PMI New Jersey Chapter
PMINJ 2015 February Meeting

17 February 2015 - Garwood - Westwood


PDP Information

Program Number: C020-17022015
Leadership and Management of Complex Projects
Category: A
Activity Sponsor: PMINJ Chapter (C020)
PDUs: - 1.5
Leadership - 1.5
Strategic - 0.0
Technical - 0.0


Should modern organizations hire project and program managers who are principally trained in traditional (PMBOK-style) project management, or should they hire managers who are trained in the technical subject matter of their projects? In a world that is pursuing increasingly complex projects, the answer is not always clear. The bigger and more complex a project is, the more likely it is to need managers who are both technical and project management experts. But organizations lament that they often have trouble identifying such “superstars” – they struggle to find managers with all the right skills.

This PMINJ presentation will analyze the results of a multi-year study exploring what it takes to be a “superstar” project or program manager, and why organizations have trouble finding or developing them. The findings of the study may be surprising. They expose why first-generation (traditional) project management approaches are sometimes ineffective, and why second-generation (e.g. Agile, Extreme) approaches provide only partial solutions. The research reveals that professional project and program managers can do more (much more!) to teach their organizations how to manage complex projects and programs. It suggests that organizations need…

  • To better understand the critical differences between programs and projects
  • To recognize that project and program managers should have qualitatively different roles and responsibilities.
Perhaps most importantly, the research reveals a valuable new “third-generation” approach for managing complex projects and programs – an approach that would simultaneously increase the autonomy of project and program managers and improve the organization’s ability to govern projects and programs; an approach that challenges us to rethink our understanding of program and project management.

Come to this PMINJ program prepared to examine your profession, your project, and your organization, and perhaps to leave with a slightly different perspective on each.


Monthly speaker

Rick Heaslip is author of “Managing Complex Projects and Programs: How to Improve Leadership of Complex Initiatives Using a Third-Generation Approach” which was released by John Wiley and Sons in September, 2014. He also contributed significantly to the Project Management Institute’s “The Standard for Program Management – Third Edition” (published in January, 2013).   Rick’s professional expertise in program management is well recognized. He has been teaching Program Leadership Skills and Systems in Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania since 2006, and is a frequent speaker at professional symposia focused on the advancement and integration of organizational capabilities in program, project, portfolio, and performance management.  He is also Founder of Programmatic Sciences, a consultancy that specializes in helping organizations to improve their abilities to manage complex projects and programs.

Rick received his B.A. with honors in Research Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the Ohio State University. He completed his postdoctoral training in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

Other Meetings:

Career Networking LCI

Topic: Networking with TEKsystems Recruiters!

Career Networking welcomes TEKsystems Recruiters from the Parsippany office, one of 100+ offices in North America, Europe and Asia. Our guests for this Open Networking session are specialists who place Project Managers in Financial Services, Insurance, Healthcare, Hospitality, Telecommunications, Pharmaceutical / Biomedical, Software Development, and Professional Services.

If you’re in transition -- or about to be -- meet TEKsystems’ Michael Greenstreet, Director, and Recruiters Amanda Thompson and Maggie Woods, for a fast-track route to new opportunities. 


Topic: PMO Basics and Current Topics on PMO

The PMINJ PMO LCI will host its Interactive Session facilitated by the core PMO LCI team. It will be a session where participants will have an opportunity to get a refresher on the basics of a PMO and other current topics on PMOs. We look forward to your active participation and welcome your input to make this informal discussion session useful to you and fellow LCI members.


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