Program

Sessions

ACADEMY SESSION: All For One & One For All: Teaming With Your Procurement and Contracting Functions For Greater Project Success (Part 1)

**This in-depth session consists of two parts and is held over the course of 2 hours.**

Over many years of work as project managers, procurement experts and contract specialists, our team has personally experienced the negative effects of poor engagement among PMs and their procurement and contracting colleagues: ill-defined scopes, schedule delays, change management challenges, reduced quality – and often strained relationships.

Conversely, there are many opportunities for generating benefits from greater alignment and collaboration between these disciplines.

This session will focus on helping PMs understand how procurement and contracts resources execute their work: their goals, perspectives, methods and best practices – with a view to identifying and leveraging opportunities that create alignment within the project. The session will also show participants how to best level those resources – and embed Contracting, and Procurement strategies into their Project Execution Plan for greatest impact.

As a result of attending this session, PMs will better understand how to utilize procurement and contract resources to create high-performance teams and achieve greater project success.

ACADEMY SESSION: All For One & One For All: Teaming With Your Procurement and Contracting Functions For Greater Project Success (Part 2)

**This in-depth session consists of two parts and is held over the course of 2 hours.**

Over many years of work as project managers, procurement experts and contract specialists, our team has personally experienced the negative effects of poor engagement among PMs and their procurement and contracting colleagues: ill-defined scopes, schedule delays, change management challenges, reduced quality – and often strained relationships.

Conversely, there are many opportunities for generating benefits from greater alignment and collaboration between these disciplines.

This session will focus on helping PMs understand how procurement and contracts resources execute their work: their goals, perspectives, methods and best practices – with a view to identifying and leveraging opportunities that create alignment within the project. The session will also show participants how to best level those resources – and embed Contracting, and Procurement strategies into their Project Execution Plan for greatest impact.

As a result of attending this session, PMs will better understand how to utilize procurement and contract resources to create high-performance teams and achieve greater project success.

ACADEMY SESSION: Exploring Best Practice Risk and Uncertainty Management: A Research Workshop (Part 1)

**This in-depth session consists of two parts and is held over the course of 2 hours.**

Is your projects risky or uncertain? How do you know? Do you know the difference?

Maybe it is time to explore this difference and its impact on “best practice” risk management. There is no question that risk and uncertainty management are important topics in both academic and practical project management literature. These are at once recognized as critical success factors for project to completion AND as some of the least used project management tools. Back in the 1970s, there seemed to be clarity around these concepts, but over the years, the more work that has been done in this area the more confusion seems to have grown. It is time that we take stock of where we are in understanding these important concepts.

We will begin with an exploration of what we know about risk and uncertainty from the research literature. Then, we will draw on the audience’s experience and knowledge to assess whether and how this knowledge is embedded in the PMBOK 5th edition and other “best practice” tools in use in practice. Next, we will use round table discussions and Samoan circles to synthesize the discussions and draw out practical insights into the practice of risk management.

Finally, we, as workshop leaders, will commit to summarizing the discussion and insights and send them out to all participants after the conference.

This will truly be a working session. Please come prepared to metaphorically roll up your sleeves and share your experience and expertise to engage in critical thought and discussion with your peers about what is working and not working in risk management. This workshop will be the first step in a planned research project designed to bridge the gap between what we know about these important concepts from both the theoretical and practical perspective in order to improve the practice of risk management.

ACADEMY SESSION: Exploring Best Practice Risk and Uncertainty Management: A Research Workshop (Part 2)

**This in-depth session consists of two parts and is held over the course of 2 hours.**

Is your projects risky or uncertain? How do you know? Do you know the difference?

Maybe it is time to explore this difference and its impact on “best practice” risk management. There is no question that risk and uncertainty management are important topics in both academic and practical project management literature. These are at once recognized as critical success factors for project to completion AND as some of the least used project management tools. Back in the 1970s, there seemed to be clarity around these concepts, but over the years, the more work that has been done in this area the more confusion seems to have grown. It is time that we take stock of where we are in understanding these important concepts.

We will begin with an exploration of what we know about risk and uncertainty from the research literature. Then, we will draw on the audience’s experience and knowledge to assess whether and how this knowledge is embedded in the PMBOK 5th edition and other “best practice” tools in use in practice. Next, we will use round table discussions and Samoan circles to synthesize the discussions and draw out practical insights into the practice of risk management.

Finally, we, as workshop leaders, will commit to summarizing the discussion and insights and send them out to all participants after the conference.

This will truly be a working session. Please come prepared to metaphorically roll up your sleeves and share your experience and expertise to engage in critical thought and discussion with your peers about what is working and not working in risk management. This workshop will be the first step in a planned research project designed to bridge the gap between what we know about these important concepts from both the theoretical and practical perspective in order to improve the practice of risk management.

