Southern New England Chapter of PMI

SNEC PM Conference 2008 - Abstracts and Bios

2008 Presentation Abstracts and Speaker Biographies

Presentation Abstracts and Speaker Bios - Arranged by Track:

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Best Practices PM Tools
PM Methodologies Portfolio & Program Management
Rescuing Troubled Projects Soft Skills


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

Opening Keynote

The Perfect Storm - Seven Steps to making the Right Decision Every Time - Captain Larry Brudnicki


Session A

9:35am - 10:35am


 Topic: Effective Decision-Making Teams: Getting to "Yes" or "No" Track: Best Practices
Presenters: Sherilyn Samson & Anneliese Dadras Room: 26 - 27 9:35am - 10:35am

Course Description
A simple decision is easy to make…or maybe not. Project Managers are often challenged in determining how decisions are made, and who is empowered to say “Yes” or “No.” In the corporate world, decisions often need to be made by Steering Committees, Executive Councils, or by multiple representatives acting on the behalf of the business lines. It is easy to get confused, or to go to the wrong stakeholder and get a decision that never really sticks.

Although there are many challenges along the way, a good decision making body can run like a well run machine with time, and proper care and feeding. Having this mechanism in place will help you and your organization to get the best quality decisions that are produced by the right individuals for long term success.

Sherilyn Samson, Sr. Project Manager, has 16 years of experience in Project Management. She currently leads projects teams at The Hartford, responsible for planning and execution of P&C initiatives. She is responsible for ensuring that project deliverables are on time, on scope and on budget while negotiating to balance expectations between leadership, the project team and customer expectation.

Anneliese Dadras, Program Director, has twenty years of experience in information technology project management. In recent years, she has been primarily responsible for the management, approval, and execution of enterprise level initiatives at The Hartford. In this role, she has been responsible for the oversight and management of sponsored initiatives which span all business lines, including P&C, Life, Corporate, and Infrastructure. She has actively designed and managed multiple enterprise level formal decision making bodies for The Hartford, and has helped to design and architect complex decisions on behalf of those bodies.



 Topic: The Six Unspoken Habits of Highly Effective Program Managers Track: Portfolio & Program Management
Presenter: Jim Foreman, PMP Room: 21 - 23 9:35am - 10:35am

Course Description
Program Managers are typically defined as such: Program Managers are responsible for managing large, strategic Services engagements and multiple engagements that carry a high risk factor. Program Managers manage and coordinate multiple project initiatives within a single customer site and may also manage other Project Managers.

Successful Program Managers will not only possess the skill set above but also expanded business capabilities. They will have mastered high-impact team communication, critical thinking and problem solving. They’ll understand how to effectively use standard financial tools to assess financial status and to make sound business decisions. They will be effective mentors and change management agents within the organization. However, studies have shown that many professionals lack experience in these soft-skill areas, which limits their ability to secure and succeed in the competition for program management jobs.

This presentation will address the relevant, practical business skills Program Managers need to align projects with broader organizational objectives. The presentation will describe Skill-Gap Analysis, discuss business skill areas crucial for technical professionals (as identified by senior executives) and identify what attendees can do to gain knowledge in these areas. By attending this presentation, current or aspiring Program Managers will understand how to see the “big picture” more clearly and work specifically toward organizational goals.

Jim Foreman, PMP, is the Vice President of Client Solutions at ESI International. His responsibilities center on client support including the design of specific client improvement programs and the definition and design of programs and products for use across ESI’s client base. Jim has provided project management training and consulting services to numerous Fortune 500 companies. He has also provided information technology and information management consulting services and project and program management services to government and industry worldwide over a span of more than 30 years. Additionally, he has extensive experience in service acquisition and service delivery.

Jim is a former President of the Board of Directors of the International School of Stuttgart, Germany. He has a bachelor's degree from Yale University.



 Topic: Keeping the Team Whole: The PM as Facilitator Track: Soft Skills
Presenter: Dr. Mallary Tytel Room: 11 - 13 9:35am - 10:35am

Course Description
Different styles, expectations and directions among team members can derail work, leaving members frustrated with the process and each other. For maximum success teams must engage interpersonally. This presentation posits the Project Manager as Facilitator: structuring, guiding, and bringing out the talents and contributions of everyone involved in the project.

