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PM Point of View Podcast Series

Welcome to PMIWDC's Project Management Point-of-View (PM-POV).

This podcast series gives you brief and insightful conversations with PM practitioners in a variety of disciplines.

Host Kendall Lott draws on his experience as a PM, as CEO of M Powered Strategies and as former CEO of PMIWDC to explore how project managers create value in surprising places.


Our guests discuss their unique perspectives on project management, its uses, its challenges, its changes, and its future.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Our PM methods face stress in the face of projects that are related to research and development…where systems engineering is the key discipline is needed. The focus is on the requirements that change, that the project scope is unstable, as there are decisions that will arise after the project is undertaken. The PM’s task becomes a focus on creativity over structure…but what are those trade-offs? We need to follow more conditional branching, tasks that aren’t executed, and tasks that are suddenly forced to be repeated until an exit condition is met. It gets complicated when seen from our standard linear view. Listen in and here three engineers. Randall Iliff, Ruth Barry, and Nathaniel Fischer discuss projects with different definitions of what “done” looks like.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

“Projects are the machine that turns the investment into value…I don’t think we are in a shortage of money in the world, but a shortage of good ideas and of people making those ideas a reality.” Just one of the excellent quotes from the experts in project management in construction on this episode. Advanced Work Package, interactive planning, story-boarding, boot-time, and “running around for stuff”—it’s what happens in modern capital projects and for the PMs that manage it. Experts and thought leaders, Sandra MacGillivray, John Fish and Olfa Hamdi take us on an audio tour through the landscape of modern PM construction. They discuss the techniques and tools, from the application of information systems to agile development, that have had money and lifesaving impact.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Risk is an organizational problem that reaches into our ability to make sound business decisions. We should think of stakeholders (and activating them to be positive and helpful), remember to check assumptions, and recognize that risks shift as priorities and the external environment do. Beyond the project-level risks, and past even basic quantification of risk and impact, we need PMs to consider the ultimate business value of their projects – and whether the project should even be done. Yep, even for a project, risk is an organizational concern that has a perspective shaped by the very organizational culture. Listen in to this episode and hear influencers Andy Jordon, Beth Spriggs and Bruce Harpham describe their insights and their approaches to handling risks and consulting with others about it.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Saving Priceless History! From cracks in the US Capitol Dome, to the dirt of Idaho, to the empty shelves of the Iraq Museum, experts protect the artifacts of our society. These artifacts are an important element of maintaining the lessons of who we are, of remembering what came before, and of having an appreciation of what we can accomplish. Encompassing historical archaeology, restoration, and even investigating the theft of priceless artifacts, it turns out these efforts have beginnings and endings, outputs and outcomes, teams, plans, risks, and budgets – they are projects. In this episode, we discuss three very different CRM projects: the restoration of the most iconic building in the United States (the Capitol Dome), the identification of a lost town in Idaho, and the memorable recovery during the Iraq conflict of some of the most important cultural artifacts of antiquity. We see the efforts of these professionals, Christine Merton, Bob Weaver and Colonel Matthew Bogdanos through a PM Point of View, and take some lessons that we can use in all of our projects.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Leaders ask the hard questions, the ones others don’t; and they push to get constructive results. And they do this will elevating others to be at their best, making not just a difference, but a continuous difference, by coalescing people around a vision. This motivates others to do what they didn’t even know they could do.” This is some of what you will hear on this episode that talks to the intersection of PMs and leadership. PMs have the motivation, skills and training to bring people together and so make for a great leadership pool—and the PMIWDC chapter is driven to enable more than better PMs, but rather, leaders. Listen in to the PMIWDC chapter’s journey in defining its values and its approach to engaging members in making “High Impact Community Leaders” real. Including many Board and membership voices, discover 2016 VP of Programs, Uma Hiremagalur, design of Values Workshop and Volunteer Fair to initiate the journey to leadership with hundreds of chapter participants, while engaging chapter board members, executive leadership, volunteers, and local nonprofit organizations.

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High Impact Community Leaders

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Security issues are everywhere, and it turns out, it’s a lot of projects and there is a need for both the PM discipline and PMs.

From Law Enforcement, to National Security, to the world of private security, issues of scope, schedule, risk and quality abound…and communication can be everything.

Listen in to this episode as three experts in Crime Scene Investigation, a Navy Seal, and a corporate security consultant, lead us through the PM related activities of the security sphere.

