Agenda Details

PMiP 2019 Draft Schedule and Description of Sessions  

ScheduleJune 13th and 14th
The schedule and list of speakers is tentative
June 13th PM Track A
June 13th, 2019 Agile track B
June 13th Life Science track C
June 14th PM Track A
June 14th Agile track B
9 – 10 am
10 to 10:15 break 
Key Note: 
Keynote: Gavin Malenfant 
Key Note :  
10:1511:30 am
Managing Change with the Brain in Mind
An Agile Overview Using Practical Exercises and Games
Round Table: What is LS PM? Perspectives from industry experts
Conflict Management and Styles to respond to conflict
Agile – The Challenges
How Agile Can Fail in your organization. 
11:30 to 1 pm pm
Lunch-plan for global cafe-open Kanban board to ask questions
Lunch-plan for global cafe -openKanban board to ask questions
Lunch Round Table: How do I get there?
Applied Project Analytics: A Primer(Panel)
1- 2:00 pm
Workshop – Building resilience in your project team
Scrum @Scale 
Defining the LS PM specialization
Project Management in the Government-roundtable
Design Thinking & Project Management  
2:00 – 2:45 pm
2:45 to 3pm break
How to Deal With Social Politics in Your Organization  
Using Kanban/Lean 
Comparing Early versus Late Stage Product Development
Techniques for Project Managers in the Government 
SAFe and Lego exercise – Raj Heda
2019 3:00-4:00 pm
Competencies of outstanding project managers
Becoming an Agile PM
Managing the LS business environment: Small vs Large Company
PM’s in the Defense industry 
Possible overall career far 
4-5 pm
Management or Engagement? Optimizing personal interaction skills.
Post Conference Options:
Duck boat Tour
Freedom Trail
Fenway Park Red Sox Game
PMP prep 

2019 descriptions below 

June 13th 

LS TrackJune 13th 
Key Note: Gavin Malenfant
Global biotech professional with experience developing commercially ready drugs by driving decision making, leading with urgency and implementing and improving processes. Extensive strategic and operational experience in drug development from research through commercialization. Ensures management buy-in through facilitating critical cross-functional conversations to mitigate risk. Wide range of expertise including:
• Leadership: At Sarepta, established CMC strategy and drove plans to address drug supply needs ranging from research to commercialization resulting in expedited product approval and commercialization of EXONDYS 51TM.
• Business Development: As part of Akebia’s management team identified and in-licensed pre-clinical and clinical stage compounds leading to an IND submission in 18 months and increase in Akebia’s valuation.
• Project Management: Worked cross-functionally to direct the building and integration of Sarepta’s commercial group resulting in the successful EXONDYS 51TM launch.
• Commercialization: Led collaborations at Genzyme resulting in the launch of Cerdelga® and
  1. Round Table: What is LS PM? Perspectives from industry experts
Session will examine the role of the PM in LS industry adoption, evolution, and variations, and parameters that dictate the variety.  Panelists will represent experiences from pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology, large and small company perspectives.
  1. Lunch – Round Table: How do I get there?
Session will build on the previous session, will provide access to panelists to answer questions about their career stories, provide advice for getting started whether new to PM or looking transition into LS PM career path. 
  1. Comparing Early versus Late Stage Product Development
Session will evaluate the variations of PM practices and need across the product lifecycle, including factors contributing to the variation.
  1. Managing the LS business environment: Small vs Large Company
Role of a PM will vary depending on the maturity of the organization.  discussion will focus on the different ways PMs operate in these environments and potential differences in PM skill sets.

 PM Track  A

Tentative List and description of Panels, Workshops and Keynote Speakers
  1. Managing Change with the Brain in Mind
All projects involve developing new products, services, or outcome that will produce some type of organizational change. Unfortunately, the human brain does not react well to change. This session will discuss the adverse reactions taking place in the brain in the face of change, and what you and your project team can do to minimize these reactions and smooth the way for acceptance of the changes your projects will produce.
Speaker: Carl Belack
  1.  Workshop – Building resilience in yourself and your project team
As the business environment becomes more complex, project complexity increases as well. The complex project environment is one of frequent stops and starts and changing project direction. It is an environment that places significant stress on the project manager and team members. This workshop will help attendees understand the adverse stress that the team members undergo and provide helpful information on developing the resilience that is so needed by today’s project managers and team members.
Speaker:? Can we get someone from the BU Business School to discuss this?
  1. How to Deal With Social Politics in Your Organization  
Like the show Survivor, players have to adapt to the game of social politics to make alliances and meet their goal of success. Social politics is just as prevalentin our working lives whereknowing how to deal with officepolitics, having a strong sense ofself, and good negotiation skillsare key in order to forge effectiveworking relationships withcolleagues and business partners.
Speaker:Crystal Richards
  1. Competencies of Outstanding Project Managers
In his article“Emotionaland Social Intelligence Competencies for Project Management” Dr. Richard Boyatzis identifies 12 competencies that are regularly associated with high-achieving project managers. The competencies are all from the areas of cognitive, emotional, and social intelligences. In this session the speaker will discuss these competencies and the intentional change process that can help develop them.
Speaker: Either Richard Boyatzis or Fabrizio Gerli
  1. Management or Engagement? Optimizing Personal Interaction Skills
One of the PMBOK’s knowledge areas is Stakeholder Management. But can stakeholders can’t really be managed. Rather, they need to be skillfully engaged by the project manager and project team. Of course, this requires a high level of personal interaction skills. This session will describe these skills and how to properly engage stakeholders in order to produce optimum project outcomes.
Speaker: Possibly Becky Winston

