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PMINJ 2012 IPM Day Speakers 

29 Nov 2012

Somerset, NJ - The Palace

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Speakers


Speaker Topic
Gene Bounds Project Management for Distributed Teams
Sally Elatta A Deeper Dive into Agile Requirements and Portfolio Planning
Mike Weber Putting the Bounce in “Bounce Back” and Rewriting the Rules of Attitude

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Gene Bounds

Bio:
Mr. Bounds has more than 30 years of experience in program and project management, in addition to large-scale systems development. He is currently a senior vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, with management consulting responsibilities for the U.S. Air Force and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Mr. Bounds is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and has held previous positions as a sector director at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute and as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Robbins-Gioia, LLC. Mr. Bounds was an active participant in the initial Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3®) working group. In 1995, Mr. Bounds received an award for being a founder of the PMI Information Systems Specific Interest Group (SIG). Mr. Bounds was elected to the PMI Board in 2007 and was chair of the board in 2010.

Topic:

Project Management for Distributed Teams

Abstract:

This presentation explores and answers the numerous questions regarding projects that do not “sit” in one place or geographic location, including their increased importance in a highly competitive global economy and how they change not only how we work but also what kinds of tasks and projects we take on. It shows examples of how social networking is driving the spread of distributed teams; the “soft skills” used; and the challenges posed by cultural and language diversity.



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Sally Elatta

Bio:
Sally is the President of Agile Transformation and an Enterprise Agile Coach. She is an engaging and dynamic speaker who brings a wealth of practical real world stories and hands on activities to everyone she educates. She has taught thousands and coached dozens of medium and fortune 500 companies through their Agile Transformation journey. She is the Agile Expert for the PMI Learning, Education and Development (LEAD) community of practice and hosts a popular 'Transforming to Agile' webinar series and blogs on PMI.org. Sally was on the review committee for the new PMI-ACP exam, is a dynamic and frequent public speaker at several PMI Chapters and regional and global conferences. She publishes several short learning videos on www.AgileVideos.com .

Topic:

A Deeper Dive into Agile Requirements and Portfolio Planning

Abstract: 

Gartner analysts have reported that 80% of all Software Development projects will be moving to Agile methods in the next few years. So what does this all mean to you? Whether you are moving to Agile or not, you will gain some valuable insights explained in this workshop in a practical and engaging way!

 First half of this workshop will introduce Agile methodology and discuss the four levels of Agile requirements and share some practical hands-on techniques you can use to gather requirements using Agile visual modeling techniques. You will then learn real world techniques used for breaking down EPIC’s. Whether you are doing Agile or not you will absolutely walk away with practical tips you can use to improve your own requirements definition process.

 The second half of the workshop will cover the very important, yet commonly rushed, initial phases of an Agile (or non-Agile) Project. We will walk through Idea Qualification and Feasibility Analysis where we take the business idea through several activities on a Kanban wall to justify the project value using business value points, define clear measures for completion, determine alternative solutions and evaluate if the project is really worth proceeding with or not. We will play an engaging eye opening game that demonstrates the cost of working on too many projects at the same time. If you are looking for some new and fresh ideas to improve your existing PM practices then this workshop is for you!

 To receive maximum benefit of this workshop, Sally highly recommends that attendees review the brief videos (four video ranging from 5 to 15 min each) on Agile methods and terminology through the link below: 

http://agilevideos.com/videoscategory/intro-to-scrum-videos/

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Mike Weber

Bio:
During the past 19 years, Mike has motivated and inspired people at conferences from Maine to California to push towards their potential. His high-energy and interactive style engages audiences both intellectually and kinesthetically.  Using props such as balloons, duck-tape, peanut butter, ropes and juggling balls, Mike drives home principles and ideas that will transform how you approach and interact with others.  A much-sought-after trainer and speaker, Mike works with schools, businesses and non-profits helping them change how they act by first changing how they look at life, others and themselves. Change is rarely easy, but it can be immensely profitable.  And with Mike showing you how, it can be a lot of fun, too!

Topic:

Putting the Bounce in “Bounce Back” and Rewriting the Rules of Attitude

Abstract:

Good things happen.  Bad things happen. Sometimes really bad things happen!  Success in life isn’t dependent upon what does or doesn’t happen to you.  Rather, it often hinges upon how you react to what happens to you. Your attitude is a choice that you make every day.  Your success or failure is just as much determined by your attitude as by your aptitude. How you think, your patterns of thought, your attitude, is the paintbrush that colors your world. At times, life may rot, but that doesn’t mean you have to stink up the place!

This session highlights individual and organizational strategies for “bouncing back” in the face of adversity.  Six principals of attitude management and resiliency will be explored using stories, games and activities.  Mike is no different from the rest of us.  He’s struggled in school, been cut from the team, lost in love, dealt with death of a loved one, endured crippling ice storms and experienced great success through the application of these perspectives and habits. It doesn’t matter the size of the problems.  What’s important is responding to them in a deliberate, constructive manner.  When challenges invade your life - and you know they will – you’ll know what to do -- Bounce Back!


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