Professional Development Day

Date & Time: 

  Friday 09/12/2014 - 07:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Location: 

  Hurst Conference Center

Seats Available: 

  54

Registration: 

  Registration for this event is now closed.

FWPMI Professional Development Day
Growing to Meet the Needs!

 
Fifteen dynamic national and local speakers present 20 sessions of relevant and leading-edge topics related to Project Management. 
Pick four to build your perfect professional development day!
 
AGENDA
07:00am - 07:30am
   Registration / Continental Breakfast / Networking
 
07:30am – 07:55am
   Opening: Fort Worth Chapter PMI (0.5 PDUs)
 
07:55am – 09:25am
   Keynote: Behaviors That Lead to Exceptional Performance (Neal Whitten) (1.5 PDUs)
 
09:40am - 10:50am   Select from Sessions 01-05 (1.25 PDUs)
   Session 01: Collaboration & Conflicts on Multi-generational Teams (Shobhna Raghupathy)
   Session 02: The Introvert's Agile Survival Guide (Ken Howard)
   Session 03: Lessons Learned on Lessons Learned (Michael Warber)
   Session 04: Building Effective Relationships (Mary Ann Davis)
   Session 05: Meeting Management Tips & Tricks! (Paul Burek)
 
11:05am - 12:15pm   Select from Sessions 06-10 (1.25 PDUs)
   Session 06: Harnessing the Power of Project Management (Wes Balakian)
   Session 07: The Ultimate Sprint Workshop (Greg Smith)
   Session 08: Influence of the Project Scope on the WBS (Paul Burek)
   Session 09: Social Media: the New Business Reality (Debbie Saviano)
   Session 10: PMI Roadmap to Ethical Decision Making (Shobhna Raghupathy)
 
12:15pm – 2:15pm     Lunch, Vendor Showcase, Panel Discussion, & Giveaways
   Panel: Managing Your Career (1.0 PDUs)
 
 2:25pm - 3:35pm      Select from Sessions 11-15 (1.25 PDUs)
   Session 11:  Project Leader or Project Manager? (Mike Armour)
   Session 12:  Evidence Based Management & Agile Adoption (Don McGreal)
   Session 13:  Making Change Last (Carole Evans)
   Session 14:  Communication Tools Impact on Communication Effectiveness (Debbie Mrazek)
   Session 15:  Genuine Appreciation Motivates! (Cherie Silas)
 
 3:50pm - 5:00pm     Select from Sessions 16-20 (1.25 PDUs)
   Session 16:  Delegation That Genuinely Works (Mike Armour)
   Session 17:  Building Strong, Self-Managing Teams (Ravi Verma)
   Session 18:  The Psychology of Gathering Business Requirements (Anthony Reed)
   Session 19:  Implementing Your Communication Plan & Strategy (Carole Evans)
   Session 20:  Negotiation Strategies for Project Managers (Debbie Mrazek)
 
 
REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS
Once you hit the [Registration] button, you will be asked to select your session priority/choices for each time slot.  This will be submitted to the FW PDD project team to assign sessions and notify you.
Sessions are assigned when payment is received - and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Sessions will sell out; so register as early as possible.

Registration Problems?  Contact pdd@fwpmi.org with details.
 
PRICING
Price Category Early Bird * Standard
FWPMI Chapter Member $299 $349
PMI Member (non-chapter) $349 $399
Non-Member $399 $449
* Register and pay by August 1st for Early Bird rates.
 
 
PDUs
Attendees may earn 1.0 PDU for each 60 minute session attended.  The maximum number of PDUs is listed next to each event above.  PDU filing is the responsibility of the attendee.  Additional PDU filing instructions will be provided to attendees at the conference.
 
SESSION INFORMATION
Keynote Address:  Behaviors That Lead to Exceptional Performanace (Neal Whitten)
Success does not just happen - it is made to happen!  Success results from identifying and acting upon specific behaviors, patterns and choices that lead to exceptional performance.  Learn the many behaviors that you can embrace to be your best!  Neal Whitten reveals important results- oriented leadership behaviors that promote professional and personal success.  Many of these you may already know.   These behaviors when practiced consistently can lay the foundation for your journey to exceptional performance.
 
