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PMINJ 2007 Symposium Speakers

21th Annual Symposium

07 May 2007

Randolph - Skylands

Sunday Seminar

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Speakers


Speaker Topic
Keynote Speakers
Andy Crowe, PMP Kaizen: Sustaining Improvement
Kathleen A. Hedges Establishing and Maintaining a Sustainable Project Management and Controls Organization
Panelists: John E. Franc, PMP, Lyman Moquin, PMP, Dena Mottola,  Allen Shaheen Discussion: Perspectives on Sustainability and Project Management
Track Speakers
Donna Fitzgerald Sustainable Project Management: A Systems Thinking Approach
Patti Harter, PMP Why a Program Management Credential?
Gary Heerkens PMP, CPM, CBM, PE
Construct and Sustain a Complete PM Culture
Adam Josephs Sustainable Extreme Risk
Joseph A. Lukas, PMP, PE, CCE Is Your Schedule Sustainable? Common Mistakes to Avoid
Dr. Brenda Marshall Harnessing Your EQ/HQ to Sustain  Motivation in the workplace
George Pitagorsky, PMP Open-minded Mindfulness: Key to Sustainable PM
Dennis Stauffer Thinking Clockwise Tools for Sustainable Project Leadership
Ronald J. Wilkinson PE, LEED AP Commissioning for the Sustainable Building Project

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Andy Crowe, PMP

Bio:
Andy Crowe is the CEO of Velociteach, as well as the author of The Alpha Project Managers: What the Top 2% Know that Everyone Else Does Not, The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try, and The CAPM Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try. As an expert on project management, he served on the Project Management Institute's team for the 2004 edition of the PMBOK Guide. Prior to Velociteach, Crowe taught C++ for Microsoft University, founded and built two successful consulting practices. He was appointed to serve on Microsoft's DNA and .NET Advisory Committees as one of 21 individuals worldwide, representing technology-enabled countries from six continents.  Andy is a Project Management Professional and a Six Sigma (Quality) Black Belt, specializing in methodology and information technology and holds a degree in Business Management from Kennesaw State University.

Topic:

Kaizen: Sustaining Improvement

Abstract:

In today’s rapidly-changing project environment with astronomical rates of project failure, most organizations are far away from true sustainability. This talk focuses on ABCs of sustainable project management: Alignment, Balance, and Continuous Improvement.  This presentation is also interwoven with case studies and previously unpublished information from the 2006 Alpha Study of 860 project managers.

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Donna Fitzgerald

Bio:
Donna Fitzgerald is long term practitioner of Nimble Project Management.  Over her 25 year career she has specialized in helping companies improve the five Ps of product, project, program, process, and people management. She is the co-founder of the NewGrange Center for Project Management (a worldwide nonprofit web-based organization) and of the Agile Project Leadership Network. She is a past board member American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (asapm) and a frequent speaker at various conferences. She is also the author of over 60 articles on project management and still writes a frequent column for Cutter Consortium.

Topic:

Sustainable Project Management: A Systems Thinking Approach

Abstract:

How can project management be made sustainable? One possibility would be to retool project management into a process capable of delivery a steady stream of Value without disrupting the ecosystem of the company.  This talk will give an overview of how to use Systems Thinking to accomplish this goal.

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Patti Harter, PMP

Bio:
Patti Harter is Manager, Career Management Projects at the PMI reporting directly to the COO. Her focus is internal project management maturity and high-profile projects including Introduction of OPM3 and the 2005 PMP update. Patti also has nearly 23 years experience in several industries including insurance, manufacturing, software, and association management. She was the 2004 Recipient of PMI Key Contribution Award which is presented to PMI staff members for excellent performance throughout the year. Patti has been quoted in PMP Passport, Certification Magazine, and PMI Executive Guide 2006. Patti has a B.S. in Operations Management from the University of Tennessee, a Project Management Certificate from Penn State University.

Topic:

Why a Program Management Credential?

Abstract:

Throughout the world, Program Management is on the rise.

What? - Learn about PMI’s market research findings, the global definition of Program Management and how that was developed.

Why? - Learn why this rapid increase in Program Management is taking place, why PMI is creating a credential for the role,  how that ties to PMI’s standards, and why you and your organization will benefit.

How? - Learn the process and the eligibility criteria for obtaining the credential.

When? - Learn the status of the project.

