or droned on and on…and on. Afterward you may have wondered why there was a meeting at all. Worse, we may be the ones responsible for such meetings! This session will focus on how to facilitate productive meetings. Topics that will be discussed include:
    • Pre-meeting planning
    • How to create a solid agenda
    • How to handle the meeting productively, and
    • How to end a meeting

    If you ever shudder when you either have to lead or attend "another meeting," this session is for you!

    How To Conduct Productive Meetings

  • January Reston Book Club Meeting - Rescue the Problem Project

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    Rescue the Problem Project provides project managers, executives, and customers with an objective process for accurately assessing what is wrong and a clear plan of action for fixing the problem. Turnaround specialist Todd Williams has worked with dozens of companies in multiple industries resuscitating failing projects. In this book, he reveals an in-depth, start-to-finish process that includes: * Techniques for identifying the root causes of the trouble * Steps for putting projects back on track-audit the project, analyze the data, negotiate the solution, and execute the new plan * Nearly 70 real-world examples of what works, what doesn't, and why * Guidelines for avoiding problems in subsequent projects Many books explain how to run a project, but only this one shows how to bring it back from the brink of disaster.

    January Reston Book Club Meeting - Rescue the Problem Project

  • CANCELED- Maximizing the Value of Your PMI Membership

    This event has been canceled due to space conflicts.

    CANCELED- Maximizing the Value of Your PMI Membership

  • A Real-World Case for Restructuring Programs and Creating Organizational Change

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    Project Management in Driving Digital Transformation at Scale and Speed

    A Real-World Case for Restructuring Programs and Creating Organizational Change

  • Reston Agile Breakfast Club

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    The Reston Agile Breakfast Club is a unique event held the second Friday of the month except December. Come join other Agile professionals to discuss and understand the most challenging topics Agile faces with adoption to evolving as a practice. This event is an open forum providing each attendee's knowledge and perspective as the backdrop of learning from each other.

    Reston Agile Breakfast Club

  • Mind the Gap: Managing Motivation in Your Organization

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    About the Program

    Being motivated at work allows us to succeed. And yet, often there are barriers, seen and unseen, that frustrate our ability to be persistently motivated. These frustrations, generated by the gap between personal expectations and organizational reality sap our ability to stay on the path of success. Like a hiker on a long trail, we ask “how can I keep at this?!” In this extension of his “Leadership Lessons from an AT Thru-Hike,” Kendall provides a framework for seeing the sources of demotivation and provides insight from management theory on how you can manage your motivation within your environment.

    Mind the Gap: Managing Motivation in Your Organization

  • The Only Team Role Model You’ll Ever Need

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    You will appreciate yourself and others, in a unique and new way. You will resolve even your toughest team problems, in a new way. You will learn the S.M.A.R.T. way to make your team love you (no kidding!). Too good to believe? I have a special offer for the doubters among you. Come and find out!

    The Only Team Role Model You’ll Ever Need

  • Kicking Off Your First Agile Project

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    So your organization is going “Agile” now and you are overwhelmed with all this terminology like backlog, user stories, sprint, daily stand ups, etc. Where do you start? What does it take to kick off your first Agile project? How do you setup your team for success? In this talk, we will explore the essential elements for kicking off your first Agile project and possible options to setup your team and project for success.

    Kicking Off Your First Agile Project

  • PM After Hours - Shenandoah Valley Community

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    Join us for a networking event on Thursday 11/29/18 7pm-9pm at Village Square Restaurant, located on the beautiful downtown walking mall in Winchester, VA. Meet other Project Management Professionals from other companies and industries, and share your favorite PM stories and experiences.

    PM After Hours - Shenandoah Valley Community

  • Getting a Handle on Organizational Change and Change in Agile Projects

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    Do the people in your organization change because they are told to or need to? Do they resist? Any malicious compliance? Having fun yet? In this session, techniques are described for deploying new practices across the organization, and then how to manage process, people and scope changes within an Agile project.

