PM Point of View #58. Voices of Experience I - Working in the Big Picture
Three seasoned Project Management practitioners, teachers, and authors share their insights, observations and what they consider the important issues of the day. Dr. Kenneth Smith talks about techniques and tools and why it's important for PMs to understand the underlying principles of the tools they use. John Stenbeck explains how Agile can be scaled up to the portfolio or organizational level. And Carl Pritchard shares techniques that PMs can use when they need to communicate with their managers or executives of the organization.
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About the Speakers
Ken Smith is a long-time member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and IPMA-USA; a project management practitioner, researcher-evaluator, manager, advisor, consultant & instructor/facilitator.
Initially a management intern, analyst/systems specialist with the US Department of Defense; he later was a Senior Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development and gained world-wide experience – at HQ and field levels -- as a management systems advisor, evaluator, project, program & portfolio manager of various sector projects, as well as an in-house trainer/facilitator.
Now retired from USAID, Dr. Smith conducts workshop-seminars in various aspects of project management, monitoring and evaluation for PMI, as well as other organizations.
John G. Stenbeck, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSP, is the Founder of GR8PM, Inc. (pronounced “Great PM”). He is a three-time Amazon #1 Best Selling author. His industry-leading project management books have sold almost $3 million.
John has been a guest on VoiceAmerica talk radio, Good Morning America, the Today Show, Fox News and the Oprah Winfrey Show. He is a sought-after Keynote speaker because he enables executives and professionals to become powerfully productive leaders.
Carl Pritchard is the principal and founder of Pritchard Management Associates, and is a recognized lecturer, author, researcher, and instructor. As a lecturer he is considered a leading authority on risk management and presents on a variety of management topics, ranging from project essentials to the complexities of network diagramming and team motivation.
He has published articles on project management maturity, the international trends in PM, advances in risk management, and served as the lead chapter author for the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, Risk Management Chapter (4th Edition). His work as an instructor has taken him around the world, training with some of the leading international training organizations, as well as for private clients and the Project Management Institute®. He is the U.S. Correspondent for the U.K. project management journal, Project Manager Today.