PM Point of View

A discussion with Jim York and Elizabeth McQueen on the effectiveness of the agile software development approach at the Customs and Border Protection agency – what it takes to make it work, and what happens when it does!

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Project Management Point-of-View (PM-POV), a podcast series produced by the Washington DC Chapter of the Project Management Institute, 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. Listens can send comments and suggestions for topics and guests to: pm-pov@pmiwdc.org.

PDU Information

You can earn 0.25 Category "A" PDUs for each PM-POV podcast you listen to — up to 1.75 PDUs by listening to all 7!

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  • PDU Category: Cat A: Registered Education Provider/PMI Component
  • Activity Type: "Find an Activity"
  • Provider Number: C046
  • Activity Number: 08142014PC

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About the Speakers

Jim York

 
 
 

For more than 25 years, Jim York has led, trained, and coached individuals, teams, and organizations in the implementation of Lean and Agile ideas. He is a Certified Scrum Coach and Certified Scrum Trainer. His coaching and workshops blend his practical experience in Scrum, Lean Software Development, Extreme Programming, Product Management, and traditional project management. Jim shares his passion for teaching as a frequent presenter at conferences, users groups, public and onsite workshops, and as a business process coach. In 2007, he cofounded FoxHedge Ltd (http://foxhedgeltd.com) with his wife, Melissa York. Their mission is to coach leaders to build effective teams and products.

 

Elizabeth McQueen

 

 
 
 

Elizabeth McQueen is the Branch Chief, International Trade Data System, at Customs of Border Protections. She is also PMIWDC's 2014 Chapter Vice-Chair. Elizabeth was elected as a chapter Director at Large in 2012, but her involvement with PMI and volunteering began several years earlier.

Elizabeth joined PMI and the Washington DC Chapter, and attained her PMP certification, in 2005. She started volunteering the following year with the Business Process Assessment committee, eventually managing the Business Process Definition project in 2008. In 2009, she accepted an appointment to the role of Assistant Vice President for Records Management. During her tenure as the AVP, and then the VP of Records Management, Elizabeth worked with each operational area to help define their processes and create reusable templates, and to clean up each area’s SharePoint site.

Elizabeth served one term as the VP of Records Management before being elected as a Director-at-Large to the Governance Board beginning in January 2012. The Governance Board appointed her as Vice-Chair for 2014, switching her tenure with another DAL to allow her to subsequently serve as Chair in 2015.

From a professional perspective, Elizabeth is currently Director of Program Control for Customs and Border Protection’s Cargo Systems Program Directorate, within the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to her work with DHS, she owned Process Evolution Group (PEG), a business process improvement and project / program management training corporation.

Elizabeth graduated in 1988 from the University of Texas at Austin, with a BS degree in Advertising. She lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband Steve and their tri-color Shetland Sheepdog, Bella. Outside of her professional work and time spent volunteering with the Chapter, she enjoys cooking, yoga, and travel with her family.

Direct download: mcqueen-york_0.mp3
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Keep It Simple and Communicate

Project Managers want to know where they can use their skills now, and what skills they will need in the future: its all about job security. In this podcast we interview Ms. Kimberly Hancher, CIO of the EEOC, who 3 decades of bringing project management disciplines to federal government agencies to develop and deliver IT projects. 

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PDU Information

You can earn 0.25 Category "A" PDUs for each PM-POV podcast you listen to.

Use the following information in PMI's CCRS system to register the PDUs for this podcast:

  • PDU Category: Cat A: Registered Education Provider/PMI Component
  • Activity Type: "Find an Activity"
  • Provider Number: C046
  • Activity Number: 04222014PC

 

About the Speaker

Kimberly Hancher

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Chief Information Officer (CIO) 

Kimberly Hancher is a long time member of the Federal Information Technology (IT) community. She began her Federal career at the Department of Veterans Affairs in 1981.

