12Feb2017*

Innovation!

31st Annual Symposium
1 May 2017
Pines Manor - Edison, NJ

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Keynote Speakers
David Barrett The Keys to Our Success – Lessons Learned from Some of Our Best Project Managers
Bob Mahler Special Forces Project Leadership
Ron Marks Effective Project Leadership - Driving Organizational Innovation
Track Speakers
Tom Cagley Product Owners In Agile – The Really Hard Role!
Storytelling: Developing the Big Picture for Agile Efforts
Eric Chojnicki Strategic Options Development and Analysis in Program Management during Drug Development
Impact of Precision Medicine and Biomarkers on Program / Project Management during Drug Development
Arlene F. Minkiewicz Harnessing the Power of the Crowd
Cloud Computing and Big Data – What’s the Big Deal

PMINJ Symposium David Barrett

Topic:     The Keys to Our Success – Lessons Learned from Some of Our Best Project Managers

Abstract:
Based on my book by the same name.  We sought out 25 of our leading project managers to find out the answer to the question – what is the key to your success?  

The result is the book called "The Keys to Our Success - Lessons Learned from 25 of our Best Project Managers" - a collection of their best stories, lessons, and takeaways. 

In this multi-media, interactive hour, I will share some of these lessons learned and facilitate the discussion on those featured lessons and some from the audience. 

  • Know Your Leadership Style  - and let your team know!
  • Business Outcome Management  - looking at the BIG picture
  • The Seven Bullets of Highly Effective Project Managers – keep it simple please!
  • Never Go in Alone (Mentoring / Coaching) – find your gaps and get help
  • Become "Project Business-Savvy" – learning to talk CxO language
  • Get in the Head of Your Sponsor – your #1 ally
  • Scalability and Common Sense: Key Ingredients for Success – it is not one size fits all

Bio:
David Barrett is a professional speaker specializing in project leadership, corporate leadership and strategy execution.  He is an author of 4 books, a weekly blogger and the author of ‘The Weekly One Minute Video Series”. 
David is the founder and National Program Director for the Centre of Excellence in Project Management at York University in Toronto, Canada.  He was the founder and Managing Director of ProjectWorld Canada, Business Analyst and Project Summit USA and the founder and Executive Editor of ProjectTimes.com and BATimes.com.

David is currently working on his 5th book on strategy execution, a new project management event called PMTalks and a speakers’ bureau called Project Speakers Network.

He has been a PMI member in good standing since 1997. 


PMINJ Symposium Bob Mahler

Topic:   Special Forces Project Leadership  

Abstract:
While a member of a Special Forces Military Free Fall Team, Bob had the opportunity to travel around the globe. He visited Kuwait, Egypt, Iraq, Kenya and Qatar for a variety of training and combat operations. He also had the honor of training with many different U.S. and host-nation country personnel during his time overseas.  The wide variety of personalities and cultures laid the foundation for this presentation. 

Special Forces Project Leadership is a review of some of the more important traits that Bob likes to adhere to while leading projects. This fun and humorous presentation is guaranteed to being a laugh or two with Bob’s unique ideas on military leadership that have been modified for project use. So sit back and prepare for awesomeness!

Bio:
Mr. Bob Mahler served 12 years in the U.S. Army in the Mechanized Infantry and later as a Green Beret. He has excelled in the telecom industry and a Federal consultant. He is the current Director of Business Development for Velociteach, a Kennesaw, GA based REP. Bob has served in multiple PMIWDC Board positions and is a Risk SME contributor to PMBOK 6. Bob currently lives in Murfreesboro TN with his wife and 8-year-old son.  


PMINJ Symposium Ron Marks

Topic:   Effective Project Leadership - Driving Organizational Innovation

Abstract:
Leading Project Management Teams through this course will provide a solid foundation in key leadership competencies. It will afford you the opportunity for a truly transformational leadership experience. As a participant you will complete a self-assessment of your leadership skills, and then master the basics of these skills: setting direction, aligning people, motivating and inspiring, leading teams, communicating, building relationship, facilitating ethical conduct, negotiating and leading change. You will understand the role of the project leader in driving organizational innovation.

