Live Day Keynotes

Cyndi Dionisio

Outcomes over Outputs: Blending project approaches to deliver value

Cyndi Snyder Dionisio

Project, Program and Portfolio Lead
International Institute for Learning

Hybrid project management is here to stay. It is no longer sustainable to be an expert in waterfall methodologies, without some skills in Agile, or visa versa. To deliver value in this fast-paced business environment we need to merge these two ways of working. The best project practitioners tailor their leadership approach to meet the needs of the deliverables, the environment, and their stakeholders.

Both waterfall and Agile methods rely on process. With waterfall you might have detailed scope definition, robust schedules, and rigorous change control processes. With Agile you might focus on three stand-up questions, iteration planning, demonstrations, and productive retrospectives. Process is great, but we have to move beyond following a process without questioning if it is the most effective way to deliver value. That’s the beauty of hybrid project management. Hybrid project management is about delivering value, not following blindly following process.

Key takeaways include:
  • Identifying variables to determine the best approach for delivering your project
  • Hybrid approaches for organizing and prioritizing scope
  • Three options for blending waterfall and adaptive schedules

Cyndi Snyder Dionisio is the Practice Lead for Portfolios, Programs and Projects at the International Institute for Learning. She has over 25 years of project management experience leading international teams of project professionals. Cyndi is passionate about turning chaos in order, engaging with awesome teams, solving problems, and facilitating achievement.

Ms. Dionisio has extensive experience in training, facilitation, and consulting in the commercial and government sectors. She has written over a dozen books on project management, including PMP prep, project management templates and hybrid project management.

In addition to holding a Master’s Degree in Business, Cyndi’s certifications include PMI’s Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP), Project Management Professional (PMP), and Certified Scrum Master (CSM). Cyndi has received several awards, including PMI’s Distinguished Contribution Award and being named a PMI Fellow in 2018.

Duration: 30 minutes
Total PDUs: 0.5

Ways of Working:
PMP®/CAPM: 0.25 PgMP®: 0.25 PfMP®:PMI-PBA®: 0
PMI-ACP®/DAV/DAVSC/DASM/DASSM: 0.25 PMI-RMP®:PMI-SP®: 0
Power Skills: 0
Business Acumen: 0.25

Elevating Project Management: Becoming Intentionally Strategic

Al Zeitoun

Dr. Al Zeitoun

Panel Moderator,
IIL Thought Leader,
Siemens
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Dr. Harold Kerzner

Senior Executive Director, IIL
Crystal

Crystal Richards

Principal & Owner
MindsparQ®
Shalini

Shalini Batra

Area Practice Leader,
Amazon Web Services
Michael

Dr. Michael O’Connor

Senior Research Program Director, Medtronic

Project management continues to take a substantive and influential role in defining strategic dialogue in forward-thinking organizations around the world. This Elevating Project Management panel will focus on discovering the meaningful ways in which purpose-driven execution results in the sustainable success of our most complex missions. The global experts on this panel will challenge our ways of working and thinking to become intentionally strategic and discover the true north of our programs and projects.

Key Takeaways:
  • Develop a healthy appetite for listening and learning across your project’s ecosystem
  • Create new organizational cultures with value-centered views of success
  • Strengthen the muscles to have tough project discussions
  • Articulate an inspiring True North that inspires your team’s motivation for effective execution
  • Remove the noise from our portfolios for anything that is not relevant
  • Become a transformative future-shaping leader whose impact is measured in the opportunities you enable

 

Dr. Al Zeitoun is a Future of Work, business optimization, and operational performance excellence thought leader with global experience in strategy execution. His experience encompasses leading organizations in delivering enterprise digital and business transformation; guiding fitting frameworks implementations; envisioning new business models and executing complex missions across diverse cultures globally, using his engineering insights, collaboration strengths, and empathy.

In his current role with Siemens DI SW, Dr Zeitoun is responsible for driving the global program management practices, master plan governance, and enabling strategy transformation priorities. He is a also a senior leader, global trainer, and coach at International Institute of Learning (IIL).

Dr. Zeitoun’s prior roles include Executive Director for Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation in Abu Dhabi where he led the transformation of capabilities to support the operational readiness of their $40 billion nuclear power plant across four facilities. He was Senior Transformation Executive & Strategic Portfolio Solutions expert at Booz Allen Hamilton in the U.S, where he envisioned and customized a digitally enabled EPMO to support their billion-dollar strategic initiatives. He also led the firm’s Middle East North Africa Portfolio Management and Agile Governance Solutions.

Dr. Zeitoun speaks English, Arabic, and German and enjoys good food, travel, and volunteering.

Dr. Harold Kerzner, Ph.D. is Senior Executive Director at the International Institute for Learning (IIL). He is a globally recognized expert on project management and strategic planning, and the author of many best-selling textbooks including Innovation Project Management: Methods, Case Studies, and Tools for Managing Innovation Projects (Wiley, 2019) and Project Management Next Generation: The Pillars for Organizational Excellence (Wiley, 2022).

For 50 years, Dr. Kerzner has shared vital guidance for making project management a strategic tool for competitive advantage and helping companies around the world build a powerful foundation for company improvement and excellence.

Dr. Kerzner has an MS and Ph.D. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Utah State University. He is a former Air Force Officer and spent several years at Morton-Thiokol in project management. He taught engineering at the University of Illinois and business administration at Utah State University and for 37 years taught project management at Baldwin-Wallace University.

Crystal Richards is the Principal and Owner of MindsparQ®, an educational consulting firm dedicated to helping organizations better the skill sets of their teams in the areas of project management, communications, and leadership. Crystal’s focus is to train people to be better project managers so they can consistently deliver projects with clarity, confidence and courage.

Committed to a career in transformative technology, Shalini Batra has over 25 years of experience as a global leader in delivering large-scale technology transformation projects. Her experience includes modernizing platforms, building and optimizing processes that have helped customers thrive in dynamic business environments, and delivering value. She loves being at the forefront of business innovations that are transforming how the world does business and leading large global and matrixed teams.

Shalini’s passion is technology, people, culture, and diversity. She believes in creating structures, processes, and teams that ensure strong execution paths and brings a data-driven approach with insights and analytics to enhance business decisions. In her current role at Amazon Web Services (AWS), Shalini leads the engagement management function for the US-West area of AWS.

Shalini is an advocate for women of color in technology and is committed to coaching and uplifting the community of women aspirants in the tech sector.

Dr. Michael O’Connor is a Senior Research Program Director in Program Management with Medtronic Corporate and Science Technology in Minnesota, U.S. He serves as he is a Core Team Leader focused on workstreams such as manufacturing, component qualification and continuous improvement.

Dr. O’Connor has over 36 years of professional work experience, including 32 years in the medical device industry. In addition to Medtronic, his corporate experience includes 3M and Pfizer in similar large product development roles. He is a Director at the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA), a professional association dedicated to the creation and exchange of product management and development knowledge and best practices.

Dr. O’Connor earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, majoring in Project Management, from the University of Maryland, College Park, A. James School of Engineering. He continues to volunteer his time with many professional societies and universities and colleges.

Duration: 60 minutes
Total PDUs: 1

Ways of Working:
PMP®/CAPM: 0.5 PgMP®: 0.5 PfMP®:PMI- PBA®: 0
PMI- ACP®/DAV/DAVSC/DASM/DASSM:PMI-RMP®:PMI-SP®: 0
Power Skills: 0.25
Business Acumen: 0.25

Diane Hamilton

The Power of Perception: The Key to Communicate Effectively in a Globally Diverse World

Dr. Diane Hamilton

Founder and CEO, Tonerra

Organizations must operate in a culturally diverse environment, which can lead to misinterpretations and communication issues, often ending with conflict and lack of productivity.

