Keynote to Educate on Successful Projects

In order to comply with the Affordable Care Act, the State of Oregon made the decision to build its own Health Insurance Exchange (ORHIX). An online portal to allow applicants was supposed to go live October 1, 2013. As of March 30, 2014 the site was not functional and all ORHIX applications must be processed from paper applications.

Published in Project Rescue
Sunday, 27 March 2011 00:00

Leading Without Authority

Leadership is more than leading the people reporting to you. Too often, you need to lead people over which you lack any authority. The absence of hierarchical advantage adds a challenge, but is ideal training on how to deal with managers, customers, and difficult people. The key is making them feel the direction chosen is theirs. One of the best methods of doing this is storytelling.

Published in Project Rescue
Monday, 09 August 2010 00:00

Upcoming Presentations

Presentations, Classes and Book Signings

Following are the upcoming presentations, classes and book signings:

Upcoming Events

Recent Events

  • PMI Willamette Valley: Professional Development Conference 2015 Fri. 16 Oct, 2015 (All day) Conference Keynote PMI Willamette Valley's biggest event of the year, the 2015 Professional Development Conference. The theme for this year is Quantum Change: Bringing it to the Next Level, (or small changes that can make a big difference – like the one degree change in temperature that turns boiling water into steam). Building on past successes we can now get economies of scale and have made some changes to bring this year’s Conference to an entirely new level!  PMI WV will be doing breakout sessions giving you more choice about what subject matter will be most valuable to you or get you the right mix of PDU’s. There is no doubt that making the right connections is one of those things that can help you bring it to the next level. The PDC’s opening keynote speaker KL Wells of Networking Power will coach us in strategic networking methods which she has pioneered. This will provide us all a powerful framework for making those vital connections with other professionals at the Conference and during the reception in the evening. Morning breakout sessions will include Scaling Agile, An Exploration of Online Collaboration Tools, and Innovative Risk Analysis. Todd Williams who gave us an excellent keynote last year will again be our lunch keynote speaker. This year his presentation is on People vs. Process with a focus on leadership and “what will take your career from water to steam.” Afternoon breakout sessions will include Data Science & Analytics for Project Managers, Change Management and more on Team Collaboration. Finally, executive leadership coach and strategic planning consultant Jennifer Webster, PhD will help us all bring our leadership skills to the next level as our closing keynote speaker. Details: Registration and continental breakfast: 8:00am Opening session: 8:30am Lunch provided: 12:00 - 1:30 pm Closing session ends 5:00 pm Reception until 7:30 pm Contact Jason Brown This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // for additional information About our Keynote: People vs Process:  Process drives our lives. It provides the comfort of consistency, accuracy, and conformance.  Add people, however—people with personality, prejudice, and protest—and processes fall short.  To deal with the realities of business, we need a toolbox of techniques for managing and leading people while balancing the competing interests of stakeholders who simply want consistently successful results.  This seminar starts by looking at the lynch pin of business—process—why it is important, when it is an appropriate solution, and how its overuse generates failure.  It provides insight into some of the quirks inherent in people by using estimation processes to expose our personal biases that defeat process.  The presentation culminates with a lesson and discussion on leading and incentivizing people as a replacement for layering on process, which only increase bureaucracy.
  • PMI Upstate New York: Vision to Value: Strategically Meeting Business Needs Thu. 17 Sep, 2015 (5:30 am - 9:30 am) Classes PMI Upstate New York Special Event! The PMI-UNY Special Events Committee is pleased to announce the first special event of the 2015/2016 year.  us while we are in New York while we give a dinner meeting presentation, or join us the following day for a special follow workshop. Thursday, September 17, 2015 Half Session: 8:30am – 10:00am Half Session: $50/per person, 2 PDUs Full Session: 8:30am – 12:30pm Full Session: $75/per person, 4 PDUs Continental Breakfast provided to all participants at the opening of the event.   Vision to Value: Strategically Meeting Business Needs  Leaders define vision. Business turns vision into value. It still takes a team of executives, stakeholders, project managers, and individual contributors to drive the projects that build the capabilities transforming businesses. Ergo, projects are the enablers for turning vision into value.  Too often, however, project managers and their stakeholders lack the visibility into how their project’s fit into the business’ grand vision.  Think how wonderfully your business would run if everyone from the C-Suite to the feet on the street understood how to maintain focus on executing business strategies. This workshop will help leaders: •                Understand what is valuable for your organization.•                Improve communication.•                Focus their energies and your resources on corporate goals.Organizations the world over use balanced scorecard to define their strategic goals. However, balanced scorecard only works if its information is disseminated throughout the organization.  This workshop helps, executive sponsors, PMO managers, project managers, and project teams understand why and how a strategy is defined, the use of activity and strategy maps, and how they apply to the organization’s projects.This short two-hour session will give you:•                A basic understanding of Balanced Scorecard.•                The meaning and usefulness of balanced scorecard.•                An understanding the three types of projects—strategic, compliance, and operational effectiveness.•                The key attributes to look for on a project to ensure it is aligned with the corporate strategy.For those who can stay an extra two hours (four hours total) you will gain:•                Development and use of activity diagrams.•                Development of strategy maps.•                An understanding of cross organization You can get more information about this event by contacting us directly or visiting the PMI Upstate New York Chapter.
  • PMI Upstate New York: People or Process: Which Has the Greater Effect on Project Success Wed. 16 Sep, 2015 (2:30 pm - 5:30 pm) Association Keynotes PMI Upstate New York Dinner Meeting Join us while we are in New York while we give a dinner meeting presentation, or join us the following day for a special follow workshop. Attitude adjustment will begin at 5:30 pm with dinner at 6:00 pm, followed by the program starting promptly at 7:00 pm and adjourning by 8:00 pm.  Dinner includes Caesar Salad, Rolls, Coffee, & Dessert (Vanilla Bean ice cream topped with fresh strawberries, and fresh whipped cream) with Choice of Entree  1. Chicken : Francaise  2. Fish: Herb basted fresh fillet of Atlantic salmon with a chive buerre blanc  3. Beef: Sirloin cacciatore with rice  4. Vegetable Provence, sautéed with herbs de Provence and topped with grilled, marinated tofu, brown rice   About our presentation: People or Process: Which Has the Greater Effect on Project Success  People or Process, as the name implies, looks directly at the role of people versus process in a project's success or failure. Process is a needed component of any project, but does not obviate the need to work with people. A project manager's ability to not only manage, but lead and inspire is often the dividing line between an initiative's success and failure. Unfortunately, the trend over the last fifteen years has been to focus on process and reduce project management to a checklist of tasks. This has created a culture that diminishes the value of a project manager with people skills.  By the end of this presentation, attendees will understand the importance of balancing people and process, where to focus their efforts, and tips on inspiring people to excel at their jobs. You can get more information about this event by contacting us directly or visiting the PMI Upstate New York Chapter.    
  • pmChats Interview & Sweepstakes Tue. 15 Sep, 2015 (10:00 am - 11:00 am) Webinars pmChats Interview: Todd Williams: Rescue the Problem Project Come listen as Reine Kassulker of pmChats interviews Todd C. Williams author of Rescue the Problem Project.  Don't forget to stick around and register for the "Vision to Value" Sweepstakes where the grand prize will be a free presentation from Todd C. Williams.  There are three other great project management prizes to win as well.    The random drawing for main contest winners will be held on April 30, 2015 and September 30, 2015. The random drawing for the Grand Prize drawing will be October 31, 2015. For full contest rules and prize descriptions as well as to enter please visit the "Vision to Value" Sweepstakes page by clicking here.

