A Brave New World 2020
A brave new world….can I have the old world please??? Of course the answer is no, we need to move forward. But having spent my career working in crisis what I do know is that it all passes and opportunities present. To challenge for us is to be ready and prepared for the opportunities because if we don’t take them then someone else will. I quickly realised that crisis has a predictable cycle to it and when we understand that cycle then we can navigate it better. We are better positioned to lead our teams through and out of the challenges when we have a good idea of what is coming next.
As we transition through the challenges and get ready to face the brave new world, we don’t have to have all the answers, we don’t have to be positioned in the best place, we do need to act with courage and make the decisions that others won’t, lead when others would prefer to watch and wait and know that the time might never be more right than right now.
Navigating Chaos and Change | The Resilient Leader
Jim shares a unique combination of personal stories, author & research findings highlighting best practices for successfully navigating through and adapting within a chaotic environment. His story begins with lessons learned from Navy SEAL Jeff Boss’ book Navigating Chaos which the professional manager seeking to become a genuinely inspirational leader may employ everyday.
Join us for this engaging and practical webinar from the U.S.
Listening to the unstated – why it is critical for project manager to look beyond the obvious
The difference between a good project manager and a not so good one is the ability to look at the space between the obvious RAG rules and status and interpret what is really going on.
It can be called intuition, instinct, a gut feel, a hunch, a sixth sence, proactive foresight or anticipatory futures literacy.
This presentation will introduce attendees to a number of approaches that come from anticipatory and participatory fields of Futures Research. These tools can be used to increase your personal level of anticipation and responsiveness in projects as well as tools that generate participatory and collective input. There will be an opportunity for participants to share their own approaches to ‘looking beyond the obvious’ and how this can be applied to bringing richer project status intelligence and better value to business and the community.
Dr Alexia Nalewaik
The Art of Project Communication
Reports are a primary means of communication on projects, and also part of the system of project control and governance, used to provide assurance, bring attention to issues, and prompt action to improve project outcomes. This presentation will discuss project reporting in the context of purpose, stakeholders, and ethics.
Leading Through The Virtual Lens
In this new era of disruption, change and virtual communicating, a new breed of Project Managers is being called upon to navigate and lead through times of ambiguity while taking charge of rapid change.
This Keynote offers key strategies to develop your persuasive communication skills, in-person and online to lead, influence and engage others, to transform the way we lead ourselves, and to give your career the edge! Discover practical communication and leadership tools to not only survive, but to thrive in this time of volatility and complexity.
Prof Eddie Obeng
Into and beyond our brave New World
#Covid is like the boy who shouted that the Emperor had no clothes. In a matter of weeks we delivered change at a pace we had assumed previously was not possible. In an instant we discovered that most of our best practices and had probably been quaint and out of date for a decade but we had clung to the familiar for fear of the unknown. Projects have evolved from “something with a beginning middle and end” to a realisation that they were ‘chunks of change’ best categorised by the certainty they had in terms of goals and approach. The old painting-by-numbers waterfall gave space to the agile walk confidently through the fog of uncertainty. But this shift ignored the need to flip our mindsets in a world which was beginning to change much faster than we could learn. There was a need to switch from managing projects through feedback to preventing project foibles through feed-forward. And then global turbulence increased and in the past five years the change demanded of projects was no less than to be transformative. The caterpillar is lost but the butterfly emerges. Your future in projects will depend on where you currently are. But perhaps you have mastered the zero-defect, transformative project what then? In his talk Prof Eddie Obeng will lead you on the evolutionary arc of projects, sharing concrete tools and practical tips. He will then take you to the future of the integration of projects, people and machines and what that will mean for your profession in his dynamic thought-provoking presentation.
In Dreams Begin Responsibilities
A very successful, Oscar-nominated, producer once said to me over a casual meet-and-greet arranged by my manager the following: “When we hire you, we feel like we own you.”
From time immemorial artists, in all media, have struggled with the question of money, compromise, listening to the money or saying no to the money, etc. I’ve had a feature film butchered by a studio who paid us, then, a lot of money for the rights, but retained final cut. I’ve had prominent senior editors at major publishing houses attempt to almost totally rewrite my novels and had to be repudiated. I’ve had high-level movie and TV executives say things that sounded so idiotic to me but because they had commissioned my services as a writer I had no choice but to go back inside and take their “constructive criticism” and vitiate my own work
So, come along and let’s discuss this sometimes thorny, something felicitous, dynamic between producer and creator in greater detail with me and let’s compare notes – when you’re hired as a Project Manager does the hiring organisation own you? Who controls the narrative, and how are those straits navigated to a successful conclusion?
