Transformation Project Manager: Fall Virtual Lecture Series presented by Project Management
The Master’s in Project Management program is charging ahead with a full slate of virtual lectures this Fall semester with the theme “Transformation Project Manager.” The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased the speed at which digital is fundamentally changing business. Rapid business transformations require the adoption of new ways of thinking, new ways of working, and new technologies. Organizations need to empower their leaders and teams to create a culture that supports transformation and ultimately future growth and success. The project manager role is one of the most highly sought-after resources for transformations, owing to its encompassing skill set in managing transformation initiatives. Transformation project managers enable perpetual people-centered transformations through projects and strategy.
The purpose of the Virtual Lecture Series is to share with our students, alumni and community members the vast and interesting knowledge of our faculty and program partners. The series may include, but is not limited to, a traditional lecture, demonstration, best practice presentation, or interactive activity. Each lecture is free and open to the public.
Sign up for any of the sessions that you are interested in by using the RSVP form; a Zoom link will be sent to you on the day of the event.
Ethics & Compliance in Commercial and Government Projects/Contracting
Wednesday, November 2, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET
Participants will learn of real-world stories of ethics and compliance violations on projects. We will explore what leads to ethical violations and the controls and remediations that can be put place to prevent ongoing violations. This will include discussion regarding best practices of building an ethical culture, and interconnectivity with the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
Presenter: Lisa Mathews, MBA, PMP, EVP
Why Organization “Transformations” Fail
Wednesday, November 9, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET
Want to know a secret? That org “transformation” your company is working on will likely not be transformational. Most transformations either never achieve their desired results or are spun as a success because companies spent too much money on them to claim anything else!
So what do we do? Just invent another framework or rebrand some old ideas with new words and try again? We can do better. This session will cover the five reasons transformations typically fail, why your organization probably doesn’t need to transform, and what to do instead. If you’re tired of watching money burn and are interested in real change, come join and have some fun!
Presenter: Matthew Barcomb
The State of Digital Transformation: An Interview With the i4dt Expert Panel
Wednesday, November 16, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET
In this Project Management Lecture, we bring a panel of experts from the Institute for Digital Transformation to help us understand the progress that some organizations are making in different industries all over the world. It is a conversation with advisors and experts from the Institute to demystify Digital Transformation. The Institute for Digital Transformation (i4dt.org) is a non-profit organization dedicated to getting organizations ready for transformation. The Institute also provides practical insights and several resources to organizations interested in current research briefings, training, journals, dialogues, as well as a readiness framework that lays out the path to a successful digital transformation. The Institute also offers membership and affiliation opportunities to anyone interested in staying current on Digital Transformation trends.
Presenter: Dr. Winston Gonzalez, SPC
Optimize Value Stream To Deal With Supply Chain Issues
Wednesday, November 23, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET
Participants will learn to implement the value stream technique to solve or avoid supply chain issues and will focus on developing clear and consistent communication with all parties, including suppliers. We hope participants can take aways on how to carry out a production plan with an optimized value stream when they understand the Theory of Constraints.
Presenter: Dr. Saya Sone, DBA
Using Earned Value to Help Manage Projects
Wednesday, November 30, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET
This presentation will explain the concepts of Earned Value Management. Using project baselines for cost and schedule, project managers can examine earned value metrics and trending to provide insight into project cost and schedule progress vs. the baseline plan. This can help project managers forecast project completion and take appropriate action to deal with variances.
Presenter: Dr. Martin Reed, PMP
Purposeful Initiatives: Linking Programs and Projects to Organizational Strategy
Wednesday, December 7, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET
This presentation will springboard from a recent HBR article on purposeful business.
Presenter: Dr. John A. Corso, DPA
Business Journey into the DE&I world
Wednesday, December 14, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET
Participants will learn about how a Multi-National, Airbus, came to implement best in class policies that support Sustainability and Human Rights.
Presenter: Franklin Ortiz