Bio:
Ron is a Partner with Southwestern Consulting based in Nashville, Tennessee and has been with the company since its inception in 2007. He has been in the training and management business since 1979 and extensively travels the world working to help organizations improve their leadership and management ability. He is the author of the Amazon best seller, “Managing for Sales Results” published by John Wiley and Sons. Ron has also owned his own company, Results Seminars based in Phoenix, Arizona for over 22 years before embarking on his consulting career. He has been engaged in leading numerous projects in a number of countries and has a truly global understanding of how to help companies become more effective while increasing revenue. His experience stretches across the home improvement industry, securities and fund raising, casino gaming as well as helping the leading horse trailer company increase its business volume by over 60%. He has led long- term projects in the US, Canada, Singapore and Australia. As an officer in the United States Air Force-CAP as well as the Australian Air Force Cadets program he understands the structure and systems of government project management. Ron is an active pilot in both Australia and the United States. He is an avid scuba diver as well which is greatly aided by his ability to personally manage projects. Ron resides in both Perth Australia and Phoenix, Arizona. He is married to Marni and has five (5) adult boys plus a few grandchildren to boot… 

Symposium Speaker   Tom Cagley

Topics:     

Product Owners In Agile – The Really Hard Role!
Storytelling: Developing the Big Picture for Agile Efforts

Abstracts:
Product Owners In Agile – The Really Hard Role!
Product owners are a part of the leadership structure in Agile teams.  Leadership in Agile teams include some combination of Scrum master, product owner, team leader, coach and / or team members.  The product owner has a special level of power and leadership as the voice of business and often as the conduit to the sponsor’s wallet. The leader’s role of shaping the culture of the team (and by extension other teams) and communication falls heavily on the product owner’s shoulders. Innovation is a core team attribute affected by culture.  Product owners, when the right person fills the role, are perfectly situated to shape a team’s culture. The execution of this role is severely hampered when the PO falls prey to any of the anti-patterns, such as proxy or disinterested product owners. 
In Product Owners, The Really Hard Role, I will share lessons gathered through hundreds of interviews with practitioners, pundits and consultants filtered through practical experience.  The session will include a hands-on exercise to help attendees to internalize the nuances of the product owner role.

Storytelling: Developing the Big Picture for Agile Efforts
Storytelling is a powerful tool to elevate even the most diehard requirements analyst from a discussion of individual requirements to a discussion of innovation and outcomes. Outcomes are the big picture that acts as an anchor for whole effort.  Outcomes are continuously broken down into more and more detailed backlogs. The onion metaphor that is popularly used in agile planning (Cohn’s Planning Onion) can be used to describe the evolution of backlogs. Building an initial backlog is much like peeling through the layers of an onion to get to the core.  Techniques for developing and splitting user stories are the second layer of the onion. However, before getting to the center of the backlog evolution onion, composed of features, epics, and user stories, we need to understand the big picture.  Join Tom to learn both the big picture and the many mechanisms for developing and maintaining the detailed backlogs, including asking, observing, showing and all sorts of hybrids.  

Bio:
Tom Cagley leads DCG’s Software Process Improvement and Software Measurement Consulting Practices. Mr. Cagley has over 20 years-experience in the software industry. He has held technical and managerial positions in different industries as a leader in software methods and metrics, quality assurance and systems analysis. Mr. Cagley is a frequent speaker at metrics, quality and project management conferences. His areas of expertise encompass management experience in methods and metrics, quality integration, quality assurance and Agile and lean frameworks to achieve value improvements. Mr. Cagley is currently the President of the International Function Point Users Group. He also is an active podcaster, hosting and editing the Software Process and Measurement Cast.   


Symposium Speaker Eric Chojnicki

Topic:    

Strategic Options Development and Analysis in Program Management during Drug Development
Impact of Precision Medicine and Biomarkers on Program / Project Management during Drug Development

Abstracts:
Strategic Options Development and Analysis in Program Management during Drug Development.
The Biotech / Pharmaceutical Industry since the mid-1980’s has been dealing with the impact of three industry structural translational events:   

  1. Impact of the advent of modern genetic engineering (mAbs) and the advent of the modern Biotechnology Industry.
  2. Impact of Bioinformatics – Genomics / Combinatorial Chemistry / Informatics.
  3. Unprecedented Structural Change in Pharmaceutical Market Dynamics – Rise of the European Union / Healthcare Reimbursement in the United States / Rise of the Emerging Markets (BRIC Economies particularly).   

These events have resulted in regulatory uncertainty as the respective regional agencies develop regulatory and legal frameworks to deal with the impact of the translational events.  In this environment an increasing impact on pricing practices for new drugs and reimbursement policies is emerging resulting in increased pressure on corporate leadership and internal development teams to insure best strategies for development of assets.  The development of strategic options and their analysis will be critical to corporate leadership and development. This presentation will provide an overview of strategic options development and analysis in program management during drug development. 

