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Stakeholder Engagement

Speakers Announced for PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2019!

Change is a Given. How we Respond is the Issue.

To Tailor or Not to Tailor: A Foregone Conclusion?

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Speakers Announced for PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2019!

 
Are you still on the fence about registering for the PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2019 taking place on 13 November 2019? Well perhaps our final list of speakers will pique your interest in registering. This year we welcome the following presenters:

Bob Prentiss

Battle for the Planet of the Business Analysts: 5 Key Strategies to Prepare for Your Future 

Bob Prentiss is a keynote speaker, author, mentor, coach, and Business Analysis thought leader.  Bob is passionate about helping you think, learn & work differently so you can become the best version of yourself.  Bob is the CEO and founder of Bob the BA and The Uncommon League.  Bob helps organizations transform their requirements practices utilizing modern techniques, an agile mindset, and street-smart approaches to get the work done faster.  Bob has 30+ years of experience in corporate America; with a background in managing BA centers of excellence, assessing and managing BA maturity, quality, and competency. 

Anton Oosthuizen

Managing Requirement Risks – A Different Perspective

Anton is a PMP, PBA, ACP and CSPO with over 3 decades experience in delivering large complex projects all over the world. He started out his journey in the telecommunications industry working on microwave and radar systems before morphing into a project management and later a business analyst roles. Not only has this put him onto a career path where project management and business analysis is tightly linked but it also equipped him well to be hands on.

Joy Beatty

Curiosity Never Killed the Business Analyst

Joy Beatty is a Vice President at Seilevel, a professional services company whose mission is to define software that customers love to use. She helps customers be more effective by modifying their approach to software requirements and product management so IT projects deliver the intended business value. Joy has provided software requirements training to thousands and is PMI-PBA® and CBAP® certified. Additionally, she writes about requirements methodologies in books, journals, white papers, and blogs.

Frank Saladis

Managing Difficult Stakeholders

Frank P. Saladis, PMP, PMI Fellow is a Consultant, Instructor, a motivational speaker and an author within the discipline of project management.  He holds a Masters Certificate in Commercial Project Management from GWU and is a graduate of the Project Management Institute Leadership Masters Class. He has held several positions within PMI including President of the NYC Chapter, President of the Assembly of Chapter Presidents and Chair of the Education and Training SIG.  He is the author of 12 published books and is the originator of International Project Management Day. Mr. Saladis was recognized as PMI Person of the Year in 2006, PMI Fellow in 2013 and received the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award in October 2015.

Barbee Davis

What Should I be Doing as a BA in an Agile/Waterfall Hybrid World?

Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA owns Davis Consulting and is a published author, speaker, writer of training materials and an innovator in presentation-skill workshops. Ms. Davis’ experience is in the government, education, healthcare, banking, IT, and construction, among others. She works as a consultant and R.E.P. Quality Reviewer for PMI. Don’t miss her twice a month feature, “Topic Teasers,” on ProjectManagement.com, a real-life like question and practical advice for a solution to day-to-day project management challenges.

Joyce Onore

Importance of Communication in a Business Analysis Role

Joyce Onore is a Senior Consultant at KPMG with more than 8 years of experience in Business Analysis and Project Management. She has planned and executed multiple projects using both agile and waterfall project methodologies across retail, financial services, and media and technology industries. Joyce has lead requirements gathering, business process design, and functional specification design sessions for large system implementation projects. Aside from her professional endeavors, Joyce is an active member of the National Black MBA Organization, the National Society of Black Engineers, and Toastmasters International.

Now are you convinced? We hope so! Please click here to register. We assure that you will not regret this wonderful opportunity, all the while, earning 6 PDUs!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: October 10, 2019 05:19 PM | Permalink | Comments (14)

NEW Discussion Thread for Financial Services Sector Posted!

                

In addition to IT, Construction and Government sectors, we selected two pieces of content from the Financial Services sector to help launch the first discussion thread posted within the following links located in Project Management Central:

Blockchain Projects
Blockchain projects present new challenges for organizations. There are talent gaps, risk-filled platform decisions and hesitant stakeholders. Here's a deep, project-focused dive into the world of blockchain: https://www.projectmanagement.com/articles...kchain-Projects

Greek Revival: Managing Expectations on the Road to Economic Recovery
The project economy is at the forefront of the Greece's economic recovery, with heightened attention to benefits realization, talent development and resource optimization. Read more here: https://www.projectmanagement.com/articles...onomic-Recovery

We welcome you to engage in these discussions! Enjoy!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: September 19, 2019 05:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Ask the Expert is Returning to PMI Global Conference in Philadelphia!

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Ask the Expert is back by popular demand at PMI® Global Conference 2019! These one-on-one sessions allow you to discuss your project question or problem, get advice about navigating the project management career path, or talk through issues currently facing the profession from a trusted and established ProjectManagement.com expert.

Over the course of our annual three-day event, you'll have the opportunity to meet with experts from various industries representing a wide variety of areas of expertise to discuss all things project management. Learn more about our 2019 experts below and through their blog, PMI Global Insights.

Community experts will be available during the following times:

Saturday, 5 October
10:30AM – 11:30AM
3:00PM – 4:00PM

Sunday, 6 October
10:00AM – 10:30AM
2:30PM – 3:00PM

Monday, 7 October
10:00AM – 10:30AM
12:00PM – 1:00PM

 

NEW THIS YEAR! Join us for lunch time round-tables on Saturday and Sunday for group discussions about topics that affect your project management world every day. No sign up required. Just grab your lunch and come on over!