We all have a unique vantage point of how we view the world. How we perceive ourselves and others, influences how and what we think and believe, which, in turn, influences our behaviors. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found 70% of international ventures fail because of cultural differences.
Organizations like IBM and Coca-Cola found perception so critical they created specific programs to teach task vs relationships, direct and indirect communication, and decision-making styles to adapt to cultures at home and abroad. If we are to engage others, both of our own and other cultures, it is essential that we become more cognizant and more self-aware of our own perceptions and those of others.

Dr. Diane Hamilton’s ground-breaking research determined the four factors that impact the perception process. Learn how to improve communication, and be more engaged, productive, and innovative at work.

In this webinar participants will learn:
  • How perception is an EPIC process (evaluation, prediction, interpretation, correlation)
  • The impact of culture, gender, and intelligence (EQ & IQ)
  • Strategies for overcoming the factors that keep us stuck in only seeing our perspective

Dr. Diane Hamilton is the Founder and CEO of Tonerra, a consulting and media-based business. Dr. Hamilton received a Ph.D. in Business Management. She is a nationally syndicated radio host, keynote speaker, and the former MBA Program Chair at the Forbes School of Business and Technology. Diane has a history of award-winning performance, and decades of top performance within billion-dollar organizations, developing partnerships. She is a seasoned professional in the education, software, banking, real estate, and pharmaceutical industries.

Diane has authored multiple books used in universities worldwide, including Cracking the Curiosity Code: The Key to Unlocking Human Potential and The Power of Perception: Eliminating Boundaries to Create Successful Global Leaders. She is the creator of the Curiosity Code Index®, the first and only assessment that determines the factors that inhibit curiosity, and the Perception Power Index, which determines the factors that impact the perception process. Her groundbreaking work helps organizations improve innovation, engagement, and productivity.

Thinkers50 Radar, considered the Academy Awards for Leadership, chose Diane as one of the top minds in management and leadership. She was named to Global Leaders Today’s list of top global leaders. LeadersHum included her in their Power List of the Top 200 Biggest Voices in Leadership, and Top 10 Most Powerful Women Leaders in HR.

Duration: 60 minutes
Total PDUs: 1

Ways of Working:
PMP®/CAPM: 0  PgMP®: 0  PfMP®: 0  PMI- PBA®: 0
PMI- ACP®/DAV/DAVSC/DASM/DASSM:PMI-RMP®: 0  PMI-SP®: 0
Power Skills: 0.75
Business Acumen: 0.25

The Smart Mission: NASA’s Lessons for Managing Knowledge, People, and Projects

Ed Hoffman

Dr. Edward J. Hoffman

CEO of Knowledge Strategies, LLC
Senior Lecturer at Columbia University
Larry Prusak

Dr. Laurence Prusak

Former Strategy Consultant to Hoffman at NASA
Senior Knowledge Advisor to McKinsey and the World Bank
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Matthew Kohut

Managing Partner of KNP Communications,
Former Communications Consultant to Hoffman at NASA

What does it take to be a successful leader in our current workplace? What are the successful leadership behaviors of project leaders? How can we design and sustain high-performing teams?

This special presentation is about leadership for complex, dynamic, and challenging missions. Project management has traditionally emphasized control, rigid processes, and tools—but, according to The Smart Mission, those are not the most important capabilities for leading a project. Human skills and expertise, not technical tools, are what make projects successful.

Dr. Edward Hoffman, Matthew Kohut, and Laurence Prusak, authors of, ‘The Smart Mission’ will lead a keynote session based on the paradigm-shifting book that challenges the conventional wisdom on project management. This session will highlight six principles for leadership, team, and organizational success: knowledge, learning, culture, teaming, story, and collaboration. This interactive session will define the factors necessary for sustained performance in a complex project world.

Session Objectives and Outcomes:
  • Understand the factors shaping our knowledge-based project economy.
  • Recognize the mindset and capabilities necessary for creating and sustaining a successful project.
  • Describe the six dimensions that matter for mission-based work.
  • Promote reflective leadership through conversation based on real issues and case examples.
  • Identify implications for all leaders and practitioners engaged in critical missions.

Edward J. Hoffman was NASA’s first Chief Knowledge Officer and founder of the NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership. He is the co-author of Shared Voyage: Learning and Unlearning from Remarkable Projects and numerous journal articles.

Laurence Prusak is the coauthor of Working Knowledge, a widely cited text on knowledge effectiveness in organizations, as well as seven other books, three anthologies, and over 50 articles.

Matthew Kohut prepares executives, elected leaders, diplomats, and scientists for events ranging from television appearances to TED talks. He is co-author of Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential.

Duration: 30 minutes
Total PDUs: 0.5

Ways of Working:
PMP®/CAPM:PgMP®:PfMP®:PMI- PBA®: 0
PMI- ACP®/DAV/DAVSC/DASM/DASSM:PMI-RMP®:PMI-SP®: 0
Power Skills: 0.25
Business Acumen: 0.25

Stephen

Kaizen for Your Brain
High-PerformanceBrain Training is Real

Stephen White

Chief Operating Officer, Center for BrainHealth, The University of Texas at Dallas

Neuroplasticity is real – your brain changes with how you use it – every day, regardless of your age. Your brain is the most important organ in your body and involves ongoing processes and networking every minute of every day. So, why do we reserve the principles of “Kaizen”, literally meaning “good change” for such mundane processes like manufacturing or workflow?

This presentation provides a foundational understanding on the intersection of neuroscience, cognition, and human behavior, and how they impact work performance. We’ll also understand your ability to improve brain performance based on decades of neuroscience and human behavioral science research.

People crave health and wellness no matter their life circumstance. They just need to know how to get started on their brain health journey, and they need to be able to measure their progress. That’s where we come in at Center for BrainHealth. We do the science, and we translate discoveries into strategies that are easy to adopt and are demonstrated to work.

We can all be the architects of our own better brains by accessing our personal neuro-pharmacy. Kaizen for your brain is the concept of creating daily brain healthy habits so your best brain years are in your future, not your past. Everything begins and ends with your brain. Learn how to use it more efficiently.

Key Takeaways:
  • Understand how strengthening cognitive skills can make you more innovative and a better problem solver
  • Understand how maladaptive behaviors in the workplace can create chronic stress and negatively impact resilience, productivity, and precision in analysis
  • Be able to articulate the actual financial cost of distractions in the workplace and the “brainomics” of operating in a professional workplace marked by poor brain performance
  • Understand how cognitive bias impacts decision-making and learn to recognize opportunities to combat such biases
  • Begin to understand strategies to help build resilience in your own brain, thereby reducing stress and the negative implications of working under chronic stress
  • Articulate the ability to architect your own brain function to become more effective in client relations and have adaptive thinking in an environment with constant change in rules and laws, to become a more agile thinker
  • Learn basic techniques to improve strategic attention, integrated reasoning, and innovation to more efficiently use brain resources and devote time to matters requiring deep thinking versus routine tasks

Stephen White is Chief Operating Officer at Center for BrainHealth®, a translational research center of The University of Texas at Dallas.

With more than 15 years of experience as an executive in commercial healthcare products and service, combined with experience as a commercial attorney and CPA, Stephen joined the Center for BrainHealth to lead its commercial operations and help bring science-based innovations, technologies and strategies to the public.

