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Welcome to Project Management Point-of-View (PM-POV).

This podcast series gives you brief and insightful conversations with PM practitioners in a variety of disciplines.

Host Kendall Lott draws on his experience as a PM, as CEO of M Powered Strategies and as former CEO of PMIWDC to explore how project managers create value in surprising places.

Our guests discuss their unique perspectives on project management, its uses, its challenges, its changes, and its future.
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Covid-19 has changed the way we operate on every level, including how we manage projects. It has made clear the fragility of our reality, and the fancy dancing required, not only to survive, but to move forward constructively. In the 4th and last episode from our series highlighting presentations from UMD's 2020 Project Management Symposium, we focus on the leadership skills and approaches that are needed in today's volatile, fast-shifting environment.  To listen to all the symposium presentations in their entirety, you have until April 2021 to register for the 2020 UMD Project Management Symposium. Go to pmsymposium.umd.edu/pm2020 Listen, learn, and get a free PDU! PDU Information Use the following information in PMI’s CCRS system to register the PDUs for this podcast: PDU Category: Online or Digital Media Provider Number: 4634 PDU Claim Code: 4634YQTYGS Activity Number: PMPOV0081 PDUs for this episode: 1 About the Speakers   Steven Gruyters partners with visionary leaders to design and deliver enterprise transformation initiatives geared towards speed, flexibility and maximum business value. He has been breaking down silos between business and technology organizations for over 20 years. He is currently booting up ZZEE Partners, focused on optimizing how people work together to unlock their potential. Dr. Al Zeitoun  is a business optimization and operational performance excellence leader with global experience. He has worked with leading organizations, developing Enterprise Digital Transformation and Program Management Offices; guiding systematic methodology implementations, and executing complex missions and programs across diverse industries and cultures. Harry Zolkower has spent over a decade as professional project manager, with many years of expertise in IT and all sectors of business, both public and private, for-profit as well as nonprofit. He is currently a project manager for Acumen Solutions, a consulting firm that specializes in Salesforce project implementations.
What do executives want from their Project Managers? What are their expectations? What do they like about how PMs work? What do they not like? In this first of two episodes covering the Executive Point of View, we talk to 10 executives from a wide spectrum of businesses - software, kitchen appliances, construction, defense, etc. - to find out what it is that executives value in their PMs. Listen, learn, and get a free PDU! PDU Information Use the following information in PMI’s CCRS system to register the PDUs for this podcast: PDU Category: Online or Digital Media Provider Number: 4634 PDU Claim Code: 4634C7VD5A Activity Number: PMPOV0080 PDUs for this episode: 1 About the Speakers   Roger Collison is the CEO of Beracah Homes in Greenwood, Delaware. With over 17 years experience, first as VP, then President, now CEO, Roger has learned much about the construction industry. His focus has been on developing LEAN initiatives as well as DOE Energy Certifications. Jeffrey Goldman is the CEO of GoldSentinel, which he founded in 2015 to address the growing need for better decision making through insight discovery. Prior to his current position, Jeffrey launched and led GoldBot Consulting, Inc., growing the company to a thriving multi-million dollar software development and analytic business. Tom Klaff is a passionate entrepreneur and angel investor who has founded, led and sold six technology startups over a 25-year career. He is currently co-founder and CEO of Revolution Cooking, LLC, a technology platform company that designs, markets, and sells high-speed cooking appliances powered by its proprietary InstaGlo™ Fast Heating System. Ken Loy has been CEO at Hensoldt, Inc. since its inception in 2018.  As a Defense Industry veteran, Ken led engineering development programs and business development accounts for Lockheed Martin Corporation, Engility Corporation and Georgetown University.   Jeff Mascott is CEO at Adfero, a communications agency with an entrepreneurial mindset. Prior to launching Adfero, Jeff co-founded Fireside 21, a leading provider of CRM and web services to the U.S. Congress. He formerly led digital strategy for Congressman J.C. Watts, Jr., Chairman of the House Republican Congress.   Erin Pitera is the CEO of FMP Consulting, a strategic management consulting firm that delivers evidence-based workforce and organizational management solutions. As CEO, Erin Pitera provides strategic leadership and direction over FMP’s organizational performance by driving long-term business growth and providing exemplary client service. Jeff Powell is the CEO of Strongbridge LLC, a government IT services provider. Mr. Powell has over 30 years of experience in government contracting, having led both small and large businesses in bidding, winning, and operating IT infrastructure and software development projects.  Pat Sheridan is co-founder and Managing Partner of Modus Create, a global consulting firm that helps global 1000 businesses accelerate their digital transformation. Founded in 2011, Modus Create has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the United States for the past five years in a row.    Trevor Wilby founded T-Rex in 1999 with a focus on long-term value creation powered by successful client delivery and employee successes. T-Rex Solutions is a proven mid-tier business, delivering next generation IT solutions for large enterprise transformation and modernization Cloud based efforts.  Steve Williams is president of Pentagon Strategies, LLC. He has decades of experience in defense and aerospace, and is an expert in global teaming, multi-national programs, and government-industrial relations. As a CEO, Steve grew a private Transatlantic company to qualify as a top 100 global defense firm and named the F-35 Fighter Aircraft Supplier of the Year. 
Scrum with distributed teams. Agile in a traditionally non-Agile environment. Project Management in the time of Agile: is it still relevant? These are the topics we cover in the third episode of our series from the 2020 UMD Project Management Symposium. Listen to highlights from the three presentations, along with follow-up interviews with the presenters. Listen, learn, and get a free PDU! PDU Information Use the following information in PMI’s CCRS system to register the PDUs for this podcast: PDU Category: Online or Digital Media Provider Number: 4634 PDU Claim Code: 4634ASFWPF Activity Number: PMPOV0079 PDUs for this episode: 1 About the Speakers   Christine Brennan Schmidt has worked at the American Chemical Society for approximately 27 years. She has managed education programs and two textbook projects. In 1999, she made the jump to technology. She has worked on technology-based projects and products in positions within IT and Membership divisions. She currently has a wide variety of functions, including project manager for various department-led initiatives, product owner for a social collaboration platform, consultant on various enterprise-wide projects, and staff liaison to a governance committee. JJ Sutherland is the CEO of Scrum Inc., a consulting and training firm that uses Scrum to rapidly deliver results in companies across the globe. He is the author of The Scrum Fieldbook: A Master Class on Accelerating Performance, Getting Results, and Defining the Future, and coauthor of Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time, written with his father, Jeff Sutherland, the co-creator of Scrum. Richard Wyatt has worked across the globe in UK, US, Australia and Indonesia delivering projects of growing size and complexity. He recently spent nearly five years as Director of Strategic Programs at TIAA, a leading Financial Services provider. During his career he has observed project managers struggle, as the size of their projects increase, and has researched and articulated the skill set required to be successful.
