Keynotes and Workshops
Choose from 13 different workshops given in 4 parallel tracks
- Organization structures for effective project support (PMOs)
- Project procurement management: make-or-buy decisions
- Presenting ideas and data - a quick guide to effective presentations
Leadership lessons from leading through uncertainty - A case study
- Business analysis - a practical approach for project managers
- The agile spirit and an overview of agile certifications
- Challenges for organizations in managing projects
- Making happiness in projects
- Demonstrating effective intelligence (FI): Aristotle and the people side of Project Management
- Embracing risk - constructive risk management
- Requirements modeling in IT projects
Risk Management in Agile projects: Experiences and gains
Project Management in a large international scientific project
Dr. Federico R. Casci will share his experiences in dealing with project management in a complex scientific project. As Head of the Planning & Monitoring Unit at Fusion for Energy (F4E), the organisation created under the EURATOM Treaty for providing, among other tasks, Europe’s contribution to ITER, he will explain the unique features of this project and the challenges that it offers under the project management point of view. ITER is a first-of-a-kind global collaboration among seven parties (Europe, China, Japan, India, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the USA) to which Europe is contributing to almost half of the construction costs. The site of the ITER project is in Cadarache (France). It will be the world's largest experimental fusion facility and is designed to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion power. Fusion is the process which powers the sun and the stars. The research in this area is aimed at developing a safe, limitless and environmentally responsible energy source. Dr. Casci will share the challenges and lessons learned from both a technical and an organizational point of view.
Keynote presenter: Dr. Federico R. Casci, Head of Planning and Monitoring Unit, Fusion for Energy (F4E)
Mindfulness for enhanced focus
We live in a world of constant change that challenges our effectiveness in numerous ways. In addition, there is growing pressure to deliver more in less time and with reduced resources. To cope with our modern society’s demands we end up with a huge workload, multi-tasking, distractions and ever increasing stress levels in the workplace.
Does this sound familiar? What is the impact on productivity? How sustainable this is? So, how can we keep adjusting to our times’ demands while maintaining clarity and focus on what matters?
Mindfulness is increasingly being introduced into organizational life as a key competence for enhancing attention, clarity and focus, thus leading to reduced stress and greater effectiveness. It is suggested as an impactful and practical technique that allows us to tune out the noise and focus intentionally on what is important in the present moment. Based on extended research, mindfulness training is now extensively used by multinational corporations with an aim to enhance productivity and well-being.
In this presentation we will provide an overview of what research says about the benefits of mindfulness, what mindfulness really means in practice, how it links to Emotional Intelligence and how it fits into an already hectic schedule. We will also present a couple of major case studies of why and where mindfulness is applied, and we will discuss what could be a starting point to bring this technique into our everyday lives for enhanced focus.
Keynote presenter: Sonia Georgiadou, ITC Business Coach
This presentation will discuss best practices that enable project management in organizations to be effective. It is no secret that many organizations today use project, program portfolio management (PPPM) to deliver their strategic choices. To achieve this project management needs to be considered as an integral part of the organization with all the necessary structures (including project management offices) and processes that enable its success.
This presentation will discuss 10 things that senior managers must do for successful project support and how to structure project management offices that deliver value to their organizations.
By attending this workshop you will gain an insight on how to:
- Assess senior management support to project management
- Organize project management offices that deliver value
- Benchmark reports from GBMC, PMI and other organizations
- Assessment questionnaires
- Good practices from client organizations from engineering, IT, Pharma
Who should attend: Managers who sponsor projects, managers who deliver strategic goals, PMO heads
Workshop facilitator: George Merguerian, BE, MBA, PMP, Senior Partner, Global Business Management Consultants
roject Procurement Management: make-or-buy decisions
In this workshop we will address some common procurement challenges for organizations, projects and project managers. This includes decisions on what projects should procure and when procurement should take place in the project lifecycle. Often, these procurement decisions have a huge impact on project success and failure.
This workshop would be of primary benefit for individuals that are looking to or have recently entered the field of project management and for current project managers who desire additional education and training on project procurement management skills and techniques.