ACADEMY SESSION: Mental Toughness: Living up to your potential (Part 1)

**This in-depth session consists of two parts and is held over the course of 2 hours.**

Come and learn how to enhance your confidence, overcome adversity, and get inspired to take on new challenges! Debra deWaal, Owner of Safe & Sound and a former Calgary Police Officer will share with you how to perform at the upper limits of your talents when facing stress or pressure. This session will leave you reenergized and set to take on your next hour or your next life adventure.

ACADEMY SESSION: Mental Toughness: Living up to your potential (Part 2)

**This in-depth session consists of two parts and is held over the course of 2 hours.**

Come and learn how to enhance your confidence, overcome adversity, and get inspired to take on new challenges! Debra deWaal, Owner of Safe & Sound and a former Calgary Police Officer will share with you how to perform at the upper limits of your talents when facing stress or pressure. This session will leave you reenergized and set to take on your next hour or your next life adventure.

ACADEMY SESSION: Pinpointed Performance Modelling: First Steps for Projects, Organizations, and Job Roles to Achieve Peak Performances (Part 1)

**This in-depth session consists of two parts and is held over the course of 2 hours.**

Applied Behaviour Analysis Science to Business or Performance Engineering and Organizational Change Management is a technology for creating a workplace infrastructure that helps people reach their ultimate performance potential, while generating the highest value (results) for any organization. The techniques and practices are derived from the scientific field of Behaviour Analysis, the term describing the scientific study of human behaviour.

The techniques and practices of Behaviour Analysis Science (the technology) has been successfully practiced in business, industrial, and government industries since the late 1960s, with proven, validated, and substantial measurable results in productivity, quality, safety, and cost-efficiency dimensions – proven by actual post-solution performance data compared to baseline performance data or performance facts.

This presentation will introduce the participants to the critical first steps in achieving Peak Performances in organizations and projects. A fundamental business Performance Model, and it’s associated variables, is presented to prepare the participant for the “first step analysis”. The scientifically-rooted technique of Pinpointing, or how to be precise about performances, is subsequently introduced, and participants will learn how to properly align “mission critical” business and project results in the analysis. Subsequently, the participant will be introduced to Performance Measuring techniques for businesses and projects within the context of the performance models introduced. These fundamental first steps are then put into the context of the overall necessary and sufficient systematic steps required to ultimately achieve Peak Performances for organizations, projects and the subsequent job roles that produce these results.

ACADEMY SESSION: Pinpointed Performance Modelling: First Steps for Projects, Organizations, and Job Roles to Achieve Peak Performances (Part 2)

**This in-depth session consists of two parts and is held over the course of 2 hours.**

Applied Behaviour Analysis Science to Business or Performance Engineering and Organizational Change Management is a technology for creating a workplace infrastructure that helps people reach their ultimate performance potential, while generating the highest value (results) for any organization. The techniques and practices are derived from the scientific field of Behaviour Analysis, the term describing the scientific study of human behaviour.

The techniques and practices of Behaviour Analysis Science (the technology) has been successfully practiced in business, industrial, and government industries since the late 1960s, with proven, validated, and substantial measurable results in productivity, quality, safety, and cost-efficiency dimensions – proven by actual post-solution performance data compared to baseline performance data or performance facts.

This presentation will introduce the participants to the critical first steps in achieving Peak Performances in organizations and projects. A fundamental business Performance Model, and it’s associated variables, is presented to prepare the participant for the “first step analysis”. The scientifically-rooted technique of Pinpointing, or how to be precise about performances, is subsequently introduced, and participants will learn how to properly align “mission critical” business and project results in the analysis. Subsequently, the participant will be introduced to Performance Measuring techniques for businesses and projects within the context of the performance models introduced. These fundamental first steps are then put into the context of the overall necessary and sufficient systematic steps required to ultimately achieve Peak Performances for organizations, projects and the subsequent job roles that produce these results.

ACADEMY SESSION: Teams Rising from Setbacks and Failures (Part 1)

**This in-depth session consists of two parts and is held over the course of 2 hours.**

When a project has concluded, it is often beneficial to perform an analysis of how the project execution occurred and what lessons were learned during the entire life-cycle of the project. Learning from one’s mistakes can be an invaluable way to ensure problems are not repeated and that ideas for improvement are leveraged in subsequent projects moving forward. But, what if there was value in exploring how a project outcome leaves us feeling, influences our beliefs and impacts our relationships?

In a post mortem process, it’s necessary to develop an open mind in exploring and processing the learnings from “what went right” and “what went wrong” to create greater success in the future. It’s also essential to develop emotional intelligence and explore the human and intangible side of setbacks to develop stronger relationships, communicate more effectively, and enhance team culture for maximum future success.

