PM Industry Insights

PM Industry Insights is PMIWDC's workshop series that addresses the practical aspects of Project Management.

These sessions are to provide you with insights on what is going on in the local industry so you can learn from it. This discussion-based session will include presentations on tools, industry panels, interviews with industry experts, workshops, etc. The target presenters will be individuals from PMO’s, university professors, consultants, etc. 

Both PM Industry Insights and the monthly dinner meeting are worth 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU) each to certified PMPs. Continued certification as a PMP requires the accumulation of these valuable credits and we are pleased to offer this opportunity to obtain both the important training and the educational credit associated with it.

  • December 2019 PM Industry Insights

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    Topic and speaker TBD.

    Register for the dinner meeting here.

    December 2019 PM Industry Insights

  • Initiating Results - Taking the Mystery Out of Getting Great Outcomes Every Time

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    Are you frustrated with goals not being met and projects that drag along? What if there was one thing that teams could do to deliver outstanding results?

    Imagine obtaining these outcomes:

    • Gain clarity on what is most important
    • Determine which problems are worth solving
    • Build a path to successful outcomes
    • Motivate staff with clear objectives

    Did you know that by determining outcomes prior to starting an initiative or project, you can have 48% more of your goals met, 50% more of your projects on time, and 66% more within budget? (2016 PMI study) Gaining more clarity around objective outcomes has widespread strategic as well as the immediate impact on initiatives and projects.

    Initiating Results - Taking the Mystery Out of Getting Great Outcomes Every Time

  • Spurring Project Collaboration, Creativity, and Joy Through Drawing

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    Drawing helps us connect, inspire, and excite those around us. It helps our ideas be heard and remembered above the constant “noise” we experience at work and in life. And yet, many of us rarely use this powerful tool. In this session, we will practice simple techniques to build our drawing skills, use pictures to communicate ideas that “stick”, and enhance collaboration and creativity within our teams. This interactive session is for artists of all skill levels looking to up their game.

    Register for the dinner meeting here.

    Spurring Project Collaboration, Creativity, and Joy Through Drawing

  • September 2019 PM Industry Insights

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    Topic and speaker TBD.

    Register for the dinner meeting here.

    September 2019 PM Industry Insights

  • Stakeholder Engagement: The Key to Project Success

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    Managing stakeholders is critical to project success. In this presentation, Piekara will share real-world examples and applications of where effective management of stakeholders led to project success and where improperly classifying stakeholders, forgetting critical stakeholders, or not adapting to stakeholder changing needs and shifting power dynamics adversely impacted projects. This presentation will provide useful frameworks for qualifying and managing stakeholders to increase the success of your project.

    Register for the dinner meeting here.

    Stakeholder Engagement: The Key to Project Success

  • 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

  • The Organic PMO

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    The Organic PMO

  • Five Fool-Proof Techniques for Resolving Team Conflict

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    In a fast-paced and demanding work environment serious conflict between individuals, within teams, or across organizations rarely resolve themselves when ignored. Instead, they fester under the surface, only to pop up over the same or a new issue. In other words, when divisive conflict stays unresolved winners never learn, losers never forget, and the battle gets fought again. This churn can cost organizations a lot of money! Immediate impacts can include missed deadlines, breakdowns in communication, work re-cycling, and distracted employees due to gossip, rumors, and sniping. Longer-term and more insidious impacts can include increased absenteeism, reduced collaboration, permanent factions or cliques, and lowered employee morale and engagement. In this session, attendees will receive worksheets for applying the key concepts presented, and they will have the opportunity to work in pairs to practice using several conflict resolution tools.

    Five Fool-Proof Techniques for Resolving Team Conflict

  • What’s New with Microsoft Tools

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    In this session, VG Systems CEO, Thomas Perry, PMP, a Microsoft Partner, will take you on a tour of the new look, feel, and capabilities that Microsoft is continually updating. From creating time-saving workflows that move data between systems to team communications, to managing Agile/"Wagile"/Waterfall project efforts, and ad hoc dashboard & reporting capabilities, Microsoft has a whole new set of cost-effective tools that we will explore. Join us as we take a deeper look at Microsoft Office 365 tools that will help you to better manage your next project, including Microsoft Planner, Teams, Flow, PowerBI and Project Online.

    What’s New with Microsoft Tools

  • 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

  • Driving Speed with Agile Principles-REGISTRATION CLOSED

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    Speed is by far the most sought-after benefit today in Agile project management, according to VerizonOne’s State of Agile in 2018. The only constant is change, and the only way to combat change is to release and realize benefits quickly while objectives and their specifications fit business needs. According to PMI’s Pulse of the Profession, 71% of organizations are adopting Agile for just this reason and many are focused on Benefits Realization. One primary driver is the cost of delaying a project, which is often so great that companies should be willing to pay up to three times (3x) the market labor rate for two times (2x) the speed. In a market where “software is eating up the world” and we can sequence a human genome for less than $1,000, companies are shying away from investments that take longer than 12 to 18 months to deliver. The Solution? Agile management.

    Driving Speed with Agile Principles-REGISTRATION CLOSED

  • For the Love of Wine

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    Vienna Vintner, a local independent wine shop owned by Victor Mendes has been in business for over 19 years. Mr. Mendes and his team, have over 35 years of combined industry experience, and will personally select a wine to compliment your meal. Are you tired of walking the grocery aisles endlessly to determine what type of wine to serve your family, friends, or guests? Then, come join us! You will learn everything you need to know about wine, wine and cheese pairing, wine production, and the general characteristics of the most popular varietals. Your next cocktail party, holiday meal, or family get together will never quite be the same again!

    For the Love of Wine

  • You're Doing It Wrong: How Your Decision-Making Actually Increases Uncertainty & What to Do About It

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    About the Presentation

    Ever wonder why decisions fail even after the most rigorous analysis? The problem isn't your analysis. The problem is, almost everything you've ever been taught about decision-making and analysis and the techniques you were asked to use to make decisions has been fatally flawed.

    We've all been trained to do more analysis when uncertainty is high. This is a self-defeating cycle where the "solution" creates more of the problem.

    You're Doing It Wrong: How Your Decision-Making Actually Increases Uncertainty & What to Do About It

  • Value Proposition Tools to Achieve a “Shared View” of Requirements to Satisfy Stakeholders

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    About the Presentation

    Entrepreneurial ventures have found the value proposition methodology useful to design a product or service enabling them to start a business (i.e., make money). Project leaders (or managers) have similar need to satisfy stakeholders and could benefit from understanding and applying these methods.

    At the conclusion of this session you will:

    • Understand the value proposition methods for your projects
    • Be able to apply value proposition in your environment
    • Be able to use immediately

    Value Proposition Tools to Achieve a “Shared View” of Requirements to Satisfy Stakeholders

  • The Other Tech Tools for Project Managers

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    About the Presentation

    You already know and use project management software, and have your favorite. You’ve even expanded into some specialty software for tracking risk management or portfolio management. You have software for tracking your budget, resources, and doing complex Gantt charts. Those are all really good and helpful.