Impact of Precision Medicine and Biomarkers on Program / Project Management during Drug Development.
This presentation will provide an overview of the dynamic changes in the Pharma/ Biotech industry resulting from Precision Medicine and Biomarkers and the effect on Program / Project Management during drug development.  The Biotech / Pharmaceutical Industry since the mid-1980’s has been dealing with the impact of three industry structural translational events:  

  1. Impact of the advent of modern genetic engineering (mAbs) and the advent of the modern Biotechnology Industry.
  2. Impact of Bioinformatics – Genomics / Combinatorial Chemistry / Informatics.
  3. Unprecedented Structural Change in Pharmaceutical Market Dynamics – Rise of the European Union / Healthcare Reimbursement in the United States / Rise of the Emerging Markets  (BRIC Economies particularly) .   

These events have resulted in the regulatory uncertainty as the respective regional agencies develop regulatory and legal frameworks to deal with the impact of the translational events.  An increasing impact on pricing practices for new drugs and reimbursement policies is emerging.

The advent of precision medicine and evidenced based medicine resulting in  molecular based medicine integrating  genomics / combinatorial chemistry and modern bioinformatics toward the treatment of disease based on the underlying pathology and genetic polymorphism.
 
The overall impact is increasing market segmentation as patient populations are increasingly defined and treatment decisions are driven by the understanding of underlying molecular pathology.  

The effect has been to increase cost of drug development and larger trials as the industry attempts to apply the “Block Buster” Model to segmented markets in order to extend labeling claims and address additional market segments.  Increased failure rates and costs in the Phase I to Proof of Concept (PocC) stage of development are resulting because of:

  1. Increased entry of drug candidates and inefficient leverage of feedback from current trials to drive pre-clinical screening of candidate for entry into clinical development.
  2. Trial inefficiency as trial designers wrestle with precision driven trial designs and as  not yet defined changing regulatory and legal framework.

Effective, professional program project management will be increasingly important for successful drug development in the near term changing environment and structure of the biotech / pharmaceutical industry. 

Bio:
Dr. Eric Chojnicki, is an analytical and globally minded biotech / pharmaceutical executive with a broadly diverse expertise encompassing global product strategy, launch program management, and risk management planning.  He possesses a proven ability to merge scientific expertise, business acumen, and financial acuity, with the ability to assess all areas simultaneously in order to translate complex science and detailed business and financial data into proven development strategies.

His most recent position was that of  Senior Director Program Portfolio Management at Neurotech a private Biotechnology Company developing treatments for ophthalmic diseases using its Encapsulated Cell Technology platforms.   Previous positions include Director, CMC Project Management and Technical Affairs  for Global Pharmaceutical Sciences at Allergan, Inc with responsibility for CMC portfolio and project management processes, practices and infrastructure and as CMC Team Leader he provided strategic leadership of two CMC teams each developing a novel biologic.   As Senior Director Life Sciences at SmartAnalyst he worked as a strategy consultant providing leadership on projects for clients to facilitate strategic decisions in therapeutic areas of Oncology, Immune Modulators and Anti-Infective Agents and on biomarker driven development strategies. He also built a strong specialty practice consulting on commercial development and entry strategies for emerging markets and strategies for development of Bio-Similar and “Bio-Better” products. During his career he has held line management and cross-functional management positions at companies such as Tanox (Genentech), Bristol-Myers Squibb, Amgen, Inc. and others. He has published, holds patents and lead development efforts for small molecule, protein based, peptide, live cell, gene based therapeutics and vaccines.

Dr. Chojnicki has a B.A. with duel majors in Biology and Chemistry from Washington & Jefferson, College.  M.S and Ph.D. Degrees in Genetics & Developmental Biology from West Virginia University where he performed some of the initial scientific research to elucidate the biological function of TGF-beta. This work produced the first commercially sold diagnostic antibodies that recognized TGF-beta. He received an MBA in Pharmaceutical Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Management at the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He consults at the Lakenau Institute of Medical Research on research strategy and commercial development of the institute's technologies.  He is currently completing his Master of Legal Studies through the School of Law at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri.

In addition to his academic credentials, Dr. Chojnicki holds certifications as a PMP from the Project Management Institute and as a Six Sigma Black Belt from Villanova University.
 


