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Tony Appleby, MBA, CDir, PMP
Tony Appleby, MBA, CDir, PMP

Presentation: “The Value of Project Management” - PMI’s 2019 Pulse of the Profession®

(1 PDU: Leadership)

All strategic change is made possible through projects - and project managers help turn ideas into reality for organizations around the world. Thanks to the knowledge and skills of project professionals, more organizations can achieve their strategic goals - within budget. In this presentation, you will gain insights from PMI’s latest research on how champion organizations effectively implement their visions in a world increasingly disrupted by emerging technology - and how you can better help your organization to succeed.

Tony Appleby is the managing director of the Project Strategy Consulting Group, specializing in organizational maturity and the delivery of strategic transformation. He has led engagements on six continents, partnering with executive and country leadership teams to achieve business objectives through improved operational capabilities and strategic performance management. He is also focused on expanding organizational project management process excellence to government agencies and nongovernmental organizations in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. He is a member of numerous professional organizations and holds a variety of specialized credentials across multiple disciplines, including governance, audit controls, and organizational development.

He served ten years on the board of directors for a manufacturing concern and is an active member of the U.S.-based National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and a Chartered Director and Fellow of the U.K.-based Institute of Directors (IoD). He is an experienced public speaker and has given presentations around the world on organizational project management and strategy execution best practices.

Prior to consulting, he spent over 20 years advancing his practical knowledge of project and change management across a variety of industries and disciplines. He has directly managed complex, global high-value projects in the healthcare, engineering, technology, and research sectors. Mr. Appleby is also a long-time PMI volunteer, having served on the board and as president of the PMI San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. He has also supported several global PMI committees and task forces over the past decade, including serving as a member of the PMI Ethics Member Advisory Group and four years as the PMI Region Mentor for Southwest North America.

Mr. Appleby is a former military officer and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in international business. He is passionate about volunteerism and has been helping nonprofit and professional communities since his youth.

Todd Williams
Todd Williamswww.ecaminc.comtodd.williams@ecaminc.com

Lunch Keynote Speaker

Presentation: Leadership without Authority – A Matter of Life and Death

Where do you find leaders for your projects? Sometimes it is from the C-Suite, maybe it is a vice president or an executive sponsor. Too often though, executives and sponsors are too distracted by other priorities, struggle with project management concepts, or both, and the project manager has to step up to be the leader – leading the team and her or his leaders. All the project manager needs is the fortitude, passion, and a little knowledge to establish a vision and lead people toward it. They achieve this by understanding the attributes of great leaders and letting natural leaders rise to the occasion – even if that person had little or no authority. At other times, someone, maybe you, needs to assume the responsibility and take the leadership reins.

“Leadership without Authority: A Matter of Life and Death,” explores a set of leadership case studies from an easy to relate to personal perspective. It discusses three sets of leadership attributes – leadership strategies, traits, and actions – and how to implement them by using multiple personal situations. Using these techniques significantly improves outcomes and potentially saved lives. This keynote takes leadership out of the mundane and safe work environment, inspiring your audience by seeing how leadership and good analysis shape and change lives. In addition, this keynote defines a simple framework for overcoming stressful situations that can cripple most people. This uses three simple tried and true steps to help people power through even the most difficult and emotionally-laden situations. Two or three highly emotional stories teach how to use these aspects of leadership. They improve how to address everything from influencing a stakeholder to the urgency of life-critical situations where an emotional reaction can destroy a chance for the best possible outcome.

Learning Objective 1: Understanding of the three leadership qualities – leadership strategies, traits, and actions.
Learning Objective 2: Defining an approach to high-stress leadership – Making a plan, building a team, and staying positive.
Learning Objective 3: Perfecting a project manager's situational leadership approach.

Todd Williams helps struggling companies and projects get back on track. A comprehensive foundation in strategy development coupled with operational excellence is the basis for his success. Utilizing over thirty years of experience, he helps companies turn their vision into value by executing initiatives successfully.

(1 PDU: Leadership)

Following his mantra, “Strategy, People, Process, and then Technology,” he specializes in finding and filling gaps in execution processes, rescuing projects, and helping organizations build the infrastructure to prevent future failures. Working internationally with executives and multicultural teams has earned him a reputation as someone who can come into difficult situations, build a team, and address issues.

