Project YOU:  Managing Your Career as a Project Professional


    Speaker  Session  Details

    TaJuana Antwine

    TaJuana is a Senior Consultant who specializes in bringing uniquely talented individuals together to work toward project goals.  As an Engagement Manager at PCUBED, she leads a team of project managers and manages projects as both a project manager and as a change manager.  Her experience in project and change management spans across 15+ years and several industries.  She enjoys spending her spare time with her 3 favorite guys, her husband of 16 years and her two sons.

    Jumping in the Deep End

    Sometimes as project managers, we can find ourselves jumping into the middle of a project that is already in progress.  The team has already been established and the work is in full swing.  The purpose of this session is to describe how a project manager can take the reins quickly and establish positive rapport with the existing project team.

    Tuesday, June 5 at 3:45pm

    Room 203

    Track: Sharpening Your Edge

    Triangle: Leadership 

    Keira Bailey

    Keira Bailey is a proven leader in global project management consulting at EPMA based in Houston. She assists clients maximize project throughput in their portfolio and mentors them on how to successfully execute transitions and transformations. Keira is a Toastmasters International award-winning speaker and captures the attention of audiences everywhere by providing practical application of industry frameworks and methodologies. She is passionate about encouraging other professionals in her field is to drive their teams to continued success in Project and Portfolio Management.

    Co-Presenter: Laura Holder

    Laura Holder has extensive project management and PMO development experience as a certified PMP. She now supports Fortune 500 companies working as a Sr. Manager at EPMA based in Houston, TX.   Her strong knowledge of project delivery helps guide her clients struggling with project execution.   Laura not only addresses project management technicalities, but also focusses on the soft skills that are vital to a project managers success.  Laura teaches simplified project management techniques so that the content is easily absorbed and can be quickly and effectively used.  She is passionate about process, delivery, and technique but also trains in a fun and entertaining way.

    How to Gain Buy-in when You're the New Kid on the Block

    Have you ever walked into a room full of people and everyone is whispering, "Who's the new kid?" I know I have and it can be difficult to know how you are going to make your mark in your new role. There are a lot of questions; who to talk to, where to find the right information, what role you will play in your organization, even how to navigate from your desk to the coffee station. However, being new also has its advantages; the expectations are low and there is only one way to go, and that is up. It’s not about where you've been it is where you're going. In “How to gain buy-in when you are the new kid on the block,” you will learn the strategy of effective communication, just enough management, and how to gain buy-in from your team so that your projects can be successful. Gaining buy-in from stakeholders can be an uphill battle, but once you reach the top, the view is amazing. Join us on this journey up the hill so you too can see the amazing view from the top.

    Tuesday, June 5 at 12:45pm

    Room 207

    Track: (Re)Launching Your Career

    Triangle: Leadership 

    Roland Cuellar

    Roland Cuellar (‘kway-are’) has focused exclusively on agile software development and lean business process improvement for the last 14 years.  Roland has worked with Capital One, CNBC, Westinghouse Nuclear Power, Nationwide Insurance, The Department of Homeland Security, the US Courts, General Dynamics, and many other clients on enterprise agile adoption. He has spoken at numerous conferences and has published a number of articles on the subjects of agile, portfolio management, quality, and kanban. He has strong experience on executive agile training, portfolio level training, product owner training, and delivery team training.     

    Business Side Agility Case Study from F500 Firm 

    While the IT side of this F500 financial services client has been practicing agile development for years, the business side is still, in some cases, more waterfall and traditional in its approach to requirements and releases.  In this experience report, we will hear how this F500 firm has accelerated business-side agility by: Re-organizing from functional silos to Product-Based Value-Stream Teams; Redesigning the business requirements process to achieve a continuous flow of MMPs into the teams; Utilization of Big-Room-Planning techniques to create alignment across a wide set of stakeholders and dependencies; Design of a Product-Manager-to-Product-Owner fan-out concept to achieve omni-channel digital delivery; Design of a portfolio-level visitation system to track the flow of MMPs across multiple investments simultaneously.

    Monday, June 4 at 2:15 PM

    Room 206

    Track: Sharpening Your Edge

    Triangle: Strategy 

    Ranessa Davis

    Ranessa Davis is a proficient Technical Project Management professional.  A MBA professional with a technical background and 12 years experience in the oil and gas, chemicals and specialty refining sectors, her key skill sets include client service excellence, large-scale budgeting (up to $1 billion), and multi-discipline schedule management and project controls. Her keen ability to apply achievable and measurable goals to tasks and the ability to cater to the understanding of specific project needs has proven to develop key strategies to drive project profitability, positive results, and seamless execution.