By attending this workshop you will learn the basics on how to:
- Define project procurement relationships
- Understand project manager relationships in procurements
- Categorize the different types of project procurements
- Conduct project Make-or-buy decisions
- Undertake project procurement planning
- Project Manager relationships in procurements
- Types of procurements
- Project procurement management process
- Make-or-buy decisions
- Project procurement planning
- Project procurement issues
Who should attend: Individuals that are looking to or have recently entered the field of project management and current project managers who desire additional education and training on project procurement management skills and techniques.
Workshop facilitator: Kory Williams, PMP, MBA, Change, Project and Programme Management Consultant, K. Williams Associates
Presenting ideas and data: A quick guide to effective preparation and delivery
A significant part of project work time is devoted to communicating and presenting of project progress, results, outcomes, schedules, reports, even new ideas or new courses of action. During this seminar you will be exposed to principles and techniques that will help you prepare and deliver presentations that keep the audience’s attention and fulfil the objective for which they were designed. The seminar focuses on preparing and organizing content, as well as managing audience, material, equipment, time, and the unexpected.
In this workshop you will obtain a list of a few tips and tricks on how to:
- Design and deliver presentations with high impact while keeping the audience’s attention
- Gain confidence as a presenter
- Develop your own personal action plan to make your next presentation more effective
Introduction to effective presentations
The significance of oral communication in business interaction
Before presentation day – Preparation
- Considering purpose and audience
- Selecting and organizing content
- Creating an effective Power Point presentation
- Using and handling additional material
On presentation day – Delivery and management of resources
- Managing the presented material
- Managing the audience
- Managing the equipment
- Managing time
- Managing the unexpected
Who should attend: Professionals who prepare and deliver presentations.
Workshop facilitator: Dr. Yiannis Petropoulos, Lecturer, Hellenic American College
Leading through uncertainty – lessons learned (a case study)
This workshop introduces participants to the complex world of running aviation ventures and provides practical techniques for managing a project, implementing change management and maintaining high levels of project team effectiveness. The workshop will approach the topic of taking leadership action, techniques on how to face the waves of instability, as well as methods for implementing control processes for continuous improvement. Those attending will be asked to participate interactively with situational examples and a case study scenario involving the revival of an aeroclub offering pilot training recognized by the local civil aviation authority.
This session is designed for Project Managers/leaders who are responsible for have the responsibility to initiate, plan and implement projects that have an impact on the achievement of corporate goals, as well as leaders choosing and/or training team members and want to build effective teams based on peoples’ strengths for high organizational performance.
By attending this workshop you will learn how to:
- Develop the qualities of a positive leader
- Quickly build high-performing teams that share responsibility and accountability on real problems
- Enhance the team’s problem-solving capacity for addressing complex and urgent problems
- Plan work taking into consideration peoples’ strengths for maximum results
- Set realistic priorities
- PMP processes: Initiating, Planning and design, Executing, Monitoring and controlling, Closing, Project controlling and project control systems
- Taking action
- The effect of price instability, risk, uncertainty
- Accounting books, revenue/expense concepts, accounting transaction analysis
- Budgeting for future revenue with present data
Those attending will be asked to participate interactively with situational examples and a case study scenario involving the revival of an aeroclub offering pilot training recognised by the local civil aviation authority
Who should attend: Project Managers/leaders who are responsible for have the responsibility to initiate, plan and implement projects that have an impact on the achievement of corporate goals, as well as leaders choosing and/or training team members and want to build effective teams based on peoples’ strengths for high organizational performance.
Workshop facilitator: Tarek Nochahrli, MBA, MEng., Marketing Account Manager, Pratt and Whitney Canada
Business Analysis – a practical approach for project managers
Every Business Analyst who tries to apply Business Analysis principles in action, is overwhelmed from the number of techniques and tools he has to select from. In this workshop, we will apply the use case technique to a specific example and then demonstrate the use of a specific software tool that integrates the use case and wireframing techniques. Participants are required to have their lap top in which they will download a free demo of the software and be able to work on a case study.