    But what about all the other tech tools out there that could help with important aspects of your project management work, like requirements gathering, user adoption, and communication? Have you leveraged technology into all aspects of your work as much as you could, should, or want to?

    The Other Tech Tools for Project Managers

  • How to present a winning Business case in 5 slides?

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    You’ve already put a great deal of work into preparing a solid business case for your project or idea. But when it comes to the critical presentation phase, how do you earn the support of decision makers in the room? How do you present your case so that it’s clear and straightforward while also persuasive?
    This presentation introduces a practical framework for developing Executive Briefings and Presentations on the contents of your Business Case. Participants will explore a step-by-step approach to designing concise, information-packed presentations using Strategic Business Case Canvas that provides structure and visual guidance for creating powerful presentations.

    How to present a winning Business case in 5 slides?

  • UPDATED: Earned Value Management

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    The objective of Introduction to Earned Value Management is to introduce the students to basic earned value concepts and to recognize how to manage and report against the metrics that are produced. During this session, a simple case study will be presented and metrics calculated including cost variance, schedule variance, estimate at completion, to-complete-performance-index, etc. This overview fully follows the foundation provided in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) established by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

    UPDATED: Earned Value Management

  • Program Risk ID – Radical Risk Identification for Product and Service Development

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    About the Presentation

    Product and service development programs are overrunning and failing at an ever increasing rate. A primary cause is the failure to identify cost, schedule and performance issues before they become obvious later in development, and are costly and time-consuming to address.

    An extensive analysis of over 500 programs has revealed a new, radical and comprehensive approach to risk identification, greatly improving both risk identification and risk management. Program Risk ID embodies several major improvements in risk identification, creating a comprehensive, standardized, and objective risk management tool. Program Risk ID can be used on one program or a program portfolio for direct risk identification measurement and trending through time.

    Program Risk ID – Radical Risk Identification for Product and Service Development

  • Federal Protests for Project Managers

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    Has your company ever lost a contract and wished it could get a “second bite at the apple”? Have you started transitioning a contract and then been stopped in your tracks? Join Devon Hewitt in a discussion about the federal protest process including the types of protests that can be filed, the forums in which protests can be filed and the advantages/disadvantages of each forum. Ms. Hewitt also will discuss the key timelines associated with bid protests, the possible outcomes of a protest and the impact of a protest on project managers of all types.

    Federal Protests for Project Managers

  • Value Engineering (VE)

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    Value balances performance, cost, time, and risk on every project, process, and product. Value Engineering (VE) is a management practice that forces creativity and drives innovation through the analysis of functions. This presentation will offer VE’s history, methodology, applications, and benefits as one of the most results-oriented tools a project manager should have in her toolbox. This conversation will demonstrate how you, as project managers, can ensure objectivity and drive decision making on the critical path of your long-term investment.

    Value Engineering (VE)

  • POSTPONED: How to Improve Your Project Portfolio’s Return on Investment (ROI) by 10X

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    All projects are investments, yet most project portfolios aren’t managed with the same ROI focus and financial-management discipline that we’ve come to expect from the typical investment portfolio. Ask any PM what their primary job is, and they’ll likely say a lot about delivering projects within plan, but very little about maximizing ROI—or in public-sector terms, maximizing mission impact. As a result, a lot of potential “bang-for-the-buck” is left unexplored and, therefore, unexploited. This PM Tools session will provide an introduction to three techniques that, taken together, have the power to boost ROI by 10X or higher.

    POSTPONED: How to Improve Your Project Portfolio’s Return on Investment (ROI) by 10X

  • EDM: Earned Duration Management

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    Concept of schedule monitoring and control as one of the most important functions of management has not been fully exploited in projects and project management environment. One possible explanation could be the dominance of the Earned Value Management System (EVMS, also known as EVM). EVM was originally developed as a cost management and control tool which was extended to track the schedule as well. The EVM and its derivatives (e.g. Earned Schedule) use cost as a proxy to measure schedule performance to control duration of the project. While there is a correlation between schedule, cost, quality, and scope of a project, using cost to control duration has proven to be misleading.

    EDM: Earned Duration Management

  • Implementing Agile best practices in a non Agile World

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    Agile methodology is used in a fast paced and adept organization with small team size and active participation from key stakeholders (product owner). But how do you implement these practices in an organization that is slow to change (Federal sector) with big teams (40+) and stakeholders that are reluctant to active participation. This presentation will show how we can implement Agile principles in such an environment with proven methods to streamline the requirements, development and testing efforts. These methods are now being used for other projects within the federal agency.

    Implementing Agile best practices in a non Agile World

  • Harder Choices: Learn How to Make Hard Choices as a Project Manager

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    This presentation will discuss the difficult choices facing project managers in three different parts of the project lifecycle: 1) project selection, 2) execution and 3) project termination. It will provide methodologies, tools and advice to ensure your organization makes the right choices to increase success in projects as well as maximizing the business value delivered by projects.

    Harder Choices: Learn How to Make Hard Choices as a Project Manager

  • CANCELLED: Government Services Contracts - Key Elements, Roles and Responsibilities for Quality Assurance and Contract Management

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    Unfortunately this presentation has been cancelled as of October 1, 2015.

    Government and contractor personnel must fully understand the FAR requirements and their respective roles and responsibilities in order to effectively manage a Government services contract and its quality assurance requirements. Proactive contract management and quality assurance execution are joint Government – Contractor responsibilities for achieving the contract’s performance objectives and the project’s tasks and delivering the end product.

    CANCELLED: Government Services Contracts - Key Elements, Roles and Responsibilities for Quality Assurance and Contract Management

  • The Executive Dashboard

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    About the Program

    How many times have you been facilitating a meeting and seen executives spend too much time on details that were completely irrelevant to the meeting? Your meeting is over and you didn’t even get the decisions made necessary to keep your project moving! Ugh. Bad news...we do it to ourselves! You gave them MORE information than they needed and distracted them from focusing on the immediate actions and decisions necessary to keep that project going.

    The Executive Dashboard

  • Holistic Approach to Building Morale and Motivating

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    Motivation, worker behavior, and efficiency studies have been conducted since the industrial revolution. Management scientists like Abraham Maslow, Frederick Herzberg, and David McClelland all conducted studies in an attempt to better understand what truly motivates the average worker. These findings and additional studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and PME’s own survey of project managers and team members will all be discussed to further understand how to tap into the human psyche and position our project team members to be increasingly focused and productive. You will leave with a list of lessons learned and some actions to create a truly satisfying and productive project environment. This unique perspective considers the role of the whole team member and not just the “worker bee” that comes to work every day.