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Kathleen A. Hedges

Bio:
Hedges is an expert in project management and controls, with over 26 years of experience in the areas of nuclear weapons targeting, alternative energy systems, information technology, aerospace, proton accelerator medical treatment, range systems, and transportation.  Hedges serves as the SAIC Director of Corporate Project Management and Controls.  She has provided significant value to SAIC through the development and maintenance of  the project management and control community, providing visionary leadership resulting in SAIC’s Earned Value Management System (EVMS) credentials, developing SOx implementation procedures, promoting involvement in PMI and other professional organizations, and providing leadership to industry and community organizations. Prior to joining SAIC in 1980, Hedges was on the research staff at the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica, CA.  Hedges is also active in several professional and government organizations, including the Project Management Institute College of Performance Management (PMI-CPM), the Joint Government/Industry Earned Value Management (EVM) Working Group, and the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Program Management Systems Committee (PMSC). In October 2006, PM Network, the premier publication of the Project Management Institute (PMI), featured Hedges, who was selected as one of 25 women from around the world to profile as "Influential Women in Project Management."  In 1997, Hedges received the YMCA Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) award. Kathy has committed her knowledge and skills to several key events in the San Diego area, including serving as the project manager for the 1996 Republican National Convention, the 1998 Super Bowl XXXII, and the San Diego 2000 millennial celebration, “Balboa Park Exposition 2000.” In 2005 to 2006, Hedges served a one-year term as a President of the UCSD Athena Board of Directors.  Hedges holds a BA from Pepperdine University, where she was class valedictorian, and an MBA from George Mason University.

Topic:

Establishing and Maintaining a Sustainable Project Management and Controls Organization

Abstract:

Hedges shares observations, how-to guidance, and tips on establishing sustainable project management infrastructure for the future. She describes what it took to establish a world-class project management and controls infrastructure at SAIC, pulling from 13 years of results, observations, lessons learned, and hands-on experience using PMI project management principles and skills in setting up and trouble-shooting troubled programs and establishing a career path, mentoring programs, and training curricula.

Hedges also utilizes recent SOx process implementation and improvement challenges faced at SAIC together with proven assessment, planning, tracking, and marketing techniques that can help leaders forge a way forward in their own organizations.

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Gary Heerkens PMP, CPM, CBM, PE

Bio:
Gary, president of Management Solutions Group, managed projects for Kodak for 20 years. He’s a long-standing provider for PMI’s SeminarsWorld program and the Purchasing Management Association of Canada. A frequent speaker at international PM conferences and contributor to several newsletters, Heerkens was one of six people selected by PMI to develop a self-study program based on the 2004 PMBOK. He’s authored two popular books for McGraw-Hill, “Project Management (The Briefcase Book)”, and “The Business-Savvy Project Manager”.  Heerkens is professionally certified by PMI, IAPPM, and APBM. He was President of the PMI Rochester (NY) Chapter from 1998-2001, and 2005-2006. He’s a licensed Professional Engineer in New York and holds an MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Topic:

Construct and Sustain a Complete PM Culture

Abstract:

This presentation proposes a comprehensive, five-element model that includes all of the components and subcomponents necessary for an organization to consider themselves as having a total project management "system“ in place. Also offers some tips and suggestions on effective implementation.

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Adam Josephs

Bio:
Adam Josephs is a Partner at Celerity Consulting Group LLC.  He has managed engineering projects and product organizations for over 15 years at Apple Computer, Microsoft and a variety of Internet startups.  He has lectured and coached on product development strategy and organizational development in technology companies around the world.  Adam teaches the subject at New York University and industry conferences including PMI, ProjectWorld and Management Roundtable. He is a graduate of Stanford University and makes his home in New York City where he enjoys lecturing on wine and Shakespeare.  He is also and active player of his union Rugby team.

Topic:

Sustainable Extreme Risk

Abstract:

Project teams must engineer their culture to ensure the early identification and mitigation of risk. Risk conversations must cause action on the project to be of value.  This talk will present specific proven structures that can be implemented by any project team that will greatly increase the success of your projects in the face of risk.

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Joseph A. Lukas, PMP, PE, CCE

Bio:
Joe, a Project Manager for the PMK Group, has over 30 years experience in project management.  He is a Professional Engineer, Project Management Professional and Certified Cost Engineer.  Joe has worked in engineering, manufacturing, construction, project controls, estimating and contracting, and has been a Program and Project Manager supporting projects world-wide. His project management experience spans product development, manufacturing, capital and information systems projects.  Joe is a consultant and instructor on project management topics for clients across the country, has written over 30 articles on project management and is a frequent guest speaker on project management topics.

Topic:

Is Your Schedule Sustainable? Common Mistakes to Avoid

Abstract:

The presenter has reviewed many project schedules, and this talk will provide the top ten list of common scheduling mistakes, how to avoid them, and a procedure for preparing schedules. The future is now for delivering correct schedules! Improving your scheduling skills will help make your project management plans sustainable.