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09:40am - 10:50am   Select from Sessions 01-05 (1.25 PDUs)
Session 01:  Collaboration & Conflicts Multi-generational Teams (Shobhna Raghupathy)
For the first time in history, there are four distinct generations in the workplace.  The Veterans, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y.  Project managers need to understand the age distribution of the workforce and develop strategies to avoid conflicts across generations.  Each generation will be discussed highlighting key concerns, characteristics and motivators.  We'll begin by outlining how teamwork and collaboration varies by generation and you'll experience this with team exercises.  Age matters when considering the dynamics of engaging, managing and leading multi-generational teams.  Each attendee will receive a Generation Summary that outlines the differences of each generation by outline, work ethic, leadership and relationships. 
 
Session 02:  The Introvert's Agile Survival Guide (Ken Howard)
A popular 2012 book by Susan Cain presented the plight of introverts in an extrovert dominated society. In the U.S., around 1/3 of individuals are considered introverts, but in the technology field its closer to 2/3. Many Agile practices are geared toward extroverts, and are frustrating and annoying to introverts. This session presents guidance to leaders on how to capitalize on the value that Agile practices offer without interfering with the motivators and other needs of introverts.
 
Session 03:  Lessons Learned on Lessons Learned (Michael Warber)
Every organization seeks to improve and lessons learned is the cornerstone.  It enables us to repeat our successes but not our failures.  However, gathering them is only one piece of the puzzle.  To be effective, they must be used and that means archiving considerations, key word searches and much more.  You need to be able to sort, review and retrieve them as needed.  This presentation will focus on building a lessons learned process, form, and implementing it in a company.  The talk will also discuss some of the pitfalls and how to avoid them.
 
Session 04: Building Effective Relationships (Mary Ann Davis)
Each person you meet and each interaction you have with a peer, a partner or a team is a reflection of personalities and communication styles.  Learn how to build more effective relationships by understanding key traits.  In this session, you'll learn about the very popular DiSC assessment which helps people improve communications one relationship at a time.  DiSC has been around for decades helping people improve communications one relationship at a time.  DiSC is based on respect.  Respect others while acknowledging our differences.  By the end of this session, you'll understand the four DiSC styles and how to utilize this model to improve your relationships.  
 
Session 05: Meeting Management Tips & Tricks (Paul Burek)
"Meetings are where minutes are taken and hours wasted."  Does this sound familiar?  For many people, 50-75% of their work week is spent in meetings.  Anything we do this frequently, we should do well!  The reality is that meetings aren't always productive, not needed or fail to produce needed results.  The problem isn’t that meetings in general are ineffective for making decisions or completing work. It's more about how you approach it.  Meetings are like very small projects.  They must be planned and managed well to finish on time with the expected "deliverables".  Attendees will gain some new insights in how to set meetings up that work, and tools you can use to run better meetings.
 
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11:05am - 12:15pm   Select from Sessions 06-10 (1.25 PDUs)
Session 06:  Harnessing the Power of Project Management (Wes Balakian)
Most companies don't have a clear idea of their own business processes which makes it difficult to compete in this sometimes ruthless, global marketplace.  The key to success is harnessing the power of project management.  The beauty is that project management will work no matter what kind of organization you work in!  Using project management as the foundation to deliver business results works and can be the driving force to success.  In this session we will cover how project management is the key to increased profitability even during hard economic times; utilizing project management as a business model that's scalable, predictable and measurable; and the four keys to thrive. 
 
Session 07:  The Ultimate Sprint Workshop (Greg Smith)
The sprint is at the heart of an effective Agile lifecycle but many team struggle with delivering a sprint successfully. In this interactive session, we'll explain and demonstrate the key practices and disciplines that lead to sprint success.  We'll focus on three core skills: sprint planning, sprint delivery, and sprint closing. You will learn the best practices for each skill and improve your customer’s satisfaction with your sprint deliveries. We will use a case study that covers the pre-work needed to set-up a sprint for success, and then we will take one set of stories through the sprint process.
 