Dr Denise Quinlan and Dr Lucy Hone
Facing a Brave New World: How resilience strategies can help you thrive
2020 has been the year of multiple challenges for anyone planning a major event or project.
Forget Plan B, most of us are on to Plan K by now and working on contingencies. It won’t surprise you then to hear that mental agility is a core resilience competency. The ability to focus your attention on the issues that matter, and that you can control, has proven to be an essential skill in the resilience toolkit. Dr Denise Quinlan and Dr Lucy Hone have shared their Real-Time Resilience Strategies with organisations all over the world. Since March of this year these strategies have been adopted by settings from hospital ICUs and global sales teams, to schools and advertising agencies. In this session they will share practical strategies to protect wellbeing and resilience, and how to prevent burnout. Learn why focusing on what matters, watching your media diet, giving your brain a holiday from work and Covid-19 related issues, disputing your inner critic, and sometimes having a ‘timed wallow’ can all protect wellbeing and build resilience.
Mentoring Today’s Project Managers for Tomorrow’s Projects
This session will focus on the importance of continued learning in a forever changing profession.
Whether we are new to the profession or are seasoned professionals, we all know that every industry, organisation and project is different. There are no silver bullets in project management and it is up to us to make the right decisions with the right people at the right time. Our experience helps define these decisions, people, and time and this experience is worth sharing.
Mike will walk the delegates through;
- the essence of a great mentoring relationship,
- a number of key benefits for both the project manager mentee and project management mentor,
- determining when mentoring is appropriate compared to other professional development opportunities, and why it is increasingly more important for our profession, and
- a collection of resources available.
Audience interaction will be encouraged to demonstrate that real world opportunities for mentoring are all around us.
This session will be particularly relevant for those who are either interested in becoming a Mentee, a Mentor, or to facilitate a mentoring programme within their organisation.
The Modern PMO: Predicting Project Outcomes using Data Driven Automation
Achieve consistent and trustworthy insights with digital transformation and automation in the PMO – allowing teams to work the way they want and enterprises to get the results they need.
Enterprise agility and consistent, trustworthy information on projects, programs and portfolios are vital for organisations in today’s fast changing business environment.
New and modern project management solutions create intuitive project management capability at all levels of maturity within an organisation. From the Information Worker to the Citizen Project Manager (accidental project manager) and the Professional Project Manager, these solutions aim to achieve a 100% user adoption rate of your digital solution – creating timely and reliable information at all levels.
This session will introduce how modern PMO’s are embracing technology to predict the outcome of Projects through data driven digital automation, enabling objective decision making at all levels in an organisation.
Hope, compassion and integrity: positive psychology strategies for project leaders
Successfully leading projects and teams, i.e. coaching and facilitating others to deliver – requires increasingly integral, human approaches to leadership. Where project managers often start with process and methodology ‘technical’ side of PMI’s Talent Triangle, when leading larger and more innovative complex programs and change, it’s your leadership, guided by strategy and systems, that’s vital.
My Positive Psychology (MAPP) studies in 2016-18 at the University of Melbourne, and many conversations and with practitioners and researchers since, have led to many new and intriguing, and some genuinely profound insights, that bridge project management and positive psychology practices.
In this 30-minute session, I’ll be sharing some of these insights and strategies, contextualised to our project management profession, including:
- Hope theory and project/program management as analogous from framing and creating collective hope
- Strengths-based leadership, including compassion and integrity as a means to facilitating insights with customer and stakeholder value and change teams
- Self-compassion for project leaders as a means to unblocking additional growth, wellbeing and performance.
I hope (pun intended) that you’ll join me for this brief session, and grow as individuals and project leaders for your organisations and communities.
Back to the future: Agile’s impact on Project Management
The perceptions of the role of a Project Manager and how it fits into an Agile environment has shifted dramatically over the last decade, but how may it be changing going forward? In this session, Renee will walk through the history of Agile and how it has impacted the perception of the Project Management role, especially as it relates to the Scrum Master role, how this changes when you start to think about Agile applied across many teams at scale, and what the possible futures of Agile may be and how they could impact the role of Project Management.