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Why Good Project Managers Are Making Bad Choices

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Please join us for the PMI Webinar from the Requirements Community of Practice: Why Good Project Managers Are Making Bad Choices

  • Date: Thursday April 17, 2014
  • Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
  • Location: Juneau Alaska Office Building (AOB) Room 12 (basement conference room)

Description:

Most problems with project requirements are result of human errors. Why are good and experienced project managers making bad choices that can dramatically affect the project? The answers lie in human psychology. Often managers are making their choices not by logical and comprehensive analysis of the problem, but based on their own gut feelings. This presentation includes a number of examples of how misjudgment can lead to major project failures. Understanding a few basic concepts, such as how human mental machinery works, helps to improve project manager’s decision-making skills. Often manager’s decisions are affected by illusions, such as the illusion of the project being under control.
 

Project Health Check Up

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Join the Juneau PMI Group for tips and insights for  Project Health Checkups..

Presentation: Project Health Checkup

Presenter: Maggie Broackhaus, RDI Senior Project Manager

Location: Alaska Office Building room 115

Date: February 18, 2014

Presentation Time: 12:00-1:00 PM

 

Session Learning Objective:

When the session is completed, the attendee will have an understanding of:

  1. 1.What do we mean by Project Health?
  2. 2.What is a Health Check Up?
  3. 3.How to utilize the results of a Health Check Up?

         Presenter:  Maggie Brockhaus

  •    Senior Project Manager RDI
  •     Managing several projects for the Department of Labor including a Workers’ Compensation Rewrite, Secure Access Manager,  and improved telephony services for the SOA.

Conundrum Management: project associated work items

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Conundrum Management: Project Associated Work Items

Presenter: Joyce Douglas, MSPM PMP

Location: Alaska Office Building room 115

Date: January 16, 2012

Time: 12:00-1:00 PM

“Hidden” over allocation of project team members and schedule impacts are often related to the associated project work items that may be tracked separately from the project schedule, or they possibly may not be tracked at all. The WBS should include "all the work and only the work that needs to occur to accomplish the deliverables of the project and product". However, due to uncertainty, complexity, and blind spots our schedules become impacted by issues, action items, defects, corrective actions, parking lot items, change request research, decisions, knowledge gaps, and risk execution. Monitoring and controlling these items requires progressing each of these activities and understanding the impacts of resource levelling between the various methods that may be used to monitor these associated work items and the baselined project schedule.

This presentation will provide insight for better understanding of what these associated work items are, what information should be collected for them, and how they could be monitored. We will also look at a MS Project Demo for resource sharing between a project schedule and subproject that contains these associated work items to show the over allocation impacts against the project schedule resource allocation and possible levelling scenarios using the MS Project team planner for shared resources.

Walkaways from this presentation include:

  • Understanding the differences between associated work items and what information should be monitored
  • Understanding the similarities for progressing the work related to associated work items
  • Possible techniques for monitoring
  • Observations of over allocation and how levelling impacts the baseline schedule

 Join Joyce and the Juneau PMI Group as she presents tips and insights for “hidden” over allocation impacts..

 

Presenter BIO:

Joyce Douglas is the Department of Health and Social Services IT Project Management Office Manager. She also teaches IT Project Management for the University of Alaska Masters of Science in Project Management (MSPM) program and serves as an advisor or committee member for the MSPM Thesis class. She holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification since 2005 and was awarded her MSPM Degree in Spring 2008. She has presented four of her papers at the PMI North American Global Congresses (2006 – Seattle; 2007 – Atlanta; 2010 – Washington DC; 2011 – Dallas). She presented at the Society of Project Management Pacific Rim (ProMAC) International Conference in Anchorage in 2008. She has been either an IT technical lead, or a project manager on State IT projects since 1988.

