17Oct2012
February 20, 2007 North Maple Inn Basking Ridge
Optimizing Human Capital with a Strategic Project Office
PDP Information:
Program Number: C020-2002007
Program Title: "Optimizing Human Capital with a Strategic Project Office" 
PDUs: 1.5 
Category Type: 3 
Subject Areas 
Knowledge: 10 
Process: 06
Application/Specific Interest Groups: 30 
Activity Sponsor: NJ/PMI Chapter
J. Kent Crawford, Founder and CEO, PM Solutions

Expanding on recently released book by the same title, this session explores the strategic project office's (SPO's) potential to transform an enterprise by maximizing the strengths of an organization’s most important asset – its people. It covers topics including the hiring, retention, measurement, training, and professional development of knowledge workers in project management, and offers a model of how the best aspirations of workers can become reality through an SPO. In addition, Mr. Crawford provides a set of model role descriptions for staffing a project office on both a divisional and enterprise level, based on original research. Attendees will learn the best practices of project-savvy organizations and will receive detailed information about assessing and developing competency; building inspired teams; and creating a working environment in which motivation thrives. 

Kent Crawford is the CEO and founder of Project Management Solutions, Inc. (PM Solutions) and PM College. His experience spans more than twenty years, where he has been responsible for the development of systems requirements and the functional design of integrated project management systems for a number of Fortune 500 organizations. He is the Former President and Chair of the Project Management Institute (PMI®). During his tenure in office, Mr. Crawford implemented innovative programs, which resulted in an astounding fifty percent membership growth for the Institute. His leadership in PMI has been widely recognized as a primary driver in PMI's success. Mr. Crawford is a recipient of the PMI Fellow Award, PMI's highest and most prestigious individual honor. He is also the award-winning author of The Strategic Project Office: A Guide to Improving Organizational Performance (for which he won a David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award from PMI), Optimizing Human Capital with a Strategic Project Office, and Project Management Maturity Model: Providing a Proven Path to Project Management Excellence. 

Kent's handout can be downloaded.

Networking Program:

Topic: Hiring Manager Forum

We continue with our fast-paced program to Teach networking, expose you to career/business Opportunities and then allow you to Practice what you have learned. Join the NJ/PMI Career Networking Program where we will be hosting a forum on the topic of Dos and Don't of the Interview. Three hiring managers will each present their thoughts on what they look for when interviewing a candidate for a position. A Q & A session will follow. Bring your business cards and any job openings that you want to share with the group.

Updated: 01Jun09