    Broken! When All Hell Breaks Loose: 10 Steps for You to Correct Your Engineering Track

    This session is not for those who have never experienced project pitfalls and failure. This session is targeted for managers, specifically engineering managers,  who need a tangible approach to addressing ever present course correction needs of their technical project team. This comprehensive ten-step approach to coping in the environment of interrogation that presents itself when late and inefficient engineering rears its ugly head will change the way you respond, internalize and execute your projects' path forward.  

    Monday, June 4 at 3:45 PM

    Room 204

    Track: Sharpening Your Edge 

    Triangle: Technical

    Larry Hawkins II

    Larry Hawkins II is a catalyst who inspires others to pursue purpose. He is also the author of “5 Principles to a Purposeful Life”, a book written to help others find their version of success. An electrical engineer, he has transitioned from optimizing electrical systems at Mississippi State University to helping others become the best version of themselves. He co-founded Hawkins Development Group which exists to guide others on their path to self-fulfillment through personal, interpersonal, and organizational development.

    Finding Your Purpose through Self-Branding

    Spend some time with Larry and explore how to become more engaged in your work and evaluate your inner motivations. In this class, you’ll discover how to use your purpose to spend your time in more meaningful ways as Larry guides you through thought-provoking questions to increase your self-awareness and efficiency in career development.

    Tuesday, June 5 at  2:15pm

    Room 206

    Track: Charting Your Course

    Triangle: Strategy

    Larry Hoelscher

    Larry Hoelscher is Managing Director of Wanale Consulting Services, LLC, since retiring from a 36-year career with Williams Companies. Larry’s career at Williams ranged from entry level Electrical Engineer to Vice President of Engineering & Construction, managing operations and expansion of Williams assets across the USA.  As Chairman and President of Grace International Children’s Foundation, Larry has worked for 17 years in Uganda, Africa, building and operating homes for 125 vulnerable, orphaned children and drilling water wells.

    Don't Manage Your Project, Manage Your People

    Project managers can easily forget that their project isn’t just the product they will deliver, it is also and primarily the people they are leading. We can get so focused on managing project deliverables that we neglect the people – the team – who will actually deliver them. In this session, you will learn how the very best project managers don’t really manage their product at all; they manage their people. Veteran project and portfolio manager Larry Hoelscher, a former VP of Engineering and Construction at Williams, will discuss how project leaders can move beyond a “product focus” to the “people focus” that is so critical to project success.

    Monday, June 4 at 3:45 PM

    Room 207

    Track: Sharpening Your Edge, Building Your Legacy

    Triangle: Leadership

    Mark Hordes

    A former partner with a “Big Five” management consulting firm, Mark has successfully led change management and leadership development engagements for clients such as Entergy, Intel, Baker Hughes and many others. Mark is a Leadership and Organizational Transformation “Thought Leader” and sought-after speaker, management consultant, and co-author of the best-selling business book: “S-Business: Reinventing the Services Organization”. He holds a BS from the University of Houston and an MBA and MS from Aurora University.

    Boost Your Leadership IQ: How to Successful Transition from a Technical Contributor to a High Performing Leader 

    Many Technical Contributors and Subject Matter Experts aspire to become High Performing Leaders. Unfortunately, only "3 out of 10" (Hordes research 2015-17 research) technical contributors succeed once they have been promoted into a Leadership role based upon their technical achievements. This presentation takes the "mystery out of why the failure rate is so high" and lays out a "can't fail/hands-on" process for ultimate career Leadership progression success! 

    Tuesday, June 5 at 10:30am

    Room 205

    Track: Sharpening Your Edge

    Triangle: Leadership

    Mark Hordes

    A former partner with a “Big Five” management consulting firm, Mark has successfully led change management and leadership development engagements for clients such as Entergy, Intel, Baker Hughes and many others. Mark is a Leadership and Organizational Transformation “Thought Leader” and sought-after speaker, management consultant, and co-author of the best-selling business book: “S-Business: Reinventing the Services Organization”. He holds a BS from the University of Houston and an MBA and MS from Aurora University.

    Making Change Work, When Everything is Changing! 

    Organizations are changing! But still, "7 out 10" change management efforts fail to meet their objectives (Gardner 2017 Research). New approaches to managing change are taking hold as digital transformation, Change Management Agile approaches, and new Human Capital solutions are taking center stage in the new reality. Learn about how change management is changing in light of business digital transformations, and its impacts on people, processes, projects, customers  and all employees requiring them to becoming more responsive to the need for rapid and sustainable change

    Monday, June 4 at 3:45 PM

    Room 205

    Track: Building Your Legacy 

    Triangle: Strategy 

    Margaret Johnson

    Margaret A. Johnson, President of Ideal Training, Inc utilizes her BS in Mechanical Engineering while she trains, coaches, speaks and writes with a mission to unleash creativity, ignite ideas and remove barriers to success at all levels within organizations.  She works with clients to bust assumptions that hold back progress, apply their creative geniuses to tackle issues and encourages courageous intelligent risk taking to assist them in solving problems. Her creative, engaging, energetic style inspires individuals to apply the knowledge and take immediate action for continuing success.  

