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The Agile Enterprise: Agile Implementation Patterns

Sep 4, 2020 9:00 AM EDT (UTC-4)
PREMIUM webinar

Nowadays, Agile Transformation is one of the trendiest organizational topics. In recent years, a new role emerged: the Agile Coach - the knight on a white horse that will transform the organization to be the best. Claims that using Agile will improve quality and deliver twice in half the time or that a new 'mindset' will drastically improve happiness are very common. And in most of the cases, they result in failure although other significant benefits may be observed. Agile Transformation is still a transformation at the Enterprise level. To be successful, it should be treated as any other large Organizational Change: a project with clear objectives, resource allocated, and metrics to measure the success. Agile Transformations are tough projects, and an experienced Project Manager should lead them; for large organizations, a specialized Change Manager may be required. This webinar presents several patterns of Agile adoption with pros and cons and recommendations for organizations that want to become Agile. The webinar is based on real life projects.

Reinventing Project Management Series: The Project Canvas

Sep 3, 2020 10:00 AM EDT (UTC-4)
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Project management methods have tended to be too complex to be easily understood and applied by non-experts. The pivotal assumption has been that documenting every aspect of a project in detail will provide a high level of control of the planned activities during the implementation of the project. Many project managers ended up producing massive numbers of documents and swathes of paperwork, leading to an overall feeling that the role was primarily administrative. In contrast, widely used management disciplines are often linked to a few simple frameworks that can be easily understood, and applied, not only by managers but also by the majority of individuals. Porter’s Five Forces and value chain analysis help to make strategy a key area for every organization to apply.

Seven Simple Strategies for Solving Any Problem

Aug 25, 2020 12:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
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There are many problem solving methodologies-from TRIZ to OODA, from RPR to GROW, but this session won't discuss any of them. Instead we're going to focus on simple, standalone strategies to improve our problem solving effectiveness regardless of our existing PS skills or experience.

Empowering People to Deliver Results

Aug 25, 2020 11:00 AM EDT (UTC-4)
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Author John C. Maxwell has a famous quote, “A leader is great not because of his or her power, but because of his or her ability to empower others.” A challenge many PMO Leaders face today is how to be a Leader rather than a Manager or Supervisor. During this session, we will explore Leadership, the benefits of Empowering People and examples of organizations that are successfully empowering their team members. We will also review the Empowerment Action Plan providing guidance to Project Managers and PMO Leaders on how to become empowered.

Embedding Quality Gates for Successful Project Delivery in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Aug 21, 2020 11:00 AM EDT (UTC-4)
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By 2023, it is estimated that pharmaceutical sales will top $420 billion in the United States alone. Project management is the key to addressing the unique regulatory, compliance, and quality needs of the pharmaceutical industry. In this webinar, an up-scaling project - with the goal of increasing production efficiency - is presented in order to illustrate the complexity of integrating up to five quality gates within a project’s life cycle. The presenter will demonstrate how quality gates act as checkpoints to prevent bumpy project planning, execution, and close-out and thus increase odds for successful project delivery.

Boosting Organizational Value through Smarter Portfolio Management

Aug 19, 2020 3:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
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A topsy-turvy world requires thinking that challenges the status quo and seeks smarter ways of deploying the well-known portfolio management mantra of ‘doing the right things’. The world’s economies will struggle to recover from the global COVID pandemic, meaning organisations of all sizes will need to focus on well considered and planned activity and the selection of initiatives that provide the most business value towards business objectives and ultimately strategic goals. However, post pandemic factors will be at play that will limit achievement of success. This presentation offers perspectives and challenges together with some suggested solutions that should be considered and acted upon to maximise portfolio success. These will fire your imagination.

Food Waste & Recovery - Opportunities for Project Managers

Aug 18, 2020 11:00 AM EDT (UTC-4)
PREMIUM webinar

Statistics show that globally about 33% of the food produced in the world is lost or wasted. On the other hand, we have about 11 % of world suffering from malnutrition and hunger. According to UN based WHO, even if 25 % of the food wasted is saved then it can alleviate the hunger problem. The problem is acute and is obvious but yet organizations and people have not come to grips with it. Thankfully, during the last few years the situation is changing. The factors responsible for the problem can be identified under three approaches - Advocacy, Attitude and Know-How. How can we as project management professionals get involved and help solve this problem. What are opportunities from a business perspective? What are the options at work, home or in society? How can we contribute to the solution as part of our social responsibility? This webinar will look at these questions and present ideas and projects which will help save and recover food waste. This is an awareness program. The first half of the presentation will deal with issue of food waste and food recovery worldwide and the current practices. The latter part will consider solutions to the problem, especially with a perspective of areas where project managers can contribute.

The Agile Enterprise: We tried Agile, and it didn’t work - What’s next?

Aug 14, 2020 9:00 AM EDT (UTC-4)
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Agile, for many a silver bullet, worked pretty well for software development teams with most of them being the first attempt to have a structured approach. Bringing some order to chaos was beneficial, and the results were in some cases spectacular. Most, if not all Agile frameworks were developed by software engineers and for software engineers. Apart from a couple of frameworks, like Disciplined Agile and SAFe that combine Agile with traditional Lean practices used in manufacturing, most Agile frameworks were developed for small teams (less than 10) and a start-up culture. In real life, Agile does fail, more often than we think and far more often than we learn in the training courses. Agile became the victim of its success with some organizations trying to use Agile as a remedy for core issues like lack of vision, lack of decision or even lack of skills. Contrary to public opinion, Agile and self-organization require more skills and discipline than command and control. To be Agile, an Organization must be Agile at all levels not only at the team level. Agile is based on trust; verbal agreements should be enough. There is no need of sign-offs and approvals for each and every activity. But that's a risk when there are multiple parties involved, especially when commercial agreements are made between entities. This webinar is a collection of real life projects that had to balance Agility with traditional practices. In most cases, the solution was the return to following a plan. For each example there will be an assessment of the causes that lead to failure, what the organization could've done better, and lessons learned that could prevent such issues. 

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