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Syndication

For this probing look at the newly released PMBOK 6, we convened a panel of experts for a rousing roundtable discussion. Host Kendall Lott talks with Stephen Devaux, Michael Hannan, and Randall Iliff about what’s good, what’s interesting, and what’s missing in the latest iteration of the PMBOK Guide. Among the topics covered are: projects as investments; time as a resource; flow; and more.

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An educational podcast with PM Guests discussing key technical project management techniques in new ways.

PMBOK 6

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About the Speakers

Stephen A. Devaux, MSPM, PMP

Analytic Project Management
President

Steve Devaux, MSPM, PMP, is President of Analytic Project Management, Boston, MA, a PMI Global R.E.P. founded in 1992. Major corporate clients include Siemens, BAE Systems, Wells Fargo, Texas Instruments, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, MIT Lincoln Labs, iRobot, L-3 Communications, American Power Conversion, and Respironics.

Devaux’s newest book Managing Projects as Investments: Earned Value to Business Value came out from CRC Press in September 2014. He is also the author of Total Project Control, the second edition of which was published by CRC Press in March 2015. He contributed chapters on his new CPM metric, critical path drag, in two 2013 books: Project Management in the Oil and Gas Industries and Handbook of Emergency Response. He is the author of numerous articles and PMI webinars, and a frequent speaker at PMI Chapter meetings throughout the US. He also authors a blog on advanced practices in project management several times a week at www.TotalProjectControl.com.

Over the years, he has taught graduate project management courses at Suffolk University, Brandeis University and University of the West Indies/Barbados and in Executive Education programs at Bentley University and UMass/Lowell.

 

Michael Hannan, PMP, TOC Jonah

Fortezza Consulting, LLC
Principal Consultant & Founder

Mike Hannan is Founder and Principal Consultant for Fortezza Consulting, LLC, which helps CIOs, IT PMO Directors, and project teams improve the speed and reliability of their Project Portfolios. Mr. Hannan brings over 20 years’ experience as a Consulting Executive, IT Project Portfolio and Program Manager, Process Engineer, and Software Architect/Engineer/Designer/Tester. His background in Project Portfolio Management started at NASA in the early 1990s supporting large, complex programs such as the International Space Station and High-Performance Computing & Communications (HPCC). He has managed and consulted on $500M+ project portfolios, and trained CIOs and other senior executives in Federal Civilian, Military, and Commercial environments. Mike has been an active speaker at industry events, including local PMI chapter and community meetings, webinars, PM Symposia, and in the Agile community. He is a leading innovator of disciplined ways to integrate Agile, Lean, Critical Chain, and other techniques to drive dramatic breakthroughs in the performance of IT Project Portfolios. Mr. Hannan has been a PMP since 2005, and is a member of both the PMIWDC and Montgomery County chapters. He has been a Theory of Constraints Jonah since 2011, and has Masters degrees in Information Technology and International Affairs. He is also a devoted father of 3 teenage boys, a competitive masters-level track athlete, and an amateur oenophile.

 

Randall C. Iliff

Eclectic Intellect, LLC
Founder
Mr. Iliff has over 35 years’ experience leading developmental effort, and has participated in all phases of project execution from proposal to close out. He is a seasoned large-project PM as well as a recognized expert in Systems Engineering. Mr. Iliff holds a BS in Engineering / Industrial Design from Michigan State University, and an MS in Systems Management, Research and Development from the University of Southern California. Mr. Iliff is a charter member of the International Council On Systems Engineering (INCOSE), and currently serves as the INCOSE representative on an alliance between INCOSE, PMI, and the MIT Center for Program Excellence. Until early 2016 Mr. Iliff was VP at the award-winning design firm bb7, where he was also Director of Strategy, Methods and Learning. Prior to that he worked for Motorola, Martin Marietta, and McDonnell-Douglas. In 2016, he left bb7 and founded Eclectic Intellect.
Direct download: PMBOK-6_Scope-Schedule.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:42pm EST

Winners

PMI Award Winners discuss projects and their philosophies vis-à-vis Project Management. Learn about how these outstanding PMs went about laying out their vision, handling the stakeholders, addressing the risks, and successfully completing some challenging projects. This inspiring episode offers great ideas and food for thought for PMs at all levels.

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Winners

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About the Speakers

Connie Plowman, PMP

Connie Plowman, PMP

Connie is all about leadership -- as an education leader, corporate leader, and volunteer leader.

As an education leader, Connie is a part-time instructor at several education institutions – teaching project management classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She served as the Interim Executive Director for the CLIMB Center for Advancement at Portland Community College. CLIMB stands for Continuous Learning for Individuals, Management, and Business. This Dean-level position reported directly to the President of the Extended Learning Campus (ELC). She was a member of the ELC Leadership Team supporting the College’s mission, vision and core values.

As a corporate leader, Connie worked for Cadence Management Corporation, an international project management training and consulting company. After 22 years with the firm, Connie retired in December 2010 as their Chief Operating Officer (COO). For 12 years, she worked in employee, customer and executive education for IBM Corporation.