    Getting a Handle on Organizational Change and Change in Agile Projects

  • Managing Agile Projects: Adaptive Planning & Full Life-Cycle

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    This two-day Agile Training course offers hands-on practices in Adaptive Planning, Product Roadmap and Backlog, Estimating Practices, and Agile Metrics for measuring and reporting on project progress. The Introduction to Agile class will introduce the student to the key reasons why an Agile approach is so essential for many projects today. We will review the principle Agile methodologies in use today, define the different stakeholder roles on Agile projects, the stages of the Agile project lifecycle, and how Lean and Value-driven delivery is applied throughout the stages of the Agile lifecycle. As we discuss these concepts, we will review key Agile estimating methods, prioritization schemes for rating value, voting methods and decision-making techniques, and also key techniques for improving communications and team performance. The class will go through different case examples to discuss how the key Agile approaches and tools-techniques are used.

    Managing Agile Projects: Adaptive Planning & Full Life-Cycle

  • Managing Agile Projects: Adaptive Planning & Full Life-Cycle

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    This two-day Agile Training course offers hands-on practices in Adaptive Planning, Product Roadmap and Backlog, Estimating Practices, and Agile Metrics for measuring and reporting on project progress. The Introduction to Agile class will introduce the student to the key reasons why an Agile approach is so essential for many projects today. We will review the principle Agile methodologies in use today, define the different stakeholder roles on Agile projects, the stages of the Agile project lifecycle, and how Lean and Value-driven delivery is applied throughout the stages of the Agile lifecycle. As we discuss these concepts, we will review key Agile estimating methods, prioritization schemes for rating value, voting methods and decision-making techniques, and also key techniques for improving communications and team performance. The class will go through different case examples to discuss how the key Agile approaches and tools-techniques are used.

    Managing Agile Projects: Adaptive Planning & Full Life-Cycle

  • Transition from Manager to a Leader

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    About the Program

    The hard work and commitment finally paid off. Your senior VP congratulated you and announced that you are promoted to the senior manager position. You are faced with the prospect of management role first time. These type of career transitions, often exciting and at the same time frightening. In the wake of successful promotion, you are wondering if there must-know field proven guiding principles that will lead you through the coming days - may be less painful but a successful path.

    Transition from Manager to a Leader

  • Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown

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    "True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.” Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives—experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy.

    Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown

  • Ms. Tina Taylor presents, "Working with Insecure Project Leaders"

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    In today’s competitive job market, professional development is a springboard for those who want to reach the top. Leadership, personal branding, and networking are the ultimate tools to boost your confidence and knowledge and create a competitive edge to attain the next professional level you desire.

    Ms. Tina Taylor presents, "Working with Insecure Project Leaders"

  • Nine (9) Ways I Can Hack Your Next Project

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    By the end of this talk, everyone in the room will be a CyberSecurity warrior. Sean will explain how to think like an attacker about your next project. From incorporating security intelligently into Agile methodologies, thinking about security in a DevOps world, secret hacks, and getting into the mindset of a researcher in a bug bounty program, you will be able to envision where your project can go wrong and how to get rid of the badness. Let's manage some risk!

    Nine (9) Ways I Can Hack Your Next Project

  • Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence by Ajay Agrawal

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    In Prediction Machines, the authors cast the rise of AI as a drop in the cost of prediction. The book shows how basic tools from economics provide clarity about the AI revolution and a basis for action by CEOs, managers, policymakers, investors, and entrepreneurs. When AI is framed as a cheap prediction, its extraordinary potential becomes clear. The book follows its inescapable logic to explain how to navigate the changes on the horizon. The impact of AI will be profound, but the economic framework for understanding it is surprisingly simple.

    Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence by Ajay Agrawal

  • Expect the Unexpected – Mitigating Hidden Risks in a Global Environment

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    This session will share lessons learned by corporations, large and small, when encountering unexpected situations while operating outside their home country. Dr. Kraljevic will introduce a proven methodology that will enable you to view the word from a ground-breaking perspective. Her engaging presentation will help you sharpen the global skills needed to successfully manage global projects when the unexpected happens.

    Expect the Unexpected – Mitigating Hidden Risks in a Global Environment

  • The Art of the Digital M&A Deal

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    Abstract
    An engaging discussion about why digital M&A deals are so attractive in today's business environment.

