PM Point of View

When you’re managing a digital project, you need a framework that's so nimble, even Agile might not provide sufficient flexibility. As technology advances at an unrelenting clip, project managers working in the realm of digital products - websites, apps, etc. - are facing a new range of challenges. In this episode of PM Point of View, host Kendall Lott sits down with four Digital PMs to discuss which PM principles and tools work, and which don't; what to watch out for, and tools for coping in this rapidly evolving arena.

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About the Speakers

 

Patrice Embry is a 20+ year veteran project manager.  She's worked with both agencies and in-house corporate PMO organizations, large and small.  Starting out in the then-burgeoning world of eCommerce, she’s taken on jobs and clients in a wide range of verticals, from pharmaceutical marketing to non-profits, and quite a lot in between.  She is currently a freelance digital project manager, focusing on both managing projects as well as consulting with agencies to help them include or enhance project management in their own ranks.  Patrice also writes extensively about project management, and is a mentor to many. Patrice lives outside of Philadelphia with various loved ones and pets. See more about her at patrice-embry.com.

Abby Fretz is a trainer for a Louder Than Ten (www.louderthanten.com), an online, one-year train­ing pro­gram that creates strate­gic project leads who run healthy projects, strength­en hap­py teams, and sup­port nim­ble dig­i­tal agen­cies, depart­ments, and prod­uct studios.. Abby is also Director of Projects at Eastern Standard (www.easternstandard.com), a branding and web agency based in Philadelphia, PA. Abby has over 10 years of experience as a digital project lead.

Justin Handler is Head of Accounts at O3 World, a Digital Product Agency in Philadelphia. Justin has over 10 years of experience in digital project management, managing enterprise web and digital products.

Brett Harned brings nearly 20 years of experience in communications and project management—along with a passion for teaching and community-building—to his role as the Director of Education at TeamGantt. In 2012, he founded the Digital PM Summit, the first annual conference for digital project managers. Brett is an international speaker, the author of Project Management for Humans, and the host of the Sprints and Milestones and Time Limit podcasts.

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What's the difference between preparation mindset and performance mindset? Did you ever consider that accountability should run horizontally as well as vertically? What's the point of constantly drilling on the basics? (Once you know them can't you simply move on?) What does it mean to hire for enhancement, and can one plus one actually equal three? Alan Stein, Jr., a former basketball coach, keynote speaker, and author of Raise Your Game: High Performance Secrets of the Best of the Best, and Brian Levenson, podcaster and mental performance coach, discuss what it takes for individuals and teams to reach peak performance.

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About the Speakers

 

Alan Stein, Jr. is a coach, speaker and author with an expertise in improving organizational performance, cohesion and accountability. He spent 15+ years working with the highest performing basketball players on the planet, including NBA superstar Kevin Durant.

He now travels the world teaching organizations how to utilize the same strategies in business that elite athletes use to perform at a world-class level. Alan’s new book, Raise Your Game: High Performance Secrets of the Best of the Best, is a must-read for executives, entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Brian Levenson obtained his Masters in Sport Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, completing his thesis on home court advantage in the NBA. The research provided him the opportunity to interview NBA players on the differences between playing at home and on the road. That experience helped form a foundation for his work with clients on the challenges of transitioning to new environments. As a coach, Brian believes in working with the client to continue to strengthen their strengths and to turn their weaknesses into strengths.

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Projects are vehicles for change. The whole point is to add value to your organization and/or your stakeholders. With this in mind, PMs are increasingly charged with keeping an eye on the greater strategic goals of the organization. In this episode, three experts/authors discuss the teachings of their books, and how PMs can (and should) exert their influence to enhance the effectiveness and competitive stance of their organization. Featuring Gregg Brown, author of Ready...Set...Change Again; April K. Mills, author of Everyone is a Change Agent; and Dana Brownlee, author of The Unwritten Rules of Managing Up

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Gregg Brown is a best-selling author, inspiring speaker and award-winning expert in the fields of leadership, resilience and change. Creating great audience experiences and giving people practical tools to make their work lives better continues to guide Gregg in his work. He has over 25 years of experience speaking at hundreds of conferences, seminars, and retreats as well as for Fortune 500 clients and a wide array of industries including financial, insurance, retail, public and not-for-profit sectors.

