We have excellent keynote sessions and practical workshops.  Good value for your time and money. Get PDUs for the following domains:

  • Technical project management: Knowledge, skills and behaviors related to specific domains of Project, Program and Portfolio Management. We have several tracks with focus on Agile Project Management and Complex Projects
  • Leadership: Knowledge, skills and behaviors specific to leadership-oriented, cross-cutting activities that help an organization achieve its business goals. Several key speakers will provide you practical skills in the domains of leading teams, managing conflicts, identifying and engaging stakeholders and more.
  • Strategic and business management: Knowledge of and expertise in the industry or organization that enhances performance and better delivers business outcomes. Research tracks will focus on developing teaching curriculum for this track.


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jeff Sutherland
Founder and Chairman, Scrum, Inc.
Jeff needs no introduction. He is one of the inventors of Scrum an Agile Project Management framework that is popular in the industry. Sutherland helped write the Agile Manifesto in 2001 and is a writer of The Scrum Guide.
 Dr. Patti Fletcher
Patti is on a mission to change the way the world views female leaders and how these incredible leaders view themselves. As a business strategist, keynote speaker and author with a history of helping business leaders change the world, her work inspires and enables men and women at all levels and functions across all industries. Her inspiring keynote talk deals with the following theme:

Equity in the Workplace Starts with You: The dearth of women in leadership positions is not a women’s philanthropic issue. It is a leadership opportunity and economic imperative. By sharing her personal journey, Dr. Fletcher talks about why and how leaders just like you can harness all the best and available talent to make a difference in our lives and in the world around us.

Global Cafe – Open Kanban Board

New this year. Do you have a question? Let the experts help you out.  Do you have relevant experience in the project management field? Contribute! We will Twitter your queries globally. Your words of wisdom will help new practitioners and “students of project management” everywhere.  Solve your vexing problems and contribute to the knowledge Vault.

Two Tracks
General Project Management  (Track A)  and Agile Project Management (Track B) in parallel sessions. 
Track A
Panel – Soft Skills in Project and Program Management (1 hour – June 8th Morning)
In this panel we will be looking at and talking about soft skills in project and program management.  Specifically, how to build effective and efficient teams within institutions and with colleagues that haven’t that are not familiar and/or don’t see the benefits of project management methodologies. 
Libby Clark, Consortium Manager, COMDIS-Health Service Delivery Research Programme,  Nuffield Centre for International Health & Development, Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds UK 
Panelist Comment: This is very much the case within UK higher education, the sector I’m based in.  I’ve spent the last four years working on international project and programme and I am also very interested in the challenges involved in working internationally, across different sectors and disciplines.  I believe I’ve successfully persuaded non PM colleagues of the benefits of successful project and programme management and can discuss tactics and methods for achieving this.”   
 Other Panelists: Campbell, Cipriano and Lawrence
Workshop – How to deal with social politics in your organization  (2 Hours – Thursday, June 7th, 2018)
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 is the Principal and Owner of MosaicResource Group, a talent developmentconsulting firm dedicated to helping projectmanagement professionals betterthemselves in all things projectmanagement, communications, andleadership. She has over 15 years ofexperience in healthcare management andproject management working with privateandpublic-sector clients.A graduate of Georgetown University andThe University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill,Crystal is a certified project managementprofessional, a Fellow of the HealthcareFinancial Management Association, and acertified Strategic Workforce Planner.
Tools and Techniques to Solve Problems that are Complex and Ambiguous: Where Creative Problem Solving meets Project Management

Teresa Lawrence, PhD, PMP, CSM, also known as “The Breakthrough PM”, provides training, facilitation and coaching in creativity and the application of creative problem solving in all methodologies of Project Management across all industries. Additionally, she provides professional services in the management of strategic initiatives and change. Over 10,000 Project Managers have earned PDUs from Teresa’s workshops, presentations and webinars. Teresa is an alum of the International Center for Studies in Creativity (ICSC) and serves as the VP for Certification Training in the Buffalo PMI chapter. She is the past recipient of Buffalo Business First “Women of Influence” and the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education “Distinguished Alumni” award. Teresa is a previous superintendent of schools and the current president of International Deliverables, LLC.

