PMI EMEA Congress: Fun in the Sun
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!
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.
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
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 are available to project managers to help avoid being victimized by bad projects.
There are more resources made available on this site.
... and you, have you have had a bad project?
Attending PMI EMEA Global Congress was an amazing opportunities!
Three are the key elements of a PMI Congress: knowledge, networking, fun!
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:
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:
Project Team Member
and remember, we should not shy away or avoid conflict: it helps generating new ideas and avoids hiding frustration!
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.
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!