Count Down to 2024 Virtual Spring PDD!

Keynote Presentation

David Barrett

9:10 – 10:10am

Mastering the Art of Strategic Thinking: Your Roadmap to Success

Have you ever wondered what sets the truly successful individuals apart from the rest? What is it that propels some people to reach their dreams, while others seem to wander aimlessly through life? The answer lies in the power of strategic thinking, a skill that can transform your life, both personally and professionally.

In this session, we will take you on a journey that will empower you to think strategically and logically about your future. We will inspire you to create a roadmap that guides your actions and choices, leading you toward your dreams and aspirations. By the end of this session, you'll have the tools and mindset to put yourself firmly in the driver's seat of your life's journey.

10:20 - 11:20

Track Sessions

Amber McMillan

The Transformative Influence of AI on Project Management - Ways of Working

In this presentation, we explore the profound impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on project management and its potential for transforming the way projects are executed. By leveraging AI-powered tools and techniques, project managers can enhance decision-making, streamline processes, and optimize resource allocation. We delve into the key areas where AI is revolutionizing project management, such as risk assessment, scheduling, and team collaboration. By projecting the future of AI in project management, we uncover the immense opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for professionals in this field.

Paul Pelletier LL.B. PMP, CAPS

Hard PM Conversations – How to Strategically Manage Conflicts – Power Skills

Conflict happens. It is inevitable in project management. If ignored or handled badly, conflict can devastate a client relationship or project team. If handled early and effectively, relationships and workplace culture will be enriched. This makes conflict management critical – it takes skill to effectively avoid arguments, clarify misunderstandings, deal with disputes, and repair relationships. Simply put – PM/BA conflicts require hard conversations. This presentation helps PMs and BAs use hard conversations to effectively manage their conflicts.

Michael Frenette, PMP, SMC, I.S.P., ITIL

Building and Maintaining a Strategically Aligned PMO Roadmap – Business Acumen

So you've been asked to define a roadmap of projects that are strategically aligned to the goals of the organization and deliver them using PMO process? You don't know where to start, right? This session will offer a number of suggestions based on actual experiences on how to engage your stakeholders to set up a road map of programs and projects that will help you help the business achieve its strategic goals.

11:30 – 12:30

Executive Panel Discussion

This session will give us all an opportunity to listen to, and ask questions of, 3 to 4 senior executives from organizations maybe like their own.

We are all encouraged to participate during this ‘conversation’ with questions that we have always wanted to ask our senior management but hesitant to do so.

1:30 - 2:30

Track Sessions

Panayiotis Melas

Change Begets Challenge – Ways of Working

o one should ever say it’s easy… but it should be worth it. If it’s not, why change? Truth is, in today’s overly competitive and complex business world, change is no longer something to be tolerated, but rather something to be sought after, planned for, and actively pursued. To be clear, change should have a purpose; a value to be delivered, and not something that is done for the sake of doing it. Often times though, the challenge for a lot of people is not to accept the importance of change; it’s to be an active participant, and more importantly, accepting that the change will influence them, and their status quo, directly. Change, by its nature must be challenging, in order to offer any true value.

Nan Gesche

Elevate Your Team: Engage Your Team to Reach Their Full Potential – Power Skills

One of the top non-technical job skills desired is the ability to work on a team. It isn’t enough to be good at your job, you also must be good at working with others and building a resilient team – no matter where you are in the organization chart. So how do you build and maintain a resilient and engaged team? Come join me for this interactive session where you will practice some small communication tweaks that will positively impact your team.

Peter Monkhouse, MBA, PMP, PMI Fellow

My Project is Cancelled! It is the Strategy’s Fault – Business Acumen

My project is failing; my project is cancelled. What is going on? Is your project aligned with your organization’s strategy? I will introduce the Strategy Implementation Circle in this presentation to explain how projects support strategy. While explaining the Strategy Implementation Circle, I will discuss the importance for project managers to understand how the project's product delivers value to customers and benefits the organization. The complete the presentation, I will discuss the role project managers play in communicating how their project support strategy and the importance of project success.

2:40 – 3:40

Discussion Groups

Here is an opportunity to be heard and to hear from your peers.
Everyone will be given the opportunity to join a breakout room featuring one of the topics below. Each room will have one designated moderator. You will be given 25-minutes to discuss the topic at which time, the room will close, and you will choose another topic.

Two sessions - 25 minutes each.

  • How To Manage Projects When They Don’t Value Project Managers
  • What Are the Essential Elements of Project Leadership?
  • Where Do PMs Fit into Scaled Agile Framework?
  • What Are the Key Steps to Successful Agile Implementation?
  • How Do You Manage Difficult Stakeholders?
  • What Is the Secret to a Strong Project Sponsor Relationship?
  • How Can We Add a Fun Element to Our Project Team?
  • What Is Next - After Project Management?
  • What Is the Secret to Great Communications with A Project Team?
  • How Does a Project Manager Lead Up To Senior Management?

3:50 – 4:50

Track Sessions

Kristina Riis

Overcoming Organizational Resistance - Ways of Working

Enabling change is hard and we are sometimes met with resistance. It can feel like we are moving through quicksand or even at a standstill. Whether you trying to enable change within your project team or in the greater organization it is important to be equipped with ways to cut through this resistance. Let’s strengthen our implementation muscles together.

Eric Bloom

Brainstorming Techniques That Get Great Results – Power Skills

Ever heard someone say "Let's do a brainstorming session on . . . " and you thought oh no, not another one of these? Even worse, have you ever scheduled a brainstorming meeting and people said that about you? Your brainstorming meetings can be fun, productive, innovative and worthwhile using various less-known concepts and techniques. This session explains how.

Lisa DiTullio

The Project Coach: How to Stretch and Develop Others While Getting Work Done – Business Acumen

Today’s business environment tells us that rapid, constant, and disruptive change is now the norm and business coaching is more important than ever. For project managers, coaching others has evolved as an essential skill needed alongside leading project team members. But with so much to do and so little time, how do project managers successfully stretch and develop others while getting work done? Join Lisa as she shares successful coaching tips that can be incorporated into routine interactions with project team members while delivering successful project results. Lisa will identify the skills that project managers need to be effective workplace coaches and share best practices that can be applied immediately with lasting results.