Program Sessions

5 Microsoft PPM Secrets for Your PMO

In this sessionMicrosoft Gold Project partner Western Principles, will give you a tour of five capabilities in Microsoft Project Online that will help your PMO be more successful.  See five capabilities in Project that will help your organization eliminate management-by-spreadsheets, and select, plan, and manage projects from a single-source-of-project-truth.  Microsoft Project Online can give you full visibility to your ideas, active projects, and resources – helping your team make the best decisions to successfully deliver on your business strategy.

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Agilifying the Enterprise

What does it take to transform an organization deeply rooted in traditional project delivery to successfully support our new digital strategies?   We began by transforming ourselves, adapting to what we were learning, and building a framework to enable the organization to sustain a new way of working.  This presentation will describe and explain how we built Suncor’s Agile Centre of Excellence to introduce, develop, and operationalize agile practices.

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Aligning your Agile Project with the PMBoK

PMI has recognized that Agile, in its various forms, is one of the project life cycles of the future.  PMI has moved from the generalities of iterative and incremental life cycles to full recognition of the Agile framework.  Annex A1 of the Agile Practice Guide, PMBoK Guide Mapping, provides a high level description of how Agile approaches address the attributes the PMBoK.  This session will dive deeper looking into how Scrum Agile fulfills the key knowledge areas of PMBoK and where it falls short.  This session will guide the attendees on how to apply Scrum Agile in a manner that ensures that the sound practices of the PMBoK are kept when running their projects while benefiting from the flexibility offered by the Scrum Agile.  It will also outline what project managers must do to compensate in areas where Scrum Agile does not address the attributes of the key knowledge areas of the PMBoK.  This session will provide the attendees with a refresher on the attributes of the key knowledge areas, a clear definition of Scrum Agile and a pragmatic approach on how to apply the best of both worlds when leading projects and project teams.

Choose your Wow! Strategies for optimizing your Way of Working on Agile Projects

An agile enterprise increases value through effective execution and delivery in a timely and reactive manner. Such organizations do this by streamlining the flow of information, ideas, decision making, and work throughout the overall business process all the while improving the quality of the process and business outcomes. This talk describes, step-by-step, how to evolve from today’s vision of agile software development to a truly disciplined agile enterprise. It briefly examines the state of mainstream agile software development and argues for the need for a more disciplined approach to agile delivery that provides a solid foundation from which to scale. It then explores what it means to scale disciplined agile strategies tactically at the project/product level and strategically across your IT organization as a whole. Your disciplined agile IT strategy, along with a lean business strategy, are key enablers of a full-fledged disciplined agile enterprise.

Empowerment or Enslavement? Seamless ICT use and impact on Work-Life Balance.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has become an integral component of our daily work and nonwork lives. Latest advancements of ICTs have enabled for us to seamlessly traverse the work-life border, and attend to work and nonwork matters ubiquitously. For some of us, especially professionals, this is the most useful tools in managing the demands from work, and life beyond work. However, there is concern and evidence that such cross-domain permeations via ICT could disrupt the balance between work and life. Thus, the debate; Is ICT empowering or enslaving individuals in managing their work-life balance?

This interactive one hour presentation will examine the seamless use of ICT and its implications on work-life balance. Combining research and professional practice, the discussion will bring to light the mechanisms through which ICT use can impact one’s work-life balance, and strategies for individual and organizations in managing such impact.

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Encouraging Innovation: The Mindset and Tools

If you dislike change, you’re going to dislike irrelevance even more.” – This quote, from Eric Shinseki, reminds us that the business landscape is changing faster than ever and that we need to change with it to stay relevant and valuable. One important role of a leader is to create an environment that supports and encourages experimentation and learning. Yet most organizations are not R&D labs, so we have to balance learning with everyday production and service.

Luckily, embracing agile approaches is a great first step. Agile is built on experimentation and learning. It is only through running experiments and reflecting on the results that we can learn, adapt and improve. When geneticists study inheritance traits they use mayflies, because they reproduce so quickly, and they get the results of their experiments sooner. Agile approaches, with their one or two-week iterations, also provide rapid feedback on experiments. This allows agile teams to experiment and improve faster than traditional teams.

This “Encouraging Innovation” presentation looks at experiments through history that led to breakthroughs in thinking and understanding. We profile the mindsets, behaviors and practices leaders can take to promote growth and learning while still performing core operations. We examine the steps of a good experiment and learn about some of the discoveries that even come from unintended side effects. We also cover techniques for staying engaged and motivated after failure.

Not all experiments will be successful, but we often learn the most from unsuccessful experiments – if we have the right attitude. Tomorrow’s successful organizations are those that learn, adapt and evolve the fastest. As Charles Darwin said, “It is not the strongest that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is those most adaptable to change


Back by popular demand, this year’s conference will feature a diverse panel of industry leaders and executives.

