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The Project Management Institute's annual events attract some of the most renowned and esteemed experts in the industry. In this blog, Global Conference, EMEA Congress and experienced event presenters past, present and future from the entire PMI event family share their knowledge on a wide range of issues important to project managers.

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Interview to Thomas Walenta, PMI Board of Directors

Categories: Ethics

During the PMI EMEA Congress in Rome last May I had the opportunity to interview Thomas about Ethics. See the interview clicking in this LINK and tell us what you think about Ethics in your day to day job.

Some interesting case you want to share?

Thank you!!!

Posted by Laura Samsó on: November 14, 2017 06:35 PM | Permalink | Comments (11)

Interview to Werner Meyer, PhD, PMP: Managing Uncertainty in Project Estimates

Werner surprised me the first time I listened to his speech ... Human behavior and project management. See here the interview we made him during the PMI EMEA Congress in Rome 2017 #PMIEMEA17

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfSoQnI64wA

Thank you Werner! Enjoy ... 

Posted by Laura Samsó on: May 23, 2017 05:19 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

Day 2 recap: Should I stay or should I go?

Not only The Clash someday wondered about :)

So after a second day of conferences and meeting people, Are you still 'hungry'? 

Day 2 topic revolved around Navigation Boundaries to Drive Innovation ... I attended different sessions: Why bad projects are so hard to kill and How to asses de maturity of your PMO .. 

I must confess I have an addiction -- yeah I know --- I should not post out there I am addicted to something :)  - I devote most of my time not only to project/program management but to my other passion, mountain and outdoor activities, risk management at the end. I was greatly surprised when I discovered PMI was working in a research project about it! 

During my life some people told me that it was crazy to do that type of activities, that I better could use my time doing other 'useful' things .. but you know what? If I had to listen anything I would haven't done anything in my life ... so yes, I continued doing it even with greater impetus ... During my high school I really got bad scores at the gym classes -- but my moto was Fake it until you make it ... It really taught me about human behaviour and how to deal with conflicts, manage risks, how to abandone in favour of the group and why it is important, how to be more ethical in fact. But you can export all this to the professional life and it really helps you in day to day activities and relations.

So when I met in person Michael O'BrochtaChair of Ethics Member Advisory Group, during the PMI Congress North America 2014 in Phoenix I got really excited about their research. Michael and Fabio Rigamonti are working hard in the Ethics area inside PMI. Here a link from my colleague Fabio if you want to join the discussion .

I will soon post the interview with Thomas Walenta, PMI Board of Directors and PMI Member of Ethics Review Committee, where you will be able to catch more about Ethics and why it is so important value in project management. 

It is really intriguing how we humans think and act - we all have different 'agendas' and when we are in groups sometimes these 'agendas' change for different reasons, some of them really not ethical

How are you going to give up the summit, it is to say, your project? Think about it the next time you are going to take a critical decision. 

After that I attended Americo's Pinto session, How to asses maturity of your PMO.   There are organizations, companies that they even don't have a simple PMO and they struggle managing projects/programs. 

Te Wu presented the Five rules of lean Business Execution using data from a study performed to more than 600 companies.

Te also provided the attendants with some tools to calculate the ExecutionIndex of our organizations?

There has been many other interesting sessions but having 7 tracks at the same time is difficult to attend all of them, but my colleagues of the PMI Community Team did a great job covering them - we decided to post a post per session trying to cover as much as possible: Alfonso Bucero, Majeed Hosseiney, Marco Negri, Maria Hedwall, Alexandre Rezende, Cynthia Snyder, Hosam Eid, William Moylan, Catalin Dogorau, Brad Bigelow, Saadi Adra, Loredana Abramo, Mike Griffits, Rohit Singh, I think I don't miss people :)

And what a best way to conclude a day than recapping? In this occasion Fabio Rigamonti and Sarah Merserau, PMI Community Team members.

Recap Day 1 and Day 2

And you know ... How it was made it is always the best moment ;)

We are live!!! 

