PMI Global Conference 2017 - Final schedule plan

Below is my final schedule plan for next week's #PMICon17 - I am extremely excited about this trip!

I laid out my preliminary plan in August in a post. I've refined it a bit. For tools, I'm joining a WorkFront demo during the lunch hour on day 1. I'm passing on the hands-on sessions at the conference. This leaves presentations on project management methods and best practices, with a strong emphasis at #PMICon17 on agile and adaptive approaches.

This will be a bit of a shift for me  - In recent weeks, I've been pounding on the study of PMBOK sixth edition, in part due to its recent release, in part due to the fact that one year ago, I was furiously studying the PMBOK and supporting Velociteach tools in preparation for my (successful) PMP exam last November 7. One of the sessions will be an introduction to the newly-released Agile Practice Guide, which I expect to read before reaching Chicago. But I am interested in hearing PMPs like Jesse Fewell (and others on my schedule) describe how to best blend agile tools into project management. 

It will be interesting to do a compare/contrast of this year's PMI Global Conference program with 2018's - I expect that next year's program will include some content on PMBOK sixth edition changes beyond the increased emphasis on agile/adaptive techniques. 

Friday morning, after breakfast: Pick up badge and gear. Open time for getting familiar with site layout, meetings with attendees 


Saturday October 28, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
#323GC First-Time Attendee Global Conference Orientation

Learning Level Core - Focus on awareness and factual recall; appropriate for those interested in furthering development in core skills.

Saturday, October 28 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
#325 General Session and Keynote Speaker: Sir Tim Berners-Lee: “A Look Ahead into the Future of Tech”
Skyline Ballroom

Saturday, October 28 • 12:15pm - 12:45pm
#326-EXH Product Theater: Workfront Demo - Greater Project Visibility for Better Decisions
Exhibit Hall: Playground (Magnificent Mile)

Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00pm – 1:15pm
Ask the Experts 
Exhibit Hall: PMI "in" Training II 

Saturday, October 28 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
#340 Balanced Project Management with Kanban: Maximum Control, Higher Predictability, Less Stress
Presenter: Annette Vendelbo, PMP, PMI-ACP, of Xvoto ApS

Kanban’s systems approach to delivering service-oriented work, and indeed projects is hand-in-glove with the Project Management Institute’s standards. Kanban is an alternative path to agility providing balance between demand and capacity. Balanced and happy team members produce better results quicker. The outcomes of using Kanban are transparency, predictability, improved lead times, higher quality, and a lower stress level. In this session, we share real-life examples and experiences using Kanban on projects—big and small.

Saturday, October 28 2:45pm – 3:15pm 
Exhibits floor review 
Exhibit Hall 

Saturday, October 28 • 3:30pm - 4:45pm 

#358 The Agile Practice Guide: Advancing the Mind-Set, Supporting the Practice
Presenters: Jesse Fewell, Fewell Innovation, LLC, Agile Coach & Trainer; Mike Griffiths, PMP, PMI-ACP, of Leading Answers & RMCLS

Work is changing from industrial, routine work to knowledge-oriented work that requires more of an ongoing collaborative endeavor to manage change, complexity, and uncertainty. Learn how “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge – Sixth Edition” has evolved to reflect these changes with the publication of the new “Agile Practice Guide,” developed in collaboration with the Agile Alliance.

Saturday, October 28 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Exhibits floor review
Exhibit Hall


Sunday, October 29 • 8:00am – 8:30am
Professional Awards Posters
Exhibit Hall: Poster Area

Sunday, October 29 • 9:00am - 10:15am
#402 General Session and Keynote Speaker: Nicholas Epley - "Mindwise: How We Understand What Other Think, Believe, Feel, Want"
Skyline Ballroom

Sunday, October 29 • 10:30am - 11:30am
#404 Project Manager Survival Kit for Small- and Medium-Size Organizations
Presenter: Claude Scher, PMP, of Charter Manufacturing

Project managers working for small- to medium-size organizations face many challenges specific to the environment they are in. This interactive session constructed as a case study will identify several of those specific roadblocks or opportunities and introduce tools and techniques to mitigate or overcome them leveraging the presenter’s own experience in a variety of organizations.