As a volunteer leader, Connie is an active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) serving on numerous Boards and global committees. She is a frequent speaker at Job Seekers groups helping and mentoring professionals in career transition and provides support to our future leaders studying project management.

In 2016, Connie received the PMI Eric Jenett Project Management Award of Excellence by PMI. Named after one of the founders of PMI, this award honors “individuals who have made an outstanding contribution(s) to the project management profession or its practice through leadership, technical project management, and strategic and business management acumen.” Since the beginning of this award in 1998, it has been given only 17 times – worldwide.

Connie is a graduate from Portland State University with a degree in Business Administration. In 2002, she became a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®). When she passed the PMP exam, Barry Manilow was on the radio singing “It’s a Miracle!”

Connie lives outside Portland, Oregon, USA - in the wine country!

Joanne Hohenadel

Joanne Hohenadel
University Health Network (UHN) Digital
Senior Project Manager
Since 2001, Joanne Hohenadel has been leading health informatics projects for UHN, McMaster University’s Health Information Research Unit and Center for Health Economics Policy Analysis. She has lead major projects related to health application integration; hospital finance; development of a clinical anesthesia information system, point of care clinical documentation and electronic medication ordering and administration. She is currently a Senior Project Manager for University Health Network (UHN) Digital. In addition to her Honours Bachelors of Applies Science degree, she holds her LEAN Green Belt, PMP, PROSCI Change Management and ITIL certifications.

Andre D’Penha

Andre D’Penha
University Health Network
Quality Improvement Plan – Discharge Summary Program Manager

Andre D’Penha is a project management professional with over thirteen years of experience in the Canadian healthcare, retail, and automotive industries.

Over the last ten years, he has successfully implemented medium to large-scale, complex clinical projects and quality improvement initiatives at the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s premier academic medical centre, consisting of Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and the Michener Institute for Education at UHN.

He has won numerous awards for his project management achievements, including the 2015 PMI Award for Project Excellence – North America, the 2017 Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Award for Best Achievement of Operational Excellence in Healthcare, and the 2017 3M Health Care Quality Team Award.

He is currently UHN’s Quality Improvement Plan – Discharge Summary Program Manager, within UHN Digital’s Technology & Innovation Portfolio.

 

Greg Roos

Greg Roos
Process Safety Audits & Assessments Complex Process Facilities
Manager

Greg received a BE degree in Chemical Engineering from Cooper Union College in 1979. Greg had 30+ years of experience in 3 Chevron refineries and 2 Chevron/Phillips petrochemical /polymer plants prior to his current role. His initial background was in refinery engineering, followed by management roles in engineering, maintenance, operations and projects among those facilities. Current job responsibilities are across Manufacturing, Upstream Complex Process Facilities, Chemicals, Terminals, Lubricants and Non-Operated Joint Ventures.

Greg is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Mississippi and California. Greg is certified as a Process Safety Auditor (CPSA) and Project Management Professional (PMP). Greg was the engineering manager on the Project Management Institute 2015 Project of the Year Award Winner, Coke Drum Replacement Project at El Segundo Refinery. Greg is currently serving as chair of API Process Safety Site Assessment Program industry sub-committee. Greg and his wife Marty live California with 2 adult children and 2 grandchildren.

Direct download: Winners_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Looking for a challenge? Try managing a project whose stakeholders represent a cross section of cultures, languages, and even governments; where funding can come from multiple sources, often many steps removed, physically and culturally, from the beneficiaries; and where the results can’t be measured in any meaningful way until months or years after project completion. Welcome to the world of International Development. In this episode we hear from three experts, who have been in the field (literally) for decades – in Brazil, Turkey, and Zambia – to learn about what it takes to bring these types of projects into being, and then shepherd them to completion.

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International PM

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About the Speakers

Amy Davis

 
Catholic Relief Services
Project Director
Amy is a microfinance specialist with over 25 years of international experience. She is currently the Project Director for the Expanding Financial Inclusion Africa contract managed by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and funded by The MasterCard Foundation, operating in four countries—Burkina Faso, Senegal, Uganda and Zambia—designed to serve 500,000 SILC members over 4 years. Prior to returning to CRS, Amy was the COP managing the highly successful USAID Rwanda Integrated Improved Livelihoods Program – “Ejo Heza”, a complex integrated rural livelihoods program funded by USAID Feed the Future which reached 175,000 Rwandans with effectively phased integrated services focused on nutrition, agricultural production and microfinance. The majority of her work has been in the nonprofit sector, with a focus on East and West Africa, including 20 years in microfinance, including savings-led approaches, microfinance institution management, new product development, financial education and consumer protection. Amy has managed start-up operations for leading global microfinance networks, such as FINCA International and Catholic Relief Services and provided strategic planning, program management, technical assistance and fund-raising support for emerging microfinance institutions. As a consultant, she targeted strategic issues for microfinance institutions while providing key advice to NGO networks and multi-lateral institutions, such as The SEEP Network, Catholic Relief Services, FINCA International, Habitat for Humanity International, the UNDP and The World Bank. She also facilitated the SEEP Social Performance Working Group and Practitioner Learning Program. Amy is a founding member and former President of the Board of Directors of Women Advancing Microfinance (WAM) International. Amy has lived and worked in Senegal (where she was a Peace Corps Volunteer), El Salvador, Uganda, Haiti, Burkina Faso, Rwanda and now residing in Zambia.
 

