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Morning Keynote - Susan Packard

Co-Founder of HGTV

8:15-9:15 PM

A founding visionary network executive behind CNBC, HGTV, Food Network and other popular cable channels, Susan Packard’s approach to leadership and innovation has helped her build -- and lead -- extraordinary organizations that both consumers and employees can get behind.

In this competitive marketplace, an organization's ability to innovate by staying ahead of the competition and delivering products that command the market's attention is more important than ever. As co-founder and chief operating officer of HGTV, Packard was the second employee to join HGTV and create a niche in the lifestyle marketplace, and also create a corporate culture that recruits and retains exceptional talent. 

Packard's vision and success building lifestyle entertainment brands was at the core of the development of additional powerhouse brands -- Food Network, DIY Network, Fine Living TV Network and Great American Country (GAC) -- that join HGTV to comprise Scripps Networks Interactive, today valued at over $7 billion.

She is a visionary media pioneer and brand builder who draws on her on experience advising companies on leadership development, innovation and the strategies needed to win in any market condition. Among many accolades, Packard has been praised as one of the most influential women in the media industry as well as being named "Woman of the Year in Cable Television." In 2008 she was inducted in the Cable Hall of Fame, and she was recently named to the Tennessee Film, Entertainment & Music Commission.

She is also the author of New Rules of the Game: 10 Strategies for Women in the Workplace (February 2015). In New Rules of the Game, Packard advocates for a revolutionary new perspective for businesswomen, which she calls "gamesmanship" -- a strategic way of thinking that cultivates creativity, focus, optimism, teamwork, and competitiveness. 

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Lunch Keynote

If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It…but you better have a really good plan. Presented by Professor Elaine Estervig Beaubien
12:00-1:00 PM

Elaine Beaubien 175x240The first step to reaching your personal and professional goals is to have a clear vision of your destination. You can't hit a target you can't see. (Zenn)  Create a clear picture in your mind by defining your passion, determining your purpose, and discovering any latent ambitions. That’s the “dream it” part. Too many people stop there, with the expectation that desire alone will propel them to their Dream Fulfilled. Elaine will be here to remind us all that to increase the probability of success, you need to write a powerful plan of action. The dream, the desire and the plan are all indispensable components to transforming a dream into a reality.

Destiny isn’t a matter of chance, it’s a matter of choice; it’s not a thing to be waited for, it’s a thing to be achieved." William Jennings Bryan

Elaine Estervig Beaubien is an award winning educator, an experienced trainer, an accomplished speaker, a published writer and a successful entrepreneur.  She is a member of the tenured faculty at Edgewood College in Madison and the sole proprietor of Management Training Seminars. From Toronto to Rio de Janeiro, from San Francisco to Baden, Baden Germany, Elaine travels the globe delivering high energy, high content presentations and seminars.  Her clients include such diverse companies as Harley-Davidson, Bayer, Rayovac, First Tennessee Bank, Ciba-Geigy, Quadgraphics, St. Mary’s Hospital, James Madison University, TDS, The State of Wisconsin, and the Peabody Hotel.

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Foundations – PM Framework
Rapid Iterative Process Improvement:  Lean Thinking Lab  Scott Converse
9:30-11:30

Scott Converse 175x240Lean thinking originated in production and manufacturing environments but in the last decade it’s become extremely popular in service, healthcare, and IT industries. Lean is a rapid, iterative process improvement approach that complements other process and project management methodologies including Agile, Six Sigma, and other phased based methods.  Lean projects, called Kaizen events, can be completed in as little as 5 business days.  In this interactive hands-on lab we’ll answer these questions:

  • When should I use Lean in my workplace?  When is it a bad choice?
  • What types of projects are ideally suited for Lean?
  • What are the 8 hidden wastes that occur in workplace environments? How can I identify them and then reduce or eliminate them?
  • How can a Lean project, called a Kaizen event, take less than a week to perform?  What are the steps I need to follow as a project manager?