The panel will include CEOs from a diverse spectrum of businesses who will discuss the future of project management. Our panelists will represent a wide range of industries and organizations to provide different perspectives and ideas.

Learn how these organizations are staying innovative and competitive in an rapidly changing business environment and find out how they are building success within their organizations for a better future.

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KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Fish Out of Water: A Decade in the Life of a Millennial Female Project Manager

Kindra Howard will share her journey of wading through the complexities of managing projects in the private and public sectors as a young female in a male dominated industry. This how-to presentation is for anyone daring to stick out like a sore thumb and have a lot of fun while doing it.

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KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: NeuroCommunication: The Science of Influence

In Gregor Jeffrey’s award-winning keynote presentation, he will show you that there is an incredibly simple way to deliver the right information at exactly the right moment to engage each member of your audience every time you speak. Drawing on proven neuroscience, you will learn exactly what your audience needs from you when you speak in meetings, conference calls and presentations – and how to implement it immediately to achieve results.

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Leadership for the Digital Era

In this fun and interactive session, we will explore transformational leadership and servant leadership to enable and sustain the transition to the digital era. We will look at how these models can enable an innovative and adaptive culture for two contexts; innovation and operations.

The world is moving from the industrial age to the digital age and the future is looking for new approaches to leadership. For the past five years companies around the world have been focused on creating an environment and culture that can innovate and disrupt with emerging technologies and business models. This is an existential challenge to traditional industries that some fear may not be able to keep up.

Innovation is not achieved through a new procedure or piece of technology. That sort of thinking is very much from the industrial era. Creating a culture that innovates requires new approaches, mindsets and behaviors in leadership.

Together, we will explore approaches to develop and enable your team to succeed without directing them. Establishing a tone and that encourages ideas and experimentation. Creating a culture that is aligned and focused on continuous improvement at all levels.

Managing an AI Project with Ethical Guidance

Over the next few years AI will become a commodity technology that is integrated into system that an organization owns. Imagine AI in your CRM system that is constantly updating information about your clients. Imagine AI in your support tools that enables augmented reality and predictive maintenance to better support your customers, internally and externally.  Imagine AI that records, transcribes, and creates keywords, themes and topics for all your internal meetings, so that they become a part of your internal knowledge base.  Imagine AI that knows how to communicate with your customers on your behalf and can help guide your customers through your complex business environment, and extend the outreach of your customer service. Imagine an AI that can see and hear and learn and automate.  How ready are you to manage an AI project?  Join the Sierra Systems team in an AI ideation session, where we will discuss managing AI and BOTS everywhere and show examples of AI used across government and other industries.

Nobody Likes Change!

In this one hour presentation, we will explore resistance to change and how a project manager can successfully manage people through complex change. Building on the knowledge of how people react to change, and which people can provide the most assistance during change, participants will build a change action plan for their upcoming change initiative.

Operating System 2.0 – Collaborating to Transform the Projects Industry

The Capital Projects Industry is unsustainable for many sectors of the global economy. Many capital projects either lack new technology, effective management, or both. Current processes are not agile or flexible enough to accommodate change and lack the foresight to envision the operating reality four years in the future. “Plan the work, work the plan” doesn’t work. The Construction Industry Institute (CII) and the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) are evaluating different delivery methodologies designed for capital projects. These delivery methods were focused around business value versus capital cost efficiency. Does the earned value system work? What are the best owner/contractor management techniques? CURT and CII believe the solution to this issue is Operating System 2.0., a multi-industry, collaborative, research-supported effort that aims to redesign industry procedures and standards with current technological advances in mind. The goal of OS 2.0 is to create a standardized technology-enabled platform that accommodates future changes and makes capital projects more financially viable and sustainable. This session will discuss the research & findings of this initiative with senior management from CII and other visionary leaders participating.

The Importance of Self- Awareness for Project Managers

“That which we do not bring to consciousness appears in our lives as fate.” (Carl Jung)

As Project Managers we are often asked to help organizations, and the individuals in these organizations, to move through the challenges of a change.  It is important that we understand the emotions that people are faced with when going through a change, and how we can provide support.  Before you can help others with their change journey, are you aware of your own strengths and weaknesses and how they impact you as a leader?  Many of us are aware of our strengths, but few of us have taken the time to look at our weaknesses.  Without a balanced view of ourselves, it is hard to be authentic and to build trusted relationships, both of which I believe are key in helping lead effective change.

Why Digital Transformation is Key to Business Growth

Revenues of digital leaders typically grow 14% but only 5% of companies running digital transformation achieve their goals. More importantly, digital transformation doesn’t end; it’s a journey in adopting innovation and change within your company. John will show how to leverage technology for business growth and provide actionable steps you can take away an immediately use with your teams.

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