session descriptions


Ernest Hicks

There is no perfect one-size-fits-all when it comes to striving for work-life balance.  The best balance is different for everyone as each of us has different personalities and lives. This presentation focuses on key insights and principals that are at the core of an effective work-life balance exploring the spiritual, mental and physical Needs for our holistic well-being.


A View From Inside (The Sponsor's Head)

Kim Browning

Project managers have a hard job! Sponsors play a critical role in project success. Good sponsors will have clear and concise expectations for the project manager and the team. If you've ever wondered what sponsors think and expect, you won't want to miss this presentation. Kim Browning has sponsored over $25m worth of projects. She will share rich thoughts and perspectives from the Project Management Talent Triangle and PMBOK Domains. Project managers will have a keen idea of the attributes that provide value as well as those that cause red flags. The presentation is oriented toward driving project manager's actions as they support and leverage sponsors talent to ensure project success.


Swindlers, Con-artists, and Project Managers

Jim De Piante

It's not enough to say that a project is like an investment. A project really is an investment.

It's not enough to say that the business case for a project is like an investment prospectus. The business case serves exactly the same purpose as a prospectus.

It's not enough to say that a portfolio of projects is like an investment portfolio. A portfolio of projects really is exactly an investment portfolio.

Successful project portfolio management requires exercising the same rigor that any portfolio manager must exercise.

If securities dealers sold their investment securities the way we project managers sell our projects, those securities dealers would be put in jail!


Beyond Brainstorming: Tools to spark creativity in your project team

Stacy Munechika

Is your project team primed for innovation? As we incorporate more adaptive and agile project management practices, teams that are more creative and innovative will have an advantage in generating novel solutions. If the only group creativity tool in your project management toolbox is a dusty old version of brainstorming, then this workshop is for you.

In this session, we’ll go beyond brainstorming and discuss practical techniques to improve your team’s ideation capability.

You’ll learn about:

  •       Brainstorming: when it works, when it doesn’t, and how to fix it.
  •       Pitfalls to avoid in setting the stage for team creativity.
  •       Novel tools to ignite your team’s ideation process.


Join us for a fun, informative, and interactive learning session - retool and go beyond brainstorming!


A Maturity Model for Project Portfolio Management

Janet Burns

Most organizations have a steady stream of projects they need to execute on to meet organizational goals.  Project Portfolio Management (PPM) aids in codifying those goals, and measuring progress to ensure they are met.  More tools are available these days to facilitate the implementation of PPM, but the focus on the steps to take is very dependent on existing processes, skills, and priorities of the organization.

  • Learn how to gauge the culture of your organization and tailor a portfolio management process accordingly
  • Review some examples of common (and “not so common”) building blocks for an effective portfolio process
  • See how the PMI Program Management and Portfolio Management standards can be tools to inform and promote your portfolio management processes
  • Leave the presentation with a tool to tailor a PPM maturity model for your organization to implement PPM in a successful manner



Behaviors that Lead to Exceptional Performance

Neal Whitten

Success does not just happen, it is made to happen. Success is born of behaviors and choices that lead to exceptional performance. Neal Whitten reveals leading edge best-practice behaviors that will promote your professional and personal success. Some of these behaviors intentionally or not are often avoided. As you strive to achieve your dreams, these behaviors can lay the foundation for your journey. Be prepared to rethink what constitutes effective behavior. You won't want to miss this!


How to make any project high-performing and agile using Flow

Ted Kallman

In this Keynote presentation, Ted uses an interactive game to demonstrate how simple practices and methods increase productivity right now.  Flow has been used to organize PMOs and entire organizations and when implemented well causes performance increases of 300% to 400%.  The practices and methods work in both Agile and Traditional environments.


"No-Bull" Project Management

David Po-Chedley 

This highly interactive 1-2 hour session will cover ways project leaders can remove barriers to project success; the #1 barrier being lack of management support or buy-in.  This is critical in times of changing priorities and organizational belt-tightening.  This session will include a review the leadership practices that tend to lose management support and the practices that help gain management support.  Finally, participants will be challenged to apply some of the ideas when they return to the office. 

This presentation will cover what effective project leaders do that positively attract management’s attention and help to gain management support.  These are the No-Bull practices that work in the real world:

  1. Position your project as a strategic investment.  By pinpointing the tie-in between your project and the company’s direction you will be seen as not only as a team player but also as a loyal supporter of the company’s business philosophy.
  2. Define success and get out of the way.  Micro Managers get in the way. Leaders define success and get out of the way. 
  3. Be easy to do business with.  The #1 management value is responsiveness. Effective project managers make it easy for executives to get the answers they need quickly and easily.
  4. Practice No-Bull Communications.  Much of the bull in organizations is the result of fuzzy, misdirected communications.
  5. Promote ideas and involvement; reward results.  People support what they help create. A credible network adds wind to the windmill.
  6. Have Fun and get a lot Done.  Leaders create energy and high-performance teams. They realize that you can have fun AND run an effective, profitable business.

This session is designed to be interactive, fun and productive.  At the conclusion, attendees will walk away with practical tips for navigating the politics and people issues that challenge many projects.