Previously, he served as Vice President of Global Sharing Solutions for Leica Biosystems, a Danaher Life Sciences company, and helped commercialize innovative digital pathology solutions to improve patient access to subspecialty expertise. Steve was also head of Corporate Development and General Counsel for Aperio Technologies before it was acquired by Danaher in 2012.

Before moving to the corporate world, Steve had almost 20 years of experience in private legal practice in Arizona, partly as Senior Counsel at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, before opening his own practice focused on healthcare and specialty finance. Prior to that, Steve practiced as a CPA and business consultant for the audit team at Coopers & Lybrand.

Duration: 45 minutes
Total PDUs: 0.75

Ways of Working:
PMP®/CAPM: 0  PgMP®:PfMP®:PMI- PBA®: 0
PMI- ACP®/DAV/DAVSC/DASM/DASSM:PMI-RMP®:PMI-SP®: 0
Power Skills: 0.5
Business Acumen: 0.25

Closing Keynote: Fireside Chat with Pierre Le Manh & E. LaVerne Johnson

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Pierre Le Manh

President & CEO, PMI
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E. LaVerne Johnson

President & CEO, (IIL)

Pierre Le Manh is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Project Management Institute. As a global executive with a multi-cultural background, Pierre Le Manh brings a proven track record of delivering results and guiding organizations through complex transformations. He is passionate about leading teams in innovating and creating new ways to disseminate specialized knowledge, upskilling, and education.

Pierre Le Manh most recently led Galileo Global Education’s expansion project in North America. Galileo is the European leading provider of higher education serving more than 170,000 students across an international network of 54 institutions and high-growth education technology platforms.

He previously served as Chief Executive Officer North America and Global Deputy CEO at Ipsos, one of the world’s largest data, analytics, and insights companies. Pierre Le Manh played a curcial role in taking Ipsos from a $700 million primarily European-focused organization in 2004 to a $2.5 billion global leader in its industry in 2021, growing to more than 18,000 employees operating in 90 countries.

Earlier in his career, Pierre Le Manh served as CEO of Consodata, a leader in first and third-party consumer data, precision, and digital marketing. He started hit career at consulting giant Accenture before serving as CFO of performing arts non-profit Adami, CEO of digital publisher Encylopaedia Universalis, and CEO of CFL Holding, a family office owning various assets in direct-to-consumer, marketing services, and real estate industries.

Pierre Le Manh was born in France by a Vietnamese father and a French mother. He has lived in several countries before settling in New York City in 2013. He speaks English, French, and Italian. He likes travelling the world to visit his very large family and his friends, watchnig Paris Saint-German soccer games and wandering around Manhattan on his electric scooter. He has two sons who live in Paris and London.

E. LaVerne Johnson is founder, president, and chief executive officer of International Institute for Learning (IIL), headquartered in New York City with wholly-owned operating companies strategically located throughout the world.

For the past 32 years under Ms. Johnson’s leadership IIL has been helping clients to execute on their business strategies by making sure their people have the necessary skills and knowledge through effective and efficient learning, mentoring, and coaching programs. IIL is well known for its “Many Methods of Learning” and serves customers in over 150 countries each year.

Ms. Johnson and IIL created an endowment fund for one million dollars in Dr. Harold Kerzner’s name with the PMI Educational Foundation. Each year four students who are pursuing a degree in project management receive a scholarship for USD $7,500.00.

Ms. Johnson is a long-time member of PMI’s Global Executive Council.

Duration: 60 minutes
Total PDUs: 1

Ways of Working:
PMP®/CAPM: 0  PgMP®: 0 PfMP®:PMI- PBA®: 0
PMI- ACP®/DAV/DAVSC/DASM/DASSM:PMI-RMP®:PMI-SP®: 0
Power Skills: 1
Business Acumen: 0

On-Demand Presentations

Sierra Hampton Simmons

Decoding the PMI Talent Triangle®

Sierra Hampton-Simmons

Vice President, Products
Project Management Institute
As our world rapidly changes, project professionals and their teams are challenged to pivot quickly and work even more efficiently – all so they can continue to deliver value. Succeeding amongst this ever-changing environment requires more than just technical knowledge. Learn what skills Project Management Institute (PMI) has identified as the most important for project managers to hone, and how the PMI Talent Triangle® can guide them.

Sierra Hampton-Simmons has over two decades of experience as an expert in digital product development and management with a track record for transforming and developing lucrative brands to include relevant performance-based testing and training. She joined PMI in the fall of 2013 to manage PMI’s Certification programs and currently serves as the VP, Products. At PMI Sierra is responsible for the entire portfolio of products including certifications, online learning, events, standards and publications and Brightline. Immediately prior to joining PMI, she was a leader for Global Certifications at Cisco Systems, Inc. where she directed daily operations for a global development team creating leading IT certification programs including the world-class CCNA and CCNP. Sierra began her career working at Citrix Education where she managed a team in design and development of the most advanced curricula and certifications for their global programs. Sierra also served as the President of the Performance Testing Council for three years after being an active member of their Board of Directors. Sierra is a graduate of Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Japanese and International Business. She also attended University of Florida’s MBA program.

With a passion for developing delightful products that are distinct, Sierra is most proud of her work transforming established products with digital innovations including simulations, emulations and animations. At PMI she led innovations that included the evolving the PMP, PMI Study Hall, and the addition of the new Construction Professional in Built Environment Projects (CPBEP) certification program.

Duration: TBD
Total PDUs: TBD

Ways of Working:
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max langosco 2022

On Controlling Complexity and other Illusions
Systems Thinking Might Just Be The Right Way to Understand Complex Projects​

Max Langosco

Senior Trainer at IIL
Partner at Swiss Management Training

How Systems Thinking might just be the right way to understand reality.

Projects often start out with the best intentions. We understand the project objectives, the value it should deliver, and we can apply various approaches like predictive, adaptive, and hybrid. Yet projects can still fail or fall short of expectations. Why?

Complexity is the dominant factor in project failure. We build project systems that take into consideration the identified business value, yet we ignore the systems within which we operate. Our success is compromised by the inability to build project systems without an understanding of the environment in which we work.

How often has a project failed because of other priorities that drain resources, or the business environment shifted? Choosing the right balance of predictive and adaptive, between a Gantt and a Product Backlog, or even Scrum vs Kanban—may help but is unlikely to save the day.

Systems Thinking can support an understanding of the bigger picture in a complex and dynamic world, and for the corporate world at large. It is a new set of tools, coming from System Dynamics, as a mindset shift.

Key takeaways include:
  • Mental models we use and why it’s a problem
  • Introduction to Systems Thinking
  • 5 basic rules for running a resilient organization
  • Template for the creation of a simple causal loop diagram

Max Langosco is a change and risk focused project, program and portfolio management expert, with over twenty years of experience in developing project management, and in recovering troubled projects in high stress complex contexts. A natural team player, Max brings an agile, value focused approach to complex management, and to driving change.

His focus areas in project management relate to both operational and management. On the operational slide, Max leads change management, troubled projects, complexity, project kick-off, and blending traditional and agile approaches. On the management level, he specializes in systems thinking, deployment of PMO, evaluating project management maturity, transitioning to an agile mindset, and developing and following up maturity road maps.

