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Cameron McGaughy
Dan Furlong
Marjorie Anderson
David Maynard
Fabio Rigamonti
Emily Luijbregts
Priya Patra
Karthik Ramamurthy
Stephanie Jaeger
Moritz Sprenger
Kimberly Whitby
Laura Schofield

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Deepa Bhide
Nic Jain
Karen Chovan
Jack Duggal
Catalin Dogaru
Kristy Tan Neckowicz
Sandra MacGillivray
Gina Abudi
Sarah Mersereau
Lawrence Cooper
Yves Cavarec
Nadia Vincent
Carlos Javier Pampliega García
Michelle Stronach
Laura Samsó
Marcos Arias
Cheryl Lee
Kristin Jones
David Davis

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How does your behaviour support you in achieving your goals? - PMIEMEA19 Recap

Networking, knowledge and insight: PMIEMEA19

Final Summary of PMI EMEA Congress 2019 – my 3 top Lesson’s Learned

Round up of Videos from PMIEMEA19

Agility, Generativity, Terrific TED, and a Sparkling Shiny Surprise! Terrific Third Day of #PMIEMEA19

Wow - the first day is already over

The first day of the #PMIEMEA19 is already over. It is unbelievable. Reflecting back on the day's events I realize it is difficult to summarize without writing a book. I will try my best.

In the morning it was fun watching people network, reconnect with old friends, pick their badges and generally get ready for the conference. I also had a chance to connect with many new people. Of course there was Coffee, Tea and Biscuits. It is amazing to see that 800+ people made it to the conference.

Opening Session:

Beth Partleton, a PMI Fellow and 2019 Board of Directors Member led us through the session. In a video Jim Snyder, one of the 5 founders of PMI, reflected on the History of PMI. Jim's greatest memories of 50 years of PMI is all about the people. He is excited to see what the next 50 years will bring. 

Sunil Prashara the new PMI President & CEO reflected briefly on his first 67 days in office. His biggest first impression is also the people and the community spirit within PMI. He is truly impressed what is happening in the Chapters and especially with the Ireland Chapter putting this amazing event together. He promised to be available throughout the event and attend sessions with all of us. And sure enough I met him in some of the sessions I attended. I also managed to briefly chat with him and saw many others do the same. Yes he wants our input, reach out to him!

The first Keynote by Jamil Qureshi, was packed with information, tips & tricks in a very relaxed talk. Jamil the Scribbler, as he calls himself. In order to get amazing success in your life you only need to do a 1 degree change. Find that one thing you want to change a bit. The 3 principles that with change your life are simple:

1. Inner Dialogue - reflect and do the 1 degree shift

2. Check on your response to events in your life and see the outcome change

3. Look into the belief systems of yourself and others to see what is blocking you from being truly innovative. Dismantle these belief systems by using the "Rogue Monkey" to proof that the belief systems are wrong.

Influencing without Authority:

If you use IQ & EQ together you can easily have influence without having formal power. Norma Lynch& Pat Lucey how with the help of a influence plan, using 11 steps one can successfully influence stakeholders and with that project outcomes. This talk will come up tomorrow again.

HamdanBin Mohammed Awards for Innovation in Project Management:

These international awards were introduced by the Crown Prince of Dubai, to encourage innovation in the way project management is done. There are 8 different awards in 4 categories. Awards are given to Individuals, Organizations, Teams and Academia. There is full time team, that judges applications by clearly defined rules. Check their website for details. www. hbmaipm.com

Leading Change Adoption at a Glance:

Change projects are only successful, if the implemented is adopted. The What and the How needs to be sorted out. Adrian Mulvanerty reduced it to a simple formula, based on the William Bridges Model:

Q + A = E  

Q = Quality, A = Adoption, E = Effectiveness

His leading Change Adoption Toolkit offers 7 tools in 3 process groups. Check with him or the Schneider Electrics Website for the tools.

PM 2030: Your Project Management Toolkit for the Future:

Philip Diab led a Panel Discussion between Dieter Butz of Bosch, Hilary Baker of Airbus and Jim Robinson of the British Armed Forces. This discussion showed clearly that AI is not likely to replace project managers, since projects need the human factor of project management. However there seem to be clear differences between what the private industries need from a future project manager and what the armed forces expect to require.

Forecasting Project Performance with Control Account Value Analysis (CAVA)

Douglas Bower explained the principles of Control Account Value Analysis with practical examples and compared it to EVM clearly showing the advantages and disadvantages of each.

The day ended on a high note with a Networking Social, with fresh Guiness and wonderful snacks. Thereafter, those who had signed up and paid for Networking Tours left for the tours. I will talk about the one I attended in a separate Blog

As you can see the day is packed with information, different sessions and it is often difficult to decide which session to attend. The PMI Event App can guide you in selecting the sessions you want to attend.

I have learned a lot of practical things today

Posted by Stephanie Jaeger on: May 13, 2019 06:56 PM | Permalink | Comments (10)

What a start to PMIEMEA19!

