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.
Have a vision in life and believe in magic!
Face the reality
Surround yourself with those who lift you up
Life is indeed a magic! I was all ready to spread the magic through the channel that I had at the congress as a speaker and as an SME at the “Ask the expert” started as soon as I stepped out of my room at the hotel. I guess my T- shirt said it all.
I engaged in discussion across the hallways at the breakfast table, the linked- in corner, the awards gala dinner and at the community “Ask the Expert” booth.
“There was a directive to implement JIRA company wide, we tried agile, but our people were not ready?”
Bingo! you got it, we need to focus on our people first. Agile is not only about tool implementation. Agile Methodology is a people-focused, results-focused approach to software development that respects our rapidly changing world. Focus on people first to bring the change in mindset for adaptive planning, self-organization, and short delivery times. Tools are just levers, Jira Software is an agile project management tool that supports any agile methodology, be it scrum, kanban, or your own unique flavor.
“We are into Workday implementation, one the first ever implementation for the healthcare, we tried agile but it did not work!”
Sure of course not all projects are suited for agile, it is up to the project manager to decide what can be agile, predictive or hybrid. For COTS implementation, we may not be full fledged agile on day one, but we of course implement some values of agile like faster feedback, inspect and adapt, and slowly and steadily e may want to look for more opportunities to be agile. Read more on hybrid methodology here
“I have started a new contract and I need to setup a process, there is no current process, how do you bring in agility here?”
No current process, that seemed scary at first, but as the discussion progressed, we agreed that there was a process which was adhoc. This needed to move to through the maturity level of Adhoc-> Repeatable-> Managed-> Adaptive-> Agile and DevOps. This cannot be achieved day one, but a project manager can assess the current situation and build in a road map for process agility.
That evening the “Happy hour” became happier with some champagne, cup-cakes, lots of appetizers, in-promptu on the sofa expert discussions and networking with the attendees.
If you have not been able to sign up for the “Ask the expert” sessions, we are here till Monday, you still have time to sign up here, or just drop by for a more casual discussion at the “Ask the Expert” community booth in the exhibit hall.
And the end .. the PMI Professional Award Gala dinner, where the best and best of the project management is awarded. A retro musical by “Marilyn Monroe” and Dean Martin made this evening even more magical.
Are you ready for more magic on Day 2 ? Unable to experience this magic in-person at the congress? Follow me on twitter , linkedIn or Facebook as I take you through this magical experience of #PMICON18 in the city of angels.
“Would we still need project managers in the digital future? “A question that came up from the audience in a panel discussion at the PMI Global Conference 2017, Chicago. We concluded the discussion on the note, Yes we would still need project managers as they are the driver of the “car" (project), no matter how fast the car goes. Project managers are the #ChampionofChange, who keeps track of the scope, engages the team and manages the stakeholders.
The skills would need to evolve through continuous learning to drive the change in the disrupted future.
PMI Global Conference 2018 is one such conglomerate of thousands of project managers for 3 days of learning, the learning opportunities to augment our skills to be a true #ChampionOfChange
An Ocean of endless learning opportunities for
Playground sessions and special attractions: PM Wars, wellness sessions, hands on labs, advancing your career and building a personal brand.
Ask the expert: An expert group of project management professionals would be present onsite to solve our queries, get tips on projects, project management career path, you name it. You could sign up for Ask the Expert sessions here.
Learning sessions: Mesmerizing key notes and other power packed learning sessions. I would be leading a session, where I would be exploring a new lifeline for project managers “Ask the crowd”.
Curious to know what it is all about?
Follow the #AsktheCrowd on twitter and linkedin to know more.
So are you ready to dive in? I am, Please check out my agenda here
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)
Guten Tag (Good day in German)!
The third day of #PMIEMEA18 gave me and Berlin Congress attendee a truly Triple Treat!
I learned about TMOs, the Half-Double technique, and the Copernican revolution in Project Management. A terrific bonus was the thought-provoking closing keynote by Inma Martinez.
For those who could not be there, here are short videos interviews that summarize the key takeaways from some of the sessions:
Michael Ehlers & Per Svejvig, “The Half Double System for Project Success”: http://bit.ly/MPEMEA18
Olivier Lazar, “Ethical Leadership & Decision Making: The Business Case & The Construction Tools” bit.ly/OLEMEA18
Jack Duggal, “The Copernican Revolution in Project and Business Management”:
The TMO (Testing Management Office): Amruta Oak
We’ve all heard of PMOs. What are TMOs? In a fascinating session, Amruta Oak made the case for Testing Management Offices. Here were some key points in her session:
The Half Double Project: Michael Ehlers & Per Svejvig
Achieving DOUBLE productivity in HALF the time? That is indeed a bold proposition! Michael and Per presented concrete results from the bold “Half Double Project” initiative to significantly improve project success rates. Key pointers from their session:
The Copernican Revolution in Project and Business Management: Jack Duggal
What does Copernicus have to do with a revolution in Project and Business Veteran PMI Conference speaker Jack Duggal started the session with this interesting question.
Jack made this important point. Copernicus controversially postulated that earth orbited around the sun. Today’s most successful projects and businesses put the customer at the center of their compared to others that have their projects or businesses at the center. Other key points in the engaging presentation:
Developing Creative Approaches in the Workplace in the Times of Accelerated Digitalization – Closing Keynote Speaker Inma Martinez
Are robots set to take over our jobs, maybe even the world? What will then happen to humans? In a terrific keynote laced with excellent humor, Inma Martinez candidly answered these questions that are in the minds of many.
I hope you enjoyed the continuous coverage of the EMEA Congress 2018 by the Community Engagement Team. In addition to tweets by @PMInstitute and @PMIEvents, regular updates were also posted on the Twitter handles of our team members, @PriyaPatra, @KarthikPMO, and @Em_the_PM
Meanwhile, have a wonderful day, or as they say in German, “Ich wünsche ihnen einen wunderbaren Tag!”
Please look for my summary of the Conference in the next blog post. Look for a special surprise on a thought-provoking conversation with a project management legend.