Friday, December 13, 2013

ProjectWorld & World Congress for Business Analysts 2014 Call for Presenters Now Open

Papers are being accepted on a rolling basis, we suggest your proposal as early as possible. If this is something you're interested in considering, please let us know as sessions fill up quickly. Submit your proposal no later than Friday, December 20th to Romina Kunstadter, Conference Producer at or 646.895.7453.

The Institute for International Research (IIR) is currently seeking corporate practitioners, authors and experienced facilitators to present at the 2014 ProjectWorld & World Congress for Business Analysts conference.

The event will take place in September 22-24, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.

About this Unique Event
PW&WCBA is the industry's year round resource for gaining cutting-edge insights through C-Level case studies & corporate best practice presentations, exclusive Web Seminars, Learning Labs, and facilitated sharing sessions.  

Who & What We're Looking For
Leaders of high profile, complex projects to share their story in an open forum with industry peers. We are also inviting highly experienced, unbiased project managers, program managers, portfolio managers, PMO heads, system engineers and business analysts. We are particularly interested in experienced corporate practitioners, industry experts and qualified facilitators sharing innovative case studies, techniques, templates that attendees can implements as soon as they get back to the office.

Each presentation should demonstrate actionable tangible takeaways. We are looking for presentations that will demonstrate how something went from concept to reality (what were the decisions you had to make along the way, why did you choose that route, what did you learn from it, what if anything would you do differently, what can the audience learn, where do you go from here?).

Please note: Decisions will be based on the alignment of the content with the 2014 agenda content, feedback from the event advisors as well as on industry recognition and/or personal references. 

We Expect Our Speakers to Move Beyond the Fundamentals

2014 presentation topics include, but are not limited to:
Managing Stakeholder Expectations
Leveraging Portfolio Project Management Tools
Education & Training for New PM's- Passing down the knowledge
Integration PM
Setting up a Project Office
Communication Across Roles (Organization)
Using Agile to Implement Larger Multi Web Projects
Tools Used with Agile
Moving from BA to PM
Discovering What Metrics you Need
Lean Projects: A Case Study
PM & BA Collaboration
Risk Management
Program & Portfolio Management
Effective Teams: How to build them
Cyber Security
Big Data & Analytics
PMBOK Changes
Dealing with Stakeholders and Sponsors
Integrating Contracted People into an Ongoing Project
Creative Problem Solving
Collaborative Problem Solving
Honing Your PM Skills
Understanding The Business Ecosystem
The Move: Agile to Waterfall
Convan Vs Agile
Process Management
Developing BA Skills
Effective Data Modeling
State Modeling
BA's in A Global Environment
Capturing Non functional requirements
Shadow IT and how to make sure you remain a partner
Managing to scale
Tailor BA function in an onshore vs offshore environment
Systems Integration
What's New in Agile?
Agile, Tools and Metric Tracking
Cloud Risk: Managing the Risk and Rewards of Cloud Computing
Defining and Developing the Next Generation of PMs
Improving the Value of Your PMO
IT Portfolio Management
Soft Leadership Skills
Risk Management
Building Program Management Expertise
Motivating Teams and Increasing Team Performance
Creating a Center of Excellence (Both BA and/or PM)
Demonstrating the Current Value of Project Management and Business Analysis to Your Organization
Career Paths for the BA and PM - Where Do You Go After 5 Years?
Using Six Sigma and LEAN to Improve Project Management
Requirements Management and Communication
Leading Global Teams
Change Management
Reading Verbal and Non-Verbal Cues
Virtual Engagement
Lightweight Project Management Tools vs. Heavyweight
Enterprise Analysis
Enterprise Architecture
Negotiation Skills for Dealing with Suppliers
Agile Project Management
A Systematic Approach to Increase Business Process Performance
Improving Service Levels with Your Stakeholders
Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring
Developing a PM Toolkit: The Essentials
Implementing a Portfolio Management
Estimating and Identification of Requirements
Business Rules: An Important Technique to Capture and Discover What You Need
Green Practices for the PM and BA
Getting the Benefits of Consolidating, But Without Doing So
The Current and Future State of the BA
Agile: Governance and Decision-Making
Sustainable Portfolio Management Practices
Development Techniques that are Flexible and Responsive
SOA Governance
Integrating the Business Architecture with Human Performance

BONUS: In addition to the exposure and honor of being a speaker, speakers will also FREE admission to the conference, access to post-conference web seminar series as well as any pre-conference activities (a $3,000+ value).

How to Get Accepted
Priority will be given to presentations that highlight NEW case studies on pushing beyond the PMBOK and BABOK, presenting new skills, techniques and best practices for today's PM and BA worlds. ONLY corporate/client-side speaker will be considered. If you are a consultant, solution provider, technology provider, analyst or consultant, please see sponsorship/exhibit section below.

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

If you are a vendor or solution provider and are interested in showcasing your organization's expertise - Please contact Jon Saxe, Senior Business Development Manager at or 646.895.7467 for more information.

If you were not selected to present and are a vendor or solution provider, you may qualify for additional speaking opportunities available through sponsorship.

Submission Guidelines
Please submit the following to Romina Kunstadter, Conference Producer at no later than Friday, December 20, 2013.

For proper consideration, please include the following information with your proposal:

  • Proposed speaker name(s), job title(s), and company name(s)
  • Contact information including address, telephone and e-mail
  • Title and objective of presentation
  • Please indicate which topic you plan to address and please indicate what is NEW about the presentation
  • Summary of the talk
  • What the audience will gain from your presentation (please list 3-5 key "take-aways")
  • NEW FOR THIS YEAR: Please submit a short video telling us why you want to speak at PW&WCBA 2014

If your submission is selected, portions of your bio and summary will be used to promote your participation. In an effort to ensure the utmost quality, all final presentations will be subject to review by our content review board one month prior to the event. 

Additional Details
  • Commercialism and self-promotion are NOT permitted or tolerated. If this happens, you will NOT be invited to return as a speaker.
  • Travel, lodging and other expenses are the responsibility of the speaker.

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Due to the high volume of response, we are unable to respond to each submission. All those selected to participate as speakers will be notified shortly after the deadline.

Thank you for your interest in ProjectWorld & World Congress for Business Analysts. We look forward to receiving your proposal!

The PW&WCBA Team
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