How can you manage a groundbreaking innovation project when you are surrounded by auditors and compliance- and risk-managers? And how can you ensure that what you deliver will truly benefit the organization and its stakeholders?  Two presentations from University of Maryland's 2020 Project Management Symposium describe the pitfalls and offer solutions to both these questions.  Richard Wyatt of TIAA talks about "The Project Management of Innovation," and Shane Perkins of Aurelius Group in Australia covers "Project Tricksters and Frauds: Why Benefits Realization Practices Matter." Host, Kendall Lott, conducts in-depth follow-up interviews with both presenters. To check out  the complete presentations at UMD's 2020 Project Management symposium, go to https://pmsymposium.umd.edu/pm2020/   Listen, learn, and get a free PDU! PDU Information Use the following information in PMI’s CCRS system to register the PDUs for this podcast: PDU Category: Online or Digital Media Provider Number: 4634 PDU Claim Code: 4634Q4IZ6Q Activity Number: PMPOV0078 PDUs for this episode: 1 About the Speakers: Shane Perkins is a disrupter and thought leader, making a dramatic impact in the world of benefits realization. With over a decade devoted to the application and development of benefits practices, his contemporary approach has now been successfully deployed to hundreds of projects valued at some $3 billion of investment capital. Having previously headed the portfolio and program practice for a leading listed company, extensive big four consulting experience, and successfully leading programs and projects into Australia’s major businesses and across government, Shane challenges conventional thinking.  Richard Wyatt is the Director of Strategic Programs at TIAA, a leading Financial Services provider. He has worked across the globe in UK, US, Australia and Indonesia delivering projects of growing size and complexity. He currently manages projects with budgets in excess of $100m. During his career he has observed project managers struggle, as the size of their projects has increased. Richard has researched and articulated the skills set required to be successful.
Ever since COVID-19 swept the globe, our world has shifted, and that includes the world of Project Management. A panel of digital project managers talks about the changes they have noted already and what they envision for the future vis-à-vis project environment, tools, and ways of meeting, collaborating and doing business. The possibilities are limitless and a brave new world awaits the Project Manager who is bold enough to seize the opportunities this moment affords. AI, Virtual Reality, meetings beyond Zoom, collaboration tools and ways of rethinking how and why we operate the way we do are covered in this episode. Listen, learn, and get a free PDU! PDU Information Use the following information in PMI’s CCRS system to register the PDUs for this podcast: PDU Category: Online or Digital Media Provider Number: 4634 PDU Claim Code: 4634A9I92P Activity Number: PMPOV0077 PDUs for this episode: 1 About the Speakers: Ben Aston is a digital project manager and founder of thedigitalprojectmanager.com. He’s been managing projects in the digital world for more than 15 years, working at London’s top digital agencies including Dare, Wunderman, Lowe and DDB. He’s delivered everything from film to CMS', games to advertising and eCRM to eCommerce sites. He’s been fortunate enough to work across a wide range of great clients; automotive brands including Land Rover, Volkswagen and Honda; Utility brands including BT, British Gas and Exxon, FMCG brands such as Unilever, and consumer electronics brands including Sony. Arianna Harrison has over 15 years experience as a technical project manager, and is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In her current role as Director of Technical Operations at Firewood Marketing, she leads technical project management, serving clients such as Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn. She specializes in delivery of complex CMS and e-commerce platform implementation projects, and has served clients in a wide variety of industries. However, her most rewarding work comes from mentoring other project managers.  Galen Low is a client services professional and Agile delivery specialist based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. For the past 11 years, he has been architecting and implementing human-centered digital solutions for clients in government, healthcare, transit, transportation, and retail. Galen has held roles in project management, business development, and leadership within boutique agencies as well as large consultancies. Currently he is an editor at thedigitalprojectmanager.com, an online community for project managers working in digital industries.
This episode, the first in a series featuring highlights from University of Maryland's 2020 Project Management Symposium, focuses on culture and the importance of fitting in. We examine the hiring process, and maintaining a culture designed to retain top-notch staff. We also learn about a unique approach to stakeholder management. By observing organizational culture through an ethnographic lens, PMs can detect patterns and probabilities, and address potential gaps before they become serious roadblocks to project success.   Host Kendall Lott delves deeper into these topics with the presenters from the UMD Symposium.   Listen, learn, and get a free PDU! PDU Information Use the following information in PMI’s CCRS system to register the PDUs for this podcast: PDU Category: Online or Digital Media Provider Number: 4634 PDU Claim Code: 46345J2V33 Activity Number: PMPOV0076 PDUs for this episode: 1 About the Speakers: Nikola Ivanov serves as the Director of Operations at the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory (CATT Lab) where he manages operations and technical development, and oversees every aspect of software implementation from conception to deployment. He has extensive experience with big data and information visualization, focusing on translation of data into actionable information. Over the last 15 years, Nikola has worked with state and federal agencies to build situational awareness tools for transportation operations and safety, emergency management, and security applications, using big data. Wendy Wickham, MA, MS, PMP, has spent over 20 years in the IT implementation trenches as an educator and project manager. Her projects have ranged from early EHR implementations to enterprise-level Unified Communications installations, and she specializes in Learning Ecosystem architectures. Wendy holds a Masters in History from the University of Georgia and a Masters in Instructional Technology from Towson University. To listen to these presentations in their entirety, you have until April 2021 to register for the 2020 UMD Project Management Symposium. Go to pmsymposium.umd.edu/pm2020. 
75. Milestones in History