    Holistic Approach to Building Morale and Motivating

  • The Basics of Schedule Planning – It’s all about Communication

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    Planning your project schedule is simple – all you need to do is go to your desk, roll up your sleeves, fire up Microsoft® Project on your computer, and begin typing – what could be simpler – Right?? Wrong! But this is the accepted belief (and practice) by many project managers. It is also one of the contributing factors for why so many projects fail each year – in excess of 60% according to some industry surveys. In this presentation we will discuss Schedule Planning, which is different than “Project Planning” in that we will be focusing on the project schedule and developing an accurate and comprehensive schedule that you can use to manage your project. We will introduce you to some proven project planning and scheduling techniques for determining the major tasks and evaluation milestones that are required to develop a comprehensive and manageable schedule plan.

    The Basics of Schedule Planning – It’s all about Communication

  • Radical Risk Identification, moving Risk Management into the 21st Century

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    The PMBOK defines risk as ‘an uncertain event or condition that, if it occurs, has a positive or negative effect on one or more project objectives such as scope, schedule, cost or quality’. Known and unknown risks can impact projects significantly if not addressed. If risks are not identified, they cannot be addressed. If a risk costs $1000 to address early in a project, studies show that cost can increase to $300,000-$500,000 later in the project when hardware, software or both must be modified. Program risk identification is usually an ad hoc, non-comprehensive exercise. An extensive analysis of hundreds of programs has revealed a common set of program risks. By evaluating projects with a standard, comprehensive set of risks, projects can significantly reduce the monies required to address known and unknown risks.

    Radical Risk Identification, moving Risk Management into the 21st Century

  • Managing Projects As Investments: The Benefits Of Computing Critical Path Drag And Drag Cost

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    Every project is an investment. The value of that investment is usually extremely sensitive to project duration. Every project’s duration is determined by the longest path of work and constraints. However, traditional critical path analysis fails to provide metrics for activities on the critical path, saying only that their float is zero. Devaux will explain the new scheduling metric, critical path drag, that measures the time by which critical path tasks and constraints are delaying project completion. He will also explore the implications of that added time, another metric called drag cost that may be measured in dollars or in lost human lives.

    Managing Projects As Investments: The Benefits Of Computing Critical Path Drag And Drag Cost

  • Portfolio Management Categorization, Optimization and Recalibration

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    Project Portfolio Management is one of the key activities that an organization can perform to consistently deliver business value to its stakeholders. According to Gartner, IT spending is on pace to grow by $3.8 Trillion globally in 2015 which is a 2.4 % increase from 2014. Despite this slow growth outlook, IT organizations can utilize the core competencies of Project Portfolio Management to drive greater value creation through the process of categorization, optimization and recalibration of their IT investment assets. This presentation will discuss the challenges of creating business value through the vehicle of project portfolio management by providing insight into:

    Portfolio Management Categorization, Optimization and Recalibration

  • Organizational Structures, Modes of Power, and the Prisoner’s Dilemma

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    When you start a new project, do you actively think how you want to engage with your project team? Do you consider, the organizational structure, your options for wielding power? Do you consider the long- and short-term implications of your behavior with the team? Alan Zucker will share options for a project managers to consider when leading a new project team. He will present: • The impact of the project organizational structure on the project manager’s role and his/her ability to lead the project. • The classic roles of power—formal, relationship, and expertise—and how a project manager can use them. • A lesson from game theory—the prisoners’ dilemma—and what it teaches about long- and short-term incentives for collaboration. The primary intent of the presentation is to challenge project managers to proactively consider how they want to engage with their project teams.

    Organizational Structures, Modes of Power, and the Prisoner’s Dilemma

  • Resource Management - the Holy Grail for effective Project Execution

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    Organizations must effectively execute initiatives in order to achieve their corporate vision and objectives. An organization's survival and success relies on two key ingredients to effectively executing toward that end: doing the right projects and doing projects right. The first ingredient requires effective portfolio management. In order to confidently commit to the promises in the portfolio, you have to know if the projects are feasible. Resource Management is the key to understanding the feasibility of a broad portfolio where many resources are shared across many projects. Once you’ve built the target portfolio with an understanding for resource commitment and needs, it’s critical to update resource based on on-going project execution activities.

    Resource Management - the Holy Grail for effective Project Execution

  • RESCHEDULED: Get Twice as Many Projects Done, and Be Home for Dinner: How to Boost Project Portfolio Performance by 2X (or More!)

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    In every project-centric industry, Project Portfolio performance has remained stubbornly poor, with success rates persistently stuck in the 50-60% range. Even with the growing emphasis on PM training & certification, and regardless of a host of frameworks & methods such as the PMBOK, EVM, CMMI, Agile, and more, performance improvements have been minimal, isolated to a few projects, or seem to follow a puzzling hit-or-miss pattern. This session will focus on a few of the key underlying drivers of project portfolio performance, and will show how proven techniques from Critical Chain, Agile, and Lean can be integrated into a Project Portfolio Management (PPM) construct that can boost the throughput of reliable project completions by 2X or more.

    RESCHEDULED: Get Twice as Many Projects Done, and Be Home for Dinner: How to Boost Project Portfolio Performance by 2X (or More!)

  • Your Best Nightmare 5 Key Strategies to Work with Overnight Project Managers

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    We’ve all seen them. We’ve played a part in creating them. We’ve even been them at some point in our careers! You received the promotion on Thursday; celebrated at happy hour on Friday; partied over the weekend; and now, it’s Monday and you have to manage your peers! Hold the champagne and insert foot in mouth! Why don’t they like you? What happened to the friendships? Why does is seems like I’m failing, and I just got a raise? Believe it or not, many of today’s best and brightest PM’s are struggling in their roles as managers – not project managers. They struggle with communication, with time management, and with delegation. In this talk, Chris Daniel, Author of Consult in Jeans, shares his simple steps to develop your PM’s in-house, before they seek shelter at in your competitor’s corner office (with their name on the desk).

    Your Best Nightmare 5 Key Strategies to Work with Overnight Project Managers

  • December Crystal City PM Tools: Enterprise Agile Failure Modes and Solutions

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    Agile adoption holds so much promise it sounds too good to be true. Often transformation efforts to adopt agile get off to impressive starts. Pilot projects typically succeed and enthusiasm is high. However, when moving towards broader adoption and attempting to institutionalize sustained agile practices, the successes of the pilot efforts fade into the past and organizations find themselves frustrated with poor traction and increased headaches. These experiences are often accompanied by a slide in process maturity from what were prior accomplishments with establishing standard process assets and tools. These challenges not only appear among companies transitioning to agile, they even appear among companies who have never used anything but agile. So if agile is so great, holds so much promise and seems to succeed with so many teams, what causes these problems?

    December Crystal City PM Tools: Enterprise Agile Failure Modes and Solutions

  • Lean Startup Tools for Product Owners

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    About the Presentation

    In just a few years, the Lean Startup movement has gained influence by promoting a powerful but simple agile product management toolset—one that complements agile software development approaches such as Scrum and kanban. Raj Indugula explores the tools and techniques product owners at startup companies and others are employing today for project visioning, experimental design, evaluating new feature impact, prototyping, split testing, and gaining early customer feedback. With case studies, Raj illustrates how these approaches have been applied on large and small projects. Because the Scrum Product Owner role is often oversimplified yet difficult to execute well, these techniques have been welcomed in organizations ranging from Silicon Valley startups to the US government and its contractors.

