Chapter Luncheon Presentations 2013

    Jan 2013 - Paradigm Shift for Practice – Critical Chain

    Speaker: Murugappan Chettiar

    The objective of this presentation is to help project managers tackle challenges with a 15-year-old lens of “critical chain” versus the prevalent 60-year-old lens of “critical path.” Critical chain applies the Theory of Constraints to project management and was developed by Dr. Eli Goldratt. The presentation, case study with audience, and Q&A will focus on:

    • Efficiency trap with methodologies
    • Critical path and gaming
    • 11th hour rush and risk exposure
    • Effective buffer management and resource alignment to uncover critical chain

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    Feb 2013 - Do-MAgIC with your Project

    Speaker: Rai Chowdhary

    Do-MAgIC is a simple structured approach you can use with great success in Project Management - regardless of the type of projects you are pursuing. Gain insight on how this multi-disciplinary approach that blends science, art, and behavioral aspects can take your Project Management skills to new heights

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    Mar 2013 - Building and Forecasting an Agile Release

    Speaker: V. Lee Henson CST, PMP

    Learn the best practices to build an effective Agile Backlog and realize the benefits of preparation in order to gain a better focus on forecasting for large scale enterprise projects.

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    Apr 2013 - Realistic Optimism - How to Face the Brutal Facts While Maintaining Hope to Achieve Project Goals

    Speaker: John Boyd

    Successful project managers maintain a realistic perspective and avoid succumbing to self-deception.

    Self-deception can hinder your ability to connect and influence others and can impede your progress in personal and team goal achievement.

    This presentation will cover how this happens and what you can do about it.

    • Self-Deception and Interpersonal Skills
    • Self-Deception and Personal Goal Achievement
    • How does it happen
    • Increase Awareness
    • The role of Character
    • How to use Information Loops
    • How to Interrupt the pattern
    • How to Redirect for improvement

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    Jun 2013 - Servant Leadership - "The" Way to Lead Today

    Speaker: Brian Rabon

    How many times a day do you turn to power as a leadership tool? While using power can be quick and efficient, it doesn’t last and can cause team members to resent you. Instead of power we can use authority. Authority is granted by team members, not given to you by your position or the organization. Authority never gets old and it endears team members to you. Authority is a key tool of a Servant Leader. Come learn about authority and other techniques for being a Servant Leader so that you can elevate your effectiveness as a leader.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. As a session attendee, I want to understand what Servant Leadership is, so that I can better understand why I need to use it.
    2. As a session attendee, I want tips for becoming a Servant Leader, so that I can be more successful in my role.

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    July 2013 - EUREKA! Slowing Down Really Does Speed Us Up!

    Speaker: Mike J. Berry

    A look at practical approaches to quality management

    Does your organization need higher productivity, fewer defects, and happier customers? Guess what—they are all related.

    If your team is regularly reacting to new and unforeseen problems then maybe it’s time for some new tricks. Establishing a mature quality management environment is easy if you know a few basic fundamentals.

    Come and learn how to transform a reactive environment into a stable, proactive environment--enabling your organization to deliver products faster and with higher quality ratings to growing ranks of happy customers.

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    August 2013 - Organizational Change Management for Project Managers

    Speakers: Beth Hoburg and Sarah Schwartz

    Organizational Change Management - What is it and why should you care?

    Great new system - why won’t people use it? Great new way of doing things - why won’t people change their behavior? 70% of change efforts fail to deliver the expected benefits. High-quality organizational change management can help ensure that your change effort is one of the 30% that meet or exceed expectations.

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    September 2013 - Silence Fails: The Five Crucial Conversations for Flawless Execution

    Speaker: Emily Hoffman

    An organization’s success is determined by how well people execute on its high-stakes projects and initiatives. However, current execution trends are anything but promising. According to recent research:

    • Fewer than one in three critical initiatives will achieve intended goals, and almost half are deemed outright failures.
    • 83 percent of employees say they are working on projects, programs, and initiatives they believe will fail.
    • Companies’ collective inability to execute on major projects costs hundreds of billions of dollars each year.

    The good news is that these failures are predictable—and therefore, preventable. In the groundbreaking study, Silence Fails: The Five Crucial Conversations for Flawless Execution, VitalSmarts and The Concours Group found that project failures are almost always preceded by conversation failures. Learn to step up to these five crucial conversations and improve results through better decision making, higher quality project execution, and more engaged leadership.

    Visit the Vital Smarts website for more information

    October 2013 - How Do You Spell “Risk Management”: With 7M’s and 5Y’s!!!

    Speaker: Paul J Fields PhD.

    The difference between a good project manager and a great project manager is risk management. In this presentation we will examine how applying the principles of Six Sigma problem-solving can help you take your professional skills to the next level of project management greatness.

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    November 2013 - Heroes in our Midst

    Speaker: Ian McCracken

    There are heroes in our midst. They comprise the ordinary, every day kind of people like you and me. These ‘heroes’ don’t necessarily have money or fame or access to power, yet they influence and guide and do extraordinary things through their passion, energy, and sincere desire to do good for all those with whom they come in contact.

    What causes some to try to make a positive difference in life for those around them while others simply seek to gain for themselves? Is gaining for ourselves wrong? Is it right? Is there a middle ground?

    Let’s discover together a few of the successful leadership development traits and skills that can not only benefit those around us but also benefit ourselves within everyday business and in life! Come and enjoy some time with Ian McCracken in this special and unique presentation about the heroes in our midst!

    January 2014 - The NFL Superbowl Coaches Project

    Speaker: Reed Shell

    Can the learnings from NFL Football Superbowl Coaches and how they win games be applied to a project? Is coaching high paid football players similar to leading high end technology talent?

    What did Superbowl coaches do to direct this talent into progressing toward the NFL’s top award and winning of more than one Super Bowl? Can the performance management attributes of Superbowl coaches be applied to project teams?

    Review what NFL Superbowl coaches did to win Superbowls to see if their learnings could assist your organization in better managing the performance of teams to accomplish the goals and directives of the company. The goal of this presentation is to provide the attendee with techniques that could assist in the ability to manage performance of the teams or projects.

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