Tuesday, January 14, 2014

PW&WCBA 2014 Submission Deadline Extended to Friday 1/17

ProjectWorld & World Congress for Business Analysts
September 22-24, 2014 | Seattle, WA
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, January 17th to Romina Kunstadter, Conference Producer at rkunstadter@iirusa.com 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, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. Exact Dates and Location will be announced in the coming weeks.

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
  • Mobile
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Collaborative Problem Solving
  • Honing Your PM Skills
  • Virtualization
  • 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 jsaxe@iirusa.com 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 rkunstadter@iirusa.com no later than Friday, January 17, 2014. 

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 (optional, but preferred)
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.

Interested in Becoming a Media Partner or Featured Event Blogger?
Contact Kacey Anderson, Marketing Manager at kanderson@iirusa.com

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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