April Mills is an engineer by training and a change agent by passion.  As Intel’s Director of IT Transformation, she brings cutting-edge, inspirational change thinking to Intel’s global workforce. April’s career began as civilian nuclear engineer for the U.S. Navy, before she launched her successful blog and consulting company, Engine-for-Change.  For nearly 20 years, she’s been a thought leader in process improvement, project management, program leadership, and change acceleration. In 2016, April published her first book, "Everyone is a Change Agent: A Guide to the Change Agent Essentials.” 

 

Dana Brownlee founded Professionalism Matters, an Atlanta based corporate training company, in 2003, after years working as a business strategy consultant with top IT firms. An energetic and innovative speaker and trainer, Dana has presented to PMI audiences worldwide, and across the U.S.  She has been interviewed by (or published in) CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Redbook, Working Mother, Forbes.com, and and more. Her first book "The Unwritten Rules of Managing Up: Project Management Techniques from the Trenches" was published in February, 2019.

Direct download: 61._Authors_II__The_Strategic_Project_Manager.mp3
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A former US Marine/Special Ops commander, the co-founders of Leadership Techniques International, and the director/coach of the offshore sailing team at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis talk about what it takes to lead highly effective, high-performing teams.

Project management is not for the faint of heart! Courage, selflessness, and dedication to the well-being of the team are some of the qualities needed to lead a truly high-performing team. Everyone needs to be 100% engaged in the endeavor. Bring your team to the table and let them have their say. If you really want to up your PM game, this episode is inspiring as well as practical.

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About the Speakers

Jahn Tihansky has carved out a successful career in the marine industry including manufacturing, sales, consulting and education.  He started two companies - a manufacturing entity based in Florida in 1985, and then an on-water education program based in Maryland in 1993.  There he developed recreational courses, as well as team-building programs for corporate clients including Northrup-Grumman, Marriott, Pfizer and Coca-Cola.

In 2005 he became Director/Head Coach of the Offshore Sailing Team at the United States Naval Academy. His program’s objectives include developing leadership and teamwork skills. During his tenure, his team has won four national championships along with numerous other prestigious ocean racing trophies.

Leadership Techniques, LLC
David B. Newman and Lisa Hammer are co-founders and principals of Leadership Techniques, LLC. They have the honor of being part of an elite group of instructors selected to deliver multiple courses for PMI SeminarsWorld®, a series of professional seminars which are held annually in various cities throughout the United States and internationally.

David B. Newman, PMP, PMI-ACP, SPHR, CSM, ITIL holds a Master’s degree in Technical Management from Johns Hopkins University. He has a diversified background in engineering and product development, is a certified trainer for leadership seminars, and loves to share his experience and extensive background with others.  

Lisa Hammer, PMP has more than 30 years of experience, specializing in project management and staff development for both large and small firms. She has managed the implementation of several multi-million-dollar programs, which included coordination of staff, consultants and subcontractors to achieve client goals while maintaining budget and cost controls across all activities. 

Colonel Steve Corcoran retired from the United States Marine Corps after 28 years of active service. Commanding at every level in the most austere and challenging environments, he successfully led the nations finest and was recognized for distinguished service in combat and peacetime. 

Steve has been the Chief of Cyber Strategy for the Telos Corporation since retiring, successfully taking his leadership knowledge from the Marine Corps, National Outdoor Leadership School into a corporate environment as well as continuing to serve and mentor other veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce. With a strong passion for serving veterans, he sits on the board of directors for Warriors At Ease©.