    * Have you ever survived a merger or acquisition of an employer?
    * Wonder why acquiring or merging with another company seems so attractive?
    * Want to successfully buy or sell a business?

    70% to 90% of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) fail. So why do companies spend more than $2 trillion worldwide on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) every year?

    Selling or merging a business is not like selling a house. There are many obstacles to a successful business sale or merger.

    The Art of the Digital M&A Deal

  • Maximizing the Value of Your PMI Membership

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    This presentation will detail the many service offerings from both PMI and the PMI Washington, D.C. Chapter. It will show you how PMI resources can increase your knowledge, grow your network and advance your career.

    Maximizing the Value of Your PMI Membership

  • Lead the Change with Values NOT Feelings

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    This presentation will examine the challenges technology projects encounter; how to translate strategic goals into a portfolio of projects; how to select technology projects; assembling a portfolio that will have the highest return on investment for an organization; and developing a performance monitoring system to manage a project portfolio.

    Lead the Change with Values NOT Feelings

  • Creating the Recipe for Communication Success!

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    What is a key outcome of a project implementation? Change! Successfully implementing change requires systematic engagement of key stakeholders, managing risks, and effective communications. Project managers can establish a strong foundation for the project by developing a shared vision for the future state and then support the client to successfully navigate the change and sustain the gains.

    Creating the Recipe for Communication Success!

  • Power-Ups for Influence, Impact, and Innovation

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    In this interactive and high-energy program, Josef shows you techniques to unleash your influence. Balancing your expertise with the right interpersonal skill set allows you to advance your work and the effectiveness of your team. Josef presents a ‘toolbox’ packed with instantly usable techniques, ideas and methods designed to give you a smart, proven, communication-based approach to the challenges and opportunities you face every day. As an outcome, you will gain influence, impact and drive innovation in your organization.

    Power-Ups for Influence, Impact, and Innovation

  • August Reston Book Club Meeting - Agile Metrics

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    About the Book Club Meeting

    About the Book Club Meeting

    The PMIWDC Reston Book Club is a forum for talking about books that touch on the widely varied challenges of project and program management. Our meeting on Agile Metrics in Action will take place on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. We will meet in the first-floor meeting room in the offices of CACI from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm.

    Read more about the format of the book club in "About the Book Club" below.

    August Reston Book Club Meeting - Agile Metrics

  • How to Master your Career like a Pro

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    In today’s competitive job market, professional development is a springboard for those who want to reach the top. Leadership, personal branding, and networking are the ultimate tools to boost your confidence and knowledge and create a competitive edge to attain the next professional level you desire.

    How to Master your Career like a Pro

  • Influencing without Authority

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    This presentation will examine the challenges technology projects encounter; how to translate strategic goals into a portfolio of projects; how to select technology projects; assembling a portfolio that will have the highest return on investment for an organization; and developing a performance monitoring system to manage a project portfolio.

    Influencing without Authority

  • Transition from Manager to a Leader

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    The hard work and commitment finally paid off. Your senior VP congratulated you and announced that you are promoted to the senior manager position. You are faced with the prospect of management role first time. These type of career transitions, often exciting and at the same time frightening. In the wake of successful promotion, you are wondering if there must-know field proven guiding principles that will lead you through the coming days - may be less painful but a successful path.


    You are not alone in this transitional struggle. According to a study by a Deloitte comprising of 7,000 organizations about, 89% of executives rated “strengthening the leadership pipeline,” an urgent issue Organizations are continuously promoting people into management, and those new leaders struggle with the transition.

    Transition from Manager to a Leader

  • A Key Ingredient for Project Management Success: Change Management

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    About the Program

    What is a key outcome of a project implementation? Change! Successfully implementing change requires systematic engagement of key stakeholders, managing risks, and effective communications. Project managers can establish a strong foundation for the project by developing a shared vision for the future state and then support the client to successfully navigate the change and sustain the gains.

    A Key Ingredient for Project Management Success: Change Management

  • Introduction to Agile Bootcamp Course

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    This two-day Agile Training course offers hands-on practices in Iteration Planning, Product Roadmap and Backlog, Estimating Practices, User Story Development and Iteration Execution. This course has been approved and earns all students the Certified IC Agile Professional designation upon completion of the course. Additionally, a total of 14 PDUs will be available upon completion of the course.