By attending this workshop you will:
- Understand the basic principles of business analysis
- Gain an overview the most common business analysis tools and techniques
- Focus on the Use case techniques using a specific example
- Apply the same technique using a software tool that supports wireframing of the flows described in the use case.
- The Business Analysis concept
- Use Case Technique
- Overview of Business Analysis software landscape
- Combination of Use Case and Wireframing techniques using Powerstory software tool
Who should attend: This workshop is designed for Business Analysts, Project Managers, IT professionals, professional who manage requirements for IT solutions.
Workshop facilitator: Konstantinos Liakeas, PMP, CBAP, ITIL
The Agile spirit and an overview of agile certifications
This workshop explores the real meaning of Agility. We aim to help you use Agile more effectively in your projects and avoid the common problems. Participants who are not using Agile will be able to decide if it’s the right system for their projects. Furthermore, we will explore available certification paths and existing certificates. There would be examples from the real-world projects, mainly to discuss the problems and alternative solutions. There would be questions and answers with the participants to bring their experiences and opinions up.
This session is designed for professionals involved in projects that have the capacity to be developed with Agile methods; mainly IT development, research, and organizational change initiatives. The content would be helpful for technical stakeholders as well as business stakeholders (both customer and supplier environment).
By attending this workshop you will gain an insight in how to:
- Identify correct Agility from false ones
- Describe the ways in which common errors in existing Agile systems can be fixed
- Identify when it is beneficial to use Agile for a certain project and what would be the expected benefits
- Recognize the differences among Agile and Scrum certifications and select the best option for your team or yourself
- Agility in projects – the concept
- Common errors
- Agile certification paths
Workshop facilitator: Nader K. Rad, PMP, P2, ITIL, PMI-ACP, CSM, PSM, Senior Project Management consultant, author and trainer
Challenges for organizations in managing projects
The topic relates to the organizational view of projects. It discusses the challenges faced by organizations in managing their projects in today’s increasing complex environment and the importance of an organization’s mission, vision and strategy. The aim is to discuss how projects, programs and portfolios are used as a means for delivering the organizations’ goals.
More information will be released soon.
Workshop facilitator: Dionisis Kallianis, Mech.& Electr. Engineer (NTUA), Civil Engineer (NTUA), IPMA-D, ex-Vice President PM-Greece, Research Assistant, National Technical University of Athens.
Making happiness in projects
Why happiness? What does philosophy and psychology tell us about it? What happiness really means in practice? How can it be implemented at work?
Happiness - More than a concept, it is a human pursuit that spans time and place. But what is its true meaning, and what is its practice? Most importantly, why should it feature in a project management conference where, one would mostly expect, to hear about successful techniques and state-of-the-art technologies and processes?
Happiness is important in the workplace. The first reason is that work takes up the largest part of our waking time. When we don’t sleep, we work more than we pursue any other activity, and this is a statement based on quants. The other reason is that Happiness predicts performance. Research shows that happy employees lead to high performance. Study after study shows that happier employees are more engaged, more motivated, innovate, offer better customer service, play more effective roles in teams and make better leaders.” (The Happiness at Work Survey).
Happiness is a topic increasingly researched and discussed in organizational science and, most importantly, in organizational life. It might sound weird that work should add to our happiness, but weird as it may sound, it is at the same time probably one of the main ways towards sustainability, both personal and organizational. Based on extended research, happiness lectures are now being extensively delivered around the world with an aim to bring balance and meaning to people. Our Training Forum offers to its participants an introduction to the ways of happiness.
By attending this workshop you will learn:
- What happiness is through the lens of philosophy and psychology
- Why it is essential and what mutual gains can it bring for individuals and organizations
- What are the behaviors of happiness in practice
- How much power we have to experience it in our working lives
- Aristotle’s principle “We are what we repeatedly do”.
- The main principles of happiness
- Our personal power for changing our mindset, our behaviors, goals and choices.
Who should attend:
Project managers who are responsible to guide and inspire their teams while creating a productive and positive environment where employees feel happy when at work. Employees will also benefit from the discussion on personal agency and the power to make happiness for themselves, their colleagues and the organization as a whole.
