Professional Development Day (PDD)
November 6, 2013
Theme: Successful Project Execution!
Overall feedback was very positive!
Pittsburgh PMI had a great Professional Development Day. It was bigger and even better than last year, which brought positive feedback. Since last year’s theme was planning, this year we brought you speakers and discussion to help you execute projects more successfully for your company and career. We had two common sessions and two tracks to choose from. Attendees choose A or B for each of the 4 sessions..
Session descriptions follow:
- Craig Price - The Realist's Guide: Getting a Grip on Negativity (Keynote Speaker)
- Is negative thinking causing problems in your business? It may be because you're not using all that negative thinking to your advantage! We all know that negativity is an unfortunate part of life. Understanding its usefulness and value is a major key to success. With this innovative, entertaining program Craig Price takes a realistic, humorous look at traditionally "negative" issues. By looking at the hidden value in complainers, criticism and failure, Craig gave tools to not only limit the occurrence of these difficulties, he had us looking at these "problems" in a whole new light.
- Rick Clare from PMCentersUSA - Top 10 Execution Mistakes (Session 1A)
- Project Managers tend to think in terms of planning. We fool ourselves into believing that if we produce a high-quality plan that we can simply cruise through execution. The truth is that it is during execution that the rubber meets the road, and many, many things can go wrong! We discussed the Top 10 mistakes that even good Project Managers can make during execution.
- Ron Taylor from the Ron Taylor Group - Five Leadership Tips for Project Execution (Session 1B)
- The leaders of successful projects know how to create a collaborative environment in which their team members are challenged, interested, and engaged. They recognize the key to successful project execution is not solely the result of how well they perform, but how well others perform, so they invest their time and energy in helping others succeed.
- Michael Bernard from Oxford Development Company - Successful Execution of the CONSOL Energy Center Project (Session 2A)
- Planning and executing large scale regional projects such as the Consol Energy Center construction project have a unique set of concerns and techniques. The Project Director discussed the planning strategies, team management, balance of shareholder interests, cost control and lessons learned with delivering this high profile project.
- Philip Tiewater from Academy Leadership - Communication for Project Success (Session 2B)
- Communication is a crucial element of a successful project. It is even more critical in multi-location and multi-cultural organizations. Successful communication relies upon the project manager understanding the communication needs of each team member. This presentation will illustrate the different communication problems and describe tools for dealing with them.
- Harlan Bridges from BOT International - Project Leadership: Are You Ready? (Session 3A)
- In many organizations today, projects exist in a matrix environment. Project team members do not report directly to the project manager. This creates some unique challenges for project. How does a project manager develop a high-performance project team? The most successful project managers are adept in leadership skills.
- Dr. Barbara Schwarck from Clear Intentions International - How to Get Along with Difficult People (Session 3B)
- Managing a project or dealing with co-workers, you've likely had the experience of dealing with a difficult person, someone who made you miserable. What better skill to have in this fast-paced, stressful world than learning how to master and help difficult people? We learned nine tips and get along with anyone.
- Dana Levenson from Dale Carnegie Training - Executing with Impact (Session 4A)
- When executing a successful project, we must often sell our ideas to gain buy-in from project team members. As projects progress, often times we must reinforce the direction and goals of the project to keep the project advancing successfully. This requires confidence, clarity and connection with the listeners.
- Kevin Cameron from Cameron Professional Management, LLC - 10 Keys to Project Execution (Session 4B)
- A successful project consists of “on-time, within scope, and budget.” However, what is the best way to execute your plan? Who should be involved? In what positions and roles? What should you use as resources? We learned the 10 keys that should be focused on for successful project execution.
- Fred Koos and Joe DiFalco from Pittsburgh PMI - Agile Execution for and Beyond IT (Group Session)
- Execute any project with Agility. “Lean” practices from automotive manufacturing and new product development had significant influence on “Agile” software development practices. In turn, these improved Agile practices can be refined and applied back to other types of new product development. This interactive session explored applying Agile methods creatively within and beyond IT projects. Agile gurus and those new to Agile practices took away useful Lean and Agile principles to apply now and improve project execution.
This was a great networking event with other project managers and vendors.
Food and beverages were provided.
Attendees had great feedback on the venue, The Regional Learning Alliance at Cranberry Woods.
7 PDUs: Attendees, if you did not get the Activity Number to claim PDUs with PMI, please contact
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Next year we are again planning to hold the PDD on the first Wednesday of November, 2014. Save the date!