Dr. Mallary Tytel has over 20 years experience and expertise in business, government, and education. She is president and founder of Healthy Workplaces, a national consulting practice with expertise in Strategic Thinking, Executive and High Potential Coaching, Leadership Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Culture Change, and Women in Transition. She is the former CEO of an international non-profit education, training and human resource development corporation; has served as a key advisor to senior-level civilian and military personnel within the US Department of Defense; has provided oversight for 3 Congressionally-mandated pilot programs in 16 communities across the country; and created and delivered an innovative leadership training program in over 40 military communities worldwide.



 Topic: Estimation: Why aren’t we getting any better at this?!?! Track: PM Tools
Presenter: David Burr Room: 24 - 25 9:35am - 10:35am

Course Description
Project Estimating is something that we’ve all been doing for years. We’ve trained our team members numerous times and we’re still not showing significant improvements. Topics will include:

  • The pain-points of “actuals versus estimates”
  • The curse of the balanced scorecard / performance review
  • Two sets of books – where does the ‘Truth’ hide?
  • Short and long term improvements you can start now
  • Course Objectives and Expected Learning Outcomes
  • How to make the real improvements in Estimates
  • Information beyond the typical Estimating class
  • What can I do now to improve my team’s ability to develop great estimates

David W Burr is currently employed by The Hartford in the Office of the CIO for Hartford Life. He has taught Project Management for over 10 years in the United States, China, India, South Korea, and Mexico. He has been a Project Manager for more that 20 years and he has also been a Project Management Mentor, a Project Control Analyst and a Program Manager. He considers himself a career Project Manager specializing in Project Management Methods and Process Improvement. He has extensive experience in CMMi, and is ITIL Foundation and PMP certified.



 Topic: You too can do Earned Value Management Track: PM Tools
Presenter: Chance Reichel Room: 14 - 15 9:35am - 10:35am

Course Description
You will learn the fundamental tools and techniques for measuring project performance, Earned Value Management, and how to convey this information to management and interested stakeholders. This presentation will explain EVM beyond the basics of the formulas used to establish performance indexes and estimates at completion.

Chance Reichel serves as a Project Management Consultant for Boston University’s Corporate Education Center, (BUCEC), training and consulting firm. Mr. Reichel has provided project management expertise to more than seventy-five Fortune 500 clients as well as to several branches of the U.S. Government. Chance has more than 22 years of site-specific project management experience, which he draws upon for course development and instruction. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Diego State University, has completed extensive graduate studies in Education and was awarded a Master’s degree in Environmental Project Management from the University of Findlay. Mr. Reichel also serves as an Adjunct Professor for Boston University’s Metropolitan College. During the last four years Mr. Reichel has presented project management topics more than 350 times.



Session B

10:55am - 11:55am


 Topic: Successful Use of Project Initiation Track: Best Practices
Presenters: Mark Olivieri, PMP Room: 26 - 27 10:55am - 11:55am

Course Description
Project Initiation is a critical component to effective project management. This session will outline its use through the phases, pitfalls and challenges and best practices of initiation. Tools will be shared to allow project managers to effectively manage initiation through the life cycle of the project.

Mark Olivieri, PMP, is a Project Manager with more than 15 years of management and leadership experience. Experience includes two VP-Client Services positions, developing client services and project management processes and methodologies as well as developing high-level internet strategies. Mark is an accomplished symposium speaker and author of several articles on IT-related topics.

Mark is currently a member of HTSC (Hartford Technology Service Company) organization where he has managed over 13 successful conversion events/deployments with program management responsibility, including a project requiring oversight of multiple cross-functional teams with a $70,000,000 budget and spanned the entire Software Development Life Cycle.”



 Topic: Delivering project truth to decision makers - Can they handle it? Track: PM Tools
Presenter: Lee Lambert, PMP Room: 21 - 23 10:55am - 11:55am

Course Description
All too often the decision makers for a project are NOT the same people who are charged with the responsibility for satisfying the project’s triple constraint. This condition creates a challenge and an opportunity: How to create timely decision support information AND how to use this information to influence timely decisions that will have dramatic impact on the outcome of the project and the achievement of organizational objectives.