In this session, using an experiential approach, we will:

  • Explore assumptions, beliefs, and stories and how they can become team realities
  • Learn a process to explore emotional and intangible impacts of project outcomes
  • Reality check assumptions, beliefs and stories and understand the impacts individually and to the team
  • Identify key learning, actions and methods to integrate them into your team culture

ACADEMY SESSION: Teams Rising from Setbacks and Failures (Part 2)

**This in-depth session consists of two parts and is held over the course of 2 hours.**
When a project has concluded, it is often beneficial to perform an analysis of how the project execution occurred and what lessons were learned during the entire life-cycle of the project. Learning from one’s mistakes can be an invaluable way to ensure problems are not repeated and that ideas for improvement are leveraged in subsequent projects moving forward. But, what if there was value in exploring how a project outcome leaves us feeling, influences our beliefs and impacts our relationships?

In a post mortem process, it’s necessary to develop an open mind in exploring and processing the learnings from “what went right” and “what went wrong” to create greater success in the future. It’s also essential to develop emotional intelligence and explore the human and intangible side of setbacks to develop stronger relationships, communicate more effectively, and enhance team culture for maximum future success.

In this session, using an experiential approach, we will:

  • Explore assumptions, beliefs, and stories and how they can become team realities
  • Learn a process to explore emotional and intangible impacts of project outcomes
  • Reality check assumptions, beliefs and stories and understand the impacts individually and to the team
  • Identify key learning, actions and methods to integrate them into your team culture

ACADEMY SESSION: The Accidental Audience (Part 1)

**This in-depth session consists of two parts and is held over the course of 2 hours.**

Stories grab us. They take us in, transport us, and allow us to live vicariously and visually through another’s experience. But have you ever considered how the stories you tell yourself are impacting your ability to lead, communicate, and even believe in yourself and your own identity. People are attracted to stories, “because we’re social creatures and this is how we relate to other people.” It is also how we influence and/or are influenced by others. It’s no surprise. We as humans have been communicating through stories for upwards of 20,000 years, back when our flat screens were cave walls. Centuries ago, people passed information from one person to another via storytelling long before they could read or write. As a result, today our brains are hardwired to listen to and respond to stories.

Stories form the very fabric of what we think and how we think, and even if you are not telling the story, you are likely the audience of someone else’s – perhaps even accidentally.

In this seminar, Speaker and Novelist Faith Wood will share how the 3 Act Story may be one of the most influential communication opportunities you will ever have – with yourself and others.

ACADEMY SESSION: The Accidental Audience (Part 2)

**This in-depth session consists of two parts and is held over the course of 2 hours.**

Stories grab us. They take us in, transport us, and allow us to live vicariously and visually through another’s experience. But have you ever considered how the stories you tell yourself are impacting your ability to lead, communicate, and even believe in yourself and your own identity. People are attracted to stories, “because we’re social creatures and this is how we relate to other people.” It is also how we influence and/or are influenced by others. It’s no surprise. We as humans have been communicating through stories for upwards of 20,000 years, back when our flat screens were cave walls. Centuries ago, people passed information from one person to another via storytelling long before they could read or write. As a result, today our brains are hardwired to listen to and respond to stories.

Stories form the very fabric of what we think and how we think, and even if you are not telling the story, you are likely the audience of someone else’s – perhaps even accidentally.

In this seminar, Speaker and Novelist Faith Wood will share how the 3 Act Story may be one of the most influential communication opportunities you will ever have – with yourself and others.

Career Boot Camp

In today’s job market, a résumé and cover letter no longer set you apart.  These tools may get you in the door, but who you know and how you’re connected to them has become more important than ever. Building your network, social media presence and personal and online brand have become just as important to your job search as the traditional tools.

Strengthen your job search arsenal at the PMI-SAC Professional Development Conference during our new Career Boot Camp.  During this interactive, intimate session, attendees will be joined by industry experts who will share tangible tools and techniques to ensure you set yourself apart from the pack.

Bring your résumés, business cards and questions to this session where you have private access to some of the industry’s leading experts.

Interactive stations will include:

  • Professional Headshots: Update your look with a new, professional headshot
  • Networking Skills: Strengthen your rolodex by learning new networking skills and techniques
  • Résumé Review: Have an expert review your résumé and get a leg up on the competition
  • LinkedIn Profile Review: Boost your online presence with tips + tricks from LinkedIn experts

NOTE: The Career Boot Camp is not eligible for PDUs.

GENERAL SESSION: A Lesson In Eating Elephants: Project Managing the Seemingly Impossible

Many of you have been here before — you’ve been tasked with delivering a project with a daunting set of limitations and constraints in which you need to build a solid plan. Not to mention that saying your timelines were aggressive was an understatement! The whole project was an intimidating and seemingly unachievable endeavor!