75. Milestones in History

2020-06-2301:00:16

The 9/11 boat lift in New York City and the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955-56 were both hugely successful projects, with important lessons for Project Managers. The leaders did speedy but effective planning and set clear goals. They hit all the milestones, and adapted as they went along. They communicated effectively and strategically. They were alert to risks and responded swiftly and decisively. In this episode we hear from two project managers who have studied these historic events through a project lens. Listen, learn, and get a free PDU! PDU Information Use the following information in PMI’s CCRS system to register the PDUs for this podcast: PDU Category: Online or Digital Media Provider Number: 4634 PDU Claim Code: 4634SUUQ11 Activity Number: PMPOV0075 PDUs for this episode: 1 About the Speakers: Mike Hannan is a leading-edge thinker and renegade who believes that we all must do more to unleash our boundless potential and solve increasingly complex global issues. He envisions a community-centric, expert-guided “power-to-the-edge” solution to most of these issues. He is a frequent speaker at annual corporate conferences, PMI events, and in the Agile & DevOps communities, with extensive experience coaching & training portfolio executives, PMO leaders,and PMs, and is lead author of the best-selling book, The CIO’s Guide to Breakthrough Project Portfolio Performance.   Shaun M. Simms, PMP, SAFe, PMO-CP, CSSGB, constantly seeks to find an individual's strength to empower them, and in the process improve organizations.  An award winning project manager with a portfolio over $1B, his favorite projects are those that bring equity to our society.  He is intrigued by the power of projects to change the world, and the unity it can bring teams. Shaun is currently on the Board of Directors for PMI Metro St. Louis, and the Advisory Board for Missouri State University's CX Certification.
74. Seizing Opportunity

74. Seizing Opportunity

2020-05-2201:00:08

An effective Project Manager can't be stuck in a pre-established plan. You have to be able to re-route in response to current circumstances and developments. To make good decisions, you must have a complete understanding of the organization's culture, as well as the broader strategic purpose behind the project. In this episode, three experienced PMs discuss effective communications strategies, the benefits of establishing a PMO (Project Management Office) within an organization, and the Indispensable Project Manager. Listen, learn, and get a free PDU! PDU Information Use the following information in PMI’s CCRS system to register the PDUs for this podcast: PDU Category: Online or Digital Media Provider Number: 4634 PDU Claim Code: 46346VWA7W Activity Number: PMPOV0074 PDUs for this episode: 1 About the Speakers: Janet Burns, PMP, has been in the project management field for over 20 years. She is president of JB Worldwide, a project management consulting and training firm, specializing in PMO development and maturity improvement. Janet was named to the PMI Power 50, a list of 50 prolific leaders in project management, and is currently serving as President of the Delaware Valley Chapter of PMI.  Dr. Thomas P. Galvin is Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies at the U.S. Army War College and a retired U.S. Army colonel. While in the military, Dr. Galvin served ten years as special assistant to the commander of several senior military commands in Bosnia and Germany. His duties included speechwriting and strategic communication and special projects officer. Frank P. Saladis, PMP, PMI Fellow, is the Owner/Founder of Blue Marble Enterprizes Inc. and Project Imaginers, and provides training and consulting internationally. He is the author of 12 published books and over 160 project management articles. He is the Originator/Founder of International Project Management Day. He was PMI's 2006 Person of the Year, and served as President of the New York City PMI chapter from 1991-2001, He received the prestigious “PMI Distinguished Contribution Award in 2015.  
73. Productivity