He has published two internationally acclaimed books "Filling Execution Gaps" and the Amazon bestselling project management book "Rescue the Problem Project" – that capture the essence of what companies need to do to turn strategy into successful projects. He maintains blogs on his company’s website, LinkedIn, and ProjectManager.com. Periodicals, including Fortune/CNN Money, CIO Update, ZDNet, Enterprising CIO, and IT Business Edge routinely, ask for his opinion on critical issues facing today’s business leaders. He is an internationally acclaimed speaker doing over 30 keynotes, presentations, and workshops a year throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union.

Laurel Sim
Laurel Simwww.Exoertsinfit.comLsim@expertsinfit.com

Closing Keynote Speaker

Presentation: The Hidden Stakeholder

(1 PDU: Leadership)

Did you realize that the number one job of program managers is to engage with stakeholders? If we treat all stakeholders the same way we believe millennials operate, how successful will we be? In this presentation we will uncover the hidden worlds of the people in our workplace and organizational systems. Through understanding what actually drives people, we will be better able to set expectations, manage change, and influence outcomes. When you understand that a millennial has more in common with a 60-year-old who shares their values then another millennial who does not share their values, you open up a world of understanding which will revolutionize the way you approach all people.

Currently, Laurel is partner and Vice-President of Portfolio Management at Taleo, a small Project Management Services firm. Her relationships and logical approach to business demand has opened many doors for Taleo. In 2013, Taleo was awarded the Canadian Top Profit Business as well 2015 Top 50 Fastest growing Alberta Business award and has secured strong client relationships including some fortune 500 companies.

Her 20 years of experience as a management consultant has seen her evolve from a project manager to a program manager to an executive leader of portfolios. She has worked with KPMG and Fujitsu consulting, both of whom are recognized as industry leaders in management consulting. In addition, she served on the educational boards of Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary. During this time, Laurel received the Premier’s award of Excellence from the Government of Alberta and E-Award Team Performance from Alberta Venture.

Laurel has focused on project leadership for a significant period of her career. In 2015, she received project leader of the year by The Project Management Institute (PMI). She was asked by PMI to act as the North American advisor for the register education providers throughout the world. This distinction by her peers has afforded Laurel extensive quality project relationships around the world. She is a passionate believer that organizations are best when they are growing and evolving. She continually looks for ways to identify opportunities as well how to deliver them out.

Laurel’s zealous approach to life is clear when you speak with her or watch her in the community. She believes the future is built on trusted relationships and fully embraces challenges as an opportunity to grow.

Samad Aidane
Samad Aidane

Presentation: Applying an Equity Lens to Project Stakeholder Management: Barriers and facilitating factors for engaging culturally diverse communities as project stakeholders

(1 PDU: Leadership)

This presentation reports on progress towards a PhD research study on Project Managers’ perceptions of the barriers and facilitating factors for engaging culturally diverse communities when these communities are project stakeholders in local government. Using a case study of a local government agency, the research explores the challenges, barriers, and critical success factors for engaging ethno-culturally diverse communities as project stakeholders. Although researchers have produced empirical evidence supporting the importance of stakeholder engagement to the success of projects and the necessity integrating Social Sustainability in project stakeholder management, it is still unknown how this is achieved in the context of projects that impact culturally diverse local communities. According to the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), more than 30 states and over 150 cities governments in Canada and the United States are working on implementing equity tools to guide policy, program and budget decisions to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. The research is relevant to organizations that serve, directly affect, or support the interest of ethno-cultural minority and immigrant communities and who are expected to integrate equity tools in their project delivery processes. The findings from this research inform how organizations and their Project Management Offices can improve their project delivery processes to advance equity in projects and programs.

Learning Objective 1: Gain an understanding of the project manager’s role in advancing racial equity and inclusion through projects.
Learning Objective 2: Acquire a deeper understanding of the challenges, barriers, and critical success factors for stakeholder engagement of culturally diverse local communities.
Learning Objective 3: Learn about best practices in how organizations can improve their project delivery processes to advance equity and inclusion in projects.