    Lean Startup Tools for Product Owners

  • Recognizing the Iceberg

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    About the Presentation

    Project managers must resolve complicated challenges which are made more complex when project teams are dispersed across geographies and time zones. Surface symptoms often mask the core problem. Group members and stakeholders spend more time playing “the blame game” than working toward a problem resolution. This tools session introduces managers and group leaders to a variety of tools and communication strategies that will help them facilitate productive problem solving dialogs.

    Recognizing the Iceberg

  • Tips and Techniques for Effective Project Portfolio Management

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    About the Presentation

    Research has shown that top performing organizations that practice project portfolio management (PPM) and IT Governance have a 40% greater return on IT investments than their competitors. During this presentation the speaker will cover tips and techniques such as:

    • Portfolio Optimization practices that work
    • How to categorize your PPM inventory
    • Understanding the difference between project reviews and portfolio management reviews
    • How should risk management impact your PPM environment
    • What Top 3 soft skills must PPM managers develop
    • RACI for PPM Governance

    Tips and Techniques for Effective Project Portfolio Management

  • Mastering Project Presentations

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    About the Presentation

    Presenting material and information to groups is a necessary, yet often overlooked skill for project managers. We are frequently called upon to make presentations. It may be for a simple project meeting, a status review with internal management, or a formal client meeting. Presenting correct and truthful information may get you by, but if you want to truly stand out, an effective presentation can be the key to making a lasting impression. Not only can it help your career, but it’s even more important that you represent your team in a way that shines the most favorable light on them! In this brief session, we will discuss the basic principles of preparing and delivering an effective presentation.

    Mastering Project Presentations

  • Building Blocks of an Effective and Sustainable PMO

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    So, you have been charged with running a PMO for your organization.  You've got tools, you know about best practices, and you have templates coming out of your ears.  Now what?  What are the things that you must do to help your PMO become a change management powerhouse for your company?  

    Our journey begins with the science side of PMO development by exploring the foundational building blocks necessary for your PMO and how to avoid the common pitfalls that lead to PMO disaster.  Next, we will transition to the art of a great PMO.  This is where organizational savvy, strong talent management and strategic change leadership come into play.  You will walk away from this presentation understanding what the key building blocks are that will make your PMO an effective and sustainable change management solution for your company. 

    Building Blocks of an Effective and Sustainable PMO

  • Developing Entrepreneurial Project Managers

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    About the Presentation

    Many PMOs struggle to develop the entrepreneurial skills of their PMs. Progressive PMOs systematically determine where to focus their development efforts and build a holistic strategy that goes beyond classroom training. This session will offer guidance to help identify ideal candidates to train from within your existing pool of resources and implement a multi-faceted learning and development strategy.

    Developing Entrepreneurial Project Managers

  • Resistance is Futile - Successfully Managing Project-Driven Change

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    About the Presentation

    By definition, projects involve change. Organizations thrive through innovation - otherwise known as change. Many people, on the other hand, don't always embrace change easily. So how can projects and organizations, made up of people, succeed in managing change? Forced assimilation isn't really an option for most of us, so we must find a more nuanced approach. This presentation will discuss understanding and managing resistance to change through communication, collaboration, and building trust.

    Resistance is Futile - Successfully Managing Project-Driven Change

  • Agile Risk Management

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    About the Presentation

    This presentation provides details on the methodology of risk management as it applies to Agile Project Management. We will go through the steps of identifying, assessing and managing risks and discuss how these pertain to Agile Practices. As project managers, we have heard of risk management and Agile, but how do these methodologies relate, and how can we use them to manage resources and do more with less on our projects?

    Agile Risk Management

  • April 2014 PM Tools

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    About the Program

    When your team is pressed to deliver, what do they do? The ability to create working, deployable features every iteration is the gold standard in Agile. Achieving this standard is challenging enough. The ability to deliver on demand raises the bar even higher. This session looks at specific practices that enable and obstacles that impede delivery on demand.

    April 2014 PM Tools

  • April 2014 Crystal City PM Tools

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    Do we plan or just do it? Our response to this question sets us on a course toward success or failure; likely also risks conflict with management and stakeholders. In an ideal world it is always best to exhaustively plan any endeavor before we do it. Rarely is that possible, so the PMBOK® Guide helpfully offers that most plans can be "formal or informal, broadly framed or highly detailed, based on the needs of the project." So, what do we do, plan or act? Matthew will outline several dimensions and perspectives useful in scaling project planning, starting with templates and checklists, engaging the audience to share why they may or may not work for their respective projects, especially vis-à-vis risks, compliance, and governance.

    April 2014 Crystal City PM Tools

  • Why our Project Managers Fail!

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    About the Presentation

    We’ve all seen them. We’ve played a part in creating them! We’ve even been them at some point in our careers!You got the raise on Friday, celebrated at happy hour, partied over the weekend, and now you’ve gotta manage your peers! Hold the champagne and insert foot in mouth. What happened to the development? Chris Daniel, PMP (Author of Consult in Jeans) tells his all too relevant story of instant leadership over a team much older than he and how he took the bull by the horns to rise in the organization.

    Why our Project Managers Fail!

  • Personal Financial Planning as a Project

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    About the Presentation

    Having been on the board of directors for the Project Management Institute (Washington D.C. Chapter), a project management practitioner, and a financial planner, it is only natural for Mr. Caramanica to bring project management and financial planning together. This PM Tools presentation discusses the topic of his latest article “Financial Planning as a Project,” which looks at personal financial planning through the lens of project management, describing the activities that a financial planner may perform in project management terms. These activities can also be performed by individuals to evaluate their own financial situation if they have the knowledge, interest, and time to do so.

    Personal Financial Planning as a Project

  • February 2014 Crystal City PM Tools

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    About the Presentation

    Effective meetings are all too rare; often meetings are rote and non-engaging, even when critical decisions are being made. How can we ensure we harness the participation of everyone effectively? This session will discuss facilitated meetings and specific techniques, particularly visual ones, you can use to help make meeting more effective. It will delve into why these techniques work and how you can get started right away in employing them.

    February 2014 Crystal City PM Tools

  • RESCHEDULED: Better Stakeholder Management

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    About the Presentation

    Stakeholders can be our biggest cheerleaders or our biggest detractors when managing projects. Often it feels like we have no ability to control which side of the equation they fall on. That is simply not true. Being a successful PM means successfully communicating and managing stakeholders. In this discussion we are going to talk about the 3 biggest keys in managing stakeholders. More importantly, we are going to talk about actions you can take immediately that will help you better manage your stakeholders and generate better results because of it.