    Managing Up! Developing Relationships at All Levels

    In this session, we will bust the myths surrounding boss/subordinate relationships. You will gain tips and create a plan to manage these relationships to obtain the best results for you, your bosses, your projects and the organization. By understanding each other’s strengths, weaknesses, working styles, and expectations you will create an effective and productive working relationship. Lessons learned from great and not so great bosses will also be examined to enhance future interactions. 

    Tuesday, June 5 at  2:15pm

    Room 207

    Track: (Re)Launching Your Career

    Triangle: Leadership

    Teresa Jurgens-Kowal

    Teresa is the President of Global NP Solutions which specializes in consulting on innovation best practices. Teresa has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington, a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Idaho, and an MBA from West Texas A&M University.  She has over 20 years of experience working in the petrochemical industry and teaching at the college/university level.  She has a passion for lifelong learning and in her free time, she enjoys scrapbooking and bicycling.

    Using "Wagile" Project Management for a New Product Development 

    Product development projects have traditionally followed a staged and gated process with a conventional waterfall approach.  As agile methodologies are gaining acceptance and traction in the IT industry, tangible product developers have noted the benefits of flexibility and adaptability in these emerging practices.  However, a full agile approach is often not feasible for product development requiring compliance testing or significant customer testing interactions during concept design.  Therefore, a “wagile” approach that blends traditional waterfall stages of project work with iterative and repetitive agile cycles is designed for the best success for translating new product ideas into commercial realities.    In this presentation, we will discuss the history of product development processes that have led to the wagile approach.  Examples of new product development successes using a wagile project management methodology will be shared and participants will learn how to adapt a traditional project management process to include important elements of the agile philosophy without disrupting required compliance that is traditionally delivered in a waterfall process.  

    Monday, June 4 at 12:30 PM

    Room 206

    Track: Charting Your Course

    Triangle: Technical 

    Rashid Kapadia

    Rashid N. Kapadia, PMP, is a speaker, project manager, engineer, consultant, and author of “Necessary Bridges: Public Speaking & Storytelling for Project Managers & Engineers”.

    Born & raised in India, he started his career in the merchant navy, where over 17 years he progressed from marine engineering apprentice to chief engineer. Rashid moved to the US in 1995 pursuing a Masters degree in Marine Management and other advanced marine commercial certification in Chartering and Agency. In the US, over 14 years, he worked for 3 organizations providing leadership in commercial merchant shipping, chartering & operations, marine and offshore engineering and repair operations, project management, and business development. In 2014 he took a career sabbatical to write a book and polish his public speaking skills. In 2015, along with his wife Anahita, he co-founded Necessary Bridges, Inc. He is an evangelist for “Public Speaking, & Storytelling” and for “Regular & Disciplined Reading”.

    Rashid is a lifelong student and an avid reader—committed to reading 50 non-fiction books every year—and is constantly on the lookout for new knowledge that can be applied to uplift professions and solve problems.

    Finding Flow on Projects

    FLOW is a combined state of mind-body—increasingly being recognized as a Final Performance Frontier—where we perform our best and feel our best. In FLOW our attention becomes so focused on the task at hand that everything else disappears; our sense of action and awareness merge; both mental and physical performances are exceptionally enhanced. This session discusses ways in which project members, as teams and as individuals, can harness FLOW to enhance success. Participants will learn about: 1) the basics of FLOW (it’s really about absolute attention and intense, yet relaxed concentration); 2) how to deliberately harness it; 3) the FLOW cycle, FLOW triggers, and the FLOW zone.

    Tuesday, June 5 at  10:30 am

    Room 204

    Track: Sharpening Your Edge

    Triangle: Technical 

    Tiffani Love

    Tiffani Love is a certified Project Management Professional and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with 15 years of experience leading teams to successfully execute system-wide initiatives and achieve excellence in patient care and business operations. Tiffani worked as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte, a Business Process Engineer at Texas Children’s Hospital, and is currently a Senior Project Manager leading a team on a $500 million building expansion. She’s provided Lean Six Sigma training to staff and mentored over 30 candidates for their Green Belt and Black Belt certification.

    How to Complete a Project on Time and Under Budget

    In this session, attendees will learn:  

    1. How to Define and Manage Project Scope to Keep The Team Focused    
    2. How to Define Clear Project Goals and Objectives     3. How to Create a Realistic Project Timeline    
    4. How To Facilitate Effective Project Meetings    
    5. How To Successfully Close-out a Project and Leverage Lessons Learned

    Tuesday, June 5 at  2:15pm

    Room 204

    Track: (Re)Launching Your Career

    Triangle: Technical

    Tiffani Love

    Tiffani Love is a certified Project Management Professional and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with 15 years of experience leading teams to successfully execute system-wide initiatives and achieve excellence in patient care and business operations. Tiffani worked as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte, a Business Process Engineer at Texas Children’s Hospital, and is currently a Senior Project Manager leading a team on a $500 million building expansion. She’s provided Lean Six Sigma training to staff and mentored over 30 candidates for their Green Belt and Black Belt certification.