Mr. Samad Aidane, MSc. PMP, is a senior Project Manager and cross-cultural leadership development trainer. His industry experience spans telecom, finance, health care, and government technology implementation projects in the U.S., Germany, Austria, and Belgium, with organizations such as HP, Cap Gemini, Time Warner Telecom, and Telefonica. Samad is an instructor at Oregon State University College of Business where he teaches two courses he developed on Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Intelligence for the Leadership Development Certificate Program. He holds a Master of Science Degree in the Neuroscience of Leadership from Middlesex University, U.K. Samad’s current Ph.D. research investigates the factors that promote or hinder engaging culturally diverse communities as stakeholders in projects and programs. He has provided training workshops for organizations such as Nike, Emirate Airlines, T-Mobile and various local PMI Chapters (Washington, Oregon, Utah, Virginia). He presented at international conferences such as Project Management Institute Global Congress, Dubai International Project Management Forum, and Oracle OpenWorld.

Andrea Ballard
Andrea Ballardwww.expectingchange.comandrea@expectingchange.com

Presentation: The Four Tendencies Workshop

(1 PDU: Leadership)

One of the big challenges of everyday life is: “How do I get people including myself—to do what I want?” The Four Tendencies framework makes this task much, much easier. As you’ll see, it reveals how a subtle shift in vocabulary, or a quick conversation, or a minor change in procedure can lead to dramatically improved results.

The “Four Tendencies” is a framework developed by Gretchen Rubin to explain the different ways people respond to expectations. The Four Tendencies Workshop allows participants to understand the differences among the four types—Upholders, Questioners, Obligers, and Rebels—as well as to engage in scenarios and discussions to practice applying that knowledge.

In this workshop, participants come away with specific actions to take to improve their relationships with clients, co-workers, and employees, as well as friends and family.

Learning Objective 1: Identify the Four Tendencies and their patterns, strengths, and weaknesses and be able to quickly identify the Tendency of others.
Learning Objective 2: Predict potential for conflict among the Tendencies and take steps to avoid it.
Learning Objective 3: Persuade or encourage someone effectively according to their Tendency.

For over 20 years, Andrea Ballard, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, has brought a unique, common sense perspective to the business of HR. Andrea coaches and inspires individuals, groups and organizations to tap into their unique strengths, values, passion and purpose to create stronger, more fulfilling and effective careers and work teams. She is certified by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and by the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

Andrea is the owner of Expecting Change, LLC, and lives in Olympia, WA. She works with organizations on their recruiting and training programs so they can attract and retain top talent in a competitive marketplace. She is a certified facilitator and leads a variety of leadership and development trainings and workshops, such as: Certified Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin Facilitator; Certified Becoming the Totally Responsible Person (TRP) trainer; Certified with Development Dimensions International (DDI) as a trainer and facilitator

Damon Drown
Damon Drownwww.thriveatwork.comdamon@thriveatwork.com
John Utter
John Utterjohn@thriveatwork.com
Doric Olson
Doric Olsondoric@thriveatwork.com

Presentation: Help Others GROW

(1 PDU: Leadership)

GROW coaching can help leaders be more effective during project meetings by 1) Helping them focus on the right questions to maximize the ability to take action, 2) Ensuring that workers feel fully heard and information received matches the authentic experience of the worker, and 3) Systematically exploring possible options and assessing the realistic probability of success.

The success in any project is dependent on how accurately the plan incorporates the “true” current state rather than relying on the limited perspective of the leader overseeing the project. This session on GROW coaching will help leaders get out of their perceptual bubble by learning a systematic methodology that helps others feel fully heard and provides actionable information that will greatly increase the effectiveness of the project.

Learning Objective 1: Help leaders maximize their ability to take action.
Learning Objective 2: Help leaders to fully hear team members concerns or ideas about a project.
Learning Objective 3: Help leaders to review the realistic probably of success of a project, allowing time and energy to be spent in the right places.

