Saturday, November 28, 2015

PMLL Episode 0173 From the Dance Floor to the Raised Floor (PMBestPractices)

Notes and Podcast info from the PMlessonsLearned.com Conference Call:
Topic: From the Dance Floor to the Raised Floor (PMBestPractices)
PM Best Practices host Alicia Colantuono leads this call.
Presenter: Howard Smallowitz, PMP

Date of Conference Call: 19Nov2015
Podcast Number: 0173

MP3 / Podcast: Download the MP3 or Listen on Internet Archive or subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.

If you're studying for the PMP Exam, you may want to listen to the MP3s of past PMP Exam Study Group conference calls. They're located in our Archive (see the link on our website).

PRESENTATION:
The presentation materials will be available just prior to the call - follow the Files and Presentations link on our website to download it

NOTES FROM THE CALL:
The popularity of television shows such as “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance?” has led to an explosion in the number of people wanting to learn how to dance. Presenter Howard Smallowitz knows this because, in addition to being an ITIL-certified systems engineer and a PMP-certified project manager for IBM, he is a professional dance instructor.

At first glance, it would seem that these two jobs could not be more different. But hardly a day goes by that he doesn’t learn something from teaching people to dance that could help us all to be better project managers. Dancing is all about leading and following. The rules don't differ much whether you are on a dance floor or a raised floor. The skills dancers spend years cultivating to be better leaders apply directly to project leaders.

Some lessons are obvious:
• Know, in advance, what you want.
• Communicate it unambiguously to your partners.
• Constantly refine your skills.
• Above all, if you're not having fun, it's time to change something.

Some lessons are not so obvious:
• What's your number one job as a leader on the dance floor? (Hint: It’s not leading.).
• Why it is not true that Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did backward in high heels, and what you can learn from it.

Howard will reveal these secrets and many more. So even if you believe you have two left feet, no rhythm, and you retired from dancing the moment you were done with your first dance at your wedding, Howard will show you lessons from the dance floor that will help you to be a better leader and project manager.

Session Objectives and Participant Benefits: At the end of this session, participants can expect to learn a great deal about how to get what they want from their personal and professional lives and, as on the dance floor, can expect to have a lot of fun while learning how to do it.


PRESENTERS BIO:
Howard Smallowitz, PMP®, is an ITIL-certified and PMI-certified project manager. He is a widely published author and has had a variety of responsibilities in his 15 years with IBM. He has trained people world-wide on systems engineering tools and techniques. He currently is a first-line manager at IBM, overseeing a large group of IT architects implementing service management systems on to some of the world's largest strategic outsourcing accounts.

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Please join us for a future conference call (they're all free and open to all). We currently have several calls a month. See our calendar of future calls via the link on our website.

If you're looking for a PM job, we invite you to join our FREE PM JOB SHOP conference calls.
Join the Yahoo Group here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pmjobshop

We highly recommend that you join the free PM Lessons Learned Yahoo group in order to get announcements of our calls and other information to further your PM career.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pmLessonsLearned

Join our Yahoo group for details, reminders of the calls, and information to help you in your PM Career. Visit the website for details.

PMlessonsLearned.com - Project Managers helping Project Managers make a difference. Open to all.


Saturday, November 14, 2015

PMLL Episode 0172 Know How To Report Project Status Using Traffic Light Indicators (PMBestPractices)

Notes and Podcast info from the PMlessonsLearned.com Conference Call:
Topic: Know How To Report Project Status Using Traffic Light Indicators (PMBestPractices)
PM Best Practices host Alicia Colantuono leads this call.
Presenter: Jo Morrison, PMP, PCPM, SSMBB

Date of Conference Call: 15Oct2015
Podcast Number: 0172

MP3 / Podcast: Download the MP3 or Listen on Internet Archive or subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.

If you're studying for the PMP Exam, you may want to listen to the MP3s of past PMP Exam Study Group conference calls. They're located in our Archive (see the link on our website).