    How to Manage a New Project with Little to No Experience

    In this session, attendees will learn how to:  

    1. How to Ask the Right Questions to Get Clarity Before the Project Starts  
    2. How to Build Strategic Relationships to Get the Work Done  
    3. How to Create a Solid Project Plan to Lead the Project Team  
    4. How to Monitor Project Progress to End the Project On Time and Within Budget  
    5. How to Manage Your Time at Work to Maximize Results  

    Tuesday, June 5 at  12:45pm

    Room 204

    Track: (Re)Launching Your Career

    Triangle: Technical

    George T. McLaughlin

    Mr. McLaughlin, PMP, CSM, is a principal in McLaughlin and McLaughlin, an international project planning and management consulting firm.  He provides training and workshops on planning and management of large and complex projects.  Recently Mr. McLaughlin has been Program or Project Manager on Hydrogen Plant, Sulphur Recovery Plant, Data Center Program, Refinery Retrofit and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing. Mr. McLaughlin is an instructor in Austin PMI’s PMP exam preparation course. 

     

    Project Management: The Future of US Capital Projects

    The US Capital Project marketplace is on the brink of a massive and historic expansion. Sadly, the project management profession has not advanced at a rate that mirrors technological advances. Therein resides this major opportunity for existing and new PM professionals. This presentation characterizes this emerging market. The opportunity for PM professionals is presented in the context of industry trends and managerial requirements. Technology advancements that represent managerial development options are identified.The US Capital Project marketplace is on the brink of a massive and historic expansion. Sadly, the project management profession has not advanced at a rate that mirrors technological advances. Therein resides this major opportunity for existing and new PM professionals. This presentation characterizes this emerging market. The opportunity for PM professionals is presented in the context of industry trends and managerial requirements. Technology advancements that represent managerial development options are identified.

    Monday, June 4 at 2:15 PM

    Room 204

    Track: Charting Your Course

    Triangle: Strategy

    Panayiotis Melas

    Panayiotis “Takis” Melas, PMP, CSM is a Sr. Consultant/Program Manager for Pcubed. A Senior IT Professional with 15+ years of Project and Program Management experience that includes Fortune 500 companies such as Chevron, Halliburton, and HP in addition to over 10 years of direct employee management. His diverse portfolio of projects consists of Software Development, Mobility, SaaS, Third party Implementation/Integration, Infrastructure, etc spanning over industries including Oil and Gas, Manufacturing, Publishing and Transportation. He actively promotes Agile and mentors peers and clients in the methodology and in merging with a waterfall system. 

    Transition from Waterfall to Agile

    Agile methodology has quickly become a "must-have" methodology for a large number of companies. As organizations transition from the traditional Waterfall methodology to Agile, a lot of attention is placed on the end result, but little information is provided about how to properly and gradually transition from one methodology to the other.   This presentation discusses some of the key steps, challenges and opportunities for the transition, and suggestions on how to phase in Agile and apply it under a Waterfall governance/organization model. Topics include how to gradually introduce the Agile concepts and processes and build up the methodology as the team matures in the new model.

    Monday, June 4 at 3:45 PM

    Room 202

    Track: Sharpening Your Edge 

    Triangle: Technical

    Eddie Merla, PMI-ACP, PMP

    Eddie Merla, PMI-ACP, PMP is the owner and founder of Duende Project Management Services, a training and consulting company.  As a trainer and coach, Eddie has trained several thousand project management professionals throughout the world on project management, leadership, and soft skills topics.  He has been a frequent speaker at the Project Management Institute Global Congresses and has delivered seminars internationally.   Eddie is also one of the PMP preparation instructors for the Houston PMI chapter.

    Don't Think Requirements and Solutions, Think Stories and "Done, Done": Agile Approach to Defining Stakeholders' Needs


    Many projects fail because stakeholders’ needs are poorly defined upfront.  This session will introduce the story method for defining stakeholders’ needs which is typically used for Agile projects.  The approach introduced and defined in this session emphasizes the value of stories and getting to “done, done” over the traditional approach of focusing on requirements and solutions.  This session will introduce story writing and discussion, collaborative ranking and estimation and stakeholder engagement throughout the project cycle. 

