FRIDAY OCTOBER 20TH
5:30pm - 6:30pm


The Active Retrospective – An appreciative inquiry approach to organizational continuous improvement (1Technical PDU)

ALICIA MCLAIN

The tactics of the retrospective are 'just do it', but how can we inspire and engage teams to engage in the change that matters.
A key to building high performing teams is continuous improvement via a regular practice like the retrospective. The agenda is simple: what worked, what didn't work and what needs to be fixed. By taking an appreciative inquiry approach to transformation you build leaders in your organization.

In this session, we'll explore a functional approach to collecting insights and a way we can turn the things that are working into the basis to drive meaningful organizational change.

Your takeaways:

  • A new approach to conducting a retrospective that focuses on functions
  • A method to leverage the good and build it into positive change for your organization
  • How mindful facilitation can create an environment of psychological safety

Team Bonding through PLAY: It's not your Grandma's team building (1 Leadership PDU)

KAI DICKENS

Let’s face it, most of the time when the word teambuilding is mentioned often times leaders are met with eye rolls and grumbles. Yet the truth is as leaders and managers, it is our responsibility to create opportunities for the team to foster relationship and bond. Being able to understand the dynamics of a team make this a much easier task to accomplish. We’ve put a unique spin on the old school way of team building just by creating a space for your team to play and we are excited to share how this simple concept can make a huge impact. In this interactive session you will walk away:

  • Understanding why play is important to connect a team
  • Knowing why team bonding activities have to be planned and intentional
  • Learning about how different play personalities, motivators and communication styles impact a team
  • Experiencing three fun and simple “play” energizers that you can take back to your meetings to immediately up the level fun, participation and connection

“Aligning with Agile -- How to Understand and Improve Agile Team Performance” (1 Technical PDU)

JULIE CALFIN

The challenge facing traditional organizations in an increasingly self-organizing world is: How do we understand and improve the performance of Agile teams that are self-sustaining? For Project Managers, it starts with caring about – not changing – the way Agile teams do their work, and the values they uphold. Then focus on establishing a framework that aligns those values with the processes (also known as Agile ceremonies) that Agile teams are using, so that they can be understood and made better.

Come to this session to learn a practical framework for assessing and improving the way your Agile teams work.  You’ll understand the desired attributes of Agile ceremonies like Daily Stand-up Meetings, Sprint Demos and Retrospectives. And you’ll gain insights on valuable metrics that you can use to monitor and improve your Agile team’s performance.

Highlights:

  • Learn how to align agile values and behaviors
  • Learn a set of best practices that are exhibited by high performing Agile teams
  • Learn how to use agile metrics to monitor and improve Agile team performance
  • Learn how to inspect and adapt your Agile team’s performance

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Stakeholder Management – Engagement and Control PMBOK 5th Edition Sections 13.3 and 13.4 (1 Strategic PDU) 

Christopher W. Diem

Managing stakeholder expectations is a key component to the success (or failure) of any project.  Building trust, connecting through communication channels, and ensuring all stakeholders are heard, acknowledged, and contribute builds the foundation of the relationship with the stakeholders.  Taking appropriate action with stakeholders drives a project towards success.  This is especially true when the stakeholders are the customers of the project.

This course will explore key aspects of Stakeholder Engagement and Stakeholder Control focusing on the project’s customers.  A real project will be discussed and evaluated.

What you can expect:

-        A deeper understanding of why Stakeholder Engagement is important

-        A deeper understanding of why Stakeholder Control is important

-        Ideas on how to engage and control the stakeholders (customers) on a project