    RESCHEDULED: Better Stakeholder Management

  • December 2013 PM Tools

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    About the Program

    Projects fail. Anyone who has never managed a failing project has never faced challenges and will likely be unprepared to deal with one. Whether your project or someone else's, failing projects offer unique challenges. Can you recover your failing project? Sure, but not easily as you have likely become part of the problem. Do you even recognize that it is failing? Recovering someone else’s failing project is much easier, though still not always simple. Why is the project failing and are the stakeholders ready to discuss and accept the changes that might be necessary to save the project?

    December 2013 PM Tools

  • Getting Teams Unstuck

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    About the Program

    When teams get stuck on complex problems, it can torpedo a project’s success. Using games at work, however, can get teams thinking about problems in new ways, bring hidden ideas to the forefront, and get them quickly moving in the right direction. This session will incorporate a number of fun, interactive games to show the power of how games can enliven and empower a team to think in different ways, solve their own problems in hours not days, and dramatically increase cohesiveness and trust between team members.

    Getting Teams Unstuck

  • The Promise of Agile Methods

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    About the Program

    Agile methods like Scrum, XP and Kanban have moved into the mainstream in both the private and public sectors. Successful practitioners have cut development lead times, improved product quality and reduced engineering cost. The market has embraced Scrum certification, and it has helped drive wide scale adoption of agile methods. Now, Scrum adoption is helping springboard various hybrids that combine Scrum with XP, Lean, Crystal and even Kanban. As the agile movement enters its second decade, how can we apply fundamental agile tenets to deliver further organizational improvement? How can we continue to advance our learning and progression, and grow into true agile masters? The answer lies in understanding how motivation and flow not only drive us towards mastery over the long haul, but are also key to happiness and fulfillment in the present.

    The Promise of Agile Methods

  • Implementing PMI’s Practice Standard for Scheduling in Microsoft Project

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    Much like maps with printed directions are outdated when construction sends us on a detour; static project schedules can not only be outdated, but actually send us down the wrong path with incorrect information for decision making.  What’s needed today is the equivalent of a GPS system for our project schedules and PPM solutions.

    A typical ‘Static Schedule’ is hard-coded with dates and offers no forecasting ability and as a result is not actionable. A Proactive Schedule, on the other hand, shows actual progress-to-date; reflects estimates to completion; predicts completion dates and total cost estimates; and enables corrective action and better decision-making. 

    In Microsoft Project, aligning with PMI’s Practice Standards for Work Breakdown Structures and Scheduling is perhaps the shortest path to building high quality Proactive Schedules for your project.
     

    Implementing PMI’s Practice Standard for Scheduling in Microsoft Project

  • CIO Dash Boards

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    About the Presentation

    Does your organization lack visibility into critical information? Are you challenged with monitoring too much data that’s not mapped to your key strategic objectives? Are you fuzzy on the difference between a leading and lagging indicator and what’s the value of tracking each type? Are you challenged with designing a dash board that your users love to access?

    If these challenges sound familiar to your environment, the CIO Dashboard presentation will discuss and review these challenges in depth and will cover industry best practices that can be implemented to address your Dash Board requirements.

    During this presentation we will review:

    CIO Dash Boards

  • Failure is NOT an option…but it should be!

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    Experience a moving hands-on leadership workshop called "Failure isn't an option...but it should be!" for private and public sector organizations, sales force and solo entrepreneurs. A coaching client gave me permission to share her story about how she found her passion based on her journey which began facing bankruptcy, losing a co-founded family business with her husband, moving after losing a home, and legal bills piling up. Her passion was discovered in a completely different industry and is now a motivational speaker and soon-to-be author. Explore ways to overcome anxiety so that we can encourage risk both professionally, personally and with our families and friends. Take a-ways:

    Failure is NOT an option…but it should be!

  • Monte Carlo Analysis

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    About the Presentation

    Identifying risk is one thing but understanding how it affects your project is critical for establishing a risk response plan. The Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis process is necessary to properly understand and account for the impact of risk on both cost and schedule on your projects. This seminar will demonstrate how to perform Monte Carlo Analysis using the software package ‘@Risk’.

    Monte Carlo Analysis

  • Facilitation – An Introduction for Project Managers

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    About the Workshop

    Meetings are a large part of what we do as project managers. Decision making among project teams and stakeholders is a critical component of project management success. A facilitator is someone who acts as a neutral meeting manager to assist a group of people to achieve a goal. Facilitation can help establish a common understanding, solve a problem, or arrive at a mutually acceptable decision. This session will look at several facilitation techniques that project managers can add to their professional toolkits to run productive, purpose-driven meetings.

    Facilitation – An Introduction for Project Managers

  • Making Scope Flexible with User Stories

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    About the Presentation

    Many people see user stories as primarily a different technique for writing or eliciting requirements. This understanding, however, misses the point and leads teams to continue with fixed-scope thinking and planning. The real beauty of user stories is the way in which they provide usable options—offering a unit of planning and execution which is neither too big to prioritize, nor too small to be meaningful. This talk explains how user stories, when properly applied, allow a software project to be both adaptable and predictable. We will discuss the key characteristics of stories and see how a real-world team uses them to balance competing priorities, collaborate effectively, and converge on the "right-sized" version of a feature.

    Making Scope Flexible with User Stories

  • Embracing Change Through Simple Change Control

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    About the Presentation

    Bring change control up in most work conversations and you get an almost unanimous groan. Everyone has horror stories about change control, few have anything good to say about it. Matthew Weaver will re-introduce change control, show how it is our best friend, can be efficient and complementary to our projects, and really is a necessity for every project manager and team.

    Embracing Change Through Simple Change Control

  • Agile Planning and Performance Metrics for Government Projects

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    About the Presentation

    The Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 25 Point IT Management Reform Plan requires agencies utilize an iterative, or Agile, project management methodology and that all projects should result in working business functionality in 6 months or less. However, the OMB also requires the development of a performance measurement baseline and that cost, schedule, and technical performance metrics are tracked. This informative webinar will review the OMB requirements as well as how to plan Government Agile projects and implement EVM.

    • OMB 25 Point IT Management Reform Plan - Modular Development
    • Agile Project Management Overview
    • Planning Government Agile Projects
    • Implementing EVM for Agile projects

    Agile Planning and Performance Metrics for Government Projects

  • Software Project Management

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    About the Presentation

    Software development projects can be complex and costly. The software development environment can be dynamic due to changing business conditions-as well as the technology evolution that may occur during projects. Across all organizations, most software development projects miss their targets dramatically. One of the major causes of these failures is poor project management that allows projects to spin out of control. The IBM Rational Unified Process (RUP) provides valuable guidance for project managers on how to address the root causes of project failure and best practices on how to guide projects to success. The RUP describes who does what, when, and how in a software development project. It provides templates to use as the starting point for project artifacts-as well as guidance and examples.

    Software Project Management

  • Changes In the PMBOK 5th Edition

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    About the Program

    The Project Management Institute (PMI®) ended 2012 with the release of its new A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)–Fifth Edition. The PM Tools Session will briefly discuss the history of changes to the PMBOK and identify the biggest, key changes and discuss how these changes are reflected in the PMBOK.

