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PMINJ 2009 SAS Day Speakers 

29 Aug to 03 Sep 2009

NY to St John, NB & Halifax, NS

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Speakers


Speaker Topic
Andy Crowe, PMP, PgMP Managing You: Developing the right balance of hard and soft skills
Donald Gardner, PMP Project Management on the Head of a Pin
Lee R. Lambert, PMP How to Determine and Deliver Bad News—In a GOOD Way!
Beth Ouellette, PMP, PgMP
Cruising through the Challenge of Change
Dr. Michael Poli Project Strategy - Cruise to Project Success
Walter Viali CSQA, PMP Why Gen. G.A. Custer Should Have Been a PMP - Revisiting the Battle of the Little Bighorn

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Andy Crowe, PMP, PgMP

Bio:
Andy Crowe is the CEO and founder of Velociteach, as well as the author of 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. He is one of a handful of project management authors whose titles have sold over 100,000 copies. He served as project manager for several high-profile international projects, including the creation of Europe's largest e-commerce site and was a member of Microsoft's DNA and .NET Advisory Committees. He is a PMP, a PgMP, and a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Topic:

Managing You: Developing the right balance of hard and soft skills

Abstract:

This presentation explores the enormous range project managers have to span between technical project management and soft skills and looks at the areas where most project managers get into trouble.

Using individual assessments to help attendees identify and understand their patters of management and relating to others, this interactive time unpacks skills to help project managers become more effective in their managerial substance and style. 

Additionally, unpublished research from the Alpha study will be explored as it relates to hard and soft skills and the effect they have on project managers, senior managers, and teams.

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Donald Gardner, PMP

Bio:
Donald Gardner has 35 years’ experience in financial services and IT.  He is Past Chair for the Financial Services SIG and has served on the Nominating Committee for the PMI Board of Directors.  He has worked as an Affiliate Professor for the Stevens Institute of Technology Graduate School, Assistant Adjunct Professor at Long Island University Graduate School and the Continuing Studies faculty at Villanova University.  He has spoken at PMI Leadership meetings, PMI Congresses and Chapter forums in the US and Russia.  He currently advises corporations in the financial services sector in the US, Europe and Asia through Gardner Project Integration Group, Ltd.

Topic:

Project Management on the Head of a Pin

Abstract:

This seminar explores disciplines of project leadership to: a) build a stronger individual leadership foundation; b) enhance project communication; and c) raise the productivity and efficiency of your team.  A value that often goes understated in delivering successful projects is leadership.  We get stuff done.  And yet, teams are dysfunctional, sponsors do not know their roles and scope can go out of control.  Is there something missing in the way we communicate, work with the team and manage expectations?  Sustainable project leadership is about leading others… sponsors, team members, stakeholders… and leading ourselves.  It is about asking the right questions, pushing back when required and, certainly, leading our team / stakeholders.  We can get our PMP and take all the right courses.  However, only when we apply strong leadership and lean practices and principles, do we begin to step into the possibility of truly successful projects and project discipline.

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Lee R. Lambert, PMP

Bio:
PMI Professional Development Provider of the Year 2007 
PMI Distinguished Contribution Award 1995, New Orleans
In the profession of Project Management, Lee R. Lambert, PMP has established the standard against which others in the field are measured.  Throughout a fast-paced 18 year corporate career with Chicago Bridge & Iron, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, General Electric (Nuclear Reactor Division) and Battelle Memorial Institute--where he worked almost exclusively with engineers and scientists--he quickly ascended to senior management positions and was responsible for the development and implementation of ground-breaking, sophisticated Enterprise project management processes for Engineering, Medical Diagnostics and Research & Development.

As a result of his pragmatic application of the PM methodologies, in 1981, he was invited to be an integral part of the creation of the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Program.  He is 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.  He also contributed as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the PMI’s Earned Value Management System (EVMS) Practice Standard.  Educated as a Mechanical Engineer, he is a holder of a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.  He most recently has been awarded one of the PMI’s highest honors for his ground breaking applied learning programs:  The Professional Development Provider of the Year 2007. 

Lee is also an author of two books and 32 professional papers, no other project management educator/speaker can contend with his uncanny technical knowledge, material content and refreshing and entertaining delivery—his hard-hitting, but humorous style, has mesmerized more than 40,000 students in 22 countries.  In May, Wiley Publishing retained Lee as author of PMP Prep A-All-In-One Desk Reference Guide.  Lee takes the saying; “Been there, done that, got the T-shirt” to a new level. 
Lambert Consulting Group
Lee can be reached at

Topic:

How to Determine and Deliver Bad News—In a GOOD Way!

Abstract:

This program goes far beyond understanding the tools and techniques we use to convert mountains of project management data.  This program emphasizes the preparation and delivery of the vital decision support information.  Methods for developing and presenting the KEY outputs generated by using sound project management concepts to the organizational decision maker will be focus.  Attendees will learn approaches and techniques for developing and presenting information in a way that the decision maker thoroughly understands what is being communicated and comprehends why it is important that the decisions are based upon the truth being provided by the PM process and the PM professional.  After all, it is what it is!
The information coming out of the PM process is clearly valuable.  The ability to determine what it says and to communicate it in an easy to understand, yet comprehensive, way to the decision maker is PRICELESS!
Learning Objectives:  At the conclusion of this program attendees will be able to:
  • Cut through the “crap” and get to the facts
  • Separate Data from Decision Support Information
  • Create Graphical and Column Reports that are easy to use
  • Extrapolate history to articulate the reality of the future—EARLY
  • Deliver All News (Good or Bad) in a Good Way
  • Have a positive influence on decisions/outcomes
  • Enhance their value to the organization

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Beth Ouellette, PMP, PgMP

Bio:
Beth, President of The Ouellette Group, is a results-oriented senior IT and business executive with a unique blend of executive-management and technology skills.  She travels the globe teaching, speaking, coaching and presenting best practices in program, portfolio and project management; as a result she has become a sought-after mentor, facilitating and guiding clients’ teams toward more effective program, portfolio and project management.  November 2008, she was a key note presenter and moderator at the Nordic Portfolio Management Forum in Stockholm, and was Conference Chair for the Project Zone Conference in Vienna, Austria March 2009.  In December 2008, Beth completed the role of Content Integration Analyst for the simultaneous production of PMBOK, Program, Portfolio and OPM3 Standards. 