With decades of Project Management experience Paul and Wayne will share their experiences instrumental to delivering successful projects. With a schedule, a budget, and a scope defined, projects can and often do fail. Why? Eating elephants is more than just ingredients, it’s finding the right recipe.  Too much of one thing and not enough of another can lead to a very undesirable dish.

Come and find out some of the techniques we’ve cooked up. And we promise, no elephants were harmed in the creation of this presentation.

GENERAL SESSION: Aligning Organizational and Personal Purpose

Susan Healy of the Calgary Purpose Forum will guide you through the early stages of discovering purpose and building a Life Map. Learn how connecting these techniques with your organizations mission, vision, and values can have a positive impact on employee retention, engagement, and productivity.

GENERAL SESSION: Avoiding Claims and Improving Project Outcomes

The recent economic downturn has created a project environment where claims between owners, contractors, and subcontractors are becoming more common. This has highlighted many project issues whose root causes lie in the project planning phase. This session will provide participants the opportunity to learn about how to avoid claims in their own projects.

In May 2016 a special session of the PMI-SAC EPC Roundtable was held to establish important Best Practices for claims avoidance. The results from this session will be presented, and then participants will relate their own experiences with claims during the question and answer period.

We will explore these themes as they relate to claims:

  1. Change Control: When changes are implemented without agreed upon cost/schedule adjustments, this can result in claims at the end of the contract. What can Owners and Contractors do to avoid this?
  2. Owner Obligations: Contractors may submit claims based on delays caused by Owners not meeting obligations (material delivery, document approvals, common site equipment, turnaround of RFIs, etc.). What can both parties do to ensure obligations are well defined, and met by the project teams?
  3. Unforeseen Site Conditions: Some claims result in site construction conditions differing from the expected conditions as stated in the contract documents. What can we do during contract formation to avoid these pitfalls?
  4. Alignment of Construction Teams: The probability and severity of claims can be exacerbated by Contractor and Owner teams that lack effective communication and alignment on key issues. What can we do to ensure good communications are in place before and during contract execution?
  5. Contractor Performance Issues: Many claims result in contracts being awarded to contractors that lack the capability or capacity to deliver the scope. What can we do to ensure that Contractors have both the required capability and the clear understanding of the scope prior to beginning the work?

GENERAL SESSION: Building a Local and International Landmark

In this session, we will explore how Project Management fundamentals are paired with industry leading innovation in order to successfully execute complex projects such as the New Central Library. This session will cover contract delivery methods, team structures, project management fundamentals, technology and innovation.

GENERAL SESSION: Building a Utopian Project Management Office (uPMO)

Somewhere along the path to building an Enterprise PMO, many organizations become mired. Perhaps the PMO can’t demonstrate enough value to move beyond offering tools and methodologies or perhaps the PMO has become a source of overhead rather than a source of oversight.

Add in the uncertainties of today’s environment where organizations are constantly looking for areas to reduce or even eliminate programs in order to contain costs.

These converging factors are putting PMOs at risk of being down-sized or outright decommissioned. How can a PMO add value without adding unwanted overhead?

It’s time to start building a different kind of PMO; one that can prove its value in a cost-constrained environment. One that can provide best practices, governance, and oversight. One that can help an organization realize its strategic outcomes. One that can deliver value, not just projects. A PMO that can do all this without becoming bloated or bureaucratic is a Utopian PMO.
Join this presentation to address:

  • What should a PMO retain and hone
  • What needs to be abandoned and why
  • How to integrate a PMO directly into business planning cycles in order to help an organization deliver on its strategic outcomes.

GENERAL SESSION: BYOB: Build Your Own Brand

In today’s economy it’s hard to stand out. Whether you are a consultant, a leader, a recent graduate or an entrepreneur, a strong personal brand can get you noticed by prospective clients, business partners, and employers. Companies know the power of strong branding – today the same principles and concepts can have huge impact on your personal success. Learn how to develop your own value proposition, present you in a way that differentiates you from others, and creates a strong and vibrant impression online and offline. Through a variety of hands on exercises you will discover how to effectively market yourself to potential clients, investors or employers. This workshop will leave you with the tools to identify and communicate your differentiated strength in order to set yourself apart in an increasingly competitive global landscape.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define your value and purpose: Identify and articulate your unique strength and the value you intrinsically promise with your personal brand
  2. Build your brand: create a powerful online presence & positive first impressions
  3. Communicate and market your brand: Effective networking techniques to promote your personal brand

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GENERAL SESSION: Courageous Leadership

What does it mean to lead bravely and with courage? This session will walk you through exploring where you want to show up, be seen, and lead bravely through your role as a project manager – or anywhere else in life – and leave you with deeper understanding and strategies in how to lead with greater confidence. Project managers act as leaders in a complex, multidimensional, and constantly evolving system, understanding what it takes to move our own leadership forward is critical to helping your team do the same. It starts with you as a courageous leader.