We’ll practice identifying Lean wastes in the session and improve a poorly performing process.  As a bonus for attending you’ll receive 3 spreadsheets that can be used to help manage a Kaizen event back at your workplace.

Scott Converse is the director of project management and process improvement programs for the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Business. In addition, he developed and directs the Technical Leadership certificate series, a collaborative effort between the College of Engineering and the School of Business, and is a lecturer in the Wisconsin School of Business’ MBA program.

Scott has developed courses for and has expertise in the areas of project management, portfolio management, technology project implementation, process improvement, Six Sigma, business statistics, data analysis, and data mining. He offers over a decade of applied experiences in the field, having worked as a former IT director and technologist for an Internet software developer.

Scott has developed programs for a variety of audiences ranging from the technology novice to experienced professionals to C-level executives. Clients have included Fortune 500 firms, the U.S. military, state and local government, and not-for-profit agencies. He is engaging, interactive, and clear in the presentation of technical material. His ability to break down complex topics, use analogies to develop understanding, and include visual and group activities in traditionally lecture-based subjects helps to make learning fun.

Scott is a Six Sigma black belt and received his MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a bachelor's degree in physics from UW-Eau Claire.

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How to Lead Now -  Frank Saladis
1:15-2:45

FrankPSaladis 124x184Project leadership has become a critical factor in achieving successful results and project sponsors and key stakeholders expect the project manager to manage and lead their teams effectively. The challenges of leadership require the project manager to continually evaluate his or her capabilities to motivate, influence, and inspire the project team. Assessing leadership competency and developing a professional development plan are extremely important activities that project managers should be engaged in.

This seminar addresses the need for continuous personal and professional development and introduces techniques and recommended actions that will enable project managers to plan and manage an effective approach toward enhancing their leadership strengths. The seminar provides a basis for creating a process that will support continued learning and refinement of professional capabilities and competence.

Learning Objectives of the session:

  • Define the core competencies of an effective leader
  • Introduce ideas and techniques that will assist leaders in enhancing the capabilities of an entire leadership team
  • Provide a framework for developing a leadership development plan
  • Provide techniques that will promote teamwork through collaborative and connective leadership

Frank P. Saladis, PMP, is a Consultant, a Trainer/ Instructor, a motivational speaker and an author within the discipline of professional project management.  He has presented at numerous project management seminars domestically and internationally and has been providing training to aspiring project managers for more than 20 years.   He is a Project Management Professional and has been a featured presenter at the Project Management Institute ® Annual Symposiums and World Congresses and many other project management events.

Mr. Saladis is a graduate of the PMI Leadership Institute Masters Class and has held several positions within The Project Management Institute including President of the NYC Chapter, President of the PMI Assembly of Chapter Presidents and Chair of the Education and Training Specific Interest Group. Mr. Saladis served as editor of the internationally distributed project management newsletter for allPM.com, and is the author of the recently publish book “Positive Leadership In Project Management,” He is a co- author of  the book “Value Driven Project Management” with Dr. Harold Kerzner Ph.D, and the author of more than 150 articles about project leadership. Mr. Saladis is the originator ofInternational Project Management Dayand was recognized as PMI Person of the Year for 2006. Mr. Saladis was awarded the distinguished title of PMI Fellow inOctober 2013.

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The Development Difference – Essential Insights for Understanding & Mastering Development Projects  Randy Iliff
3:00-4:30

Randy Iliff 175x240All projects are challenging, but projects with developmental objectives are much more likely to encounter cost, schedule and technical issues.  This simple workshop activity, to date experienced by over 5,000 participants worldwide, will leave you with a much richer understanding of how to master the “development difference”.

  • Understand why a “manufacturing” approach works great for managing projects with defined effort but fails so quickly on developmental tasks.
  • Highlight system architecture and interface definition tasks that are always present in developmental effort.
  • Discover why those challenges require a different type of PM leadership to solve.
  • Realize why a “manufacturing” approach not only doesn’t work, but can actually be the exact opposite of what is needed by a developmental project.
  • Understand how managing stakeholder expectations can help you avoid problems later on.
  • Provide a forum for participants to share insight on developmental project planning, execution, and monitoring challenges.

