Project Management Institute
Project Management Institute
Professional Development Day
The Project Management Institute (PMI) Greater New Orleans Chapter is hosting its 14th Annual Professional Development Day (PDD) on Saturday, October 29, 2016. This year's event is being hosted at the Harbor Center Convention Center in Slidell, LA. About 150 project management professionals are expected to attend.
Please consider being a sponsoring organization for this event. Your sponsorship will support our local chapter and help us to develop and expand the project management community in the New Orleans area. Your sponsorship would include:
Cost of the PDD sponsorship is only $350, so please take this opportunity to support our Chapter.
PMIGNO Professional Development Day 2016
Walter Viali, PMP
Keynote Abstract - Walter will present opening and closing segments about the French and the American projects and efforts to build the Panama Canal. Walter will show from a project management perspective where and how the French failed and where and how the Americans were successful.
Keynote Presenter Bio - Walter is a Project Management and PMO Management Consultant, Instructor, and Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with a varied background in different industries, which has included several domestic and international assignments. He is the co-author of the book titled “Accelerating Change with Organizational Project Management: The New Paradigm for Change”. Walter was a member of the PMI team that authored the first release of the PMI OPM3 assessment standard in 2003. He was on the Board of the PMI Houston Chapter from 2002 until 2008 and it’s President in 2007. He was also on the Board of the PMI Clear Lake-Galveston Chapter in 2009-2010. From 2011 to 2014, Walter was the Region Mentor for PMI’s Region 6 (26 PMI Chapters and over 24,000 PMI members in the South Central U.S.). He is currently a member of the PMI Chapter Training Quality Assurance (CTQA) program.
Understanding Schedule Exposure by Quantifying Project Risks
Presentation Abstract - Coordinating the balance between schedule task durations and risk management can be a challenge: On one hand excessive buffer might reduce your schedule’s credibility, but on the other hand you must make sure your risks are mitigated to ensure predictability. In this presentation James Varnado will explain how Intel Corporation uses a Monte Carlo simulation to understand schedule exposure for complex programs. He will describe the lifecycle from schedule development to quantifying risk impacts, and provide a practical example. The real magic to successful risk management lives outside of the risk tool or schedule software, so most of the focus will be on the steps to facilitate the process and gain leadership buy-in. This methodology is scalable and can be applied to any type of project across any industry.
Presenter Bio - James Varnado is the Service Experience Program Manager and former Risk Center of Excellence Chair for Intel Corporation. His 16 year Intel career has included roles ranging from managing construction schedule teams to providing project controls for super-computer development programs. He is currently located in Portland, OR on Intel’s R&D campus and has also supported fabrication facility green/brownfield construction programs in Massachusetts, US and Dalian, China. Prior to Intel James was a scheduler on several petrochemical and offshore programs.
Seize your Leadership Moments!
Niraj Kumar, PMP
Presentation Abstract: You get to play a leader at defining moments in the project life cycle of a project. Act like a seasoned leader and you can win all the perks a great project leader enjoys: more influence, deeper trust from team members, respect from sponsors, and potentially a higher salary in the marketplace.
Presenter Bio - Niraj Kumar currently serves as Director of Business Engineering at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Louisiana leading a team of Managers, Engineers and Analysts. Previously, Niraj led sales enablement initiatives at Rackspace, a cloud computing and IT hosting company. Prior to this role, he held various management positions in manufacturing, supply chain, operations, business analysis, and product development.
Niraj is passionate about business startups and entrepreneurship, and has mentored and judged startup competitions for many years. Niraj also served as a guest lecturer to business students, sharing his knowledge of team building, branding and project management. Niraj blogs at www.leadproje.com, combining his expertise in project management, business and leadership.
Niraj received an MBA from Duke University and a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, India. Niraj also holds the following certifications: PMP (Project Management Institute), Strategic Organizational Leadership (Villanova University), SAFe Agilest (Scaled Agile Academy) and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (Integris Performance Advisors).
Oracle’s Primavera P6 Tips and Tricks
Trey Miller, PMP
Presenter Abstract - The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate tips and tricks associated with Oracle’s Primavera P6. Topics will include, but are not limited to, use of P6 hot keys, the fill down command, using User Defined Fields, Global Changes (indicators, custom calculations, etc.), using Activity Steps, Reflection Projects, and more. We will also address some of the current trends in project management software.
Presenter Bio - Trey Miller currently serves as Director of Educational Services with Global Project Management. The majority of Mr. Miller’s career has been spent providing project management training and consulting services for clients in the construction, oil and gas, government, and utilities industries. To date, Trey has trained over 3,000 individuals on topics including PMP Certification Exam Preparation, Primavera P6, Microsoft Project, Leadership, etc.
Trey graduated from the University of New Orleans with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a MBA from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Certifications include Project Management Professional (PMP) (2005) and Oracle Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management Certified Implementation Specialist (2013).
PgMP® Certification: A Gear for Shaping Your Future
Darryl Moore, PgMP
Presenter Abstract - This session is intended as a forum for dialoging with participants three plausible forces designed to help you think about and formulate a plan for sustaining your career through the new roaring 20’s. Yes, the 2020 decade, or Y2K-D3 is rapidly approaching. As a PMP® or not yet a PMP® although functioning as a program or project manager, how are you gearing your continuing education to ensure renewal of your hard earned certifications while shaping and sustaining your future?