Her Congress and ProMAC papers include: 

  • A State Case Study in Project Team Building, Constraints, Competencies, Conflicts and the People Side of Change (2006)
  • A State Department Navigation in Project Risk Management, the Unexpected, and Novel Projects (2007)
  • Project Teaming, Stakeholder Management and the Human Side of Project Controls (2008)
  • State Government Virtual Project and PMO Collaboration Guided Discussion (2010)
  • COTS PM Strategy from a State Government PMO Perspective (2011)

November 2013: Stakeholder Management

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Presenter:  LuAnn Piccard, PMP, Assistant Professor & Interim Director of the ESPM Program at UAA

Location:  Alaska Office Building, Conference Room 115

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013

Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM

 

Presenter Bio:

Executive leader with extensive international business experience in the high-technology industry including general management, operations, professional services, acquisitions and R&D. Academic contribution focused on development of future leaders in Engineering, Science and Project Management through practical and professional course material, instruction and application of knowledge. - See more at: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/schoolofengineering/faculty-staff/piccard.cfm

Facilitator and Contact: Sander Schijvens (907) 723-0991

The presentation will be approximately 45 minutes with 15 minutes for Q&A. Juneau Group Business meeting will follow.

 

Construction PM for Public Sector Customers

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Presenter:  Aaron Morrison PE, LEED AP,  PCL Construction Services, Inc.

Location:  Alaska Office Building, Conference Room 115

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013

Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM

 

Presenter Bio:

Aaron Morrison works for PCL and is on the construction management team for the State Library Archives Museum (SLAM) Project. The project officially broke ground in December 2012 and will continue for three more years.

Born and raised near Oakland, Aaron spent most of his early years in Northern California. His job experience includes working as a Professional Engineer / Project Manager in the State of California on Industrial, Pharmaceutical, High Tech Clean Rooms, Hospitals, and Military Facilities. He has participated on these projects in varying capacities including Subcontractor, Designer, Quality Control Manager, Project Manager, and MEP Coordinator, and can proudly say that he still has a couple of Enron coffee mugs.

In 2007 Aaron heeded good advice and moved his family to Alaska to where he began work with PCL Construction retrofitting the Anchorage International Airport, and has been working on various projects in Alaska ever since.

Aaron holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, as well as an MBA and MS in Engineering from San Jose State.  He holds a California Professional Engineering License in Mechanical Engineering and is an active Rotarian and a member ASHRAE.

Aaron and his wife Tracy have 3 girls: Anita, Sasha and Marian ages 7, 5, and 2. They are active in the outdoors where they enjoy backpacking and triathlons. The SLAM project has brought Aaron and his family to Juneau and will keep them here for at least the next 3 years.  However, they have greatly enjoyed their first year in Juneau and hope to make it a place that they can raise their kids and call home.

Facilitator and Contact: Bill Diebels, Jr. (907) 465-5600

The presentation will be approximately 45 minutes with 15 minutes for Q&A. Juneau Group Business meeting will follow.

 

Organizational Project Management (OPM)

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Organizational Project Management

Presenter: Jim Bates,  Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) Director, State of Alaska

Location:  State Office Building, 6th Floor Conference Room 

Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Time: 12:00-1:30 PM

Organizational project management (OPM) is the execution of an organization's strategies through projects. OPM is the combination of portfolio management, program management, and project management. It pertains to the translation of corporate strategy into the projects of an organization through portfolio management, and the execution of corporate strategy through programs and projects.

Presenter Bio:

Jim  Bates is a lifelong Alaskan with both general business and IT experience. His career spans three decades with experience in numerous industries providing materials management, information technology operations and support, division management, strategic planning, tactical deployment, business unit development, service management, project management, process improvement, and secure system engineering strategies. Jim is a business generalist with a passion for improvement.

Jim has over 20 years of experience in information technology and has worked with all aspects of IT including: IT Service Management, Governance and Control, Systems Analysis and Administration, Enterprise and Service Oriented Architecture, Network Design and Implementation, Desktop Set-up and Support, Programming and Database Administration, Security Design and Administration including Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning and Administration, Training, and hundreds of successful IT Projects.

Jim holds master certificates in Business Analysis, Lean Six Sigma, and Project Management from Villanova University and is currently earning his Master of Science in Technology and Innovation (MSTI) from Aspen University.

 

Facilitator and Contact: Lori Yorba (907)-465-6286

The presentation will be 45 minutes with 15 minutes for Q&A. Juneau Group Business meeting will follow.

How to Gather “GOOD” Project Requirements

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How to Gather “GOOD” Project Requirements

Presenter: Joyce Douglas, MSPM PMP

Location: Alaska Office Building room 12 (Basement AOB Conference Room)

Date: December 20, 2012

Time: 12:00-1:30 PM

To know whether a project’s product or benefit to the customer meets, exceeds, or misses the mark depends on the requirements that were obtained prior to delivery. Wasted resources, time, and money occur if the requirements are ambiguous to either or both the customer or the developer. To provide better negotiation and delivery entails knowing “what makes a GOOD requirement”?