This presentation will thoroughly examine the myriad approaches to obtaining and validating project status for the project’s most current reporting period and from project inception (cumulative-to-date). Attendees will learn how these data, when combined with the equivalent of sodium pentothal forecasting and trending methods, will deliver an undisputable view into the future of the project. In keeping with the statement: “Whatever has happened in the past will continue to happen in the future, unless someone does something about it”, this crystal clear picture will enable the participants to understand how to facilitate meaningful and productive inputs leading to beneficial action by the project decision makers.

In the profession of Project Management, Lee R. Lambert, PMP has established the standard against which others in the field are measured. Throughout a fast-paced 18 year corporate career with Chicago Bridge & Iron, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, General Electric (Nuclear Reactor Division) and Battelle Memorial Institute–where he worked almost exclusively with engineers and scientists–he quickly ascended to senior management positions and was responsible for the development and implementation of ground-breaking, sophisticated Enterprise project management processes for Engineering, Medical Diagnostics and Research & Development. In 1981, as a result of his pragmatic application of the PM methodologies, he was invited to be an integral part of the creation of the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Program. He is a recipient of the PMI’s Distinguished Contribution Award and was a member of the PMNetwork/PM Journal Editorial Review team for over a decade. He also contributed as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the PMI’s Earned Value Management System (EVMS) Practice Standard.

Educated as a Mechanical Engineer, he holds a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. He most recently has been awarded one of the PMI’s highest honors for his ground breaking applied learning programs: The Professional Development Provider of the Year 2007. As an author of two books and 32 professional papers, no other project management educator/speaker can contend with his uncanny technical knowledge, material content and refreshing and entertaining delivery—his hard-hitting, but humorous style, has mesmerized more than 40,000 students in 22 countries. In May, Wiley Publishing retained Lee as author of PMP Prep A-All-In-One Desk Reference Guide. Lee takes the saying; “Been there, done that, got the T-shirt” to a new level.



 Topic: Integrating the Program Management Life Cycle and the Systems Development Life Cycle in Accelerated Project Efforts Track: PM Tools
Presenter: Tom Flynn, P.E., PMP Room: 11 - 13 10:55am - 11:55am

Course Description
There are different approaches to managing projects both a Business and Information Technology/Systems Development scope component. Regardless of who leads the project, a clear execution strategy must be matched or crafted to the rigors of the project’s expectations…especially in the case of accelerated objectives…and today, everything is accelerated.

Tom Flynn, PE, PMP is a founding partner and Vice President of Consulting Services at Advanced Management Services, Inc. Tom has initiated and spearheaded the development of the Project and Program Management Division which helped transform AMS into its current position as a leader in the Project Management Consulting and Training industry. In addition to his technical project management competencies, he also utilizes his extensive training and experience in conflict management-resolution, change management and human development to successfully coach and mentor senior executives, project managers and project team personnel.



 Topic: Project Management – The Pathway from Ideas to Results, In Any Industry Track: Portfolio & Program Management
Presenter: Michael Zambruski Room: 24 - 25 10:55am - 11:55am

Course Description
Project management’s compelling logic and efficiency can help any organization work fast, smart, and right – regardless of industry, technology, product, or service – particularly when two factors are present: An environment that includes strategic planning, requirements analysis, and implementation management; and the proper dosage of formal process, flexible standards, and adaptable tools.

Michael S. Zambruski has been providing professional project management, business analysis, and training for a wide variety of multi-billion dollar international firms, small fast-growing companies, and entrepreneurs for more than 25 years. His background covers both the service and product sectors, with industry experience in telecommunications, information technology, health care, higher education, environmental services, consumer goods and services, advertising, banking, real estate, and aerospace, as well as in the federal government – both civilian and military. His assignments have involved business development, process redesign, engineering, manufacturing, quality control, product distribution, strategic marketing, and technology integration. His achievements include organizing multimillion dollar projects, expanding market performance, designing financial decision models, creating new service concepts, leading crisis-reaction teams, and building Project Management Offices at diverse organizations that include Unisys, Umass Memorial Medical Center, Yale University, CIGNA, Lucent, SBC, and Boeing.