73. Productivity

2020-04-2301:00:21

According to research and reports such as the Chaos report, the success rate for projects is far from great. Despite all the methods, tools and lessons learned, we seem to be in a holding pattern vis-a-vis increasing the success rate. This episode of PM Point of View® tackles this issue, with some specific approaches and techniques that can help Project Managers get more bang for their project, and increase productivity. Listen, learn, and get a free PDU! PDU Information Use the following information in PMI’s CCRS system to register the PDUs for this podcast: PDU Category: Online or Digital Media Provider Number: 4634 PDU Claim Code: 4634TH96EE Activity Number: PMPOV0073 PDUs for this episode: 1 About the Speakers: Colin D Ellis is an award-winning project management speaker and author and helps organisations around the world build delivery cultures that everyone wants to be part of. He has written three best-selling project management books (including his latest one The Project Book) and speaks with energy, passion, humour and honesty about the challenges that organisations face in creating project leaders and the cultures required to deliver successfully every time. Sarah Hoban is a PMP-certified project/program manager and strategy consultant with ten years of experience directing complex multi-million dollar projects and leading teams. Her career is dedicated to incorporating project management techniques to improve organizational business processes. She is the author of a blog and podcast, The Stealthy Project Manager, focused on project management and productivity. Alan Zucker has over 25-years’ experience working in Fortune 100 companies, leading projects and large organizations. He spent six years as Director of Project Management at Fannie Mae, where he oversaw a huge organizational Agile transformation. In 2016, he founded Project Management Essentials to provide training and advisory services in project management, Agile transformation, and leadership.  
72. Teamraising

72. Teamraising

2020-03-2501:00:21

If you think of leadership like parenting, then you can comprehend the concept of teamraising. Think nurturing. Good leaders foster an environment where good manners and civility prevail. They pay attention to the individuals on their team. They groom those with leadership potential, and guide them through the training and experiences they need to get to the next level. In this podcast, experts discuss the ways organizations can and should address these issues, thus enabling greater success for the organization, the project, and everyone involved. Listen, learn, and get a free PDU! PDU Information Use the following information in PMI’s CCRS system to register the PDUs for this podcast: PDU Category: Leadership Provider Number: 4634 PDU Claim Code: 4634HTO3EB Activity Number: PMPOV0072 PDUs for this episode: 1 About the Speakers: Lisa DiTullio is a recognized leader, author and speaker in healthcare portfolio and program management. She is the founder of Your Project Office, a PMI® Registered Education Provider and consulting practice. Besides being the author of several books, Lisa contributes regularly to many project management blogs.   Lucas Marino is a systems engineer, project manager, and educator. He served 21 years in the US Coast Guard, and served  as Branch Chief of the Coast Guard's Engineering and Weapons School. He currently leads all logistics engineering efforts for the Navy's COLUMBIA submarine program, and serves as adjunct faculty at Old Dominion University in the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering.  Paul Pelletier is a corporate lawyer, project manager, international professional public speaker, author, and business executive. He is a PMI® Registered Education Provider and served on the Project Management Institute’s Ethics Member Advisory Group. Paul’s 2018 book, The Workplace Bullying Handbook, is an inspirational call to action to eliminate bullying.
71. The Art of Negotiation

