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Live Webinar – September 30th 2014, 12:00-1:00 PM EDT
Offered by ASPE (REP 2161) 1 Category A PDU – Free PDU
Note: Although ASPE is an REP presentations may have to be recorded as a Cat C PDU Event – Contact Traci Lester Marketing Specialist at ASPE for more information

Each month Chris Knotts (LinkedIn profile) picks a valuable, substantive business book we think will benefit you as a professional.

Some are new; some are classics. Either way, we do the reading, and then use one of our free web seminars to deliver a one-hour “book report.”

This month’s book pick is The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win by Gene Kim, George Spafford, and Kevin Behr.

This best-selling novel about IT Operations in a fictional Fortune manufacturing/retail company came out last year, and is a business fable that everyone involved in technology projects or operations should read.

Enterprise tech visionary Gene Kim (LinkedIn profile), along with longtime IT Manager Kevin Behr (LinkedIn profile) and Gartner Research Director George Spafford (Linkedin profile, Gartner bio) have written a compelling and illuminating book about the longtime pain points experienced by people in IT and what they can begin to do about it.

Bottlenecks, choke points, legacy systems, cumbersome security policies, overworked SysAdmins, developers who don’t save any testing time for Operations…these are perennial difficulties that will sound familiar to anyone who has ever had to deploy code that hasn’t been managed well across the organization.

Join Chris for this one-hour review of The Phoenix Project to learn how Bill, a frustrated but savvy IT Manager copes with these challenges and more.

PDU Category C (PMBOK 5) documentation details:
Process Groups: Planning
Knowledge Areas: 4 – Integration

  • 4.3 Direct and Manage Project Work
  • 4.4 Monitor and Control Project Work
  • 5.2 Collect Requirements
  • 6.2 Define Activities

As a Category C ‘Self Directed Learning Activity’ remember to document your learning experience and its relationship to project management for your ‘PDU Audit Trail Folder’

 

Click to register for The Phoenix Project: A Business Book Report About IT, DevOps, & Helping Your Business Win

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Live Webinar -  September 30th, 2014 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  EDT
Presented by: Eclipse Project Portfolio Management
Duration: 1 hour 1 PDUs Credits: Category C 1 PDU- Free PDU

Establishing a PMO (Project/Program/Portfolio Management Office) is considered to be a best practice approach to improving the value an organization can receive from its project investments.

Why is it then, that a study, conducted in 2005, of 750 organizations worldwide indicated that over 75% of organizations that set up a PMO shut it down within three years because it did not demonstrate any added value?

Solution Q invites you to attend a webinar where you will learn key reasons why so many PMOs fail, and gain some valuable knowledge of the critical success factors required to ensure the survival of your PMO.

Who should attend this webinar?
Managers/Directors of PMOs, Project Managers

NOTE: You may have to hit the MORE… link to register for this session on the registration page.

PDU Category C (PMBOK 5) documentation details:

Process Groups: Executing, Monitoring & Controlling
Knowledge Areas: 4 – Integration 5 – Scope 6 – Time 7 – Cost

  • 4.3 Direct and Manage Project Work
  • 4.4 Monitor & Control Project Work
  • 5.6 Control Scope
  • 6.7 Control Schedule
  • 7.4 Control Costs

As a Category C  “Self Directed Learning Activity” remember to document your learning experience and its relationship to project management for your “PDU Audit Trail Folder”

Click to register for  Setting Up a PMO is Not for the Faint Hearted!

Effective PPM Change Management

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Live Webinar – September 25th, 2014 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  EDT
Presented by: Eclipse Project Portfolio Management
Duration: 1 hour 1 PDUs Credits: Category C 1 PDU- Free PDU

Project Portfolio Management (PPM) initiatives are expected to provide significant benefit to multiple roles within an organization.

Intuitively, most staff can understand the potential value in the organization, process and technology changes involved with a PPM initiative. However, the lack of change management practices through a PPM initiative’s implementation is one of the most common reasons for their failure. Symptoms of this issue can include poor executive commitment, resistance or political pressure from functional management and compliance issues with project teams.

Eclipse will review common misconceptions about PPM initiative implementations, provide some guiding principles for successful change and detail the steps and key communication messages necessary to gain buy-in from executive and functional management as well as from project teams.

This webinar will also provide tips that can be incorporated into the initiation and planning of your PPM initiative to increase your odds of success.

Who should attend this webinar?
C-Level Management, IT Directors and Managers or Directors of PMOs

NOTE: You may have to hit the MORE… link to register for this session on the registration page.

