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PMINJ 2006 IPM Day Speakers 

02 Nov 2006

Somerset, NJ - The Palace

Introduction
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Speakers


Speaker Topic
Alex Brown Project Charters Bridge Culture
John Cusack Sustainability Principles in Project Management
Peter de Jager Change Management: The Missing Component of PM
Jay Gassaway
Understand Earned Value in Under an Hour
Lynna Hood
The Use and Misuse of EVM in the Back Office
Lee Lambert
Living in an Info-Centric World—Where the Universe Revolves around YOU!
Jerry Manas
Napoleon on Project Management: Timeless Lessons in Planning, Execution and Leadership
Frank Saladis
Positive Leadership in Project Management: The International Connection

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Alex Brown

Bio:
Alex S. Brown, PMP, is the Manager of the Strategic Planning Office at Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group, USA. He also helps other firms solve their real-life project problems as President of his own company, Real-Life Projects, Inc. He has spoken at the last three PMI North America Congresses and the 2002 PMI Symposium, in addition to several regional and specific-interest project management events. This year will be his third presentation at a PMI NJ event. His articles have appeared in several newsletters, and he provides advice to peers internationally through his web site, http://www.alexsbrown.com. He has been a project manager for software development and financial services projects since 1993.

Topic:

Project Charters Bridge Culture

Abstract:

Learn how project charters successfully bridged cultural gaps when making decisions among a community of Japanese and U.S. executives. Establishing a clear chartering process was the key to project management’s success at the company. The presentation will include templates and overviews of the processes established.

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John Cusack

Bio:
John Cusack is Executive Director of the NJ Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability, a consortium of 40+ colleges/universities with the goal of facilitating the use/practice of sustainability concepts in higher education and society.  He also is the Founder of Gifford Park Associates, a management consulting firm specializing in sustainability management, climate change risks, and the relationship between environmental and financial performance. Prior to founding Gifford Park Associates, Mr. Cusack spent 20 years in staff & executive positions with ABB, Combustion Engineering, and Con Edison. He has a MCE & BCE from Manhattan College, an MBA from NYU Stern School, and is a Professional Engineer.

Topic:

Sustainability Principles in Project Management

Abstract:

Project managers need to incorporate sustainability (social, environmental and economic) factors, into their work, or face the danger of late delivery, poor execution, and unhappy clients, especially when dealing with controversial projects. Sustainability principles can help develop more economic, and more effective projects, and avoid delays, public opposition and unanticipated consequences.

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Peter de Jager


Bio:
Peter de Jager is a keynote speaker/writer/consultant on the issues relating to the issue of managing change of all types within our organizations. He has published hundreds of articles on topics ranging from Problem Solving, Creativity and Change to the impact of technology on areas such as privacy, security and business. His articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Futurist and Scientific American.   He is best known to IT audiences for his efforts to create responsible awareness of the Y2K issue - For which he received several awards from IT associations and Govt. Agencies.   In addition to presentations and seminars on the topics above, he writes about a dozen regular columns. These include; Association Trends, CIPS across Canada, Enterprise, Globe & Mail online and Municipal World - He's spoken in more than 35 countries and is recognized worldwide as an exciting, humorous, provocative and engaging speaker. His audiences have included the World Economic Forum, The World Bank and The Bank for International Settlements.  His presentations and workshops are highly interactive, fun, irreverent to mistaken ideas and most distinctively - provocative. He forces the audience, by demonstrating conflicts between their stated beliefs and behaviours, to think differently about what they thought they knew.

Topic:

Change Management: The Missing Component of PM

Abstract: 

Change means learning new behaviors. It isn’t as difficult as our many past failures suggest. There is a path of least resistance to Change and it is neither difficult, nor costly to walk competently. I will pinpoint the specific things we're doing wrong replacing them with practical to do correctly.

Jay Gassaway

Bio:
Jay has been president of the Delaware Valley Chapter of PMI.

Topic:

Understand Earned Value in Under an Hour

Abstract:

Earned Value (EV) is a performance tool that is well accepted throughout the government.  Today more and more corporations are embracing this valuable project reporting tool.  EV allows for a three dimensional view of project technical, cost, and scheduled performance.  Traditional evaluations only looked at variance between plan costs and actual costs.  EV integrates the schedule and the budget and the work that has been performed to date to provide an informative picture of project performance.  This presentation will enlighten you to the potential of this increasingly utilized tool.  See how easily it can be understood!

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Lynna Hood

Bio:
Lynna Hood, CFCM is a System Consultant with Deltek and the Program Administrator, Curricula Designer and Instructor of the Contracting with the Federal Government Certificate Series offered by George Mason University in partnership with Deltek.  Lynna is a Certified Federal Contract Manager, and comes from a 21-year career in federal contracting during which she has received such awards as the Outstanding Contract Specialist for the United States Air Force.  Lynna has issued and administered complex cost type proposals and contracts.  She has experience with leading complex source selections and evaluation teams for multi-million dollar technical service contracts.  She holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from Faulkner University as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from the University of Colorado.