Symposium Speaker   Arlene F. Minkiewicz

Topic:  

Harnessing the Power of the Crowd
Cloud Computing and Big Data – What’s the Big Deal

Abstract:
Harnessing the Power of the Crowd
Crowdsourcing is the practice of using the crowd to solve a problem or accomplish certain tasks.  The concept has been around for years but advances in technology – cloud computing, big data analytics, etc. – are forcing a paradigm shift in the notion of outsourcing.  Crowdsourcing is a participative online activity in which an organization, institution, or individual posts an opportunity to participate in a competition to solve an algorithmically complex problem, test a software application, design a website or some other challenge.  Members of the crowdsourcing community accept challenges and create solution proposals.  Those submitting the best solution(s) are awarded with prizes (generally money) or recognition or some other agreed upon remuneration.  Wikipedia presents a perfect example of crowdsourcing as an on-line encyclopedia that is maintained and policed by the public (members of the crowd); in this case the remuneration is the knowledge that the crowdsourcer has contributed to the wider body of knowledge in the world.  This presentation discusses crowdsourcing; what it is and how it works.  The benefits and challenges will be presented along with examples of where it has worked and where it has failed.

Cloud Computing and Big Data – What’s the Big Deal
At one level cloud computing is just Internet enabled time sharing.  Instead of organizations investing in all the Information Technology (IT) assets such as hardware, software and infrastructure they need to meet their business needs, cloud computing technology makes them available through the Internet.  Cloud computing allows an organization to adopt a different economic model for meeting IT needs by reducing capital investments and increasing operational investments. At the same time cloud computing enables the capture, storage, sharing, analysis and visualization of huge amounts of data in multiple formats from multiple media types; Big Data analysis. This presentation briefly introduces the concepts and implications of cloud computing.  Following this the notion of Big Data is introduced and it’s relation to cloud computing is explored.  Examples will be presented of the uses of big data in industry.

Bio:
Ms Minkiewicz is a software measurement expert dedicated to finding creative solutions focused on making software development professionals successful.  She has over 32 years in the software industry researching all aspects of the software development process and providing thought leadership to the software community.  Ms Minkiewicz is the Chief Scientist at PRICE Systems, LLC.  In this role, she leads the cost research activity for the entire suite of cost estimating products that PRICE provides.


Solicitation for Speakers

Speaker Proposal Deadlines:
1 March - IPM Day
1 September - Symposium

Presentations will be accepted for one-hour track sessions focused on the creative use and innovative application of both new and traditional techniques for project management.



The PMINJ Regional Symposium is seeking original presentations from excellent speakers.  Consider submitting a presentation within the guidelines presented here and that will enable the creative use and innovative application of both new and traditional techniques for the Project Management profession.  We need a number of advanced PM topics for our experienced members. 

Prepare a proposed speaker presentation for submittal expecting a 1-hour session, including time for questions.  Final presentation lengths will be determined as part of the review process. The presentation will be reviewed by a panel of PMP volunteers who are seeking to prepare an exciting and varied program that meets the needs of our PMINJ members.   Selection criteria include: originality, contribution to Project Management, timeliness, fit with program balance and demonstrated speaking excellence.  All decisions by the review team are final. 

If your presentation is accepted, you will be asked to confirm your commitment and you will be assigned a speaker angel who will work with you in the months before the May event to help you shape your presentation with event requirements.   Final copies of presentations are required by the first week of April.  Your finalized presentation is made available on a laptop that is set-up for your session. Changes to the presentation will not be accepted after the first week of April.  

Presentations will be reviewed once your presentation and the following supporting materials have been received.

To be considered, all submissions need to be received electronically by the submission deadline above.    Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

Submit your proposed presentation along with the following materials to the email address listed below.  All materials must be submitted for a complete submission:

  • Speaker Proposal Form
  • 100-word biography of the speaker
  • Color or black and white photograph of the speaker in separate jpg or gif file
  • 50-word abstract of the presentation (Note the abstract is used as part of the program materials; therefore it should be based solely on the content of the presentation.  Use the biography for references regarding speaker credentials.)
  • Proposed PowerPoint presentation with 25 or fewer slides. Note that selected presentations will be made available to all Symposium registrants and will be published on the PMINJ website in PDF; do not include proprietary information in your presentation.  
  • Videos are not accepted in the presentation.
Note other speaker expectations:
  • We are seeking 9 Speakers for this event 
  • Confirmed speakers are expected to attend a speaker dinner on Sunday evening at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ and to be present at the event at least 1 hour before the speaker's session start time.
  • Confirmed speakers have committed professionally and personally to attend the event.
  • Speakers may participate in the entire symposium for free.
  • Speakers who are PMP-certified may earn 10 PDUs for their presentation.
  • Reasonable actual travel and living expenses will be reimbursed for one speaker per presentation. 
All complete submissions will receive a response after the selection process is completed by mid February.

Print these instructions and download the form

Address any questions to Symp-Speakers(:@:)pminj.org.