Southern New England Chapter of PMI

SNEC PM Conference 2016 - Program Abstracts & Speaker Bios

2016 PM Conference - Presentation Abstracts and Speaker Biographies


Presentation Abstracts and Speaker Bios - Arranged by Session/Time:

Opening Keynote - Ballroom A/B

Success Principles for Peak Performance - Jack Canfield

8:30am - 9:30am

Talent Triangle: Leadership (.5 PDU) & Strategic and Business Management (.5 PDU)


Session A

9:45am - 10:45pm


Topic: 3 Things You Need to Make Better, Faster Decisions Talent Triangle: Leadership (1 PDU)
Presenter: J. LeRoy Ward Room: 11-12 9:45am - 10:45am

Session Abstract
In a project world, where time seems to compress to zero, Project Managers are called upon "to just do it" and "make it happen." Analysis paralysis is a plague, and execution is its antidote. Your customer screaming for the project to be done is the same person blowing the horn at you when the light immediately turns green. No waiting allowed! In this engaging presentation, J. LeRoy Ward will provide concrete recommendations on how to establish a framework to get the information you need, when you need it, and what you need from your organization.

jl wardAbout J LeRoy Ward:
J. LeRoy Ward, PMP, PgMP, PfMP, CSM, has more than 39 years' experience in project, program and portfolio management. An acclaimed speaker he is frequently quoted in major news outlets and has authored nine books and forty articles. He holds three university degrees and is the 2013 Recipient of PMI's Eric Jenett Project Management Excellence Award.



Topic: Embedding Strategic Thinking in Project Management Talent Triangle: Strategic and Business Management (1 PDU)
Presenter: Barbara Wilson Room: 14-15 9:45am - 10:45am

Session Abstract
Every organization needs strategic thinking embedded in its practices to ensure projects, big and small, progress towards strategic goals. This session will highlight ways Project Managers can ensure EVERY project, regardless of the size or complexity, identifies and keeps the organization's ultimate strategic goals in focus during projects. We will explore ways to incorporate strategic goals from the initiation of a project, where the goals are identified, through to user acceptance, where they are confirmed.

b wilsonAbout Barbara Wilson:
Barbara Wilson, PMP has been a practicing project manager for over 20 years in both the private and public sector. She is currently the Manager of the PMO at the University of Massachusetts President's Office and has been with them since 2002.



Topic: Is Project Management Discipline Relevant in an Agile World? Talent Triangle: Strategic and Business Management (1 PDU)
Presenter: Steve Nunziata Room: 21-22 9:45am - 10:45am

Session Abstract
The discipline of Project Management (PM) is often a casualty in Agile transformations. The truth is Agile cannot succeed without it. Companies adopting Agile in their software development practices often take the perspective that the value of PM is significantly reduced. However, Agile requires greater discipline than Waterfall methodology – and the traditional PMs can play a key role in both Agile transformation and its continued adoption.

s nunziataAbout Steve Nunziata:
Steve Nunziata, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, CSP, SAFe SPC, is a Project Manager and Agile Consultant, specializing in large-scale Agile adoptions and evolutionary Project Management discipline. He has over 25 successful years of experience in Project Management, utilizing Waterfall and Agile methodologies, in industries ranging from Health Care, Sporting Goods, Transportation, Insurance, and Financial Services.



Topic: What do you do when Project Management is Really Change Management? Talent Triangle: Technical Project Management (.5 PDU) & Strategic and Business Management (.5 PDU)
Presenter: John Byrne Room: 24-25 9:45am - 10:45am

Session Abstract
Change is the one constant is today's business world. Organizations want things faster, cheaper, and with higher quality. Typically project managers are taught scope, budgets, and schedules. These tools work well for some projects, but they leave the project manager in the dark when the project is to change an organization. This presentation explores change management and provides tools and techniques project managers need to know to help the organization and the project be successful under such challenging circumstances!

j byrneAbout John Byrne:
Dr. Byrne is professor at the University of Pittsburgh and a consultant to industry on Management and Project Management and has been a practitioner of project management for over 20 years. Dr. Byrne speaks both nationally and internationally on such topics as leadership, motivation, change management, and Risk Management.