Damon Drown: Damon holds a PhD in Organizational/Industrial Psychology. He brings a vast amount of knowledge on leadership that he gained through academia and from the top companies in the world. He was in charge of leadership evaluation at Microsoft before leaving to join Thrive At Work. Before Microsoft he served at Amazon on their research team. Damon is leading the effort with Doric and John to create a leadership model that is non-biased across culture, gender, and age. Damon has also studied creativity and humor in the workplace.

John Utter: John has been a provider of career and wellness solutions for over 20 years as a consultant for government agencies, private businesses and individuals. His work has been recognized by Al Gore's National Performance Review and by Washington State Government for excellence. He was most recently part of the award winning Wellness 360 team that serves employees of the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. Before his coaching career, John was a recording artist with Bounce the Ocean on the Private Music/BMG label.

Doric Olson: Doric Olson has more than 20 years of experience consulting in organizations and coaching people. He also has more than 25 years of experience working and managing in Washington State Government - and was the 2013 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Leadership in Management. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Whitman College and a Master’s degree in Consulting and Coaching in Organizations from The Leadership Institute of Seattle/Bastyr University. Doric is passionate about helping people bring out the best in themselves and their organizations through innovation, authenticity, and alignment.

Jennifer Haury
Jennifer Haurywww.considerallangles.comjhaury@comcast.net

Presentation: Visual Problem Solving with Teams

(1 PDU: Technical)

Step in and learn how to use a visual problem solving tool designed with a scientific approach. See how it can help you surface more problems/solutions in a team, get better results, stop recurrent problems, solve problems more effectively, and combat change fatigue! "Wait...did you just say a tool to help solve problems could actually help you battle change fatigue? How is that possible? If it helps us surface more problems, wouldn't that contribute more to the change fatigue we're all feeling?" "Yeah, but I'm not a big fan of 'tools'. I feel all 'tooled' out." "I already know how to solve problems. How is this any different?" Recognize one of these thoughts? Come join the conversation and leave with a practical approach many organizations are successfully using to engage teams in solving their problems.

Learning Objective 1: Understand and be able to utilize a scientific problem solving approach.

Jennifer is an Organizational Anthropologist, Lean/Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and CEO for All Angles Consulting, LLC where she works with a small group of passionate, committed, dynamic, and experienced professionals. She leads and supports cultural transformation, human centered design, and optimization engagements with some of the most progressive organizations in government, healthcare, nonprofit, and many other industries. She is currently writing her first publication, a field guide to understanding, defining, and transforming organizational culture. Jennifer’s favorite title is "Mom" to three amazing humans who have taught her the most about how to apply her professional learnings in a chaotic environment where a culture of continuous improvement is always in "learning lab" phase!

Amy Leneker
Amy Lenekerwww.amyleneker.comamy@amyleneker@com

Presentation: Dare to Lead™-developing brave leaders and courageous cultures

(1 PDU: Leadership)

How do we develop braver, more daring leaders? How do we value courage to navigate change and drive performance results? Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, Dare to Lead™ is an empirically based courage-building program for Leaders and Change Agents. Leadership courage is a collection of four learnable skills. In this workshop, we will explore all four skills and how to use those skills to be braver at work and beyond. Delivered by Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator Amy Leneker.

Learning Objective 1: Understand the four skill sets of Daring Leadership™
Learning Objective 2: Create an individualized action plan of bringing bravery to the workplace.

Amy Leneker is a Leadership Consultant and a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator. Having spent over 20 years in state government in various leadership roles, she is known for her trusted advice, her track record of delivering results, and her optimistic attitude. Amy is a Certified Trainer and has delivered training to thousands of executives, leaders and practitioners. Because of her ability to engage and energize others.

Amy has appeared before hundreds of audiences. As a first-generation college student, she believes in the power of education and holds a Masters of Public Administration. Amy and her husband have two mostly well-behaved children, two rarely-behaved Labradoodles, and one Gecko that joined the family after Amy was outvoted. They make their home in Olympia.

Corey Leneker
Corey Lenekerwww.compassconsultingteam.comcorey@compassconsultingteam.com

Presentation: 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity

(1 PDU: Leadership)

Move from being buried alive to extraordinary productivity. When we deliberately pay attention to the most important things amidst the distractions, we can harness the opportunities and technologies available today and soar to creative and innovative heights. The difference between sinking in the mundane and soaring with energy and purpose is our ability to make wise choices.