Randy Iliff has over 30 years of experience with developmental projects ranging from a few thousand to over a billion dollars, and has participated in all phases of project execution from proposal to close out.  He is a seasoned large-project PM, and has managed a wide variety of developmental efforts in aerospace and purely commercial settings.  That experience, as well as individual research, has resulted in unique insight on how to effectively run commercial sector developmental projects.  Mr. Iliff is currently Vice President at bb7, and Director of Strategy, Methods and Learning.

He holds a BS in Engineering / Industrial Design from Michigan State University, an MS in Systems Management, Research and Development from the University of Southern California, and received Honorary Fellow appointment at the University of Wisconsin when he served as the Systems Engineering Manager for the ICECUBE project.  Mr. Iliff is a charter member of the International Council On Systems Engineering (INCOSE), founder / prior Chairman of the INCOSE Commercial Practices Working Group, and a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and IEEE.

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Open House – The Soft Side
Handling Problem People?  No Problem  Roxanne Miller
9:30-11:30

Roxanne Miller 175x240When two or more persons are gathered, the probability for conflicts to arise is nearly 100 percent.  However, you do not have to be a miracle worker to help people work together.  Applying the skills of a good facilitator can help you overcome situations that are potentially disastrous to the team’s ability to perform.  This session focuses specifically on group dynamics and “problem people” characteristics, and provides suggestions for handling sticky situations.  An effective team works according to the “Golden Rule” -- treat others as you’d want them to treat you.  Take away a repeatable, progressive approach to intervene and stop individual or group behavior characteristics.  You will learn to:

  • Identify a variety of potential dysfunctional “problem people” behaviors.
  • Identify ground rules that can help alter dysfunctional behaviors.
  • Apply a progressive approach for intervening.

Roxanne Milleris a self-proclaimed “Requirements Super Freak.”  Roxanne founded Requirements Quest® in 2001, and has been consulting on requirements process improvement and business analysis practices for over 15 years.  Her clients include several Fortune 500 companies, and span industries such as financial, insurance, higher education, and manufacturing.  She earned a bachelor degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) at the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA.  Roxanne’s book, The Quest for Software Requirements, is an in-depth reference guide with over 2,000 elicitation questions and a tested framework to help individuals make their project work more efficient and effective.

Roxanne is an active member and advocate of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®), and is a Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®).  She served as President of the IIBA Greater Madison Chapter, Wisconsin, from inception in 2006 until March 2011.  Additionally, Roxanne helped Wisconsin IIBA chapters unite and launch an annual event, WI BADD™ (Wisconsin Business Analyst Development Day), which is devoted to the education, development, and networking opportunities for business analysis professionals.

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Navigating through Tough Moments  Sinikka Waugh
1:15-2:45

sinikka waugh 175x240Using our new five-step conflict resolution model, we’ll explore techniques to navigate through conflict and maintain a healthy working environment. During this session, you’ll practice navigating through difficult conversations, and learn valuable communication tools and techniques to help you and your team get past the drama and back to work.

  • Learn more about the power of insightful and honest communication
  • Practice working with a reusable tool that will help you manage communications
  • Learn tips and tools to help manage difficult situations and conversations

Sinikka Waugh is a recognized leader in understanding people and in adapting tools, techniques, and processes to meet the demands of the situation at hand. As a popular presenter and trainer, her energetic and engaging style drives home the art and science of making business better for individuals, teams, and organizations.

Since 1996, Sinikka has successfully applied analysis and leadership expertise to improve performance in a wide array of industries. As a project manager, business analyst, facilitator, trainer, and coach, Sinikka is known for consistently helping teams find innovative ways to solve problems and get things done. Since 2006, Sinikka has provided compassionate leadership in transformation initiatives. Her results-driven professionalism blends seamlessly with her down-to-earth, “try this now” approach and her passion for helping others reach their goals and interact more effectively with others.

Sinikka holds a BA from Central College, an MA from the University of Iowa, and is a certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute. Sinikka and her husband Spencer live in Indianola, Iowa with their two daughters. 