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Dr. Brenda Marshall

Bio:
Brenda Marshall, the Director for Learn 2 Choose Inc. Center for Social/Emotional Learning, a consulting/educational business has been developing, evaluating and disseminating science-based models of behavior change, health promotion and program management for the past two decades.  A professor at Montclair State University (MSU), Dr. Marshall has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on psycho-pharmacology of drug use, behavior change, and administration and management of health and prevention programs.   She holds Masters and Doctorate degrees in Behavior Science/ Health Education from Columbia University, and a Masters degree in program management and administration from New York University.   She is presently the director of the Montclair State University Social Norms Project to Reduce Student Alcohol Use Behaviors.  In 2006, she was awarded the U.S. Department of Education Model Program on College Campus award for $173,000.00

Topic:

Harnessing Your EQ/HQ to Sustain  Motivation in the workplace

Abstract:

Strategic management plans are as diverse as the projects they hope to accomplish. Research demonstrates that management strategies that can place people first (EQ), provide personal satisfaction (HQ) and teach effective methods to accomplish goals (modeling) foster community commitment, job satisfaction and increased self-efficacy.  This presentation provides theory, evidence and skills to accomplish effective project management.

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George Pitagorsky, PMP

Bio:
George Pitagorsky, PMP, Senior Enterprise Solutions Advisor for International Institute for Learning (IIL) advising global enterprises on implementation and improvement of project management practices.  His expertise spans project, quality and organizational change management creating methodologies to assess process performance and implementation of process improvement.  He authored IIL’s PM Basics and IT Project Management System, among other courses, articles and products in conflict resolution, problem solving and organizational change. He led the team to develop Unified Project Management Methodology (UPMM) IIL’s online process and knowledge management tool. Author of the Zen of Project Management and co-creator of Conscious Living and Working Wisely workshops.

Topic:

Open-minded Mindfulness: Key to Sustainable PM


Abstract:

This presentation explores the application of mindfulness practice and open-mindedness to managing projects.  Mindfulness improves concentration and provides a foundation for clearly seeing things as they are.  Seeing things as they are brings the compassion and objectivity that enables healthy, sustainable relationships.  These are the foundation for sustainable project management.

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Dennis Stauffer

Bio:
Dennis Stauffer is founder of Insight Fusion a speaking, training and consulting firm that helps individuals, teams and organizations boost their innovation efforts and build a culture of innovation. His work includes primary research into the measurable skills and behaviors that promote innovation. Dennis is an Emmy award-winning journalist and former Business Editor who pioneered a recurring feature series focused on solutions rather than problems. His most recent book, Thinking Clockwise, A Field Guide for the Innovative Leader (Minneapolis, 2005) received a 2006 Fresh Voices book award. Thinking Clockwise is in its third U.S. printing and is currently available in five languages.

Topic:

Thinking Clockwise Tools for Sustainable Project Leadership


Abstract:

What do scientists, babies, explorers and successful entrepreneurs all have in common? The patterns they use to think and act. Bringing out the best in ourselves and others and cultivating our best ideas means being able to leverage these patterns. Discover a unique approach to promoting a climate of innovation.

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Ronald J. Wilkinson PE, LEED AP

Bio:
Ron Wilkinson is an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer and author on building construction quality assurance.  He authored the USGBC LEED commissioning training program and is a regular speaker at the National Conference on Building Commissioning.  A member of the editorial board of Heating/ Piping/ Air Conditioning Engineering magazine, he is published in the ASHRAE Journal, HPAC, Energy User News, Engineered Systems and Engineering News-Record magazines, among others.  He earned his BSMAE from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1971 and his MPA from the Evergreen State College in 1985.  He is currently head of business development for The Dome-Tech Group of Edison, New Jersey.

Topic:

Commissioning for the Sustainable Building Project


Abstract:

This program reviews the Building Commissioning quality assurance process that is a requirement for the US Green Building Council’s Leadership and Environmental Design (LEED) sustainable building design and construction program.  Sustainable buildings provide economical operation and a healthy indoor environment and those are the goals of commissioning.