Walkaways from this presentation include:

  • Knowing basic requirement concepts
  • Gathering Techniques
  • Following a Structure
  • Building in Quality
  • Linking to Testing

 Join Joyce and the Juneau PMI Group as she presents tips and insights into these 5 essential elements for obtaining good project requirements.

 

Presenter BIO:

Joyce Douglas is the Department of Health and Social Services IT Project Management Office Manager. She also teaches IT Project Management for the University of Alaska Masters of Science in Project Management (MSPM) program and serves as an advisor or committee member for the MSPM Thesis class. She holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification since 2005 and was awarded her MSPM Degree in Spring 2008. She has presented four of her papers at the PMI North American Global Congresses (2006 – Seattle; 2007 – Atlanta; 2010 – Washington DC; 2011 – Dallas). She presented at the Society of Project Management Pacific Rim (ProMAC) International Conference in Anchorage in 2008. She has been either an IT technical lead, or a project manager on State IT projects since 1988.

Her Congress and ProMAC papers include: 

  • A State Case Study in Project Team Building, Constraints, Competencies, Conflicts and the People Side of Change (2006)
  • A State Department Navigation in Project Risk Management, the Unexpected, and Novel Projects (2007)
  • Project Teaming, Stakeholder Management and the Human Side of Project Controls (2008)
  • State Government Virtual Project and PMO Collaboration Guided Discussion (2010)
  • COTS PM Strategy from a State Government PMO Perspective (2011)

Fundamentals of Project Change Management

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Fundamentals of Project Change Management:

  • PMI Alaska November 15, 2012 Chapter Meeting
  • State Office Building, 10th floor, Commissioner's Conference Room
  • Noon - 1:30 p.m.
  • Facilitator: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Presenter:

  • Keely Killpack, PhD
  • Change Management Consultant
  • PeopleFirm
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Short Description

This session on Project Change Management focuses on HOW to increase end user adoption of technology or software tools and proven techniques for changing human behavior in the workplace. My story will highlight the business case for including change management on projects, methodologies that are used to mitigate the risks that employee behavior change brings to any project, and the capability to manage change that is being built within DOA through the IRIS Project.

Join us for a lively talk about changing employee behavior from Keely Killpack, PhD. Keely brings more than 12 years of consulting experience helping companies evolve, change and positively influence employee behavior and performance to the IRIS Project. Her strengths are in leadership development, change strategy & management, competencies, culture and communication, organizational performance, as well as organizational alignment, design and development. She specializes in Work Motivation and Team Development; leveraging best practices and psychological science in her client engagements. 

Keely Killpack Bio

Keely has extensive experience influencing leadership, culture change and employee performance across a diverse range of cultures and industries. She has worked with clients in North America, Europe, Asia and South Africa in the energy, travel, government, retail, healthcare and high technology industries.

Beyond her successes in large, corporate project experiences, Keely's clientele also include non-profit organizations, entrepreneurs, family-owned businesses and real estate property management. She is trained in Agile Project Management Fundamentals and has enjoyed a blend of traditional and Agile projects along the way. Keely values the challenges that diverse clients provide and enjoys helping them build high-performing organizations.

Microsoft Project and Team Foundation Server (TFS) working together

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Microsoft Project and Team Foundation Server (TFS) working together

  • PMI Alaska September 20, 2012 Chapter Meeting
  • Facilitator: Ursula Sfraga

 Presenter:

  • Margaret Brockhaus
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Resource Data, Inc.

  Short Description

This presentation will focus on the key components of Microsoft Project and Team Foundation Server (TFS). We will examine the value in selecting the correct tool for the job.  We will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each tool. Microsoft project assists a project manager in developing a plan, assigning resources to tasks, tracking progress, managing the budget, and analyzing workloads. TFS supports a team environment which allows the project team to effectively self-manage the tasks in the project, control of information between team members, responsibility of tasks, supports the agile process, and integrates with management of source code.   These tools will not solve problems with your projects but can provide an environment where you can more easily manage tasks and identify risks.  Attend this presentation and learn how Microsoft Project and TFS can be used in conjunction to create quality deliverables that adhere to a prescribed timeline.  

