|Program Number: C020-17022015
Leadership and Management of Complex Projects
PMINJ Chapter (C020)
meeting slides can be downloaded.
Should modern organizations hire project and program managers who are principally
trained in traditional (PMBOK-style) project management, or should they hire
managers who are trained in the technical subject matter of their projects?
In a world that is pursuing increasingly complex projects, the answer is not
always clear. The bigger and more complex a project is, the more likely it
is to need managers who are both technical and project management experts.
But organizations lament that they often have trouble identifying such “superstars”
– they struggle to find managers with all the right skills.
This PMINJ presentation will analyze the results of a multi-year study exploring
what it takes to be a “superstar” project or program manager, and why organizations
have trouble finding or developing them. The findings of the study may be
surprising. They expose why first-generation (traditional) project management
approaches are sometimes ineffective, and why second-generation (e.g. Agile,
Extreme) approaches provide only partial solutions. The research reveals that
professional project and program managers can do more (much more!) to teach
their organizations how to manage complex projects and programs. It suggests
that organizations need…
Perhaps most importantly, the research reveals a valuable new “third-generation”
approach for managing complex projects and programs – an approach that would
simultaneously increase the autonomy of project and program managers and improve
the organization’s ability to govern projects and programs; an approach that
challenges us to rethink our understanding of program and project management.
- To better understand the critical differences between
programs and projects
- To recognize that project and program managers should
have qualitatively different roles and responsibilities.
Come to this PMINJ program prepared to examine your profession, your project,
and your organization, and perhaps to leave with a slightly different perspective
Rick Heaslip is author of “Managing Complex Projects and Programs: How to
Improve Leadership of Complex Initiatives Using a Third-Generation Approach”
which was released by John Wiley and Sons in September, 2014. He also contributed
significantly to the Project Management Institute’s “The Standard for Program
Management – Third Edition” (published in January, 2013). Rick’s
professional expertise in program management is well recognized. He has been
teaching Program Leadership Skills and Systems in Organizational Dynamics
at the University of Pennsylvania since 2006, and is a frequent speaker at
professional symposia focused on the advancement and integration of organizational
capabilities in program, project, portfolio, and performance management.
He is also Founder of Programmatic Sciences, a consultancy that specializes
in helping organizations to improve their abilities to manage complex projects
Rick received his B.A. with honors in Research Biochemistry from the University
of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the Ohio State University.
He completed his postdoctoral training in the University of Pennsylvania’s
School of Veterinary Medicine.
Career Networking LCI:
Topic: Networking with TEKsystems Recruiters!
Career Networking welcomes TEKsystems Recruiters from the
Parsippany office, one of 100+ offices in North America, Europe and Asia.
Our guests for this Open Networking session are specialists who place Project
Managers in Financial Services, Insurance, Healthcare, Hospitality, Telecommunications,
Pharmaceutical / Biomedical, Software Development, and Professional Services.
If you’re in transition -- or about to be -- meet TEKsystems’ Michael Greenstreet,
Director, and Recruiters Amanda Thompson and Maggie Woods, for a fast-track
route to new opportunities.
Topic: PMO Basics and Current Topics on PMO
The PMINJ PMO LCI will host its Interactive Session facilitated
by the core PMO LCI team. It will be a session where participants will have
an opportunity to get a refresher on the basics of a PMO and other current
topics on PMOs. We look forward to your active participation and welcome your
input to make this informal discussion session useful to you and fellow LCI