Direct download: 61._High_Performance_Teams.mp3
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Know thyself. Then know your teammates. A key component of effective project management is teamwork. That's not always easy when you bring together people representing a range of ages, backgrounds, and values. But there are steps PMs can take to engender a harmonious and productive work environment. Generally it's better to address this issue earlier rather than later. To sort through the various assessment tools, and their corresponding philosophies and methodologies, Kendall Lott has gathered a round table of experts to talk about the benefits, how to use them, when to use them, and when not to use them.

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About the Speakers

David Cooper has been working in the learning and development industry since 1992 and joined Impact Americas team in 2008.  He works as Senior Consultant providing solution design, delivery expertise, and coaching to clients around the globe.

David’s primary focus is coaching leaders to develop increased leadership capacity via his expertise in Emotional Intelligence, Leading teams and team performance, Community Action Learning, Executive Coaching, and Mindfulness.  Tools and approaches that David specializes in include Emotional Intelligence ESCI & EQ-i, Hogan Assessments, Leading Organizational Transition, Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the Impact Team Performance Inventory and the Impact VUCA-Q

 

Ray Linder has worked with over 10,000 individuals across a range of clients that include Fortune 100 companies, the U.S. Army and Air Force, government agencies, and major universities, doing personal coaching, leadership development, and team building programs and services that help people be themselves with more skill.

His specialties include Strength Deployment Inventory® and Core Strengths™ Master Facilitator, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Master Practitioner, Emotional Intelligence EQi 2.0™ Certified Facilitator, Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator, and more.

 

Hile Rutledge is President and Principal consultant at OKA, a training, consulting and publishing firm headquartered near Washington DC.  Hile is an experienced organization development consultant, trainer, executive coach, author, and public speaker with a background in management, sales, adult education and leadership development.

Hile’s primary area of expertise is the establishment and exercise of self-awareness leading to greater communication, decision making, leadership and team performance. Among the tools/approaches in which Hile specializes are the EQ-i2.0 (Emotional Intelligence), the Pearman Personality Integrator, the MBTI assessment (Psychological Type) and generational cohort theory (using his book, Generation Translation). 

Direct download: 59._Psychometrics__Myers-Briggs_and_Beyond.mp3
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Three seasoned Project Management practitioners, teachers, and authors share their insights, observations and what they consider the important issues of the day. Dr. Kenneth Smith talks about techniques and tools and why it's important for PMs to understand the underlying principles of the tools they use. John Stenbeck explains how Agile can be scaled up to the portfolio or organizational level. And Carl Pritchard shares techniques that PMs can use when they need to communicate with their managers or executives of the organization.

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About the Speakers

Ken Smith is a long-time member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and IPMA-USA; a project management practitioner, researcher-evaluator, manager, advisor, consultant & instructor/facilitator.

Initially a management intern, analyst/systems specialist with the US Department of Defense; he later was a Senior Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development and gained world-wide experience – at HQ and field levels -- as a management systems advisor, evaluator, project, program & portfolio manager of various sector projects, as well as an in-house trainer/facilitator.

Now retired from USAID, Dr. Smith conducts workshop-seminars in various aspects of project management, monitoring and evaluation for PMI, as well as other organizations.

John G. Stenbeck, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSP, is the Founder of GR8PM, Inc. (pronounced “Great PM”). He is a three-time Amazon #1 Best Selling author. His industry-leading project management books have sold almost $3 million.

John has been a guest on VoiceAmerica talk radio, Good Morning America, the Today Show, Fox News and the Oprah Winfrey Show. He is a sought-after Keynote speaker because he enables executives and professionals to become powerfully productive leaders.

Carl Pritchard is the principal and founder of Pritchard Management Associates, and is a recognized lecturer, author, researcher, and instructor. As a lecturer he is considered a leading authority on risk management and presents on a variety of management topics, ranging from project essentials to the complexities of network diagramming and team motivation.

He has published articles on project management maturity, the international trends in PM, advances in risk management, and served as the lead chapter author for the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, Risk Management Chapter (4th Edition). His work as an instructor has taken him around the world, training with some of the leading international training organizations, as well as for private clients and the Project Management Institute®. He is the U.S. Correspondent for the U.K. project management journal, Project Manager Today.

 

 

 

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