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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

Click to register for Project leadership: Are We Too Busy With The Urgent To Focus On The Important? (

Effective PPM Change Management

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Live Webinar – September 2nd, 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

Practical Project Risk Management

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Live Webinar – August 28th, 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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Online Webinar – Recorded 8/12/014
By BATimes (Diversified Business Communications REP 1811)
Duration 1 Hr  1 Cat A PDU/CDUs – Free  PDU / CDU
Note: You may have to turn up your volume as Andrea is further away from the Microphone than Bob

Andrea Giantelli (LinkedIn profile) was brought in to the Interpublic Group of Companies to build and establish a PMO.

Having been involved with this type of implementation at Avon, she knew of the challenges that awaited her.

A big challenge that typically faces a PMO is the lack of transparency in an organization. Andrea decided there would be no “one size fits all” approach to her PMO.  She believes in guidance over governance and empowers her project managers to do what makes sense.

Having worked with Bob Maiale (LinkedIn profile) from Total Systems Education in the past, she recognized that the practical approach to project management that Total Systems has always preached would be a perfect fit for her novel plan.

Andrea and Bob decided that the best way for project managers to buy in to this unique idea was to develop a training curriculum based on their vision and to act as co-facilitators for this program.

The coupling of the practical approach to project management with this revolutionary PMO implementation has provided IPG with a sustainable, competitive edge.

Course Learning Objectives Include:

  • Attendees will understand the practical approach to project management.
  • Attendees will be given a clear roadmap to PMO start up and sustainability.
  • Attendees will see the benefits of the synergy between a PMO and training.

With the Course You Will Receive:

  • Access to the  Recorded Version of Webinar
  • Personalized Certificate of Attendance
  • Copy of Presentation Slides

Andrea and Bob will share their success story along with the challenges they faced along the way and will outline their roadmap for success that attendees can duplicate in their own organizations.

Click to register for Practical Project Management Meets The Practical PMO