Duration: 60 minutes
Total PDUs: 1.75

Ways of Working:
PMP®/CAPM: 1  PgMP®:PfMP®:PMI- PBA®: 0
PMI- ACP®/DAV/DAVSC/DASM/DASSM: 0.25  PMI-RMP®:PMI-SP®: 0
Power Skills: 0.5
Business Acumen: 0.25

Jane Morgan

The Role of Stability in Promoting Change Agility

Jane Morgan

Senior Consultant/Leadership Coach, IIL
Plan.Coach.Succeed Ltd

What has stability got to do with change agility, the ability to “quickly and successfully implement change in an organization”?

In her coaching work with change leaders, many of whom are also part-time athletes, she have found results come from helping them leverage the complementary elements of stability/balance along with focusing on agility/activity.

Where agility is balanced with and tempered by stability, the effect is almost always enhanced performance – both athletically as well as in their role as project change leaders.

In this session, we’ll look at what stability and agility in the project change leadership space look like. We’ll examine how stability and agility can be of benefit, and who can best benefit from these behavioral elements. We’ll explore how, through a more attuned understanding, you can optimize the balance between the two elements, enabling delivery of the full benefits of any program of change.

Key Takeaways:
  • A simple assessment tool for gauging your personal stability/agility balance and tips to optimize this balance
  • Five clues that the stability/agility balance in your change projects needs adjusting
  • Ten ways you can create the optimum balance of stability and agility in your change project teams and programs

Jane Morgan is a leadership coach, change management consultant & trainer with over 30 years of change program experience across a broad range of industries globally.

Her specialties include coaching and developing change leaders at all levels of the organization; consulting on complex organizational change initiatives including enterprise tool rollouts, business transformation projects and merger/acquisition change programs.

In her spare time, she’s an avid open-water swimmer, and increasingly curious about the link between preparing for endurance activities and how this can positively impact business performance.  

Duration: 30 minutes
Total PDUs: 0.5

Ways of Working:
PMP®/CAPM: 0.25  PgMP®: 0.25  PfMP®:PMI-PBA®: 0
PMI- ACP®/DAV/DAVSC/DASM/DASSM:PMI-RMP®: 0 PMI-SP®: 0
Power Skills: 0.25
Business Acumen: 0

Mark

Building Healthy Teams One Story at a Time

Mark Cruth

Modern Work Evangelist
Atlassian

Here’s a fact…only 17% of teams are healthy and the root cause has everything to do with how we communicate with them. Healthy teams know who they are and why they exist, and it is leadership’s role to help build this understanding. The reality is most teams struggle to answer questions like…

  • Why is our work important?
  • Who are we helping?
  • What’s the impact we’re making?

What if you could connect these dots and cement a shared understanding using a simple story? Let’s talk about the power of storytelling and the massive impact it has on team health. You’ll learn the necessary techniques to not just communicate better with your teams but motivate and inspire them to own their purpose!

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand why aligning team purpose is closely tied to team health
  • Learn why stories are a fundamental part of the way we communicate as humans (including the science of storytelling)
  • Practice and refine your storytelling skills in a safe environment so that you are ready to invoke change when you return to your teams

Mark Cruth is truly “living the dream” as Atlassian’s resident Modern Work expert and evangelist. Focused on practice over theory, Mark coaches both Atlassian and customer teams on new ways of working, then shares what he’s learned at events around the world.

Mark brings over a decade of experience experimenting with work and helping people, teams, and organizations transform at places like Boeing, Nordstroms, TD Ameritrade, and Rocket Mortgage. Mark has made it his mission to inject modern ways of working, a transformation mindset, and the power of expert storytelling into everything he does.

When not reading the latest book on self-management or deep in conversation with a leadership team, Mark can be found reading one of his favorite sci-fi novels or building the latest Lego set with his kids (a new rollercoaster!).

Duration: 30 minutes
Total PDUs: 0.5

Ways of Working:
PMP®/CAPM: 0  PgMP®:PfMP®:PMI-PBA®: 0
PMI-ACP®/DAV/DAVSC/DASM/DASSM:PMI-RMP®:PMI-SP®: 0
Power Skills: 0.5
Business Acumen: 0

Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez

Project Canvas: A Modern and Simple Framework to Increase Project Success

Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez

HBR Author, Professor, Advisor, Thought Leader
Projects & Co, Strategy Implementation Institute

After studying hundreds of projects ranging from successful to failed, from small to large, from simple to complex, I have developed the Project Canvas, a simple tool to maximize project success. This modern and simple framework can be applied by any individual, team, or organization, and is practical and easy to implement. I was inspired by Alex Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur, two good friends who created the Business Model Canvas, a tool used by more than 5 million practitioners around the world.

The Project Canvas, validated by Alex and Yves, covers the basic principles and fundamentals of projects. It is a proven tool that will assist you in leading projects more successfully and in making your dreams a reality.

Project management methods sometimes tend to be too complex to be easily understood and applied by non-project practitioners. The pivotal assumption has been that documenting every aspect of a project in detail will provide a high level of control of the planned activities during the implementation of the project. Project managers sometimes produce massive numbers of documents, leading to an overall feeling that the role is primarily administrative.

In contrast, widely used management disciplines are often linked to a few simple frameworks that can be easily understood and applied not only by managers but also by most individuals. Porter’s Five Forces and value chain analysis can help make strategy a key area for every organization.

This session will explore the need for simplification of project management methods, and describe all the elements of the Project Canvas with practical examples. The key learning objectives are to understand:

  • Why we need to reinvent project management
  • Dimensions and elements of the Project Canvas
  • How to put the Project Canvas into practice to increase buy-in from stakeholders and maximize project success

Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez is the author of the Harvard Business Review Project Management Handbook, the featured HBR article The Project Economy Has Arrived, and four other books, He is the creator of concepts such as the Project Economy and the Project Manifesto. His research and global impact on modern management have been recognized by Thinkers50. He is a Fellow and former Chairman of the Project Management Institute, and the founder of Projects&Co and the Strategy Implementation Institute.

Born in Madrid, Spain, and educated in Germany, Mexico, Italy, and the United States, Antonio is fluent in five languages. He has an MBA from London Business School. He is a member of Marshall Goldsmith 100 coaches. Follow Antonio through his LinkedIn Newsletter – Lead Projects Successfully, his popular online course Project Management Reinvented for Non-Project Managers, and his website.

Duration: 30 minutes
Total PDUs: 0.5

Ways of Working:
PMP®/CAPM: 0.5  PgMP®: 0.5  PfMP®: 0  PMI-PBA®: 0
PMI-ACP®/DAV/DAVSC/DASM/DASSM:PMI-RMP®:PMI-SP®: 0
Power Skills: 0
Business Acumen: 0

Trinesha

Situational Leadership Model for Project Managers

Trinesha Longley

Technical Program Manager
Amazon Web Services

Leaders are found in all areas of an organization, including the critical area of project management. Leaders of projects need to be confident, have sound decision-making, demonstrate honesty and integrity, are strong communicators, and have a vision.

There are many types of leadership styles and leadership styles can impact the success of projects.

In this session, we will discuss the situational leadership model as it pertains to project managers and provide examples. You will discover how to be flexible in collaborating with individuals on the various projects that you lead. My hope is that you take away another tool in your leadership tool belt when leading and influencing team members on project teams.

Key takeaways include:
  1. What is situational leadership and why it is important for project professionals
  2. How to apply situational leadership in your day-to-day project management life and as a leader of projects
  3. Learn examples of when and where to use aspects of the situational leadership model when leading your project team

Trinesha Longley has over 10 years of experience spearheading and leading projects and programs in the project management discipline, within a variety of security domains for Fortune 500 Companies.