Today was the first day of #PMIEMEA19 and what a great start to this year's conference. I'm not sure if it was the fantastic Irish hospitality and friendliness or it was just how welcoming the PMI is, but this year's conference is really turning into something special! What makes this conference unique is that there are few other conferences in the world where you will get over 800 Project Professionals, from 70 countries and over 500 different organisations. This gives you a great opportunity to network with your peers and learn so much in such a short period of time.

The Keynote session started off with a PMI introduction regarding the aims and celebration that PMI will be doing for their 50th birthday year and including the activities behind the "Year of the volunteer". 

The keynote speaker this year was: Jamil Qureshi who was giving us his three principles for being a success and more importantly what we think, has an impact on how we feel and subsequently act. Everyone that I've spoken to today, has really taken a lot from his talk and more importantly what they can apply to their daily lives.

The next session that I attended was "Influencing without authority. An essential skill for Project Managers". This was run by Pat Lucey and Norma Lynch who gave their presentation to a packed room. One of the most interesting things for me from this talk was "assuming everyone is a potential ally". I had never really considered this in my stakeholder management but it really did make me think about how I could improve my management skills. Based upon the feedback from this community, I managed to interview Pat and Norma after their session to hear what they thought as first time speakers at a PMIEMEA conference.

Next was lunch which is always a great affair during a PMI Conference. It's really nice to see that they have such a great variety of food available which definitely set us up for a great afternoon session.

For me, my next session was Agata Czopek who was giving us advice on how to future proof our career. I really found it interesting to hear how the career path and careers are changing. The main bit of advice that I took from this talk was to: Never stop learning and always be prepared to learn and learn again.

The rest of the afternoon for me were about agile planning and learning from agile mistakes which were of great interest to me. One thing that really stood out to me was just how collaborative everyone is about sharing their knowledge and ideas. It really made each session invaluable.

Another feedback from the community was people wanting to know what happens outside of the sessions and I decided to capture two videos today showing you the Networking event and also interviewing a first timer.

Here are some more pictures from today's networking event:

This was one of the offerings for food:

This is dessert:

I'd love to know what you'd like to see tomorrow? More interviews with people? or videoing the event sessions? Please comment below!

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter at: ProjectMgtcom as well our community correspondents:

Emily

Stephanie 

Karthik

Moritz

During the conference (I - Em_The_PM) will be taking over the Twitter feed of Projectmanagement.com to share with you my views on the conference so I'd love to hear what you'd like to see more of!

Until tomorrow, have a great evening!

Posted by Emily Luijbregts on: May 13, 2019 02:48 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)

Date with Delightful Dublin!

Dia daoibh ar maidin! (“Good morning all” in Irish/Gaelic)

Forty days back (Rewind)…

Time certainly flies when you’re having fun or anticipating it! Forty days back, an unexpected email tantalized me, promising a date with delightful Dublin, a date that would last at least five days!

As a PMI volunteer and volunteer leader since 2005, I’ve been an attendee to 30+ events in several countries, presenting at many. Every single one of them gave me valuable opportunities to learn, share, network, and grow.

PMI was inviting me to cover the EMEA Congress 2019 in Incredible Ireland, a country that I had never visited before!

My mother tongue is Tamil, the world’s oldest living language. Skeptical? Go ahead -- Fact check it online!

“Do you want to be paid to eat sweet, delicious sugarcane” is a well-known Tamil phrase.

Would anyone in their right mind refuse this offer? 

First steps…

Registration was very simple. However, it wasn’t at all easy to select sessions from the amazing variety of topics and speakers for each time slots. You can't have your cake and eat it too, can you?

40 Shades of Green!

It was exhausting traveling on a red-eye flight to London, waiting at Heathrow for four hours, and then learning that the connecting flight to Dublin was delayed by an hour.

All that fatigue cleared when the pilot announced that we'd shortly land at Dublin. Acre upon acre of many shades of green told me that Dublin was certainly delightful. 'Emerald Isle” is certainly a very apt name for Ireland! Celebrity singer Johnny Cash certainly wasn’t exaggerating when he famously sang about Ireland’s “40 Shades of Green.” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0oTDS9ur_U)

Ireland's charm was further enhanced by the genuine warmth of everyone I met, from the immigration officer, the airport employees who guided me to the taxi lines, and the staff who cheerfully and efficiently arranged cab rides.

Mohan, the cab driver, told me how the area around the Dublin Convention Centre had transformed from a seedy area with crumbling warehouses. It is now a thriving Finance and IT hub with swanky modern buildings!

Let me fast forward back to the present!

Day One of the big event has dawned!

I really look forward to joining my amazing team members, Emily Luijbregts, Stephanie Jaeger. and Moritz Sprenger in taking you, our valued PMI community member in front of, and behind the scenes of PMI EMEA Congress 2019.