PRESENTATION:
The presentation materials will be available just prior to the call - follow the Files and Presentations link on our website to download it

NOTES FROM THE CALL:
Jo Morrison is a senior program manager for Wells Fargo in the IT division. Her credentials are Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Project Management Professional (PMP), with a second Project Management Professional Certification. She has 35 years of experience in project management in the banking, water resources, and technology manufacturing industries. She work 18 years at Intel Corporation mostly in their IT department. She developed a PMO for Central Arizona Project and held the VP of PMO position for the Phoenix PMI chapter. She has published articles on Operational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3) and contributed to a Book on the subject.

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Please join us for a future conference call (they're all free and open to all). We currently have several calls a month. See our calendar of future calls via the link on our website.

If you're looking for a PM job, we invite you to join our FREE PM JOB SHOP conference calls.
Join the Yahoo Group here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pmjobshop

We highly recommend that you join the free PM Lessons Learned Yahoo group in order to get announcements of our calls and other information to further your PM career.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pmLessonsLearned

Join our Yahoo group for details, reminders of the calls, and information to help you in your PM Career. Visit the website for details.

PMlessonsLearned.com - Project Managers helping Project Managers make a difference. Open to all.


Monday, November 09, 2015

FREE Conf Call (11/19/2015) "From the Dance Floor to the Raised Floor" (PM Best Practices)

What: FREE PM Lessons Learned PM Best Practice conference call

Topic: "From the Dance Floor to the Raised Floor"

Subtitle: "Project Management Secrets of a Ballroom Dance Instructor"

Who: Howard Smallowitz, PMP
  

When: Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 9pm Eastern time

Where: Conference Dial-in: (641) 715-3640 Access Code: 142349#
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Presentation Materials:
The presentation materials will be available just prior to the call, click on the presentation slides link on our website to follow along with screen sharing, or you can download the presentation files here
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Abstract of the Presentation:
The popularity of television shows such as “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance?” has led to an explosion in the number of people wanting to learn how to dance. Presenter Howard Smallowitz knows this because, in addition to being an ITIL-certified systems engineer and a PMP-certified project manager for IBM, he is a professional dance instructor.

At first glance, it would seem that these two jobs could not be more different. But hardly a day goes by that he doesn’t learn something from teaching people to dance that could help us all to be better project managers. Dancing is all about leading and following. The rules don't differ much whether you are on a dance floor or a raised floor. The skills dancers spend years cultivating to be better leaders apply directly to project leaders.


Some lessons are obvious:

Know, in advance, what you want.
Communicate it unambiguously to your partners.
Constantly refine your skills.
Above all, if you're not having fun, it's time to change something.

Some lessons are not so obvious:

What's your number one job as a leader on the dance floor? (Hint: It’s not leading.).
Why it is not true that Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did backward in high heels, and what you can learn from it.

Howard will reveal these secrets and many more. So even if you believe you have two left feet, no rhythm, and you retired from dancing the moment you were done with your first dance at your wedding, Howard will show you lessons from the dance floor that will help you to be a better leader and project manager.


Session Objectives and Participant Benefits: At the end of this session, participants can expect to learn a great deal about how to get what they want from their personal and professional lives and, as on the dance floor, can expect to have a lot of fun while learning how to do it.


Presenters Bio:
Howard Smallowitz, PMP®, is an ITIL-certified and PMI-certified project manager. He is a widely published author and has had a variety of responsibilities in his 15 years with IBM. He has trained people world-wide on systems engineering tools and techniques. He currently is a first-line manager at IBM, overseeing a large group of IT architects implementing service management systems on to some of the world's largest strategic outsourcing accounts.