Session Learning Objectives:

When the session is completed, the attendee will have an understanding of:

1.       Microsoft Project basics/advantages/disadvantages

2.       TFS basics/advantages/disadvantages

3.       How to integrate an agile process in a fixed bid contract

 

Margaret Brockhaus Bio

Maggie Brockhaus is a Senior Project Manager with Resource Data Inc (RDI).  She moved to Alaska three years ago.  Her professional background includes: 

  • 26 years of IT experience
  • 8 years in state government (State of Alaska and State of Montana) 
  • Currently she is project manager for a rewrite for Workers’ Compensation at the Department of Labor
  • Currently she is the project manager for a rewrite for Secure Access Manager at the Department of Labor·  
    • Recently completed a multi-agency project for improving phone services to the SOA
    • In the private sector she managed a project for public safety including 911 and Police Records Case Management systems
    • Visiting Professor for the Computer Science Department at University of Montana

Cost Estimation

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Presenter: Zacharcy Jasnoff from Price Systems

Location: Alaska Office Building room 123

Date: April 19, 2012

Time: 12:00-1:30 PM

Join the PMI Juneau Region Group on April 19th in the Alaska Office Building at noon for the presentation of: Cost Estimation

Presentation Description:

  • Cost estimating is the process of converting technical requirements and solutions into financial predications.  Cost analysis is the process of collecting and translating historical data into usable information for developing and defending a cost estimate.  Without well-thought cost estimates, projects are destined for failure – an estimate is the key ingredient in the planning and management of a project.  This webinar is designed to show participants some of the best practices and processes in completing a cost estimate that holds true whether the project is a manufactured product, business service or multimillion dollar defense project.  The webinar will discuss some of the key practical techniques and use of the TruePlanning model to complete high quality estimates that are on budget and schedule. 

Zachary's Bio:

Zachary Jasnoff ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 856.912.0974), is a Solutions Architect Director for PRICE Systems, LLC. Headquartered in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, PRICE Systems provides advanced modeling software and expert professional services to government agencies and corporations throughout the United States and around the globe.

 Mr. Jasnoff has over 25 years experience in Life Cycle Cost estimating on a wide range of defense programs and is an acknowledged expert in Affordability Management. Mr. Jasnoff began his career at the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) where he was responsible for independent audits and investigations of defense acquisition programs.

 Mr. Jasnoff then broadened his career in parametric lifecycle estimating while serving in various positions at Boeing, PRICE Systems (mid-1990's) and Lockheed-Martin. At Lockheed-Martin he was responsible for managing the Affordability Analysis group, and was the "Cost as an Independent Variable" (CAIV) author for the Littoral Combat Ship Proposal. He has won several awards from the International Society of Parametric Analysts (ISPA) for various presentations on CAIV and advanced estimating methodologies.

 Prior to joining PRICE Systems, Mr. Jasnoff served as Vice President/Director of Business Resiliency at JPMorganChase. In this position, Mr. Jasnoff managed a staff responsible for developing new models for measuring resiliency, value-at-risk and Total Cost of Ownership.

 Mr. Jasnoff is also a firm believer in lifelong learning and, in August 2006, received his M.S.E in Technology Management from Penn Engineering and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Wharton, Mr. Jasnoff was part of a team that developed intellectual property for the financial sector in Business Resiliency and Risk Management. He also holds an M.B.A from American University and B.A. from Villanova University.

Defining Project Success

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Presenter: Ally Baker, Resource Data Inc.

Location: Alaska Office Building room 123

Date: March 15, 2012

Time: 12:00-1:30 PM

Join the PMI Juneau Region Group on November 17th in the Alaska Office Building at noon for the presentation of: Defining Project Success

Presentation Description:

Define and Measure the success of your project. What to consider and how to maintain critical aspects of success throughout the project lifecycle. A discussion about positively influencing the success of a project by leveraging artifacts and tools to help team collaboration and communication between team members, and maintaining consistency but remaining flexible in a changing environment.

 We will discuss:

  1. Define Project Success
  2. Measure Success and Critical Aspects that affect the Success of a Project
  3. Artifacts and Tools to Achieve Success
  4. The Importance of Effective Communication

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