We'll cover the key points made by speakers in all important sessions, interview speakers where possible, chat with your peers.

You can participate in a mystery online quiz THREE TIMES every day. Winners will get a HAPPY prize and be featured in our Social Media coverage.

Our team coverage will be on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. On this blog too!

Stay tuned to for continuous updates all day! Give us feedback and ideas on how we can make our coverage even more exciting!

Meanwhile, have a great day, or as they say in Irish, “Bíodh lá maith agat”

Today, I plan to attend and cover these great sessions:

  • "The Disruptive Leader!" Opening General Session and Keynote Speaker: Jamil Qureshi
  • “Project Managers – Get Your “Game On” to Usher Success" by Priya Patra
  • “Mastering Project Management Technical and Leadership Skills Through a Simulation Games” by Vered Holzmann
  • “Social Intelligence: Why We Need It and How to Get It!” by Ruth Pearce
  • "The Journey Towards Agility: Lessons Learned From Successes and Failures" by Simona Bonghez

Please follow, like, comment, and retweet our continuous coverage on Twitter (https://twitter.com/KarthikPMO), LinkedIn (linkedin.com/in/kramamurthy) and Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/forkarthik )

Meanwhile, keep smiling, keep shining, and keep inspiring!

Posted by Karthik Ramamurthy on: May 13, 2019 02:38 AM | Permalink | Comments (10)

How do you choose the sessions you will attend #PMIEMEA19 ?

When attending a major conference or congress like the PMI EMEA Congress 2019 in Dublin is can be confusing which sessions one should attend. I have asked a few of my friends before how they chose which sessions they attend. Here are some of the answers I got:

1. Chose the ones being held by friends, or people I know first, then chose others by the topic I like.

2. Go through all the topics and choose the ones that interest me

3. Use the conference app and put in keywords.

4. It is so confusing and there are so many people I tend to attend those friends of mine attend. Go with the flow

5. Plan in detail, align with goals of what I want to read up on and then choose deliberately.

What method do you use to determine which sessions to attend?

I have used elements of all of the above before. All have their pros and cons. This time I am going as one of the Community Correspondents and am excited to be sharing my experience and my lessons learned with you. I am also looking forward to be working with Emily and the rest of the team to share the action at the congress with you

Please don't forget to follow me and my fellow representatives from the online Community for updates during the conference itself. They'll be announcing themselves during the next few days.

Posted by Stephanie Jaeger on: May 05, 2019 09:11 AM | Permalink | Comments (9)

Preparing for #PMIEMEA19 - What's in your backpack?

The PMI EMEA Conference is just a few weeks away! As a lot of attendees are already preparing and thinking about the sessions that they want to attend or what are the best ways to network at the conference, I thought that I'd take a step back and ask my followers on Twitter what are the essentials that they take to any conference and more specifically for PMI EMEA. Here are some of the answers and I'd love to hear from you what you think and what's on your must-take list for a conference.

I know that a lot of us are smart phone addicts so I'd really like to know if any of you can recommend good apps for staying efficient and making the most of out a conference. What do you use? I'm sure that the EMEA Conference App will be really popular again this year and I highly recommend downloading this app and connecting with our participants before the event.

Here are a few initial recommendations/thoughts:

  1. Business Cards. Makes sure that you have enough to connect with your peers. I always like to make notes on Business cards so I can remember someone/ important information (e.g. if I need to email them with something important etc).

  2. Camera: Sometimes a phone camera isn't enough or it drains my Phone battery too much to use effectively.

  3. Scarf/ Spare jumper: Conference centres can get very chilly so I try to dress with plenty of layers in case it gets too hot/cold.

  4. Registration Confirmation: Make sure that you've printed out your confirmation and have it available for when you check in. This is vital to a prompt and easy access to the conference. I forgot it once before and it took a lot longer to get processed and through.

Here's a few recommendations from my post on Twitter.

@fabiorigamonti says that a good notepad is vital for him. He uses moleskin but I'm a fan of a good spiral bound notepad where I can easily rip out pages etc. I'll also add to this that I always carry at least 3 pens and highlighters (ideally all different colours) so  that i'm able to track/ highlight anything important. This could be important take-aways from a session or something that I want to ask/follow up on later.

 

@LetsGrowLeaders recommends bringing a Tripod with them for recording or videoing during the conference. This can be great for presenters but might be a bit cumbersome for attendees to bring.

 

 

@KarthikPMO Agrees with my suggestion of bringing at least one powerbank with you! He also adds to make sure that you have enough travel connectors for all of your devices. At a recent conference, I saw one Project Manager with an extender cable that had 5 sockets attached to it. He soon became the best friend of a few power hungry people!

So, what is important for you? What can you not be without during a conference? Please comment below!

Please don't forget to follow me and my fellow representatives from the online Community for updates during the conference itself. They'll be announcing themselves during the next few days.

 

Posted by Emily Luijbregts on: April 30, 2019 02:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (13)
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