Friday, October 09, 2015

FREE Conf Call (10/15/2015) "Understanding Risk Management" (PM Best Practices)


What: FREE PM Lessons Learned PM Best Practice conference call

Topic: "Know how to report project status using traffic light indicators"

Who: Jo Morrison, PMP, PCPM, SSMBB

Senior Program Manager, Wells Fargo

When: Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 9pm Eastern time

Where: Conference Dial-in: (641) 715-3640 Access Code: 142349#

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Presentation Materials:
The presentation materials will be available just prior to the call - follow the Files and Presentations link on our website to download it

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BIO:
Jo Morrison is a senior program manager for Wells Fargo in the IT division. Her credentials are Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Project Management Professional (PMP), with a second Project Management Professional Certification. She has 35 years of experience in project management in the banking, water resources, and technology manufacturing industries. She work 18 years at Intel Corporation mostly in their IT department. She developed a PMO for Central Arizona Project and held the VP of PMO position for the Phoenix PMI chapter. She has published articles on Operational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3) and contributed to a Book on the subject.

Friday, September 25, 2015

PMLL Episode 0171 Transforming Business with Program Management (PMBestPractices)

Notes and Podcast info from the PMlessonsLearned.com Conference Call:
Topic: Transforming Business with Program Management (PMBestPractices)
PM Best Practices host Alicia Colantuono leads this call.
Presenter: Satish Subramanian

Date of Conference Call: 17Sep2015
Podcast Number: 0171

MP3 / Podcast: Download the MP3 or Listen on Internet Archive or subscribe to our podcast on iTunes.

If you're studying for the PMP Exam, you may want to listen to the MP3s of past PMP Exam Study Group conference calls. They're located in our Archive (see the link on our website).

PRESENTATION:
The presentation slides were viewable during the 17 SEP 2015 presentation only on http://www.freescreensharing.com/meetings/418-251-588.

NOTES FROM THE CALL:
This presentation will take you through how enterprises are applying program management to realize business benefits by successfully delivering the outcomes expected of complex, strategic, cross functional initiatives.  It will synthesize the principles of competitive strategy, organization change management, process improvement, automation through technology, organization structure, and measurement architecture through the program management umbrella.
This presentation will be helpful to people trying to better understand and apply program management, a key enabler for improving the success rate of business transformation programs. Strategists and execution specialists working on transforming a business will find this presentation invaluable.


PRESENTERS BIO:
Satish P. Subramanian is a principal at M Squared Consulting, which is a SolomonEdwards Company. His 25 plus years of management and technology consulting leadership experience resulted in tangible value creation for Fortune 500 and global companies in the health care, financial services, high tech, and manufacturing industry sectors. He advises companies on their business transformation initiatives, guides them on operational optimization, driven strategic change to realize vision, executed strategic programs, and delivers sustainable results. He builds the business transformation and program management capabilities of organizations.
Satish holds a BS in industrial engineering and MBA (Sales and Marketing) from the University of Mumbai and an MBA (Management Information Systems) from California Lutheran University. He is Program Management and Project Management certified by the Project Management Institute and his Change Management certification is from Prosci. \
Satish is the author of the book he will be discussing "Transforming Business with Program Management"

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Please join us for a future conference call (they're all free and open to all). We currently have several calls a month. See our calendar of future calls via the link on our website.

If you're looking for a PM job, we invite you to join our FREE PM JOB SHOP conference calls.
Join the Yahoo Group here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pmjobshop

We highly recommend that you join the free PM Lessons Learned Yahoo group in order to get announcements of our calls and other information to further your PM career.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pmLessonsLearned

Join our Yahoo group for details, reminders of the calls, and information to help you in your PM Career. Visit the website for details.

PMlessonsLearned.com - Project Managers helping Project Managers make a difference. Open to all.


Friday, September 04, 2015

FREE Conf Call (9/17/2015) "Transforming Business with Program Management" (PM Best Practices)



What: FREE PM Lessons Learned PM Best Practice conference call

Topic: "Transforming Business with Program Management"

Subtitle: "Integrating Strategy, People, Process, Technology, Structure, and Measurement"

Who: presented by Satish P. Subramanian; Principal at M Squared Consulting

When: Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 9pm Eastern time

Where: Conference Dial-in: (641) 715-3640 Access Code: 142349#

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Presentation Materials:
The presentation materials will be available during the call - click on the presentation slides link on our website to follow along.

The "Transforming Business with Program Management" book is available for purchase here, where you can also read the first chapter along some additional content.