In Franklin Covey’s 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity course, participants learn a process which, when followed, will dramatically increase their ability to achieve life’s most important outcomes. Backed by science and years of experience, this course will produce a measurable increase in productivity and an inner sense of fulfillment and accomplishment. This time and life management workshop will help you make the right choices as you plan your day, week, and life. You will align your daily and weekly tasks with the most important goals.

This fun and informative workshop will help you:
Learning Objective 1: Learn to approach each day with an 'importance mindset' and to identify and eliminate those activities that distract you from achieving your organizations most important goals.
Learning Objective 2: Clearly defining the highest aspirations and desired outcomes in your professional and personal roles.
Learning Objective 3: Constantly and consistently renewing oneself ensures there will be plenty of energy throughout the day to focus on important activities. You will create a plan that will ignite your body’s mental, physical, emotional and spiritual energy.

Corey Leneker is a Leadership Consultant and executive coach with Compass Consulting Team. Having spent over 20 years in Higher education, the private sector, and state government, Corey is known for his sought-after council, his track record of delivering results, and hopeful and aspiration energy. Corey has a background in coaching college athletics and is a certified coach with USA Soccer. Corey is a Certified Trainer and has delivered training to executives, leaders, and practitioners. As a first-generation college student, Corey believes in the transformative power of higher education and holds a Masters degree in Public Administration. Corey and his wife Amy, Leadership consultant and Founder of Compass Consulting, have two amazing children, two rarely-behaved Labradoodles, and one Leopard Gecko. They make their home in Olympia.

Benjamin Linares
Benjamin Linares

Presentation: Digital Transformation in the physical security industry

(1 PDU: Technical)

I would like to speak about how digital transformation will disrupt the physical security industry. The technologies that will drive change and the purpose for the digital transformation. I have spent the past 15 years building teams and may offer some key opportunities when building teams to support projects, tier 1, and field support services.

Learning Objective 1: Understanding the purpose for a Dx in physical security. It is about safety. Using data to build a prescribed model where we create safety.
Learning Objective 2: To build teams and relationships it is important to earn trust and communicate effectively.
Learning Objective 3: How to manage the challenges of ambiguity and unfamiliar environments.

Stepping into Leadership

(1 PDU: Leadership)

I would like to speak about how digital transformation will disrupt the physical security industry. The technologies that will drive change and the purpose for the digital transformation. I have spent the past 15 years building teams and may offer some key opportunities when building teams to support projects, tier 1 and field support services.

Learning Objective 1: Understanding the purpose for a Dx in physical security. It is about safety. Using data to build a prescribed model where we create safety.
Learning Objective 2: To build teams and relationships it is important to earn trust and communicate effectively.
Learning Objective 3: How to manage the challenges of ambiguity and unfamiliar environments.

Benjamin Linares currently serves as the Director of Innovation at Securitas AB where he identifies and develops new strategies, opportunities, and technologies that can lead to innovation and consequently growth within a company.

Ben was born in Redlands, California. He is the father of 4 children, and husband. In 2017 Ben moved to Bellevue, Washington after being recruited internally from Amazon to create, build, and launch the technical operations center for Go store, Books, and Whole Foods. Ben has invested 23 years into the technology, development, and operations field after completing his bachelor’s degree in Networking Technologies at New Horizon’s Technical Institute in Riverside, California in 1995. Ben began his career on the help desk for 90 days before being promoted, launching his early care in systems, services, and infrastructure engineer for the nation's largest healthcare system circa 1996. A key player in mobility and wireless, Ben has been at the forefront of complex technologies and communications at the engineering, program and project management level. Ben has experienced much of his success designing and implementing solutions and building teams and departments to scale at large. As technology changed and evolved Ben continued to help organizations to embrace the digital revolution and develop, grow and scale. Ben's background in healthcare, government, logistics, supply chain delivery and retail have enabled him to leverage his diverse background and bring a unique approach to championing creative ideas and the people who want to create change.