    Monday, June 4 at 12:30 PM

    Room 207

    Track: Sharpening Your Edge

    Triangle: Technical 

    Eddie Merla, PMI-ACP, PMP

    Eddie Merla, PMI-ACP, PMP is the owner and founder of Duende Project Management Services, a training and consulting company.  As a trainer and coach, Eddie has trained several thousand project management professionals throughout the world on project management, leadership, and soft skills topics.  He has been a frequent speaker at the Project Management Institute Global Congresses and has delivered seminars internationally.   Eddie is also one of the PMP preparation instructors for the Houston PMI chapter.

    Agile Can Make Your Heart Sing: The Agile Way to Unleashing Passion, Creativity and Innovation

    Agile is more than a project management approach, it is a mindset shift.  By adopting the “Agile Way,” you can unleash passion, creativity and innovation for yourself, your teams and your organizations.  Become indispensable as a business professional by adopting the Agile mindset.  This session is designed to raise your agility intelligence.  Adopt the Agile mindset by enhancing your creativity, sharpening your communications, rethinking your leadership model, managing complexity and connecting for novel and effective solutions. To enhance your effectiveness as a business professional and to make your heart sing, attend this session to begin your transition to the Agile mindset. 

    Tuesday, June 5 at 3:45pm

    Room 205

    Track: (Re)Launching Your Career

    Triangle:  Technical 

    Bob Payne

    An early adopter of Extreme Programming, Scrum and SAFe, I have worked exclusively as a Lean+Agile Transformation leader since 1999. I host the Agile Toolkit podcast and have produced over 170 podcasts, recording a variety of industry leaders and Agile practitioners. My consulting and training style is build on years of Lean+Agile experience, a MSEE in Computer Architectures for Artificial Intelligence and having grown up working in my family’s restaurant, so you can expect a blend of technical excellence and customer service.

    Introduction to Scrum and the Lean Roots of Agile

    Scrum and other Agile methods are deeply rooted in Lean.  This hands-on workshop will explore those Lean roots and provide an introduction to the Scrum framework. Scrum is the most popular Agile framework in use today.  Agile methods have been used to deliver many types of projects and products ranging from IT, HR, engineering, business and even life-critical implantable medical devices.  Participants will simulate the creation of a product using the Scrum frameworks. Bob is a Certified Scrum Trainer and has been assisting organizations adoption of Scrum for over 18 years.

    Tuesday, June 5 at  10:30 am

    Room 202

    Track: Charting Your Course, Sharpening Your Edge  

    Triangle: Technical 

     Bob Payne

    An early adopter of Extreme Programming, Scrum and SAFe, I have worked exclusively as a Lean+Agile Transformation leader since 1999. I host the Agile Toolkit podcast and have produced over 170 podcasts, recording a variety of industry leaders and Agile practitioners. My consulting and training style is build on years of Lean+Agile experience, a MSEE in Computer Architectures for Artificial Intelligence and having grown up working in my family’s restaurant, so you can expect a blend of technical excellence and customer service.

    Retrospectives: Turning the Crank of Continuous Improvement in Agile Organizations

    "Retrospecting is awesome but many retrospectives are not.  Most people are familiar with the concept of kaizen, the gradual continuous improvement technique that most retrospective techniques focus on.  The first half of this session will focus on the history of retrospectives, kaizen and kaikaku, the origins of the Awesome Island Retrospective technique The second half will have participants break out into groups to focus on large changes in the topics of their choice.  Awesome Island focuses on the more radical, large changes called kaikaku.  It focuses teams on Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAG) for change and then focuses the team on tactical steps to make those changes real. This interactive workshop will allow participants to learn the Awesome Island retrospective technique by retrospecting on how they can bring radical changes to their organization, career or the topic of their choice.

    Tuesday, June 5 at 3:45 PM

    Room 204

    Track: Sharpening Your Edge, Building Your Legacy 

    Triangle: Strategy 

    Gary L. Richardson, PhD, PMP, EVM, PE (inactive)

    Gary Richardson is the PMI Endowed Professor at the University of Houston, College of Technology. He has a professional background in the military, manufacturing, academia, energy, and government. The latter segment of his non-academic career was spent with Texaco, Star Enterprise (Texaco/Aramco joint venture), and Service Corporation.

    Gary has published eight technical management and IT-related texts, plus numerous technical articles. He currently has three successful project management texts in the market. He has taught project management courses to various Chinese, Russian, Indian, South American, Finnish, and U.S. audiences.

    Generating Accurate Earned Value Status Parameters

    Despite being a proven and powerful management tool for generating project status and forecasts, Earned Value remains little used in the commercial project world. Project software is now increasing in use and with this class of tool there is built-in ability to spawn these parameters essentially as a by-product of normal tracking. However, if not used properly computer generated EV parameters may well produce erroneous interpretations that will then erode confidence in the tool. The goal of this session is to show how the basic EV model is conceptually simple, but does require process discipline to be effective. Following a review of the theory the session will describe how these parameters can be properly produced to assess project present and future status. Microsoft Project will be used as the demonstration software.