Sunday, October 29 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Keynote Book Signing: Nicholas Epley
PMI Bookstore

Sunday, October 29 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
#426 How to Use Agile Program/Portfolio Tools to Increase Project Health
Cindricka L. Arrington, PMP, of Medtronic / Medtronic, Program Manager

Program portfolio management (PPM) is the primary process that underlies execution of an organization’s business strategy. Through PPM, we prioritize, fund, oversee, and evaluate our projects. Effective PPM ensures that we do the right projects at the right time and helps us to maximize the business value that we obtain from each project. This workshop demonstrates tools used to measure cost and map strategic objectives, quality, and project/program feasibility in organizational value proposition

Sunday, October 29 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
#434 New Rules for Building Engaged Teams in a Digital Age
Presenter: Agata Czopek, PMP, of Deloitte Consulting AG

Technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate, and these innovations have transformed the way we live, work, and communicate. Organizations should shift their entire mind-set to ensure they can lead, motivate, manage, and engage teams accordingly. In this session, you will be equipped with a set of new rules, tools, and technologies to improve employee experience, retain talent, and build high-performing project teams. Explore the newest research on 10,000 business leaders from 140 countries.

Sunday, October 29 • 4:45pm - 5:45pm
#445 The Necessary Culture for Soaring Performance
Presenter: Karen Chovan, PMP, of Enviro Integration Strategies

This presentation explores the fundamental practices for organizations to make true advances in program and project performance, as related through lessons from Steven Spear's book “High-Velocity Edge.” Insights will be also shared from Daniel Pink's book “Drive,” indicating why the described practices bring success. Combining these lessons will demonstrate how programs and projects can clearly gain from the adoption of engaging and collaborative behaviors typically practiced in the application of lean project delivery strategies.


Monday, October 30 • 8:30am - 10:00am
#510 Agile and Design Thinking, the Perfect Pairing for a Successful Project
Presenter: Bob Tarne, PMP, PMI-ACP, of IBM

A key reason for using agile techniques is to deliver value quickly. However, this may not solve the right problem. Design thinking is about exploring the problem and possible solutions before jumping into a solution. When combined, these two techniques can help ensure the right problem is being solved as quickly as possible. This presentation looks at design thinking and agile and how they can be combined for successful outcomes.

Monday, October 30 • 10:30am - 11:30am 
#517 Creating an Enterprise Culture of Project Management 
Presenters: Elizabeth Allen, PMP, of Nemours / Nemours, Manager, Project Management Office and Abbigail Frelich, PMP, of Nemours Children's Health System / Nemours Children's Health System, Project Manager 

The PM@Nemours curriculum was designed to guide Nemours Children’s Health System as they grow and mature in their approach to project management. Now in its tenth year and third iteration, the program has evolved to keep pace with the needs of the organization and uphold PMI standards, leading to increased operational effectiveness and expanded influence of the PMO. If your PMO is looking for the next step in your evolution, this session is for you!

Monday, October 30 • 11:30am - 12:00pm 
#526-EXH Main Stage: Caterpillar - Moving the Mountain: The Evolution of Project Management at Caterpillar 
Presenters: Glenn King of Caterpillar, Inc., Alex Steinmann, PMP, of Caterpillar, Inc., and Eileen Harner, PMP, of Caterpillar, Inc. 
Exhibit Hall: Main Stage

A glimpse into one of Caterpillar’s most challenging portfolios of projects driven by government regulations and how the entire enterprise mobilized to move that mountain and overcome barriers between the different product groups and process partners. Communication, collaboration and change management resulted in a renewed focus on standard processes, tools and metrics. Project Management became the lynchpin that held it all together.

Monday, October 30 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
#532 Agile and Waterfall: Achieving Organizational Agility by Leveraging the Best of Both
Presenters: Brent Stone, PMP, of Dimensional Fund Advisors and Francis (Dub) McNamara, PMP, of Dimensional Fund Advisors

Our goal: accelerate and maximize the delivery of business value through projects. Our PMO achieved organizational agility by embedding key project management processes into our agile approach to executing project work. Often times, new agile teams are quick to abandon traditional project management processes like those leveraged in the waterfall methodology; however, when applied effectively and purposefully in an agile environment, these processes can greatly reduce risk and enable the delivery of valuable business outcomes.

Monday, October 30 • 2:45pm - 4:00pm
#537 Closing General Session and Keynote Speaker: Mercedes Ramirez-Johnson - Get it Right Today, Not Tomorrow
Presenter: Mercedes Ramirez-Johnson
Skyline Ballroom

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