In the 1980’s she implemented the VA’s first enterprise wide electronic mail system. After 15 years at the VA, she joined the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to lead the agency’s electronic government (e-gov) program. During her 10 years at the FCC, the agency deployed over 20 online, web based transaction systems and implemented mandatory electronic filing. She joined the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as Chief Information Officer in 2008 and is leading several transformational efforts there. She is a valued member of the Federal senior executive service; known for her ability to leverage IT, create a shared vision of the future, and serve as a mentor/role model for aspiring IT professionals.

Mrs. Hancher is also active in charitable organizations. She was President and CIO of The Angels Network (www.theangelsnetwork.org), a charitable group that raises funds for transitional housing and homeless programs in the DC metro area. She currently serves as a board member on the Government Information Technology Executive Council (GITEC). And she is a lifetime member of the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary. In 2007 she received the President’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition of her commitment to community service.

Direct download: hancher.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:52am EST

Experience Matters

PMs know how to deliver with the disciplines they have learned, but from an executive’s point of view, what’s missing? The answer may surprise you, from this interview with Mr. Bob Brese, CIO of the Department of Energy.

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Project Management Point-of-View (PM-POV), a podcast series produced by the Washington DC Chapter of the Project Management Institute, 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. Listens can send comments and suggestions for topics and guests to: pm-pov@pmiwdc.org.

PDU Information

You can earn 0.25 Category "A" PDUs for each PM-POV podcast you listen to!

Use the following information in PMI's CCRS system to register the PDUs for this podcast:

  • PDU Category: Cat A: Registered Education Provider/PMI Component
  • Activity Type: "Find an Activity"
  • Provider Number: C046
  • Activity Number: 05022014PC

 

About the Speaker

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.

Direct download: brese.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:52am EST

Pragmatism from the Ivory Tower

The dramatic increase in project management degree programs leads us to ask, “what is the academic inquiry telling us about the future project management that we hadn't anticipated?” and Mr. John Cable of the university of Maryland obliges us with answers.

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Project Management Point-of-View (PM-POV), a podcast series produced by the Washington DC Chapter of the Project Management Institute, 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. Listens can send comments and suggestions for topics and guests to: pm-pov@pmiwdc.org.

PDU Information

You can earn 0.25 Category "A" PDUs for each PM-POV podcast you listen to!

Use the following information in PMI's CCRS system to register the PDUs for this podcast:

  • PDU Category: Cat A: Registered Education Provider/PMI Component
  • Activity Type: "Find an Activity"
  • Provider Number: C046
  • Activity Number: 05282014PC

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About the Speaker

John H. Cable, R.A., PMP

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.

Direct download: PMIWDC_Podcast03-Cable.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:52am EST

The Show Must Go On!

A discussion with Deborah Vandergrift, Chief Production Officer at the
Shakespeare Theatre Company on the role of managing productions as projects
in the performing arts...and her own discovery that she was doing what we
call "Project Management."

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Project Management Point-of-View (PM-POV), a podcast series produced by the Washington DC Chapter of the Project Management Institute, 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. Listens can send comments and suggestions for topics and guests to: pm-pov@pmiwdc.org.

PDU Information

You can earn 0.25 Category "A" PDUs for each PM-POV podcast you listen to!

Use the following information in PMI's CCRS system to register the PDUs for this podcast:

  • PDU Category: Cat A: Registered Education Provider/PMI Component
  • Activity Type: "Find an Activity"
  • Provider Number: C046
  • Activity Number: 06252014PC

» More PM-POV Episodes

About the Speaker

Deborah Vandergrift

The Shakespeare Theatre Company
Chief Production Officer

Ms. Vandergrift has worked in production management at Washington DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company for the past seven seasons. At STC, she helped develop new approaches and standards necessary in operating the institution’s expanded programming and venues. She has been instrumental in facilitating the presentation of several remarkable productions from abroad, and she is a key member of senior staff, participating in strategic planning, season planning, and budgeting.

Prior to her tenure at STC, Ms. Vandergrift was the production manager for Hartford Stage. She has project managed for various music and arts festivals throughout the US. Ms. Vandergrift’s early career was fifteen years as a professional stage manager, working with a rich variety of artists at both domestic and foreign venues. She earned her MFA in Stage Management from the University of California, San Diego and a double major in English and Theatre from Oberlin College.