    Monday, June 4 at 2:15 PM

    Room 205

    Track: Sharpening Your Edge

    Triangle: Technical 

    Nathaniel Salu

    Nathaniel Salu has worked in IT Project / Program Management for 15 years at an enterprise level. He is the IT Project Manager at IBM’s Cloud Networking business group overseeing the project portfolio,  mentoring other project managers and spearheading process improvement initiatives.   His certifications have included A+, Security+, CCNA, CAPM, Scrum, Agile, a Black Belt in Six Sigma and a PMP. Nathaniel has worked across multiple industries including telecommunications, industrial processes (including oil & gas), healthcare, and consulting; interfacing with leading industries worldwide.

    A Beginners Guide to Mentoring

    You have the knowledge. You have the experience. Now what? - Why not be a mentor?  Learn ways to mentor the next generation of project managers in a way that everyone involves benefits and enjoys it.

    Tuesday, June 5 at 3:45pm

    Room 206

    Track: Building Your Legacy 

    Triangle: Leadership 

    Kim Sawyer

    Executive and Enterprise Coach and Professional Speaker

    • Has over twenty years of diverse business experience • Partner Enterprise Coaching Group, an executive and enterprise coaching firm.
    • Published in a number of business media outlets, interviewed in the Houston Chronicle, appeared on CNN Business Radio and speaks frequently to companies and professional organizations across the country.
    • Holds a BBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Houston and an MS in Organizational Development from the University of Texas. 

    Enterprise Coaching: Fast Track to Engagement, Performance and Profitability

    We will explore what a coaching culture is and its value to people, performance, organization effectiveness and overall business success.  We will present a structured model designed to build a sustainable coaching culture in three systematic steps. We will close by showcasing a case study with a mid-size Oil and Gas company that has successfully implemented this model.  

    Monday, June 4 at 12:30 PM

    Room 205

    Track: Building Your Legacy 

    Triangle: Strategy 

    Andrew Say

    Andrew Say is a native Houstonian and alumni of the Cameron School of Business.  He began his education at the University of St. Thomas, where he completed his Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing and a dual MBA/MSF.  While attending school, Andrew worked in various institutions within the Texas Medical Center.  It was at the Medical Center that Andrew discovered his true passion in delivering healthcare solutions through the use of information technology.

    What's Next? A Guide for Launching a Successful Project Management Career

    Starting one's career can be difficult, particularly when career experience is lacking. Getting into the project profession can be one of the most rewarding and challenging career decisions. This presentation will take a look at some of the skill sets crucial to entering the field. It will provide insight to those completing their educations as well as anyone looking to begin a new career. 

    Tuesday, June 5 at  2:15pm

    Room 205

    Track:(Re)Launching Your Career, Charting Your Course

    Triangle: Strategy 

    Yvette Scheiber

    Yvette Scheiber is the managing director of Yvette Scheiber & Associates, a consulting firm based in Houston, Texas. She is an Organizational Leadership doctoral student focused on the impact of leadership on workplace dynamics and conflict resolution. Her first book, Productive Conversations, will be published in the fall of 2018. Colleagues and clients have called Yvette a “master communicator” as well as praising her business acumen. Yvette's work with senior leadership includes conflict resolution, crisis management, information technology project management, and development of new business opportunities.

    Gathering Requirements: You're Doing It All Wrong

    Many, if not most, projects suffer from scope creep, disappointed stakeholders, and runaway budgets. Gathering requirements is essential to a successful project, yet many projects find missing requirements and gaping assumptions when they enter the development phase. You don’t have to take years to get sound and agreed upon requirements. You just have to approach your requirements gathering phase with different conversational skills and a different mindset.  Learn how people think and what approach works to break down the barriers inherent in the requirements phase. You will leave this session with a roadmap to successful requirements gathering. You’ll move from hoping you know the requirements to having assurance in knowing you do, while running a project with happier stakeholders and satisfied team members. 

    Monday, June 4 at 3:45 PM

    Room 206

    Track: Sharpening Your Edge 

    Triangle: Strategy 

    Drew Shefman

    Drew Shefman has been professionally developing interactive experiences since 1996. He is a software craftsman, agile evangelist, mentor, and scrum master. He has served as technical lead or architect on projects that have included virtual simulation training for the cell phone industry, performance testing engines for the airline industry, mission-critical high-volume order managing for the grocery industry, and video player development for high demand live streaming events, as well as dozens of other interactive experiences.

    Agile in 160 Billion Gallons: When Agile Principles Occur During a Disaster

    While the Agile concepts may sometimes be easy, the why's and how's are a little trickier to wrap your head around.   I’ve unfortunately participated in three recent rising flood water events in Houston over the last three years. Employing my agile skills has had a profound impact on the "success of the project". You will leave with a palpable, even visceral, connection to some frequent Agile concepts.