GENERAL SESSION: Creating a Climate for CHANGE Using a COACH APPROACH

In a continuing uncertain economy, with the pressures of delivering results as Project Managers/Leaders, it is crucial to have the leadership tools to manage change and work effectively with all impacted stakeholders. Coaching has become the recognized and preferred way for mentoring and engagement. Attend this session to discover how the coach approach is critical in creating a climate for change. We will use the ADKAR change model, used by 80% of the fortune 500 companies, as the starting point for the awareness of a change while getting engagement, and buy-in from a coaching perspective. Be prepared for a hands-on, interactive workshop. Walk away with the knowledge and skills to coach/mentor, influence change, and much more as part of your leadership tool kit.

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GENERAL SESSION: Effective Project Management Collaboration and How the Right Tools Can Improve Effective Communication and Information Sharing

This presentation by Microsoft Project will outline best practices in project management and tips on how to improve strategic change management to streamline collaboration. Additionally, it will showcase efficiencies of tools when there is seamless integration within the system. These best practices will assist in the sharing of information and effective communication among the team.

GENERAL SESSION: Executives & Project Managers: Bridging the Disconnect – Why Do We Do What We Do?

The Road to Success: Why Do We Do What We Do?

It is no longer uncommon to see projects “over budget, over time, over and over again”. The critical point where a project is created: the sanctioning of money to invest is a success decision-making factor. The interaction and perception of decision makers: executives and project management teams – from just before the decision is made to just after the project team gets its mandate is a key decision point. Is there a rationale behind project selection and sanctioning of the money to invest? What is the link between strategic formulation and project delivery as perceived by the industry experts? How can we enhance value creation and communication of information?

A critical disconnect is highlighted between: decision makers and project implementers – decisions made by the corporate board – the “executives” versus the interpretation by those who deliver the project – the “project managers”.

How can project managers expose their realities to the executive decision making world? How can executives expose their realities to the project management world?

Do we operate in dichotomy of two distinct worlds when justifying fund approvals and when delivering projects – one politically correct; visible another pragmatic needed to get the job done; generally kept invisible? How can you as a Project Manager create value by thinking strategically?

GENERAL SESSION: Fostering Creativity and Innovation in a Diverse Team

Coming from a sports background, Glen Kathler brings a knowledge of leadership and teamwork to SAIT’s The Center for Innovative Information Technology Solutions (CIITS). CIITS is SAIT’s Applied Research and Innovation Services group that develops novel, leading-edge IT solutions. This highly skilled, diverse, multi-disciplinary team works because everyone has a position to play to “win the game.” While their diversity of expertise, perspectives and personalities is what fosters CIITS’s success, these qualities also create a management challenge. With the right management style and a unique work environment, this team undertakes million-dollar projects, improves companies’ processes and products, and designs and develops new technologies for market. Glen Kathler, who founded CIITS at SAIT, shares his ideas on the management strategies that work.

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GENERAL SESSION: Homicide PMI: Managing Complex Murder Investigations

Mike and Colum are senior homicide detectives working for the Calgary Police Service. Although they do not hold the official title of “Project Manager”, project management is exactly what they do day in and day out. This presentation will walk you through a real life case starting with the 9-1-1 call, all the way through to the closure of the case. Mike and Colum will compare their tasks and duties to that of a Project Manager. Topics that will be covered are Change Management, Agile Methodologies, Resource Management, PGM Roles, Documentation, Processes, Training, and Trust.

GENERAL SESSION: How Do You Show the World You’re a Great PM?

We know what a great brand can ‘say’ about a product or service before it’s purchased. For example, do you recognize Mercedes, Google, GE, Samsung, or PMI? These entities have worked long and hard on their brands.

Sometimes performance during the last project isn’t enough to secure the next project. A Project Manager can use the same branding principles, including demonstrating great quality work, for themselves. As a result, Sponsors can recognize a great performing Project Manager and ensure they are a good fit for the project.

Tanya Stevenson advocates that personal branding for Project and Change Managers is vital to differentiate themselves and help them stand out as the next great choice for Sponsors. When a Project Manager applies personal branding in alignment with PMI everyone in the Project Management Profession wins – especially the project with the right Project Manager chosen to lead it.

GENERAL SESSION: How the Journey to 5 National Soccer Championship Tournaments Gave Me the Keys to Mastering Sales & Leadership!

Leveraging on his years of experience on the soccer field, Vincenzo Aliberti provides practical insights on the relevance, importance and impact of gaining “sales mastery” in the project management world. This session will build on the talents project management professionals already possess and gives them the tools to create a bigger impact. Delegates will learn the mindset of peak performers and what needs to be done consistently to ensure that your projects get executed successfully. This session will also provide insight on how the top 1% of performers are able to implement the 7 step sales process successfully to sell ideas to clients and stakeholders. Finally, you will learn the key components of value, and how top performers communicate and provide that value to leaders throughout the project/program lifecycle.

