Program Number: C020-17022015
Leadership and Management of Complex Projects
Activity Sponsor: PMINJ Chapter (C020)
PDUs: - 1.5
Leadership - 1.5
Strategic - 0.0
Technical - 0.0
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…
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 and programs.
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.
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