Session 08:  Influence of the Project Scope on the WBS (Paul Burek)
How can you be sure you have identified all the deliverables needed to successfully complete your project?  You can be confident if you have a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).  But not all Work Breakdown Structures are good and they can be.  In this session attendees will learn about the close relationship between defining project and product scope and building a comprehensive WBS.  The WBS is created progressively as new knowledge of the project scope is defined. We'll also explore how the Project Scope Statement provides valuable knowledge as project stakeholders build and adjust the WBS, ensuring it represents the full scope of the project effort.
 
Session 09:  Social Media: the New Business Reality (Debbie Saviano)
In the last three decades we've incorporated emails, video conferencing, social networking sites, blogs and tweets into our lives.  We live in a global world and communication has gone viral! 
This session is designed for the professional who seeks to expand their online presence while understanding the value of social media.  We'll discuss the 5 big social media players, how to enhance LinkedIn and other platforms by "talking to the eye" and how to use social media to grow and expand your network.
 
Session 10:  PMI Roadmap to Ethical Decision Making (Shobhna Raghupathy)
Making ethical decisions is not easy and often project managers are put into ethical dilemmas between two or more project stakeholders.  While you may understand the importance of managing projects ethically, do you know how to work through ethical dilemmas?  In 2012, PMI developed an Ethical Decision Making Framework (PMI EDMF).  We'll discuss the five steps in the framework that guide you through the process to make a decision when confronted by an ethical dilemma.  It's not easy, but there is a solution to every situation!  In today's competitive business environment, strategic initiatives are implemented through projects. It's become imperative that projects are managed effectively and ethically. 
 
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 2:25pm - 3:35pm      Select from Sessions 11-15 (1.25 PDUs)
Session 11:  Project Leader or Project Manager? (Mike Armour)
Project managers recognize the importance of interpersonal skills to ensure the work gets done according to plan (managing) while ensuring the team stays on track to achieve project objectives (leading).  This presentation looks at leadership and management together so that we can compare and contrast the characteristics of both.  The message is clear:  they must work in tandem, like pedals on a bicycle. The goal of this presentation is to help attendees recognize when they need to wear a leadership hat and when to wear a management hat based on the current situation.  We'll evaluate typical organizational issues and determine if applied leadership or applied management is best.
 
Session 12:  Evidence Based Management & Agile Adoption (Don McGreal)
Is your organization investing in an agile adoption effort?  Like many, you may be pursuing training, engaging experts, and integrating popular practices, tools, and scaling frameworks.  So what’s next? How do you know these investments are paying off? What do you define as success and what do you measure to evaluate that success?  With engaging discussion, examples, and activities this session presents Evidence Based Management from Scrum.org as a new and powerful model for measuring and introducing ongoing and lasting improvement to the organization. Attendees will leave with an understanding of how Evidence Based Management enables them to answer some core questions on their improvement initiative.
 
Session 13:  Making Change Last (Carole Evans)
Projects create unique products, services, or results.  Thus, the inevitability of change is an inescapable factor resulting from every project. How do change agents ensure that change is not only implemented successfully, but will last beyond the implementation of the project? This presentation will explain how to assess critical success factors and organizational performance levers in order to establish the future receptive environment necessary for successful change.
 
Session 14:  Communication Tools Impact on Communication Effectiveness (Debbie Mrazek)
In our world today, face-to-face communications is not always practical.  We have geographically dispersed teams and a variety of other situations.  We now have the opportunity to leverage an ever-growing array of communication tools to improve efficiency and convenience. We rely on phones and Internet to get across our ideas, solutions and thoughts. Learn how to add and improve the tools in your communication toolbox! Think of a problem you are currently experiencing and walk away with a plan of action to fix it!
 
Session 15:  Genuine Appreciation Motivates! (Cherie Silas)
Agile leaders want to build projects around motivated people, give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.  Genuine appreciation provides motivation but each of us hears that message differently so we need to decipher "the languages of appreciation".   This help us resolve performance problems, build trust and transparency and increase collaboration and creativity. Using appreciation languages leads to positive results because people who feel appreciated also feel valued, safe, creative, dedicated, and able to accomplish anything! Attendees will take a short assessment to determine their primary and secondary appreciation language and participate in a team based exercise to identify ways to implement the language of appreciation into their workplace.
 