He is the author of “The Business Analyzer & Planner” (AMACOM, 1999), and “A Standard for Enterprise Project Management” (Auerbach, 2008) and has published numerous articles including “Organizing Structure in the Midst of Chaos” (2005), “Establishing Clear Project Management Guidelines” (2006), and “The Portability of Project Management” (2007). Mr. Zambruski holds an M.B.A. from Southern Illinois University and a B.A./B.S. from Georgetown University. He is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP®) by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), of which he is a member, and holds the Advanced Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.



 Topic: The Power and Passion of Project Management Requires Strong Project Leadership Skills Track: Soft Skills
Presenter: Chance Reichel Room: 14 - 15 10:55am - 11:55am

Course Description
Project managers must be able to assess situations quickly and accurately to maximize project resources and minimize project threats, this presentation will review the competencies needed to apply project leadership to create the positive project environment and motivate team resources. Do you have the tools to provide project leadership?

Chance Reichel serves as a Project Management Consultant for Boston University’s Corporate Education Center, (BUCEC), training and consulting firm. Mr. Reichel has provided project management expertise to more than seventy-five Fortune 500 clients as well as to several branches of the U.S. Government. Chance has more than 22 years of site-specific project management experience, which he draws upon for course development and instruction. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Diego State University, has completed extensive graduate studies in Education and was awarded a Master’s degree in Environmental Project Management from the University of Findlay. Mr. Reichel also serves as an Adjunct Professor for Boston University’s Metropolitan College. During the last four years Mr. Reichel has presented project management topics more than 350 times.



Session C

1:05pm - 2:05pm


 Topic: Creating an Effective WBS with Facilitated Team Involvement Track: PM Tools
Presenters:Charles Jones, PMP Room: 26 - 27 1:05pm - 2:05pm

Course Description
Adopting an effective WBS creation methodology refines requirements gathering and accelerates team building. After reviewing key WBS concepts, we’ll layout simple and useable techniques for facilitating the WBS process with you team to improve the quality and usefulness of this key tool in your project planning.

Charles Jones, PMP is a Senior Project Manager in The United Illuminating Company’s Strategic Business Services. This is a center of excellence for Project Management, Process Improvement, and Strategic Planning. His responsibilities include managing strategic projects, process owner for Business Continuity Management, developing and instructing PM training, and promoting project management as a strategic objective. He is a PMP, holds a Mastery Certificate in Project Management and is a member of the PMI Leadership Class of ’05.



 Topic: The Role of PM and PMO in Aligning IT & Business Track: Portfolio & Program Management
Presenter: Dr. Gad J. Selig, PMP, COP Room: 21 - 23 1:05pm - 2:05pm

Course Description
Are your projects being implemented on time and within budget? Are you feeling disconnected from the business? Are your compliance costs skyrocketing? Are your IT services being managed and utilized effectively? Is IT adding strategic value to the business and how is that measured and recognized? Are IT initiatives being driven by the business or IT? Are you seamlessly blending internal resources with outsourcing initiatives to reduce costs and improve service delivery? Are you allocating sufficient resources to develop your people and processes to raise your level of IT maturity and effectiveness?

These and other key issues have become a major concern of the Board, executive management and CIOs in enterprises on a global basis in terms of business alignment, key and measurable IT contributions to the business, responsible and effective execution of IT initiatives and services and compliance with regulations and organizational policies.

Dr. Gad J. Selig, (PMP, COP) is the Director, MS in Technology Management and Dual Graduate Business and Engineering Degree Programs at the University of Bridgeport. Dr. Selig is also Managing Partner and founder of GPS Group, Inc., a consulting, research and education firm that focuses on strategic marketing and demand creation, business and technology strategy and transformation, product management and innovation, IT strategy and governance, program/project management and strategic sourcing and outsourcing and conducts seminars and workshops in these areas. He earned degrees from City, Columbia, and Pace Universities in Economics, Engineering, and Business. He has authored three books and over forty articles and conference proceedings. He is a dynamic and popular speaker at industry conferences in the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. Selig has thirty+ years of diversified domestic/international executive, management and consulting experience with both Fortune 500 and smaller companies in the financial services, utility, telecommunications, software and high technology, manufacturing and retail industries. His experience includes: marketing, sales, planning, operations, business development, mergers and acquisitions, general management (with full P & L responsibility), systems/network integration, strategic sourcing and outsourcing, MIS/CIO, electronic commerce, product development, project management, business process transformation, governance and entrepreneurship. He holds a Top Secret Clearance with the Federal Government.



