Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Advance Your PM & BA Skills at PW&WCBA 2015 in Orlando

It's that time of year again, the holidays have passed and we're in the middle of those dreaded winter months. We've got the remedy to get you out of that cold weather rut. 

ProjectWorld & World Congress for Business Analysts, the premier conference for advancing collaboration through practice, is back in Orlando this March. Continue your professional and personal development (with the added benefit of warm weather & sun!) with best practices and lessons learned from leading PMs & BAs from Starbucks, The Boeing Company, Daimler Trucks North America, Canadian Blood Services and more.

March 23-24, 2015
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
Lake Buena Vista, Florida

View the full agenda:  http://bit.ly/1yqPkaZ

Featured Session:

Redefining a City: Kim Schaefer, Director of Communications, DOWNTOWN PROJECT

Las Vegas is a city that evokes a very specific public perception. By helping to revitalize a Downtown neighborhood that has been in a state of decline for many years, The Downtown Project is helping to redefine the image of the city itself. Rather than a place where what "happens here stays here" the company is working to create an environment of entrepreneurship, learning, collaboration, innovation and creativity that it hopes will inspire communities around the world. Kim Schaefer, Director of Communications, The Downtown Project will share what it takes to not only manage such a project, but also how to lead the various teams in making a new Downtown Las Vegas. 

Join us at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort in Orlando to advance your collaboration, leadership, and project management & business analysis skills.

Mention code PWEASTBL & Save $100 off the current rate. Register today: http://bit.ly/1yqPkaZ

The PW&WCBA Team

Thursday, January 15, 2015

ESI’s Top 10 Project Management Trends of 2015

ESI International, a project management training company, recently released its top 10 trends in project management for 2015. This year’s trends reveal that project managers (PMs) will be impacted by many changes this year including more hybrid environments, an increasing demand for talent management, and a growing need to align project outcomes with organizational strategy.
In 2015, the PM’s role will continue to evolve, according ESI VP of Marketing and Strategic Intelligence Mark Bashrum. Improving interpersonal skills, learning the discipline of strategic execution, and becoming well versed in change management practices should be on every PM’s list of New Year’s resolutions.

“All too often people talk about strategy and execution independently,” said Bashrum. “In the coming year we will see a heightened focus on managing the critical links connecting the two, as more organizations begin to view strategic execution as a core discipline.”

ESI’s top 10 trends for project management include:

Lofty Expectations: PMs need to become adept at managing gaps between the constraints of cloud-based platforms and the business’ expectations.

Out-of-Whack: Talent management within the PM community comes back into focus.

Fuel for the Hybrid: As the pace of change continues to accelerate, hybrid project methods will become the norm.

A Day Late and a Dollar Short: The ability to find and hire top PM talent is dwindling.

Bottom’s Up: Organizations must build bottom-up processes to link project outcomes to organizational strategy.

Ignore Them at Your Own Peril: Project managers will continue to be ignored and not get the coaching and mentoring they are screaming for.

Run!: Project managers continue to sacrifice project transparency as they flee from conflict and avoid difficult conversations.

Change is Coming: The disciplines of change management and project management continue to merge as PMs become responsible for delivering project and business outcomes.

Knocking at the Door: Project management and business strategy better align to the benefit of the organization.

Culture Shock: Organizational culture becomes a bigger consideration in risk management practices.

“The impact on project management is substantial,” he added. “Project managers, who are typically held accountable for delivering project outcomes, will now also be responsible for how those deliverables impact the business. This will require a retooling of their skillsets, but in the end it elevates the PM’s role as a critical enabler of business strategy, and that’s a very good thing for project managers who can make the jump.”

About the Author: Amanda Ciccatelli, Social Media Strategist of the Marketing Division at IIR USA, has a background in digital and print journalism, covering a variety of topics in business strategy, marketing, and technology. Amanda is the Editor at Large for several of IIR’s blogs including Next Big DesignCustomers 1stDigital Impact, STEAM Accelerator and ProjectWorld and World Congress for Business Analysts, and a regular contributor to Front End of Innovation and The Market Research Event,. She previously worked at Technology Marketing Corporation as a Web Editor where she covered breaking news and feature stories in the technology industry. She can be reached at aciccatelli@iirusa.com. Follow her at @AmandaCicc.

Monday, January 5, 2015

PW&WCBA East Agenda Just Released

Due to overwhelming demand, we're happy to announce ProjectWorld & World Congress for Business Analysts will return to the East Coast in March. Join us at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort in Orlando, March 23-24, 2015.

The 2015 program brings you some of the best presentations from the Seattle conference, plus new and exciting best practices and case studies from the project trenches. Designed for all training levels, PW&WCBA boasts a robust agenda and most importantly, delivers tangible lessons you can implement as soon as you return to the office. Plus, new this year, we're leaving sessions open to bring you the latest in project management and business analysis!

March 23-24, 2015
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Download the 2015 agenda here: http://bit.ly/1wQdNFT

As always, PW&WCBA delivers the actionable insights you need:
  • Simplifying Project Management
  • Practical Tools & Tactics to Enhance Delivery & Change Management
  • Strengthening Your Soft Skills & Strategic Leadership
  • Leveraging Visual Thinking in Project Management
  • How to Win at the Game of Office Politics
  • Optimizing Presentation Impact & Stage Presence
  • The True Value of an Agile Process for You & Your Organization
  • Creative Problem Solving

And much more!

Download the agenda for full program details:  http://bit.ly/1wQdNFT

Mention code PWEASTLI & Save $100 off the standard rate. Register today: http://bit.ly/1wd1Ue4

We hope to see you in Orlando as we accelerate development at the rate of change.

All the best,

The PW&WCBA Team