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Transformational Thinking and Planning  Elaine Beaubien
3:00-4:30

Elaine Beaubien 175x240Transformational thinking – moving with passion towards an ideal that is outside “business as usual” – is necessary to your survival in this rapidly changing world. When strategically planning, most businesses are very good at transitional thinking (often referred to as SWOT Analysis).  They focus on leveraging their Strengths, overcoming their Weaknesses, and identifying Opportunities for growth while warding off possible Threats. However, such traditional, transitional thinking can no longer assure success.

In this session we define the “what, why, and how” of Transformational Thinking as a means of visioning amid rapid change. Borders Book Stores are disappearing because their leadership asked the tired question, “How do we become a better book store?” instead of taking a revolutionary tack, as in “How can we best deliver our product in the 21st century?” No organization is immune to sudden obsolescence in this time of rapid change! To survive, you must think differently. Creatively. Entrepreneurially. Transformationally. 

Elaine Estervig Beaubien is an award winning educator, an experienced trainer, an accomplished speaker, a published writer and a successful entrepreneur.  She is a member of the tenured faculty at Edgewood College in Madison and the sole proprietor of Management Training Seminars. From Toronto to Rio de Janeiro, from San Francisco to Baden, Baden Germany, Elaine travels the globe delivering high energy, high content presentations and seminars.  Her clients include such diverse companies as Harley-Davidson, Bayer, Rayovac, First Tennessee Bank, Ciba-Geigy, Quadgraphics, St. Mary’s Hospital, James Madison University, TDS, The State of Wisconsin, and the Peabody Hotel. 

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Architecture – Agile Projects
Understanding Agile from a PMP Perspective  John Stenbeck
9:30-11:30

JohnSten 175x240Have you been wondering, “What is the PM’s role in Agile?” or “Can Agile projects coexist in a Traditional environment?” or “What is the relationship between project-type and Agile tools?

Many PMP®s have been told, often by well-meaning but uninformed “experts” that Agile is outside the PMBOK® Guide and there is no role for project managers. Those myths have no basis in fact!

Fact #1 – Long before the Agile Manifesto the PMBOK® Guide included Rolling Wave Planning, Progressive Elaboration, and Decomposition… three core concepts Agile simply can’t live without.

Fact #2 – The Agile focus on serving the customer, as practiced by many agilists, has a blind spot because it ignores the needs of the company – what we call the organizational customer – for budgeting and sophisticated scheduling tools that none of the Agile frameworks provide.  

Those two facts are the tip of the iceberg! Learn the whole truth during this powerful presentation.

According to PMI, the PMI-ACP® has grown 75% in the last year and is PMI’s fastest growing certification! It now bigger than the PgMP®, RMP® and SP® combined!

This presentation is an opportunity for you to achieve clarity about if, when, and how to use Agile. It is powerful presentation with lots of time for Q&A.

The future of project management is not a choice of traditional or agile, the future is hybrid, customized practices.  This presentation is your opportunity to get a super-charged jumpstart into understanding Agile. Don’t miss it!!

John G. Stenbeck, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSP, is the Founder of GR8PM, Inc. (pronounce “Great PM”). John is the best-selling author of “PMI-ACP® and Certified Scrum Professional Exam Prep and Desk Reference” with over $1 million in sales and co-author of, “Agile Government Contracting”.   He has a combined background in Accounting, Operations and I.T.  

A partial list of John’s clients includes Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. – Defense Information Technologies Group, Guinness Bass Company, Hewlett-Packard Company, Lucent Technologies, Nike Corp., Oracle Corp., Qualcomm, Inc., U.S. Army, U.S.D.A., and Visa – Smart Cards.   

At the 2008 PMI – Global Congress, John set the all-time Area of Focus attendance record with a sell-out audience of 640 for The Five Time-tested Keys of Estimating that Successful Project Managers Can’t Live Without! At the 2010 Global Congress John set the second highest-ever record – over 400 – with Agile Project Management Mastery in 60 Minutes…Guaranteed!