    Introduction to Agile Bootcamp Course

  • Introduction to Agile Bootcamp Course

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    This two-day Agile Training course offers hands-on practices in Iteration Planning, Product Roadmap and Backlog, Estimating Practices, User Story Development and Iteration Execution. This course has been approved and earns all students the Certified IC Agile Professional designation upon completion of the course. Additionally, a total of 14 PDUs will be available upon completion of the course.

    Introduction to Agile Bootcamp Course

  • July Reston Book Club Meeting - Tribal Leadership

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    The PMIWDC Reston Book Club is a forum for talking about books that touch on the widely varied challenges of project and program management. Our meeting on Tribal Leadership will take place on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. We will meet in the first-floor meeting room in the offices of CACI from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm.

    July Reston Book Club Meeting - Tribal Leadership

  • Presentation, "Change Leadership Coaching that Gets Results!

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    About the Presentation

    In today’s competitive job market, professional development is a springboard for those who want to reach the top. Today I will discuss how leadership, personal branding and networking are the ultimate tools to boost your confidence and knowledge and create a competitive edge to attain the next professional level you desire.

    Presentation, "Change Leadership Coaching that Gets Results!

  • A Key Ingredient for Project Management Success: Change Management

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    What is a key outcome of a project implementation? Change! Successfully implementing change requires systematic engagement of key stakeholders, managing risks, and effective communications. Project managers can establish a strong foundation for the project by developing a shared vision for the future state and then support the client to successfully navigate the change and sustain the gains.

    A Key Ingredient for Project Management Success: Change Management

  • Get it Right Conversations

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    About the Presentation

    In a perfect world every conversation would be easy, but in reality, some don’t work out the way we’d like them to. Did you ever think, "Why did I say that?" or "I should have said this." In this 45-minute, highly interactive workshop, you will be introduced to strategies to get more out of your interactions with clients, project team members, and other key stakeholders. Using fun improvisational activities and group discussion, you will practice thinking on your feet and quickly getting to the point.

    Get it Right Conversations

  • Project Management in Driving Digital Transformation at Scale and Speed

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    Project Management in Driving Digital Transformation at Scale and Speed

    Project Management in Driving Digital Transformation at Scale and Speed

  • Leadership in the Agile Age

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    About the Program

    The rise of Agile is revolutionizing product development and is forcing organizations to change their view of management. Organizations are moving away from a command and control approach to management toward self-organizing, self-managing development teams. Decision making authority has moved down to where the information is, thus increasing decision speed and quality. This trend has resulted in a myth that managers aren’t needed in Agile organizations. Nothing could be farther from the truth!

    Leadership in the Agile Age

  • June Reston Book Club Meeting - The Truth Machine

    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.

    About the Book Club Meeting

    The PMIWDC Reston Book Club is a forum for talking about books that touch on the widely varied challenges of project and program management. Our meeting on The Truth Machine will take place on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. We will meet in the first-floor meeting room in the offices of CACI from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm.

    Read more about the format of the book club in "About the Book Club" below.

    June Reston Book Club Meeting - The Truth Machine

  • Into The Heart Of Darkness, My Journey Into Agile

    Forrest Long, PMP, ACP will be speaking on his journey from traditional project management into Agile and what he learned in the process, including what project managers need to know to pass the ACP as well as how traditional project managers can use Agile techniques today to improve their projects resulting in happier employees and customers.

    Into The Heart Of Darkness, My Journey Into Agile

  • Leadership in the Agile Age

    The rise of Agile is revolutionizing product development and is forcing organizations to change their view of management. Organizations are moving away a command and control approach to management toward self-organizing, self-managing development teams. Decision making authority has moved down to where the information is, thus increasing decision speed and quality.

    Leadership in the Agile Age

  • May Reston Book Club Meeting - Improving Retrospectives

    About the Book Club Meeting

    The PMIWDC Reston Book Club is a forum for talking about books that touch on the widely varied challenges of project and program management. Our meeting on Fifty Quick Ideas will take place on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. We will meet in the first-floor meeting room in the offices of CACI from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

    Read more about the format of the book club in "About the Book Club" below.

