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SNEC Special EVENT: The Race to the South Pole: Ten Lessons for Project Managers

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 07:45am - 04:30pm

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CTCPA Education Center
716 Brook Street
Rocky Hill, CT 06067 (click here for directions)

7:45 - 8:30am  Registration, Breakfast and Networking
8:30 - 4:30pm  Special Event

Bundle Package Available:
Rick Brenner will be speaking at the Chapter Meeting in Cromwell, CT the evening before our Special Event (September 19th) to speak about, "Creating High Performance Virtual Teams". For more information about this topic, please click here

Take an extra $20 off the total fee for the Special Event and Chapter Meeting when you register for both!

Timing Type Bundle Price
Early Bird Member $315
Early Bird Non-Member * $375
Regular Member $365
Regular Non-Member * $425


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Online Registration
Special Event Costs: Early Bird After Aug 20th
SNEC Members $300 $350
Non-SNEC Members * $350 $400

Note: Members must LOGIN to website prior to registering to obtain their $50 discount

* If you belong to another PMI chapter, and are in good standing, you may pay the member price. Please contact the PM of the event for the discount code.

Early Bird Discount – Save $50 if you register by August 20th, 2017

Online Registration Registration closes:
Wednesday, September 14, 2017 at Midnight

Cost includes all day session, breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages

Course materials will be provided electronically.



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The PM for this event is:
Jacklyn Duffy, Special Events Member at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Race to the South Pole: Ten Lessons for Project Managers

Course Information:
On 14 December 1911, four men led by Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole. No human had ever been there. Thirty-five days later, Robert Scott and four others followed. Led by Amundsen, the Norwegians had won the race. His party returned to base on 26 January 1912. On their journey back to base, the British perished. As historical drama, this is interesting enough. But to project managers, the story is fascinating.

In this program, we examine two case studies of two high-risk projects, executed almost simultaneously, and with almost identical primary objectives, but with starkly contrasting outcomes. We show that their two different approaches to project management contributed significantly to the contrast in results.

We'll use this history to explore ten important lessons about managing high-risk projects, including lessons about leadership, planning, scope creep, risk management, improvisation, discipline, organizational politics, team dynamics, technology management, and simplicity.

In this interactive presentation you will learn how to:

  1. Improve team dynamics.
  2. Use historical events to gain insight.
  3. Lead a high risk project more effectively.

Manage planning, scope and, risk in a changing environment.


PMI Talent Triangle

PDU Info: 7 PDUs. You will need to record and self-report your PDU's for this activity. The code will be provided at the end of the class. Following the guidelines of the new CCR program and the PMI Talent Triangle®, the PDU's for this course can be applied as follows:

3.5 Leadership and 3.5 Strategic Business Management


r brennerRick Brenner is principal of Chaco Canyon Consulting. He works with people in dynamic problem-solving organizations that are making products so novel or complex that they need state-of-the-art teamwork and stronger relationships among their people. In his 25 years as a software developer, project manager, software development manager, entrepreneur, consultant and coach, he has developed valuable insights into the interactions between people in complex dynamic environments.  
As a coach, he works with managers at all levels, emphasizing development of interpersonal skills, especially in fluid, high-stress contexts, such as organizations that are moving from a strict operational orientation to one in which ongoing operations must compete for resources with special enterprise-scale pro-jects. Such a mixed environment creates organizational stresses that leaders must under-stand, not only because of the change-related issues that arise, but also because of the challenges to managers that they create, even when equilibrium is attained.

Mr. Brenner holds a master's degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT. He has served as a board member of local chapters of the National Speakers Association, the Boston Software Process Improvement Network, the American Society for Quality, and the Agile New England chapter of the ACM, in various leadership roles ranging from board member to vice president to chair (president). He was selected Chapter Member of the Year for NSA New England in 2001 and 2007. He is a member of the Project Management Institute.




Please register online to ensure an accurate count and reserve a spot at this event. Seating is limited, and no walk-ins will be allowed.


If the event is cancelled by SNEC-PMI and is not being rescheduled, the pre-registered participants will be notified via an email broadcast and a full refund will be processed. If the event is rescheduled and the pre-registered participant cannot attend the new date, SNEC-PMI will process a full refund.

For any individual cancellations, please notify the PM of the event. Any user requested cancellation prior to registration ending, will be refunded the amount paid, minus a 10% cancellation fee. SNEC-PMI does not provide refunds for any user requested cancellations after the registration deadline or for No-Shows.


In the event that inclement weather is forecast for the time of the event, a cancellation decision will be made prior to the scheduled event.

If the meeting is cancelled, registered participants will be notified of the cancellation via an email broadcast. We will also endeavor to get meeting cancellation notices broadcast by local media. Notification of the re-scheduled event or refund will also be communicated via an email broadcast.

If a decision is made to hold the meeting, our normal cancellation policy (above) will be in effect, i.e. there will be a 10% cancellation fee for any individual cancellation requests prior to the registration deadline. We do not refund any individual requests after the registration deadline or for no-shows.


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