 

GENERAL SESSION: How to Engage Organizational Change Management (OCM) on Your Project

You have a change management resource assigned to your project – lucky you! But what does this really mean? Even some experienced project managers have had few opportunities to engage change management practitioners on their projects. Others who have worked with a change management practitioner, may have had varying experiences leading to a lack clarity on what to expect and how to hold these individuals accountable for their work on the project. Learn what organizational change management really does and how project managers can work together with this integral team member to create project success.

This session will cover the following:

  • Typical roles and responsibilities of the change management practitioner as compared to the project manager and the business analyst
  • How change management is typically embedded into the project schedule and deliverables
  • Examples of reporting structures for change management resources (within projects and within organizations)
  • What you can and should expect from your change management practitioner
  • How to measure the success of change management on your project

GENERAL SESSION: How to Make Your PMO Succeed: Transforming Experience into Remarkable Value

Is your PMO being challenged? If so, this is the time for you to change all your old concepts about PMOs. Come and learn about the PMO Value Ring, a new framework developed jointly with more than 100 experienced leaders of PMOs, which will allow you to implement or reenergize your PMO by focusing on value creation.

GENERAL SESSION: Ignite Your Project Start-Up

Projects of all size, complexity, and scope can benefit from an effective start-up workshop. PMs who follow a checklist of must do/must cover items for a project start up workshop are missing an opportunity to engage participants meaningfully in the start-up process, establish themselves as an effective project leader, as well as set the project up for peak performance. The session will highlight how PMs can and should re-think and re-tool the conventional  start-up workshop. A reworked design will  start the team building process, enable the PM to establish themselves as an effective leader, and set the project up for success. By adopting a new mind-set, designing an engaging and informative workshop, and implementing a new agenda Erina and Luis will show attendees how an effective project start-up workshop can achieve more for the project, the PM and the team.

GENERAL SESSION: Independent Project Review: Increasing Your Chance for Success

It is common knowledge that many projects fail to meet success criteria. Whether it is a failure to realize business benefits, not meeting the planned schedule, blowing the budget, and/or compromising on scope or quality.

Experience has shown that one key practice can significantly increase your chance of project success. This is the use of independent project reviews, where critical assessments of a project are conducted by outside resources that are not part of the project team and are therefore at arm’s length from it. In this session, you will learn about the techniques used during a project independent, or “cold eyes”, review.

We will discuss why to do this review, when it is normally done, how it is conducted, how many should be done, and what the expected results and benefits should be.

Learning Objectives:

  • Why/when/how to do an independent project review
  • Techniques for conducting the review
  • Expected results

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GENERAL SESSION: Mind Magic

You probably recognize and understand the importance of capturing and holding the attention of your audiences, however, with today’s hectic pace, attention is a rapidly diminishing skill. In this presentation, come discover how Entertainers captivate an audience in the first critical moments. Get a “behind the scenes” look as Faith Wood reveals some of the trade secrets from the world of entertainment as well as NeuroLinguistic Psychology (NLP) and learn how to build fascination during your next meeting or presentation.

In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Construct captivating communique with your audience – of any size.
  • Understand how to shift attention throughout your message to gain maximum engagement
  • Confidently express your messages using the key learnings of NLP

GENERAL SESSION: Mount Royal University’s Journey to Transformation and Growth

Mount Royal University currently spends a great deal of money maintaining its Information Technology Services (ITS) systems, but is unable to make significant inroads in contributing to institutional growth and transformation. Approximately 95% of ITS labour focuses on running the organization and this must change in order to support MRU’s goals and objectives of increased student enrolment and transformation of how it supports student success.

Is your organization caught in a similar trap? Are you just keeping lights on and not contributing to the innovation and growth your organization desperately needs to survive into 2020 and beyond? Just like raising kids, losing weight, or running your first 10 km race, creating an IT department that supports Run, Grow, and Transformation takes sacrifice and hard work. For Mount Royal University the outcomes we seek are improved educational and student success – easy to say yet difficult to do.

Please join us as Michael explains how MRU is embarking on this journey, fuelled by the reality that our world is changing dramatically. We gather around a shrinking water hole of resources yet live in times of increased expectations and demands. Michael doesn’t offer a silver bullet to solving these challenges but instead will lead the group on a journey of connecting the dots needed to enhance customer services and support innovation at Mount Royal University, an institution that is over 105 years old yet faces challenges that are current to everyone in Alberta.

GENERAL SESSION: Moving Conversations from Feedback to Feedforward

What is the difficult conversation you need to have? Everyone has a situation that they need to address but it is easier to procrastinate until things come to a head. Wouldn’t you feel relief if you were confident in your ability to give and receive feedback?