Track B
An Agile Overview Using Practical Exercises and Games
In this workshop,the participants will learn about the various methods and techniques that are used to become agile. The word agile is used too freelywhen describing ways to make business more efficient. Agile comprises many methods and techniques and needs to be fully understoodon what is the correct method to deploy to become agile. The most common methods of agility are Scrum, Kanban, extreme programming with other less commonmethods. The approach to each of the agile methodscan be very different based onthe various scenarios that each business encounters on a daily basis. The workshop will also use interactive games and practical examples that can be used to introduce the concepts of agile to a businessand team.
Jim Hannon
Scaled Agile Framework 
According the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) authors, this agile approach helps businesses address 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. (Read more 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 and Jim Hannon

Using Kanban and Lean

Toyota pioneered the use of Lean principles in the manufacturing of its cars and became a powerhouse in the global auto marketplace. Lean along with Kanban has been adopted by a multitude of global companies to bring a stronger discipline to the production of goods /software. In this presentation,the participants will learn the basics of Kanban /Lean and how these concepts can be usedfor various industries.

Track A
Communicate More Effectively
You know it, you believe in it, you struggle with it, so why not get good at it? You need communicate more effectively, your project success depends on it, so. Whether 1-on-1, or in small or large groups you must communicate well with stakeholders. Learn practical skills and walk away with ten tips” to communicate more effectively.
Michael Chase, is a Principal, Coach, Consultant at Great Results, LLC. He brings a lifetime of marketing, sales, and theater experience to help clients build on their existing communications skills to grow both personally and professionally.  
Track B:
 Applied Business Analytics and Project Analytics: A Primer (Panel)
In this session you will get an overview of the domain of Applied Business Analytics”. Project Data Analytics embodies theory and practice and includes tools and techniques to analyze and predict project, and customer behaviors. With the data analytics tools available today one can look forward and predict an outcome for you project based on the past performance. In this session, you will get a complete perspective of the domain of analytics and hear from practitioners how they leverage or would like to leverage this hot discipline” of analytics.
Chair Dr. Vladi Zlatev.  He is the coordinator of the Applied Business Analytics program., Boston University

Anne Marie Kelley, Program Director, Information Services & Technology, Boston University

The PMI 2018 Exam Changes – PMP Prep Workshop
 The project management exams are based on and driven by current practices in the profession. As a results new standards and guidelines were released in 2018, impacting the exams. The Project Management Professional (PMP)®, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®, Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®, Program Management Professional (PgMP)® exams have all changed in 2018. In this session various experts will bring you to speed on the changes.
Dr. Vijay Kanabar, has created a dozen videos for PMI on the topic of PMBOK Processes for the True Beginner”. More than 20,000 people have viewed his PMBOK 5 videos.  He is one of the earliest PMPs – the PMBOK then was 80 pages but the exam was eight hours!. He is excited with the changes in the new standard, especially the fact that all practitioners must be agile-aware now. 
Keynote – Day 1 (Afternoon)

Understanding and Bridging the Project Management Competency Gap 

The project management body of knowledge is changing rapidly, requiring organizations to acquire competency rapidly in months and weeks – not years. As a result, organizations are experiencing a competency gap in their project management capability, based on dynamic PM competencies. Are we capable of describing and bridging this gap? This session will help answer that question. What do PMs think of this gap? How do PM thought leaders believe we should tackle it?  This session provides you an opportunity to define and understand the competency gap in your organization. Using the several new tools and templates, the presenter will introduce an approach to define and improve competencies for PM population. A case study on project management career paths will be presented.