She has over 20 years of IT and business experience, focusing the past 10 years on establishing and leading a corporate-wide/global program management offices (PMO).  Previously Beth established and ran the Corporate Program Office at Prudential Financial.  She has been a speaker and author on Project Management, Program Management, Portfolio Management, productivity and quality improvement at the CIO Forum, Project Leadership Conference, Enterprise Application Strategy Conference, IT World Congress, and Women in Technology.  She has been published in the US and Canada, as well as Brazil and India. 

Beth served as the Content Integration Analyst for the PMBOK, Program, Portfolio and OPM3 standards published in December 2008.  She has served in leadership roles on various PMI Standards’ Teams since 2005. 

She is the 2009 President of the PMINYC Chapter, and an active member in the PMI. She holds both the PMP and PgMP designations. She obtained a Finance MBA from NYU’s Stern School, a BA in Education from Eastern Michigan University, and an AA in Computer Programming from Geenville Technical College.

Topic:

Cruising through the Challenge of Change

Abstract:

This is a two-part session in which we will take an analytical look at changes people had to deal with – from ancient times to modern day.  We will have the opportunity to learn from and use these lessons captured through the ages to apply to our modern day challenges.  
 
We live in a tough environment, in which change is truly one of our few constants.  We will revisit the psychology of change, take time to understand our personal change character, and learn some new techniques and skills to be more effective in dealing with change.   We will identify change variables such as reactions versus actions, expectations, planning for possibilities, critical communications, and more.  
 
The examples, discussions, shared experiences and interactive workshop format will encourage collaboration and dynamic learning that will be valuable not only on your projects at work, but will be valuable in “life” projects too!   
 
We will also share early findings of how global managers perceive and manage changes.

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Dr. Michael Poli


Bio:
Dr. Michael Poli is Distinguished Associate Professor, Associate Director, Project Management, Stevens Institute of Technology. He helped Stevens attain Project Management Institute accreditation in 2004. His PhD dissertation “Project Strategy” was based on real world project case studies.  He has taught in Paris, Beijing, Dominican Republic, Serbia and Sweden. Michael was with AT&T Bell Labs where he managed software development; taught the premier Project Management Workshop; jump started projects; and developed the Best Current Practice in Project Management.  He was in product, operations and project management in IBM, EDS, Olivetti and Exxon Systems.

For additional information on Dr. Michael Poli visit howe.stevens.edu/people/full-time-faculty/?no_cache=1&faculty=674

Topic:

Project Strategy - Cruise to Project Success

Abstract: 

This tutorial is about the evolution of Project Strategy a theory initially based on a practitioner’s belief that there had to be a better approach to successful project management.  As a project team member and later as a project manager I was frustrated at seeing projects fail or achieve less than full success. Even today, making projects more successful is an important issue. I decided on the topic “Project Strategy” for my Ph.D. research. Real life project case studies were collected, analyzed and resulted in a number of research papers. I completed my Ph.D. and have now collected over 650 cases.

Join me as I relate the theory and practice of Project Strategy: how it started, evolved and where it is heading.


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Walter Viali CSQA, PMP

Bio:
Principal Consultant PMO TO GO, LLC
Walter Viali is Principal Consultant and co-founder of PMO To Go LLC, which focuses on Project Management Office (PMO) consulting (assessment, establishment, portfolio management, training and staffing). Responsible for business development, Project Management and PMO consulting, as well as delivering Project Management and Microsoft Project training aligned with the Project Management Institute’s Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge.  Also responsible for conducting Process and Project Management assessments based on the Software Engineering Institute’s Capability Maturity Models. Provided Strategic Planning, PMO consulting, JAD facilitation (over 4,500 hours), and Project Management training with MS Project and other PM Software tool support to major companies in the U.S. and in Europe.  Frequent lecturer on Project Management topics at conferences, seminars and universities, as well as a member of the team responsible for the development of PMI’s OPM3 - Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (for Portfolio, Program and Project Management).  Quoted in several trade journals and books and published articles on Business Reengineering and Information Technology issues.  A member of the Board of the PMI Houston Chapter since 2002 and its President in 2007. 

Topic:

Why Gen. G.A. Custer Should Have Been a PMP - Revisiting the Battle of the Little Bighorn

Abstract:

George Armstrong Custer is one of American history’s most mythical and controversial characters. His short, illustrious and tempestuous career is part of American legend.  From his early successes in the Civil War, which made him the youngest general in American history, to his death at the Little Big Horn River, George A. Custer’s flamboyant personal style and forceful personality garnered the attention of his era.  How did Custer manage time, scope, resources, risk at the Little Bighorn?  What did he do wrong?  Was he a magnetic, fearless leader or a shameless glory seeker?  Even today the debate continues.  This presentation will revisit the battle of the Little Bighorn from a Project Management perspective (the PMI PMBOK® Guide Knowledge Areas).


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