Darryl will present an opening statement followed by three perspectives pertaining to your potential pursuit of PgMP® certification: First, “Far winds and following seas”; will coasting on laurels produce enough oomph to get through Y2K-D3?, Nest, My gears are hot; meaning I’m at the top of the food chain so how does PgMP® certification benefit me? And lastly, My gears are cold, meaning I’m skeptical about the value PgMP® certification offers and the cost of earning and sustaining certification; WIIFM?
Presenter Bio - Darryl Moore is an accomplished professional enriched through more than thirty years leading and managing risk-inherent and mission critical programs and projects on the United States Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), working as an employee of the management and operations contractor to the Department of Energy from 1985 to present.
Darryl served as an adjunct professor with the Loyola University MBA Program teaching project management methodology using courseware he authored. Innate skills as a fourth generation educator, deeply rooted by his maternal lineage of educators, were honed though this inspiring opportunity. His focus shifted in 2014 to teaching the Project Management Performance Excellence course he authored, which aligns with the PMBOK Guide® Fifth Edition and the PMI® Talent Triangle, to a broad spectrum of professionals as well as emerging and skilled project managers.
Darryl’s university education is as follows: MBA graduate – Loyola University, New Orleans, LA, Bachelor of Science graduate - Engineering Management – University of Missouri Rolla. Professional affiliations include Project Management Institute (PgMP®, PMP®, and PMI-RMP®), the Greater New Orleans chapter of PMI® and Life Member of the National Society for Black Engineers.
Agile Myths that can Hurt your Project
Steven McGee, PMP
Presenter Bio – Steven McGee has over 38 years of IT experience and currently serves as an Enterprise IT Program Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana. Steven is a Retired USAF Veteran, frequent public speaker and Lean-Agile Coach. He is a System/Software Engineer (BPR, IDEF0, DODAF), CMMI expert and holds the following certifications: PMP, CSP, ACP, CSM, CDA, ICP, SAFe SPC4 and ITIL.
Presenter Abstract - While there is benefit to using Agile approaches, there are myths that add distractions and lead to over-expecting and under-delivering. Address these early to manage expectations.
Organizing the Chaos: Utilizing JIRA and Confluence to bring clarity to your projects and teams
Josh Dicharry, PMP and Brian Ham
Presentation Abstract - Do you have a difficult time keeping your teams organized? Do you struggle with providing real time reporting on your projects? Do you feel like your project tracking system is difficult to customize?
We will show you how we have used JIRA and Confluence to organize and increase the visibility of not only our IT projects, but also our non-IT projects. We will also show you how these tools allowed us to improve client communication and satisfaction for a variety of our service lines.
Presenter Bio - Josh Dicharry is the Project Management & Business Process Consulting Manager for Postlethwaite and Netterville. Josh has ten plus years of Project Management experience for IT projects, Non-profit campaigns and Non-IT projects, specializing in project set-up, team management, resource planning, business process improvement, project monitoring and controls and project triage. Josh is a PMP and holds a MBA from LSU, Baton Rouge, LA
Presenter Bio - Brian Ham is the Application Development and System Integration Manager for Postlethwaite and Netterville. Brian has fifteen plus years of web programming experience for electronic document management systems (EDMS), project management solutions and transaction processing systems, specializing in custom development, large software implementations, system integration and process automation. Brian holds a MS in Computer Science from Loyola University, New Orleans, LA.
Tips, Tricks, and Traps of Excel Importing into Oracle’s Primavera P6 Client
Richard Snee, PMP
Presenter Abstract – The productivity of whose building and maintaining schedules in P6 can be greatly increased using the Excel importing capabilities of the P6 software. The presentation will cover the capabilities and limitations of the import function, the minimum P6 permissions needed to use it (you do not need to be an Admin Superuser), along with problems the user may well encounter and how to avoid or overcome them.
Presenter Bio – Richard J. Snee PMP is recently retired from a 20+ year career in Project Controls with Waldemar S. Nelson and Company in New Orleans. He recently completed an assignment supporting the global P6 implementation of a major energy company with a focus on maximizing the functionality and productivity of the company’s P6 installation for the individual schedulers within the security limitations of the system. The presentation draws heavily from the experience gained in that assignment.
Mr. Snee graduated in 1975 from the University of New Orleans with a B.S. in Engineering.
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The PMI Greater New Orleans Chapter was established in 1990. Since then, it has grown to over 350 members throughout the metro area with the guiding vision that Greater New Orleans is the project management center of excellence that drives economic prosperity. Chapter members include engineers, planners, database managers, software developers, and consultants in the banking, oil and gas, chemical production, government agencies, communication, and other industries.
We provide our members the full benefits of the PMI organization with a local network. Membership means you will be recognized as someone who is serious about their professional and personal development; enthusiastic about good practices in project management; and dedicated to practicing your profession in an ethical manner.
If you are a professional project manager, thinking about becoming one, or simply interested in the field of project management, we can help. Membership and participation in chapter events offers you the opportunity to network with other professionals, obtain outstanding training at little or no cost, and share experiences and knowledge with other professionals.
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