Betty Lochner
Betty Lochnerwww.cornerstone-ct.comBetty@cornerstone-ct.com

Presentation: Creating and Sustaining Positive Workplace Culture

(1 PDU: Leadership)

Could your workplace use a culture shift? Do you need some ideas on how to improve morale and move your team towards a more positive workplace culture? Explore how to: Build an effective and engaging work culture starting from where you are now: Define your work culture and results desired: Assess and identify gaps in your current culture: Close gaps with communication and leadership tools and small changes you can start applying right away.

Learning Objective 1: Assess current workplace culture.
Learning Objective 2: Identify gaps and develop plan to address them.
Learning Objective 3: Learn communication and leadership skills and tools to contribute to improving your workplace culture.

Betty Lochner is a human resources consultant and expert in workplace communications and relationships. She is the owner of Cornerstone Coaching & Training, dedicated to helping individuals, workgroups and organizations become better communicators and leaders. Betty is nationally certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a Master’s in Education from Western Washington University. She is a certified trainer in Performance Coaching and has a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma process improvement. She is the author of two books on communication and recently retired as a public servant for the state of Washington where she led programs at The Evergreen State College, Department of Commerce and the Washington Student Achievement Council.

Logan Reed
Logan Reedwww.loganreedcoaching.comlogan@loganreedcoaching.com

Presentation: Change Your Conversations, Change Your World

(1 PDU: Leadership)

What if you could become a more impactful leader simply by understanding the nature of conversation? Logan Reed, trained C-IQ coach, will share why every leader benefits from learning how to tap into the neuroscience of Conversational Intelligence® (“C-IQ”) as organizations move from an I-centric world to a WE-centric world. The power of Conversational Intelligence®, is profound in that it introduces new frameworks and tools for creating higher levels of trust, activating higher levels of engagement, strengthening partnerships, and catalyzing co-creation and innovation in relationships, teams, and cultures. It is the single most important intelligence in the world and the greatest part is that the more we do it the better we get. In this interactive presentation you will learn the basics of C-IQ, identify your conversational “blind spots,” and be ready to try out C-IQ for yourself.

Learning Objective 1: Learn the brain chemistry of conversations and how to diminish fear and build trust by working with brain chemistry.
Learning Objective 2: Learn the Three Levels of Conversation and participate in an activity to practice using them.
Learning Objective 3: Learn about the most common conversational blind spots, and how to avoid them.

Logan founded her coaching practice in 2011, leaving a successful 15-year career in Human Resources in order to devote herself fully to her passion: supporting others in bringing the full expression of themselves to their personal and professional lives.

Trained as an ontological coach and a Certified Conversational Intelligence Coach, Logan works with individuals and groups to create leaders who are more powerful in their role, better collaborators and more expansive thinkers, regardless of their title within the organization. Logan has had the privilege of coaching leaders from a wide range of organizations including United Nations World Population Fund, public schools, financial institutions, and entrepreneurial start-ups. Her private clients include diplomats, executives looking for their next career move, parents looking to improve their relationship with their children, and new entrepreneurs. The theme for all of Logan’s clients is they are individuals who share the common goal of becoming more effective leaders.

Martin Singleton
Martin Singletonmartin.singleton@atg.wa.gov

Presentation: Tips and Tricks for Negotiations in Project Management

(1 PDU: Technical)

Negotiations has always been an important part of business and information technology. Applying negotiations best practices to project management seems like an easy lift, but some people come into project management without tested negotiations skills. Buying a car helps, but industry-standard negotiation concepts will take you to the next level. This presentation will explore tips and tricks to use when negotiating deadlines, scope, resources, and contracts when managing a project.

Learning Objective 1: Determining the Best Alternative to Negotiated Agreement.
Learning Objective 2: Knowing What Others Have Negotiated for Similar Situations.
Learning Objective 3: Negotiating Contracts in Projects - Tips and Tricks

Martin Singleton, Business Technology Services Manager, Information Services Division, Washington State Office of Attorney General – B.S., Oklahoma State University, 1990; Project Management Professional, 2018 – He manages four IT programs and is the Project Management Office manager. Martin enjoys leading a team of eight staff that listens, analyzes, and completes projects that encourages effective and efficient business practices. From 1997 to 2004, Martin was a paralegal with the litigation division where he assisted in the defense of complex civil lawsuits.