Trinesha is on a mission to help project managers find their leadership voice. She is passionate about understanding the value we hold as project managers and how the transferable skill of leading project teams can be help individuals pivot into leadership roles within their organization.

Trinesha holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Computer Information Systems, and has several certifications including a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Duration: 15 minutes
Total PDUs: 0.25

Ways of Working:
PMP®/CAPM:PgMP®:PfMP®:PMI-PBA®: 0
PMI- ACP®/DAV/DAVSC/DASM/DASSM:PMI-RMP®:PMI-SP®: 0
Power Skills: 0.25
Business Acumen: 0

Risk Identification: What Are We Doing Wrong?

Jeff Nielsen

Founder and CEO
Nielsen Solutions LLC

Whether you are working in an Agile or a traditional project environment, it is likely that you are struggling with unexpected events that impact your project objectives. What is it that is going wrong?

In this presentation, we will examine some of the most common mistakes project managers make in identifying, mitigating, and planning a response to risk. This session will help you learn to anticipate events rather than wait until they happen and deal with them at that point. Learn and practice new ways to better prepare for the unknown.

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the common mistakes in risk identification
  • Be able to modify your risk planning to find more risks
  • Describe the common mistakes in risk response planning
  • Determine ways to improve your risk responses

Jeffrey S. Nielsen (Jeff) is a Program Manager, Senior Project Manager, and Agile Coach.  He has trained thousands of professionals on a variety of topics including program management, project management, and Agile. His enthusiasm and knowledge are the perfect combination for a fun, comprehensive review of program and project management, agile fundamentals or exam preparation.

Jeff has 7 years of program management experience, over 30 years of project management experience, and 20 years of agile experience working in software development, facilities, information technology, finance, and airline industries.

Duration: 30 minutes
Total PDUs: 0.5

Ways of Working:
PMP®/CAPM: 0.5  PgMP®: 0.5  PfMP®: 0.5  PMI-PBA®: 0
PMI-ACP®/DAV/DAVSC/DASM/DASSM:PMI-RMP®: 0.5  PMI-SP®: 0
Power Skills: 0
Business Acumen: 0

Jesse

Welcome to the Jungle of Team Performance

Jesse Ross

Professional Speaker, Executive Coach, Consultant

Leaders know that an organization is only as good as the people it employs. As an organization scales, talent becomes more complicated than simply “hire the best people”. Excellent people are placed on teams, and how teams interact and perform makes a world of difference, impacting everyone. The best teams are balanced, and individuals are empathetic, accountable, and open.

This session provides decision makers and team leaders with tools to create the best teams and supercharge their performance.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify your natural tendencies and the tendencies you adopt when under stress
  • Learn how to communicate with your team without assuming and guessing
  • Recognize different personality types, and how to better work with others
  • Master how your behavior affects your team, when under stress or frustration
  • Learn to dissipate tension when teammates respond to critical items
  • Discover how to stop apologizing for your natural strengths
  • Get your team onto the same sheet of music, to be more productive

Jesse Ross is a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant, executive coach, and international speaker who has delivered over 400 speaking engagements at colleges, conferences, and corporate and nonprofit companies, including Fortune 500 companies.

Jesse offers training, workshops, evaluations, assessments, and strategy development for schools, businesses and organizations. Jesse has been engaging his audience with his Morning Minute call-to-actions on his Instagram and LinkedIn page well before our world went into civil unrest and will continue to do so until people make change a priority.

Duration: 45 minutes
Total PDUs: 0.75

Ways of Working:
PMP®/CAPM: 0.25  PgMP®: 0.25  PfMP®:PMI-PBA®: 0
PMI-ACP®/DAV/DAVSC/DASM/DASSM:PMI-RMP®:PMI-SP®: 0
Power Skills: 0.5
Business Acumen: 0

Ruth Pearce

Burnout: Source, Signs, and Solutions

Ruth Pearce

Chief Inspiration Officer
ALLE LLC

Burnout is a hot topic now in many professions. One profession that does not get much attention in these discussions though is project management.

Join this session with Ruth Pearce to discover some of the sources of burnout, especially for project professionals. Walk away able to recognize burnout in yourself and others, and with some solutions that can help to halt and reverse burnout symptoms.

During the session, you will receive access to a burnout assessment as well as some online tools to help you turn burnout around.

And it is not all bleak – we will have some fun and lots of laughs!

Learning Objectives:
  1. Explain what burnout is and where it comes from as a project manager
  2. Identify signs of burnout
  3. Plan steps to halt and reverse burnout

Ruth Pearce runs A Lever Long Enough (ALLE LLC-Project Motivator) and is the founder of In it Together coaching which provides group coaching to project managers and other groups. Ruth’s vision is for workplaces to be transformed into inclusive collaborative communities.

Ruth has twenty years of direct experience in the project management field, supported by extensive study and research in the science of Character Strengths and Positive Psychology.

Her book, Be a Project Motivator: Unlock the Secrets of Strengths-Based Project Management, was published in November 2018.

Duration: 30 minutes
Total PDUs: 0.5

Ways of Working:
PMP®/CAPM:PgMP®: 0  PfMP®:PMI-PBA®: 0
PMI- ACP®/DAV/DAVSC/DASM/DASSM:PMI-RMP®:PMI-SP®: 0
Power Skills: 0.5
Business Acumen: 0

mario landa

Keeping Value in Mind: A Global Trend in Project Management

Mario Landa

Consultant and Global Trainer

Value relates to continually evaluating and adjusting project alignment to business objectives and to the intended benefits. Understanding value makes delivering project success possible, throughout the project life cycle, as well as at the end of the project.

Value is rarely only quantitative. In fact, qualitative elements are often key to the proper clarification and understanding of value.

In this session, we will explore how to have a clear understanding of the content of value in order to guide strategy, decision-making, and problem-solving in projects.

Key takeaways include:
  • Identify value as the ultimate success indicator and driver of projects
  • Understand the key content of a business case: Business need, Project justification, and Business strategy
  • Explain the subjective nature of value
  • Recognize the difference between deliverables and intended outcomes
  • Learn how to deliver value across the project life cycle
Mario Landa is an instructor and consultant specializing in project, program and portfolio management who has successfully implemented enterprise project management solutions to industry-leading organizations around the world. He collaborates with IIL and other organizations as a subject matter expert in various topics as a global trainer and consultant. His work focuses on transformational and innovative project management practices, methods, and tools. Mario has led the Microsoft® Project curriculum and is co-author of the book Dynamic Scheduling® with Microsoft® Project 2013 (J. Ross Publishing, 2014). Mario has an MS in Global Management from Tulane University, an EMBA from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México – ITAM, and a BA in Civil Engineering from La Salle University of México. His professional certifications include PMP, CSM, and PMI-SP.

Duration: 15 minutes
Total PDUs: 0.25

Ways of Working:
PMP®/CAPM:PgMP®:PfMP®:PMI-PBA®: 0
PMI-ACP®/DAV/DAVSC/DASM/DASSM:PMI-RMP®:PMI-SP®: 0
Power Skills: 0
Business Acumen: 0.25

Rubin

Making Change Happen

Rubin Jen

Senior Trainer, IIL

Change management is now one of the key skills that project managers need more than ever. Gone are the days of completing your project, then moving on to the next initiative. Project managers today need to educate, motivate, convince, influence, and sell the project’s benefits to the intended audience. Effective Organizational Change Management (OCM) is about enabling a new “norm”, to allow organizations to increase their value.