Peter Pfeiffer

 
PMI Ethics Member Advisory Group
Mr. Pfeiffer holds a PhD degree in Sociology of Development and has been into Project Management for over thirty years as a manager, lecturer, trainer and process facilitator, mainly in the field of International Development in Latin-America, Africa and Asia. He worked as a consultant with World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, UNDP, European Commission, German Cooperation for International Development (GIZ), German Development Bank (KfW), and others, as well as national development institutions, foundations and Corporate Social Responsibility projects. His practice areas are International Development, Organizational Development, Project and Program Management and process facilitation. He has several publications including books, chapters and articles on project management and organizational development. Mr. Pfeiffer is co-founder of the Project Management Institute Rio de Janeiro Chapter, and certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP®) since 1999. He currently serves as a volunteer in the PMI Ethics Member Advisory Group.
 

Haluk ÜÇEM

 
Fichtner GmBH

Haluk ÜÇEM was born in Turkey in 1968 and graduated from the university in February 1990. Since than after some working experienc e in Design and Construction business on site for internationally funded contracts by WB, KfW, EU, EBRD, EIB he began his career on Contract Management. Mr. ÜÇEM worked for Central Finnace and Contracts Unit of Turkey between 2003 and 2008 for 5 years for the contract management of contracts funded by EU. Afterwards he has been working for Fichtner GmBH of Germany who is giving consultancy services for the infrastructure such as wastewater treatment and waste treatment for the international donors. Mr.ÜÇEM is in charge of tender preparation, contracting as well as the Contract Management of the Contracted projects.

He has deep knowledge in EU’s Practical Guide (PRAG) which is used for tendering of EU funded works as well as FIDIC Contract Conditions whcich is widely used in IF contracts.

 

 

Direct download: Project_Management_in_International_Development.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am EST

This is a compilation of some of the earliest PM Point of View episodes, covering new directions in Project Management. Robert Brese, former CIO of the Department of Energy, talks about risk and what he looks for in a Project Manager. John Cable, Director of the Project Management Center for Excellence at the University of Maryland, discusses PM in the Academic sphere. Greg Balestrero, CEO Emeritus of the Project Management Institute, focuses on sustainability in Project Management – and it’s more than just the environment. German futurist, Oliver Schlake and Michael Hannan of Fortezza Consulting talk about how PMs need to create and nurture an environment that promotes innovation.

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Looking Ahead

PM Point of View® (PM-POV) is a podcast series produced by Final Milestone Productions and PMIWDC. PM-POV allows our membership and the public at large to listen to brief and informative conversations with beltway area practioners and executives as they discuss various perspectives on project management -- its uses, its shortcomings, its changes, and its future. Listeners can send comments and suggestions for topics and guests to pm-pov@pmiwdc.org.

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About the Speakers

Robert Brese

 
Department of Energy (DOE)
Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Mr. Brese is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of Energy (DOE). He provides leadership, establishes policy, and maintains oversight of DOE’s annual $2 billion investment in information technology (IT), at more than 25 National Laboratories and Production Facilities, to enable urgent missions that span from open science to nuclear security. Mr. Brese is also a leader in the U.S. Government’s cybersecurity community and a key contributor to the Administration’s efforts in legislation, policy and technology research, development, and deployment. He is a Chair to the CIO Council’s Management Best Practices Committee and also serves as an advisor to the Domestic Policy Council’s Strong City, Strong Community Pilot. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Brese served as DOE’s Deputy CIO.

Previously, Mr. Brese was the Deputy CIO for Information Technology for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and also the Director of the Office of Program Evaluation within Defense Nuclear Security in NNSA, where he began his civilian career and his tenure in Senior Executive Service.

Prior to working in NNSA, Mr. Brese served as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy, retiring after a 22-year career, which culminated in his assignment as a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs within NNSA.

Mr. Brese holds a Federal Chief Information Officer Certificate from The National Defense University. He obtained a Master of Science from Catholic University of America, was a qualified Naval Nuclear Propulsion Engineer in the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Program, and received a Bachelor of Engineering at Vanderbilt University.

 

John H. Cable, R.A., PMP

 
Center for Excellence in Project Management
Executive Director

Mr. Cable is a licensed architect and general contractor with over 35 years experience. His activities have included planning, design, and construction of buildings; building energy conservation research; management consulting; and teaching. In 1980 he was cited by Engineering News-Record as “one who served in the best interests of the building industry.” And, in 1992 he was selected by Remodeling Magazine as one of the 50 best remodeling contractors in the United States.