71. The Art of Negotiation

2020-02-2401:00:20

PMs deal with multiple stakeholders - the executives who commission the project; the project team who implements it; and the end users/recipients. They all have needs, requirements and limits. The better you can negotiate these competing concerns, the more fluidly your project will run, and the more effective your outcomes will be. If done well, the resolution will yield more than either party anticipated. Three experts discuss the approaches, strategies and tools to enhance your negotiation skills. Listen, learn, and get a free PDU! PDU Information Use the following information in PMI’s CCRS system to register the PDUs for this podcast: PDU Category: Online or Digital Media Provider Number: 4634 PDU Claim Code: 4634L71UP5 Activity Number: PMPOV0071 PDUs for this episode: 1 About the Speakers: Major General Mari K. Eder, retired U.S. Army Major General, is a renowned speaker and author, and a thought leader on strategic communication and leadership.   She has served as Director of Public Affairs at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and as an adjunct professor and lecturer in communications and public diplomacy at the NATO School and Sweden’s International Training Command.  She speaks and writes frequently on communication topics in universities and for international audiences. Her book “Leading the Narrative: The Case for Strategic Communication,” is published by the Naval Institute Press.   Dean W. M. Leslie is a Circuit Mediator for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and an Adjunct Professor of law at New York Law School.  Previously, he served as a Senior Settlement Coordinator and a Court Attorney for the New York State Supreme Court, where he designed and implemented a court-annexed mediation program under the mandate of the Commercial Division Advisory Council and Chief Judge’s Task Force on Commercial Litigation in the 21st Century,  Myles Miller is the CEO and Founder of LEADUP, LearningBreaks and SUCCESSHQ, international training and success development companies He is the radio host of "Myles of Success," and has over 30 years’ experience in the project management field, across multiple industries including retail, defense, state and federal government, international countries and hospitality.
When you think of Project Management, do the terms Marketing and Branding come to mind? Maybe they should. In order to survive in today’s fast-paced environment, with its accelerated rate of change, organizations need to pay attention to staying connected and staying relevant. PMs are well positioned to evaluate external perceptions as well as pick up on internal cues that can be indicators of the overall health of an organization. As you will learn in this episode of PM Point of View®, the techniques and tools of marketing and branding can be very useful, especially when it comes to communication, and identifying and understanding your stakeholders. PMs who know how to read the internal/external signs, and understand how to address them, are more valuable than ever.  Listen, learn, and get a free PDU! PDU Information Use the following information in PMI’s CCRS system to register the PDUs for this podcast: PDU Category: Online or Digital Media Provider Number: 4634 PDU Claim Code: 4634DJ9EXJ Activity Number: PMPOV0070 PDUs for this episode: 1 About the Speakers: Mark DeVito is President of a creative agency called Beyond Definition. With over 20 years of  experience leading brand-centric campaigns and creative content strategies, his reputation as a sharp-meets-savvy force is stronger than ever. Mark brings his unique expertise, strategic thinking and creative cohesion to his clients' challenges by guiding teams to translate relevant data into memorable experiences. Laura Genovese, founder of Genovese Consulting, focuses her business and career on association and nonprofit management. She partners with growth-oriented, change-agent organizations that are working to enhance or create something stellar for their members—working alongside them to strategically and intentionally achieve their goals and vision.  Jonathan David Lewis is the author of Brand vs Wild, a Forbes contributor, and a brand survival expert at McKee Wallwork + Co. As partner and strategy director at MW+C, Jonathan led his firm to be recognized by as a national leader in branding and marketing, winning the Southwest Small Agency of the Year, national B2B Campaign of the Year, and national Best Places to Work awards.
Project management is a system designed by humans for humans. Over the course of a prescribed length of time, teams of humans work together to create a process or a product. The closer the process hones to a human operating system (taking into the account variations in wiring of each individual), the more efficient it will be. In this episode of PM Point of View®, three experts in the areas of neuroscience and project management examine the tools and processes of project management through a neuroscientific lens.  Listen, learn, and get a free PDU! PDU Information Use the following information in PMI’s CCRS system to register the PDUs for this podcast: PDU Category: Online or Digital Media Provider Number: 4634 PDU Claim Code: 4634D3L2KF Activity Number: PMPOV0069 PDUs for this episode: 1 About the Speakers   Josh Ramirez is Founder and President of Institute for Neuro & Behavioral Project Management. He is a PhD candidate building an organization (www.nbpmi.com) that is working on redesigning project management with behavioral, social, cognitive, and neuroscience, toward an emerging field of Behavioral Project Management. He is an adjunct professor of project management, with experience that includes business operations management, project management, and project controls, including work at several national laboratories and other projects throughout the U.S. Department of Energy complex, as well as private sector project work. Jodi Wilson, Founder and CEO of Business Psychology Solutions, LLC, strategically improves adaptive work performance and employee engagement through consulting, training, and coaching in operations and project-based organizations. She provides  consulting in leadership, motivation, change management, organizational citizen behavior, counterproductive work behaviors, work satisfaction, organizational culture, employee engagement, effective communication, employee retention, behavioral economics, strength-based approaches, emotional intelligence and decision making.   Carole Osterweil is a troubleshooter, coach and author of Project Delivery, Uncertainty and Neuroscience – A Leader’s Guide to Walking in Fog.  She works with executives and project delivery teams who want higher productivity and better outcomes with less stress.   Carole runs Visible Dynamics, a boutique consulting and coaching practice.   Her current projects include work with Cranfield University and PA Consulting to increase the UK Government’s senior project and program management capability – so she knows first-hand what leading projects in the midst of turmoil is all about.