PDU Certificate areas:  PMP, PgMP


Session B

11:00am - 12:00pm


Topic: Leading Project Teams that Span across Generations Talent Triangle: Leadership (1 PDU)
Presenters: Amy Paros and Trish Kelly Room: 11-12 11:00am - 12:00pm

Session Abstract
Each of the many generations working today brings different characteristics to project teams. This presentation is intended to expose project managers to some of the generalized characteristics found in each generation. The more insight a project manager has of generation differences, the better prepared a project manager can be to facilitate effective cross generational project teams.

a parosp kellyAbout Amy Paros and Patricia Kelly:
Amy Paros and Patricia Kelly are Management faculty members at Quinnipiac University with over 20 years of project/program management experience working for Fortune 50 companies. Their academic studies focus on generational competencies. Amy has an undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, both a Master's in management and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a doctoral degree in business administration from Northcentral University, and is a certified PMP. Patricia has both an undergraduate degree in business and a Master's degree in organizational leadership from Quinnipiac University. She received a George Washington University project management certificate and is a process improvement consultant.



Topic: Successful Virtual Relationships & Video Engagement Talent Triangle: Strategic and Business Management (1 PDU)
Presenter: Marci Guertin Room: 14-15 11:00am - 12:00pm

Session Abstract
You can successfully inspire and engage in a virtual environment. It simply takes knowing what to do and what not to do. This presentation will demonstrate tools, techniques and best practices for successfully building credibility as a PM in a virtual environment; specifically as it pertains to video-conferencing. This presentation is critical for PMs to ensure a video-conference does not become a distraction but rather a successful way to build relationships and engage your resources at a deeper level.

m guertinAbout Marci Guertin:
Marci Guertin, PMP is a Director with Cigna Operating Effectiveness. Marci was a teacher in Maryland before starting with Cigna in 1998 as a trainer. She began managing projects in 2000, led several PMOs and currently leads the PM Discipline responsible for creating standards and empowering PMs throughout Cigna. She works at home in Destin, Florida, and enjoys coaching project managers in all aspects of her life, much to the discomfort of her friends and family.



Topic: Agile Mythbusters Talent Triangle: Technical Project Management (.5 PDU) & Leadership (.5 PDU)
Presenter: Savvy Katham Room: 21-22 11:00am - 12:00pm

Session Abstract
This session discusses on Top 10 myths of Agile with supporting information. At the end of the session, audience will have clear understanding on what Agile is all about and can take away strong basics on Agile.

s kathamAbout Savvy Katham:
Savvy Katham, PMP, CSP, SAFe SPC, is a Program Manager and an Agile Coach specializing in large-scale Agile executions. She has over 15 years of successful experience in transformational Project Management and Change Management. She believes that empowered leaders (PMs, Agilistas) drive the project success. Savvy trains and coaches Agile Scrum Master, Agile Product Owner and SAFe Agilist certifications. Savvy loves yoga and enjoys providing career guidance in all streams.

PDU Certificate areas:  PMP, PgMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA


Topic: Strengthen Your Partnership with your BA Talent Triangle: Leadership (1 PDU)
Presenter: Donna Betancourt Room: 24-25 11:00am - 12:00pm

Session Abstract
How do you get your rogue BA to work with you and others? Is she or he understanding your needs and are you understanding their needs? The ultimate goal is project success. This is an interactive session that requires participants to be willing to share experiences. Topics will include: How to strengthen our PM/BA relationships and supporting a transparent relationship.

d betancourtAbout Donna Betancourt:
Donna Betancourt is a Community of Practice (CoP) Leader for Business Analysis at The Hartford specializing in business process modeling, requirements gathering, team building and change management. She has over 15 years of experience in IT projects, using Waterfall and Agile methodologies and has spent much of her career in the Financial Services Industry. Donna is a coach and mentor to business analysts, project managers and technical leads to drive achievement of business results.