Since joining the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland in the fall of 1999, John initiated the graduate program in project management, an undergraduate minor, and the Center for Excellence in Project Management.

He teaches courses in Project Management Fundamentals, and Managing Projects in a Dynamic Environment and is widely sought after for his seminars and workshops on a variety of Project Management topics. John is also chairman of the Project Management Institute’s Global Accreditation Center Board of Directors, a member of the Federal Government’s Project Management Working Group, and a member of the Science & Engineering Council of NASA’s Center for Program/Project Management Research. John is also a founding member of the International Project Management Educational Union along with Peking University and 6 other universities worldwide. In 2004 he coauthored a report for the National Academy of Sciences Federal Facilities Council on “Key Performance Indicators for Federal Facilities Portfolios”.

Prior to joining the University, Mr. Cable was a Research Fellow in the Logistics Management Institute’s Facilities and Engineering Management group where he managed a variety of lead assignments analyzing facility design and construction practices, conducting benchmarking and business process re-engineering studies, assessing the use of information technology in the management of design and construction, managed business and program planning assignments, and training/assisting clients in becoming certified in compliance with ISO9000 Quality Management Standards.

Prior to LMI, John created and managed a design/build firm specializing in renovation and new construction of residential, commercial and retail properties and directed energy conservation research in buildings for the U.S. Department of Energy.

 

Gregory Balestrero

 
International Institute for Learning, Inc.
Strategic Advisor on Leadership, Corporate Consciousness and Sustainability

Greg Balestrero has been a global advocate for excellence in performance management and business results. In a career spanning more than 40 years, he has been a project engineer, project manager, and for the last 30 years, a senior executive of professional membership associations related to engineering and project management. From 2002 – 2011, Greg served as the President and CEO of Project Management Institute (PMI®). He has met with business and government leaders in more than 60 countries, advocating and promoting a project focus in engineering, construction, and a broad range of business sectors. This exposure has shaped his thinking and message, reinforcing the need that organizations must transform to sustain themselves, integrating the values of community and the planet, with their own corporate strategies and values. Through his work at IIL as strategic advisor, Greg aims to help global corporations discover how they can change their strategies to focus on serving their communities and the planet, while being or becoming market leaders.

 

Oliver Schlake

 
Robert H. Smith School of Business
Clinical Professor
Dr. Oliver Schlake is a Clinical Professor at Robert H. Smith School of Business, a senior business consultant, entrepreneur and researcher. His publications and research on scenario-based strategic planning and innovation strategy have been featured in leading academic and practitioner journals worldwide. Oliver has been an international management consultant and strategic advisor for leading companies and government agencies in Europe and North-America. Prior to joining the Smith School he was Assistant Professor for E-Business at National University, San Diego and CEO for German based consulting firm Scenario Management International (ScMI AG).
 

Michael Hannan, PMP, TOC Jonah

 
Fortezza Consulting, LLC
Principal Consultant & Founder

Mike Hannan is Founder and Principal Consultant for Fortezza Consulting, LLC, which helps CIOs, IT PMO Directors, and project teams improve the speed and reliability of their Project Portfolios. Mr. Hannan brings over 20 years’ experience as a Consulting Executive, IT Project Portfolio and Program Manager, Process Engineer, and Software Architect/Engineer/Designer/Tester. His background in Project Portfolio Management started at NASA in the early 1990s supporting large, complex programs such as the International Space Station and High-Performance Computing & Communications (HPCC). He has managed and consulted on $500M+ project portfolios, and trained CIOs and other senior executives in Federal Civilian, Military, and Commercial environments. Mike has been an active speaker at industry events, including local PMI chapter and community meetings, webinars, PM Symposia, and in the Agile community. He is a leading innovator of disciplined ways to integrate Agile, Lean, Critical Chain, and other techniques to drive dramatic breakthroughs in the performance of IT Project Portfolios. Mr. Hannan has been a PMP since 2005, and is a member of both the PMIWDC and Montgomery County chapters. He has been a Theory of Constraints Jonah since 2011, and has Masters degrees in Information Technology and International Affairs. He is also a devoted father of 3 teenage boys, a competitive masters-level track athlete, and an amateur oenophile.

 

 

Direct download: Looking_Ahead_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:33pm EST

Project Management is a team sport; projects are rarely implemented by a single individual. But the minute you bring two, three, not to mention fifty or hundreds of team members together, you open yourself up a range of potential group dynamics issues. In fact, the pressures of time and budget, along with the drive to get results, can lead to bullying and other unproductive behavior. It’s up to the project manager to set the tone, define standards, establish lines of communication, and support the individuals as well as the group as a whole. Three experts on Teamwork and how it relates to Project Management – Paul Pelletier, Lisa DiTullio, and Rami Kaibni – discuss how to nurture and manage your team for optimal functionality and quality results. 