In this workshop, you will learn how to be intentional about your preparation. We will discuss:

  • Your purpose
  • Your presence
  • Your process

Most importantly, you will learn how to deliver important feedback in six simple steps. Come prepared to work through a conversation you want to have.

This workshop will improve your communication skills in all aspects of your life.

GENERAL SESSION: PMI’s 2016 Pulse of the Profession®: The High Cost of Low Performance. How will you improve business results?

With diminishing project outcomes, a shifting global environment, and a global economy that continues to be uncertain, the 2016 Pulse of the Profession® findings indicate that it’s time to strengthen the conversation around the benefits of project management. The research identifies a number of ways improvements can be made. These include cultivating leadership and business skills, recognizing the strategic role of an enterprise-wide project management office, and driving success with executive sponsors.

GENERAL SESSION: Project Performance: Measuring for Success

The purpose of the Project Performance measure is to assist management stay well informed of the progress and issues of projects. However, identifying and tracking the ‘right’ measure is not always easy. There are many factors to consider before implementing project measure.

This presentation examines these factors, looking at the big picture, selecting the right projects, and provides concrete examples to designing, implementing, and reporting on effective measures.

GENERAL SESSION: Project You: A Healthier Lifestyle Through Project Management

I have been the same weight for nearly all of my adult life. I was in shape (round is a shape, right?). A routine visit to my doctor and the threat of medication for blood pressure surely was a motivation to change, but I didn’t. Along came a challenge from two of my friends/co-workers to compete in a weight loss competition. I was reluctant at first, but accepted it anyways.

As a career PM I was skilled at delivering projects and I adapted those skills to re-tool my health. No fads, no gimmicks, no sales pitch here. Just an honest approach with free tools available to all and I’m never going back. Let me share my journey with you. It sounds cliché, but if I can do this, you can too.

Project You may be the most important project of your life – maybe it is time to start planning it.

GENERAL SESSION: Raising Personal and Professional Performance through Social Media

In the old world, professional development was owned by education providers, however, the new social world enables individuals to co-create, collaborate, and connect to build exciting new professional development experiences.

Andrew Jacobs noted that “arguably, all learning is only Mexican food. It’s the same core ingredient that’s just folded together differently.” The same could be said about social media, so how do you know what will feed your professional development appetite?

In this session we will break down key elements involved in building a personal strategy for leveraging social media to build and grow professional development networks. We will discuss various social media platforms and their use in a professional development strategy. As well, we will discuss personal branding, setting priorities, and using social media to stay current in the profession.

Attendees will walk away with job aids to assist with various social media platforms, knowledge of key elements needed to build a professional strategy, and how to develop priorities in order to manage professional development in the social media environment.

GENERAL SESSION: Strategy Implementation: The Importance of Project Management in Getting Results

 The biggest issue with strategies has been the failure to put them into action. Organizations put a great deal of effort into developing new mission and vision statements along with other strategy materials and then find difficulty in achieving any real change. Greg will present a case study relating the development of an organizational strategy and the importance of project management and other tools in the implementation of the strategy.

GENERAL SESSION: Striving for Project Management Excellence

Emerson Process Management is recognized for the exceptional work done by its staff in the automation field. Emerson Process Management focuses on project execution so that it can deliver successful projects for every one of its clients. Through their project management excellence, they are able to provide significant value to their clients and establish customer loyalty. Emerson Process Management uses innovation and technology to solve complex problems and works tirelessly to become the most trusted advisor for its clients.

Emerson Process Management has fully leveraged the PMI Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK) and ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS) standard to establish and implement a world class project management and engineering organization. This presentation will go over some of the key systems, tools and techniques that form this robust management system including:

  • Communicating management expectations using clear and consistent mission, vision, values and goals
  • Establishing a Global PMO – operating procedures and instructions
  • Streamlining Operations with the use of templates and forms
  • Using the Quality Management System to plan for success and assessing compliance
  • Measuring customer and employee satisfaction
  • Applying risk-based thinking to maximize success.
  • Reporting key performance indicators (KPIs) to assess success and identify opportunities for improvement
  • Managing talent
  • Leveraging lessons learned

GENERAL SESSION: Survive Your Next Adventure

Laval St. Germain is an outdoor enthusiast, airline captain and former check pilot who takes adventure to new extremes. Though his exploits often involve significant risks, Laval takes a deliberate and comprehensive approach to safety, survival, and risk management. Laval treats each one of these expeditions as a project in terms of design, planning, execution, and review. Using a structured approach, learned in part through airline risk management, Laval applies concepts that literally affect the probability of survival for him and his team members.

In this session, we will hear about Laval’s explorations and the concepts of risk management and lessons learned through the unique lens of an adventure extremist who has overcome the odds for survival in a targeted manner.