Direct download: Vandergrift_Final_1-2-MP320for20Audio20Podcasting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:52am EST

The Transformative Value of Project Management for Non-Profit Organizations

Max Skolnik, DC Director for the Taproot Foundation, discusses how Project Management provides a phenomenal set of tools to approach charity work that is part of some new thinking in the non-profit sector, and how PM is ultimately part of changing the narrative on how we approach the challenges of the big social issues.

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Project Management Point-of-View (PM-POV), a podcast series produced by the Washington DC Chapter of the Project Management Institute, 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. Listens can send comments and suggestions for topics and guests to: pm-pov@pmiwdc.org.

PDU Information

You can earn 0.25 Category "A" PDUs for each PM-POV podcast you listen to!

Use the following information in PMI's CCRS system to register the PDUs for this podcast:

  • PDU Category: Cat A: Registered Education Provider/PMI Component
  • Activity Type: "Find an Activity"
  • Provider Number: C046
  • Activity Number: 07072014PC

About the Speaker

Max Skolnik

Taproot Foundation

Max is a dedicated non-profit advocate with nearly two decades of leadership experience in the field. After graduating from GWU with an MA in Latin American Studies, Max founded Kid Power in 2002. In his 10 years as the Executive Director, Kid Power operated high-quality academic, nutritional, and service-learning programs for thousands of young people throughout the District.

Currently, Max is the DC Director for the Taproot Foundation, a national organization leading, mobilizing and engaging professionals in pro bono service to drive social change. He resides in DC with his wife Erica and their son Julian.

Direct download: Skolnik.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:52am EST

Project Management:  the Global Advantage

Jordon Sims, Director of Organization Relations and Programs for the Project Management Institute discusses the value of PM and PM credentials globally, has a wide-ranging discussion of the value of PM in organizations, its impact on government operations, its role in strategy execution, the pedigree of good PMs, and the role of PM in business globally.

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Project Management Point-of-View (PM-POV), a podcast series produced by the Washington DC Chapter of the Project Management Institute, 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. Listens can send comments and suggestions for topics and guests to: pm-pov@pmiwdc.org.

PDU Information

You can earn 0.25 Category "A" PDUs for each PM-POV podcast you listen to!

Use the following information in PMI's CCRS system to register the PDUs for this podcast:

  • PDU Category: Cat A: Registered Education Provider/PMI Component
  • Activity Type: "Find an Activity"
  • Provider Number: C046
  • Activity Number: 07282014PC

 

About the Speaker

Jordon Sims

Director of Organization Relations and Programs
Project Management Institute

Jordon Sims is the Director of Organization Relations and Programs for the Project Management Institute. In his current role, Jordon is responsible for overseeing PMI’s relationships around the globe for both the public and private sector. He ensures the most effective approach for industry leading corporations and governments to realize positive business results through effective project, program, and portfolio management.

Jordon is responsible for PMI’s presence, at the organization level, in the Americas (US, Canada, & Latin America) and Austral-Asia with businesses, federal government entities, and parliamentary/legislative bodies. Jordon leads the PMI Global Executive Council, an elite network of professionals from leading companies, governments and organizations

Prior to joining PMI, Jordon served over ten years as a nuclear trained submarine officer in the US Navy and held several unique positions as foreign liaison to the Chief of Naval Operations, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of Defense. He was selected as a Defense Legislative Fellow and served on the personal staff of a senior Member of the US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee. In his capacity as defense advisor, Jordon handled all aspects of both the State Department and Department of Defense budgeting and funding process.

Jordon’s variety of assignments also included work as Special Assistant to the Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion (Naval Reactors) in a dual-hatted Department of Defense and Department of Energy role. He was responsible for all aspects of governmental affairs for the US submarine and aircraft carrier programs.

Jordon holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Economics from the US Naval Academy, and a Master of Engineering Management (MEM) from Old Dominion University.

Direct download: sims.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:52am EST

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