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Teamwork

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About the Speakers

Paul Pelletier

 

Paul is a corporate lawyer, project manager, international public speaker, and business executive with over 25 years experience in senior roles in government and industry. A pioneer in the legal profession, Paul fused his law career with project management and has over 15 years in senior management, leading transformational projects and teams. A recognized leader in the project management profession, Paul also serves on the Project Management Institute’s Ethics Member Advisory Group.

During his career, on more than one occasion, Paul realized he was the target of disrespectful workplace behaviour and workplace bullying. Workplace bullying can be as harmful at work as it is in schools. Paul knows this from personal experience. He will share his story and how it led to the work he does today.

Leveraging his experiences, Paul established his consulting business with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring change. He is now an advocate, consultant and expert in strategic workplace bullying management, workplace respect and training. Helping organizations establish strategic policies, programs, and processes for openly, fairly, and effectively addressing workplace bullying is his focus. He is a regular presenter at global conferences and other events.

 

Lisa DiTullio

 
Your Project Office
Principal
Lisa DiTullio is the principal of Your Project Office, a PMI® Registered Education Provider and consulting organization dedicated to introducing project management as a business competency and enabling healthcare organizations to improve decision-making, instill accountability, and enhance communications. Lisa is the author of multiple project management books, articles, and blogs. She is a recognized international speaker in her field and is known for her story-telling to impart messages that are both impactful and practical. Lisa is a past member of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the past chair of the Women’s Business Connection. She is the founder of Leadership in Action, a program designed to create a sense of empowerment for high-school girls. Lisa currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Cohasset Maritime Institute and is an avid (and sometimes competitive) open-water rower.
 

Rami Kaibni

 
A PMP certified professional holding a Bachelor Degree with honors in Civil Engineering (Structures) and has over 10 years of professional working experience in project management. Was deployed on many high profile large projects across the Middle East (Qatar, Jordan, Palestine), Far East (Shanghai, China) and currently residing in British Columbia, Canada and holding the post of Projects & Development Manager. Rami has four published articles in Project Management and is one of the highest influencers on ProjectManagement.com
Direct download: Influencers_Part_V__Teamwork.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:31am EST

Quality is difficult to define, so how can you guarantee that your project will result in a quality outcome? There are tools you can use and steps Project Managers can take to ensure quality results. Clearly define quality expectations up front, and make sure all the stakeholders understand and agree. Pay attention to Voice of Customer. Do lots of testing along the way, with a highly critical eye. Ensuring maximum quality goes hand in hand with minimizing potential risk. Three experts on Quality, Jon M. Quigley, Mike Frenette, and Brian Cohn discuss how you can – and should – incorporate “Quality” into all phases of a project.

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Quality

PM Point of View® (PM-POV) is a podcast series produced by Final Milestone Productions and PMIWDC. PM-POV allows our membership and the public at large to listen to brief and informative conversations with beltway area practioners and executives as they discuss various perspectives on project management -- its uses, its shortcomings, its changes, and its future. Listeners can send comments and suggestions for topics and guests to pm-pov@pmiwdc.org.

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About the Speakers

Jon M. Quigley

 
Value Transformation LLC
Principal and Founding Member
Jon M. Quigley PMP CTFL is a principal and founding member of Value Transformation LLC, a product development training and cost improvement organization established in 2009 (www.valuetransform.com). Jon has multiple master level degrees from City University of Seattle, as well as an engineering degree from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has been employed by PACCAR and Volvo, and is an experienced tier one supplier to the automotive industry (Ford, General Motors, Chrysler and Harley Davidson and more). Jon has won awards such as the Volvo 3P Technical Award and the Volvo Technology Award, and has secured 7 United States patents. Jon has co-authored or contributed to more than 12 blocks. The titles range in topics all associated with project management and product development including quality tools. He is on the MPM advisory board of Western Carolina and Forsyth Technical Community College. He is available for speaking and guest lecturing on project management and product development and can be reached at Jon.Quigley@valuetransform.com.
 

Mike Frenette

 
Corvo Project Management
Owner
Mike Frenette, PMP, CMC, I.S.P., SMC has been engaged in information technology and project management for more years than he cares to admit. He has been employed by utility, oil and gas, and manufacturing organizations, and several consulting firms over the last few decades. Mike currently owns Corvo Project Management, a PPM consulting, mentoring and training company. He has a penchant for staying up to date with methods and processes that help organizations achieve their strategic goals, and enjoys sharing what he has learned with anyone who will listen. Mike is a frequent speaker and trainer on project management topics locally, nationally and internationally at in-person conferences and virtual sessions. He has proven to be a serial volunteer through roles on boards and committees, contributing to the inner workings of the Canadian Information Processing, the Canadian Management Consultants Atlantic, PMI Nova Scotia and PMI Global.
 

Brian Cohn

 
Danfoss Power Solutions
Process Excellence Manager
Brian Cohn is Process Excellence Manager at Danfoss Power Solutions focusing on the development of new products and services. He has held design engineering, application engineering, project management, and product management roles, at firms in the manufacturing, aerospace, and defense segments for over 30 years. Most of his experiences have been in business to business environments and he is passionate about improving both the effectiveness and efficiency of new product development.
 