As project managers, our focus is evolving and expanding from delivering results to facilitating benefits and value realization and becoming “change makers”.

This presentation will explain the importance of change management, and the key activities and skills you need to be successful and continue your growth as a ‘project manager of the future’. This presentation goes beyond delivery methods, into the project ‘afterlife’.

Key takeaways include:
  • What is change management and how it is different from project change control and continuous improvement
  • Relate the typical approaches and techniques needed to introduce and reinforce change
  • How to enable successful change adoption
Rubin Jen is Senior Trainer at IIL and a thought leader in the Agile and project management community. He has written books and articles, and delivered coaching and project management training and knowledge in Agile practices, leadership, and project management core skills to thousands of professionals worldwide. Ruben has served with PMI Chapter Board of Directors. Rubin has over 25 years of experience and success in project, program, and portfolio management, strategic planning, change management, continuous improvement, and Agile transformation across multiple industries.

Duration: 30 minutes
Total PDUs: 0.5

Ways of Working:
PMP®/CAPM: 0.25  PgMP®: 0.25  PfMP®:PMI-PBA®: 0
PMI-ACP®/DAV/DAVSC/DASM/DASSM:PMI-RMP®:PMI-SP®: 0
Power Skills: 0
Business Acumen: 0.25

Alva

Optimizing Development Value Streams in SAFe®

Alva Martinez

Enterprise Lean Agile DevOps Coach, Honeywell
Going from an idea to a fully functioning solution is easier said than done. Development Value Streams (DVS) can help. DVS are the heartbeat of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) and contains the steps and guidance that people need to deliver solutions. This session explains the characteristics of a value stream and the techniques and tools to improve and optimize value delivery.
Key takeaways include:
  • The value stream as a kanban system
  • Metrics that matter in a value stream
  • How to implement a continuous improvement cycle to optimize a value stream

Alva Martinez is passionate about innovating and developing software using agile, DevOps, lean, design thinking, and a customer-centric orientation. She is a servant leader focused on building high-performing teams.

Alva has ten years’ experience as a full-stack developer of web systems. Throughout her five-year role as head of development, Alva implemented eight services that are still in operation, using agile practices. As Product Owner, Alva led the implementation of several systems to digitize the academic-administrative processes.

As an Enterprise Agile-Lean-DevOps coach, Alva helps development teams continuously search for value and deliver with cadence to become high-performing. She has trained different companies in using the Scaled Agile Framework, SAFe for architects, SAFe DevOps, and Lean Portfolio Management. Alva has an MBA with knowledge of financial accounting, business strategy, and marketing.

Duration: 30 minutes
Total PDUs: 0.5

Ways of Working:
PMP®/CAPM: 0.25  PgMP®: 0.25  PfMP®:PMI- PBA®: 0
PMI- ACP®/DAV/DAVSC/DASM/DASSM: 0.25  PMI-RMP®:PMI-SP®: 0
Power Skills: 0
Business Acumen: 0.25

Business Resilience How Sustainable Progress is Delivered at Pace

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Sheila Roberts

Chief Progress Officer
Resilience Professionals Ltd.
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David Roberts

Chief Resilience Officer
Resilience Professionals Ltd.

The need for Business Resilience has never been greater given the financial crisis, global pandemic, war, supply chain issues and climate change, to name a just a few of the pressures organisations have faced in the last decade. And yet, organisations actively engaged in digitisation and globalisation remain locked in a never-ending race to deliver more customer value by adopting new technologies and practices to protect business margins.

So how can Business Resilience help organisations survive by selecting the right projects to take advantage of VUCA conditions, enhancing portfolio attractiveness whatever project management method is used?

In the presenters’ work as project consultants, organisations which are resilient have leaders that focus on optimising the value of projects to customers, and enhancing their people, contributing to an Evolving Vision, which balances Innovation and Risk within their Network Collaborations.

In this session, we’ll look at how Business Resilience can be combined with Project Management to optimise value to customers, and organisational survival. We’ll examine the 5 domains of Business Resilience and how Professionals can enhance tailored project management method(s), to benefit their organisations. We also demonstrate how to measure the VUCA challenges facing your organisation and to turn these into project opportunities. And for experienced Project Mangers working with the 12 PMBoK principles, we show how Business Resilience enhances organisational performance by delivering more project value through stronger Foundations, the PACE culture and a commitment to Cycles of Sustained Progress.

Key Takeaways:
  1. Identify how a tailored project management method and tailored Business Resilience Framework complement each other to optimise project value.
  2. Recognise the five Domains of the Business Resilience Framework to strengthen project value in your organization.
  3. Use the Resilience Profile tool to measure and enhance the level of Business Resilience of your organization.
  4. An Enterprise Project Management Accelerator which maps the 12 PM BoK Principles with the Business Resilience Framework to enhance enterprise project performance.

Sheila Roberts is the Chief Progress Officer for Resilience Professionals Ltd. She has more than three decades of PPM experience, leading project professionals to deliver successful initiatives. She is accredited in many PPM and supporting Best Practices in addition to Business Resilience. Sheila is passionate about the need for resilience and facilitating progress. Sheila understands why measurable indicators are critical and led the development of the Resilience Profile and other unique tools in the Business Resilience Framework.

She is a Consultant, assessor and trainer in PPM and Business Resilience. She is a recognised specialist holding positions as Chair of Examiners and Chartered Assessor, in addition to being a Chartered Project Professional herself. She has been elected by competitor organisations as Chair of the PPM Training industry body, the Association for Training Excellence.

In her spare time Sheila loves to read, walk, cycle and participates in car related activities with her family.

David Roberts is the Chief Resilience Officer at Resilience Professionals Ltd and has extensive expertise as a Consultant, assessor & trainer with over 30 years of PPM, change and Business Resilience experience across a broad range of industries globally. He is an accredited Trainer for many recognised best practices supporting PPM and Business Resilience, in addition to being a Chartered Project Professional and Chartered Management Consultant. He has led organisations for more than two decades. His specialties include portfolio management, PPM plus Business Resilience audit and improvement; consulting on complex organizational initiatives including, business transformation projects change programs. David has been interested in Business Resilience from the time he was a University Lecturer in International Strategic Management for business and has a depth of understanding of the link between projects and resilience. In his spare time, he’s enthusiastic about classic cars and cycling, actively participating in both.

Duration: 30 minutes
Total PDUs: 0.5

Ways of Working:
PMP®/CAPM: 0.25  PgMP®: 0.25  PfMP®:PMI-PBA®: 0
PMI-ACP®/DAV/DAVSC/DASM/DASSM:PMI-RMP®:PMI-SP®: 0
Power Skills: 0
Business Acumen: 0.25

Nathalie

Wave of Change: How Project Managers Can Help Save Our Ocean

Nathalie Udo

Founder, InDepth Strategies
Chief Operating Officer, ITHAKA

For millennia, humans have relied on the ocean for food, transportation, and livelihoods. Our ocean covers 70 percent of Earth’s surface, generates oxygen for every other breath we take, regulates our weather and climate, and is home to a significant share of the world’s biodiversity. Yet human activity now endangers the ocean that sustains us. Rising ocean temperatures, rising sea levels, and marine pollution from human activities all create new risks to marine and human life. Project management can help identify and implement solutions to keep our ocean healthy. Learn how the ocean affects your life and work, how it is changing in response to human activity, and how you can make sure your projects are all ocean safe.