What’s different about managing projects in the Federal Government vs the private sector? For one thing, you have more stakeholders, more rules and restrictions. There is oversight from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Government Accounting Office (GAO), not to mention shifting mandates from Congress. Government projects often take the longer view, and extend over many years. In this episode of PM Point of View - the third and last in a series of highlights from the University of Maryland’s 2019 Project Management Symposium - we focus on Federal Programs. PMs from NASA, USDA, Homeland Security and other agencies talk about effective tactics and best practices for managing projects in the government. Listen, learn, and get a free PDU! PDU Information Use the following information in PMI’s CCRS system to register the PDUs for this podcast: PDU Category: Online or Digital Media Provider Number: 4634 PDU Claim Code:  4634PDT97I Activity Number: PMPOV0068 PDUs for this episode: 1 About the Speakers LaTanya S. Anderson is the Associate Dean of Program Management and Training Delivery of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s University (DOIU) and the Program Manager of the Interior Acquisition Institute. She is a results-driven leader of learning solutions that transform and shape the federal workforce to innovating, creative problem-solving, strategic teaming, and responsible stewardship of Americans’ taxpayer dollars. Todd Archer recently joined the Energy Information Administration (EIA) within the Department of Energy, joining the PMO as a senior analyst and P/PM.  Prior to that, he has spent 20+ years in state and federal government supporting key strategic initiatives such as process automation, enterprise PMO, and modernization.   Todd is experienced in governance, transformation, and communication systems, helping to effectively develop products while institutionalizing a culture that embraces change.  Scott Hine is a member of the executive leadership team within the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (DOE/EERE) where he is the Director of the Information Technology Services Office. He has over 30 years of direct portfolio, program and project management experience within the federal R&D domain. Scott is also the Executive Sponsor of the Federal Government’s Program and Project Management Community of Practice (FedPM CoP) with almost 1,000 members from 80 federal activities. Robert McManmon is the Team Lead for the Project Management Office (PMO) at the Energy Information Administration (EIA) within the U.S. Department of Energy.  He helped build the EIA enterprise PMO from the ground up over a four year span to address agency challenges delivering on new initiatives. Robert brought background experience in federal program evaluation, strategic planning, budgeting, and procurement to the role. Jacki Ponti-Lazaruk leads the USDA’s Rural Development Innovation Center as the Chief Innovation Officer (CIO). Ms. Ponti-Lazaruk has extensive leadership experience across multiple USDA programs and business areas. Ms. Ponti-Lazaruk previously served as the USDA Rural Development’s Chief Risk Officer. In this position, she helped identify and act upon many opportunities for organizational improvement including eliminating the extreme volume of agency paper files through digitization. Bianca Roberson is the Director of Business Planning and Governance within the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT), Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). As a thought leader with over a decade of experience in the federal space, Bianca has extensive experience facilitating innovation and working at the intersection of programmatic outcomes and information technology.  Robert (Bob) Spector is a Senior Program Manager with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center where he is currently serving as a Project Integrator with NASA’s Mission Support Future Architecture Program (MAP), a multi-year initiative aimed at re-engineering the administrative functions that support the Agency’s Science, Exploration, Technology and Aeronautics missions. The subjects of the Program include IT, financial management, and human resources, among others, to improve the level of service, quality, and efficiency to its customers. Krista Sweet has served as the Director of Policy at the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council for the past eight years. She is responsible for designing and leading the Council’s advocacy, education, and thought leadership programs on behalf of federal contractors with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Justice, Congressional members and staff, and other stakeholders related to federal procurement policy, innovation, IT enterprise modernization and security, and immigration/border management issues. Tim Whalen currently serves as the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Information Technology Acquisition Career manager.  He assumed this position upon retiring from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) in 2011 with over 21 years of progressive IT Program Manager (PM) and operational leadership experience.  He has had a leading role in revising the DHS certification program for certifying project and program managers and chaired federal efforts to establish IT specialization standards across the government.
Every day we hear about another cyber attack. Another virus that we have to guard against. Defending our digital infrastructure is an ongoing and top priority for every organization. It must also be incorporated into every project, from inception to close-out. In this episode, host, Kendall Lott, convenes a round table of experts to discuss best practices to safeguard your project from digital predators. Listen, learn, and get a free PDU! PDU Information Use the following information in PMI’s CCRS system to register the PDUs for this podcast: PDU Category: Online or Digital Media   Provider Number: 4634   PDU Claim Code:  4634UKD1P2   Activity Number: PMPOV0067   PDUs for this episode: 1 About the Speakers   Charles L. (Chuck) McGann, Jr., is a Cybersecurity consultant and education professional with 49 years of IT and Cybersecurity experience.  He currently contracts with small to mid-size organizations, addressing compliance concerns and overall Cybersecurity policy, architecture and implementation challenges of government contractors providing IT and Security services.  Chuck retired from the position of Corporate Information Security Officer (CISSO) for the US Postal Service (USPS) in November 2014. Responsibilities included securing an intranet that is one of the largest maintained by any organization in the world. Susan Parente is a project engineer, consultant, speaker, author, professor, and mentor who leads large complex IT software implementation projects, and the establishment of Enterprise PMOs. She has 20+ years of experience leading software and business development projects in the private and public sectors, including a decade of experience implementing IT projects for the US Department of Defense, and other federal government agencies. Mrs. Parente has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester in NY and a MS in Engineering Management from George Washington University in DC. She has numerous project management, Agile, risk management, and IT Security certifications, including: PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSPO, PSM I, CISSP, RESILIA, CRISC and ITIL certified, and she is a CMMI and ISO 9001 Practitioner. Dr. Nima Zahadat is an instructor of information systems and engineering with more than 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, application development, and database systems. He is frequently asked to be a keynote speaker on current topics related to information systems and security.  Dr. Zahadat has designed, developed, and taught information system curricula courses in the fields of security, cyber security, web design, database management, programming, visualization, virtualization, networking, and system administration to the commercial sector, the US Department of Defense, and within the University setting. He is an active member of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA).