    Changes In the PMBOK 5th Edition

  • Slaying the Agile Dragon

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    About the Program

    Lot’s of folks have jumped on the Agile bandwagon, and certainly, there is a lot of good stuff going on out there. At the same time, however, there is a lot of “not quite there” or even “not getting anywhere” agile going on. So much so, that some teams have taken to calling their organizations’ attempt to integrate Agile into their existing processes such derisive names as Agilefall, ScrumBut, or FrAgile.

    Slaying the Agile Dragon

  • Applying Project Management Principles to Your Personal Finances

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    About the Program

    For many people, the 2008 recession and anemic recovery from it has put strains on their personal/family financial situation. As PMPs, you have devoted a great deal of time and effort to mastering project management principles. As Bill’s presentation will show, these principles are very applicable to managing your personal/family finances. Why not get double benefit from your investment in project management knowledge and apply them to your personal life as well as in your career?

    Applying Project Management Principles to Your Personal Finances

  • Agile Chartering

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    About the Program

    Recent studies suggest 80% of a project's success is determined by how it starts. While project chartering is not foreign to the PM community, Agile Project Chartering requires a unique skill set.

    Agile Charting relies on collaboration and results; it garners on more stakeholder buy-in and fosters better alignment amoung team members. It is a tool that can ensure a project starts with a solid foundation built on common understanding and designed for success.

    Agile Chartering

  • Leading Projects: A Strategic Approach

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    About the Program

    Strategic project management involves both leading and managing; it involves skills that can be developed and it is in high demand throughout the world as organizations are learning to do more with less resources.

    We will examine the organizational factors impacting projects, how leading and managing skill sets both come into play, and practical application of the principles for success. As you learn how to think and act strategically, you will manage projects that differentiate you and prove your value to your organization and your customers.

    Leading Projects: A Strategic Approach

  • Motivation 3.0: Contemporary Strategies for Long-term Success and Productivity

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    About the Program

    Most project managers are familiar with traditonal ideas of motivation – reward work behavior you want to increase and punish behavior you want to avoid. This “carrot and stick” paradygm of motivation seems intuitive and logical, because it is so familiar. Well-suited to routine tasks, this approach can actively diminish prerformance in today’s more complex world of “knowledge” work – customer-interactive, creative, and service-oriented. If physical gratification is motivation 1.0, then “reward and punishment” is motivation 2.0. To get the best from today’s workforce, we need to update our motivation viewpoint to the next level to meet the needs of the current business environment. The short answer will come as no surprise: leverage internal fullfillment.

    Motivation 3.0: Contemporary Strategies for Long-term Success and Productivity

  • Project Knowledge Management with Wikis

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    About the Program

    Project management is knowledge management. Except for the project deliverables themselves all of the 77 artifacts identified in the PMBOK processes are information assets and represent the project’s knowledge, accumulated and transformed throughout the project. Managing that knowledge has over the years become more and more difficult as projects become larger and the participants become more virtual. A relatively little-used class of tools – wikis – may provide some relief. Wikis are Web sites that allows users to add and update content using only their own Web browser, making them collaborative by nature. The first wiki was written by Ward Cunningham for his Portland Pattern Repository over twenty years ago. Today Wikipedia is the best known example of the technology.

    Project Knowledge Management with Wikis

  • Understanding Generation Y in Project Teams

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    Each project team has its own culture composed of many individual personalities and characteristics. These characteristics are at times impacted by the individuals generation. Baby Boomers are the largest generation by volume. Second in volume is Generation Y with birth years from 1980’s – late 1990’s. As more Baby Boomers enter into retirement Gen-Y will soon become the largest generation in the workforce. Project Managers are bound to work with this growing group of individuals.

    This presentation will focus on who and what is Gen Y. What practical tools and tips could be used as a PM to ensure you are getting the best out of Gen-Y team members. 

    Understanding Generation Y in Project Teams

  • Agile ITIL

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    Think Scrum is only for software development? Think again! Scrum is a lightweight framework for delivering valuable product to customers by empowering cross-functional, self-organizing teams. While Scrum is most often applied to software development, this workshop will explore how Scrum concepts can be applied to ITIL based service and process improvement efforts. The “Information Technology Infrastructure Library” (ITIL®), a set of volumes originally compiled in Great Britain in the 1980’s describing Best Practices for IT. Now in its fourth iteration (2011), ITIL focuses on provision of “services” rather than technologies. The focus on the design, development, deployment, support, and ongoing improvement of IT services based on business needs strikes at the very heart of ITIL, and at the core responsibilities within IT as a profession.

    Agile ITIL

  • Cheaper, Faster, and Smarter Begins With Your Requirements

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    Get rid of your Requirements Specification, banish Microsoft Word from anyone documenting requirements, use the right tools, and get smart about your requirements.  Matthew Weaver will give everyone cause to jump straight to their Requirements Traceability Matrix (RTM) as the single-source solution to documenting, controlling, and reporting project requirements.  Realize incredible savings by using the right tool and getting smart about why you document a requirement and where you depend upon it throughout the project life cycle.

    Cheaper, Faster, and Smarter Begins With Your Requirements

  • Prediction Markets for Program and Project Management

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    A phenomenon called the wisdom of crowds has been shown to be surprisingly accurate at predicting future events.  What if you could monitor the collective wisdom of a defined crowd on a nearly continuous basis?  Such is the capability provided by software systems called prediction markets.  This presentation will introduce this relatively new class of tools, explain how they work, and provide an overview of how they could apply to portfolio, program and project management.  The presentation will also include a survey of the major prediction market publishers and how to contact them for more information.

    Prediction Markets for Program and Project Management

  • Living in the Innovation Age – A Project Manager’s Call to Action

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    Most experts agree that we have transitioned from the Information Age into the Innovation Age – an age where innovation is not an option but an absolute necessity for survival and success. If we accept the premise that we have indeed entered a new age of continuous innovation the question then is, “how does today’s project manager help spur, not constrain, innovation and consequently prosper in this new era?”

    Living in the Innovation Age – A Project Manager’s Call to Action

  • Exploring the Project Management Information System

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    Have you ever struggled to find data to support your project planning needs? Are you unable to easily see how your projects and programs are performing? If so, it may be time for your company to consider establishing a project management information system. Data is essential for program and project managers to effectively shepherd programs and projects through their respective life cycles. Armed with project and program data program and project managers will be empowered to plan for and manage to successful outcomes.

    Exploring the Project Management Information System

  • APM (Agile Project Management) versus the PMBOK Guide and EVM (Earned Value Management)

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    Since the publishing of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development in February of 2001, Agile Project Management has gained increasing attention and popularity. Today, APM is being used for projects far beyond just software development: it is also being used for new product development in areas as diverse as automobiles, pharmaceuticals, and integrated circuits. PMI has also taken notice, and in September of this year – 2012 – offered testing foran Agile certification, the “PMI-ACP.” The traditional focus for APM has been to manage projects where requirements are very volatile, and there is a great need to deliver value to the customer as quickly as possible. At first glance, there are many differences between the Agile approach compared to the ‘traditional’ approach taught in the PMBOK Guide, especially where Earned Value Management is emphasized.