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Security

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Monday, September 19, 2016

You’ve seen the movies: satellite imagery tracking the perfect storm, a landing on Mars, scientists peering into scary Deep Space.

Now hear the professionals on this episode that actually manage, the real activities that puts humankind into this realm, this outer space.

With NASA’s Roy Maizel, Dr. Eric Smith, Sandra Smalley, and Jim Watzin you can hear the costs, size, complexity and hoped for outcomes of these very non-fiction programs are, from a Project Management Point of View!

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PM in Outer Space

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Projects exist within the context and value requirements of their organizations. This episode looks at three angles the organization can (should!) take to get the right projects designed for the strategy set by executives and the organization as a whole.

From design, to portfolio management, to identifying where the projects may fail the strategy as they generate and collide with organizational constraints, these guests Charles Black, Steve Butler and Dr. Alan Barnard speak to us from the international community of PMs.

What we learn? We need more than a focus on how to manage a project, we need to think how our organizations can lean in to get the right projects doing the right things.

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The Organization Leans In

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

PM, it’s everywhere, and one of the most interesting places to find it is in the US Federal Government. As one of the largest project-generating bodies in the world (just look at the budget!), the Government faces challenges related to size and budget processes…and yet, the culture of Project Management can mature and flourish throughout.

Hear how three distinct organizations use Project Management techniques in various ways to achieve very different outcomes, from a program that is essentially about communication at the National Park Service, to the data collection requirements of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to the deep technical research requirements within scientific missions at NASA.

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 Navigating Complexity

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

PMs are often the product of their education—their technical education of how to handle the 10 knowledge areas and perform the activities required to maintain sound processes.

Sadly, that’s not enough to show real value in the discipline, but rather a focus on getting the project completed, getting the team to function soundly, and wielding the influence necessary to navigate organizational challenges are some of the key strengths that are needed.

Listen in to the beginning of this series on “PM Influencers” to discover new thoughts on increasing your PM effectiveness, told do us by professionals who are influencing PMs around the world through their thought leadership on projectmanagement.com.

 New Perspectives

Additional music credits: “Irradiance” and “Death & Gasoline” by Joe Ray Realité. Wagon train sound effects from Sound Ensemble at https://www.freesound.org/people/SoundEnsemble/sounds/250286/

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

US intelligence operations and analysis has a long history with the project management discipline, and the Central Intelligence Agency has purposefully implemented rigorous organizational level project management techniques. Beyond missions and analysis, the agency also develops some interesting R&D projects, as you can imagine.

Listen in to this episode and learn how our PM discipline has been manifested in multiple intelligence practices from the past through to the present in this extremely risky, dynamic and sensitive environment, and what this community has learned about PM practices that we could all consider implementing.

Spies Like Them
Special music credits for: “La Foule” by Ángel Cabral at freesound.org/people/Figowitz/sounds/76427/ , Parade-Marsch Cavallerie No.2 by Richard Strauss - performed by The President's Own United States Marine Band, and “A Brief Moment in Time” by Joe Ray Realite.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

In Advances in Project Management Part I we looked at how PMs are really investment managers. In this episode we extend the discussion to look at techniques in getting the value achieved.

From risk-based analysis of the WBS to determine the effectiveness in enhancing value of each project activity, to the project leadership needed to unleash the power of the team in delivering products, to accepting and demanding that some of the accountability for project value belongs with others beyond the PM, this episode looks at the next level of getting value out of projects…beyond the PMBOK®.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

From POG to PM (yes, you have to listen to figure that out!), it’s the PM Point of View podcast, looking at how leaders in project management are putting together the ideas, activities, and chapter board support to serve those who have served us.

Listen in (and get a free PDU) to leaders from DC to Tampa Bay to Houston talk about their experiences with Project Management while in service, and how that has served them to become civilian PMs. As chapter members, we also get to hear how we can reach out and help the transition and grow our membership.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Heads down on getting things done, project managers often forget (or are left in the dark about) the underlying purpose the projects they are assigned.

Even more, they are rarely told of the value of the project.

Projects are investments. PMs are investment managers, managing a dynamic scope that changes the value that is produced.

And there are ways to evaluate, monitor and manage the changing value.

