Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Lucky Number 13

There are 13 days remaining until the 2013 Project World & World Congress for Business Analysts in Orlando, FL.  Day one begins with a choice of one full day workshop focusing on Leadership or three half day workshops in the morning, focusing on Agile, IT Portfolio Management and Risk Management.  The second half of day one continues with the full day Leadership workshop or two half day summits; Creating Engagement in Project Teams with four sessions and Agile Summit with four sessions.  In the middle of the half day summits there is also one networking break.  If we add all these together we begin day one with one full day workshop, three half day morning workshops, eight afternoon sessions included in the two half day summits, plus one networking break.  This equals (1 + 3 + 8 + 1) lucky number 13 different and amazing opportunities to learn and improve your skills in just the first day!

Day two begins with Opening Remarks from the conference chair, Chuck Millholan, Director of Program Management, Churchill Downs Inc.  This day also includes two keynote speakers, the first is, The Delivery of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and Legacy, presented by Ralph Luck, former Property Director, UK Olympic Delivery Authority (London 2012 Olympics).  The next keynote speaker is Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, Head of Transversal Portfolio Management from BNP Parabis Fortis and Author of, “The Focused Organization.”  There is also a bonus in the morning with a session on Speed Mentoring; this session will be with both Project Managers and Business Analyst professionals working together.  After Lunch there are four different tracks with three sessions in each track for a total of twelve sessions to choose.  Adding all of these will equal more than 13 opportunities to expand your knowledge and network.

On the third and final day of the conference there are three more amazing keynote speakers. These begin with Carey Lohrenz, US Navy, presenting Lessons in Leadership and Creating High Performing Teams.  After a short networking break the next keynote is William Greenwald, Director, Humana, Inc. presenting 20 NeuroLeadership Insights in 60 Minutes, and then completing the morning with Naomi Karten, Author of several books, discussing Embracing Change: Transforming Ideas and Challenges into Opportunities.  The afternoon continues with the four education tracks and twelve more exciting sessions. Remember you can move between tracks to increase your knowledge in other areas. 

Over the three day conference there will be a total of three continental breakfasts, five excellent keynote speakers, three lunches, one full day leadership workshop or three half day workshops, two amazing summits, five networking breaks and four amazing educational tracks, all of which you have a choice of attending in multiple combinations. This is a total of 26 networking and education opportunities divided by two (2), which equals double the lucky number 13.

Yes, I did use a little creative license in the calculations and I hope it made you smile.  Creativity and innovation is a requirement as a Project Manager and the 2013 Project World & World Congress for Business Analysts is the place to learn or improve those skills.  There are only 13 days remaining before the PW&WCBA 2013 begins. Register today at http://bit.ly/13jM72A. I hope to see you there!

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