Symposium Agenda

Project Management Symposium

Thursday, May 17, 2018
7:15 am – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

8:00 am – 8:15 am

Agenda Review and Welcome

8:15 am – 9:30 am

Keynote Presentation
Leading the Innovation Process
James Keyes

9:30 am – 9:45 am

Coffee Break

9:45 am – 10:45 am

Track Room Presentations
Under-spend: An Earned Value Analysis Case Study of Two Projects in the Sahel
Stephen Fierbaugh

Innovative Project Management Concepts and Techniques
Dwight Davis

Innovative Concepts in Legacy Applications Domain
Hung Huynh & Somanna Udiyanda

The (Fun!) Neuroscience of Conversations-Building Trust and Innovation
Sandi Mitchell

Does your Project Have a Pulse?
Lon Roberts

The Art of Project Management
Dan Vickers

10:55 am – 11:55 am

Track Room Presentations
Towards a Culture of Innovation: How Agile and Organizational Change Management Contribute to the Success of Culture Change
Katharina Kettner

CPM Scheduling and Pull Planning: Two Pillars of the Bridge to Innovation
Satinder Baweja & Lori Vidak

An Approach to an “Xtreme Project”
Michael Pace

Innovation Ecosystem Management Leadership in Project Management and Business
Darrell Hubbard & Peter Rogers

Tools and Techniques to Inspire Innovation
Dwaraka Iyengar

Working the Room for Project Managers and Creating Your “Zing”
Abby Kohut

11:55 am – 1:00 pm


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Track Room Presentations
Taming the Tsunami: Governance Strategies for Project Portfolio Management
Susan Hostetter & Sherri Norris

Managing Successful Blockchain Projects
Jaana Simula

Digital Transformation through Product and Project Innovation Management
Curt Raschke

Learn to Love Conflict, And Enjoy Anxiety-Free Sleep
Neil Farquharson

Innovating Executive and Program Management Reports: A Case Study
Marta Santos

Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo…Who’s the Best Schedule of them All?
Aaron Drazin

2:10 pm – 3:10 pm

Panel Discussions
Leading Breakthrough Projects
Creating the Innovation Incubator for Project Management Careers
Analytics in Project Management

3:10 pm – 3:25 pm

Coffee Break

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Keynote Presentation
Leveraging Innovation and Entrepreneurship Across Academic and Programmatic Environments to Foster Cross-border Communications
Chris Bhatti, Bryan Chambers & Angela Chen

4:45 pm – 6:00 pm

Networking Reception

Friday, May 18, 2018
7:15 am – 8:00 am


8:00 am – 9:15 am

Keynote Presentation
Economic Conditions and Key Challenges Facing the U.S. Economy
Robert Kaplan

9:15 am – 9:30 am

Coffee Break

9:30 am – 10:45 am

Keynote Presentation
Driving Innovation in the Connected Economy
Jayadev Gopinath

10:55 am – 11:55 am

Track Room Presentations
Change Management and Innovation-The Starship Enterprise Project Model
Rebecca Brady & Michael Borts

Driven to Distraction: Information Overload in the Age of Connectivity
Vince Yauger

Agile-Fall: The Best of Both Worlds
Mechelle Davidson & Rachel Higgs

How to Increase Resource Capacity Without Hiring
Chris Vandersluis

How to Interview Like a Project Management Rock Star
Abby Kohut

11:55 am – 1:00 pm


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Track Room Presentations
Interactive Session
Ask an Expert” Speed Mentoring on Three Topics of Your Choice

Escape Room Tactics for Project Management
Zelda Jones

Adaptive and Agile in the Face of Uncertainty and Change: A Toolkit to Deal with Complex, Rapidly Changing, and Technologically Intensive Environments
Suchitra Veera

The PMO as Innovation Accelerator
Sarah Wagner & Jeanne Moore

Success for the Seasoned Search…The Benefit of Being Overqualified
Abby Kohut

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Interactive Session
Threading the Needle: Bringing Agile Techniques into a Waterfall Organization
Jason Lindmeyer

The Once and Future Project Manager
Gary McCants

2:00 pm – 2:20 pm

Coffee Break

2:20 pm – 4:30 pm

Interactive Session
Scrum! The Board Game
Derek Lane & Tim Snyder

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