    Tuesday, June 5 at  10:30 am

    Room 203

    Track: Building Your Legacy 

    Triangle: Strategy 

    Kenneth Smith

    Ken Smith of Academy Leadership is a distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy where he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Ken left the Army as a Major after 12 years as an Infantry officer, including two combat tours. His assignments included the 82nd Airborne and 25th Infantry Divisions. Ken earned the Bronze Star Medal during his service in Iraq and is a Ranger School graduate. He holds a Master's Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. Ken lives his passion transforming good managers into inspirational leaders, merging theoretical knowledge with real-world experiences. With 8 years leading engineering teams in the oil and gas industry, Ken is especially skilled at developing introverts and technical individuals.

    Feedback: The Final Communication Connection

    Project managers often cite “poor communication” as a challenge to effective project completion. Yet project managers themselves are often responsible for this breakdown. The most overlooked element of effective communication is a feedback mechanism to ensure that message sent equals message received. Session participants will: 1) Understand why feedback is the final communication connection; 2) Understand both communications and performance feedback and how they differ; 3) Learn key principles and tips for improving feedback communications; 4) Understand why active listening and using brief-back techniques are essential to effective communications; 5) Learn why effective Project Managers not only give consistent feedback but also solicit feedback from their team. 

    Tuesday, June 5 at  10:30 am

    Room 206

    Track: Sharpening Your Edge, Building Your Legacy 

    Triangle: Leadership

    Kenneth Smith

    Ken Smith of Academy Leadership is a distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy where he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Ken left the Army as a Major after 12 years as an Infantry officer, including two combat tours. His assignments included the 82nd Airborne and 25th Infantry Divisions. Ken earned the Bronze Star Medal during his service in Iraq and is a Ranger School graduate. He holds a Master's Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. Ken lives his passion transforming good managers into inspirational leaders, merging theoretical knowledge with real-world experiences. With 8 years leading engineering teams in the oil and gas industry, Ken is especially skilled at developing introverts and technical individuals.

    Coaching to Intentionally Develop Leaders

    Project Managers are in a great position to improve the performance of their teams through coaching. Coaching is different from mentoring or on-the-spot corrections. Coaching is deliberate and focused on long-term growth. It goes beyond telling someone what or how to do something. It is about developing people so that they can be highly successful and take part of the responsibility off the project manager. Session participants will: 1) Learn the characteristics of effective coaching; 2) Understand how to conduct performance coaching ; 3) Be able to conduct formal effective coaching by applying proper feedback techniques; 4) Learn the difference between performance coaching, on-the-spot coaching and mentoring.

    Monday, June 4 at 3:45 PM

    Room 203

    Track: Sharpening Your Edge, Building Your Legacy 

    Triangle: Leadership

    Bruce A. Tankleff, PMI-ACP, PMP

    Bruce Tankleff is a program manager for New Service Introduction at HP.  He has spent 32 years in the personal systems hardware and software industry. Almost all of this has been in leadership roles for software and hardware development and quality management.  Bruce is the holder of three US patents in software and hardware design, with one pending.  He has also been a long-time instructor for PMP prep sessions, and actively mentors PMs at HP.

    HP Mobile Hardware Diagnostics: An Excercise in Agile

    In this presentation, we’ll view a case study of how Agile was utilized in the development and release of diagnostics software for HP’s Elite x3 device.  Particular attention is paid to how this Agile project was integrated into the more traditional waterfall development model utilized for the hardware.  We map specific project activities back to the Agile Core Values and Agile Manifesto to help determine how Agile we really were and end with lessons learned.  

    Monday, June 4 at 2:15 PM

    Room 207

    Track: Sharpening Your Edge

    Triangle: Technical

    Erin Urban

    Erin Urban LSSBB, CPDC is a certified professional & leadership development coach with a decade of mentoring and coaching successful professional transformations. Erin is an experienced trainer, speaker and published author. Leveraging an extensive background in the corporate world as a project manager and leader facilitating individual, cultural as well as organizational change initiatives: her mission is to lift others up to defy their limits and exceed their goals.

    Making the Leap: Charting a Successful Career Transition

    Need to make a career shift, establish a successful transition or shift gears in your professional career? While this task can seem daunting, you have the advantage! Learn how to tap into your natural project management powers to create an action plan and achieve your goals! Success is a process. Discover the critical steps, key metrics, and how to articulate your professional impact to ensure a successful leap forward in your career.

    Tuesday, June 5 at  12:45pm

    Room 206

    Track: Charting Your Course

    Triangle: Strategy 

    Erin Urban

    Erin Urban LSSBB, CPDC is a certified professional & leadership development coach with a decade in mentoring and coaching successful professional transformations. Erin is an experienced trainer, speaker and published author. Leveraging an extensive background in the corporate world as a project manager and leader facilitating individual, cultural as well as organizational change initiatives: her mission is to lift others up to defy their limits and exceed their goals.