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GENERAL SESSION: The Economic Basis Behind Agile

Agile is filled with many feel-good concepts like self-organization, empowerment, and emergent design, but is there substance to back it up? In this talk, the speakers will show how agile principles and practices have a strong foundation in economic theory, and is more than just a practice for developers. The speakers will talk about their personal experiences leading in a large, international organization and how Agile can enable your business to succeed.

GENERAL SESSION: Will Technology Change The Way We Manage Projects?

Robotics and digital technologies are disrupting the manner in which infrastructure projects will be executed in the future.

This presentation will show the future of industrial projects in which intelligent machines – including ground and aerial robots – are deployed for industrial applications and help humans and machines to perform better.

These fundamentally change the way we execute projects. Traditional execution method is quickly changing to make the most of such technologies.
The speakers will show case studies of a few Alberta projects that used geospatial technologies to execute better projects and the learnings we got from it.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Drive Determines Distance: Adapt and Capitalize on Change, Reach Your Peak Performance

In this engaging presentation, Lisa explains how she went from a high-handicap recreational adult golfer to being ranked second in the world and one of the longest hitters on the planet. Drawing on her incredible golfing background, she imparts tips and insights about discovering what drives you, and how being clear and committed to that purpose determines how far you will go and what success you are able to achieve both professionally and personally.

This presentation helps audiences find clarity in the areas of:

  • Intrinsic Motivation: What Drives You? What are you passionate about? What gets you excited? What DRIVES you?
  • Goal Setting: How far do you want to go? What do you want to achieve? Do you have limits? Are you challenging yourself enough?
  • Overcoming Obstacles: You WILL have set backs and difficulties. How will you persevere and thrive?
  • Collaboration: Team work and communication are vital to success. Surround yourself with people who support you.

Lisa not only shares humorous stories to help audience members relate and connect with her key messages, she also gives concrete and effective take away strategies that can be implemented immediately to reignite personal drive and productivity.

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KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Learning Should Know No Boundaries

Sometimes, the best way to learn is by doing. Learning is an opportunity to demand the most of you, to commit to a goal, and develop intellectual fortitude. Natalie is passionate about lifelong learning through experiences removed from your comfort zones. Working with tech, she understands that learning simply requires trying, whether successful or not. Even if you fail on your first, second, or even third attempts. Developing skills, talents, and competence is a lifelong process. We should constantly look for opportunities to learn something new and push our limits, whether personally or professionally. Through her stories, Natalie illustrates how the on-going pursuit of knowledge should take place throughout life and across an array of experiences. Regardless of your interests, learning and the goals we choose to pursue should know no boundaries. This talk encourages others to be drawn to the rewards of challenge and learning, because the incentive is the fulfilment of our dreams. Our dreams are what will transform the world.

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KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: The Adventure of Business

Jamie Clarke believes that the passion that drives an adventurer is akin to that of a business leader… and he should know. The renowned adventurer and founder & CEO of the award-winning Canadian retailer Live Out There Inc. has successfully transferred the ideas, skills, lessons, and passion from summiting the world’s highest peaks to make his booming e-commerce business one of the fastest growing companies in Canada.

With his trademark spirit and high-energy, Clarke excites audiences as he draws parallels to the dynamic environments found in the office and in nature to provide business leaders with the framework to achieve success in any competitive setting. Clarke shows how to adapt to forces outside of one’s control and uphold one’s mission despite distractions and dangers, all while encouraging a healthy dose of risk balanced with an ample measure of humility.

Simply put: Clarke delivers insights and strategies for taking one’s organization to the peak and conquering the adventure of business.

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KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: The Minhas School of Beer Business Success

Manjit Minhas started as a 19 year old with $10,000 and a dream. Today, her brewery is the 10th largest in the world. How did a young female entrepreneur manage to break into one of the toughest markets in the world? In this talk, Manjit Minhas shares the principles and entrepreneurial values that has led her company to rapid success—principles she calls “The Minhas School of Beer Business Success.” Why is trust one of the most important aspects of business? How can you identify the market gaps your competitors are ignoring, and use them to your advantage? How can you successfully market your product on a small budget? Minhas is as down to earth as she is business savvy, and shares her remarkable story with sincerity and verve. This is a fantastic talk that will enlighten entrepreneurs, students, and businesspeople of all industries, ages, and genders.

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PANEL DISCUSSION: CEO OPEN MIC

For the first time, the PMI-SAC PDC Committee is pleased to include the CEO Open Mic – Panel Discussion to kick start day two of the conference. This panel discussion will provide conference delegates with an opportunity to hear some of Calgary’s local business leaders talk about how they build their teams to achieve peak performance, motivate and inspire in challenging times, the importance culture plays in achieving success and what they have personally done in their careers to learn, develop and prepare for their current roles.