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PMXPO 2015

April 30th, 2015 | Online

PMXPO 2015 was the 8th edition of's annual virtual conference and exhibition--our biggest event yet.  Featuring six sessions full of informed project management viewpoints from leading industry experts, led by our keynote featuring Adam Steltzner--the Lead Landing Engineer of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover Project! 


Keynote: From Leading a High Performance Team to Landing on Mars
Adam Steltzner
Lead Landing Engineer of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover Project

With a rich and varied background, Adam Steltzner had many of the needed skills to lead the landing team for the Curiosity rover. That said, his team would struggle for almost a decade with design challenges and setbacks. How did he keep the team focused and on task? What makes a team gel and enables truly innovative thinking? How do team dynamics drive that process forward or inhibit it? And how can organizational culture create an environment for sustained performance? The challenges he and the team faced and the lessons learned from those struggles can help audiences understand how to better lead their high-performing teams, manage innovation and drive toward excellence.


Session 1: Why You Need to Consider Redefining the PMO
by Andy Jordan, Mark Price Perry, Dave Prior
In this session, well-known industry experts Mark, Dave and Andy will explain how PMOs can be positioned to deliver better business value, explore how PMOs can facilitate effective traditional and agile project execution, and consider how the PMO can drive more effective execution of initiatives to achieve strategic goals. Your PMO can be a powerful tool to support organizational success.


Session 2: 10 Ways to Market Your Project
by Elizabeth Harrin

How do you communicate project status and raise the profile of your project? This presentation will give you 10 tips for making the people who matter care about your project.


Session 3: PPM Process Management and the Role of the PPM Process Owner
by Steve Romero

Process management is one of the greatest shortcomings of enterprises today. They might have PPM, but without a process owner who “manages” that process, it will never meet enterprise objectives in a sustainable manner. This presentation provides a high-level understanding of the distinct phases of process design and implementation.


Session 4: PMI's Annual Pulse of the Profession: An In-Depth Look at Requirements Management
by Tricia Cabrey

PMI’s Pulse of the Profession study shows that poor requirements management is a primary cause of project failure. Learn about the latest trends on the state of organization project, program and portfolio management.


Session 5: Do or Die Agile Leadership Practices for Today's eXtreme Projects
by Doug DeCarlo, Principal, The Doug DeCarlo Group

Extreme projects feature high speed, high change, high complexity and high stress. As more projects continue to fall into the extreme zone, successful project and program managers will shift from inhibiting change to proactively creating change and responding to change.


"Never look at the trombones, it only encourages them."

- Richard Strauss