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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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Moritz Sprenger
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Michelle Stronach
Laura Samsó
Marcos Arias
Cheryl Lee
Kristin Jones
David Davis

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PMI EMEA Congress: Fun in the Sun

Categories: EMEA

So far I shared with you all several insights I got from some of the sessions I attended, but another big part of a PMI Congress is the networking fun you can have.

 

I reconnected with old friends and met new ones: what a great chance to establish year-long relationships!

PMI Congresses are always a great opportunity to meet practitioners outside my company, my Country and my industry.

It is also a great chance to talk to the speakers in a casual environment; below I am with Lily Murariu, Mike O'Brochta, and Frank Saladis: they all delivered awesome sessions, with takeaways I will apply to my job. 

They were so nice to answer some of my questions about their sessions!

It was also a great honour to meet again Jack Duggal, I attended his Seminar Word last year in Barcellona and it really changed the approach my Company have about our PMO.

I am also a Toastmasters and had the opportunity to talk with William who is not only passionate about ethics but...  he's also 10 times DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster). What a good surprise!

Can you believe you can even meet Jim Snyder, one of PMI Founders, having a photo and a chat with him? He is an extremely witty man, and sharing some thoughts about the future of our profession was a priceless experience!

But the most unexpected (and funny) part was meeting unknown people thanks to the PMI Event App.

Everything started with someone complaining (and making fun) about the colourful socks the keynote presenter had, stating they distracted him; therefore some people launched the hashtag #FancySocksChallenge. We had fun, we met, we talk, we created a bond.

Thank you Arlete, Mykyta and Burak for the great amusement!

It was a silly little thing that helped us to add a little fun to the learning we had, and we promised to continue our challenge next year in Berlin!

Auf wiedersehen!

Posted by Fabio Rigamonti on: May 07, 2017 03:29 AM | Permalink | Comments (12)

Why Are Bad Projects So Hard To Kill?

Categories: EMEA, ethics, PMI

Presenters: Mike O'Brochta and Fabio Rigamonti (disclaimer: this is me)

The session was extremely interactive having Mike sharing his experiences about climbing and how this relates for him to bad projects.

Death March

A death march will involve desperate attempts to right the course of the project by asking team members to work especially grueling hours or by attempting to "throw (enough) bodies at the problem", often causing burnout.

We did a quick poll, and this sounded very familiar for many attendees

Four Behaviors causing Bad Projects

  • Groupthink
  • Escalation to commitment
  • Sunk Costs
  • Conflict of Interest

 

These four behaviour can contribute to keeping death march projects needlessly alive, undermining our basic values of responsibility, respect, fairness, and honesty. Once those basic values are compromised, so too are ethics, trust, leadership, and project success.

 

Actions

Actions are available to project managers to help avoid being victimized by bad projects.

 

 

More resources

There are more resources made available on this site.

  • The full white paper is here
  • We opened a discussion board to have an open discussion about Bad Projects here

... and you, have you have had a bad project?

 

 

 

 

Posted by Fabio Rigamonti on: May 02, 2017 03:31 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

PMI EMEA Congress 2017 Day 1

Categories: EMEA, PMI, PMI

Attending PMI EMEA Global Congress was an amazing opportunities!

Three are the key elements of a PMI Congress: knowledge, networking, fun!

Knowledge

My favourite was: Optimising Stakeholder Engagement by Understanding the Human Side of Complexity" by Dave Gunner

He started analysing PMI Pulse of the Profession 2016 (available here) and he started analysing of many cause of project failures can be linked back to complexity and the human side. But what is "complexity"? It's a concept quite hollow to grasp. He explained it using a clear example: a planted seed can grow, or not, depending by several factors, the ground, the weather, etc. this is complexity.

He then provided the audience with some extremely useful tools:

  • Human Behavioral Complexity Sheet
  • Conflict Resolution Style Self-Assessment

These tools can provide a first indication about how we are currently reacting to conflict; in fact, the same test taken in a different period can provide different results.

He than shared some tactics fon minimising conflict with:

Senior Managers

  • Position yourself in their shoes
  • Take solutions as well as problems
  • Keep them informed of progress
  • Consult Them
  • Observed them

Project Team Member

  • Understand team members personal goals
  • Ensure they understand goals of projects
  • Give praise and recognition
  • Encourage openess to discuss issues
  • Develop tolerance to failure

and remember, we should not shy away or avoid conflict: it helps generating new ideas and avoids hiding frustration!

Networking

Attending PMI Events always gives me the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones.

These kind of relationships are valuable and meaningful not only during the congress, but during the year, exchanging opportunities, thoughts and expertise we can rely on.

Fun

During the Reception we had the great pleasure to talk to James Snyder, one of PMI Founders!

He is a very interesting man, with so much knowledge, and wisdom, and he has also a lot of humour

 

That's all for today, see you tomorrow!

Posted by Fabio Rigamonti on: May 01, 2017 04:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
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