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Our PM methods face stress in the face of projects that are related to research and development…where systems engineering is the key discipline is needed. The focus is on the requirements that change, that the project scope is unstable, as there are decisions that will arise after the project is undertaken. The PM’s task becomes a focus on creativity over structure…but what are those trade-offs? We need to follow more conditional branching, tasks that aren’t executed, and tasks that are suddenly forced to be repeated until an exit condition is met. It gets complicated when seen from our standard linear view. Listen in and here three engineers. Randall Iliff, Ruth Barry, and Nathaniel Fischer discuss projects with different definitions of what “done” looks like.

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About the Speakers

Randall C. Iliff

 
Eclectic Intellect, LLC
Founder
Mr. Iliff has over 35 years’ experience leading developmental effort, and has participated in all phases of project execution from proposal to close out. He is a seasoned large-project PM as well as a recognized expert in Systems Engineering. Mr. Iliff holds a BS in Engineering / Industrial Design from Michigan State University, and an MS in Systems Management, Research and Development from the University of Southern California. Mr. Iliff is a charter member of the International Council On Systems Engineering (INCOSE), and currently serves as the INCOSE representative on an alliance between INCOSE, PMI, and the MIT Center for Program Excellence. Until early 2016 Mr. Iliff was VP at the award-winning design firm bb7, where he was also Director of Strategy, Methods and Learning. Prior to that he worked for Motorola, Martin Marietta, and McDonnell-Douglas. In 2016, he left bb7 and founded Eclectic Intellect.
 

Ruth Barry

 
bb7
Director of Electrical & Software Engineering
VOLCANO (PHILIPS) CORE FM Project Manager Wireless device used to measure blood pressure and blood flow. The project included human interface, industrial, mechanical, advanced electrical and software design, and full product testing. ORASCOPTIC XV1 INTEGRATED LOUPE AND HEADLAMP SYSTEM Project Manager The first fully-integrated loupe and headlamp system for use in dental and surgical applications. The project included IP research, human interface, industrial, mechanical, optical, electrical and software design, and full product testing. The loupes launched 18 months after approved concept. KERR DENTAL CURING WAND Project Manager Two generations of ergonomic curing wands; the second product features ultracapacitor technology in place of traditional battery technology. Both projects included IP research, human interface, industrial, mechanical, optical, electrical and software design, and full product testing. The first wand launched within twelve months of concept approval; the second product followed one year later.
 

Nathaniel Fischer

 
bb7
Mechanical Engineer
LANAIR PORTABLE RADIANT HEATER Mechanical Engineer Addressed reliability concerns with existing machine. Re-designed a portable radiant heater to reduce cost, and simplify the design to minimize assembly time and reduce rework and scrap. MALLINCKRODT PHARMACEUTICALS Lead Mechanical Engineer Designed modular test fixture for gas sensors that allows for several different gas flow configurations. GE HEALTHCARE VARIABLE COST PRODUCTIVITY (VCP) PROJECTS VCP Mechanical Engineer Work with a cross-functional team to reduce component costs. Tasks include: writing engineering change orders, verification activities, updating documents. NASA KENNEDY SPACE CENTER MODELING AND SIMULATION Simulation Engineer Intern Using Mathworks Simulink and Simscape, developed a model of a closed-volume fluid tank, and tested the model in a real-time environment.
 
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“Projects are the machine that turns the investment into value…I don’t think we are in a shortage of money in the world, but a shortage of good ideas and of people making those ideas a reality.” Just one of the excellent quotes from the experts in project management in construction on this episode. Advanced Work Package, interactive planning, story-boarding, boot-time, and “running around for stuff”—it’s what happens in modern capital projects and for the PMs that manage it. Experts and thought leaders, Sandra MacGillivray, John Fish and Olfa Hamdi take us on an audio tour through the landscape of modern PM construction. They discuss the techniques and tools, from the application of information systems to agile development, that have had money and lifesaving impact.

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Olfa Hamdi

 
Advanced Work Packaging Institute
Founder

Olfa Hamdi is an international researcher in the field of project management, independent consultant, founder of the Advanced Work Packaging Institute, co-founder of The Institute of Management and a tech entrepreneur in capital project management office and field solutions.

Olfa Hamdi was a member of the top research joint venture RT272 on Advanced Work Packaging between the Construction Industry Institute (CII) and the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA). She is a co-author of the 3-volume Industry Research Implementation on Advanced Work Packaging IR272-2. Her Research Master Thesis, published by The University of Texas at Austin in 2013, is the first academic publication to document research on AWP benefits, implementation challenges and maturity.

She is a fellow of the State Bar of Texas Construction Law section. Olfa has numerous publications in prestigious academic and professional journals as well as media outlets. Olfa speaks four languages and is a firm believer in the role of interdisciplinary research in driving capital projects effectiveness and project management knowledge sphere expansion.

