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Speaking Topics

Agile, Beyond the Buzz

Agile may not be new to the IT world, but it has become THE methodology across several industries. Popularity, however, does not always translate to success in business. This workshop will help you better understand the tenets of Agile and how to integrate this cross-functional team methodology into your current project management processes.

Build A Better Business: Innovation Lessons from Lego

As the building block of many childhood imaginations, Lego is one of the most famous and profitable brands in the world. However, not too long ago, Lego was facing bankruptcy. As the fifth-largest toymaker in the world, what was going wrong? This presentation will outline the background of the popular company while providing insight into the turnaround it faced. By learning how to create new value out of what already existed, Lego utilized innovative techniques, strategic partnerships, and the technological revolution to not only retain but grow its already broad customer base. By understanding the lessons Lego faced during their turnaround phase, participants will be able to apply those same principles of success into their own organizations.

Business Requirements: Our Most Misunderstood Easy Button

Successful projects rely on the upfront gathering of solid requirements. Unfortunately, 60% of projects fail in this process as organizations struggle to get a good foundational foothold on what success looks like. We will prepare you to understand and capture the needs of your business users with tools and techniques that can be implemented immediately back at the office.

Increasing Your EQ

In today’s competitive professional environment, emotional intelligence (EQ) is often the difference between reaching the top or falling flat. This presentation offers attendees the opportunity to assess their individual self-awareness while enhancing their people skills. Techniques for promoting self-regulation and preventing dreaded “filter fails” help equip participants to be better prepared to tackle the challenge of discerning the motivations of others and navigating professional (and personal) interactions towards more successful outcomes.

Industry 4.0

There's no question that technology is playing a substantial part in our everyday lives today, but the increasingly connected culture we live in is also having an impact on the world of industry.  Welcome to Industry 4.0, the name given to the growing combination of traditional manufacturing and industrial platforms and practices with the latest smart technology.  This presentation will discuss the use of large-scale M2M and Internet of Things (IoT) deployments and how to implement those practices to provide increased automation and improved communication within your organization.

It’s Not Trivia(l)! Critical Concepts No PM Should Overlook

Using the magic of movie excerpts and challenging trivia, this presentation breaks down Project Management fundamentals by calling attention to key items that should be considered when undertaking every project but are often taken for granted. This fast-paced session is designed for both intentional and “accidental” project managers from all walks of life. Whether you’re a trivia buff yourself, or just looking for some “A-Ha!” moments to improve your project performance, you’re sure to not only be enlightened, but entertained!

Name that (Project) Tune

Studies show that music moves the brain to pay attention, resulting in better knowledge retention. This presentation uses that basis to teach/reinforce fundamental project management best practices. In this interactive session, popular songs are played to prepare and engage the brain to learn and retain important project management lessons. Feel free to sing along to the classic tunes and then sit back and see how they get applied to PM concepts that can easily be taken back and implemented within your organization. Learning has never been so much fun!

Never Split the Difference: A New Approach to Negotiation

Negotiation is an exhaustive topic with legendary deals and mythic masters.  It is viewed as a game that sets apart the intimidators from the intimidated, with the most talented supposedly possessing some superhuman abilities.  But it turns out there may be more to negotiating than the hallowed halls of Harvard would have us mere mortals believe possible. In fact, you don’t need to know a BATNA from a ZOPA to become a more successful negotiator. This presentation condenses our popular full-day course into an easily digestible one hour segment that will help both the novice and the savvy achieve better outcomes in any negotiation.

Project Controls: Calming the Chaos of Projects

Webster’s defines chaos as “a state of utter confusion or disorder; a total lack of organization or order.” If this sounds like many of your projects, this talk is for you. By contrast, Google tells us that “Project Controls are the data gathering, data management and analytical processes used to predict, understand, and constructively influence the time and cost outcomes of a project."  So, while Project Controls means different things to different people, most can agree that, when done properly, it keeps project time, cost, and scope from running off the rails.

Project Management Techniques from Noah and the Ark

How did a 600-year-old man complete one of the world’s largest engineering/construction projects?  Was it dumb luck, divine intervention, or something else?  This presentation will show how Noah:

  • Dealt with the most powerful of project sponsors
  • Aligned the right roles and responsibilities with the right resources
  • Dealt with the nay-sayers and project derailers from his work area
  • Had to be creative in his approach to accomplish his project goals
  • Was lucky enough to run one of the most “perfect” projects

While this is a presentation about Noah and the Ark, it is not a religious or spiritual discussion.  References will be made to the Bible (The Messenger version) but only as a reference to or support of the tools and techniques of project management Noah used.

Risky Business – How an Uncertain Future can Lead to Success

This session touches on the recent trends that reinforce the importance of strengthening risk management practices across your organization.  While risk is typically a concept organizations seek to avoid or mitigate, organizations committed to identifying and measuring tangible threats have a unique opportunity to capitalize on disruption with the right amount of risk-taking.

Standardization vs. Customization

“Good things come to those who wait.” But what if your customers aren’t willing to wait to receive your company’s product or service offering? One way to work around this challenge is to present those goods as customized, thereby enhancing the customer’s experience. However, there is a caveat.  Pure customization requires starting from scratch every time you receive a new customer request. This can be time-consuming and ultimately drives up the total cost of the finished product or service.

This session explores this unique dichotomy, providing pros, cons, and case studies around each while also yielding the floor to the audience to share their success stories (and possible tales of woe). Participants will leave with a more well-rounded and informed view as well as some tips and tricks for implementing their chosen solution back into their organization.

Stop Wasting (My) Time: How to Hold More Effective Meetings

Time is a nonrenewable resource, yet we seem okay with spending up to 40% of our workweek wasting this precious commodity in unproductive meetings. With 11 million meetings a day, companies are also wasting money, to the tune of an estimated $75 million a year. Be the change agent your company needs by attending this session, which will discuss best practices and tips that will help your meetings stay focused, timely, and, most importantly productive.

Strategic Thinking for Today’s Leaders

Innovation: Everybody says you must have it to succeed, but where do you find the time?

Unfortunately, many leaders get so bogged down in day-to-day tactics that they over-focus on implementing conventional solutions to conventional problems. Innovative problem solving takes a backseat to daily firefighting.  This session is designed to help participants change their focus from day-to-day issue management to a long-term, strategic perspective.  Furthermore, the presentation enables you to understand your ruts or “Circle of Habits” and discuss how to break free and unleash the strategic thinker within.

Time Management – Plan and Prioritize Your Time to keep from Losing Your Mind

Do you often find yourself wishing for more hours in the day? Effective time management can help increase productivity and reduce stress. This presentation focuses on mental and physical productivity, providing tools and best practices to help you stay organized, keep a clear mind, and be more productive in both work and life.

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