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Kristin Jones
Danielle Ritter
Kimberly Whitby

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Kenneth A. Asbury
Craig Dalrymple
Rebecca Braglio

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PMJ Call for Papers: Special Issue on Project Transitions

October Community News You Can Use

PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2018

October Book Club

PMO Symposium® 2018

PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2018

Registration is open for the PMI® Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2018! This virtual event is open to everyone and will take place on 7 November from 9am - 5pm EST. 

This year's event kicks off with our keynote speaker, Laura Brandenburg, who will give you information that you need to know to create a successful business analysis career path. 

Why are BAs important to an organization?

Over the years business analysis has continued to grow at a rapid rate and is often seen as a critical leadership competency for Projects, Programs, and Portfolios. Business Analysis provides important value by reducing project costs and increasing the potential return, or benefits.

Remain ahead in your career by learning the skills of today and tomorrow. This event will enable you to focus your efforts on becoming an expert not only for yourself but also your organization as well. Additionally, PMI credential holders can earn up to 6 PDUs toward their Continuing Certification Requirements!

Register today to gain insights on just how critical of a role business analysis plays in the overall success of projects and get the tools you need for total project and career success!

We hope to see you there!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: October 02, 2018 09:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (9)

PMO Symposium® 2018

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PMO Symposium® 2018

PMO Symposium brings together PMO leaders and senior decision makers from leading global organizations across various industries and government sectors. They attend both as speakers and as participants. PMO Symposium takes place from 11-14 November 2018 at the Marriott Marquis, Washington D.C.

The event’s core theme, Mastering Value Delivery, has two areas of focus:

The Resilient PMO: how you can develop new capabilities and incorporate tools and techniques to accelerate value delivery for your organization in the long term.

Harnessing Disruptive Forces to Evolve Best Practices to Next Practices: how to leverage and adapt project management methods and technologies to address ongoing disruption from new technology, market shifts, and social change.

Attendees share experiences, build valuable connections, develop practical solutions, and gain a deep understanding of the focus areas and a broad view of how other organizations manage their projects. In addition, attendees are the first to receive a hard-copy edition of the 2018 PMI® Thought Leadership Series, a comprehensive set of five research reports exploring disruptive technologies and how organizations are using them to achieve their goals in these changing times.

Benefits to attendees include:

• Learning actionable insights

• Modernizing approaches and maximizing resilient PMO capabilities

• Bringing concepts to life in meaningful ways through leader-to-leader discussions

• Making valuable connections and expanding professional networks

• Learning from speakers to stimulate new thinking and activate PMO excellence

  PMO Symposium Speaker Morten Sorensen, PMP, PgMP, PfMP, Vice President, PMO, Peraton, shares his insights.

What are a few key takeaways from your presentations?

Leading PMOs are uniquely positioned to play a critical role in ensuring that all initiatives undertaken by the organization are aligned with strategic goals and geared to deliver benefits and value while maintaining overall portfolio balance in terms of risks and investments.

We will look at practical examples of how we can identify and illustrate gaps, risks or other sources of imbalance in our portfolios. We will look at key elements and process steps in a balanced intake analysis and importantly examine what some of the typical process risks are.

Solid practices around benefit analysis, risks assessments and deep engagement with portfolio sponsors and business leaders are key. PMOs can provide game-changing data and insight to allow the best possible portfolio planning as well as value delivery.

What is the biggest challenge in PMOs right now?

The seemingly ever-increasing rate of change is a significant challenge for most organizations, including PMOs. Keeping up with internally driven change, like reorganizations, M&A and strategic initiatives, new opportunities for better process tools, need for new skills, experimentation and adoption of new processes and delivery frameworks as well as externally originated demands all make for challenges that must be addressed effectively and timely.

With the breadth of activities most PMOs support or lead, many struggle to maintain an effective focus on driving benefits planning and benefits realization management. Solid benefits realization planning also enable much more effective overall portfolio management, which also is a very common challenge. Many organizations develop proper business cases but fall short in benefit realization planning and delivery management/follow-up.

What is a trend you see in PMOs?

I see trends at multiple levels and in multiple areas:

Need for subject matter knowledgeable PMs as well as skilled project leaders able to handle large transformational initiatives with depth and sensitivity to related organizational change dependencies.

In addition, PMOs must continue to demonstrate how they add value within the organization. They must remain agile and be able to successfully pivot to drive potentially rapid changes in strategy or lead new critical organizational initiatives. M&A and market opportunities remain large areas of value-add for PMOs.

New technology and business intelligence tools enable increasing use of continuous analytics of key project processes and related performance indicators, and they provide critical insight and decision support.

What effect has new technology had on PMOs and organizations?

All organizations face increasing demands to innovate, grow and lead change on a continuous basis. Since new technology is everywhere and changing tomorrow's products and services - and facilitating increasing competition - organizations need to stay educated, involved and drive innovation and change to maintain their own competitive advantage. Organizations and their PMOs must consistently dedicate skills, resources, and management attention to innovation initiatives and look to innovate at multiple levels simultaneously - for example, short-term efficiency gains, midterm enhancements to existing products and services and innovate to drive longer-term expansion into completely new products or markets. Given the pervasive presence of new technology no organization is immune or will stay relevant in the long term if they do not learn to master innovation and change – the competitive advantage of many leading firms is their ability to change effectively.

Regarding the technology we use across the organization, PMOs must devote enough time and resources to evaluate and experiment with PMO relevant tools and services on an ongoing basis. The options to collaborate, share and leverage critical analytics across disperse teams, organizations and business processes have never been better and improved technology solutions let us focus more time in high-value areas and interactions with clients and stakeholders.