     

    Effective Leadership Practices for Project Management Professionals

    Subtitle > Leading by Influence and Leveraging the Power of Intentional Impact <  Leaders are not born. Leaders are made. Your leadership ability will determine your effectiveness. Project management requires the ability to motivate, influence others and lead high-performance teams. Your team’s performance and your success as a project manager hinge upon your ability to lead. Discover the key attributes of an effective leader and rise to the challenge of leadership to create positive change and facilitate growth.

    Tuesday, June 5 at  10:30 am

    Room 207

    Track: Charting Your Course, Sharpening Your Edge, Building Your Legacy 

    Triangle: Leadership

    Erin Urban

    Erin Urban LSSBB, CPDC is a certified professional & leadership development coach with a decade in mentoring and coaching successful professional transformations. Erin is an experienced trainer, speaker and published author. Leveraging an extensive background in the corporate world as a project manager and leader facilitating individual, cultural as well as organizational change initiatives: her mission is to lift others up to defy their limits and exceed their goals.


    Successful Job Search Strategies

    If you are in the market for new opportunities you must develop a successful professional marketing plan. However, articulating your impact to potential hiring managers isn’t as straightforward as it might seems. Welcome to the digital age: the era of electronic resumes and online job applications. How can you possibly stand out when everyone is put through the same tiresome process?
    The good news is, when you understand the system, you can make it work for you – instead of against you. Discover how to revolutionize your resume, identify your professional brand to stand out on LinkedIn and expand your professional relationships.

    Tuesday, June 5 at  3:45 pm

    Room 207

    Track: (Re)Launching Your Career, Charting Your Course

    Triangle: Strategy

     

    Alexandria Uribe
    Alexandria was born in Houston, Texas and has lived in multiple countries as the child of an expat family. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience and continued her education earning a Master’s degree in Human Resource Development from the University of Houston. In her free, Texas time, she enjoys time with her family, cooking, traveling and keeping up with her passion of Neuroscience research.

    The Career Ladder Myth: Finding Alignment between Career Goals, Expectations and Opportunities

    You’ve launched into your career journey and are beginning to navigate your way through the ambiguity and uncertainty that surround the climb to the top!  In this breakout, you will learn how you can equip yourself with the right career goals and expectations to prepare for the right opportunities. Charting the course of your career begins in the mind, continues in your day to day actions and results in achieving your goals through strategic development, challenge and growth.

    Tuesday, June 5 at  12:45pm

    Room 205

    Track: (Re)Launching Your Career, Charting Your Course

    Triangle: Strategy 

    Atwell Williams

    Atwell Williams is a Senior Director of Customer Experience at BMC. In this role, Atwell focuses on working directly with customers to help them transform their Information Technology (IT) operations to meet the rapidly evolving demands of the digital economy. Atwell brings to the table a unique combination of IT process, technology, and organization knowledge and experience having served in BMC’s internal IT organization as Director of Service Management, as an IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) instructor, and most recently, as a member of BMC’s Office of the CTO. Atwell is ITIL Expert certified, is a frequent public speaker and has published numerous whitepapers, podcasts, and articles on IT Service Management, ITIL, and IT and Digital Transformation.Prior to joining BMC Software in January of 2002, Atwell was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), were he focused on delivering IT infrastructure and process design services to PwC’s numerous clients. Atwell holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.

    Conversations in the Corner Office: How to Prepare Effective Project Presentations to Senior Executives

    At some point in time, you will be called on to give a project update to senior executives.  Are you ready?  What will you say?  How will you say it?  All too often, project managers fail to communicate effectively with senior executives.  This session will look at some of the major pitfalls and how to overcome them.

    Monday, June 4 at 12:30 PM

    Room 204

    Track: Sharpening Your Edge, Building Your Legacy 

    Triangle: Technical

    Kevin Wozniak

    Kevin Wozniak is a Program Management Director for AIG in the Distribution Technology department. Kevin has over 20 years of experience in IT leadership, having managed direct reports, projects, and programs.  He is also a volunteer youth coach in Montgomery, Texas, where he has resided since 2010 after relocating with his family from Wisconsin.  

    4th & Goal: Having a Game Plan to Prevent Last Minute Heroics

    Much like a football game, where 4th and goal can end up deciding the outcome of the game, project managers and PMO Directors many times must face critical decisions late in the game with little room for error.  That can be the deciding factor between project success and failure.  This presentation will use football analogies and crowd participation to make play calls to help the PMO make the right decisions to ensure success.

    Tuesday, June 5 at 3:45pm

    Room 202

    Track: Sharpening Your Edge, Building Your Legacy 

    Triangle: Strategy