Rich Maltzman, PMP

Rich Maltzman, PMP,  is the co-author of a recently released book “Bridging the PM Competency Gap” (co-authored with Loredana Abramo, Ross Publishing 2017). He has been an engineer since 1978 and a project management supervisor since 1988, including a two-year assignment in the Netherlands in which he built a team of PMs overseeing deployments of telecom networks in Europe and the Middle East. His project work has been diverse, including projects such as the successful deployment of the entire video and telecom infrastructure for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, and the 2006 integration of the program management offices (PMOs) of two large merging corporations. As a second, but intertwined career, Rich has also focused on consulting and teaching, having developed curricula and/or taught at several universities.  Rich has written and presented papers at international conferences of PMI and IPMA (International Project Management Association), and the Conference Board in South Africa, The Netherlands, Costa Rica, and Mexico City and at PMI Congresses in North America.  He also presented, on request of the Government of Malaysia, at their Green Technology conference in Kuala Lumpur in 2013. Rich teaches graduate-level PM courses at Clark University and Boston University.  Rich’s educational background includes a BSEE from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst, and an MSIE from Purdue University. In addition, Rich has a mini-MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.  Rich received his PMP in 2000 and was certified by Change Catalysts as a CQ Certified Change Management Professional in 2015. Rich has co-authored five books – Green Project Management (CRC Press, ©2010, Cleland Award Winner) with David Shirley, PMP, Project Workflow Management with Dan Epstein, ©2014, and, Driving Sustainability Success in Projects, Programs and Portfolios ©2015, CRC Press, and Bridging the PM Competency Gap, ©2017 J Ross.  A new book, How to Facilitate Productive Project Planning Meetings, will be available from Maven House later in 2018.

Keynote – Day 2 (Afternoon)

Abstract of Minimizing Hidden Bias in Project Management

It is now recognized that improving their soft-skills is critical to helping project managers successfully manage complex projects. The PMBOKÒGuide, Sixth Edition, notes the importance of leadership skills in project success, all of which involve soft-skills. Important leadership skills that have to be mastered include managing individual behavior and interpersonal interactions, and effective decision-making. Each of these is influenced by human biases that drive these behaviors on a non-conscious level. This presentation explores basic brain operations, types of non-conscious biases with which project managers are most familiar and which can have significant effects throughout the project life cycle. It will also discuss steps that project managers can begin take in order to minimize these biases’ adverse effects on the outcomes of their projects.

Presenter: Carl Belack
For the past 36 years, Carl has been a practitioner, consultant, writer, and educator in the field of project and program management. His experience spans diverse industries including defense acquisition, construction, manufacturing, hardware and software development, finance, and professional services. During the last 6 years he has turned his attention to exploring the contributions of human behavior and uncertainty to the complexity of project and program environments. A co-author of both Managing Complex Projects(with Dr. Harold Kerzner) and PMI’s Navigating Complexity: A Practice Guide, he is currently the principal consultant and owner of Carl Belack Consulting. He is also co-editing and co-authoring Cognitive Readiness in Project Teams: Reducing Project Complexity and Increasing Success in Project Management, scheduled to be published in late 2018.

Project Estimating and Planning 

Presenter: Dave Todaro Bio

Have you ever been asked, “How long do you think this will take?” or “When will this be done?”

You’re not alone. Estimating projects is very challenging, especially when faced with evolving business requirements, a hallmark of the Agile process.

In this session, agile project management expert Dave Todaro will walk you step-by-step through agile estimating techniques you can use to understand the size of your project and how long it will take. You and your team will quickly come up with accurate estimates and you’ll be able to forecast completion dates based on how fast the team is moving.

You’ll learn how to deal with changes in scope and priority while always being able to tell management, “This is when we’ll be done.”

You will have knowledge of the following key topics at the end of the session:

* Understand how user stories, story points, planning poker, and velocity work together to provide predictable schedule estimates.
* Learn techniques you can immediately apply to your projects to estimate how fast your team will go, both before they start and as they’re getting ramped up.
* Learn about the cone of uncertainty and how to apply its concepts to present a larger range of estimated completion timeframes early in the project, and narrow that range as the project continues.