Agile Track B:

  1. An Agile Overview Using Practical Exercises and Games
Agile is everywhere. It is no longer just a tool or technique for the software development sector. Let us give you a practical overview of this discipline. We will focus on Scrum but you will get a feel for other leading methodologies. We will also review PMI’s Agile Practice Guide. You possibly have it on you desk(itcame in bundled with PMBOK 6). So why not get dig into it. We will introduce you to Agile approaches, roles, and artifacts.  
Presenter:Steven Martin-needto confirm
  1. Scrum@Scale
Scrum@Scale is a framework within which networks of Scrum teams operating consistently with the Scrum Guide can address complex problems, while creatively delivering products of the highest possible value. These“products”may be hardware, software, complex integrated systems, processes, services, etc., depending upon the domain of the Scrum teams.
    Presenter : Steve Daukas
    3. Using Lean/Kanban in your organization
    Why should you implement a lean kanbansystem? How can you beat a simplified production system that costs less, satisfies customers more, and takes the headaches out of management? A kanban is system of signals used in lean to balance the flow of work, materials, and people to get a job done. Kanbans are used within agile software development, manufacturing, service deployment, construction, and just about anywhere people are implementing lean systems.
    Speaker: Damon Poole – to be confirmed
   4. Becoming an Agile PM
    Deliver projects with the highest level of performance and quality as an agile project manager. This path will help you build a solid foundation in leading and motivating agile project teams, from developing user stories and agile charts to driving productive meetings. The Agile PM class offered at BU will be used in the workshop
    Presenter : Jim Hannon

June 14th , 2019

PM track A 

  1. Effective Styles for Managing Conflict
Every project encounters conflicts. This session will discuss effective engagement styles for ensuring acceptable outcomes to these conflicts.
Speaker: Possibly Greiman or Leyborne
  1. Applied Project Analytics: Recognizing Emerging Patterns in Ongoing Projects
One characteristic of a complex system is emergence. As complex systems, today’s complex projects are characterized by just such emerging patterns. The ability to recognize and respond in a timely manner to these emerging patterns is one competency of today’s outstanding project mangers. This session will examine how today’s modern analytics can aid project managers and project teams in the identification of emerging project trends.
Speaker: ?
  1. Project Management in the Government-roundtable
The panel will discuss the role of project managers in local, state, and federal government agencies. It will also examine the interface between government project managers and the private industry project managers with whom they interface.
  1. Techniques for Project Managers in the Government 
The large amount of regulations around project governance and conduct requires specific techniques for those managing government projects. This session will introduce the most frequently used techniques and give attendees a chance to use them.
Speaker: ?
5. PM’s in the Defense industry 
The large recent increase in the US defense budget brings with it an increase in the need for project managers in the defense industry. The types of projects to be managed include those such as new weapons systems, advanced cyber security, and others. This session will discuss which government agencies are seeking project managers and the skills that these managers will need to pursue such jobs.
Speaker: ?
  1. PMP Prep
This session will be a review of all of the areas that will be covered in PMI’s Project Management Professional certification examination.
Speaker: ?

Agile track B

  1. Agile – The Challenges
How Agile Can Fail in your organization. 
For instance, can the product owner close to the team become too successful for his or her own good? Stakeholders higher up in the organization might feel threatened. How do we handle it?
How about team members? They are empowered. Can a team“drunk”in it’s own power become less good at“stakeholderengagement”? 
We will review the“badparts” of agile.
Shireen Ahmed <>
cj liu – Takeda – 617331-1613
  1. Design Thinking & Project Management  -7th 
Design Thinking has emerged as a major trend for how innovative organizations and teams are approaching problem-solving. Is Design Thinking another business fad? Or is it a useful tool that PMs and BAs can employ in a more flexible, discovery-driven world? This presentation explores the intersection between Design Thinking and Project Management and identifies the pitfalls and benefits of incorporating design on projects.
The presentation will include case studies to show concretely how to integrate design methods and Design Thinking into projects with lessons learned and unique outcomes. At the conclusion the presentation, participants should be able to describe the benefits of incorporating design methodologies on projects for increased customer alignment and business impact. 
Presenter: Bruce Gay, Sr. Program Manager, UPMC Enterprises(HealthCare)
  1. SAFe and the Lego exercise 
According the Scaled Agile Framework(SAFe®)authors, this agile approach helps-inschedulebusinessesaddress challenges of developing and delivering enterprise-class software and systems in the shortest sustainable lead time. SAFe synchronizes alignment, collaboration, and delivery for multiple Agile teams. Scalable and configurable, SAFe allows each organization to adapt it to its own business needs. It supports smaller-scale solutions employing 50 – 125 practitioners, as well as complex systems that require thousands of people.(Readmore at: During this session you will get a brief overview of Agile through a hands-on, multi-team, full-cycle, product-oriented Scrum simulation. Organized into Agile teams, you will learn what it means to build an iterative and modular product and experience hands-on some key concepts of Agile: backlogs, story point estimations, sprinting, demos & retrospectives.
Presenter :Raj Heda