Saturday, 5 October, 12:45PM – 1:45PM EDT:
Project Recovery – Tips for Turning Around a Troubled/Failing Project!

Sunday, 6 October, 12:00PM – 1:00PM EDT:
Influencing Stakeholders in the Absence of Authority  

 

Meet our Experts!

              Andrew Craig             

             Dave Maynard        

David Davis


Kiron Bondale

 
Lorelie Kaid


Lori Wilson

Are you unsure about signing up for an Ask the Expert session at PMI® Global Conference 2019? Don't quite understand how to use the 20 minute session? Review our FAQs below to learn how you can make the most of this opportunity!

1. Why should I sign up?

Meeting one-on-one with one of our experts can help you refine your project or program implementation to better meet your requirements, serve your organization’s goals, and ultimately, make you more successful and your job easier. You may also receive advice from a peer that can help guide you as you continue on your project management career path.

2. What type of questions can I ask the experts?

Pretty much anything about planning, executing or closing your current projects is fair game. Experts are also open to discussing their experiences with career growth.

3. What questions aren’t appropriate for Ask the Expert?

Where to find your favorite restaurant in Philadelphia – While this may be a valid question, expert time is better spent discussing real project management problems and challenges.

4. What if I can’t think of a question for Ask the Expert?

You don’t want to miss this opportunity, so find a question! Open your project list for inspiration. If it helps, last year’s popular topics were starting a PMO, Agile transformations, scaling process in regulated environments, and tracking risks on active projects.

5. Who are the experts that I’d be meeting with?

It depends on your question! We have several experts lined up with expertise in nearly every area of project management. Simply click on their names above and learn more about their areas of focus.

6. What should I do to prepare?

You’ll have dedicated time with your expert focused entirely on your specific problem or question. Consider writing down the details of what you’re trying to accomplish, what you’ve tried, and prioritize your questions beforehand to be sure that you are making the most of your session.

7. How do I request an Ask the Expert session?

To start, you must attend PMI Global Conference on 5-7 October, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA to have an Ask the Expert session. If you’re not registered, what are you waiting for? Having an Ask the Expert session to discuss your business needs will help justify your attendance! Go.

Simply request an Ask the Expert session, either online using the link below or at the Ask the Experts - Community at PMI Exhibit booth in the Exhibit Hall. Provide some specifics on your question, because we’ll use those details to help prepare your expert for your session.

8. What can I expect onsite for my Ask the Expert session?

The Ask the Expert area is located at the Ask the Experts - Community at PMI Exhibit booth in the Exhibit Hall. You will meet one-on-one with your expert in a semi-private setting.

  • If you already have a session scheduled: Come to Ask the Experts - Community at PMI Exhibit booth in the Exhibit Hall and we’ll guide you to your assigned table to meet with your expert.
  • If you need to schedule an Ask the Expert session onsite: Stop by Ask the Experts - Community at PMI Exhibit booth and we’ll help you to fill out the request form, assign an appropriate expert, and schedule your session.

Sign up before you join us in Philadelphia to secure your spot! Onsite sign-up is also available, space permitting.

Reserve your Ask the Expert session today!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: September 12, 2019 04:07 PM | Permalink | Comments (14)

NEW Discussion Thread for Government Industry Posted!

                       

As you know, last month, we announced that as part of our overall content approach, PMI launched a new initiative focusing on four industry segments this year, particularly in the fields of IT, Finance, Government and Construction. And as part of that focus, we planned to highlight some existing PM Network content on ProjectManagement.com to engage the community, and to learn more about their specific industry needs.

In addition to the IT and Construction sectors deployed last month, we selected two pieces of content from the Government sector to help launch the first discussion thread posted within the following links within Project Management Central:

We selected two pieces of content from the Government sector to help launch the first discussion thread posted within the following links within Project Management Central:

Scaling new technology across an entire city demanded agile testing and crystal-clear requirements
https://www.projectmanagement.com/discussion-topic/137614/Scaling-new-technology-across-an-entire-city-demanded-crystal-clear-requirements

When Trees are Stakeholders...
https://www.projectmanagement.com/discussion-topic/137612/When-Trees-are-Stakeholders---

We welcome you to engage in these discussions! As always, please stay tuned for forthcoming Industry Sector postings!

Enjoy!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: August 29, 2019 10:28 AM | Permalink | Comments (8)

NEW Discussion Thread for Construction Industry Posted!

Categories: Construction, content

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you know, last month, we announced that as part of our overall content approach, PMI launched a new initiative focusing on four industry segments this year, particularly in the fields of IT, Finance, Government and Construction. And as part of that focus, we planned to highlight some existing PM Network content on ProjectManagement.com to engage the community, and to learn more about their specific industry needs.

In addition to the IT sector deployed last month, we selected two pieces of content from the Construction sector to help launch the first discussion thread posted within the following links within Project Management Central:

We selected two pieces of content from the Construction sector to help launch the first discussion thread posted within the following links within Project Management Central:

How do you build consensus among varied stakeholders?
https://www.projectmanagement.com/discussion-topic/136648/How-do-you-build-consensus-among-varied-stakeholders-

Schedule, budget and scope aren’t the only measures of success for new cities.
https://www.projectmanagement.com/discussion-topic/136649/Schedule--budget-and-scope-arent-the-only-measures-of-success-for-new-cities-

We welcome you to engage in these discussions! As always, please stay tuned for forthcoming Industry Sector postings!

Enjoy!

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: August 15, 2019 07:59 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)
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