John is an Adjunct Instructor for UCSD teaching Project Management in the Systems Engineering Certificate program.

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Managing Virtual Teams in an Agile World  John Stenbeck
1:15-2:45

JohnSten 175x240Have you ever said, “Meetings! Where minutes are taken, hours are wasted and good ideas go to die!!” Even when your team is all in the same room, far too often meetings are a waste of time. Add the complexity of distributed, remote, and virtual team environments, rush-to-completion stakeholder expectations, and the demand for Agile Project Management and you have a potent mix that’s highly prone to failure. Yet managing distributed, remote, and teams is “mandatory” for every PM today!

Are you looking for solutions to issues like:

  • Passive-aggressive resistance or failing to create durable, reliable team commitments
  • Effective team building with technical engineering-type professionals
  • Why “power” is useless with distributed, remote, and virtual teams
  • Overcoming virtual communication’s biggest challenge – lack of visual clues
  • Creating structure and control that effectively produces desirable project results

In this powerful seminar you will answer those questions and devise an action plan that you can implement immediately when you return to work to improve your ability to lead virtual teams!

John G. Stenbeck, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSP, is the Founder of GR8PM, Inc. (pronounce “Great PM”). John is the best-selling author of “PMI-ACP® and Certified Scrum Professional Exam Prep and Desk Reference” with over $1 million in sales and co-author of, “Agile Government Contracting”.   He has a combined background in Accounting, Operations and I.T.  

A partial list of John’s clients includes Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. – Defense Information Technologies Group, Guinness Bass Company, Hewlett-Packard Company, Lucent Technologies, Nike Corp., Oracle Corp., Qualcomm, Inc., U.S. Army, U.S.D.A., and Visa – Smart Cards.   

At the 2008 PMI – Global Congress, John set the all-time Area of Focus attendance record with a sell-out audience of 640 for The Five Time-tested Keys of Estimating that Successful Project Managers Can’t Live Without! At the 2010 Global Congress John set the second highest-ever record – over 400 – with Agile Project Management Mastery in 60 Minutes…Guaranteed!

John is an Adjunct Instructor for UCSD teaching Project Management in the Systems Engineering Certificate program. 

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Agile Tools & Techniques Mike Marco
3:00-4:30

MikeMarco 175x240Can a traditional project manager learn from Agile? Can we use the Agile concepts within other industries? The presentation focuses on the key Agile concepts, tools and techniques, that could be applied within other industries, including concepts of value analysis, schedule and risk analysis, agile reporting, etc.

The mindful use of Agile software development practices, for both project management (e.g., Scrum) and technical work (e.g., XP), empower teams to produce superior results in terms of software quality and team productivity, compared to non-Agile methods. Improvements on the order of 2x-4x or more can be achieved. This translates into cost savings as well as improved customer satisfaction. Also, teams and individuals enjoy and prefer the Agile work environment over non-Agile, once they learn and adapt to it. The Agile Expert™ training from eConsulting-Group™ is based on real-world, hands-on experience of what works (and doesn't work) in applying Agile practices to achieve these gains. Many of these practices and the underlying principles belong to the class called Lean Software Development (which is nearly synonymous with Agile Software Development), which has roots in Lean Production. Lean-Six Sigma is another trend. These connections suggests that the Agile principles and practices are applicable beyond software development to other types of projects and to general management.  

Mike Marco has over 15 years of Project Management hands on work, managing projects within engineering, IT, telecommunication, construction, mining, micro processing, manufacturing, supply chain, utility and waste management industry, for Fortune 5 and Fortune 500, domestic and international corporations, including the USA Government, Navy and Military.

Author of the agile and project management manuals and training programs:  Hands-On Project Management™, Principles and Concepts – ISBN: 0974590207, A Guide to the Agile Management Body of Knowledge (ABOK) ISBN-10: 0974590231.