Listen in and let Mary Ann Lewis, Robert Stewart, Stephen Devaux, and Michael Hannan give you the insight, the high value concepts that help PMs be more than task masters, but value managers.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Nazis in Austria, Moral Courage around the world, and the Supreme Court here in the US – all parts of a story on Proof and the project management needed to make it, share it, and bring forward into a context we can use.

In this episode of the Project Management Point of View we hear from guests, Lindsay Zarwell, Leora Kahn and Bert Rein, professionals in three very different fields, discuss how they establish and use “proof” through the use of Project Management techniques.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

We asked for examples of project failure and we got an earful from participants of the PMIWDC 2015 PM Symposium.

From the realities of Federal Government Health Care and IT systems, to the business environments of regional theatre and Role Playing Games, we had tales of failure and recovery in locales as newsworthy and disparate as New Haven, Afghanistan and Baltimore, on topics from IT, to program management, to event management, curriculum design and organizational change.

Whether it was missteps in stakeholder communications, scope and quality, risk and contingency or flat out leadership failure, our PMs were there…sometimes part of the problem and sometimes part of the fix, but always with a front row seat in the messy project arena that often plays to failure…and later lessons for success!

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Listen to our three experts give their recommendations on how to build connections, ways to approach networking and how to use LinkedIn well beyond its “job hunting” capacity. Ultimately, making connections, doing the work of planning for networking (virtual and physical), and maintaining the ongoing interrelationships it generates, is all about enhancing your company’s brand or creating your own personal brand. So, grab a pen and paper, order more business cards, and get ready to shake some hands after you have listened to, “Connections.”

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Featuring Lisa Blumerman, the U.S. Census Bureau’s Associate Director for the Decennial Census Programs, this episode takes us on a tour of the portfolio of projects that lead up to the US Census, conducted every ten years. Harnessing the power of constantly evolving technology, along with strong PM and portfolio practices, the Census Bureau strives to reduce costs while maintaining the rich value and accuracy of the data it collects. It’s part of the foundation of our democracy, and at its core, it’s a project.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

We present a snapshot of some of the most representative speakers and topics from the Silver Spring Chapter's "Actionable Intelligence: Tools, Techniques and Templates for Project Managers" symposium in June of 2015.

With a field of 30 presenters, the symposium lived up to its promise of providing a valuable professional development event, and produced hours of discussion and learning.

From best reporting methods, to improved portfolio techniques and discussions on the role of PMs in producing more and being customer-focused, the symposium was a success and participants had specific tools that they could start using the next week “on the job.”

Grab a pen and paper, and have a listen to these 9 presenters sharing tips, techniques, new ideas and of course, tools--and then check out the chapter website at www.pmissc.org.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Helping kids be safe, getting them fed, and making great places for them to play, Project Management techniques are being used to improve the lives of children.

Listen to the stories of Maria Gomez of Mary’s Center, Karen McLoughlin of No Kid Hungry, and Katrina Hill of KaBOOM! as they tell how their missions are served through organizing work and resources in the Project Management way.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

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Here we bundle four previous podcasts that tell a greater narrative about PM tools and techniques in activities you might not have thought of—and you can submit a PDU claim when get to the end.

In four segments, this podcast covers PM roles in theatre, wedding planning, winemaking and campaign management.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

“The Campaign Trail: Project Management on the Run", with Tom Bowen, Political Communications and Management Professional, New Chicago Consulting, LLC

Tom Bowen provides us with insight into how political campaigns work– with so much money and media involved, the pressure to be organized, to hire and motivate the right team, and to maintain impeccable fiscal control is daunting.

From the PM Point of View, the political campaign manager takes on this high-stakes job where the schedule end date (election night) is fixed, the budget is unpredictable, and the scope validation (a winning candidate after the ballot count) is brutally personal and public.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

“Innovation: When 100% is not the Goal” with Oliver Schlake and Michael Hannan

“Innovation.” A simple word with so many characteristics: Evolutionary versus revolutionary, open versus closed. Innovation reaches far beyond the common concept of new technology or “innovative approaches.”

