Emerging Project Management Trends

Program - Symposium 2022

Program and Abstracts

Keynote Speaker
08:20 AM - 09:50 AM

Project High Notes

Project High Notes focuses on the external, internal and interpersonal factors that connect project teams and allow them to function effectively. Through psychology-based evidence and examples, Alan explores the concepts and interpersonal connections that project managers need to understand in order to enhance project cohesion and increase overall chance of project success. Integrated into this program are live electric violin segments to help illustrate the points Alan is making. This also creates a very upbeat, engaging and entertaining environment for learning.

What participants will learn:

  • Improving mental health and self-awareness
  • Understanding individual differences, bias and categorization
  • Personality considerations for connecting with and motivating others
  • Building trust in professional relationships
  • Influencing project culture and gaining alignment

Leadership: 1.0
Strategy & Business: 0.5

Breakout Sessions:
#1: 10:05 AM - 10:55 AM
#2: 02:05 PM - 02:55 PM

Innovating product portfolios with Agile PMO and Remote/Hybrid teams

The Pandemic has raised many questions about how to structure and manage work in the future. This session will look at best practices for developing both virtual (Software & Digital Media) and physical products leveraging Agile PMO with Remote and Hybrid teams.

What participants will learn:

  • Considerations for building and leading high performing remote, hybrid, and in-person teams,
  • Structuring goals and performance monitoring to promote innovative cultures,
  • Leverage communication methods and cadence to increase speed, and
  • Managing the pivot. What to do when the goalposts need to move.

Leadership: 0.25
Technical Project Management: 0.25
Strategy & Business: 0.25

Conflict Management and Negotiation in Work Environment

Many believe that conflict resolution and negotiation are related to Peacemakers or FBI agents saving hostages. However, we face conflicts and negotiate with others every single day without even noticing this.

Developing conflict management and negotiation skills is crucial for leaders. Unfortunately, many project managers, agilists, people managers and other leaders prefer to ignore the signs of a conflict and hope it goes away by itself. However, conflict is an essential part of growth, especially when there is a need to be innovative and creative, with tight deadlines and unclear directions.

What Participants will learn:

  • How to identify the characteristics of a Successful Negotiator/Conflict Manager and how to stay calm when you feel that the conversation turned in the wrong direction;
  • Negotiation Techniques: BATNA Analysis and ZOPA Outcomes;
  • How to identify the difference between Lively Negotiation & Brainstorming and Heated Conflict;
  • Five levels of Conflict Resolution;
  • Tips and Tricks to become confident even if you don’t feel so.

Strategy & Business: 1.0

Enabling Organizational Change and Transformation Leveraging Project Power Skills

Mergers and Acquisitions are more than a blending of balance sheets and assets; it’s a blending of cultures, processes and ways of working. Successfully enabling transformation and alignment, especially in this time of remote work and distributed teams, cannot be successful from the top down, nor solely from the bottom up. As part of a global merger involving 5 companies, the ability to build relationships, create communication networks and influence across and upwards in organizations were key to successfully keeping her team together, and moving forward together with other teams from across a new and diverse global enterprise. Join in the discussion about how these key project management skills can allow anyone, at any position in a new M&A transition scenario, to speed alignment, influence direction and collaborate to move teams and organizations forward.

What Participants will learn:

  • Key Power Skills;
  • The role of relationship building;
  • Influencing tactics from peers to the C-suite in an M&A scenario

Leadership: 1.0

Part 1: 11:05 AM - 12:05 PM
Part 2: 12:50 PM - 01:50 PM

Agents of Adaptability

The pace of workplace change is accelerating. Adaptability is consistently ranked as the #1 in-demand workplace skill. It's clear we need to adapt to thrive, but the deeper question is: can we practice adaptability in a way that leaves us feeling energized rather than depleted?

This workshop will move you through a series of highly interactive activities inspired by positive psychology, cognitive science, and applied improvisation. Exercises take place as a whole group and in breakouts. After each, we’ll unpack discoveries and applications. This program aims to unlock a level of fun most don’t think possible in the workplace.

What Participants will learn:

  • A deeper understanding of adaptability and why it is a critical future-ready skill;
  • Micro-practices for collaborating effectively in environments of rapid change and uncertainty;
  • Positive shared experiences, energy, and a deeper appreciation of your PMI network

Leadership: 2.0

Keynote Speaker
03:10 PM - 04:40 PM

Performing under Pressure - Taking the right risks

How will you perform when you’re put to the test? Throughout her career, Manjit Minhas has put everything—money, reputation, relationships—on the line: intentionally. And things didn’t always work out the way she had planned. In this illuminating talk from one of the world’s leading entrepreneurs, she talks about the lessons taken away from these experiences, and how she was about to define her own success every time. Being an innovator and trailblazer in any industry takes courage and drive—but also finely-honed, measured risk taking ability. Minhas understands this better than anyone: she’s thought outside the box for twenty years, taking on behemoth beer companies—and coming out on top. Join us for this motivational keynote followed by a moderated chat then a question and answer period from the audience.

Leadership: 1.5