Workshop facilitator: Sophia Protopapa, DSS, BA, MA, Lecturer, Hellenic American College
Demonstrating effective intelligence (FI): Aristotle and the people side of Project Management
Why do smart people do dumb things? Why are the most intelligent people not necessarily the best project managers? What does it take to become professionally “successful”?
This presentation focuses on the human side of project management and introduces some of the behavioural competences necessary for the effective management of project work within organizations. It also presents an approach for managing those factors that impede the effective application of these behavioural competences. The presentation includes a discussion on Aristotle's Logical and Ethical Virtues model and two relevant self-assessment workshops are performed.
Beyond the necessary technical and contextual competences useful in managing project work, the people side of project management is becoming increasingly important, particularly in complex projects with a high number of stakeholders. Important Behavioural Competencies, as well as, Logical and Ethical virtues such as Judgment, Prudence, Courage, Friendliness and Honour are discussed, and a relevant Self-Assessment Workshop that directly links competencies to virtues is performed with the active participation of the participants.
- Explore some of the most important behavioural competences necessary for effective management of project work
- Understand the ultimate motives that affect your willingness and ability to effectively apply these competences in practice
- Get introduced to Aristotle’s Logical and Ethical virtues model that offers additional guidance in choose the “right thing” to do in every given situation
The workshop is comprised of two parts:
- The Behavioural Competencies section with a presentation of the relevant behavioural project management competences along with a short Competences self-assessment and action setting workshop.
- Aristotle's Logical and Ethical Virtues Model with a presentation of the basic concepts of the virtues model and its practical application in the framework of project management behavioural competencies, along with a short workshop comprised of a self-assessment based on key virtues relevant to today's project management context.
Embracing risk – constructive risk management practices
In an increasingly competitive environment, clients are expecting vendors to accept even more aggressive schedule and commercial commitments, placing higher delivery risks under the vendor’s responsibility. The resulting challenge for vendors / delivery organizations is to continue to thrive in this environment without jeopardizing their ability to deliver successfully and profitably.
Traditional risk management is often focused on risk aversion or avoidance and can serve as a hindrance to successful sales. Constructive risk management shifts the perspective from risk avoidance to a more creative and balanced approach to managing risk, which looks to maximize both client and delivery organization benefits, and can serve as a competitive differentiator / be a key factor in a winning bid.
By attending this workshop you will:
- Understand the pressures of a highly competitive sales environment on vendor / delivery organizations leading them to take on increased levels of risk
- Understand the difference between traditional risk management and constructive risk management
- Identify and avoid common risk management pitfalls
- Apply constructive risk management to increase the competitiveness of your proposals
- Risk management in a sales-focused environment
- Shifting perspectives – what is constructive risk management?
- Examples of constructive risk management (workshop)
- Using risk management as a key selling point
- How to handle the risk management section of a proposal
Who should attend: Sales managers, project managers, project team members and others who are looking to leverage risk management best practices to increase the competitiveness of their proposals in an increasingly competitive market
Workshop facilitator: Christos Vassilicos, Director of Strategic Planning at CGI
Requirements Modeling in IT Projects
Requirements are key in any project. Independently the project management approach you decide to adopt for your project (Agile, traditional, hybrid), the success of your project will directly be affected by:
- how well you (or colleagues) are able to identify the requirements that must be satisfied and,
- how well you (or they) are able to understand them
To make this somewhat even more challenging, these activities will surely have to be performed under the pressure of tight deadlines, will involve the coordination of activities of multiple individuals (project stakeholders, project team members, domain specialist) not co-located while mixing different cultures and nationalities. Finally, you will surely have to find concurrency among divergent interpretations of these requirements!
Modeling is a software engineering practice which when used appropriately allows you to improve the quality of and minimize the effort required to identify and/or analyze requirements. Although the practice exists for years and has been revisited again-and-again over the years to match emerging IT trends (UML, model-driven development, BPMN, agile modeling), its usage in projects is too often either under-valued, misused or applied with a lack of effective techniques
By attending this workshop you will learn how to:
- Gain an overview of the various domains of a software engineering project for which the modeling practice should be considered
- Learn how to perform business modeling to quickly depict the business services of an organization for which an investment in an IT project might have to be justified and how to document an organization’s structure that will be affected by the project.