 Topic: Powerful Presentation Skills for Project Managers Track: Soft Skills
Presenter: Gilda Bonanno Room: 11 - 13 1:05pm - 2:05pm

Course Description
“Powerful Presentation Skills for Project Managers” As Project Managers, we often need to present in front of groups, including the project team and the stakeholders. This interactive session will provide you with the techniques you need to make your next presentation more powerful, effective and engaging.

Gilda Bonanno is a professional speaker and trainer, specializing in communication and presentation skills. Her background includes speaking and training in corporate, academic, and community settings, including Praxair, Goldman Sachs, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Advance Newsmagazines and Southern CT State University. She is a certified Project Management Practitioner (PMP) and a Prince 2 Project Manager. She also is qualified in the administration of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.®

Prior to launching her speaking career, she worked in process reengineering and project management in the pharmaceutical and information technology industries. Gilda is President of the Southern CT chapter of the American Society for Training and Development and a member of the National Speakers Association.



 Topic: Case Studies of Large Scale Project Failures, and the Essentials of Project Success Track: Rescuing Troubled Projects
Presenter: Barry Devitt, PMP Room: 24 - 25 1:05pm - 2:05pm

Course Description
A series of case studies in large-scale project failures is analyzed to identify patterns of project failure. Root-cause issues are isolated from symptoms of failure. Root-cause issues are then correlated to the PMBOK process groups and critical Project Management deliverables. Leading practice samples of each deliverable are presented.

Mr. Devitt, PMP is a Senior Manager with Ernst & Young’s Program Advisory Services. He is a leader in driving business benefits and managing project risk for large scale business transformation initiatives. At Ernst & Young Mr. Devitt has led teams in the assessment of risk, and in the development of remediation strategies for over $500M of client investments in business transformation initiatives.

As a consultant Mr. Devitt has led the development of Global Project Management Office (PMO) initiatives in Europe and the United States to clients in the financial services, healthcare, government and technology fields. As an Executive Educator he has developed executive seminars on client/server and internet technologies and lectured to over 1,000 IT Executives worldwide in Europe, the Americas and Asia.

Mr. Devitt has consulted to the PMI in the development of Ancillary Products and Services for the Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3) and regularly speaks on specialized areas such as Risk Management and Earned Value Management.



 Topic: ITIL - What is it and Why should I care? Track: PM Methodologies
Presenter: Thorsten Manthey Room: 14 - 15 1:05pm - 2:05pm

Course Description
This is an introduction to the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) best practice framework and its history and future possible path. The presentation will explain the 10 core operational ITIL v2 processes and the Service Desk Function and also evolve into the newly released ITIL version 3 and the 5 new ITIL books describing the IT Service Lifecycle approach in a more strategic and business alignment approach.

The presentation will identify benefits of ITIL and IT Service Management as well as why this framework has gained extensive CIO focus over the last few years within North America. In addition the presentation will give a brief mapping of ITIL with other existing frameworks and standards e.g. COBIT, ISO20000 and ISO27001.

Mr. Manthey, is a Manager in KPMG's IT Advisory Service Practice in Boston. He has over 15 years of international management experience in the telecom, oils & gas and financial services industry. He has an IT Service Manager certification, ITIL Master and a practitioner certification "How to implement ITIL: Integrating People & Tools with Processes".

Mr. Manthey has been successful in helping companies defining and executing IT Service Management (ITSM) programs, process improvements & assessment, organizational and cultural change management initiatives, ITSM tool evaluations and project implementation, Sarbanes-Oxley initiatives and implementing process governance structure in matrix organizations.