    APM (Agile Project Management) versus the PMBOK Guide and EVM (Earned Value Management)

  • Introvert vs. Extrovert: Business Strategies For Success

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    About the Presentation

    Is it just me or have you ever wondered whether the media’s coverage of these two groups in corporate America, introverts and extroverts, is accurate? It seems to be slanted, portraying extroverts in a more positive light, being sought out as leaders, being included in statements such as the “sky is the limit” and “shoots for the stars”, and being what most people should strive toward. The term introvert has been depicted in more negative terms; someone who wants to close his or her door to the world, use solitude to problem solve, is nerdy and not as promote-able nor eager to attain notoriety. For example, have you ever met an extrovert whose goal was to become an introvert? I haven’t. How about an introvert wishing to become more extroverted?

    Introvert vs. Extrovert: Business Strategies For Success

  • Leveraging the Power of PRINCE2 and PMI's PMBOK Guide

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    About the Presentation

    For Project Managers working in the U.S., we know that PMI's PMBOK serves as a framework for successfully managing projects. However, did you know that PRINCE2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments) is an effective project management methodology used by thousands of project managers worldwide? This interactive session will provide an overview of PRINCE 2, how PRINCE2 compliments PMI's PMBOK, as well as ways to incorporate PRINCE2 concepts for increased project success.

    Leveraging the Power of PRINCE2 and PMI's PMBOK Guide

  • PM Tools Workshop: The Secrets of Great Customer Service

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    About the Presentation

    Why is customer service so important in today’s marketplace? Superior customer service can result in:
    • Increased business and greater customer diversity
    • Improved perception of you and your business
    • Gaining an advantage over competitors with similar offerings
    • More satisfied customers and increased job satisfaction for your staff
    • Repeat business, customer loyalty, and a desire to work with you again
    Customer service is more art than science. Through simple messages and examples, this presentation examines the secrets to delivering great customer service, and how to create good feelings about working with you and/or your team. Customers pay our salaries and make our jobs possible – learn how to keep them happy and keep them coming back.

    PM Tools Workshop: The Secrets of Great Customer Service

  • Leading the Project Team

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    Who’s managing your project team?  Many people can point to cases where the person with the Project Manager title is not the true team leader.  In these scenarios, the project team is looking to someone other than the project manager for direction, status and often, support.  While there may be legitimate reasons for someone else to navigate the team for a time, the general expectation is for the project manager to be the team leader.

    This engaging session examines various team leadership qualities, explores common dynamics within project teams and offers proven strategies to aid project managers in consistently being the undeniable leader of the project team.  Strong leaders and talented teams working together frequently produce successful results.
       
     

    Leading the Project Team

  • 7 Ways to Leverage SharePoint for PM Success

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    7 Ways to Leverage SharePoint for PM Success

    featuring

    Dux Raymond Sy, PMP

    Cost

    This PM Tools is free of charge and registration is not required, however, check back in upcoming months as changes are being made to registration requirements.

    Date

    Immediately before the Fairview Park Dinner meeting. at 5:30pm.

    Location

    New Location!

    Fairview Park Marriott
    3111 Fairview Park Drive
    Falls Church, Virginia 22042
    703-849-9400
    http://www.Marriott.com

    7 Ways to Leverage SharePoint for PM Success

  • Social Media: A Briefing for Project Managers

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    Social Media: A Briefing for Project Managers

    featuring

    Allen Evitts

    Cost

    This PM Tools is free of charge and registration is not required, however, check back in upcoming months as changes are being made to registration requirements.

    Date

    Immediately before the Fairview Park Dinner meeting. at 5:30pm.

    Location

    New Location!

    Fairview Park Marriott
    3111 Fairview Park Drive
    Falls Church, Virginia 22042
    703-849-9400
    http://www.Marriott.com

    Social Media: A Briefing for Project Managers

  • Federal PM: Understanding FAC-P/PM and Competency

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    Federal PM: Understanding FAC-P/PM and Competency

    featuring

    Michael O'Brochta, MPM, PMP

    Cost

    This PM Tools is free of charge and registration is not required, however, check back in upcoming months as changes are being made to registration requirements.

    Date

    Every third Tuesday of each month, at 5:30,
    Immediately before the Fairview Park Dinner meeting.

    Location

    New Location!

    Fairview Park Marriott
    3111 Fairview Park Drive
    Falls Church, Virginia 22042
    703-849-9400
    http://www.Marriott.com

    Federal PM: Understanding FAC-P/PM and Competency

  • The Art of the Project Manager Resume

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    The Art of the Project Manager Resume

    featuring

    Colleen McGraw

    Cost

    PM Tools is always free of charge, and registration is not required.

    Date

    Every third Tuesday of each month, at 5:30,
    Immediately before the Fairview Park Dinner meeting.

    Location

    New Location!

    Fairview Park Marriott
    3111 Fairview Park Drive
    Falls Church, Virginia 22042
    703-849-9400
    http://www.Marriott.com

    The Art of the Project Manager Resume

  • The Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence Framework

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    The Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence Framework

    featuring

    Steve Bonk

    Cost

    PM Tools is always free of charge, and registration is not required.

    Date

    Every third Tuesday of each month, at 5:30,
    Immediately before the Fairview Park Dinner meeting.

    Location

    New Location!

    Fairview Park Marriott
    3111 Fairview Park Drive
    Falls Church, Virginia 22042
    703-849-9400
    http://www.Marriott.com

    The Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence Framework

  • How You Can Be Recognized as a Project Leader

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    How You Can Be Recognized as a Project Leader

    featuring

    Paul Schmitz, PhD, PMP

    Cost

    PM Tools is always free of charge, and registration is not required.

    Date

    Every third Tuesday of each month, at 5:30,
    Immediately before the Fairview Park Dinner meeting.

    Location

    New Location!

    Fairview Park Marriott
    3111 Fairview Park Drive
    Falls Church, Virginia 22042
    703-849-9400
    http://www.Marriott.com

    How You Can Be Recognized as a Project Leader

  • Creative Techniques for Project Success

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    Creative Techniques for Project Success

    featuring

    Joanne Aaronson, PMP

    Cost

    PM Tools is always free of charge, and registration is not required.

    Date

    Every third Tuesday of each month, at 5:30,
    Immediately before the Fairview Park Dinner meeting.

    Creative Techniques for Project Success

  • Resurrecting the Program That Perished

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    Resurrecting the Program That Perished

    featuring

    Peter Wilson

    Cost

    PM Tools is always free of charge, and registration is not required.

    Date

    Every third Tuesday of each month, at 5:30,
    Immediately before the Fairview Park Dinner meeting.

    Location

    New Location!

