I am back to Bollywood after spending a week in Hollywood and what a week it has been :
My takeaways ? I have noted them down as quotes that I gathered from the sessions that I attended
1. “I blamed a lot of people when I wasn’t having success, the more I blamed people around me, the more I lost myself, bit by bit, piece by piece.” – John Dorenbos – “Life is a magic” Key note day 1
2. “You will become infinitely more powerful if you can understand your preferences and set them aside and let your colleagues’ preferences shine through,” – Cam Marston
3. “The big part of the equation was to work with the community to understand what veterans wanted in their brand-new veteran’s medical center – Fernando Rivera, Director of Medical center – south Louisiana Veterans health care system, 2018, PMI Project of the year winner Do I hear “crowdsourcing ““Ask the crowd “here as well ?
4. “Creativity changes the world!” – Abigail Posner
My experience at the conference are captured in these blogs
Day 1: #PMICON18 – Day 1 The magic starts!
#PMICON18 – Day 2 Collecting the GEMS of the Generations
Day 3: #PMICON18 – Day 3 Invest in the wisdom of the crowd and crack creativity
A yearlong celebration of PMI’s 50th birthday #PMI50 has already begun. Watch this to know more. We even created a live mosaic billboard with the moments of the #PMICON18
And yes, there is more… The experts from “Ask the Expert” group have created some exclusive content just for you. My exclusive expert content Projects in the Real World: Agile and Beyond is here.
With this I sign off from Bollywood. I would love to know your thoughts on the coverage. Do post your comments here, also don’t forget to follow me on twitter , LinkedIn and Facebook for other exciting news from the world of agile and project management.
Yes the secret is out. #ChampionOfChange you have a new lifeline “Ask the crowd”. I led a session on day 3, on something that many of you were curious to know about – your new lifeline
I explored how crowdsourcing can be an option to solve the most complex problems in our projects and how it can improve agility and innovation.
I had a great support from the crowd at my session, both from old friends like Bruce Gay and friends that I made through my interactions last few days at the conference – at the gala dinner, on the hallway, at the breakfast, lunch tables and at the “Ask the Expert” booth. I guess that is the bonus of having your session scheduled on the last day. Thank you everyone! The feedback is captured here.
With all that great crowd support, in high spirits I headed back to the exhibit hall. On way I stopped at PMI’s Projectified live podcast booth for a live podcast on my experience as a speaker as an attendee at #PMICON18.
1. Be a person of vision, face your own reality and believe in magic
2. Tap into the collective intelligence of the generations, by understanding the workplace preferences
3. Passion is one, but that needs to be backed by project management and principles
The last key note of the conference was by Abigail Posner, she provided some amazing tips on how to be creative
1. #seekthewhy : Ask yourself why your clients seek your services, answers are the foundations to the creative ideas.
2. #lookforthelinks : Ideas don't come from nowhere. Look for the links between disparate ideas.
3. #discoveryourmission: What are you offering that is going to make lives better?
As they call in Hollywood “that was a wrap” of the PMI Global Congress 2018, hope to see you next time to celebrate PMIs 50th birthday in Philadelphia. Till then let’s keep the conversation on , on twitter , linkedIn and Facebook .
Life after NASA
I’ve rambled on about NASA and the great things I learned while growing up there in other writings. But, I’ve had a life after NASA too. A group of us decided we could help troubled projects, programs and operations turn-around their troubles. So, we left NASA-Houston (and other places) and moved to Orlando, Florida (why not?) to start a company.
Most of our work came from companies both large and small that had won US Government contracts and weren’t able to perform. Why them? Because there are very strict Federal procurement laws in-play that pretty much insist (legally) that for a fixed price contract, you MUST finish what you started. It doesn’t matter what it takes, it must be finished and meet the customer’s needs.
At first, that was our niche. We’d swoop in, understand the problems, give the poor company a bid for our services, put some of our key people in place and do our best to recover the project. We never had one fail! It was clear that after a few years of doing this, we saw the same reasons for failure over and over. There were a few creative ways in which companies crashed while performing a project but not many.
Well, word spread. We started taking on commercial contracts (a different world from Federal contracts). Surprise! Commercial companies made nearly the same mistakes in their projects and programs as Government-suppliers. There’s a continuity there, that would be an interesting study to do.
Mistakes that stick out in my mind:
What’s common in these stories? (there are many, many more)
The flip side of this was companies that had people planning down to the minute every action the project team should take. Bathroom breaks, lunch… whatever. That’s just plain silly and won’t work.
These are all true. I could get a group of people on the phone to explain these and much, much more.
I’d better stop now – I want to create a nice chart like my best buddy EM THE PM did.
-- Dave (or DAM PM [my initials are DAM] not to be outdone by EM the PM)
This was my 3rd PMI Congress and first EMEA Congress. My experience is every year the Congress is different. This year I particularly loved the “offsite” learning sessions – the BER airport and the Hauftbanhof excursions. An opportunity to experience the projects under the skin right at the site.
So what did I learn this time ?
As I write this post, midair on my way home to Mumbai, I retrospect on my learnings at the #PMIEMEA18 – Berlin.
Being a project manager of the IT industry, I focused on “Projects of the future” and sessions which provided insights on artificial intelligence, machine learning and digital transformation. What do we need to do different in the era of digital disruption? What I learned was the solution lies in us, the humans. We humans need to start being “more” human.
Thommas Wallenta’s opening note:
“We are making dreams a reality. We are the #DifferenceMakers !”,
“Our volunteers make it all happen!”
Rowan Gibson’s opening key note:
“Build a great team, the right people in the right roles at the right time”
Read more about the opening note and Rowan Gibson’s opening key note here
The BER – airport project manager Thomas’s presentation:
“I spend most of my time in stakeholder management”
More on my Day 2 experience is here
Inma Martinez’s closing key note:
“It is okay to be imperfect, machines are perfect, so we can afford to be imperfect, be more human”
Read more about Inma’s closing note and Day 3 highlights here
It was all about people, teams and being human.
I have had an extraordinary time with everyone at #PMIEMEA18.
It is much more than the PDUs.
It is about the networking, learning and being inspired by world renowned experts to become a #DifferenceMaker
If you were in-person at the event or have been following our team online, we would love to know
How was your experience?
What did you learn from the conference?
What is it that you are going to do different tomorrow, next week and in the coming months?
Till next time I leave you with this twitter moment on my experiences of #PMIEMEA18- Berlin.
Auf Wiedersehen – Good bye in German
What I've learnt at #PMIcon17
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It's been a week since #PMIcon17 started and it's been a time to reflect on a few things that were really visible to me during the conference that I think is valuable to share with the wider community.
Personally, I felt that the Conference not only highlighted the opportunities that we have as Project Managers to learn and develop as stronger Project Managers but also showing the possibilities that are available in the PM world to contribute and grow.
Where will I be going from now? I'll be continuing to connect with everyone that I met to make sure that we can continue collaborating and sharing knowledge. I'll also be making sure that my 'contribution' to the Project Management industry remains involved, active and giving back just as much as I have been learning!
What will your contribution be? How can we collaborate together?