Keynote to Educate on Successful Projects
In order to comply with the Affordable Care Act, the State of Oregon made the decision to build its own Health Insurance Exchange (ORHIX). An online portal to allow applicants was supposed to go live October 1, 2013. As of March 30, 2014 the site was not functional and all ORHIX applications must be processed from paper applications.
Leadership is more than leading the people reporting to you. Too often, you need to lead people over which you lack any authority. The absence of hierarchical advantage adds a challenge, but is ideal training on how to deal with managers, customers, and difficult people. The key is making them feel the direction chosen is theirs. One of the best methods of doing this is storytelling.
Presentations, Classes and Book Signings
Following are the upcoming presentations, classes and book signings:
- Mon. 11 Sep, 2017 (5:15 pm - 6:15 pm) Association Keynotes Filling Execution Gaps – The Six Deadly Holes that Prevent Project Success Registration Informoation on the Mt Baker PMI Website. Check-In / Networking Time: 5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Program 1 (5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.) Executives define vision, strategy, and goals to advance the business. Projects enable companies to meet those goals. Between strategy and projects there is a lot of work to be done—work that lays the foundation for the projects’ success. Through experience and research, six common gaps exist in organizations that inhibit project success. Without filling these gaps, projects struggle and fail to deliver value to their end users, goals are missed, and businesses fail to succeed. Project managers, like you, must help build value-driven organizations that are seasoned yet adaptive, structured yet agile, pragmatic yet innovative. Understanding of the core issues causing these gaps and how they are filled at other companies—gives you the tools for success. (1 PDU – Leadership) Panel Discussion Program 2 (7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.) (1 PDU – Leadership) Location: Hampton Inn (Bellingham Airport) – Executive Board Room (1st floor, just past the lobby) 3985 Bennett Drive, Bellingham (360) 676-7700
- Thu. 17 Sep, 2015 (5:30 am - 9:30 am) Classes PMI Upstate New York Special Event! The PMI-UNY Special Events Committee is pleased to announce the first special event of the 2015/2016 year. us while we are in New York while we give a dinner meeting presentation, or join us the following day for a special follow workshop. Thursday, September 17, 2015 Half Session: 8:30am – 10:00am Half Session: $50/per person, 2 PDUs Full Session: 8:30am – 12:30pm Full Session: $75/per person, 4 PDUs Continental Breakfast provided to all participants at the opening of the event. Vision to Value: Strategically Meeting Business Needs Leaders define vision. Business turns vision into value. It still takes a team of executives, stakeholders, project managers, and individual contributors to drive the projects that build the capabilities transforming businesses. Ergo, projects are the enablers for turning vision into value. Too often, however, project managers and their stakeholders lack the visibility into how their project’s fit into the business’ grand vision. Think how wonderfully your business would run if everyone from the C-Suite to the feet on the street understood how to maintain focus on executing business strategies. This workshop will help leaders: • Understand what is valuable for your organization.• Improve communication.• Focus their energies and your resources on corporate goals.Organizations the world over use balanced scorecard to define their strategic goals. However, balanced scorecard only works if its information is disseminated throughout the organization. This workshop helps, executive sponsors, PMO managers, project managers, and project teams understand why and how a strategy is defined, the use of activity and strategy maps, and how they apply to the organization’s projects.This short two-hour session will give you:• A basic understanding of Balanced Scorecard.• The meaning and usefulness of balanced scorecard.• An understanding the three types of projects—strategic, compliance, and operational effectiveness.• The key attributes to look for on a project to ensure it is aligned with the corporate strategy.For those who can stay an extra two hours (four hours total) you will gain:• Development and use of activity diagrams.• Development of strategy maps.• An understanding of cross organization You can get more information about this event by contacting us directly or visiting the PMI Upstate New York Chapter.