Dave Todaro Bio

For the last 35 years, Dave has been a technology leader involved in all aspects of product vision, software engineering and entrepreneurship. Dave is CEO at Ascendle, a contract software engineering firm in North Hampton, NH that he founded in late 2012. Ascendle specializes in commercial-grade cloud and mobile app development and Agile training and coaching.

Dave graduated from the honors program at the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering. He joined BID2WIN Software (now B2W Software) in Portsmouth, NH as a startup as employee number two in 1994. For 18 years Dave managed the software development team and drove the technology vision as the chief technology executive. He built the team, designed the process, and produced multiple award-winning products, helping grow the company to over 70 employees. He started programming at age 11 and shipped his first commercial software at age 15.

Dave is former chairman of the Software Association of New Hampshire and former president of the Skyhaven Flying Club. Dave currently volunteers his time as a member of the UNH Computer Science Industry Advisory Board. When not working or volunteering you can find Dave on the golf course or flying above the seacoast piloting a single-engine airplane.

You can learn more about Dave at
Closing Keynote (Friday June 8th, 2018) 
Complexity, Diversity and Harmony: A Musical Perspective of Project Management
This presentation explores Project Management through a musical perspective. Exploring practice in different cultural and industrial contexts, consideration is given both to ways in which musical activity reflects distinctive approaches to Project, Program and Portfolio Management and to the often unique and complex project dynamics involved in musical creation. Viewing  projects of considerable social importance as well as commercial significance,  a deeply connecting to all levels of projects. Quite simply, music is a business, a cultural process, and a profoundly individual experience, and at all levels activities involved reflect distinctive approaches to, and interesting ways of thinking about project activities.
You will take away the following: 
●          Alternative perspectives of the management of risk
●          Practical insights into Team dynamics 
●          An understanding of cultures of knowledge-transfer and sharing as a key part of leadership skills
●          Practical ideas for the development of creativity in projects with a managerial outlook
●          Useful and productive methods for thinking about projects in musical ways
The session is designed to be accessible and informative for all levels of knowledge and experience, novel, intermediate, advanced or mixed. The educational and pedagogic focus will be presented so as to be accessible to non-expert audiences.
Raji Sivaraman  M.S.,PMI-ACP,PMP,PMO-CP, Principal – Pracademic                               
Author of: Making Projects Sing: A Musical Perspective of Project Management
 Post Conference Event 

Launching the Research Colloquium on “Project Management Strategy”

Curricula for Post-Secondary Education in the Domains of Strategic and Business Management

Scope: Knowledge of and expertise in the industry or organization that enhances performance and better delivers business outcomes. Research tracks will focus on developing teaching curriculum for this track. This is the “third leg” of the PMI Talent Triangle and the Project Management Curriculum Guidelines.

PMiP’s annual research colloquium has focused on curricula innovations in Project Management Education, provides an unique forum for conducting meaningful dialogue between practitioners and academic entities. In this session experts present research paper abstracts to analyze, and discuss a specific area each year. This year, the focus of the research colloquium is “Project Management Business and Strategy”.

The academic colloquia on education hosted by Boston University is a signature annual event and it plays a key role in the design and development of the curriculum guidelines sponsored by PMI. In the previous years, we hosted workshops dealing with academic education in domains of Technical Project Management and Leadership & Communication, and this year we focus on Business and Strategy.

Please submit your Paper Abstracts for presentation at The 2018 Colloquium for Project Management Education. Accepted papers will be considered for publication in a future dossier on PM education.  Mode of presentation can be online (via Zoom) or on-campus. 

“Strategic knowledge and industry knowledge” can improve the project implementation and promote better corporate results.
Focus is on implementation and execution of projects according to the strategy of the company and being aware of the characteristics listed below. Note that possessing entrepreneurial ability and knowledge of the industry that PMs are working in is critical.

These include but are not limited to:

Knowledge of business 
Agile Project Management
Strategic Project Management
Supply Chain in Projects
Legal Aspects in Project Management
Business and Commercial Aspects of Projects
Governance in Projects
Agile Project Management
Portfolio and Program Management Principles

Send abstracts to:

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