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Live Webinar September 9th, 2014 – 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT
Duration: 1 hour webinar Credits: 1 PDU Category A – Free PDU
Sponsored by: PMI® IT & Telecom CoP (REP #S009)

In 2013, David Barrett (LinkedIn profile, bio) and fellow author, Derek Vigar (LinkedIn profile, bio) sought out 25 of our leading project managers to find out the answer to the question – what is the key to your success?

The result is a new book  The Keys to Our Success: Lessons Learned from 25 of Our Best Project Managers best stories, lessons, and takeaways.

In this multi-media, interactive hour, David will share some of these lessons learned and facilitate the discussion on those featured lessons and some from the audience.

 Presenter:  David Barrett  is the founder and past Executive Director of ProjectTimes.com, ProjectWorld, ProjectSummit and BusinessAnalystWorld conferences held around the world.  As the National Program Director for all Project Management training out of the Schulich Executive Education Centre, Schulich School of Business, York University in Toronto, Canada and in partnership with nine other universities across Canada, he published several books including The Power of the Plan – Empowering the Leader in You!.

Note: You do have to be a PMI® member to register for this opportunity.

Click to register for The Keys to Success in Project Management

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Live Webinar – September 9th, 2014 2:00 pm – 3:00pm EDT
Presented by: Eclipse Project Portfolio Management
Duration: 1 hour 1 PDUs Credits: Category C 1 PDU- Free PDU

Project Portfolio Management (PPM) is a strategic decision making approach aimed at maximizing overall returns on project investments. By focusing on the “right” projects, it is expected that there will be improved organization alignment to strategic plans as well as optimized utilization of financial and human resources.

Unfortunately, there is a significant amount of misinformation in the marketplace about PPM and many organizations that have attempted to implement these practices have failed. Of course, vendors stand ready to “help” unsuspecting executives with snake oil claims of “silver bullet” process or tool purchases to achieve PPM nirvana.

This webinar will provide you with a solid grounding of PPM principles – costs, benefits, critical success factors and lessons learned. These will help you decide whether pursuing PPM improvement is a valuable and realistic goal for your organization. This presentation will also improve your knowledge of the PPM lifecycle and provide you with the key decisions and approaches necessary to launch a successful PPM initiative.

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  Project Portfolio Management Simplified

Achieving Closure on Projects

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Live Webinar – September 5th 2014, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT
Duration: 1 hour Credits: 1 PDU Category A – $20 USD 1 PDU
Presented by: Solutions Cube Group (REP 2451)

Project Closure is not only required activity,
BUT …
Is also a valuable activity required of every successful project.

Whether the project team is ending a project meeting, completing a project phase or coming to the end of the project – closing activities are critical to the organization and all future project efforts.

Developing skills in project closure techniques helps maintain project successes and energy as well as provide learnings on all other project efforts.

Solutions Cube Group’s Webinars address many relevant project issues.

Learn how to record lessons learned even when a project is being cancelled versus when the project was successfully implemented, to improve work on all future project efforts.

In this 1 hour in-depth webinar participants learn:

  • End of each project meeting with clarity and capitalizing on momentum and alignment gained during the meeting
  • Structure a Lessons Learned activity as a tool to leverage successes and avoid repeating mistakes as the project moves between phases
  • Get a head start on the next project by archiving and reusing valuable project deliverables form the current effort

EARN 1 PDU after viewing this webinar

Click to purchase Achieving Closure on Projects

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Live Webinar -  September 4th, 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!

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Live Webinar September 3rd, 2014 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 Hour Credits: 1 PDU Category C Free
Presented by : O’Reilly Webcasts

Imagine you had to write a postmortem containing statements like these?

  • “We were unable to resolve the outage as quickly as we would have hoped because our decision making was impacted by extreme stress.”
  • “We spent two hours repeatedly applying the fix that worked during the previous outage, only to find out that it made no difference in this one.”
  • “We did not communicate openly about an escalating outage that was caused by our botched deployment because we thought we were about to lose our jobs.”

While the above scenarios are entirely realistic, it’s hard to find many postmortem write-ups that even hint at these “human factors.”

Their absence is, in part, due to the social stigma associated with publicly acknowledging their contribution to outages. And yet, people dealing with outages are clearly subject to physical exhaustion, psychological stress, not to mention impaired reasoning due to a host of cognitive biases.

This webcast  Dave Zwieback will specifically focus on the effects and mitigation of stress and cognitive biases during outages and postmortems.

This “Human Postmortem” is as important as the technical one, as it enables building more resilient systems and teams, and ultimately reduces the duration and severity of outages.

Presenter: Dave Zwieback (LinkedIn profile) VP of Engineering at Next Big Sound, and author of 3 eBooks  The Human Side of Postmortems,   Antifragile Systems and Teams   and DevOps Hiring, has been managing large-scale mission-critical infrastructure and teams for 17 years.  Dave  writes on Simple Thoughts About Complex Human Systems  and  was previously the head of infrastructure at Knewton, managed UNIX Engineering at D.E. Shaw & Co. and enterprise monitoring tools at Morgan Stanley. He also ran an infrastructure architecture consultancy for 7 years. Follow Dave @mindweather or on mindweather.com.

PDU Category C (PMBOK 5) documentation details:
Process Groups: Executing
Knowledge Areas: 4- Integration 9 – Human Resources

  • 4.6 Close Project or Phase
  • 9.4 Manage Project Team

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 Human Side of Business Postmortems

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Live Webinar – September 2nd, 2014 7:30 am – 8:30 am EDT
Live Webinar – September 2nd, 2014 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM BT
Duration: 1 hour webinar Credits: 1 PDU Category B – Free PDU
Sponsored by: Associaton for Project Management – APM

This is a thought provoking webinar on project leadership that will help you to lead yourself and others more effectively in a project context.

Susanne will discuss the differences between management and leadership and how it relates to you as a project manager. Through powerful strategies, she shows you how you can increase your performance, become a project leader, and differentiate yourself from the competition.

No matter your role or your level of experience there will be powerful lessons to be learned from this webinar. It will help you to:

  • Understand the differences between management and leadership
  • Apply the strategies that will make you a project leader
  • Build effective relationships with your team and stakeholders
  • Ask for feedback
  • Focus on the 20% of activities that add to 80% of your results

Susanne believes that a great project manager is first and foremost able to manage his or her own state of mind and that project management success is as much about managing people as it is about managing tasks, plans and resources.

As a result she helps people to look inwards and become a better leader; someone who sets a great personal example, who is excellent at inspiring and focusing the team and who also understands how to liaise with the client and senior stakeholders to deliver that which they really need.

Susanne Madsen

Susanne Madsen is a project leadership coach, trainer and consultant and the author of The Project Management Coaching Workbook – Six Steps to Unleashing Your Potential. Her new book The Power of Project Leadership – 7 Keys to Help you Transform from Project Manager to Project Leader will be published in January 2015.

Susanne has over 17 years’ experience in managing and rolling out large change programmes of up to $30 million for organizations such as Standard Bank, Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase. She is a PRINCE2 and MSP Practitioner and a qualified corporate and executive coach. She is also a Member of the Association for Project Management (APM).

Susanne specializes in helping project managers improve their leadership skills so that they can gain control of their projects and fast-track their career. She does this through a combination of training, coaching, mentoring and consulting.

Visit Susanne’s website at www.susannemadsen.com

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