Project Management: Adding Value, Driving Success
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Location: IT-oLogy, 1301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC
(Free Parking Garage for Registrants Only)
Registration Fee Schedule
Online Registration Available through 5pm - 5/12/2014
Early Bird Registration: $235 through 4/13/2014
Pre-Registration: $250 through 5/6/2014
Late / Onsite Registration: $300 after 5/7/2014
Early Bird Registration: $250 through 4/13/2014
Pre-Registration: $275 through 5/6/2014
Late / Onsite Registration: $325 after 5/7/2014
PDD 14 has been designed to assist with sustaining and developing the career path of the project management professional. The smart Professional will assume an aggressive approach in developing their skills, seizing available training opportunities and broadening their professional network in order to improve performance and remain informed about emerging trends in project management practices.
There is little debate over the premise that effective leadership skills are critical for PMPs and serve as a solid foundation for developing the aspiring professional into an effective project manager. The opening and closing keynote addresses will feature informative and motivating presentations on leadership skills.
PMPs will earn 7 PDUs for attending this event. Take advantage of Early Bird Rates through 04/13/14 - Register Early and Save $$$
Pre-register online between 04/14 and 05/07 at discounted rates. Select from a variety of workshop topics presented by dynamic and accomplished speakers.
Enjoy face to face interaction with vendors, sponsors, colleagues and employers. Benefit from creative networking activities; door prizes and prize drawings. Join the Midlands Chapter and save an additional 10%.
Opening Keynote : Secrets of the Thoroughbred Leader…Are you one?
Think back to the best leader you ever had. Did they have a magical quality that made you want to walk on hot coals if they asked? Do you have those same leadership qualities? Oftentimes, we assume that being that “great leader” is out of reach for us because we don’t have that charismatic personality, but that’s not true! Most of us can dramatically improve our leadership abilities and become the leaders that teams love by rebalancing our task/relationship focus.
This presentation explains why the “Thoroughbred Leader” is not only respected but embraced. We will share characteristics that define the “Thoroughbred Leader and explain how their approach differs from other leadership styles. You will learn intervention techniques that leaders can use to manage delicate conflict situations and also learn why it’s critical to establish team charters. You will leave with specific tools and techniques that you can implement immediately to enhance your leadership skills!.
Dana Brownlee, MBA, PMP, President of Professionalism Matters Inc. thrills audiences with an intoxicating blend of practical tips, best practices, relatable stories, and engaging humor.
Closing Keynote: Leadership from a Cubicle
You don’t have to be an executive to think like one. Good leadership is a state of mind, not a business title. Come discover the elements to good basic leadership skills and how to use them as tools to move up in your company.
Dr. Dale Callahan’s passion for developing entrepreneurial talent started in high school and has been fine-tuned throughout his career working for various companies around the world. Dale’s efforts are focused on showing company leaders, as well as individual business professionals, how to harness their earning power and deliver effective bottom line results.
The resources and skills that Dale brings to the table challenges conventional thinking and rocks the world of traditional business approaches—and the end result is undeniably superior to anything else out there.
Dale’s methodology injects intense entrepreneurial thinking into the professional mindset. The reality and immediate success rate that comes through Dale’s approach not only improves the mood of work, but allows people to reach new heights in their career.
Mastering Complexities in Global Project Management
Remote Cross Border Project Management is becoming a way of life for today’s PM professionals. Remote cross-cultural contact is increasing, creating a greater potential for both conflict and cooperation. Given this rapidly changing environment, the ability to relate to people with varying cultural backgrounds is an essential skill for project managers.
This program focuses on results-oriented leadership, collaboration and communication with individuals and organizations from different remote world regions. Going beyond mere tolerance, this program delves deeply into barriers to effective international project management, and provides strategies for building productive international teams.
Mr. Hehl holds a BS Degree in Electrical Engineering from the New York Institute of Technology and a MS Degree in Management from the Polytechnic Institute of New York. Mark is a Six Sigma Black Belt, Certified LEAN Practitioner and has taught International Management at Harper College. He has conducted multiple webinars for Industry Week.
Mark is a frequent guest on National Public Radio and is listed in the United Who’s Who Executive Directory 2002-2003. He is a contributing author of the book Cases on Globalized and Culturally Appropriate E-Learning .
Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) – Mind Mapping
Mind Mapping is a highly effective practice used in the construction of the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and when paired with technology, mind mapping will simplify the project life cycle and improve the communication of your project plan.
Brandon is a Product Manager with MatchWare Inc. and an expert in Mind Mapping Software. His specialty is bridging the gap between mind mapping and project management. Over the last 7 years, Brandon has been a key player in the development of project management rules as they relate to mind mapping software. With degrees in economics and psychology Brandon brings a unique skill set to project mind mapping.
Critical Path Method
Many project managers have misconceptions about the Critical Path and have little or no understanding of its importance in managing time constrained projects. This presentation will provide insight into the use of the Critical Path Method (CPM) in managing the project schedule and in identifying float (or slack) that can be helpful when applying appropriate schedule compression techniques.
CPM will be introduced in the context of project scheduling and the measures that should be taken to develop a schedule model that can be used effectively to manage the project.
Tom Brewer, the owner and principal consultant for Adventus IT Services LLC, is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and as a Certified Computer Professional (CCP) by the Institute for the Certification of Computer Professionals (ICCP). He has over 30 years of experience in information technology as a full-time instructor in computer data processing at Midlands Technical College, a senior technical consultant with NCR Corporation, and a project and IT manager at the University of South Carolina.
Building Your Personal Brand
This session will focus on how to develop your Personal Brand. Whether you’re a seasoned Project Manager, Business Analyst, Introvert, Extrovert, Sales Person, Soccer Mom, or a work from home Dad, you have an image.
We’ll explorer how to develop that Personal Image into a Personal Brand, so whether someone meets you face to face, views an on-line site profile of you, speaks to you over the phone, or hears about you from someone else, you’ll be perceived as a positive energy person.
Mark Baldino is a 14 year TD Bank Employee, currently a Call Solutions Engineer with and a member of the Contact Center Team. Mark received his PMP in 2008, ITIL V3 Foundation in 2010, and Six Sigma Green Belt in 2011. He holds various Cisco certifications related to Networking and Unified Communications.
A discussion of the elements of Program Management including a case study of implementing Program Management guidelines at Duke Energy and using best practices at IBM, Wells Fargo, HP, and Boeing.
Jennifer is a project management professional with more than 25 years of project management experience across multiple industries and disciplines. She holds PgMP, PMP, ITIL and MBB certifications as well as a Master’s Degree in Project Management. Currently, she is an enterprise project governance manager for Duke Energy and an adjunct professor of project management at Northeastern University. She also serves on the Board of Directors for PMI Metrolina Chapter.
Capture of Requirements
The process within our project initiatives requires us to capture the requirements that define the tasks, processes, and approach for providing a solution. In simple terms: Requirements analysis is “the set of tasks, knowledge, and techniques required to identify business activities & functions in order to determine solutions to business problems.” So what are the parameters that help us to successfully outline those features, capabilities, functions, and processes to solve for the business process?
Artis Boyd holds an MBA from the University of North Florida, and undergraduate degree in Accounting from Appalachian State University, and has been a certified project manager (PMP) since 2000, as well as a certified information systems security professional (CISSP). Artis has been a business process & systems consultant for the past ten years, working with senior leadership for business process assessment, strategic design and transformation of enterprise business integration projects.