 He is an active member of the IT Service Management Forum (itSMF), which is an international not-for-profit organization for IT Service management professionals. He was one of the founding board members of the Southern Alberta branch in Canada, established in 2005. There he helped plan and execute the itSMF Canadian National conference in 2007.

 He holds a Masters of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.



Session D

2:25pm - 3:25pm


 Topic: From Panic to Power for Project Managers Track: Soft Skills
Presenters: Wayne Botha & Elizabeth Trendowsky Room: 26 - 27 2:25pm - 3:25pm

Course Description
Whether you’re giving a speech or providing a status report fear can paralyze almost anyone. The difference between panic and power in your presentations can be as simple as the tools you use! You will learn swift and simple speaking strategies that professional speakers use and you can too.

Wayne Botha holds a B.Sc in Information Systems and an MBA in e-Business. Wayne is a Project Manager at CIGNA delivering software applications to an Internet-facing Web Portal. Wayne is Area B2 Governor for Toastmasters International and author of “Dodging the Bullet Points – 5.5 Steps to Presenting with PowerPoint”. As a Microsoft Certified Trainer Wayne trained students in South Africa, Saudi Arabia, The Netherlands and the USA. "

Elizabeth Trendowski has been in the hospitality industry for over 20 years as a manager, owner, liquor permittee and the first woman in the United States to start a wine and spirits wholesale operation from scratch. She has been on the cover of an industry magazine, Beverage Retailer, and the NY Times Sunday Connecticut section describing her entrepreneurial and training skills. She has written two textbooks, authored one speaking presentations book, and created two cd’s for managers and business professionals on goal setting and accountability partnerships. She created a nationally certified program in alcohol education with over 22, 000 participants certified through it in just seven years. She has spoken in 42 different states and as Far East as Seoul, South Korea. She has also worked with the Navy, Army and the Department of Defense as a training consultant. She has given presentations, breakout sessions and keynotes for many different organizations.



 Topic: Critical project team assessment and coaching for successful kickoffs Track: Best Practices
Presenter: Mark Hall, PMP Room: 21 - 23 2:25pm - 3:25pm

Course Description
For product development efforts or major projects with estimated costs of $1m or more, proper kickoff is essential establish early momentum. There are two aspects of a successful kickoff;

  1. Positive Team Dynamics, and
  2. Generating a solid, integrated project plan from the start.

Many project fail because of team conflict and lack of common understanding of the project objectives. During the course WGA will describe the Team Assessment process and tool, and how it brings the team to an understanding of the team strengths in “positivity” and “proactivity.” Based on the results of the Team Assessment, coaching is provided to ensure that conflicts and miscommunications are resolved at project onset.

The next step in getting the major effort kicked off correctly is to work with the team to develop an integrated project plan that focuses attention on the objectives, and clarifies the deliverables of the project. Our research shows that the investment in this dynamic approach to major effort kickoff pays of within 60 days. There is a much higher probability of project success because the soft teaming skills are assessed and addressed, plus project management best practices are employed in the development of the effort’s integrated plan.

Mark C. Hall, PMP is the president and co-founder of William George Associates Ltd (WGA), a New England based Portfolio and Project Management consulting and training firm. He began his career in aviation working for Eastern Airlines in various management positions ultimately filling the role of Base Manager Boston/Washington for the Eastern /Trump Shuttle. Mr. Hall is acknowledged in the History of Eastern Airlines (From the Captain to the Colonel, by Robert Sterling) and draws many parallels between aviation and the project management profession in his client work.

With WGA, Mark is responsible for the quality of all WGA training and consulting products and spends half of each year developing and implementing portfolio solutions for clients.



 Topic: Managing the Gray Areas Track: Rescuing Troubled Projects
Presenter: Jerry Manas Room: 11 - 13 2:25pm - 3:25pm

Course Description
In this lively and interactive workshop, Jerry Manas, author of Managing the Gray Areas (RMC Publications, January 2008) and the international bestseller Napoleon on Project Management (Nelson Business, April 2006), explores the most difficult dilemmas leaders face, and offers powerful guidelines for making holistic decisions and examining issues from broader perspectives.