    About the Book
    Fifty Quick Ideas to Improve Your Retrospectives by Ben Williams and Tom Roden (2015) Current price is under $10.00 for the Kindle version on Amazon. The book may also be available from your local library.

    May Reston Book Club Meeting - Improving Retrospectives

  • Leadership is not a Solo Sport -- Super Powers for Project Leaders

    Join PMIWDC and begin your training program to hone the four superpowers every project manager has within themselves to become a Most Valuable Project Leader (MVPL). This interactive session will help you jumpstart your career with a professional bang as you learn how to leverage your personal team leadership super powers. Come prepared to participate in a scrimmage session that will help you flex your project leader muscles as you:

    • integrate the facets of the Diamond Leadership Model

    • enhance skills mapped by PMI’s Talent Triangle

    • channel your innate leadership capabilities

    • discover how to become the best person you can be

    Leadership is not a Solo Sport -- Super Powers for Project Leaders

  • Agile and Government Contracting – Expert guidance for legally applying Agile contracting practices

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    About the Seminar

    This amazing training integrates the best of Agile with materials based on the Project Management Institute, "A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge" and extends it to Agile Government contracting and program management in total compliance with the FAR, DFARS, and OMB mandates. Making the Agile transition for many has been difficult and legally risky. Until now, that is! In this class, you will receive simplified, expert guidance for legally applying Agile contracting standards to any program.

    Agile and Government Contracting – Expert guidance for legally applying Agile contracting practices

  • Agile in the Government: Cultural Change

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    About the Presentation

    This talk will discuss the cultural changes that were made at USCIS in the adoption of modern agile development practices. The discussion will include the successes and challenges of changes in an organization that has significant inertia in existing development practices and the changes that need to be made within both the IT and business organizations. The overall framework of change and recommendations will complete the discussion. It will be followed by an open interactive discussion with question and answers.

    Agile in the Government: Cultural Change

  • Lean & Agile Organizational Leadership

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    About the Presentation

    Dr. David F. Rico will give a presentation on "Lean & Agile Organizational Leadership: Establishing Vision, Guidance, & Trust to Unleash Enterprise Competitiveness," which are emerging models for managing high-risk, time-sensitive R&D-oriented new product development (NPD) projects with demanding customers and fast-changing market conditions (at the enterprise, portfolio, and program levels). It establishes the context, provide a definition, and describe the value-system for lean and agile methods, principles, and core ideas. It provides a brief history and comparative analysis of lean and agile methods, project management, and portfolio frameworks. Then it provides multiple histories of the fields of organizational leadership, administration, and management over the last 100 years.

    Lean & Agile Organizational Leadership

  • Effective Communication

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    About the Event

    Effective Communication

  • April Reston Book Club Meeting - Stretch

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    About the Book Club Meeting

    The PMIWDC Reston Book Club is a forum for talking about books that touch on the widely varied challenges of project and program management. Our meeting on Stretch will take place on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. We will meet in the first-floor meeting room in the offices of CACI from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

    Read more about the format of the book club in "About the Book Club" below.

    About the Book
    Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less – and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined by Scott Sonenshein (2017) As of this writing the price is $15.94 for a hardback version on Amazon. The book may also be available from your local library.

    April Reston Book Club Meeting - Stretch

  • From Stress to Success: Getting to the Tipping Point in 10 Minutes

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    About the Presentation

    If you want to strengthen teams and get better results having managers who the coach is key.

    But in the past, it’s been difficult for busy managers to shift from the traditional management style of telling people what to do rather than taking on the coaching approach of asking. Why? In today’s world managers are stretched more thinly than ever before, continually finding themselves stuck with just too much on their plate. They don’t have time to add another task to their job description but need to coach someone fast and as part of the work they already do - not in addition to it.

