This free 1-day mini-conference takes place on the first Thursday of November each year. In 2016, the event will be held on November 3rd at the Travelodge Dixon Road Hotel at the corner of Dixon & Carlingview in Toronto, near the Pearson airport. Admission is FREE (just nominal $25 to cover catering) -- mention it to your friends. (And, yes, you get PDUs, CEUs and other professional recertification credits for attending.) This year the event will be co-sponsored by several organizations including Procept Associates, PMI, Project Management Association of Canada, GenXus Management Consulting, and others.
The 2016 lineup will include five speakers.
08:00 Registration & continental breakfast
08:30 Welcome and introductions
09:00 Make it So, Number One: Why many projects' chance for success is doomed and how to fix it
by Ori Schibi, MBA, PMP, PMI-PBA
The goal of this dynamic and exciting session is to explore ways to improve project management and the way we manage projects, which will lead to better results, value and organizational benefits. We will do so by looking at why so many projects do not end up delivering success, and what to do in order to get out of this cycle.
10:15 Networking & Refreshments Break
10:30 The Communication Connection: Get it Right in Our Virtual World
by Claire Sookman
Virtual teams must learn to work together as if they were in the same room. The balance of any great team is dependent on the interaction of different personality types. In this one hour session, we will use the DiSC Behavioral Profile to address two of the most common challenges that virtual teams face: connection and communication. Gaining insight into these elements can help us understand how to build stronger and more successful virtual teams. At the end of the session participants will be able to describe the strengths and challenges each style brings to the team and develop strategies for identifying and adapting to others’ styles.
11:45 Prize Draw & PM research survey
Noon Complimentary Lunch & Networking
12:30 Introducing the Final Stage of the 6th Annual Project Management Paper Competition and Announcing the Opening of the 2017 (7th) Competition
12:45 Paper Competition Finalist Round: Team 1
13:15 Paper Competition Finalist Round: Team 2
13:45 The Risks Inherent in Planning for and Delivering Promised Value & Benefits
by Dr. Bud Lush
Integrated project planning is a process- and expertise-driven approach to ensuring project success. As project managers and leaders of highly-qualified teams, you need to understand how the many elements of the product scope and project scope are connected and the risks associated with them. Through a collaborative and inclusive process, you can develop an effective, well-designed plan providing enhanced assurance of successful project completion. Furthermore, critical to the success of projects is an ongoing rigorous integrated risk assessment and management process. As not all processes, procedures, or functions perform as expected, your experience, along with a pre-defined risk assessment and management process, will enable you to factor in current possibilities and work closely with your extended team to execute a plan and utilize contingencies as necessary. Pre-defined risk assessment and management processes will greatly enhance you and your team's ability to deliver the value and benefits anticipated by your stakeholders.
Learn the PM’s key responsibilities throughout a project, how to keep key stakeholders and the team committed throughout the project, the Golden Rules of project risk management, six detailed processes critical to effective risk management, what to look for and what questions to ask to get a true picture of project status, and how to apply practical risk management techniques in the planning, tracking and health monitoring of your project.
15:00 Networking & Refreshments Break
15:15 PMP Paper Competition Winner Announcement and Awards Presentation
15:30 Learning Agility: The New Differentiator
by Bill Richardson
This session will help project managers develop the most important differentiator for successfully managing projects at today’s speed of change—learning agility, defined as the ability to stay open to new ways of thinking and to continuously learn new skills—understand why it’s important, how to enable it, and what it looks like when done right.
16:45 Wrap Up