When managing millennials do the old rules still apply? (Think servant leader for starters.) What exactly is the science behind effective techniques for team motivation? Need some handy tips for conflict resolution or negotiation? Something you might want to try: approaching change management by first assessing what is actually good in the present state. These topics and more are covered in the second of our three episodes from the University of Maryland's 2019 Project Management Symposium.  Listen, learn, and get a free PDU! PDU Information Use the following information in PMI’s CCRS system to register the PDUs for this podcast: PDU Category: Online or Digital Media   Provider Number: 4634   PDU Claim Code:  46346HBI1X   Activity Number: PMPOV0066   PDUs for this episode: 1 About the Speakers   Ryan Anderson currently serves as the Vice President and principal in charge of the Christman Company’s DC Metro Office. Prior to joining Christman, Ryan was a Captain in the US Army Corps of Engineers where he served for 7 years. Ryan has a BS in Environmental Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a MS in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri at Rolla. He is also licensed Professional Engineer and LEED Accredited Professional.  Johanna Quintero is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of SmartVine Inc., an innovative marketing and consulting company that helps companies and organizations to grow in a smart way. Prior to founding SmartVine, Johanna was a Vice President of Business Development with Wexler Consulting and a founder of IAM3 Consulting. She has a BS in Business Administration with a specialization in financial analysis from San Buenaventura University in Colombia, as well as training in neuro-leadership, neuro-management, and neuro-marketing. Dr. Julie DeSot, PMP, PMI-ACP, is a Professional Development and Project Management coach, instructor, and consultant, with over 20 years experience. Dr. DeSot has been a project manager supporting the General Services Administration (GSA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), US Marine Corps, and US Navy, as well as many public organizations. She holds dual Master’s Degrees from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) in Business Administration and Project Management; and received her Doctorate in Management in 2010. John Forsythe is a managing director in the Federal Organizational Transformation service line of Deloitte Consulting LLP. Specializing in helping client leaders affect broad organizational change across boundaries and chains of command, John has more than 25 years of business management experience, including 17 years in Federal Government consulting. Joseph (Joe) D. Launi, PMP is the President of Project Management Experts (PME) which provides project management training to federal and commercial clients. Mr. Launi has over 30 years of progressive experience encompassing: project management office (PMO) leadership; development and management of PMO policies, best practices, and methodologies; development and presentation of project management training; implementation of project management software solutions; information technology project and program oversight; and research and development into motivation and morale building programs. Myles Miller is a multi-national CEO, two-time best-selling author. and radio host of “Myles of SUCCESS”. He has over 30 years of experience in the project management field, across multiple industries including retail, defense, state and federal government, international countries and hospitality. Myles has a BS in Business Management from Penn State University and a MBA from La Salle University in International Business Management and recently acquired his PhD from Baylor University. Stephen Shields, a Senior Consultant with Gallup, works with organizations to optimize their human capital. He consults with clients on employee culture, customer interactions, targeted hiring, and talent development, providing practical insights and timely interventions that facilitate learning, execution, and accountability. Prior to joining Gallup, Stephen was with USA TODAY for nearly 20 years, and is a nine-time recipient of the company’s Jewell Award, which recognizes employees for outstanding performance and commitment to excellence.  Jeannette Terry is Founder & CEO of TerconPartners, an international organizational development consulting firm that provides executive coaching and team development for Fortune 100 and mid-sized companies in the energy industry. Jeannette collaborates with capital project executives to build sustainable organizational capability, drive down costs, minimize risk, and deliver successful projects. She is an authority on cross-cultural teaming and has developed a methodology for reducing costly cross-cultural conflicts and communications breakdowns in a multi-cultural business environment.
Do the members of your project team communicate effectively? How well do they really trust one another? What do we mean when we say feedback, and what exactly is a "feedback culture"? What's the difference between observed behaviors and drivers? In this - the second episode on Psychometrics - host Kendall Lott gathers experts to discuss the practical applications of psychometric tools. They cite specific cases to illustrate which approach best suits a given circumstance or issue, and then explain why they chose the approach they did, and how to measure results. Listen, learn, and get a free PDU! PDU Information Use the following information in PMI’s CCRS system to register the PDUs for this podcast: PDU Category: Online or Digital Media   Provider Number: 4634   PDU Claim Code:  4634FML81Y   Activity Number: PMPOV0065   PDUs for this episode: 1 About the Speakers David Cooper has been working in the learning and development industry since 1992 and joined Impact Americas team in 2008.  He works as Senior Consultant providing solution design, delivery expertise, and coaching to clients around the globe. David’s primary focus is coaching leaders to develop increased leadership capacity.   Ray Linder has worked with over 10,000 individuals across a range of clients that include Fortune 100 companies, the U.S. Army and Air Force, government agencies, and major universities, doing personal coaching, leadership development, and team building programs and services that help people be themselves with more skill.   Hile Rutledge is President and Principal consultant at OKA, a training, consulting and publishing firm headquartered near Washington DC.  Hile is an experienced organization development consultant, trainer, executive coach, author, and public speaker with a background in management, sales, adult education and leadership development.