    From Stress to Success: Getting to the Tipping Point in 10 Minutes

  • Projectized Business Development and Sales

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    About the Program

    Project management isn't just about business operations. The application of project management tenets can be the differentiator that sets you apart from the crowd. Please join us to see how you can use Project Management Institute practices and processes to prepare for and execute high impact sales and business development engagements. This workshop will use a practical exercise to discover how project management and business development/sales leading practices intersect.

    Projectized Business Development and Sales

  • March Reston Book Club Meeting - The Inevitable

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    About the Book Club Meeting

    About the Book Club Meeting

    The PMIWDC Reston Book Club is a forum for talking about books that touch on the widely varied challenges of project and program management. Our meeting on The Inevitable will take place on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. We will meet in the first-floor meeting room in the offices of CACI from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

    Read more about the format of the book club in "About the Book Club" below.

    March Reston Book Club Meeting - The Inevitable

  • Read and Lead Through Body Language

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    Ms. Vinita Sahajwala presents,
    "Read and Lead through Body Language"
    This is a must attend session if you want to:
    • Manage perceptions
    • Improve your relationships
    • Make a great first impression
    • Pivot your career and personal life
    • Be recognized, respected, and validated
    • Gain the trust and credibility of your peers and management
    A leader listens beyond words and speaks so clearly without a word that people are compelled to follow. Learn ways to make lasting impressions, develop loyal connections, and make a difference and great impact within your work environment.
    This workshop will teach you about the core elements of professional body language. Leverage this knowledge to clearly communicate to others where you are in your career and where you want to go next.

    Read and Lead Through Body Language

  • The Project Manager’s Guide to Agility

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    Organizations everywhere are jumping headlong into Agile; and this massive shift has impacted the role of the Project Manager. On time, under budget, and within scope no longer cuts it. We also must deliver high-quality, radically innovative products and services lightning fast; and Agile can help us get there. So, how do we become more Agile? It starts with rethinking our role and re-quipping ourselves as Project Managers. This interactive, game-filled session will discuss practical steps to becoming more Agile and ways to lead our teams and organizations to success.

    The Project Manager’s Guide to Agility

  • Risk Management and Judgement under Uncertainty

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    Location

    475 Aquia Towne Center Drive - Suite 305

    Stafford, VA 22554

    There is no such thing as perfect knowledge. Risk – either negative or positive – is a function of uncertainty about the project and its environment. Risk Management is the disciplined approach to managing uncertainty by encouraging proactive thinking about project, program, and portfolio outcomes. Risk Management saves time, money, and human resources because it forces project teams to consider the “what ifs” that could happen to the project, and in doing so, teams develop strategies for handling threats and opportunities before they become issues.

    Risk Management and Judgement under Uncertainty

  • Managing Motivation: Leadership Lessons from an AT Thru-Hike

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    About the Program

    Leadership, management, and motivation are not just metaphors, but things that the physicality of an endurance hike can inform…and it comes with beautiful trail pictures. 8 lessons from the trail remind us of how to self-manage and manage teams, all learned from the physicality of the trail. These lessons lead to a realization of a simple technique to manage personal motivation to take on challenges.

    Learning Objectives
    Participants will learn a technique for managing motivation that empowers success, as well as be reminded of 8 steps that have applied directly to the management of projects to help us be better managers and leaders.

    Managing Motivation: Leadership Lessons from an AT Thru-Hike

  • February Reston Book Club Meeting - How Google Tests Software

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    About the Book Club Meeting

    The PMIWDC Reston Book Club is a forum for talking about books that touch on the widely varied challenges of project and program management. Our meeting on How Google Tests Software will take place on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. We will meet in the first floor meeting room in the offices of CACI from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.

    Read more about the format of the book club in "About the Book Club" below.

    About the Book
    How Google Tests Software by James A.Whittaker and Jason Arbon (2012) As of this writing the price is $23.66 for a paperback version on Amazon. The book may also be available from your local library.

    February Reston Book Club Meeting - How Google Tests Software

  • Maximizing the Value of Your PMI Membership

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    This event goes from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on February 26th.

    About the Program

    This presentation will detail the many service offerings from both PMI and the PMI Washington, D.C. Chapter. It will show you how PMI resources can increase your knowledge, grow your network and advance your career.

    Maximizing the Value of Your PMI Membership

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