Posted by Laura Samsó on: May 02, 2017 11:05 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Some Interviews: Joanna Newman, Vodafone UK - Community Team 2016

Last year I began interviewing PMI Japan Chapter attending EMEA Congress 2016 in Barcelona and I realized of the big potential for PMI. We can spread the word out there and reach peers around the world. 

This is the first 'cooked' material I leave you today - few more will come in few hours/days ;)

Joanna Newman was Community Team member in Barcelona EMEA Congress, supporting PMI reaching to people and gathering face to face opinions of attendants. 

Look what she wants to tell you ... click here

 

Posted by Laura Samsó on: May 02, 2017 10:07 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

You attended 1st Day: Creepily Fantastic? Do you think you Veni, vidi e vinci?

 

Do you feel so excited and victorious like Julius Caesar? It has been a busy journey – Sunday evening while I was having an original Italian expresso I was reviewing the program of the Congress – 

I cannot imagine a PMI congress without a visit to the PMI bookstore while taking the first coffee of the morning .. Everything begins slowly and in seconds everything speeds up ... and suddenly you are in a room full of peers ...  people that came to see, meet, share and learn. 

And what about Vinci? We can say somebody Vinci when they really find something thrilling and that makes them think, create, inspire ... a eureka moment isn’t it? A wow --- Have you find it during the first day? If not, don’t worry, take your time to explore ... be curious ... stay hungry.

Even if you are a new comer or super senior PM professional, you can find in the congress a way to be updated about PM and latest researches, at the same time you meet face to face and you can also follow us through social media – a global experience ... 

Hey I feel right now like a gladiator, fighting my inner Tiger ... I attended the key note session delivered by Gabor George Burt, he talked about re-imaging boundaries, how as project managers we find ourselves leading in times of change and navigating through ‘puzzled’ waters – as super heroes ... Do you feel you have superpowers? ... Of course you have ... is all about people. Companies have people and those people have those superpowers. 

PMI Salon session addressed turbulence and uncertainty, chaos ... Do you think chaos is a door to opportunity? I think it is ... just think about the history of the different companies ... Everything is changing, evolving and transforming to a different thing and we will need to adapt. Global economy is influenced by different factors such political shifting’s, workforce demands, ‘seismic’ world powers movements, more ‘silos’ and less cooperation? The key is anticipation ... 

We need a break yes? :) It is really great to interact, discuss with attendants the session, even meet the presenter ...

Second session was hard to chose ... For one time, I wanted to have real super powers :) and divide myself in different replicas to attend most of the sessions ... Last year I met Thomas Mattus, he talked about strategic communication. He gave us some tips and tools that were very helpful for our day to day work.

But yes ... we had  to work a little bit ;)

To finish the day I attended a session from Werner Meyer, I met him also last PMI EMEA Congress in Barcelona. Is all about uncertainty ...  do you agree? Complexity comes then ... but do you think is it really complex or it could be really simple? I consider sometimes we tend to make things complex and in reality we just need to make an abstraction. 

Other topics have been covered during the firts day such strategic thinking, agile vs non agile environments, mindfulness, lean organization, portfolio management, strategic communications, ...

... but we don’t always Vinci right? I would like to share with you a ‘failure’ experience: and a Thank  you letter:Taming Tigers, A Thank you Letter

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/tedx-experience-taming-tigers-thank-you-letter-my-laura-samsó-msc

Tame the Inner Tiger, just go to the stage out there. Tomorrow the general topic is about Navigating Boundaries to Drive Innovation where you will have sessions about project failure, risk management, project success agile, portfolio management, creativity, disruption, PMOs, innovation,  ...

We had the change to meet one of the founders of PMI, James R Snyder

To conclude this post just a short note ... I am preparing a set of interviews ... coming soon! ;) If you want to share with us your experiences just stop us during the breaks or just in the speaking rooms and spread the word out there!

Posted by Laura Samsó on: May 01, 2017 09:07 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)
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