Jerry Manas is author of Managing the Gray Areas (RMC Publications, January 2008) and the international bestseller Napoleon on Project Management (Nelson Business, April 2006). His work has been cited by management guru Tom Peters and highlighted in a variety of publications, including Leadership Excellence, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, The Chicago Sun Times, and The Houston Chronicle. He has written numerous articles and appeared on radio programs nationwide with the release of his first book, Napoleon on Project Management, which Kirkus Reviews called ""The ultimate case study in effective project management.

Jerry is President of The Marengo Group, an organizational development consulting firm with a specialty in project management, and is co-founder of PMThink! (www.pmthink.com), a popular leadership blog site.



 Topic: Introducing …The Revolutionary Strategic Project Management Maturity Model (SPM3) Track: PM Methodologies
Presenter: Gary R. Heerkens, PMP, CPM, CBM, PE Room: 24 - 25 2:25pm - 3:25pm

Course Description
This presentation unveils a revolutionary, next-generation tool: The Strategic Project Management Maturity Model (SPM3). This model takes project management to the next level by evaluating how well companies integrate project management with strategic management. The rapidly-emerging practices related to program management, portfolio management, strategic alignment, and business results come together in a simple tool that can help companies (or organizations) understand how well they are implementing project management from a strategic perspective.

Gary R. Heerkens, PMP, CPM, CBM, PE, is president of Management Solutions Group, a company that provides innovative educational solutions and enterprise-wide development support in project management. Prior to founding MSG, Inc., he spent 20+ years managing projects at Eastman Kodak. He also served as staff assistant to Kodak’s director of project management, developing and delivering project management training, developing project process methodology, and acting as an internal consultant.

Gary is a long-standing education provider for PMI’s SeminarsWorld program, and the project management training provider for the Purchasing Management Association of Canada. He’s a frequent speaker and training provider at international project management conferences and PMI chapter events. Gary was one of just six people selected by PMI to develop a self-study educational program based on the PMBOK Third Edition. He has contributed articles to many popular project management newsletters and has published numerous papers on project management topics. He authored the Project Management title in McGraw-Hill’s Briefcase Books Series, which was published in 2002 and is a leading seller today. His current book, The Business-Savvy Project Manager was released in early 2006.

Gary is an active member of several professional organizations, including PMI, IAPPM (Int’l Assoc of Program and Project Mgmt), APBM (Assoc for Professionals in Business Mgmt), IPMA (Int’l Project Mgmt Assoc), and ASTD (American Society for Training & Development), and has acquired professional certification from PMI, IAPPM, and APBM. He was president of the PMI Rochester Chapter, from 1998-2001, and 2005-2006. He’s a licensed Professional Engineer in New York and holds an MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology.



 Topic: Lean Six Sigma and WIIFM Track: PM Tools
Presenter: Michael D. Okrent, Sc.D., PMP Room: 14 - 15 2:25pm - 3:25pm

Course Description
Lean Six Sigma is the marriage of two complimentary approaches to business improvement. Lean comes from the Toyota Production System’s ruthless elimination of waste from a process. Six Sigma comes from Motorola’s fanatical approach to reducing process variation. When used together they provide a one two punch to eliminate un-needed activities and lock in the savings by eliminating the causes of process variation.

Learn about the benefits of Lean Six Sigma and What’s In It For Me (you!). When this presentation is over you will understand the basic components of Lean Six Sigma, where to start implementation and how to get management buy-in. You will also learn how to make friends and influence people. Whoops, sorry wrong presentation. If you have read this far, you won't want to miss this session. There will be a very brief hands on exercise on lean and a quiz at the end.

Dr. Okrent holds a Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) in Management Systems from the University of New Haven, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of New Haven, a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University and is a graduate of the General Electric Manufacturing Management Program. He is a senior lecturer in the Southern Connecticut State University MBA program and is a project manager with the Yale University ITS-ES Program Management Office.

He has over 30 years of experience as a practitioner, consultant, and educator in a variety of industries. Mike has published or presented over 25 articles on a variety of topics in various journals. He is also the 2008 SNEC-PMI Seminar at Sea Project Manager.


Closing Keynote

Comedy with a Byte - Greg Schwen


Program Subject to Change (last revised 21-Mar-2008)