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PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2018

June 13, 2018 9:00 AM | Online

The PMI Talent & Technology Symposium 2018 is the fusion of two prior events, the Internet Systems & Technologies Symposium, and the Talent Management Conference. The new event will focus on the impact of rapidly changing technologies on the project management discipline and careers. Participants will better understand how emerging technologies affect their career and skills progression, as well as the evolving needs of hiring managers as they seek out top project management talent.

How to Adapt Your Career to Anticipate and Stay Viable in an Environment of Rapid Technological Change.

Artificial intelligence and automation are quickly removing the most mundane tasks from a project manager’s plate, allowing for greater focus on strategy and the dynamics of interpersonal management of project team members. Blockchain (cryptocurrency) is changing how we securely authenticate decentralized communications and projects. For the individual practitioner these technologies are near-future evolutions that threaten to shake up the entire business and project landscape. These looming technologies are already changing the requirements hiring managers are looking for as they evaluate current and incoming talent.

This year’s combined event will focus on explaining the impact of these technologies in a language all members can understand, and provide advice on how to prepare ones career and skills for the changed environment.

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Keynote: Project Manage Your Professional Career and Prepare Yourself for Your Future Challenges - Presented by Olivier Lazar.

Our world has always been changing, but most of these changes have taken place progressively, sometimes over several generations. Not anymore. Changes are occurring within one generation; often several at a time. We need to change how we evolve with these challenges, how we envision our own personal future. What will our future as PM professionals look like? What will be the skills and competences to develop? How do I future-proof myself as a PM Professional?

Olivier Lazar is an organizational architecture consultant, coach, and trainer, as well as a graduate with a master’s degree and an executive MBA in strategy, project, and program management from the Lille Graduate School of Management and from the PMI Leadership Institute Master Class 2013. Committed to the advancement of the profession, he’s managing partner and COO at the Valense Palatine Group, a former president at the PMI Switzerland Chapter, and has hold various global volunteering leadership roles at PMI and is a contributor to several PMI Global Standards.

Session 1: Preparing Project Managers in Driving Industry Innovation through Digital Transformation - Presented by Christopher Bolick

As our accessibility to data increases, interactions with robotics and developments in advanced technological fields have ushered in a new era that is disrupting business, creating innovative industries and altering labor markets. The Fourth Industrial Revolution has initiated a digital transformation across industries requiring organizations to utilize technology and data for strategy development through competitive project delivery. To be successful, project managers must be equipped with necessary competencies to drive industry innovation through digital transformation.

Christopher Bolick, is an assistant teaching professor in the Master of Science in Project Management program at Northeastern University. Mr. Bolick has extensive experience in project management and business process improvement, and has previously worked with a Fortune 40 company in engineering and construction, real estate operations, strategic sourcing, facilities maintenance, and design and continuous improvement. He brings his extensive expertise in managing strategic initiatives and cross-functional teams to Northeastern where, since 2013 he has served as a graduate faculty member and academic consultant. 

Session 2:  Cyber Security is Not Just for the Big Boys and Girls - Presented by Jim Smith & Rudy Watson

Cybersecurity as a discipline should not be a foreign concept to project managers regardless of industry, size of the project in terms of complexity or costs, or size of the organization.  This session shows how cybersecurity processes align with the PMI Talent Triangle’s project management skills and arms project managers with an approach for ensuring less exposure to cybersecurity threats.

Jim Smith has over 20 years of IT and Management consulting experience supporting numerous corporations, government agencies and nonprofits. His professional efforts and research interests include decision support systems, predictive algorithms for quantifying risk, talent supply chain models and professional maturity models. His academic career consists of a BA in Physics from Occidental College, MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from the Wharton School. Jim is a Cybersecurity Advanced Degree Fellow (CADF), certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO).

Dr. Rudy J. Watson serves as a Professor and Program Chair of Project Management (PMAN) courses in the University of Maryland University College, Business and Management Department of the Graduate School. He is a PMI Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with over forty years of broad and diverse experience in information technology, including thirty-three years with IBM. He has an eleven year teaching career in project management related courses.

Session 3: Are Project Managers Ready for an AI Takeover? - Presented by Oliver Yarbrough

The disruptive forces of Artificial Intelligence (aka AI) are bearing down on project managers.  Today, machines are able to analyze larger data sets and adapt faster than humans could ever imagine.

In this session, we’ll explain why AI is a game changer and what project managers can expect.  Find out what you can do right now to prepare for the changes that are coming.  This way, you won’t get left behind.

Oliver Yarbrough is an author, speaker, trainer, and leading expert in project management, PMP® Exam Prep, and growth strategies to raise competitiveness. Mr. Yarbrough holds a Master’s degree from Babson College’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business (MBA program ranked #1 in Entrepreneurship for 25 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report).  His professional career includes positions with Fortune 500 companies such as Lucent Technologies, Staples, and Sprint, along with his own successful business ventures.   

Session 4: Drones! Coming to a Project near You! - Presented by Kevin Coleman

A short time ago, drones flew onto the world stage and have not slowed down since. Hardware and software advances expand drones’ capabilities (including being controlled using hand gestures) and increase their use and business value.  Drones have and are creating a number of issues and opportunities.  With so many rapid advancements in this field, as well as its branch fields that are further expanding the impact on how drones are designed and used, this emerging technology market requires close monitoring.  Failure to keep up with the advancement of drone capabilities and use is dangerous!

Kevin is a semi-retired highly skilled, up-to-date senior level project and program manager and experience leading projects with labor budgets ranging from a few hundred thousand dollars to multi-million dollar budgets across multiple industries. He has lead the preparation and execution of overall project plans; directed project team through structured task estimation process, execution, and compliance with multiple state-of-practice project management methodologies.

Session 5: Under the Hood of Blockchain - Beyond the Basics - Presented by Tareq Shaheen

What should you understand regarding the technical aspects of blockchain from a project manager’s perspective? This session will help you better understand the key questions and go beyond the basics. It builds upon the foundation found in the webinar “Blockchain Overview – Opportunities and Challenges for Project Managers;” available as an archive for member viewing.

Tareq has over twenty years’ experience in software solutions, with a diverse experience covering solutions architecture and design, software development life cycle, project management, product management, business development , bid management, mentoring, team building, IT / business alignment, payment solutions, integration and middle-ware.


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