Session Details – June 14

Track 1: Project Management Track (8 PDUs)

Time: 10:15 am – 11:30 am

Effective Styles for Managing Conflict

Speaker: Steve Leyborne, PhD
Projects involve people. Since all project team members and stakeholders have their own perspectives about the projects in which they are engaged, they also have their own agendas, not all of which are commensurate with each other or the project’s objectives. Project members and stakeholders also may have their own behavioral eccentricities. The varying individual agendas and behaviors inevitably lead to conflicts with which project managers must be able to deal during the course of a project. This session will discuss effective engagement styles for ensuring acceptable outcomes to these conflicts.

Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

How to Deal With Social Politics in Your Organization  

This is a Workshop. There will be two sessions so attend the one that fits your schedule. Sign up sheets will be at the desk for sessions 1 and 2. Click here for details about the workshop.

Time: 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm (Networking Lunch)

Time: 1:15 pm to 2:15 pm

Project Portfolio’s and Applied Project Analytics: Role of Enterprise Wide PPM Tools in Project & Program Management

Presenters: Christopher Friday and Richard Maltzman, Chair: Dr. Te Wu

We will explore advances in PPM tools and technology and role they play in the project environment. We will start with the fundamentals – What are projects, programs and portfolios? Then we will provide a quick primer in data analytics and decision making. Finally, we will discuss the role that enterprise wide tools can play by providing us with a holistic view of our projects, programs, and portfolios. Project portfolios need to be aligned with the organization’s strategy to be valued by organizational stakeholders.  Mr. Friday will review best practices for portfolio management analytics.  These best practices and suggested key performance indicators (KPIs) will provide current and future project portfolio managers with the skills to align their portfolios with their organization’s strategy and maximize value for their organization.

Coffee Break – 2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Time: 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Techniques for Project Managers in the Government
Panelists: Dave Silberman,Kaity McNeill
The session will discuss the role of project managers and directors in local, state, and federal government agencies. The large amount of regulations around governance and conduct requires specific techniques for those managing government projects. This session will introduce some common techniques and practices that can help the government PM or Program Director. The most frequently used techniques to engage stakeholders are discussed and we give attendees a chance to consider them. This will provide an excellent opportunity for active interaction between the panelists and the attendees.

Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

PM’s in the Defense industry 
Speaker: Dan Minnehan
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.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm PMP Preparation See details in workshop page.

Track 2: Agile Project Management Track

Note: You can mix and match tracks and workshops. You earn 8 PDU’s for each day.

Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Agile – The Challenges & the Realities of Scrum
Panel Chair: Elentukh, Panelists – Stephen.Daukas
The “Realities of Agile” explores the management challenges encountered during an “Agile” transformation. This session will touch on the assumptions associated with scaling across the organization, and how creating the right culture is the key to success.  

Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

How to deal with Social Politics – Attend this workshop as it is a good segue to the Agile Challenges session.

12:30 to 1:15 pm – Lunch Break

Time: 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Becoming an Agile PM
Presenter Jim Hannon
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

Coffee Break – 2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Time: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Mastering the Scrum Guide: Designing and building a Mobile app prototype

Presenter: Vijay Kanabar
In the agile environment Scrum is a popular framework. In this session, you get to master the Scrum Guide – a bible for all professionals involved in Scrum development. We use the case study of SAMPL a mobile app developed using Adobe XD and map it to all facets of the Scrum Guide. Even though it appears to have an IT aspect, this session is useful for all domains as the focus is on understanding the Scrum guide. Reference the last chapter in your booklet provided.

Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Coaching isn’t just Agile Coaches Anymore

Coaching is a useful skill that anyone can learn and apply, whether you are an Agile Coach or not. Quickly learn about the coaching mode of Agile Coaching from five fun games. In “Flash Card Coaching,” you will witness the power of powerful questions and the value of coaching by using only preset questions to do a full coaching session.
There are three categorization games where you will work together in small groups to learn about powerful questions, giving advice, and the differences between the 4 modes of Agile Coaching.
Finally, there are two “Choose Your Own Coaching Path” games. These are just like the old “Choose Your Own Adventure” games. Your choices lead down a path that either leads to a successful coaching outcome or an unhappy coachee. Each unhappy ending comes with an explanation and you can always back up and try again.

BIO for Damon

Damon has coached and trained thousands of people at companies such as EMC, Capital One, Oanda, Ford, and Fidelity. He speaks frequently at Agile Alliance, Agile New England, Kentucky Fried Agile, Atlassian Summit, Agile and Beyond, Agile Toronto, and others. As a coach of coaches at Eliassen, Damon led the Agile Delivery team which grew to hundreds of Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches in the field. He created Eliassen’s Agile Transformation approach and the training content across all aspects of Agile, and led the effort to provide opportunities for the coaches to advance in their coaching journey. This background gave Damon the opportunity to learn from hundreds of Agile Coaches in an enormous variety of client environments and from the wider international Agile community. Come find out what you and Damon can learn from each other!

Time: 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm


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