PMI North - The Art of Difficult Conversations - February

    February 12, 2019
    5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Campioni Italian Restaurant
    13850 Cutten Road
    Houston, TX 77069
    http://www.campioni-restaurant.com/
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    PMI North Meeting

    Pre Dinner: Managing Troubled Projects
    George T. McLaughlin, PMP
    McLaughlin and McLaughlin

    Mr. McLaughlin is a principal in McLaughlin and McLaughlin, an international project planning and management consulting firm.  He provides Program and Project Management as well as Dispute Resolution (Claim Preparation, Litigation Support and Testimony) and other similar services.  He provides domestic and international clients with project planning and management services and advice.  He provides training and workshops on a worldwide basis on topics that include planning and management of large and complex projects.

    Over recent years, Mr. McLaughlin has been Program or Project Manager on Hydrogen Plant, Sulphur Recovery Plant, Data Center Program, Refinery Retrofit, and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing.  During this same period, he has project managed and technically managed seven major disputes with the total value of approximately $400 million.  He has provided services in the following project types: Oil Sands Downstream/Upgrading, Carbon Monoxide Plant, Ethanol Production, LNG Terminal, LNG Production, Desulphurization Facilities, Power Generation (gas-fired, geothermal), Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Hot Briquetting Iron, Piping Manufacturing and others.

    Mr. McLaughlin is an instructor in Austin PMI’s PMP exam preparation course.  Further, he has spoken before the Austin PMI, Houston PMI, AACE, EVM World and other international organizations.  He is a certified PMP, certified CCM, and a licensed General Contractor in California.  He is a member of the College of Performance Management.  He is a member of PMI including COS Community of Practice (and six other COP’s).  Further, he is a member of the Society of Construction Law, American Bar Association and The State Bar of Texas (Construction Law Section).  Mr. McLaughlin holds a BS (US Naval Academy), MS (Catholic University of America) and MBA (The Wharton School).  His profile is on LinkedIn. 

    Topic Description:

    The management of Troubled Projects represents a unique opportunity for improving PM / CM performance as leaders and opportunities to overcome obstacles facing the industry.  Experience has shown that Troubled Projects require unique and specialized managerial techniques.  Fundamental causes include managerial mistakes, planning mistakes, and external factors.  Troubles can take many forms including inadequate planning and baselines, missed deadlines, human resource management issues, poor cost control and/or poor time management.  Early warning signs included: poor change management and control, delayed decisions, high-tension meetings, poor project reporting, frequent crises, unrealistic forecasts, and high personnel turnover.

    This presentation offers techniques to develop leadership skills.  With an emphasis on collaboration, the content offers proven successful managerial techniques for recognition, recovery, and resolution of these Troubled Projects.  Recognition is crucial and earlier is better.  Recognition techniques and related project KPI’s are discussed.  Recovery techniques vary, depending on certain key factors.  The factors are presented and the most effective recovery approaches are coupled with the Troubled Project key factors.  Since people and process are interconnected, selection of recovery techniques and/or recovery support team are addressed.  Finally, resolution can take many forms and paths.  Choosing the best resolution technique is essential.  Resolution techniques, as well as selection and implementation criteria, will be presented.  Case studies of successful management of Troubled Projects will be highlighted.

    Troubled Projects can be successfully managed when the optimal managerial approaches are used.  Troubles can be converted to success using techniques that are offered in this presentation.

    This Session Qualifies for: 
    Technical    
         
    Dinner Meeting:
    Erin Urban
    UPPSolutions

    Erin Urban is the founder & career strategist powering UPPSolutions, LLC. She is a self-proclaimed recovering perfectionist with over 10 years in mentoring and coaching successful professional transformations. She has an extensive background in leading individual, cultural and organizational change initiatives.

    Erin’s mission is to lift you up to defy your limits and exceed your goals.

    Professionals that partner with Erin have successfully landed jobs in all industries, private & publicly held entities, Google, Amazon, major Energy companies from Fortune 100 to Fortune 500 organizations. Thanks to focused experienced coaching, happy clients are able to find career clarity and develop successful career action plans to achieve their dreams.

    Erin’s expertise has positioned her to speak and present on topics such as leadership, behavioral science, effective communication, and career growth. She is a motivational speaker with a focus on work/life balance, stress management, self-care, success thinking and failing forward. Audience participation has spanned multinational organizations, national & regional conferences, and non-profits among others.

    Erin is a member and contributor of the invite-only Forbes Coaches Council, a Certified Professional & Leadership Development Coach (CPDC, CLDC), a Certified Facilitator and a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB) in continuous improvement. She is an active member of Toastmasters, The International Coach Federation (ICF) and the National Speakers Association (NSA).

    Topic Description:

    We all have a challenging conversation that we either need to make or plan to have in the future. Insights into how to handle these types of conversations are not only helpful to leaders but are applicable for parents, to friends, and with coworkers as well. Discover how to expertly handle potential interpersonal conflict, contentious situations, and deliver feedback diplomatically while maintaining positive relationships with others.

    This Session Qualifies for: 
    Leadership    

     

    Meeting Agenda:
    5:30 pm to 6:30 pm     Pre-dinner Speaker Presentation

    6:30 pm to 7:00 pm     Networking, Dinner Opens, Chapter Announcements
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm     Dinner Speaker Presentation


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