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October 2015: Why do Project Kick Off Meetings Matter?
Have you ever been involved in a project where the kick off meeting fell victim to the delete key? The project kick off meeting is often referred to as the most important meeting held during a project. Not only is it the first time the entire project team gathered, it is a great opportunity for a project manager to gain commitment from the project team and set the stage for project success.
Event PowerPoint Slides **The notes of the slides contain additional information that was presented at the event.
Small Group Question Answers This document contains the answers to the four questions asked at the end of the presentation.
September 2015: Project Initiation
The Project Initiation Phase is the 1st phase in the Project Management Life Cycle. Here you start a project by defining its objectives, scope, purpose and deliverables. You'll also secure project resources and gain approval to move on to the next phase. The PCMC is building a repository of resources corresponding to the Project Management Life Cycle. You can access the tools and templates related to Project Initiation here.
Lisa Zinnel - Senior Project Manager, OIT Capital Planning
Mike Waltonen - IT Director, College of Biological Sciences
Michael Winters - IT Manager, Global Programs and Strategy Alliance
June 2015: Wellbeing and Engagement Showcase
Drs. Mary Jo Kreitzer (of the Center for Spirituality and Healing – CSH) and Brandon Sullivan (Director of Leadership and Talent Development) will give a frame of reference to the events and to draw a connection among efforts as co-sponsors of this event.
The event will consist of a series of facilitated small group discussions that will allow participants to become familiar with some efforts and to collectively notice common themes and opportunities for cooperative partnerships and personal action around the closely aligned topics of wellbeing and engagement. Each small group discussion will consist of 10 minutes for the presenter to talk about their initiative, followed by 10 minutes of small group discussion to help participants make connections and discuss opportunities for implementation and innovation around the topic.
Table Presenters, Notes and Additional Information:
May 2015: Process Improvement Tool Overview
Have you been tasked with doing more with less? Sounds like you may have just have been assigned a process improvement project. Now what? Please join your PCMC colleagues to get a sampling of process improvement tools and engage in discussions about how others at the University have used and work through a process improvement project.
Table Presenters: Additional information will be available the day of the event.
March 2015: Leading Change: Navigating the Human & Cultural Dynamics
When leading or implementing change initiatives, we tend to rely on project management tools and methods to help us optimize the process and systems aspects of the initiative. While good project management is absolutely necessary, it is not sufficient to ensure successful implementation AND adoption of the change. We also need to become effective change leaders who attend to and manage the people and culture aspects of the project. In this workshop we’ll explore the normal, natural human dynamics of change and discuss the leadership mindset, tool set and skill set needed to overcome resistance, generate commitment versus compliance, and optimize project momentum.
Program Materials and Follow Up:
There have been numerous requests for the slides from this presentation. Kirk has graciously provided the slides for our community. Leading Change Slides.
In addition to Kirk's resources another University resource Scalable Change Model which was developed for the President's Excellence in Leadership program. The model aligns well with Kirk's messaging around people, the emotional aspect of change and the need to regularly listen to feedback to realign change efforts. The model contains a phased process and linked resources for those wanting a tangible resource to help manage change.
January 2015: Bridging the Age Gap: Creating a High-Performing, Multigenerational Team
Now, more than ever, generational differences are very distinct. How we get along with one another and work together can be hindered or helped by how well we understand and respond to those differences in perspective, values, and motivation. The current workforce includes Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials. The distinctions between the generations their cultures, their expectations, and their styles have never been so sharp or diverse. So how do you create a high-performing, multigenerational team? Attend this workshop to find out!
Presenter Bio:Carrie Mitchell has more than a decade of experience leading transformational, high-risk and challenged projects in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She has been called the “Nanny McPhee of Project Management” due to her ability to turn struggling, frustrated groups of people into high-performing teams. As a result, she has spent most of the last eight years reforming good projects with bad reputations.
Carrie has managed a wide variety of IT and business efforts, including a multi-year human resources enhancement program, two business intelligence implementations, platform replacements and several emergency management and business continuity projects, including the launch of Minnesota’s first virtual emergency operations center.
December 2014: Leveraging Employee Engagement to Improve Project Success
Dr. Brandon Sullivan is the Director of Leadership and Talent Development (formerly Organizational Effectiveness) and leads the University’s employee engagement strategy. Before joining the University, Dr. Sullivan led employee engagement at Target Corporation and worked extensively within the corporation on leadership development and talent management.
November 2014: Integrating a Vendor Into Your Projects
Heather Noble, U of M Senior OIT Project Initiation Consultant,
Jennifer Amys, CEO & Fredrick Blocton, President of UpNet,
Reynaldo Lyles, President of YFI Technologies, and
Dharani Ramamoorthy, CEO of Xylo Technologies.
Light refreshments provided.
October 2014: Working with Minnesota Nice in your Projects
If you attended the program you noticed the presenters taking notes regarding strategies for working with Minnesota Nice. Those notes have been complied and are listed below:
Thanks again to Corey Bonnema and Jerilyn Veldof for taking the extra time to document this for the group.
"A great source of new ideas"
"PCMC has 'de-mystified' much of the project/change management world"
"Extremely helpful in building my skills"
"A great way to connect with experienced project managers"
"At every meeting... I've made a contact that has benefited my work"
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