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Journey to Agile: A Panel Discussion

APanelMany organizations are moving toward Agile methods and mindsets to allow teams to increase the speed in which they can deliver client needs. While the potential rewards are great, the transition to Agile can be plagued with obstacles if not effectively managed.

At our April chapter meeting, a 3-member panel from local companies will answer questions and share information about their company’s transition from traditional projects to adaptive customer-centered Agile processes. Our panel members represent Kimberly-Clark, Genex Cooperative, and Skyline Technologies. And our session will be moderated by a member of the PMI-NEW chapter from Thrivent Financial.

Attendees will learn about the approaches taken at these companies to launch Agile within their organizations, how the organizations structured their “Agile offices”, and the challenges and greatest successes experienced by these organizations. We will take questions from the meeting attendees, time permitting.

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sfowlerShari Fowler on Change Management 

Feel free to contact Shari Fowler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have follow-up questions regarding her Change Management presentation or would like more information about any of the slides/content that was shared.

You are investing a lot of financial and political capital in your project or strategic initiative. If its success depends heavily on people changing the way they work, think or behave, then you need effective change management to get the results you want. Simply launching a new technology, product or strategy does not ensure that people will adopt and utilize it quickly and effectively.

Even smart, seasoned leaders struggle with how to lead their people to change the way they work and smoothly integrate strategic initiatives into daily operations. Research shows that about 80% of projects fail, even with perfectly executed project management delivering on time and on budget. That happens largely because leaders do not equip their people for change. Maven combines the science of research-based methodologies and the art of influence with road-tested experience to equip your people and maximize your ROI.

This presentation explains organizational change management, its necessity and its value. It provides an introduction to popular change management methodologies, and guidance on how to assess whether or not OCM is necessary for a project's success. The presentation also explains the ideal work alignment and collaboration model between a change manager and a project manager, and how to select a qualified change manager.
Register now to join us for the PMI-NEW March monthly meeting at Liberty Hall.

 NeilIhdephotoThe Psychology of Influence - Why Door-Holding, Good Manners, and Who Pays for Lunch Matters

We are social creatures. As much as we think about ourselves, we also spend a lot of time pondering about how others perceive us, and thus, we are highly susceptible to social influence. There have been some fascinating studies and findings that speak to the power of politeness and persuasion. We will explore when you should and should not hold a door open for another, the most polite country in the world, and how to tap into our “herd mentality” to get people to make decisions.
If your livelihood is enhanced by your ability to influence others (and whose isn’t?), this fun session chock full of pragmatic tips and tricks is for you. Register now to join us for the PMI-NEW January monthly meeting featuring guest speaker Neil Ihde when we will explore this topic and learn strategies to apply the power of politeness and persuasion in our own lives.
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RichespicStrategic Planning is on tap for our November Meeting at Badger State Brewing in Green Bay!

Guest Speaker Ken Riches presents: Organizational Strategic Planning, Moving Beyond the Tactical

A tactical plan is a course of action to achieve short-term goals, generally within a year or less. Tactical plans represent the short-term efforts to achieve the strategic, longer-term goals. They are concerned with what the units beneath top management must do, how they must do it and who has the responsibility. They have shorter time frames and narrower scopes than the strategic plans.

A strategic plan is a course of action to achieve long-range goals, generally up to five years. Strategic plans reflect the company’s direction and its purpose as stated in its mission statement. In order to develop strategic plans, top management must develop and use summary reports on finances, operations and the external environment. Strategic plans influence the development of tactical plans.

Register now to join us for the PMI-NEW November monthly meeting featuring guest speaker Ken Riches. We will explore Strategic Planning, recognizing that the outcome will result in tactical action plans
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perzel2018 PMI-NEW Fall Event 

Change. Challenge. Opportunity.

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PMI-NEW presents an afternoon seminar with Joe Perzel, president of JPerzel, Inc. and currently on the Board of Directors and an Operations Committee Member for the Project Management Institute - Minnesota Chapter.   

Joe’s years of experience running information systems, operations, and business projects - from conception to completion, including strategic planning, design, vendor management and personnel phases - has cumulated in the successful deployment in both custom and package systems for business and economic efficiency.

Joe promotes a leadership model which includes an eye toward team inclusion.  Seminars stress successful project/program management does not start or end with meeting a budget; the balance of stakeholder, client, and staff communication and expectations are critical to a positive project outcome.

Session topics:

1.  Top 10 Ways to Screw-up a Good Project
2.  Managing Change and Surviving to Talk About It

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Our life is made up of snapshots, significant moments which give us meaning. We’re all moving at the speed of life and as Project Managers, you may feel stressed. To be more productive and achieve better results the key is to examine your expectations and shift your perspective or reframe. Join us for our October chapter meeting as we explore these concepts with guest speaker, Lori Klinka.

Lori creates a fun and inspiring learning experience to demonstrate her Focus-Capture-Frame approach to feel more energized and productive. Drawing on her twenty years as a professional actress, Lori portrays a humorous and insightful cast of characters, to help you see how the power of perspective, adjusting your expectations and living in the moment can improve your personal and professional life. 

As a result of this program you will:

  • Increase your productivity at work
  • Feel less stress and more energized throughout your day 
  • Shift to a more positive perspective

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Dinner Registration  Webcast Registration

Headshot-JPGRegistration is open for the 2018 PMI-Northeastern Wisconsin Annual Chapter Meeting at the new Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley in downtown Appleton (formerly the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel).

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Today's competition is brutal and numbers drive everything. The pressure to perform can be suffocating. What are you doing to stay ahead and keep from burning out? Join Scott Welle, #1 Best Selling Author and Founder of Outperform The Norm, as he shares the peak performance strategies used by top leaders to motivate, inspire and bring out the best in others to drive a culture of high performance. This dynamic, high-energy presentation will help you raise your personal standard of excellence and give you an effortless action plan to put into place immediately.

In addition to Scott's presentation, PMI-NEW President, Patrick Liebmann, will present a recap of the previous year and a preview of next year. We will also recognize our hard-working volunteers and celebrate our 2017-2018 accomplishments. You won't want to miss this!

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PerzelThe Dark Arts of Project Management: Influence and Politics

Speaker: Joe Perzel

Successful journey from start to finish of a project is not linear, clean, forecastable or easy. Your interest is to deliver the project on time, on budget with a smile on everyone’s face, but others have conflicting interests.  

Armed with your System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and a planning tool of your choice, you think you are set to go. Then the plan that you have worked so hard to perfect shows a flaw, falls behind schedule or budget, is amended or completely thrown out altogether. How do you minimize these occurrences and provide the best chance to survive the project intact?

This presentation will start with the Top 10 Keys to Success which include Communicate, Communicate, Communicate; Managing Change and Expectations; Pace, Perfection and Price – pick 3? We will then discuss how to become a Master Magician covering topics such as Winning at Politics; Control outcomes through Influence; Communicate & Motivate and why you need to Market the Project.

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