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Cameron McGaughy
Kristy Tan Neckowicz
Jack Duggal
Saurayan Chaki
Danielle Ritter
Marcos Arias
Dan Furlong
Karen Chovan
Lawrence Cooper
David Maynard
Deepa Bhide
Marjorie Anderson
Michelle Stronach
Nadia Vincent
Sandra MacGillivray
Laura Samsó
Cheryl Lee
Emily Luijbregts
Karthik Ramamurthy
Sarah Mersereau
Nic Jain
Priya Patra
Yves Cavarec
David Davis
Fabio Rigamonti
Gina Abudi
Kristin Jones

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Catalin Dogaru
Carlos Javier Pampliega García

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Day 3: #PMIcon17

I've just finished my final slot on the "Ask the Expert" booth and it's been a jam packed morning! The overriding theme this morning has been coaching people to understand what their value is and what they really want from their careers and lives. It's been a really interesting journey to see how people want to develop and progress in their professional careers and how differently that this looks across the Project Management spectrum. Here's a quick summary of who I met with today*:

  • Frank: Frank has been in the same job for over 27 years and been a Project Manager for the last 12 years. He's looking for a change and a different challenge and has been thinking about becoming a consultant and what this means in reality. We spoke about the reality of life as a consultant and the different mindset that is required from his current position. We also looked at understanding the different culture of consultancy and discussed the next steps for him. What was interesting for Frank was that this discussion was based around: "What does he want to do?" He has no monetary concerns and could happily have no job but he wants to work and he wants to. It's a great position to be in and one that I think a lot of more Senior Project Managers are going through at the moment.
  • Mohammed: He's been working in his current organization and has worked his way up from a technical role to being a Project Manager. He's looking to keep moving forward with his career and wanted advice as his company was theoretically supportive of his growth plan and where he wanted to go but in practice, they were not and were trying to box him into a smaller position that wouldn't be fulfilling for him. Mohammed left with some ideas and plans for what he can do with his management moving forward to secure the growth that he wants in the organization and what he's able to do now to keep learning. We spoke about working with his local chapter on volunteering and improving his soft skills to move forward into a Management opportunity.
  • Sharon: She's currently unfulfilled in her current job and looking at: what next? She's interested in perhaps going independent and we spoke about the initial steps that she needs to do and what to consider before she becomes freelance in: how to market yourself, what do you want to do and what is important to consider in being an entrepreneur in the US.
  • John: John came to see me about the best way to empower his team through their agile transformation and how to get his team more empowered to own their change. We spoke about how the could get the team to own their change and their work across distributed locations.
  • Olivier: My last talk of the day and Olivier is a brand new Project Manager and wanting to know how he can progress and develop as a Project Manager successfully. It was really interesting to help him with his initial career plan and where he'd like to see himself in 5 years.

Here's some pictures from today:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Please note all names have been changed for privacy reasons.

Posted by Emily Luijbregts on: October 30, 2017 01:29 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

Did you use 'PMI-in-training' at the Conference?

 

 

 

Hello PMI Conference Attendees,

It has been a lot of fun and learning since we started on Friday. We have learnt a lot and hopefully have been able to share some of our learnings with some of you.

Strengths Finder and Ask The Experts has been a busy booth to manage. Thanks Marjorie, Kristin and PMI team for keeping the place in control and managing the heavy traffic really well so that time was well utilized for all the coaches and participants.

If you haven't stopped by, feel free to do so. Coaches are around until end of the day and you might still be able to get a slot. Coaches have different backgrounds and experiences - so you can find somebody that is in line with what might help you the most. From personal experiences we have found that sometimes,it just helps  to run ideas by somebody that can look at it from an outsiders perspective looking in.

We look forward to seeing you and learning with you.

Karen and Nic

 

Posted by Nic Jain on: October 30, 2017 12:27 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

#PMIcon17 - Day 2

Today has been a really hectic day but it's been a really exciting day of listening to some great Project Managers and coaching them to a solution. One the best things about being part of the "Ask the Expert" group is being able to see so many different personalities and with such a different array of problems that they need help with. Here's a quick summary from today:

  • Dan: He's working in a government environment that has very limited project management skills and wants to help his organization implement better project management processes. We spoke about how he could sell this to his stakeholders and some pitfalls that he needed to be aware of. He's the only PMP in his organization and is trying to make the case for having his colleagues become PMP certified.
  • Sally: She was a technical project manager who was trying to transition into a Scrum Master. She was getting her certification but just didn't know where to start! How do you start being agile when you're struggling to see where to begin! We went through the initial processes that she could start with and additionally what she needed to NOT do. We then spoke about some of the issues that she's having in transitioning and what she's able to control in her transition.
  • Thomas: Thomas needed some career advice. He's a highly academic individual who works in a company that will not allow him to progress or develop. There's limited opportunity for him to develop and despite repeated requests to his managers, there's been no support or acknowledgement. We went through his options and how he can make himself more employable. We also discussed the various opportunities that networking with his local PMI chapter could provide.
  • Ruth: I spent an hour talking with Ruth about what she can do to 'find the love' in Project Management. She's been a job that isn't ideal for the past 5 years and the company is fine, the job is fine, but she's not enjoying it. We discussed what she enjoys doing and what she can do moving forward to improve her current situation and working environment. It was great to be able to leave Ruth with a list and plan of things that she can actively do moving forward.
  • Miguel: Miguel was struggling with his agile transformation and has been trying to go through the agile change with his traditional organization. We discussed the steps that he can do to help with the change management that he needs to do.

We've also had a few 'drop ins' on the couch as well which has been really fun to work together in a group and do some group coaching with people. We've spoken about: Closed industries and what you can do to break through, communication issues between cultures, working in a corrupt environment and how to talk to Senior Management.

We're going to be around tomorrow in case you want to drop by!

Posted by Emily Luijbregts on: October 29, 2017 04:59 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Conference - Day 1

It's been Day 1 of #PMIcon17 and I think most of us now have sore throats from speaking so much! It's been a fabulous day of learning about our peers and helping with their queries. A few of my highlights from today:

  • Helping Anne who was struggling with knowing the way to go with her career progression and what was the best next step to make
  • Coaching Chris in understanding the agile methodology and what agile is and isn't
  • Chatting to Brian regarding cultural issues and the different types of cultures in his team

The most exciting thing about today was seeing how much passion my peers have in their careers and how much they are looking to learn over the next two days of conference.

If you can't secure a 1-1 slot, please feel free to come by the booth as there are normally a group of us sitting around, ready to chat!

Posted by Emily Luijbregts on: October 28, 2017 05:33 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Making a Difference: Are you ready to learn about Agile?

Categories: Agile

So we are all here at #PMICon17!

Are you ready to learn about Agile?

If so, here's a tour guide throughout the conference on sessions that may be of interest to you (besides coming and talking to me one-on-one during the Ask the Experts sessions).

Let's start at the top with Sir Tim Berners Lee on The Future of Tech.  Agile approaches are all about helping us understand solving complex adaptive problems. Sir Tim will set the stage on that one as he talks about The Internet of Things, Future of Artificial Intelligence, The Next Web Paradigm Shift, The Power of Data, Impact of Security and Privacy on the Web and Business, and into the real transformative impact these technologies are having and will have in the years ahead.

Here is a list of sessions to continue your journey - I show the session ID and title. I chose them on the basis of not pushing a proprietary tool or method, and of not being as close to pure agile topics as possible. I start all of my classes on agility with a slide about the fact we sometimes need to unlearn old things in order to learn new ones properly. This means my list does not contain any waterfall-agile hybrid sessions. I like to keep it clean!

  1. Saturday 337 W183A - Red Pill/Blue Pill: Design Thinking applied to Project Management
  2. Saturday 340 W185a - Balanced Project Management with Kanban: Maximum Control, Higher Productivity, Less Stress
  3. Saturday 358 W183a and Sunday 403-EXH - Hands-on Lab: Deep Dive into the Agile Practice Guide
  4. Saturday 362 W175 - Evolving Agile Leadership at Riot Games: A story of Challenging Convention
  5. Sunday 413 W175 – Winning! Using Improv Games to improve facilitation with teams
  6. Sunday 417-EXH – Planning and Delivering Value with an Agile PPMO
  7. Saturday 420 W183b – Six Agile Experts walk into a bar…Hours later what emerges?
  8. Sunday 426 W175 – How to use Agile Program/Portfolio Tools to Increase Project Health
  9. Monday 507 W183a – I see what you are saying: How to communicate better Visually
  10. Monday 510 W176 – Agile and Design Thinking, the perfect pairing for a successful project
  11. Monday 513-EXH – Hands-on Lab: Shaping Agile Transformation
  12. Monday 522 183c – Is the future of Project Management #NoProjects?
  13. Monday 527-EXH – Hands-on Lab: Writing Business Objectives and Quantifying Future Value

If you’d like to talk strategic intent, adaptive strategy, back-casting over forecasting, outcomes over outputs, any of the agilities, or pretty much anything you think I may be able to help you with in making a difference in your world, here is my availability during the conference:

  • Saturday the 28th from 1:30 to 4:30 - FULL
  • Sunday the 29th from 3:00 to 5:00
  • Monday the 30th from 9:00 to 10:50

You can sign up here

You can also connect with me at:

  •     https://twitter.com/cooperlk99
  •     https://www.linkedin.com/in/lawrencekcooper
  •     www.TheAgilitySeries.com
Posted by Lawrence Cooper on: October 28, 2017 07:42 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)
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