Olfa Hamdi founded the AWP Institute with a clear objective in mind: trigger and build the global momentum around Advanced Work Packaging and advance the AWP system by closing its gaps through research and innovation for it to become a recognized comprehensive global industry practice. Today, the AWP Institute has an outreach to more than 40 countries across all industrial and transportation construction sectors.

Olfa Hamdi holds a Master of Science in Capital Projects’ Management from The University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Science in Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Lille (France), and a graduate degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution for construction disputes from Texas School of Law.

 

Sandra MacGillivray

 
Valency
Managing Director

Sandra is the Managing Director of Valency, a consulting company that implements best practices from the Construction Industry Institute (CII) that dramatically improve capital project performance. Valency is a Registered Education Provider with both CII and PMI and works globally with client in both the private and public sector.

Sandra is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Risk Professional (PMI-RMP) and a Certified PDRI Facilitator. She has over 15 years of project management experience and is a past research team member with CII on front end planning, risk management and portfolio management. Sandra is an active member of CII's Front End Planning Community of Practice.

 

John Fish

 
Ford, Bacon and Davis, LLC
Director Project Support Services

John has over fifty years’ experience in the Engineering and Construction industry (primarily refining and petro-chemical). He was the architect for the S&B/FB&D Internet Project Information Management System (iPIMS), a web based system for managing the flow of information from Front End Planning to System Turnover. John's CII resume started in 1992 when he was assigned to be a member of the research team that developed the first PDRI and Alignment Thermometer. Since that time, John has participated in the following CII roles:

1. Board of Advisor for S & B/FB&D since 1996,
2. Four PDRI related research teams,
3. Risk Management Team,
4. Co-chair of the Break Through Strategy Committee,
5. Co-Chair of the Innovative Deliverables to the Craft Team,
6. Co-Chair to initiate the Front End Planning Community of Practice.

In addition, John has instructed the Front End Planning session for the CII Best Practices Course at the University of Texas since 2012.

John is considered one of the industry systems experts in Automation, Information Management, Front End Planning, and Best Practice Execution. He has worked with numerous owners to assist them in the implementation of CII Project Management tools and best practices. He is active in the implementation of FIATECH initiatives to improve productivity using technology to utilize integrated information exchanges and automation.

John is best known as an industry change agent. He was instrumental in leading S & B/FB&D from slide rules, pencils and Mylar into the Intelligent 3D Design age. In 1982, John was given an edict by Wally Maurer, an early mentor, to "...challenge everything we do." He is still challenging and does not plan to stop anytime soon.

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Risk is an organizational problem that reaches into our ability to make sound business decisions. We should think of stakeholders (and activating them to be positive and helpful), remember to check assumptions, and recognize that risks shift as priorities and the external environment do. Beyond the project-level risks, and past even basic quantification of risk and impact, we need PMs to consider the ultimate business value of their projects – and whether the project should even be done. Yep, even for a project, risk is an organizational concern that has a perspective shaped by the very organizational culture. Listen in to this episode and hear influencers Andy Jordon, Beth Spriggs and Bruce Harpham describe their insights and their approaches to handling risks and consulting with others about it.

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Andy Jordan

 
Roffensian Consulting Inc
President

Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting Inc., an Ontario, Canada based management consulting firm with a strong emphasis on organizational transformation, portfolio management and PMOs. Andy has a track record of success managing business critical projects, programs and portfolios in Europe and North America in industries as diverse as investment banking, software development, call centers, telecommunications and corporate education.

Andy is an in demand speaker and moderator who delivers thought provoking content in an engaging and entertaining style, and is also an instructor in project management related disciplines. He always strives to provide thought provoking presentations that drive his audience to challenge accepted norms while providing actionable content that can be applied in the real world. Andy’s first full length book ‘Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations’ is now available.”

 

Beth Spriggs

 

Beth Spriggs, PMP, is an experienced coach, trainer and speaker. Currently she serves as the vice president of technology at Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE), a major nonpartisan organization. For more than 16 years, she’s solved unsolvable problems, tamed unruly projects, and pulled off the impossible for organizations by deploying technologies that work for customers while positioning clients for what’s coming next.

Her extensive portfolio consists of everything from bite-sized undertakings to years-long overhauls that impact every aspect of the organization, but her focus has always been technology project management. Some of Beth's contributions include delivering webinars for ProjectManagement.com and NTEN, speaking at NTEN's Nonprofit Technology Conference and DC Web Women's Conference; and attending PMI's Global Congress NA 2015 as an Expert. Beth was PM.com's member of the month August 2015.

 

Bruce Harpham

 
ProjectManagementHacks.com
Founder

Bruce Harpham is the author of the forthcoming book "Project Managers At Work," (Apress) which showcases the career paths and lessons learned from project professionals from NASA, Google, Apple and other leading organizations. Bruce Harpham is also a columnist with ProjectManagement.com and runs the ProjectManagementHacks.com blog. Bruce lives in Toronto, Canada. 

