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Alaskan Way Tunnel Project

                                      ......You think your project has problems!

The Project scope is to build a new State Route 99 corridor through Seattle that includes a two-mile-long tunnel beneath downtown Seattle; a mile-long stretch of new highway that connects to the south entrance of the tunnel; a new overpass at the south end of downtown that allows traffic to bypass train blockages near Seattle’s port terminal; demolition of the viaduct’s downtown waterfront section in 2016; and a new Alaskan Way surface street along the waterfront that connects SR 99 to downtown. 

Brian Nielsen is the Director of Engineering for the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program. He has worked for WSDOT for over 20 years developing and administering construction contracts for the agency. In the past ten years, Brian has been a major contributor to the development of WSDOT’s Design-Build contracting including leading the development of at least five Design-Build contracts and the SR 99 Tunnel Contract.

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Virtual Visual Collaboration

Using web-based work management for distributed and agile teams

Beth learned about Kerika last spring at the Washington State IPMA conference. She was looking for a project management tool that was better than a pile of sticky notes, a little more visual than Microsoft Excel, and not as regimented as Microsoft Project. It had to be intuitive and quick to learn. The tool had to work well with an Agile project management approach, and adapt well to rolling wave planning. Beth tried Kerika in the spring, and when she moved to the Washington State Department of Social and Health services this summer, she adopted it for one of her infrastructure application projects. Beth will review how Kerika helps keep her and her teammates organized. Arun will review other aspects of Kerika’s strength, especially its ability to facilitate communication in distributed teams crossing geographical, cultural, and language barriers.

Beth Albertson has worked in Information Technology for over 15 years. She started out in private industry and eventually managed the IT department at an environmental laboratory. After moving to Olympia, she joined the Network Services group at The Evergreen State College for 11 years, then moved to The City of Olympia where she developed her project management skills and earned her PMP. Last July, Beth accepted a position with the Washington State Department of Social Services to work as a Solution Architect. She utilizes both her technical and project management backgrounds for implementing infrastructure applications.

Arun Kumar is the founder and CEO of Kerika, the only task management and team collaboration system that’s designed specially for distributed Lean and Agile teams. Prior to founding Kerika, Arun was the Director of Program Management for Onvia; a consultant at Microsoft,; a board member of a Scandinavian software company; founder of Europe’s first cross-border electronic stock exchange with operations across multiple countries; and an E-Business Strategist for Morgan Stanley’s investment banking and trading businesses in the US and Europe. Arun was educated at the Indian Institute of Technology and Washington State University, and has been awarded two patents for inventing visual collaboration techniques.


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greg smith.png  "Why Agile Sucks, and What To Do About It"

          If you missed Greg at the INSTANT IMPACT Conference, here's your chance to hear him.

The uneven and ineffectual deployment of Agile practices has led organizations to resist using Agile principles in project management. The project manager must overcome the hesitancy with Agile amongst the stakeholders and sponsors in addition to managing the project. Greg Smith will provide his insights into how to “sell Agile” and instill effective Agile project delivery to overcome these obstacles.

Greg Smith, PMI-ACP

Greg Smith is an Agile coach and trainer who specializes in the practical adoption of Agile methods. During his career Greg has held positions as a Product Manager, Program Manager, Development Manager, Scrum Master, and Project Manager. Greg is a Certified Scrum Master and PMI-ACP®.

 In 2009 Greg co-authored Becoming Agile in an Imperfect World. This book has helped a number of companies move to a more Agile development lifecycle, and is often used as a guide for project teams. PMI uses Becoming Agile as part of its curriculum for the PMI-ACP®.

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Dispute Resolution

Conflict Happens! You Can Solve It

Resources and Techniques for Mediation and Dispute Resolution

Every project has its points of conflict and dispute that the project manager must find ways to resolve and settle. Thurston County’s Dispute Resolution Center is a unique resource that provides experts mediators and tailored mediation training for professionals.  www.mediatethurston.org  

Joel Greene is a broadly experienced mediator, adjudicator, and dispute resolution professional who studied at the Harvard Project on Negotiation. Joel attended the University of Puget Sound School of Law, where he graduated at the top of his class and served two years on the law review. Joel went on to receive a Master in Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


samad aidaneCultural Neuroscience...

                        ... from Cultural Awareness to Global Mindset

To succeed in today's complex global economy, organizations require Project and Program Managers who can lead effectively in cross-cultural and international environments. Cultural intelligence, the ability to quickly, comfortably, and successfully adapt to new cultural contexts, is becoming an increasingly important skill for Project Manages. The term “cultural neuroscience” refers to the growing body of research in cognitive and social neuroscience demonstrating the substantial degree to which culture influences how the brain processes information. This research holds the promise of moving beyond simple dos and don’ts of cultural intelligence to a more sophisticated understanding and appreciation of cultural differences.
Samad will provide you with an understanding of the key insights emerging from the latest research in Cultural Neuroscience and their application to the practice of leadership. He will share practical strategies for cultivating cultural agility that will help you adapt your leadership styles to the needs and demands of cross-cultural environments. You’ll come away with a greater understanding of the challenges of leading global projects and how to design culturally sensitive change initiatives that stick.

Samad Aidane, PMP

Samad Aidane is a Project and Change Management Consultant and Coach with over two decades of experience in technology change initiatives in industries such telecom, finance, and healthcare with companies such as HP, Cap Gemini, Time Warner Telecom, and Telefonica. Samad holds a Post Graduate Degree in the Neuroscience of Leadership from Middlesex University, U.K. His research connects the latest findings in brain science research to leadership development and informs the ways Project Managers and organizational change leaders can improve their capacity to make effective decisions, solve complex problems, and facilitate lasting change. Samad is certified by PMI as a Project Management Professional and a member of the Social & Affective Neuroscience Society. 


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