It comes from culture, diverse team design, leadership, encouragement, risk and accountability. The innovative environment can be harnessed, linked to strategic planning, and ultimately, planned for – and PMs play a big role in making innovation real in their organizations.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

“From Vine to Wine: The Vintner’s Tale” with Stephen Barnard

Heraclitus said, “The only constant is change.” Stephen Barnard, Winemaker at Keswick Winery tells us the vintner’s version is “The only consistency is that next year will be different.” Listen in as Stephen reveals the project management point of view of how the grapes are transformed into wine…where all the important parts of the project from schedule to stakeholder tastes are the ones that can’t be controlled.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

“The Practical Art of Networking” with John Gilroy

PMs hear “network” and think (network) diagrams, but “networking” is what needs to ring loudly to them – we must communicate, be ready to learn, have experts to call, and of course, always build stakeholder relationships. Good networking skills are essential. The wider your network, the more effective you are at all levels. In this podcast, John Gilroy, DC networker and social media guru tells us how to do it with five easy steps.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

“ The Creative Process: Music and Project Management”

The United Kingdom of PMI is taking outreach seriously, as Project Management is exposed to the universities there. In this podcast we follow the introduction of PM methods into the University of Derby, School of Art and Design—and discover the unusual cross influences of creativity and PM.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

“2014 Points of View”

Diverse voices, common themes,” the year in review podcast shares the story of a profession on the cusp of change, as we heard opinions on what it takes to be a good PM, the role of critical thinking, quality, agile approaches and the role of project management in bringing change to our workplaces and our community at large.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

“2 Houses Come Together: ASQ and PMI”

Marcus Parker, President of the Silver Spring Chapter of PMI and board member of the Baltimore chapter of ASQ discusses the relationship of the two approaches to producing business results, and how the institutions can be working together.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

“Culture and Scope at an Exhibition: The Newseum”

An exhibit as a project, an organizational culture that drives the project management style and even the scope of an exhibit, meet the Newseum project approach! The Newseum offers rapid exhibit design, relfecting their organizational culture and news-centric mission.

Recorded a few weeks before it’s opening September 26, 2014, “The Boomer List” features an 18-year timespan of the people, events and scents of the Baby Boom Generation. It will be on display through July 5, 2015.

To find out more, check their website: http://www.newseum.org/exhibits/current/the-boomer-list/

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Monday, September 22, 2014

“Corporate Sustainability: Beyond Profitability, Moving To Prosperity”

A discussion with Gregory Balestrero about key themes of his book, Organizational Survival : Profitable Strategies for a Sustainable Future, and the implications for Project and Program Managers.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

“Managing Stakeholders and Making Dreams Come True”

With a tale of chiffon and bouquets wrapped around a core of Project Management, Tara tells about the behind-the-scenes management of stakeholders and of expectations.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

“Agile: Making It Happen for Uncle Sam”

A discussion with Jim York and Elizabeth McQueen on the effectiveness of the agile software development approach at the Customs and Border Protection agency – what it takes to make it work, and what happens when it does!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

“Project Management: the Global Advantage”

Jordon Sims, Director of Organization Relations and Programs for the Project Management Institute discusses the value of PM and PM credentials globally, has a wide-ranging discussion of the value of PM in organizations, its impact on government operations, its role in strategy execution, the pedigree of good PMs, and the role of PM in business globally.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

“The Transformative Value of Project Management for Non-Profit Organizations”

Max Skolnik, DC Director for the Taproot Foundation, discusses how Project Management provides a phenomenal set of tools to approach charity work that is part of some new thinking in the non-profit sector, and how PM is ultimately part of changing the narrative on how we approach the challenges of the big social issues.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

“The Show Must Go On! ” (Podcast #04)

A discussion with Deborah Vandergrift, Chief Production Officer at the
Shakespeare Theatre Company on the role of managing productions as projects
in the performing arts...and her own discovery that she was doing what we
call "Project Management."

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

“Pragmatism from the Ivory Tower” (Podcast #03)

The dramatic increase in project management degree programs leads us to ask, “what is the academic inquiry telling us about the future project management that we hadn't anticipated?” and Mr. John Cable of the university of Maryland obliges us with answers.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

“Experience Matters” (Podcast #02)

PMs know how to deliver with the disciplines they have learned, but from an executive’s point of view, what’s missing? The answer may surprise you, from this interview with Mr. Bob Brese, CIO of the Department of Energy.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

“Keep It Simple and Communicate” (Podcast #01)

Project Managers want to know where they can use their skills now, and what skills they will need in the future: its all about job security. In this podcast we interview Ms. Kimberly Hancher, CIO of the EEOC, who 3 decades of bringing project management disciplines to federal government agencies to develop and deliver IT projects.

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