Anne Hartley
    Founder and Principal Consultant, AH Consulting LLC

    Just Enough Planning for Agile Delivery

    Companies try to embrace Agile to work more efficiently and deliver outcomes faster. Many hit a wall and wonder why Agile is not working. There is a serious misconception held that Agile methodology mean NO planning and NO documentation or artifacts. Companies that pursue Agile with this misconception will fail.

    That said, we don’t need to spin our wheels in unending planning mode. That, too, defeats the purpose of “begin agile”. We need “just enough” planning to help realize the promise of Agile practices and outcomes. Join Anne and this talk to learn what may be “just enough planning for successful Agile delivery”.

    Elise Stevens
    Career Tactician,

    The PMO’s Microsoft Teams Toolkit: Essential Tips and Tricks for Streamlined Project Delivery

    This session is designed to equip PMOs with the knowledge and tools needed to leverage Microsoft Teams as a powerful project management platform.

    You’ll learn:
    How to structure Teams for optimal project organisation
    Best practices for communication, file sharing, and meeting management
    How to integrate Teams with other project management tools
    Tips for utilising Teams apps and bots to automate tasks and enhance reporting
    Strategies for overcoming common challenges and ensuring user adoption

    By the end of this session, you’ll have a comprehensive toolkit to streamline project delivery, boost productivity, and empower your PMO to achieve its goals.

    Jay Cohen
    Project Manager, The Canton Group

    Accidental PM’s: How Embracing Project Work Outside of PMO’s is a Value Add For PMO’s

    Accidental PM’s are individuals without specific PM training who have been tasked with managing a project outside of a PMO and without formal oversight. As PMO leaders, embracing these PMs and supporting their development as well as the delivery of their projects represents a value add to the PMO rather than a risk.

    Ross Garland
    President, P3GQA

    Establish Project Governance for Your Project in 10 Easy to Follow Steps

    Effective project governance is a major determinant of project success – not just the delivery of assets, but the realization of business outcomes and benefits that these assets enable. This presentation explains what project governance is and addresses the key factors that contribute to this success including:

    • treat change differently to business as usual
    • a single point of accountability to ensure efficient decision making
    • ensuring business accountability for project success
    • how to avoid having decision making committees clogged with stakeholders
    • clarity around who makes what decisions.

    The presentation describes the fundamental steps in establishing an effective project governance framework.

    Scott Ambler
    Consulting Methodologist, Ambysoft, Inc.

    Without Data Quality, You’re Not Making Informed Decisions

    Leadership likes to claim that they’re making data-informed decisions, but are they really? The law of GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out) teaches us that the quality of your decisions is only as good as the data that informs them. Is the quality of your data sufficient? How do you know?

    Scott Aziz
    Chief Technology Officer, AgileAI Labs

    Unlocking Agile Team Productivity: A Modern Approach Using AI

    Scott will delineate a holistic approach to requirements analysis incorporating the frameworks like INVEST, SMART, and REAL. This will illustrate the power of AI in reshaping how teams analyze, build and collaborate around requirements. You’ll gain an understanding of defect prevention strategies that are not only cost-effective but integral to sustaining long-term software quality. Furthermore, Scott will elaborate on translating requirements seamlessly, using AI, into test assets, including functional, security, UAT and other test types. The talk concludes with providing practical knowledge and tools for professionals looking to enhance their software delivery toolbox with AI.

    Ruth Pearce
    Executive Coach

    Flourishing in Projectland

    Let’s set the tone for a productive and joyful second half of 2024 by unlocking the secrets to success in Projectland! We’re kicking off 2024 with a focus on YOU by taking a deep dive into personal development strategies with the esteemed Ruth Pearce. Ruth will be sharing insights from her upcoming book, “Be Hopeful, Be Strong, Be Brave, Be Curious: How Coaching Can Help You Get Out of Your Own Way and Create A Meaningful Life.”
    And enjoy Dawn putting Ruth on the spot with impossible questions!

    Willetta Love
    Program Management

    The Role of Project Sponsors: Best Practices for Continuous Involvement

    This interview aims to highlight the importance of the sponsor’s role and offer a glimpse into the strategies and practices that can enhance their involvement and effectiveness throughout the project lifecycle.

    Jon M. Quigley
    Founder, Value Transformation

    Demystifying Risk Management in Project Management

    Many projects fail due to unforeseen risks. This presentation will review the project’s operating environment and the risks to which it may be subjected. The best time to avoid some risks is when stating the scope and selecting the project strategy. We will present risk management as a closed-loop control system and the need to adapt to risks identified and emerging events. For our control system to be effective, it will require metrics and monitoring, which can be challenging. We will help you rise up to meet that challenge.

    Candice Benson
    CEO, Benson Consulting Inc.

    People Power: Why Selecting the Ideal Team is Critical for Project Success in a Disruptive Age

    In today’s fast-paced and constantly changing business environment, Project Management Offices (PMOs) face unique challenges in ensuring the successful delivery of projects. The age of disruption, characterized by rapid technological advancements, shifting market demands, and evolving customer expectations, requires PMOs to be agile and strategic in their approach to talent and contractor acquisition and resource allocation. This session will provide PMOs with practical insights and strategies to identify the right people to deliver projects effectively in this dynamic landscape while avoiding overallocation.

    Talk Outcomes:
    1. Enhanced Talent Acquisition Strategies: PMOs will gain actionable strategies to improve their talent acquisition processes, ensuring they can attract the right candidates with the necessary skills and mindset to thrive in disruptive environments.

    2. Pitfalls to Avoid: Participants will understand the benefits of finding right-fit contractors and team members and how to ensure they are prepared for and have the skills for the project.

    3. Increased Agility and Adaptability: PMOs will learn how to identify and cultivate team members who are not only technically proficient but also adaptable and resilient, essential traits for navigating uncertainty and change.

    4. Commitment to Continuous Learning: A successful, sustainable PMO integrates training and upskilling into its practice, frameworks and governance structures.

    By the end of this talk, PMO leaders will be better prepared to face the challenges of disruption head-on, with a robust strategy for finding and nurturing the right teams to ensure project success.

    Hussain Bandukwala
    Chief PMO Coach, Parwaaz Consulting Corporation

    PMO 101: Establishing and Evolving Your Project Management Office

    Join us as we explore the fundamental concepts of Project Management Offices (PMOs), their importance, and the essential steps to establishing a successful PMO from scratch. Ideal for those who are new to the world of PMOs, this session will cover common obstacles, key tools, and the latest trends shaping the future of PMOs.

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