PMI CFC Seminar
August 3, 2016
Mr. Anthony Reed
Managing Difficult Projects and People
One Day Seminar = 8 PDUs (Leadership - 6 hours, Strategic - 2hours)
When was the last time that you worked on a project under perfect conditions? That’s to say that there were no constraints, such as:
- Resources (Human, Material, and Money/Budget)
All of the unlimited resources were available at your beckoned call. You had more monetary resources (budget) than you could spend. You had so many people (human resources) clambering to get on the project that you had to turn people away. And all of your materials, such as software and hardware, arrived on time, was installed without any problems, and was ready to run out of the box. There were no delivery dates or deadlines. And the project scope/requirements never changed because scope creep never occurred. Or you were able to change the deadline to correspond with scope changes.
Chances are great, that you worked on projects that went through the “perfect storm.” You faced resource prob-lems. Too little money was allocated. The money evaporated too quickly. Or the budget was cut for more im-portant projects. Hardware was delivered late and there were problems with installing the software. And you either didn’t have enough people, the right people weren’t available, and/or you experienced turnover of key people during the project. Furthermore, you faced the quagmire of an unmovable deadline and a movable scope. For the most part, we must manage projects during the perfect storm.
This presentation is based on over twenty-five years of first-hand, project management experiences. This includes fifteen years of upgrading and implementing Oracle applications on high profile, multi-million dollar, and/or international projects. The projects were for small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, quasi-governmental, and governmental agencies.
Sometimes, our ship capsized during the storm (i.e. the project was abandoned). Other times, we sailed through the storm and survived (i.e. the project was in trouble, but we recovered and it was implemented on time). And we even sailed around the storm and had the perfect project. A $12 million project was completed for $2.6 million.
Each situation represented learning experiences. We examined what happened (both the good and the bad), why it happened, and how we could prevent it in the future. This included learning how to:
- Educate the stakeholders (and team members) about project management and constraints
- Address budget and schedule problems
- Gain control over and stopping project creep
- Identify and cost justifying project risks and contingencies
- Renegotiate the project constraints
- Manage the stakeholder anxiety and expectations
- Keep the staff motivated during the project (GOMOPLEX).
During this seminar, you’ll learn the tips on how to regain control of wayward projects and how to prevent problems from occurring.
Seminar Evaluation Comments
- Instructor gave real world examples and possible solutions. I’m taking back solutions I can use right away.
- Held my attention for seven hours. Good job! Great humor.
- The discussion around flanking was the most helpful immediate take away.
- Liked ideas on how to educate executives and project team members about project management. Very innovative.
- Very useful material presented in an organized manner.
- Very relevant. Good with real-world solutions.
- Extensive subject matter was very beneficial. Great presentation materials to drive home topics.
- Enjoyed discussions about narcissism and dealing with victims.
- Anthony is obviously very experienced and provided many excellent examples for the points the seminar makes.
- This could easily be a two day seminar.
- The topics were mostly relevant to the work I do today.
- I liked the ideas to keep the constraints balanced and how to get to know the team and get everyone engaged.
Anthony Reed, CPA, PMP is an IT professional with over twenty-five years in management and executive posi-tions for various Fortune 500 companies, governmental entities, and large consulting firms. Some of the firms included Texas Instruments, Siemens, Motel 6, Ernst & Young, Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The responsibilities included managing multi-million dollar departmental budgets and staffing blends of international, multi-generational, multi-cultural employees and consultants.
He’s been interviewed on television, radio, and webcast programs and featured in the business, travel, and sports sections of major newspapers and publications across the country. This includes the PMI Today, Dallas Morning News, Runner’s World, Southern Living, Ebony, and the Journal of Accountancy.
He holds two graduate degrees and two undergraduate degrees. He’s also taught collegiate business management, IT, accounting, and project management courses. He’s served on the Board of Directors for the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), Ft. Worth’s Jubilee Theatre, the Dallas White Rock Marathon, and various local and international not-for-profit organizations.
He has spoken at over 100 national and international business, leadership, supply chain planning, project man-agement, accounting, and IT conferences. He has five books and over fifty articles published. The articles have appeared in ComputerWorld, Datamation, Career Focus, and Runner’s World magazines. His book, entitled Finding the I in TEAM: Better Team Building Through Individual Building, focuses on building stronger team members. His latest book is Running to Leadership: What Finishing 100+ Marathons On All Seven Continents Teaches Us About Success.
As a Certified Running Coach, he completed 128 marathons (26.2 miles/42.2K). He’s one of about 50 people in the world, who completed the marathon hat trick. He completed (1) over 100 marathons on (2) all seven conti-nents and (3) in 50 States. This included the frigid Antarctica, Kenya’s dangerous Lewa SafriCom, and China’s Great Wall Marathons. (By comparison, over 2,500 people have reached Mt. Everest’s summit, including over 500 in one year.) Subsequently, his journeys were chronicled in his book, Running Shoes Are Cheaper Than Insulin: Marathon Adventures On All Seven Continents.
Early Registration is $229 until June 15, 2015. Registration after June 15, 2016 is $329.
Seating is limited to 15! Register now to ensure your seat!
Seminar Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM with 1-hour lunch.
Location: Webster University, 501 W. Church Street, Orlando, FL 32805
Parking: W. Church Street Parking Garage (Northeast Corner of W. Church Street and S. Division Street - Across from Amway Center)
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