Takeaways:
  • Learn why you should care about the health of the ocean.
  • Understand the wide range of threats the ocean is facing.
  • Learn how you can make a difference as a project manager
Nathalie Udo has a passion for raising corporate and individual social consciousness and igniting change. That passion drives her consultancy, InDepth Strategies, which focuses on achieving transformational change through executive coaching, program management, cross-cultural communication, and leadership development. Her wide-ranging experience, which spans industries and continents, provides insight into the impact and importance of values, communication, and sustainability. Nathalie is coauthor of Organizational Survival: Profitable Strategies for a Sustainable Future (McGraw-Hill, 2013). She has a master’s degree in economics and business administration from University of Maastricht, Netherlands, and is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC®), a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), and a Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM). She is chair of the Marine Conservation Institute and an avid scuba diver, which has allowed her to see the changes in our ocean firsthand, all over the world.

Duration: 30 minutes
Total PDUs: 0.5

Ways of Working:
PMP®/CAPM: 0.25  PgMP®: 0.25  PfMP®:PMI-PBA®: 0
PMI-ACP®/DAV/DAVSC/DASM/DASSM:PMI-RMP®:PMI-SP®: 0
Power Skills: 0
Business Acumen: 0.25

Ruth Pearce

Bravery vs Recklessness - Knowing When to Stand Up and When to Stand Down

Ruth Pearce

Chief Inspiration Officer
ALLE LLC

Change comes from people speaking out against norms and at the same time creating trust and belonging in the groups they inhabit. Project managers are often confronted with situations where they need to share unpopular news or opinions and they choose which battles to take on and how to present their message. Based on work by Dr. Todd Kashdan on the Art of Insubordination and related work by Dr. Charlan Nemeth on dissent, this session will explore the reasons we act to “fit in”, dos and don’ts of challenging the status quo, and ways to win others over.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Explain why we spend so much time fitting in
  2. Identify ways to challenge group think
  3. Explain what studies show about the effect of dissenters on groups and decision making
  4. Develop a plan for being brave rather than reckless when navigating the challenges of project management

Ruth Pearce runs A Lever Long Enough (ALLE LLC-Project Motivator) and is the founder of In it Together coaching which provides group coaching to project managers and other groups. Ruth’s vision is for workplaces to be transformed into inclusive collaborative communities.

Ruth has twenty years of direct experience in the project management field, supported by extensive study and research in the science of Character Strengths and Positive Psychology.

Her book, Be a Project Motivator: Unlock the Secrets of Strengths-Based Project Management, was published in November 2018.

Duration: 30 minutes
Total PDUs: 0.5

Ways of Working:
PMP®/CAPM: 0  PgMP®: 0  PfMP®: 0  PMI-PBA®: 0
PMI- ACP®/DAV/DAVSC/DASM/DASSM: 0  PMI-RMP®: 0  PMI-SP®: 0
Power Skills: 0.5
Business Acumen: 0

POINT OF VIEW

Fantasmagoria

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Roy Ambriz

Cinema Fantasma
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Arturo Ambriz

Cinema Fantasma

Fantasmagoria is a POV about a pair of up-and-coming Latino Filmmakers, and brothers, Arturo and Roy Ambriz. Cinema Fantasma is a film and video production company founded by the Ambriz Brothers in Mexico City. Since its inception, the Ambriz Family has worked hard and diligently to achieve greater and greater heights.

Cinema Fantasma has produced a wide range of videos: from commercials for the NFL and Vice Week Mexico, Music Videos for independent artists, bumper shorts for Adult Swim, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, to a full animated series in partnership with HBO Max LATAM, with many other projects on the way like their upcoming feature-length film “The Ballad of the Phoenix” starring Gael García Bernal.

This POV is a behind the scenes profile Cinema Fantasma, with interviews with the Ambriz brothers and their father, project manager Rodolfo Ambriz. They will discuss and explore the grueling and arduous process of stop motion animation, and how project management allows this small, passionate team of filmmakers to bring their magical worlds to life. Will you listen to this phantom’s fable?

Duration: TBD
Total PDUs: TBD

Ways of Working:
PMP®/CAPM: –  PgMP®: –  PfMP®: –  PMI- PBA®:
PMI- ACP®/DAV/DAVSC/DASM/DASSM: –  PMI-RMP®: –  PMI-SP®:
Power Skills:
Business Acumen:

X-TRAORDINARY PERFORMANCE

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David DeJesus & The Charlie Parker Tribute Band

Birdland Jazz Club
Be dazzled by an extraordinary performance from the stage of one of New York City’s premier jazz venues. The special performance is part of IIL’s Extraordinary Performance series, our celebrated series of culturally enriching music, dance and art. Catch a sneak preview of what’s to come. Watch, enjoy, and pass it on.

Back by Popular Demand

Gregory Robinson

James Webb Space Telescope – Leading Large Complex Global Projects

Gregory Robinson

Program Director of the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA
The James Webb Space Telescope will explore every phase of cosmic history – from within our solar system to the most distant observable galaxies in the early universe, and everything in between. Webb will reveal new and unexpected discoveries, and help humankind understand the origins of the universe and our place in it.  This mission, scheduled for a December 18, 2021 launch, is a collaboration of NASA, the European Space Agency and Canadian Space Agency.  We discuss the motivating science questions that required the development of the observatory, highlight the technologies, and project management challenges and lessons learned encountered during the development of this large complex global project. Although Webb is arguably an unparalleled engineering and technological feat, we explore the critical role of project management in making the world’s largest space telescope a success.  As NASA and the space industry are moving swiftly to new approaches, new systems, and far more commercial exploration (often referred to as “new space”) than previously imagined.  We also explore how acquisition and project management are evolving towards that future.

Mr. Robinson is the Program Director of the James Webb Space Telescope. His focus is development efficiency, management processes, contractor performance, and mission success. Formerly the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Deputy Associate Administrator for Programs; ensuring high performance during development and operations of 114 Science flight projects.

Mr. Robinson held the position of Deputy Director of NASA’s John Glenn Research Center, consisting of 3,200 employees, where the scope spans research and technology, aeronautics, science spaceflight, and human spaceflight. He served as NASA’s Deputy Chief Engineer for several years where he led engineering and program and project management strategy, policy, implementation rigor, and performance management. He was intricately engaged with the last 21 shuttle launches post Columbia Shuttle accident, as well as numerous satellite developments and launches.

Mr. Robinson also served as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Systems at NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, leading the acquisition and management of all satellite systems. He spent 11 years in various leadership positions at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Mr. Robinson has over 30 years of engineering, program and project management, and senior executive leadership at NASA. He has served as faculty at the George Washington University, Department of Engineering Management & Systems Engineering. He received the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award in 2013, and the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award in 2007.

Duration: TBD
Total PDUs: TBD

Ways of Working:
PMP®/CAPM: –  PgMP®: –  PfMP®: –  PMI- PBA®:
PMI- ACP®/DAV/DAVSC/DASM/DASSM: –  PMI-RMP®: –  PMI-SP®:
Power Skills:
Business Acumen:

Agile PMO Leadership - AstraZeneca Case Study

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Pammy Subramony

Group Director, Head of Submissions PMO
CPQP, R&D, AstraZeneca
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Keith Wilson

Senior Trainer/Consultant
IIL

The rise of technology and the digital era has made the need for scaling and Lean/Agile Practices essential. In this talk, Dr. Pammy Subramony, Ph.D., PMP head of Astra Zeneca’s Submissions Clinical and Quantitative Pharmacology (CPQP), will explain how the Agile Project Management Office at AstraZeneca supports program and project managers. Keith Wilson, Senior Trainer with IIL, will talk about how to scale Kanban, a system that balances demands for work with available capacity using Work in Process (WIP) limits. Pammy and Keith will discuss how the AstraZeneca Agile PMO will leverage Kanban to scale across their Portfolio and Program to Projects.