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Design – Finesse for the Experienced PM
Risk Severity Analysis & Buffer Management  Mike Marco
9:30-11:30

MikeMarco 175x240Why projects fail? Because we made them fail. Not addressing the risks environment of your project will create a hostile environment for you, your team members and the project output itself. Project managers need to be more proactive, prevent instead of correct, issues that would occur throughout project life cycle. Apply risk management tools that will put you in control of your project.

This course covers practical and theoretical aspects of "risk management." It reviews the material for the experienced and novice managers. Through a number of case studies, the course demonstrates some of the most important risk management tools and techniques. Case studies encourage an open discussion, reviews, and analysis of the real world risk management practices. Some of the subjects that would be analyzed are:

  • Risk Identification (Development and deployment of the Risk Management procedures within your project based on the Agile Enterprise Project Management Workflow and Analysis© - Risk Catalog/Risk Definition Matrix, Data Gathering and Processing, etc.)
  • Risk Analysis (Calculation of the project Risk Expected Value and Severity Factor through Risk Analysis, S-Curve and Risk Burndown charts).
  • Risk Mitigation Vs. Contingency/Buffer Reserve (Risk Management Workflow and Analysis), including Buffer Gantt Chart.

The entire presentation is focused toward understanding the tools and techniques that an agile project manager needs to use while managing the project risk environment throughout the project life cycle.

Mike Marco has over 15 years of Project Management hands on work, managing projects within engineering, IT, telecommunication, construction, mining, micro processing, manufacturing, supply chain, utility and waste management industry, for Fortune 5 and Fortune 500, domestic and international corporations, including the USA Government, Navy and Military.

Author of the agile and project management manuals and training programs:  Hands-On Project Management™, Principles and Concepts – ISBN: 0974590207, A Guide to the Agile Management Body of Knowledge (ABOK) ISBN-10: 0974590231.

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Step Ladder Interviews: Gathering Stakeholder Requirements and Categorizing Feedback  Scott Converse
1:15-2:45

Scott Converse 175x240Don’t slip into the trap of asking stakeholders “What are your requirements.”  The responses they give are often not what’s really needed in the future state solution. The current research in this field suggests a different approach that better gets to the real requirements stakeholders need and we’ll practice this stepladder technique.

Learn:

  • The specific sequence of questions to ask to unearth the most important and critical needs
  • What’s the best approach: one-on-one or focus group interviews
  • What’s the right number of interviews you’ll need to perform to get 50%, 80%, or 95% of needs identified

As a bonus for attending, receive a template with over 200 questions commonly used in requirements gathering interview sessions.

Scott Converse is the director of project management and process improvement programs for the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Business. In addition, he developed and directs the Technical Leadership certificate series, a collaborative effort between the College of Engineering and the School of Business, and is a lecturer in the Wisconsin School of Business’ MBA program.

Scott has developed courses for and has expertise in the areas of project management, portfolio management, technology project implementation, process improvement, Six Sigma, business statistics, data analysis, and data mining. He offers over a decade of applied experiences in the field, having worked as a former IT director and technologist for an Internet software developer.

Scott has developed programs for a variety of audiences ranging from the technology novice to experienced professionals to C-level executives. Clients have included Fortune 500 firms, the U.S. military, state and local government, and not-for-profit agencies. He is engaging, interactive, and clear in the presentation of technical material. His ability to break down complex topics, use analogies to develop understanding, and include visual and group activities in traditionally lecture-based subjects helps to make learning fun.

Scott is a Six Sigma black belt and received his MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a bachelor's degree in physics from UW-Eau Claire.