Greg Smith
Greg Smithwww.gssolutionsgroup.comgreg@gssolutionsgroup.com

Presentation: User Stories

(1 PDU: Technical)

User stories are at the heart of an Agile project, but teams rarely understand that stories go through states and evolve. In this interactive session, we will discuss how user stories are initiated, planned, designed, developed, tested, and delivered.

Some of the questions we will answer in this session are:
What is a user story? What is the value of stories? Are user stories the same as use cases? Who creates the stories? How much information do I need to estimate a story? How much information do I need to code and test a story? Should I use stories if I am just configuring an off the shelf product, or cloud based application?

Presentation: Create an Agile Project Management Office (PMO)

(1 PDU: Leadership)

In this discussion, we will discuss the role of a traditional project management office (PMO), and contrast traditional the traditional PMO to an office that is driven by Agile principles. In effect, we will move from being a PMO, to becoming a VMO (Value Management Office). We will cover ways to assist your business partners, as opposed to focusing on regulating and controlling them. We will also discuss how to assist executives in clearly defining and prioritizing their strategies.

Learning Objective 1: How to work better with your business partners.
Learning Objective 2: How to quantify and prioritize value within your organization.
Learning Objective 3: How to intake a project into a project team.

Greg Smith is an Agile coach and trainer who leads practical and successful Agile transformations for all types of organizations. Greg specializes in creating custom Agile frameworks that thrive within the constraints of a given company or agency. Greg has helped numerous Fortune 500 companies and major institutions move to Agile including CDW, TD Ameritrade, Microsoft, T-Mobile, Exxon Mobil, Costco, JP Morgan Chase, Nike, Allianz, and StubHub. Greg has worked with Washington State agencies including WaTech, the Department of Early Learning, the Health Care Authority, the Office of the Attorney General, and the Department of Children, Youth, and Families. Other government work includes the State of Idaho, the State of California, Fannie Mae, and the City of New York.

Terry Schmidt
Terry Schmidtwww.managementpro.comterry@managementpro.com

Presentation: Turn Strategy Into Action: Develop Bullet-proof Projects with 4 Smart Steps

(1 PDU: Strategic & Business Management)

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to appreciate NASA Rule #15, which states ... “a review of most failed projects and project problems indicates that the disasters were well-planned to happen from the start. The seeds of problems are laid down early. Initial planning is the most vital part of a project.” Can you relate? How many projects have you seen stumble or fail for reasons that could have been anticipated and prevented from the start IF they had planned the right way? How many opportunities have been lost, how many reputations tarnished, how many careers damaged? Far too often, committed project managers and teams get trapped in endless unproductive meetings, using inefficient, cumbersome planning processes that waste time and money while frustrating and demoralizing the team. This session introduces a simple, smooth, and flexible approach that cuts planning time in half while doubling the odds of success. Project managers are discovering that the Logical Framework Approach is the “missing ingredient” for designing and executing projects that achieve strategic goals and turns them into “Project Super Heroes.” This planning framework integrates powerful concepts from strategic planning, project management, risk management, and the scientific method into an interactive visual matrix for planning and communicating strategy. In this lively session, you’ll learn the four critical strategic questions that get everyone focused on the same goals, align projects with strategic intent, sharpen success measures, reduce risk in advance, build committed teams, and enable success to be achieved with fewer bumps in the road. This interactive session will include a lively hands-on case study and lots of practical take-aways, along with handout reference materials you can apply right away.

Learning Objective 1: How to bring a strategic, scientific perspective to your project design and implementation.
Learning Objective 2: How to eliminate preventable problems before you start
Learning Objective 3: How to rapidly get all stakeholders aligned.