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Saving Priceless History! From cracks in the US Capitol Dome, to the dirt of Idaho, to the empty shelves of the Iraq Museum, experts protect the artifacts of our society. These artifacts are an important element of maintaining the lessons of who we are, of remembering what came before, and of having an appreciation of what we can accomplish. Encompassing historical archaeology, restoration, and even investigating the theft of priceless artifacts, it turns out these efforts have beginnings and endings, outputs and outcomes, teams, plans, risks, and budgets – they are projects. In this episode, we discuss three very different CRM projects: the restoration of the most iconic building in the United States (the Capitol Dome), the identification of a lost town in Idaho, and the memorable recovery during the Iraq conflict of some of the most important cultural artifacts of antiquity. We see the efforts of these professionals, Christine Merton, Bob Weaver and Colonel Matthew Bogdanos through a PM Point of View, and take some lessons that we can use in all of our projects.

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Cultural Resource Management

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Christine Merdon, PE, CCM

 
Architect of the Capitol
Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Merdon began her Federal career in 1981 as a cooperative education engineering student for the U.S. Navy. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in 1987, from the University of Maryland in Civil Engineering, she continued her career with the Navy as a project engineer and project manager. In 1998, she received a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering.

In 1990, she joined the White House Military Office as a Project Manager responsible for managing classified design and construction projects at the White House, Camp David, and other Presidential Support Facilities.

In 1998, Ms. Merdon was hired by Clark Construction, LLC, where she was project manager and superintendent on numerous projects including the American Red Cross Headquarters, Bethesda Place II, and the renovation of Baltimore’s historic Hippodrome Theater.

Ms. Merdon joined McKissack & McKissack in 2000, where she ascended to the role of Senior Vice President of Program and Construction Management. Her responsibilities included operations and business development for program and construction management contracts in Washington, DC, Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California. She was instrumental in the growth of the company in Washington, and start-up and management of the program management division in Chicago and Los Angeles. All told, she has been responsible for the successful program and construction management of more than $11 billion in major construction projects and programs including: Washington Nationals Major League Baseball Stadium, O’Hare Modernization Program, Eisenhower Executive Office Building life-safety upgrades, Los Angeles Unified School District, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum for African American History, and Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorial Renovations. Throughout her career, Ms. Merdon has won many outstanding performance awards, as well as project excellence awards for construction projects. She is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a member of the Construction Management Association of America, and a Certified Construction Manager. Ms. Merdon is the President of the DC Chapter of the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) mentor program, and is very active in the Women in Engineering program at the University of Maryland.

 

Colonel Matthew Bogdanos

 
New York County District Attorney’s Office
Homicide Prosecutor

Colonel Matthew Bogdanos is a homicide prosecutor for the New York County District Attorney’s Office. Raised waiting tables in his family's Greek restaurant in Lower Manhattan, he is a former middleweight boxer who joined the U.S. Marine Corps at 19. He left active duty in 1988 to join the DA’s Office; but remained in the reserves, leading a counter-narcotics operation on the Mexican border, and serving in Desert Storm, South Korea, Lithuania, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kosovo.

Losing his apartment near the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, he joined a counter-terrorism task force in Afghanistan, receiving a Bronze Star for actions against al-Qaeda. He then served in the Horn of Africa and three tours in Iraq—leading the international investigation into the looting of Iraq’s National Museum—before deploying again to Afghanistan in 2009. The first to expose the link between antiquities trafficking and terrorist financing, he has presented those findings in 22 countries, in venues including the United Nations, Interpol, British Parliament, the Peace Palace in The Hague, and the U.S. Senate. He received a National Humanities Medal from President Bush for helping recover more than 6000 of Iraq's treasures in eight countries.

He holds a classics degree from Bucknell University; a law degree, master’s degree in Classics, and Recognition of Achievement in International Law from Columbia University; and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College. In addition to dozens of military decorations, he received the 2004 Public Service Award from the Hellenic Lawyers of America, 2007 Proclamation from the City of New York, 2009 Proclamation from the City of Philadelphia, 2011 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, 2016 International Giuseppe Sciacca Achievement Award from the Vatican, and was Grand Marshal of the 2010 Greek Independence Day Parade.

Returning to the DA’s Office in October 2010, he still boxes for wounded veterans and continues the hunt for stolen antiquities, recently leading an investigation that resulted in the largest seizure of stolen antiquities in U.S. history: $150 million dollars in ancient statues stolen from Southeast Asia. All royalties from his book, Thieves of Baghdad, are donated to the Iraq Museum.

 

Robert Weaver

 
Lead Historian
Robert Weaver is the lead historian on major CERCLA and other environmental litigation cases. Researched industrial technology and process, identified Responsible Parties, and assisted attorneys in case strategy. He also continues with cultural (archaeological) resources projects. He served as lead historical archaeologist for the Sandpoint Archaeology Project, which is the largest Section 106 mitigation project in the State of Idaho. The project excavated information on the initial railroad town of Sandpoint (1881-1915) and recovered over 560,000 artifacts, mainly historical.
 
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