Thursday, June 25, 2009

ProjectWorld: Day 1, Keynote Sound Bites

This is a post from guest blogger, Jen Girdish, Editor of PM Boulevard. You can also follow her here.

Some sound bites from the two keynote speakers that kicked off the conference this morning.

Evolving Role of the CIO: Asif Ahmad, VP Diagnostic Services & CIO, Duke University Health Systems

  • Building high performance teams in this economy is getting more and more difficult.
    Information and data is an enterprise asset, just like buildings.
  • CIO as process leader – Embrace what the institution is driving, rather than what the technology is driving.
  • Communication is critical to empowering and organization – you can never over communicate in large organization.
  • Technology on a bad process just makes the bad process happen faster.

Improve and Achieve Greater Business Value: Pete Gibson, Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Wyndham Hotel Group
  • Project managers probably know it better than executives know it.
  • It is rough out there—how do you add value? If you don’t add value your gone.
  • 75% of the workforce is not engaged.
  • Change is happening greater outside the organization than inside the organization. We have to keep up with the outside.
  • How can you improve and achieve greater business value in these uncertain times? There is no silver bullet—it comes down to individual and team performances.
  • People that understand the business and craft the solution are going to be the future.
  • We’re the most un-automated group in the world.

Peter thinks that we're in the most exciting field there is right now. Do you agree?

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