February 21, 2006 Birchwood Manor
From Project Woes to Project Wows
|Program Number: C020-21022006
Program Title: "From Project Woes to Project
Category Type: 3
Application/Specific Interest Groups:
Activity Sponsor: NJ/PMI Chapter
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
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.
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
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.