    Fairview Park Marriott
    3111 Fairview Park Drive
    Falls Church, Virginia 22042
    703-849-9400
    http://www.Marriott.com

    Resurrecting the Program That Perished

  • Have PMBOK, Will Take CMMI

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    Have PMBOK, Will Take CMMI

    featuring

    Tarak Modi, CISA, CISSP, PMP

    Cost

    PM Tools is always free of charge, and registration is not required.

    Date

    Every third Tuesday of each month, at 5:30,
    Immediately before the Tysons Corner Dinner meeting.

    Location

    Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner
    8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA
    703.448.1234
    http://www.Sheraton.com/TysonsCorner

    About the Program

    Have PMBOK, Will Take CMMI

  • Take Six Steps to Better Organization

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    Take Six Steps to Better Organization

    featuring

    Susan Kousek, Certified Professional Organizer®

    Cost

    PM Tools is always free of charge, and registration is not required.

    Date

    Every third Tuesday of each month, at 5:30,
    Immediately before the Tysons Corner Dinner meeting.

    Location

    Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner
    8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA
    703.448.1234
    http://www.Sheraton.com/TysonsCorner

    About the Program

    Take Six Steps to Better Organization

  • Bringing Home the Bacon!

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    Bringing Home the Bacon!

    featuring

    Larry Tracy

    Location and Cost

    COST

    Free Program - No Cost to AttendPM Tools is always free of charge, and registration is not required.

    DATE

    5:30pm - immediately before the Crystal City Dinner.

    Bringing Home the Bacon!

  • Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers

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    Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers

    featuring

    Robert M. Tobias and Pat Barker

    Cost

    PM Tools is always free of charge, and registration is not required.

    Date

    Every third Tuesday of each month, at 5:30,
    Immediately before the Tysons Corner Dinner meeting.

    Location

    Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner
    8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA
    703.448.1234
    http://www.Sheraton.com/TysonsCorner

    About the Program

    Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers

  • Achieving Dental Health through Project Management

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    Cost

    PM Tools is always free of charge, and registration is not required.

    Date

    Every third Tuesday of each month, at 5:30,
    Immediately before the Tysons Corner Dinner meeting.

    Location

    Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner
    8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA
    703.448.1234
    http://www.Sheraton.com/TysonsCorner

    About the Program

    Achieving Dental Health through Project Management

  • Leader Derailment: Personality is Not Destiny

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    Leader Derailment: Personality is Not Destiny

    featuring

    Catherine L. Murensky, Ph.D.

    Cost

    PM Tools is always free of charge, and registration is not required.

    Date

    Every third Tuesday of each month, at 5:30,
    Immediately before the Tysons Corner Dinner meeting.

    Location

    Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner
    8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA
    703.448.1234
    http://www.Sheraton.com/TysonsCorner

    About the Program

    Leader Derailment: Personality is Not Destiny

  • Free PM Tools Workshop - Team Building in a Matrix Management Environment

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    Team Building in a Matrix Management Environment

    featuring

    Karen Davey-Winter
    Work Life Coaching

    Cost

    Free Program - No Cost to AttendPM Tools is always free of charge, and registration is not required.

    Date

    Every third Tuesday of each month, at 5:30,
    Immediately before the Tysons Corner Dinner meeting.

    Free PM Tools Workshop - Team Building in a Matrix Management Environment

  • Free PM Tools Workshop - Coping With a “Death March” In A Mid-Sized Project

    Coping With a “Death March” In A Mid-Sized Project (Lessons Learned)

    featuring

    Rahul Shah, PMP

    and

    Edward Weltin, PMP, CSEP

    Location and Cost

    COST

    Free Program - No Cost to AttendPM Tools is always free of charge, and registration is not required.

    DATE

    Every third Tuesday of each month, at 5:30,
    Immediately before the monthly chapter dinner.

    Free PM Tools Workshop - Coping With a “Death March” In A Mid-Sized Project

  • Free PM Tools Workshop - EmPowered Leader - New Metro-Accessible Tools Workshop

    Sheila Savar

    The EmPowered Leader

    featuring

    Sheila Savar
    The Savar Institute

    Location and Cost

    COST

    Free Program - No Cost to AttendPM Tools is always free of charge, and registration is not required.

    Free PM Tools Workshop - EmPowered Leader - New Metro-Accessible Tools Workshop

  • Free PM Tools Workshop - Non-Verbal Communication

    March PM Tools Speaker Gregg A. Hawrylko - Photography by Greg Bouchillon

    March PM Tools Speaker Gregg A. Hawrylko, and PMIWDC board member Samir Mazmudar.

    Non-Verbal Communications
    Understanding and Effective Use of Non-Verbal Communication: Actions Speak Louder than Words!

    featuring

    Free PM Tools Workshop - Non-Verbal Communication

  • Free PM Tools Workshop - Why Projects Fail

    February PM Tools Speaker Dev Raheja - Photography by Greg Bouchillon February PM Tools Speaker Dev Raheja

    Why Projects Fail
    And How to Prevent It

    featuring

    Free PM Tools Workshop - Why Projects Fail

  • Free PM Tools Workshop - Chaos, Order, Alive!

    -

    Paul Dandurand

    Chaos, Order, Alive!
    Which process maturity level is your organization?

    featuring

    Paul Dandurand
    CEO of PIEmatrix

    Location and Cost

    COST

    Free Program - No Cost to AttendPM Tools is always free of charge, and registration is not required.

    Free PM Tools Workshop - Chaos, Order, Alive!

  • December PM Tools - On The Job: Lessons Learned from PM of the Year Finalists

    On The Job: Lessons Learned from PM of the Year Finalists

    featuring

    Dwight Evans

    Mike Landry

    Djindo Lee

    Location and Cost

    COST

    PM Tools is always free of charge, and registration is not required.

    DATE

    Every third Tuesday of each month, at 5:30,
    Immediately before the monthly chapter dinner.

    December PM Tools - On The Job: Lessons Learned from PM of the Year Finalists

  • November PM Tools - "Implementing a Corporate PM Community of Practice"

    “Implementing a Corporate Project Management Community of Practice
    Lessons Learned and Best Practices”

    featuring

    Aaron Hall, PMP
    Carolyn Hennings, PMP
    Melissa Frescholtz

    View the presentation slides (PDF)

    Location and Cost

    COST

    PM Tools is always free of charge, and registration is not required.

    November PM Tools - "Implementing a Corporate PM Community of Practice"

  • November PM Tools - Arlene Olsen - EVM Reporting and Oversight Needs in Federal Agency

    EVM Reporting and Oversight Needs in Federal Agency

    featuring

    Arlene Olsen,
    Vice President of Dekker, Ltd.

    Location and Cost

    COST

    PM Tools is always free of charge, and registration is not required.

    DATE

    Every third Tuesday of each month, at 5:30,
    Immediately before the monthly chapter dinner.

    November PM Tools - Arlene Olsen - EVM Reporting and Oversight Needs in Federal Agency

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