Published in Presentation Listings
Sunday, 18 October 2009 00:00

Four Easy Steps to Recovery

Recovery Flow The four steps to bring a project back from red. They are:

  1. Project Audit;
  2. Data Analysis;
  3. Solution Negotiation;
  4. Plan Execution.

Like any recovery, be it twelve-step or four-step, it goes nowhere without realization of the problem. Step zero is acknowledging the failure. Without this step, the problems and subsequent resolutions will not have full recognition and the project recovery will fail due to the lack of management support. With realization, the recovery process has meaning.

Published in Project Rescue
Saturday, 11 August 2012 00:00

Event Planners

Are you an event planner looking for more information about our keynotes, presentations, webinars. workshops, and classes? Most of our keynotes and presentations are posted online; however, most of our classes and workshops are not since they are custom to the client.  This article will help you understand how we can help you.

Published in Event Planner

“He did a fantastic job. In three and a half hours he not only familiarized our people with the psychology of change, but also walked them through how the proposed changes for next year will impact them and our clients.”

Christine Herb, VP Professional Services
Institute of Management Accountants

Published in Event Planner
Monday, 15 June 2009 00:00

Keynotes and Seminars

eCameron provides a variety of keynotes and seminars for your company or organization. They are broken into three groups:

  1. Business Advancement Series – addressing business leadership topics from strategic planning to implementation as they relate to running projects successfully.
  2. Visualizing Change Series – change management and the challenges in adopting new processes.
  3. Back From RedTM Series – focusing on topics that are directly associated with properly running projects in any organization.
Published in Presentations
Monday, 10 February 2014 00:00

Review: Strategies for Project Sponsorship

Strategies for Project Sponsorship

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Authors: Vicki James,
Peter Taylor,
Ron Rosenhead
Publisher Management Concepts
Released: May 2013
Pages: 204
ISBN: 978-1567264067

As they say in the army, never volunteer. Nowhere could that be truer than when it comes to project sponsorship. Given a choice between a root canal and project sponsorship, most managers and executives start looking up dentists on the internet. It is a sad fact—one that project managers must deal with on a daily basis. It is often the project manager’s first solid opportunity to lead up.

Recently I received the book Strategies for Project Sponsorship by Vicki James, Ron Rosenhead, and Peter Taylor, all good friends of mine and trustworthy twitter contributors. It took a while for the book to trickle “up” to the top of my stack; however, when it did I was more than impressed.

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Back in the eighties, I was working for a large aerospace company cutting my teeth as a systems analyst. My bosses were a little older than I am now, and they loved talking about the days before cubicles, pontificating on how personal computers were inferior to mainframes, and reminiscing about the days of the BOMARC missile. It was their way of telling us thirty-something kids that they were in control and we needed to respect their position. Then, as now, information was king and these pterodactyls were not letting it go. To earn the stripes, one had to partake in the tribal rituals, smoke cigars during three-martini lunches, and attend your boss's parties. They saw no value in email let alone the boondoggle shop floor automation project I was part of. In two words, communication sucked.

Saturday, 20 August 2011 00:00

Executive's Role in Project Success Keynote

Project failure is rampant in nearly every industry. In the US alone, the cost are huge with estimates running as high as a trillion dollars a year. In most cases, the project manager and his or her team are blamed. The project, however, is only the symptom with the source of the failure imbedded in the organization. Project pressure stresses the weak links in the organization causing them to snap.

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