Afternoon Keynote - Ballroom A/B

Shoes that Grow - Practical Compassion in Non-Profit Business Development - Kenton Lee

1:15am - 2:15am

Talent Triangle: Leadership (.5 PDU) & Strategic and Business Management (.5 PDU)


Session C

2:30pm - 3:30pm


Topic: The Keys to Our Success - Lessons Learned from 25 of Our Best Project Managers Talent Triangle: Leadership (.5 PDU) & Strategic and Business Management (.5 PDU)
Presenter: David Barrett Room: 11-12 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Session Abstract
We sought out 25 of our leading project managers to find out the answer to the question – what is the key to your success?  The result is the book called "The Keys to Our Success - Lessons Learned from 25 of our Best Project Managers" - a collection of their best stories, lessons, and takeaways.  In this multi-media, interactive hour, David will share some of these lessons learned and facilitate the discussion on those featured lessons and some from the audience. 

d barrettAbout David Barrett:
David Barrett is a National Program Director for The Centre of Excellence in Project Management and Business Analysis at The Schulich Executive Education Centre, Schulich School of Business, York University. David is also a professional speaker specializing in inspiring leaders at all levels in all industries.  His key area of focus is the art and science of getting work done: execution leadership, project leadership and personal leadership.  He is the co-author of The Power of The Plan and co-compiler of The Keys to Our Success.



Topic: The 7 Deadliest Communication Sins of Project Managers Talent Triangle: Strategic and Business Management (1 PDU)
Presenter: Skip Weisman Room: 14-15 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Session Abstract
This highly interactive, engaging and entertaining session introduces project managers to the seven biggest communication mistakes taking place in and around their project teams. These communication mistakes are the most common communication habits engaged in by project managers, project team members and stakeholders at all levels. In addition, by the end of this session project managers will be able to calculate an estimated cost of poor communication in their organization.

s weismanAbout Skip Weisman:
Skip Weisman, The Leadership & Workplace Communication Expert, has presented transformative communication programs in various formats at more than 50 PMI chapter events across North America since 2012.  More than 6,000 project managers subscribe to his Championship Communicators blog that provides weekly tips, strategies and techniques on leadership communication.



Topic:Scrum:  Mastering the Complexities of Global Project Management Talent Triangle: Technical Project Management (.5 PDU) & Leadership (.5 PDU)
Presenter: Mark Hehl Room: 21-22 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Session Abstract
Global Project Management is becoming a way of life for today's Project Managers.  Challenges caused by distance, language and cultural differences creating a greater potential for both conflict and cooperation. This program provides project managers with an understanding of the challenges of global project management and a proven strategy for success.   Given this rapidly changing environment, the ability to relate to people with varying cultural backgrounds is an essential skill for project managers.

m hehlAbout Mark Hehl:
Mark Hehl is Presidents of Hehl & Associates and has run successful projects in Asia, Latin America and the USA. In recognition for his accomplishments, the Timex suppliers in China honored him with the award of the Chinese name 何文楷 (Ho Man Kai).  Mark has taught International Business courses at Harper College and has conducted multiple webinars for Industry Week. Mr. Hehl is a frequent guest on National Public Radio and is listed in the United Who's Who Executive Directory 2002-2003. He is a contributing author of the book Cases on Globalized and Culturally Appropriate E-Learning. He spends a significant amount of time assisting his clients in both Latin America and Asia.

PDU Certificate areas: PMP, PgMP, PMI-RMP


Topic: Business Process Modeling Talent Triangle: Technical Project Management (1 PDU)
Presenter: Martin J. Schedlbauer Room: 24-25 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Session Abstract
Articulating, modeling, and managing business processes and workflows are pre-conditions to successful automation. Business process modeling (or BPM for short) is the activity of eliciting, documenting, modeling, and analyzing work procedures within an organization. To be successful, the business analyst must possess the necessary modeling skills and business knowledge to carry out these responsibilities. This presentation describes the PROMAP method for articulating and modeling business processes and the BPMN notation for expressing processes visually.

m scheldbauerAbout Martin J. Schedlbauer:
Martin Schedlbauer, Ph.D. is the Managing Principal at Ars Doceo, an international training and consulting organization. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has been conducting workshops and seminars in business and system analysis and development since 1988.  Dr. Schedlbauer is the Director of the Information Science Program at Northeastern University where he also teaching information science, data analytics, and information systems development. He holds CBAP, CSM, PSM, and OCUP certifications.

PDU Certificate areas: PMP, PgMP, PMI-PBA


Closing Keynote - Ballroom A/B

Reinventing the Customer Experience - Customer Loyalty and Satisfaction - Stew Leonard, Jr.

3:45pm - 4:45pm

Talent Triangle: Leadership (.5 PDU) & Strategic and Business Management (.5 PDU)


Program Subject to Change (last revised 23-Feb-2016)