This is the first of three episodes featuring highlights from the University of Maryland Project Management Symposium 2019. Here we focus on two of the presentation tracks: Disaster Resilience and Risk Management. Topics covered are Post Disaster Project Management; Stepping Safely into the Unknown - Project Management in a VUCA Environment; Carbon Neutrality, Resiliency, Program Management; The Relation between Risk Management and Project Success; and What is Lurking in your Project Forecasts? Listen, learn, and get a free PDU! PDU Information Earn education PDUs in the PMI Talent Triangle for each podcast. Use the following information in PMI’s CCRS system to register the PDUs for this podcast: PDU Category: Online or Digital Media Provider Number: 4634  PDU Claim Code: 4634XNG8ZB Activity Number: PMPOV0064  PDUs for this episode: 1   Gregory Baecher is a Professor of Engineering at the University of Maryland. He holds a BSCE from UC Berkeley and a PhD in civil engineering from MIT. He is the author of four books on risk, safety, and the protection of civil infrastructure, and 200+ technical publications. Dr. Baecher consults to government and industry on project risk management related to civil infrastructure. Maria Papadaki has over ten years of experience in Risk Management in both Academia and Industry. She spent many years at Rolls Royce, where she managed and designed their Supply Chain Risk Management strategic framework, and managed their Risk and Business Continuity Management process. Maria holds a PhD in Risk Management from the School of Mechanical Aerospace & Civil Engineering at The University of Manchester. Thomas Polen currently serves as Director, Solutions Architect for the Project and Portfolio Management solutions at Deltek. During his career, Tom has scoped, designed, developed, and implemented Project Planning Systems in the telecommunications, transportation, insurance, and defense industries. His mission is to help the field of Project Management to focus on analysis, rather than the development of data and information used to support analysis. Mark Reeson is an International Strategic Project Management Advisor. A project manager of over thirty years, he is currently developing PMOs and Disaster Management policies in the Middle East, with a focus around sustainability management. Mark served 24 years in the Royal Air Force. As a project professional he has worked in defense, nuclear, local and national government and hospitality sectors, while also assisting with the IOC in the Youth Olympic Games. Robert Schmitz, Assoc. AIA, CMIT, LEED GA, GGP has over 25 years of experience in design and construction, and is a leader in sustainability. Robert has been involved with disaster recovery projects for the past 6+ years and is currently a Project Executive for the NY Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery Small Business and Rental Programs. He previously supported the NJ RREM Single Family Home Program. Robert currently sits on the Board of Directors for the NY/NJ Green Build Center.
When you’re managing a digital project, you need a framework that's so nimble, even Agile might not provide sufficient flexibility. As technology advances at an unrelenting clip, project managers working in the realm of digital products - websites, apps, etc. - are facing a new range of challenges. In this episode of PM Point of View, host Kendall Lott sits down with four Digital PMs to discuss which PM principles and tools work, and which don't; what to watch out for, and tools for coping in this rapidly evolving arena. Listen, learn, and get a free PDU! PDU Information Earn education PDUs in the PMI Talent Triangle for each podcast. Use the following information in PMI’s CCRS system to register the PDUs for this podcast: PDU Category: Online or Digital Media   Provider Number: 4634   PDU Claim Code:  4634ZAA82Z   Activity Number: PMPOV0063   PDUs for this episode: 1 About the Speakers   Patrice Embry is a 20+ year veteran project manager.  She's worked with both agencies and in-house corporate PMO organizations, large and small.  Starting out in the then-burgeoning world of eCommerce, she’s taken on jobs and clients in a wide range of verticals, from pharmaceutical marketing to non-profits, and quite a lot in between.  She is currently a freelance digital project manager, focusing on both managing projects as well as consulting with agencies to help them include or enhance project management in their own ranks.  Patrice also writes extensively about project management, and is a mentor to many. Patrice lives outside of Philadelphia with various loved ones and pets. See more about her at patrice-embry.com. Abby Fretz is a trainer for a Louder Than Ten (www.louderthanten.com), an online, one-year train­ing pro­gram that creates strate­gic project leads who run healthy projects, strength­en hap­py teams, and sup­port nim­ble dig­i­tal agen­cies, depart­ments, and prod­uct studios.. Abby is also Director of Projects at Eastern Standard (www.easternstandard.com), a branding and web agency based in Philadelphia, PA. Abby has over 10 years of experience as a digital project lead. Justin Handler is Head of Accounts at O3 World, a Digital Product Agency in Philadelphia. Justin has over 10 years of experience in digital project management, managing enterprise web and digital products. Brett Harned brings nearly 20 years of experience in communications and project management—along with a passion for teaching and community-building—to his role as the Director of Education at TeamGantt. In 2012, he founded the Digital PM Summit, the first annual conference for digital project managers. Brett is an international speaker, the author of Project Management for Humans, and the host of the Sprints and Milestones and Time Limit podcasts.
What's the difference between preparation mindset and performance mindset? Did you ever consider that accountability should run horizontally as well as vertically? What's the point of constantly drilling on the basics? (Once you know them can't you simply move on?) What does it mean to hire for enhancement, and can one plus one actually equal three? Alan Stein, Jr., a former basketball coach, keynote speaker, and author of Raise Your Game: High Performance Secrets of the Best of the Best, and Brian Levenson, podcaster and mental performance coach, discuss what it takes for individuals and teams to reach peak performance. Listen, learn, and get a free PDU! PDU Information Earn education PDUs in the PMI Talent Triangle for each podcast. Use the following information in PMI’s CCRS system to register the PDUs for this podcast: PDU Category: Online or Digital Media  Provider Number: 4634  PDU Claim Code:  4634QX4BDR  Activity Number: PMPOV0062  PDUs for this episode: 1 About the Speakers   Alan Stein, Jr. is a coach, speaker and author with an expertise in improving organizational performance, cohesion and accountability. He spent 15+ years working with the highest performing basketball players on the planet, including NBA superstar Kevin Durant. He now travels the world teaching organizations how to utilize the same strategies in business that elite athletes use to perform at a world-class level. Alan’s new book, Raise Your Game: High Performance Secrets of the Best of the Best, is a must-read for executives, entrepreneurs and business leaders. Brian Levenson obtained his Masters in Sport Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, completing his thesis on home court advantage in the NBA. The research provided him the opportunity to interview NBA players on the differences between playing at home and on the road. That experience helped form a foundation for his work with clients on the challenges of transitioning to new environments. As a coach, Brian believes in working with the client to continue to strengthen their strengths and to turn their weaknesses into strengths.
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