Dr. Pammy Subramony has 16 plus years of experience and leadership from early development to commercialization managing programs in biologics, device combination products and small molecules ranging from start-up to large pharmaceutical companies.

Keith Wilson (MBA, PMP, SPC, CSM, CSPO, Disciplined Agile Coach, Instructor DASSM, and Kanban Management Professional) has over 25 years of successful coaching, training, management, and consulting experience globally with over 100 happy clients. He has extensive Agile Training/Coaching experience and makes Agile work for his clients.

Keith is a welcomed trainer at numerous Fortune 500 corporations, universities, and associations worldwide and successfully consulted, developed courses, coached, and trained thousands of people virtually, in person, and through on-demand recordings in all areas of Agile Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, Disciplined Agile, Project, Program and Portfolio Management, Business Analysis, Microsoft Project, Project Online/Server, SharePoint, Microsoft Azure DevOps, Leadership and Interpersonal Skills. He brings fresh success and failure stories and interesting analogies to each of his engaging classes or presentation.

Keith is consistently rated as a top trainer, and facilitator with outstanding evaluations and comments that include: Very Engaging, Energetic, Entertaining, Informative, Over the Top Interesting, Great Presenter, Very Enthusiastic, Humorous, Clear, Concise and Effective, Extremely Knowledgeable, The Best trainer I have had in 30 years.

Duration: 30 minutes
Total PDUs: 0.5

Ways of Working:
PMP®/CAPM: 0.5  PgMP®: 0.5  PfMP®: 0  PMI-PBA®: 0
PMI-ACP®/DAV/DAVSC/DASM/DASSM: 0.25  PMI-RMP®:PMI-SP®: 0
Power Skills: 0
Business Acumen: 0

AstraZeneca: Embarking on an Agile Journey

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Pammy Subramony

Group Director, Head of Submissions PMO
CPQP, R&D, AstraZeneca
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Keith Wilson

Senior Trainer / Consultant
IIL

Pammy Subramony and Keith Wilson delivered this session on “AstraZeneca – Embarking on an Agile Journey” at IIL’s 2021 Agile & Scrum Online Conference. Part 2, originally planned to be featured on IPM Day 2021 as well, has been delayed until a future IIL Conference. Stay tuned for that!

The term ‘Agile Transformation’ is commonly used within teams and organizations who are looking to become more adaptable in their work. But how to go about this transformation is a tough question.

In Part 1 of this exclusive series, we will join AstraZeneca as they embark on their Agile Journey. The session will be led by Pammy Subramony, Associate Group Director, Head of Submissions and Operations, Clinical and Quantitative Pharmacology, R&D at AstraZeneca, and Keith Wilson, Sr. Trainer and Consultant at IIL.

What You Will Learn:
  • How to assess the current Project Management situation
  • The expected benefits and potential challenges of transitioning to Agile
  • An overview of different Agile practices
  • Defining a strategy for the Agile Journey

Dr. Pammy Subramony has 16 plus years of experience and leadership from early development to commercialization managing programs in biologics, device combination products and small molecules ranging from start-up to large pharmaceutical companies.

Keith Wilson (MBA, PMP, SPC, CSM, CSPO, Disciplined Agile Coach, Instructor DASSM, and Kanban Management Professional) has over 25 years of successful coaching, training, management, and consulting experience globally with over 100 happy clients. He has extensive Agile Training/Coaching experience and makes Agile work for his clients.

Keith is a welcomed trainer at numerous Fortune 500 corporations, universities, and associations worldwide and successfully consulted, developed courses, coached, and trained thousands of people virtually, in person, and through on-demand recordings in all areas of Agile Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, Disciplined Agile, Project, Program and Portfolio Management, Business Analysis, Microsoft Project, Project Online/Server, SharePoint, Microsoft Azure DevOps, Leadership and Interpersonal Skills. He brings fresh success and failure stories and interesting analogies to each of his engaging classes or presentation.

Keith is consistently rated as a top trainer, and facilitator with outstanding evaluations and comments that include: Very Engaging, Energetic, Entertaining, Informative, Over the Top Interesting, Great Presenter, Very Enthusiastic, Humorous, Clear, Concise and Effective, Extremely Knowledgeable, The Best trainer I have had in 30 years.

Duration: 60
Total PDUs: 1

Ways of Working:
PMP®/CAPM: 0.5  PgMP®: 0.5  PfMP®: 0  PMI-PBA®: 0
PMI-ACP®/DAV/DAVSC/DASM/DASSM: 0.5  PMI-RMP®:PMI-SP®: 0
Power Skills: 0
Business Acumen: 0.5

Two Free Courses

Al Zeitoun

Value Delivery System in Projects

Dr. Al Zeitoun, PgMP, PMI Fellow

Senior Trainer
IIL

Dr. Zeitoun is a Future of Work, business optimization, and operational performance excellence thought leader with global experiences in strategy execution. His experiences encompass leading organizations; delivering their Enterprise Digital and Business Transformation; guiding fitting frameworks implementations; and using his empathy, engineering insights, and collaboration strengths to successfully envision new business models and execute complex missions across diverse cultures globally. 

In his current role with Siemens DI SW, he is responsible for driving the global program management practices, Master Plan governance, and enabling the Strategy Transformation priorities. 

In his position, as the Executive Director for Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, Abu Dhabi, UAE, he was responsible for creating the strategy execution framework, achieving transformation benefits, governance excellence, and creating the data analytics discipline necessary for delivering on the $40B complex country energy mission roadmap.  

At the McLean, USA HQ of Booz Allen Hamilton, Dr. Zeitoun strategically envisioned and customized digitally enabled EPMO advisory, mapped playbooks, and capability development for clients’ Billions of Dollars strategic initiatives. Furthermore, he led the firm’s Middle East North Africa Portfolio Management and Agile Governance Solutions. 

With the International Institute of Learning, Dr. Zeitoun was a senior leader and global trainer and coach. He was instrumental in driving its global expansions, thought leadership, and operational excellence methodology to sense and shape dynamic ways of working across organizations worldwide. He speaks English, Arabic, and German and enjoys good food, travel, and volunteering. 

Duration: 10 hours
Total PDUs: 10

Ways of Working:
PMP®/CAPM: 3.25  PgMP®: 3.25  PfMP®:PMI-PBA®: 0.25
PMI-ACP®/DAV/DAVSC/DASM/DASSM: 0.25  PMI-RMP®:PMI-SP®: 0
Power Skills: 2.75
Business Acumen: 4

Jorgelina Bross-Puglisi

Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers

Jorgelina Bross-Puglisi

Trainer & Consultant
IIL

Jorgelina is an accomplished industrial engineer, project manager, and consultant with solid international experience in various industries. She has conducted numerous projects in more than 15 countries in Latin and North America, Europe, and Asia. She is a results-oriented leader, with excellent communication and facilitation skills.

Duration: 5 hours
Total PDUs: 5

Ways of Working:
PMP®/CAPM:PgMP®: 0  PfMP®: 0  PMI-PBA®: 0
PMI-ACP®/DAV/DAVSC/DASM/DASSM:PMI-RMP®:PMI-SP®: 0
Power Skills: 4.75
Business Acumen: 0.75

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