Symposium 2017 - Presentation Abstracts

2017 Peak Performance Presentations Abstracts

Opening Session: Manley Feinberg
Reaching your Next Summit

Project Management Professionals often struggle to deliver more value under tightening budget constraints and rising user expectations.  Add the complications of engaging a multi-generational work force with no direct authority, regulations, constantly shifting technology, and the balance of personal life needs; and you have a serious challenge.

After facing the same frustrations from the front lines to the executive level for more than 20 years; I believe the answer is to equip individuals at all levels with tools to make them think, act and influence as leaders in their environment.  My Reaching Your Next Summit Keynote can be the catalyst for this change. 

Attendees will gain 7 strategies and 1 essential question to develop a leadership mindset and toolset that engages, equips and inspires both them and their team members to step up and lead regardless of their title.  Expect team members to build relationships and serve beyond vertical and horizontal boundaries in their environment.  More effective project management is just the beginning.  With more focus, commitment and momentum, you will see results you can measure.

You will:
     1. Gain 7 leadership principles that will empower every attendee to stretch their comfort zones and Lead Beyond Position. 
     2. Discover the one area you must micro-manage to gain Clarity in the Chaos, Drive Focus and Build Momentum 
     3. Drive innovation by encouraging individuals to step up, support others, and say what they see

Closing Session: Panel Speakers

Mac Marlow, Senior Director Carilion Clinic
CBiz PMO Representative

Breakout Track #1: Becoming a PM Guide (Leadership)

Session A: Jonathan Hagmaier
Empowering and Accountability... You can never be the hero as the leader

Successful and effective leadership combines empowerment and accountability. These aspects must be a shared mindset of the entire team and company to achieve great success. Jonathan Hagmaier shares with us how he learned this lesson as an unlikely entrepreneur and business owner to a company of over 90 employees and how you can apply these lessons learned to leading people in the most effective manner. “Empower people to be responsible for certain things. You can’t micromanage. Focus on their strengths. You don’t care how they get there as long as they get there - hold them accountable to get the job done.” In his talk, Jon will explain how empowerment and accountability brings scalability, trust and retention with employees.

Session B: Manley Feinber
On Belay Workshop: Relatiohship Strategies for Success

When professionals are asked how they can improve their overall impact on their organization, a top response is almost always stronger relationships.

Exceptional business professionals understand the fundamental importance of relationship skills; however, most professionals do not have an effective developmental path or the available resources to ensure that they and their teams are consistently improving their relationship skills. If you can’t connect with one another or with the business as a whole, how can you possibly hope to communicate effectively with clients and customers?

Strategic relationship skills are a key success strategy of top professionals. Arm yourself with a major advantage that will separate you from the pack, reduce your stress, and help you exceed expectations by consistently developing the relationships you need for success in your work and personal life

Your Audience Members will:
Gain insight into a critical mindset shift that will change your relationship results forever
Learn your own behavioral style and how to maximize its strengths and minimize its weaknesses in every day interactions
Leverage a strategy to recognize and adapt to personality styles so that you can reduce your stress and gain influence, regardless of your authority or title
Walk out with a strategic, and tactical plan to intentionally develop the relationships you need for success

Session C: Christo Schutte
Leading from Why

The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you discover why you were born.
– Mark Twain

The world that we live in is getting faster and faster every day, as a result purpose and meaning are becoming more important but unfortunately less and less known. Many leaders have lost sight of what their business was once all about. They now live in reaction mode. And what is driving them? External prizes and carrots. They have ceased to lead from a powerful place, from the inside out. Consequently, their teams are less effective and happy because how can a leader provide this meaning in their own team or organization if they personally are not even sure what is driving them?

"What is your WHY?"

Are you ready to lead yourself, your team, your family with purpose towards happiness, and effectiveness?
Are you ready to be a part of something bigger than yourself?

