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PMI-VI 2018 Professional Development Conference

by Communications Director - February 7, 2018 | No Comments

Join us for the PMI-VI 2018 Professional Development Conference

Earn up to 12 PDUs!

This event has been running since 2012 with great success. PMI Vancouver Island Chapter strives to bring a variety of International and Local speakers with the intention to create learning opportunities and a safe networking space.

Post Event evaluations have demonstrated the value that our members have received. Our 2014 and 2015 evaluations resulted in 100% satisfaction which encourages us to deliver exceptional experiences to our attendees.

We encourage you to participate in this learning opportunity that our valuable speakers are creating. The following is the agenda for the event including presentation details.

Two day agenda

Monday April 30


Doors open at 7:30, we ask that attendees be seated with their breakfast by 8:00am

The 8 myths that are restricting PMOs from providing real value – Enter PMO Value Ring with Ricardo Triana (Miami, Florida) – 1.25 Technical PDUs

We are honoured to welcome Ricardo Triana, President of Practical Thinking Group and 2014 PMI Global Board of Directors Chairman, who will challenge the audience on their previous ideas about PMO. During this breakfast session, participants will figure out how to design a PMO truly committed to creating value, and understand why we must debunk the myths that destroy the PMO’s value
9:25am-9:35am BREAK
9:35am-10:50am The Challenges of Strategy & Culture in Project Management with Karen Smits (Singapore) – 1.25 Leadership PDUs
As a proven international speaker and a Global Thinker in Organizational Culture with Practical Thinking Group, Karen will focus on the people side of project management . This presentation will help the audience recognize the dynamics between strategy and culture in project management, gain deeper insight into the Collabyrinth1, and obtain essential solutions on how organizations can align strategy with organizational culture and interpersonal relationships to achieve optimal project results.
10:50am-11:15am BREAK
11:15am-12:15pm Executive Panel Discussion: Project and Program Sponsorship – 1.0 Strategic and Business Management PDU
12:15pm-1:15pm LUNCH
1:15pm-2:30pm The Importance of Project Management Ethics: They Aren’t Negotiable with Paul Pelletier (Vancouver, BC) – 1 .25 Leadership PDUs 
Back by popular demand, Paul will enable participants to understand what ethical decision-making is and how it
impacts people, work, and organizational success. More specifically, it will enable participants to define business and PM ethics and discuss why it is an important topic, highlight ethical obligations as a PMP, and distinguish morals, values, principles and ethics from each other.
2:30pm-3:00pm BREAK
3:00pm-4:15pm Business Hackathon: Accelerating Organization Performance with Brian Richardson (Chicago, IL) – 1.25 Strategic and Business Management PDUs
As President of a professional services firm dedicated to helping clients improve human performance and create
lasting, successful change , Brian will describe the benefits of using collaborative events to drive change , innovation and agility in your organization. Attendees will learn to apply collaborative techniques for problem solving and solution development , and the steps for hosting a business “hackathon” at your organization.
4:15pm – 4:30pm Q&A, CLOSING REMARKS

Tuesday May 1

9:00am-10:15am How To Get Executives To Act For Project Success with Michael O’Brochta (Roanoke, VA) – 0.6 Leadership, 0.6 Strategic and Business Management PDUs
Understand why projects are now more dependent on an executive, and identify the actions they can take to help your project succeed. Learn how you can use your power to influence the executive to act and understand how a project management council and a project champion role are key methods project managers can use to amplify their power.
10:15am-10:45am BREAK
10:45am-12pm Robotic Telepresence – Coming to a Meeting Near You! with Kathy Milhauser (Portland, OR) – 1.25 Strategic and Business Management PDUs
We are all familiar with the stress of too many meetings, and the pressure to be in “two places at once” – requiring us to juggle meetings, video conferences, phone calls, and other obligations in our increasingly crowded and often overbooked schedules. But what if you COULD be in two places at once? Robotic telepresence technology is an emerging trend that will soon be coming to a meeting near you. Join us to experience it in this interactive workshop and discuss the many possibilities for its use.
12:00pm-1:00pm LUNCH
1:00pm-2:15pm PM Lessons Learned from the Trenches of a Mega Project with Shane Zbrodoff (Calgary, AB) – 0.6 Leadership, 0.6 Strategic and Business Management PDUs
Shane will provide attendees with valuable insight into a PM’s challenges, and lessons learned taken from a large
($1.6B) and complex facility mega construction project. (Calgary International Airport Expansion). This project
encountered many micro successes and failures, with some of the issues attributed to differences in PM practices, cross PM disciplines (e.g. IT and Construction), with additional problems stemming from differences in human, departmental and institutional factors. Attendees can expect valuable takeaways applicable to both large and small projects of varying complexities.
2:15pm-2:45pm BREAK
2:45pm-4:00pm Forecasting Programs with Eric Uytewaal (Ottawa, ON) – 1.25 Technical PDUs
This presentation is based on Eric Uyttewaal’s new textbook ‘Forecasting Programs’ published in January 2018. Program managers who try managing a program like a project are doomed to fail: Program management has its own techniques and tools. So, what are those? That is what this presentation is about: Eric and his team developed special techniques and special applications specifically for program managers which allow program managers to forecast their programs, and take corrective action early.
4:00pm-4:30pm Q&A, CLOSING REMARKS


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