Webinars for Avoiding Project Failure
Presentations, Classes and Book Signings
Following are the upcoming presentations, classes and book signings:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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eCameron provides a variety of keynotes and seminars for your company or organization. They are broken into three groups:
- Business Advancement Series – addressing business leadership topics from strategic planning to implementation as they relate to running projects successfully.
- Visualizing Change Series – change management and the challenges in adopting new processes.
- Back From RedTM Series – focusing on topics that are directly associated with properly running projects in any organization.
The ability to deliver initiatives that make breakthroughs in the business is the differentiator of a truly successful IT department. However, the project success rates are very poor. Failure rate estimates range from 40-75% of project are over budget, late, or fail to deliver the required functionality.
Experience with red projects has more value than recovering them—avoiding them is the real objective. This presentation focuses on a number of techniques learned while recovering projects that greatly improve the chances for success. It introduces the concept of a Guidance Team that gets involved with the project at the customer inception stage and follows the project and team through to the project completion.
We all know ethics plays a large role in running projects. When you are rescuing a project and trying to solve root cause issues, however, it is even more critical. When projects have gotten to the point of requiring rescue, the actions of bringing in a recovery manager are usually coincident with talking to lawyers about alternative routes. One must be very thorough and mindful of the fact that news of the failure can hurt stakeholders, stockholders, and ordinary innocent people.
People or Process, as the name implies, looks directly at the role of people versus process in a project’s success or failure. The focus on process is a needed component, but does not obviate the need to manage people. Unfortunately, the trend over the last fifteen years has been to focus on process and reduce the project to a checklist of tasks. This has created a culture that neglects the value of a manager with people skills.
Most organizations have only one methodology that they use for running projects. However, many organizations perform a variety of projects—deploying hardware, developing new products, deploying off-the-shelf software, and upgrading existing tools. Some methodologies are much better for specific styles of projects. Therefore, organizations need a portfolio of processes that matches their portfolio of projects. Phasing, Critical Chain and Agile methodologies all have valuable attributes that can be applied in specific areas.
Leaders define vision. A business turns vision into value. It still takes a team of executives, managers, 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.
People often fail to realize how many actions in life are negotiation based. This is no different for in our work life. From managing projects to negotiating a raise, we do some form of negotiation daily. Implementing a process around negotiation is key in maximizing success. A process ensures collecting the correct information for preparing and proposing the new idea.