In this practical workshop, you will walk away with
1. Your own WHY statement
2. A greater energy and capacity to influence and inspire others
3. Tools to continue to live from a proactive and creative place
4. A set of tangible steps to be taken toward your greater cause

Breakout Track #2: Basecamp Essentials (Tools and Tips)

Session A: Mike Ryan
Listening and Improvisation

Improvisation is a vital skills that a Project Manager must master to Realize their Project Management Peak Performance. Project Manager's are faced with an overwhelming number of decisions where thinking, acting, checking and adjusting on your feet is done in moments. How you react and adapt in these situations and conversations is critical to your Peak Performance as a Project Manager. This session will be highly interactive and we will participate in improvisational situations designed to help us realize our Peak Performance

Session B: Doug Martin
Scaled Agile Framework Overview

The presentation will provide an overview and comparison of the main scaled agile frameworks: Scrum Of Scrums, Kanban, DevOps, SAFe, DAD, and LeSS. Each framework has unique benefits and pitfalls that need to be understood to select the correct framework for an organization’s unique program and portfolio management landscape. The presentation will also provide a vision for a new scaled agile perspective, AIF (Agile Integration Framework).

Session C: Paige Kanode
Tools and Tips for a Successful Retrospective

Continuous improvement is an essential to the success of Agile in any organization. An important tool that fosters continuous improvement is the retrospective. The retrospective is an opportunity for the team to reflect on a completed iteration to review and refine their processes. As a team, they work together to determine what should be improved and how they want to achieve it. Continuous improvement is the responsibility of the team and as a project leader it is your responsibility to help build an environment that nurtures this spirit.  This interactive session will discuss the purpose, structure and art of a successful retrospective. Examples of how you can make your retrospective more interactive and fun will be shared. You will leave this session with tools and tips on how you can continuously improve your retrospectives

Breakout Track #3: Trailblazing (Change Management)

Session A: Dr. David Duby
From Going Global with Lean to Impacting Team Culture: Recent Research in Contemporary Project Management

There are many assumptions about project management practice that are believed to be true. But good research challenges these assumptions and seeks to examine, in quantifiable ways, if such assumptions are valid and therefore worthy of consideration. In this presentation, two recent studies – one exploring multinational lean implementation and one in applying project portfolio management to impact team culture – are examined to glean key take-aways for effective project management. 

Session  B: Deon Glorius and Nicole Ellis
Who Moved My Keys?

Change is inevitable but not out of our control.  For this interactive session, we’ll explore a personal project that most, if not all, of us have experienced.  After a short application of project management concepts, we’ll introduce leading practices for change management as outlined by PROSCI, a professional organization that has conducted 20 years of research on change management.  The objective of this session will be to integrate change management as a structured process that is essential to delivering successful projects.  Buckle in and rev up your engines for a fun learning experience!
With our co-facilitators, Deon will facilitate the application of the knowledge and activities while Nicole will be the instructional lead.  

Session C: Eric Rothwell, Technical Program Manager at Anthem Healthcare
Why OCM?

Organizational Change Management (OCM) is the process, tools, and techniques to manage the people side of change to achieve the required business results. 

Why OCM? 

The results and outcomes of workplace changes are intrinsically and inextricably tied to individual employees doing their jobs differently.  A perfectly designed process that no one follows produces no improvement in performance.  A perfectly designed technology that no one uses creates no additional value to the organization.  Perfectly defined job roles that are not fulfilled by employees deliver no sustained results.  Whether in the workplace, in a community, or in government, the bridge between a quality solution and benefit realization is individuals embracing and adopting the change.

There are three primary elements that must all be present to help ensure consistent project success.  These include:

Leadership/Sponsorship – provides guidance and governance.

Project Management – gives structure to the technical side of the change.

Change Management – supports the people side of the change.

When effectively integrated and executed, these elements help ensure projects meet their objectives, finish on time and on budget, and realize their expected Return on Investment (ROI).  OCM enables people affected by a change to adopt that change so that business or other objectives are realized.  It is the bridge between solutions and results, and is fundamentally about people and our collective role of transforming change into successful outcomes for our organizations. 

The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the steps to develop and implement a formal, standard, and consistently repeatable OCM capability based on the proven best practices identified by Prosci, Inc. for your organization.  This OCM capability will fully integrate with and augment your organization’s existing and evolving Project Portfolio Management (PPM) methodology and related processes and procedures.


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