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 John E. Franc, PMP

Bio:
 
John Franc is a 20-year veteran of the pharmaceutical industry and is currently a Director of Corporate Business Risk Management with Bristol-Myers Squibb.  Before his current role, John occupied various project management leadership positions, establishing and leading project risk management and building it as a core competency to enhance drug development execution and decision making.  He has presented at several risk conferences on the benefits of an integrated and strategic approach to project and business plan management.  Prior to becoming a project manager, John’s career spanned several operational roles including manufacturing process chemistry, metabolism and pharmacokinetics and Phase I/II Clinical trials management. In 2003 John was asked to develop and implement risk management processes supporting manufacturing and specifically technology transfers.  John is a graduate of Carnegie- Mellon University and an Innovation and Operations management graduate of Syracuse University.  John received his PMP certification in 2004.

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Lyman Moquin, PMP

Bio:
 
Lyman Moquin is the Manager for Network Customer Experience at Sprint Nextel Communications. He joined Nextel Communications in August 2004 as the Manager of Delivery Management, a role in which he managed over a dozen project managers in the Engineering Development organization. Lyman significantly increased the visibility and effectiveness of these project managers through training and process improvement initiatives. Before joining Nextel, Lyman was a Program Manager for Technology Service Corporation from 1999 to 2004 where his teams provided technical system engineering and project management services in advanced sensor technology, specifically in areas of large scale device development and R?D risk management. Prior to civilian employment, Lyman served over eight years as an active duty Naval Officer in the field of Cryptology and Information Warfare.  He retains his rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserves, and currently drills in the Washington DC area. Lyman holds a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a MS in Administration from Central Michigan University, and a MS in Information and Telecommunications from Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of PMI and a certified PMP.  He is also a member of the Phi Iota Mu honor society, the Naval Cryptologic Veteran’s Association, and the Boardgame Players Association.

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Dena Mottola

Bio:
 
Dena Mottola is the Executive Director of Environment New Jersey, NJPIRG’s environmental program. She is a 1993 graduate of Cornell University and worked as a community organizer and health care consumer advocate prior to joining NJPIRG staff as the Clean Water Advocate in 2000. Since joining the PIRG advocacy network, Dena has led the organization to several victories including the landmark passage of the New Jersey Clean Cars Act, one of the nation’s broadest diesel pollution clean up programs, adoption of strong new protections for over 300 miles of New Jersey waterways, and adoption of a state renewable energy standard that ensures 20% of New Jersey’s energy will come from renewable energy by 2020.  In addition to lobbying and policy advocacy, Dena directs the organization’s extensive grassroots organizing and fundraising network, and is involved in state and national efforts to recruit and train young, new organizers for jobs in the public interest with NJPIRG, Environment New Jersey and affiliated groups around the country. Dena sits on several boards including the Work Environment Council (a community/labor coalition that works on toxics issues), the Sustainable State Institute’s steering committee, the Governor’s Clean Energy Council, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, the Save NJ Coalition working to save New Jersey’s last remaining open spaces, and co-chaired Governor Corzine’s Energy Policy Transition Group.


Speaker
Allen Shaheen

Bio:

Allen Shaheen is the Practice Leader of Cognizant’s Advanced Solution Group that focuses on delivering complex systems integration programs.  Allen is a seasoned executive having been a CEO, Board member, and operating executive of US and international organizations. Allen was a founder, officer, and Executive Vice President of International Operations for Cambridge Technology Partners (CTP), an information technology professional services firm. He developed the workshop methodology that differentiated CTP. Allen was also the CEO of ArsDigita Corporation until its sales to RedHat (RHAT) Corporation in 2002. He has also served as a senior advisor to executives of global corporations such as Fannie Mae, The World Bank Group, and Charles Schwab and Company on business and strategic technology issues for over 20 years.  Allen has specific experience consulting to the Financial Services, Telecommunications, and High Technology Industries.

Topic:

Discussion: Perspectives on Sustainability and Project Management

Abstract:

The work of Project Management involves sustained effort to achieve objectives; in turn, Project Management assures results that sustain the business.   The results of projects produce lasting outcomes that may also have unintended consequences.  Project managers are obliged to consider the social, environmental and economic context in which their projects are planned and implemented; assessing impact to assure that the desired outcome is produced.  Project managers must also sustain themselves and their teams throughout the project life cycle!  The goal of this panel is to demonstrate leadership by providing a variety of perspectives from executives of leading New Jersey and national companies and other organizations addressing both project management and sustainability. Questions for panel speakers include:

  • What components of sustainability are significant for my organization and industry (focus on unique elements)? How are they being addressed?
  • How does project management contribute to the success of my organization? What is unique about PM in my industry?
  • How does my organization sustain project management excellence? (Training, mentoring, career paths)
  • What challenges is my organization or industry facing relative to project management?
  • What is the intersection of PM and sustainability today and in the future and what steps are needed to make it happen?


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