Morten Sorensen’s sessions include:

Managing Your Innovation Project Portfolio

How PMOs Drive Value in Effective and Strategy-Aligned Project Portfolio Management

PMO Symposium is a unique event for PMO leaders and those who direct an organization’s portfolio of projects, programs, and initiatives.

See the full program schedule today. https://www.pmi.org/pmo-symposium/program-schedule

 

Posted by Kimberly Whitby on: September 26, 2018 11:20 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

PMI® Organizational Agility Conference Agenda & Speakers!

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The PMI® Organizational Agility Conference is returning for it's fifth year and it is sure to be better than ever! Our speakers will address some of 2018's hottest topics including managing through transformations (successfully), skillsets for the future of work and various approaches for agile projects within organizations. 

Mark your calendar now and download the full agenda with session abstracts on the event registration page so that you can make sure not to miss out. Here's a preview of what we'll be talking about:

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

How to Acheive Organizational Agility

Colin D. Ellis

Award-winning speaker, best-selling author, culture change specialist

The Future Skillset Needs for Project and Program Management

John Daly, PMP, PgMP, PfMP

Director in Cisco's Customer Experience organization

Seven Transformational Sparks for Business Agility

Roland Cuellar, VP of Digital Transformation, Lithespeed

Bob Payne, SVP of Agile Coaching and Transformation, Lithespeed

Create a Value Delivery Office (VDO) for Extreme Business Agility

Anup Deshpande, PMP, PMI-ACP

Sr. Director of Portfolio Management, VISA

Agile Approaches on Large Projects in Large Organizations

Yvan Petit, PhD, PMP, PfMP

Vice-Dean, International Affairs, University of Quebec at Montreal

 

Mastering Agile Project Planning

Erika Flora, PMP

President, BEYOND20

PMI members, be sure to register today! Don't forget to invite your peers and colleagues to join you for this exciting day of tips, tricks and advice from our knowledgeable speakers. Can't make it? Don't worry! All registrants will have the ability to watch the event on demand until 12 December. We'll see you there!

Posted by Kristin Jones on: September 04, 2018 10:47 AM | Permalink | Comments (16)

August Community News You Can Use

Happy August...even though we're already halfway through the month! My how time flies! Soon we'll be saying goodbye to summer here in North America and cooler weather will be settling in. That also means that we've got some great programming coming up for you over the next couple of months. For now, here's a look at what's coming up in the immediate future and a question that one of your fellow community members needs help with:

PMI® Organizational Agility Conference 2018: For project managers, it is imperative to remain agile in an ever-changing business landscape and all organizations, whether small or large, need individuals who understand how important and impactful adaptability and agility are to overall success. That's why we're bringing you the PMI Organizational Agility Conference on 12 September 2018 from 9am-5pm EDT. This a virtual event and is FREE to PMI members. Register now and allow us to provide you with the tools and knowledge you need in order to lead through transformation. You won't want to miss this event!

Be a Champion of Change: Join us for PMI Global Conference, 6-8 October 2018 in beautiful Los Angeles, CA, USA! You'll join thousands of other Change Champions for three days of learning and fun! You'll also have the opportunity to schedule time with experts from right here in the community for a one-on-one session! For more information, or to register for the conference, visit https://www.pmi.org/global-conference. We hope to see you there!

Project Management for Social Good®: As a practitioner, you are no doubt committed to continuing your project management education in both formal and informal ways. But did you know that PMI’s philanthropic arm, the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF), also focuses on project management education? Find out some of the ways you can leverage PMIEF resources and programs for your personal use—or to give back in your community.

Evaluating Project Management Tools: Fellow community member, Dinah Young, is currently evaluating PM tools and needs your help! If you've had any experience with any of the tools she has shortlisted, join the conversation and provide your feedback!

That's all for now! If you have any questions about community events, user guidelines, or any other community happenings, feel free to reach out to any member of the Community Engagement team. We're happy to help!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: August 15, 2018 01:06 PM | Permalink | Comments (9)

June Community News You Can Use

We are officially 6 months into 2018! Summer begins in 2 1/2 weeks in our part of the world and that means things will start to slow down a little. Do you have any breaks in your work coming up? Are you taking some time off to relax with your family? Tell us in the comments below how you plan to recharge midyear. In the meantime, here's what's going on in the community:

PMI Talent and Technology Symposium 2018 - How will the future of technology affect the way you prepare for projects? What skills will you need to ensure your projects are a success as the technological landscape shifts? Find out at the upcoming virtual PMI Talent and Technology Symposium 2018, happening on 13 June from 9am - 5pm EDT. You still have a week left to register. Don't miss out!

Right sized content just for you - Do you ever find yourself wishing you could take 15-30 minutes to get some learning in during your busy day? We have a solution for you! Check out Projectified with PMI, hosted by Stephen Maye! This podcast series dives into leadership challenges, digital transformations, and mindset shifts that will help you take your project - and your organization - to the next level. Listen to Projectified with PMI!

Speaking of podcasts - We have great selection of podcasts for you to choose from that are hosted by your fellow community members right here on ProjectManagement.com! Visit the Podcasts page to find bite-sized, valuable content that you can listen to at your convenience.

Thinking About Security Project Management? - This can be an exciting and challenging career. There are some common missteps for projects in this field, such as not knowing the full scope before planning begins, allowing project schedules to control you instead of vice-versa, and creating a careful plan for communications. Learn more in this article that is linked from PM Port. PM Port is a news service that helps you see what’s happening in the world of project management.

That's all for now! If you have any questions about community events, user guidelines, or any other community happenings, feel free to reach out to any member of the Community Engagement team. We're happy to help!

Posted by Marjorie Anderson on: June 05, 2018 06:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (9)
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