Topic:

The Use and Misuse of EVM in the Back Office

Abstract:

Earned Value Management is the new and mandatory approach for Federal contract performance reporting, risk management and cost control. By October of 2006, most new cost-type Government contracts in excess of 20 million dollars will requirement implementation of an EVM system for the contract for performance reporting and risk management. Many accounting departments are ill prepared to meet this requirement and even those that are gearing up to do so will find it difficult to communicate with the program managers that will use the system. This seminar is intended to give accounting personnel with little or no exposure to Earned Value Management (EVM) an understanding of the concepts behind the discipline, the terminology it uses and the demands for data that an EVM system may place on the accounting system. Like all specialized disciplines, EVM has a language all its own.  Participants in this seminar will come away with a solid grasp of how EVM systems work, why they work, what data they rely on, what the terms mean and even how to interpret the basic variance reporting parameters.

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Lee Lambert

Bio:
In the profession of Project Management training, Lee R. Lambert, PMP has established the standard against which others in the field are measured.  He was an integral part of the creation of the PMP Certification Program; a recipient of the PMI’s Distinguished Contribution Award and was a member of the PMNetwork/PM Journal Editorial Review team for over a decade.  As an author of two books and 28 professional papers, no other project management educator can contend with his uncanny technical knowledge, material content and refreshing delivery-his hard-hitting, but humorous style, has mesmerized more than 40,000 students in 22 countries.  Lee can be reached at

Topic:

Living in an Info-Centric World—Where the Universe Revolves around YOU!

Abstract:

Decisions, they are the lifeblood of a successful project.  Sound decisions are based upon quality project information.  Quality information is extracted from the mountains of 'data' that today’s sophisticated, automated systems generated daily.  The modern day project management professional is responsible for sorting, sifting and translating the 'data' into decision support information.  When it comes to projects, the only person who has the ability to examine project related info from every part of the organization IS the project manager.  This is the only place where a holistic view can be taken.  Individual components of the organization have pieces of the project info puzzle, but only the PM can see all the parts and can make all the right moves (decisions) to assure everything 'fits' together.

Learn how to capitalize on the power that comes with living in the middle of today’s Info-Centric World.  Understand why the Project Universe revolves around you.  Learn how to make and/or influence decisions that are founded in sound logic and driven by relevant information.  It is time to stop talking about it and time to take control of your project world.

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Jerry Manas

Bio:
Jerry Manas is President of The Marengo Group, LLC, an organization that specializes in principle-based project management training and consulting. Jerry is also co-founder of PMThink! Project Management Thought Leadership (www.pmthink.com), a popular blog site where topics such as project management, portfolio management, and organizational leadership are discussed.  Mr. Manas is an active volunteer with the Project Management Institute (PMI), and recently served on the leadership team for PMIs new standards for program and portfolio management. He currently serves on the Board of Director's for PMIs Aerospace and Defense Specific Interest Group. He is the author of Napoleon on Project Management (Nelson Business 2006).

Topic:

Napoleon on Project Management: Timeless Lessons in Planning, Execution and Leadership

Abstract:

Jerry Manas, PMP, author of Napoleon on Project Management, teaches the art of project management as seen through the successes and failures of one of history's greatest leaders, Napoleon Bonaparte. Through this lively and entertaining presentation, you will learn to apply Napoleon's research, record keeping, and organization methods to your own projects for better results.

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Frank Saladis

Bio:
Frank P. Saladis, PMP, President of Project Imaginers Inc. is a Consultant and Instructor within the project management profession and has over 32 years experience in the IT, Telecom and project management training environment. He is a senior consultant and trainer for the International Institute For Learning Inc. and has held the position of National Project Manager for AT&T Solutions Information Technology Services and was a member of Cisco Systems Professional Services Project Management Advocacy organization. His responsibilities included the development of the Project Management Office (PMO) and the development of internal training programs in project management. He is a Project Management Professional and has been a featured presenter at the Project Management Institute ® Annual Symposiums, Project World, and PMI World Congress. He is the immediate past president of the PMI New York City Chapter and a Past-President of the PMI ® Assembly of Chapter Presidents. Mr. Saladis is a Co-Publisher of the internationally distributed ALLPM newsletter and a contributor to the ALLPM project management website. He has written numerous leadership and project management related articles and was an author of the AT&T Corporate ITS Project Management Guidelines. He is a member of the International Executive Guild and the NRCC Business Advisory Council. He has also held the position of Vice President of Education for the Global Communications Technology Specific Interest Group of PMI ® and holds a Masters Certificate in Commercial Project Management from the George Washington University. 

Topic:

Positive Leadership in Project Management: The International Connection

Abstract:

This presentation discusses the importance of effective leadership in the project environment, reviews key principles of project manager effective and demonstrates how project management has become an 'international language of business'. The presentation discusses key leadership characteristics, the international project environment and how project management is emerging as a key strategy the global economy.


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