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Abstract of the Presentation:
This presentation will take you through how enterprises are applying program management to realize business benefits by successfully delivering the outcomes expected of complex, strategic, cross functional initiatives.  It will synthesize the principles of competitive strategy, organization change management, process improvement, automation through technology, organization structure, and measurement architecture through the program management umbrella.

This presentation will be helpful to people trying to better understand and apply program management, a key enabler for improving the success rate of business transformation programs. Strategists and execution specialists working on transforming a business will find this presentaion invaluable.

BIO:
Satish P. Subramanian is the author of the book he will be discussing "Transforming Business with Program Management"; as well as, a principal at M Squared Consulting, which is a SolomonEdwards Company. His 25 plus years of management and technology consulting leadership experience has resulted in tangible value creation for Fortune 500 and global companies in the health care, financial services, high tech, and manufacturing industry sectors. He has advised companies on their business transformation initiatives, guided them on operational optimization, driven strategic change to realize vision, executed strategic programs, and delivered sustainable results. He has built the business transformation and program management capabilities of organizations. 

Satish has held executive-level positions at Ernst & Young, Infosys, Point B, and Cambridge Technology Partners. He has cultivated trusted advisory relationships with clients in delivering tangible business outcomes for companies of all sizes. He has orchestrated the realization and sustainment of growth and cost reduction objectives of organizations by applying a collaborative and solution driven approach. He developed his deep expertise through his hands-on consulting engagements, line role at a South Asian manufacturing conglomerate, and thought leadership in the form of authoring, speaking, and training. He is an adjunct instructor at Global Knowledge, a global company providing learning solutions and training services to companies. 

Satish holds a BS in industrial engineering and MBA (Sales and Marketing) from the University of Mumbai and an MBA (Management Information Systems) from California Lutheran University. He is Program Management and Project Management certified by the Project Management Institute and his Change Management certification is from Prosci. He can be reached at http://www.linkedin.com/in/satishsubramanian.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

PMLL: We're Restarting the PM Best Practice Call With a New Volunteer!



Hello everyone! We're happy to report that we're restarting the PM Best Practice Calls and Podcasts with a new Volunteer!  Let's let her introduce herself.


My name is Alicia Colantuono.  I am recently married (in June) and I live in Virginia. We are planning to move back to Minnesota in February, which is were I am from originally.  I currently work as an airline pilot for ExpressJet Airlines.  It has it's good and bad parts as all jobs do but I am still looking for the right job for me and I think Project Management is that job.  I am volunteering with PMLL because I have used their podcasts to start studying for my CAPM exam and I think some hands on experience may help give a better idea of what project management is really about.

The Tasks Involved
I've (Henry) have talked with Alicia about the PM Best Practice calls and will be helping her along with getting it going. She'll be selecting speakers, scheduling them for the monthly calls, and introducing them.  Our own  Dana Safford (who has volunteered for years with his expertise in leading the PMP Exam Study Calls) will be helping with podcasting.

About PM Best Practice
The PMLessonsLearned.com (PMLL) PM Best Practice call is the one that started PMLL back in April of 2006.  The goal of the PM Best Practice call is to present topics for Project Managers (PMs) to help them to learn to be better PMs. If you look on our home page, you'll see our goals listed:
The goal of this group is to Empower Project Managers, and people studying for the PMP test. Increase PM Knowledge, Build Business Relationships, Increase your effectiveness, Increase your marketability, Gain Professional Support.
(Emphasis in bold for those goals that apply for the PM Best Practice calls)


Always Looking for More Volunteers
We are always looking for more volunteers to help with restarting the Monthly PMJobShop calls or with podcasting or even to help Alicia with parts of the tasks for the PM Best Practice calls. If you would like to vollunteer, you can use the "contact us" link on the left hand side of the website (scroll down at PMlessonsLearned.com) for our contact information.

Join Us In Welcoming Alicia
So, join us in welcoming Alicia. You can give her a warm welcome by showing up at the first call (and subsequent calls) or by listening to the podcast when it's posted.  Watch for the announcement of the first call in just a few days.