PDU Category C (PMBOK 5) documentation details:

Process Groups: Planning, Monitoring & Controlling

Knowledge Areas: 4 – Integration

  • 4.1 Develop Project Charter
  • 4.2 Develop Project Management Plan

As a Category C “Self Directed Learning Activity” remember to document your learning experience and its relationship to project management for your “PDU Audit Trail Folder”

Click to register for  Effective PPM Change Management

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Live Webinar September 24th, 2014 – 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT
By: The Corporate Education Group (REP 1011)
Duration: 1 Hour Credits: 1 Category A PDU – Free PDU
Course ID: MDW1298a

What makes you great as an individual contributor doesn’t always translate to being a great manager or team leader.

There is a vast difference between getting the work done on your own and getting it done through other people.

A management role calls for new ways of thinking and a new set of skills. While some managers do receive initial training, others are given little or no support, and despite the best of intentions, mistakes are made.

But what if you had your own group of advisors who could help you avoid some of the pitfalls of managing people?

In this webinar you will learn 10 valuable pieces of advice from managers who have already gone through their own “trial by fire.”

These are the 10 things they wished they knew when they first became a manager and what they want you to know now. Consider this webinar your own personal advisory board!

About the Presenter: Casey Mitchell, (LinkedIn profile) is Founder and Principal of Waybridge Associates, Inc.   Casey’s primary focus is on management learning and development and working with new managers who want to make a successful transition into move into leadership roles. Prior to founding Waybridge Associates, Casey was human resource development manager at Marshalls Department Stores.

Click to register for 10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Became a Manager

Practical Project Risk Management

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Live Webinar – September 23rd, 2014 2:00 pm  – 3:00 pm EDT
Presented by: Eclipse Project Portfolio Management
Duration: 1 hour 1 PDUs Credits: Category C 1 PDU- Free PDU

Risks exist on projects because by definition, projects possess uncertainty. Organizations that ignore risks experience reduced project success rates due to the wasted effort and delays that result from dealing with issues.

Risk management methodologies address this challenge but tend to be too theoretical or require significant process discipline or historical data to be practical.

During this webinar you will learn practical, lightweight best practices for managing risks throughout a project’s lifecycle.

Benefits of managing risks through this approach include:

  • Improved project predictability
  • Improved ROI for your overall portfolio
  • Quantification of cost & schedule contingencies
  • Reduced effort spent resolving project issues

Who should attend this webinar?
Managers/Directors of PMOs, Project Managers

NOTE: You may have to hit the MORE… link to register for this session on the registration page.

PDU Category C (PMBOK 5) documentation details:

Process Groups: Initiating  & Executing, Planning
Knowledge Areas: 11 – Risk

  • 11.1  Plan Risk Management
  • 11.2  Identify Risks
  • 11.5  Plan Risk Responses

As a Category C “Self Directed Learning Activity” remember to document your learning experience and its relationship to project management for your “PDU Audit Trail Folder”

Click to register for  Practical Project Risk Management

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Live Webinar – September 18th, 2014 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  EDT
Presented by: Eclipse Project Portfolio Management
Duration: 1 hour 1 PDUs Credits: Category C 1 PDU- Free PDU

During the project intake process all projects are considered critical, all others never get approved. So how do you decide which “critical” projects are most critical?

These decisions are typically made politically, emotionally or without consistency.

The Impact:

  • Poor resource utilization
  • Frustrated resources
  • Projects not aligned with strategic objectives
  • Higher risk and lower ROI

Solution Q invites you to attend a webinar demonstrating a balanced approach to prioritizing initiatives. Projects affect many aspects of your business; all factors should be considered when taking on a new project. Learn the prioritization secrets of successful companies using a Project Portfolio Management mentality.

The Result:

  • Decreased risk
  • Higher ROI
  • Optimized resource utilization
  • Maximum aggregate value of projects

Who should attend this webinar?
Managers/Directors of PMOs, Project Managers

NOTE: You may have to hit the MORE… link to register for this session on the registration page.

PDU Category C (PMBOK 5) documentation details:

Process Groups: Planning, Monitoring & Controlling
Knowledge Areas: 4 – Integration

  • 4.1 Develop Project Charter
  • 4.2 Develop Project Management Plan

As a Category C “Self Directed Learning Activity” remember to document your learning experience and its relationship to project management for your “PDU Audit Trail Folder”

Click to register for  How to Prioritize Projects When Each One is Critical