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Renovating Your PMO Best Practices

Tammy L. Adler, Madison Gas & Electric Company; Cassandra BrouttePromega; Chris Cashell, Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation; Anne M. Hunnex, Dean Health Plan; Edward Sullivan, Alliant Energy
3:00-4:30

Join us as we explore best practices of Project Management Offices.  Get insider tips from:

TammyAdler 175x240Tammy L. Adler, Manager - Project Management Office/Help Desk/Desktop, Madison Gas & Electric Company

Tammy has over 20 years of strategic planning, business development, operations management, information technology and community leadership experience. She grew up in information technology as an application developer, moving into project management.  Tammy was responsible for growing a local technical consulting company prior to starting and running her own business and technical consulting company before joining MGE.  Tammy earned an Associate Degree in Computer Science from MATC in 1989 and a Bachelor of Science Business, Cum Laude, in 1994 from the University of Upper Iowa. She is a member of TEMPO and Women on a Mission, an MATC information technology student mentor, and President of the Sauk Prairie Healthcare board of directors. Tammy and her husband Larry live in Mazomanie near their son and two granddaughters. Her hobbies are flower gardening, sports, reading, and antiques.

CassandraBroutte 175x240Cassandra Brouette, Director of Project Management R&D , Promega

Cassandra has been at Promega since 1998 where she started off as an accidental project manager leading process improvement and product quality projects while working in operations as a manufacturing and quality control scientist.  In 2005, she transferred to Research and Development to take on a formal position as a Project Manager for New Product Development.   Since 2011 she has worked as the Director of Project Management responsible for Promega’s New Product Development Portfolio which contains projects managed across multiple sites and business units.  She is also responsible for the New Product Development processes and has direct management responsibilities of the project managers that support the New Product Development Portfolio.  Cassandra also provides corporate support in project management globally.   This support includes leading Promega’s Project Management Community of Practice; a forum that brings formal project managers and those who are interested in project management within the organization together to network, share best practices, and participate in continual learning through internal and external speakers.   Cassandra is also very involved in several organizations within her community.

Cassandra holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse with a concentration in Microbiology.  She has also received her Master Certificate in Project Management and Professional Development Certificate in the Fundamentals of Management from the University of Wisconsin Madison.

ChrisCashell 175x240Chris Cashell, VP, Project and Portfolio Management Office, Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation

Chris is currently the Vice President of Project and Portfolio Management at Wisconsin Physician Services in Madison.  There, he has created a new department to help the organization focus on the right projects and have a balanced portfolio to deliver against the organization’s goals.  Most recently, Chris ran the Project Management Office at Ministry Health Care, responsible for all the IT and business-related projects to open up the first all-digital hospital in Wisconsin at St Clare’s in Weston.

Chris’ career spans multiple industries, including insurance, manufacturing, service, healthcare, finance, local government and utilities. He is renowned for possessing stellar technical, project management, and interpersonal skills, and is a proven motivational leader with a talent for developing highly effective and successful individuals and teams. 


With a family history of teaching, he has presented at various conferences over the years.  He has also developed a Project Management training course that he has taught at several of the organizations with which he has been involved. 

AnneHunnex 175x240Anne M. Hunnex, Manager Program and Project Management, Dean Health Plan

Anne has spent the last 13 years building Project Management teams and PMOs in major financial services, insurance, and manufacturing organizations.  She has managed teams of 40 project managers and portfolios up to $250M.  Her recipe for a successful PMO is executive engagement, a culture of teamwork, a scalable, repeatable process, and great project managers.   Wherever she goes, Anne emphasizes learning and has developed training programs on scheduling, leadership, change management, and avoiding organizational drama.  Anne originally comes from Minnesota but spent the bulk of her career in New York City and Northern New Jersey.  Five years ago she headed back to the Midwest to settle in Madison where she has worked at QBE and is currently employed at Dean Health Plan.

EdSullivan 175x240Edward Sullivan, PMO Team Leader , Alliant Energy

Ed has been in the project management profession for over 20 years and a PMO leader for 10 of them.  He held various project management positions at Pleasant Company, WEA Trust and American Family Insurance, and is currently the Team Lead for the PMO at Alliant Energy.   He volunteered as a board member in the Madison PMI Chapter for 5 years and has a passion for project management and promoting it as a life skill.  He has contributed his writing skills on a PMI team proposing a Project Management merit badge to the Boy Scouts of America.  Currently Ed is volunteering as a subject matter expert reviewing the draft of the “Practice Guide for Governance” for PMI, and he occasionally shares his thoughts on project management in his blog:http://encouragingthepm.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

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