- Wed. 16 Sep, 2015 (2:30 pm - 5:30 pm) Association Keynotes PMI Upstate New York Dinner Meeting Join us while we are in New York while we give a dinner meeting presentation, or join us the following day for a special follow workshop. Attitude adjustment will begin at 5:30 pm with dinner at 6:00 pm, followed by the program starting promptly at 7:00 pm and adjourning by 8:00 pm. Dinner includes Caesar Salad, Rolls, Coffee, & Dessert (Vanilla Bean ice cream topped with fresh strawberries, and fresh whipped cream) with Choice of Entree 1. Chicken : Francaise 2. Fish: Herb basted fresh fillet of Atlantic salmon with a chive buerre blanc 3. Beef: Sirloin cacciatore with rice 4. Vegetable Provence, sautéed with herbs de Provence and topped with grilled, marinated tofu, brown rice About our presentation: People or Process: Which Has the Greater Effect on Project Success People or Process, as the name implies, looks directly at the role of people versus process in a project's success or failure. Process is a needed component of any project, but does not obviate the need to work with people. A project manager's ability to not only manage, but lead and inspire is often the dividing line between an initiative's success and failure. Unfortunately, the trend over the last fifteen years has been to focus on process and reduce project management to a checklist of tasks. This has created a culture that diminishes the value of a project manager with people skills. By the end of this presentation, attendees will understand the importance of balancing people and process, where to focus their efforts, and tips on inspiring people to excel at their jobs. You can get more information about this event by contacting us directly or visiting the PMI Upstate New York Chapter.
The four steps to bring a project back from red. They are:
- Project Audit;
- Data Analysis;
- Solution Negotiation;
- Plan Execution.
Like any recovery, be it twelve-step or four-step, it goes nowhere without realization of the problem. Step zero is acknowledging the failure. Without this step, the problems and subsequent resolutions will not have full recognition and the project recovery will fail due to the lack of management support. With realization, the recovery process has meaning.
Are you an event planner looking for more information about our keynotes, presentations, webinars. workshops, and classes? Most of our keynotes and presentations are posted online; however, most of our classes and workshops are not since they are custom to the client. This article will help you understand how we can help you.
“He did a fantastic job. In three and a half hours he not only familiarized our people with the psychology of change, but also walked them through how the proposed changes for next year will impact them and our clients.”
Christine Herb, VP Professional Services
eCameron provides a variety of keynotes and seminars for your company or organization. They are broken into three groups:
- Business Advancement Series – addressing business leadership topics from strategic planning to implementation as they relate to running projects successfully.
- Visualizing Change Series – change management and the challenges in adopting new processes.
- Back From RedTM Series – focusing on topics that are directly associated with properly running projects in any organization.
As they say in the army, never volunteer. Nowhere could that be truer than when it comes to project sponsorship. Given a choice between a root canal and project sponsorship, most managers and executives start looking up dentists on the internet. It is a sad fact—one that project managers must deal with on a daily basis. It is often the project manager’s first solid opportunity to lead up.
Recently I received the book Strategies for Project Sponsorship by Vicki James, Ron Rosenhead, and Peter Taylor, all good friends of mine and trustworthy twitter contributors. It took a while for the book to trickle “up” to the top of my stack; however, when it did I was more than impressed.
Back in the eighties, I was working for a large aerospace company cutting my teeth as a systems analyst. My bosses were a little older than I am now, and they loved talking about the days before cubicles, pontificating on how personal computers were inferior to mainframes, and reminiscing about the days of the BOMARC missile. It was their way of telling us thirty-something kids that they were in control and we needed to respect their position. Then, as now, information was king and these pterodactyls were not letting it go. To earn the stripes, one had to partake in the tribal rituals, smoke cigars during three-martini lunches, and attend your boss's parties. They saw no value in email let alone the boondoggle shop floor automation project I was part of. In two words, communication sucked.
Project failure is rampant in nearly every industry. In the US alone, the cost are huge with estimates running as high as a trillion dollars a year. In most cases, the project manager and his or her team are blamed. The project, however, is only the symptom with the source of the failure imbedded in the organization. Project pressure stresses the weak links in the organization causing them to snap.