- Learn how to derive from the business models the requirements that should be satisfied by the outcomes of IT projects and gain concurrency among the project stakeholders.
- Learn how to analyze requirements identified for a particular IT project to clarify what is involved in the realization of these.
- Business modeling
- Stakeholder identification
- System modeling
- Requirements envisioning
- Requirements elicitation
- Requirements analysis
Who should attend: Business managers who seek to maximize the value of IT investments in their organization through a better alignment between business needs and how IT systems address these. Project managers who might be interested in means to accelerate the gathering of software requirements, achieve consensus with stakeholders and understanding their project team. Project team members (analysts, developers, testers, etc) involved in the gathering, analysis and implementation of software requirements looking for effective modeling techniques to make their day-to-day life in project less stressful and more enjoyable
Workshop facilitator: Olivier Beghain, Agile/UP Consultant, Mentor, Empulsys, Trainer, Global Business Management Consultant
Risk Management in Agile projects: experiences and gains
Risk management is one of the most crucial and difficult areas in a project lifecycle. Agile approach to risk management streamlines the fundamental principles with focus on increased value for the customer. The purpose of a WS is to present a realistic Agile risk management approach, describe the differences and similarities comparing to standard methodology and emphasize the benefits it offers to the customer and the organization. Its success is highly based on its iterative nature and on people engagement. This workshop will also focus on those skills that a Project Manager needs to develop in order to support and facilitate a culture where both risks and actions are properly identified and prioritized, while learnings are understood, shared and institutionalized. All participants are encouraged to share real life examples, success and failure stories regarding agile risk management.
By attending this workshop you will gain knowledge on:
- How risk management practices can be applied in an Agile project, differences and similarities with traditional approaches
- How Agile risk management supports increased value for the customer
- How to increase ownership and responsibility of team members towards risk handling and mitigation
- What skills should a project manager possess in order to foster a healthy and efficient risk management mindset in an Agile project
Risk management cycles in an Agile project
- Risk prioritization based on customer value
- Progressive elaboration
People engagement, participatory decision model
- Decision making
Project Manager’s skills and behaviors that cultivate a healthy risk management culture
- Coaching and mentoring
- Emotional intelligence
Questions and open discussion on how the presented approach and practices are or could be applied in our projects
Who should attend
Members of an Agile organization (independently of organization size and specialization), as well as people who do not have Agile working experience and would like to learn and discuss on techniques and skills needed to build a progressive model of assessing risks and perform efficient risk management based on a participatory model.
Workshop facilitator: Dimitra Tsolka, PMP, VP, Education and Training Responsible, PMI Greece Chapter BoD, Group Leader, Intracom-Telecom/SW Design Center
10.00 – 16.45
This workshop provides you with an overview of the basic tools of MSP 2013 plus some tips and tricks to help you start building and tracking project schedules with precision. You will become familiar with the basic menus, views and reports using sample project data. You will have the opportunity to work on your own PC and start building a project schedule in MSP2013. This is a hands-on workshop with PCs, which can only accommodate up to 10 participants. You are requested to register for this workshop by filling in the necessary information in the conference’s registration form.
- Discover the basic menus of MSP 2013
- What has changed from previous editions
- Learn how to allocate tasks and resources
- Monitor and control your schedules
- Track and evaluate performance
- Get an introduction of the basic variances
- Generate basic reports
Introduction to MS Project 2013
Planning, organizing, scheduling
- Creating a WBS by outlining: criteria analysis (task control)
- Entering project data (from team’s brainstorming sessions)
- Building a project schedule using PDM networks and Gantt Charts
- Scheduling basics
- Allocating resources to the schedule
Controlling and reporting
- Tracking progress – some hints
- Generate reports
Who should attend: Good knowledge of project management is recommended. This workshop is addressed to project managers, project team members, project schedulers and planners, PMO staff.
Workshop facilitator: Gerasimos Kontaxis, MS Office Certified Trainer, Apple Certified Trainer, Hellenic American Union
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