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 3:50pm - 5:00pm     Select from Sessions 16-20 (1.25 PDUs)
Session 16:  Delegation That Genuinely Works (Mike Armour)
There's no such thing as a single-handed success in projects.  It's a team effort.  That means work assignments must be delegated.  How confident are you that the delegated work will be done?  We will explore the techniques great managers use to delegate effectively.  Much of the presentation builds around a concept of “progressive empowerment". Delegation is a critical skill that allows you to maximize your own time and skills while providing opportunities to grow the skills of others.  We'll also explore the reasons why delegating fails and show you how to avoid these pitfalls. 
 
Session 17:  Building Strong, Self-Managing Teams (Ravi Verma)
Agile teams cannot survive without self-management and self-organization.  Yet most teams do not have a step by step approach to measure and boost their level of self-management. Research has shown that extrinsic rewards alone are not sufficient to inspire and motivate team members. Engaged, self-managing, self-organizing employees require intrinsic motivation. This presentation will outline a simple approach towards self-management using four building blocks that boost motivation and identify and remove the obstacles that are blocking their teams.
 
Session 18: The Psychology of Gathering Business Requirements (Anthony Reed)
If you’ve ever worked on a project that failed, then you’re not alone. PMI’s "2014 Pulse of the Profession” found that 44% of strategic initiatives are unsuccessful. When business executives were surveyed, more than 25% attributed project failures to incomplete requirements and lack of user involvement. Gathering business requirements is the litmus test for project success. If the requirements are wrong or incomplete, the project will be unsuccessful. Unfortunately, while the methodologies work “on paper” and “in theory,” they generally fail once people are added to the mix.  In this session, we'll talk about the psychology behind gathering business requirements.
 
Session 19:  Implementing Your Communication Plan & Strategy (Carole Evans)
Communications is the glue that holds your project together.  It must be planned with as much detail as your schedule or scope requirements.  Once you have a Communications Management Plan, you must effectively implement it. Get the right level of detail to the right audience using the best communication methods and tools for that type of message.  In this presentation, we'll discuss how to implement your Communications Management Plan.  We'll also talk about ways to confirm the communication needs are being met to manage and control project communications effectively and efficiently. 
 
Session 20:  Negotiation Strategies for Project Managers (Debbie Mrazek)
This presentation will be about one of the most important conversations you have in your business...getting to YES!  Learn specific negotiation strategies that improve your ability to influence others and reach a mutually acceptable and beneficial solution.  Come prepared with a situation you have experienced where it feels like you are hitting nothing but roadblocks and the only thing you hear is NO. We will help you make a plan to get your idea, plan, approach or project to YES!
 
LOCATION
Hurst Conference Center
1601 Campus Drive, Hurst, Texas 76054
 
DIRECTIONS
From Tx-183/Tx-121 West (Driving from Dallas)
   Exit Precinct Line Road
   Continue through the light
   Turn right on Campus Drive
 
From Tx-183/Tx-121 East (Driving from Fort Worth)
   Exit Precinct Line Road
   Turn left on Precinct Line Road
   Turn left on Thousand Oaks Drive
 
From DFW International South Entrance
   Take Tx-183 West for approximately 8 miles
   Exit Precinct Line Road
   Continue through the light
   Turn right on Campus Drive
 
From DFW International North Entrance
   Take Tx-114 West/Tx-121 South for approximately 3 miles
   Merge onto Tx-121 South towards Fort Worth for approximately 10 miles
   Exit Precinct Line Road
   Continue through the light
   Turn right on Campus Drive
 
PARKING
The Hurst Conference Center (HCC) offers more than 350 parking spaces in three areas: Parking Deck, Lower Level Parking (underground) and the North Lot.
 
     
This event is for Chapter members only. You may join (or add) this Chapter through the PMI Global website (www.pmi.org). We typically receive your new membership information within 24 hours and you'll be able to sign-on to this Chapter website using your PMI ID number (or registered email address).