Terry Schmidt, PMP, believes that Project Managers are the unrecognized Super Heroes of our time. His tools, process, method, and inspirations have helped over 25,000 Project Managers in 42 countries to get everyone on board, define goals and success measures, eliminate problems in advance, build teamwork, and implement smoothly. Terry is the founder and president of Seattle‐based ManagementPro.com. His corporate clients include Apple, Blizzard Entertainment, Timex Group, Symantec, eBay, Boeing, Sony, Walt Disney Imagineering, DirecTV, Blizzard Entertainment, Northrop-Grumman, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Federal Reserve Board. He has also trained in or consulted with every Washington state government agency. Terry specializes in translating strategic plans into executable projects, and wrote the breakthrough book "Strategic Project Management Made Simple: Practical Tools for Leaders and Teams (Wiley, 2009)". This book has been named one of the top ten must-read books in Project Management. He teaches at leading corporate universities and in executive management programs worldwide, and is a popular keynoter and conference workshop leader. His programs have a reputation for being lively, innovative and practical. Terry earned his BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of In addition to his project management expertise, he is a thought leader in strategic planning. He served on the Association for Strategic Planning’s national task force that developed the program for certifying professional strategic planners. He is recognized as Strategic Management Professional (SMP) #004. Terry brings creativity, passion, and a multi‐disciplinary systems thinking approach to all his presentations and projects.

Linda Tilson
Linda Tilsonwww.coachinghub.usjltilson@gmail.com

Presentation: Connect Collaborate and Create Community with LinkedIn

(1 PDU: Technical)

Are you looking to make a great first impression? Your social presence matters when you are looking for your next opportunity. You must get creative to get noticed and stand out in a crowd. In this class you will build an "All-Star" profile and learn the rules of engagement.
Learning Objective 1: Learn why they would want and benefit from a LinkedIn social media presence.
Learning Objective 2: Receive a guided tour from top to bottom that will provide them with everything they need to know to create a LinkedIn account.
Learning Objective 3: Utilize the power of peer review to critique each other’s profiles

Linda Tilson proudly serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Coaching Hub, LLC and has over twelve years of managerial experience leading professional accountants for the State of Washington Workers’ Compensation Program. Linda is passionate about empowering people in their personal and professional settings and believes in creating a living legacy. As a confidence coach, she believes that all things begin and end with how you choose to show up. When you feel confident in who you are and what you have to offer, the world pays attention. She coaches people using a four-pillar system based on Confidence in Self and Others, Appreciative Inquiry, Process Management, and Accountability. She guides her clients through a five-step conversational process where the end goal is for each of them to reach sustainability in their lives by the time their season together draws to a close.

Saby Waraich
Saby Waraichwww.dontadoptthemonkey.comwaraich.saby@gmail.com

Presentation: Have you ever jumped from an airplane? Journey of delivering a complex technology project/program in government sector

(1 PDU: Strategic & Business Management)

Large-Scale Public-Sector Technology Projects are complex and challenging. Gain an insight into how public sector projects are different and what makes them so complex. Come and learn about an exciting turnaround of a public sector project that went on for almost a decade with multiple failures. What were some of the key strategies used to make this project successful? How can you use some of the learning from this experience to manage your projects/program more effectively and deliver value to the customer? Learn about the “real” Digital Transformation journey in implementing a Permitting System for City of Portland.

Learning Objective 1: Actionable tips that can be used by those who are managing complex projects / program.
Learning Objective 2: Enhance professional knowledge around driving large & complex transformation.
Learning Objective 3: Gain insight into complexities and challenges in a government technology project.

Energetic … engaging … lively … enthusiastic … inspiring … words that are often used to describe Saby. A speaker with the uncanny ability to look at the normal and see something quite different. Saby shares his life stories and has a fun way to look at life as well as live life. You are guaranteed to learn a thing or two on your journey from his unique perspective.

Saby is a Technology Leader, Angel Investor, Professor, Mentor, Coach, Project & Program Management Expert, Change Leader and Volunteer Leader with a diverse experience of about 20 years in both public and private sector. An international recognized speaker, trainer, and coach, Saby has assisted multiple diverse clients in their business transformation through project successes, bolstering communications across various departments, and assisted customers in creating effective solutions to complex problems. Saby is currently working as Senior Technology Manager at City of Portland and as an adjunct Professor at Portland Community of College. He speaks 4 languages, enjoys working with people, and brings enthusiasm, inspiration and leadership qualities.