17Oct2012
February 21, 2006 Birchwood Manor
From Project Woes to Project Wows

PDP Information:
Program Number: C020-21022006
Program Title: "From Project Woes to Project Wows " 
PDUs: 1.5 
Category Type: 3 
Subject Areas 
Knowledge: xx 
Process: xx
Application/Specific Interest Groups: xx 
Activity Sponsor: NJ/PMI Chapter
Andrew Longman
Too many projects, not the right projects, inconsistent approaches to projects, resource constraints, over budget and late - the anxiety-producing woes are endless.  How do you convert project woes to wins?  Andrew Longman, partner and vice president, marketing for Kepner-Tregoe, Inc., draws on his extensive international project management experience to discuss projects as both thinking and performance system challenges.
More important than project management processes, tools, and techniques is having team members think through the "why" behind them, and equipping them with sharper analytical approaches to problem solving, decision making, and priority setting.  This session presents a user-friendly model for sharpening the critical-thinking ability of teams and managing the performance context in which teams operate to produce high-impact project performance.
Andrew Longman is a partner in Kepner-Tregoe, Inc.  He is also vice president, marketing, responsible for the worldwide promotion of the company’s brand and consultants.  Mr. Longman helped design and implement eThink, Kepner-Tregoe’s critical-thinking support software, and its project management software, Project Logic. Clients for whom he has successfully guided projects include American Honda, DRS, Kimberly-Clark, Lockheed-Martin, Daimler-Chrysler, Procter & Gamble, and TRW.
Mr. Longman is certified by the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional (PMP).  He is the co-author of The Rational Project Manager:  A Thinking Team’s Guide to Getting Work Done, which was published in April 2005 by John Wiley & Sons.

Andrew's handout can be downloaded.

The Career Networking session heard a talk from a Product Development Manager in the medical device industry who has built a new R&D team from scratch, from entry level to managers.  Words of wisdom on the hiring process, and some real life examples of the good, the bad and the ugly.

Networking Session:
The Career Networking Program will present the next in the series of opportunities to focus on YOUR CAREER HEALTH.  The CNP  provided a one-hour session on response to resumes submitted for consideration.

Our respected speaker, David Vincenti is Manager / Research & Development for BD Medical.  BD Medical is in the medical device industry, and David has been involved in building a new R&D team from scratch.  Specifically, the team hired 15 people in 18 months.  He will describe the recruiting and selection process used to fill these positions. As part of the background, the department has reviewed more than 1,000 resumes and interviewed more than 100 candidates, and hired at every level from entry level to manager.  As a research and development organization, they recruit and hire only scientists or engineers from disciplines relevant to their products and technologies, and have designed outreach and recruiting campaigns to reach that audience.

Updated: 01Jun09