Speakers

Anthony Reed

Featured Speaker

From the Road Race to the Rat Race: The Story of a Type T Project Manager

What characteristics do entrepreneurs (positive), sociopaths (negative), thinkers (mental), and endurance/extreme athletes (physical) have in common? They are Type T personalities. Learn how a positive, mental, and physical Type T project manager and marathon coach focused on becoming an internationally recognized executive, organizing a multi-country racing series, and ran his way in the history books as a 131-time, hall of fame marathoner.

Bio

Mr. Anthony Reed, CPA, PMP is an international business executive with over 30 years of experience and is a history-making, international marathoner. This includes 25 years in project management and executive positions for Fortune 500 companies. He’s currently the CEO Caribbean Endurance Sports.

The major newspapers and publications across the country. This includes the USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Dallas Morning News, Runner’s World, Southern Living, PMI Today, and the Journal of Accountancy. He has authored five books and over 50 articles. His articles have appeared in ComputerWorld, Datamation, Career Focus, and Runner’s World magazines.

 

Brian Lines

Project Management Strategies to Improve Adoption of New Software Implementations

Change is hard, especially when your organization is being asked to deploy a complex new software solution! A project manager’s reputation can be tied to how well a software system is being adopted across the user base. And if you are leaving the change adoption & training aspects of your project in the hands of the software vendor – their “training resources” will leave you exposed! This session will take a data-driven approach (based on 600+ change initiatives) to identify common pitfalls & share proven practices that project managers are using to achieve successful change adoption. We will explore the right way to communicate the change, psychological aspects of resistance, how to leverage internal change agents, how to track adoption rates, and more. 

Bio

Brian Lines is an assistant professor at the University of Kansas. His research team directly partners with public & private organizations to improve their project delivery processes. In the last 10 years, his team has helped organizations deliver more than $1B in project value across all industry sectors (IT/Software, Design/Construction, Facilities & Operations, and Business & Professional Services). Dr. Lines’ efforts in project delivery support have resulted in tens of millions in direct savings for participating project teams.

 

Candy Whirley

Featured Speaker

It Takes 4 to Tango

This international speaker, author and former NFL Cheerleader will take you through her 4 C’s of Leadership which are the importance of Confidence, Communication, Creativity and Change in the workplace, the second meaning… you will go on a brilliant exploration of personality styles that will make you think, laugh, even dance…and recognize your true self and others.

Emotional Intelligence: Get off the Roller Coaster!

Buckle up…and be ready to be entertained, interactive, energized and enter a new way of thinking!

Have you ever had someone know just what buttons to push! We all have…that’s why Candy loves to teach folks how to get their emotions under control. In this interactive keynote, you will laugh and learn about your emotions and how to CALM DOWN without someone saying “Calm Down!” We will analyze your emotions by exploring what aggravates you by knowing exactly what tics you off! Then we will discuss how to manage the obstacles so you can choose your emotions by being proactive NOT reactive. By the end of this keynote you will be able to recognize the emotions in people who are not like you! 

Bio

Candy Whirley, MM, CSP brings experience from: training, customer service, management and entertainment (former Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleader). She has been a business owner and author for 19 years. Some clients include: Regional School Nutrition, Human Resource, Medical Managers and Project Management Conferences. She graduated Cum Laude from Missouri Western State University and earned her Masters in Management at the University of Phoenix.

 

Connie Hsiung

Is the Waterfall Safe to Drink?

One dominating transformation trend in project and program management is the hybrid approach of integrating waterfall methodology with agile. This presentation discusses the relationship between PMI’s program management methodology (PgM) and Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). We will examine the correlating drivers such as program charter vs SAFe theme and vision, and correlating roles such as PgM vs RTE/STE. We will present a case study to demonstrate how a hybrid approach may be applied to deliver a solution with significant waterfall and agile components. 

Bio

Connie Hsiung spent over 20 years applying engineering and technology solutions to advance business objectives for clients worldwide. Her experience includes project, program, resource management, and project management office (PMO) involving global teams in multiple disciplines. Her international business experience includes creation of multimillion-dollar ventures with international business and government partners to manage U.S. expansion in China. She joined the former U.S. Secretary of Commerce on a business development mission to China to promote trade balance. She is a PMP® and earned her B.S. & M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Missouri. Connie enjoys a good adventure and has visited 50 countries in 7 continents.

 

Dana Houston-Jackson

Avoiding Groupthink Using Gamestorming For Project Achievement

This workshop is for you if:

  • You want to energize your meetings with activity
  • You want to help people cooperate in meetings
  • You want to help people see different perspectives
  • You want to reduce the possibility of personal agendas driving decisions and confusion
  • You want to make your meeting outcomes sustainable


This workshop is NOT for you if:

  • You are looking for a “quick fix” to unhealthy team dynamics
  • You are working with a team that has a long history of conflict
  • You don’t have clear direction or support from leadership
  • You are unwilling to give up on controlling the meeting agenda
  • You are using a unilateral approach

Bio

Dana Houston Jackson is the Lead Senior (People) Change Consultant at 1898 & Co., the consulting and technology arm of Burns & McDonnell. She specializes in simplifying the complex and improving adoption and usage in order to achieve full business value. A straight-shooting, divergent thinker, with a box-poking career spanning 25+ years in Org Development, Project and (People) Change Management amongst multiple industries including utilities, government, technology, construction, non-profit, manufacturing and academia. Dana has a BS, MS Info Tech and is working on another MS in Organization Change Leadership – she never stops learning with and for you.

 

Herb Sih (Featured Speaker)

Next Generation Project Management Can Save the World - A Glimpse of Our Smart City Future

Cities are facing daunting challenges due to urbanization. Since 1990, the number of people living in urban areas has doubled, and in the next 30 years this number will nearly double again. Increasingly, cities are turning to “smart technologies” to become “smart cities” to address the needs of its citizens, on top of its aging infrastructure and its already limited budgets. The cost to become a smart city is steep. But the price of inaction for a city is even steeper – and puts humanity at risk.

Future smart city deployments require public/private partnerships to be successful. These partnerships are already complicated but will require an even more complex business relationships to fully enable cities to adopt this technology while managing the risk of all stakeholders involved. “Next generation” project management in the smart city realm can help lead this business process transformation. Unless cities can change how they identify problems, procure technologies and finance these investments, mankind in the urban environment is in peril. Project management has the opportunity to manage these risks, speed up technology adoption and even help create new innovation insights to problems today and in the future.

Smart Cities and Next Gen Project Management: Managing Public Private Partnerships to Change the World and Help Humanity Thrive

Participants will review a real-life smart city case study and learn what could have been done differently if “next generation” project management, aligned with a city’s “next generation” smart procurement strategy, had been used. This exercise will provide deep insight where we believe cities and private partners must evolve to in their P3 relationship.

We will examine the technologies, the impact and the inherent challenges that exist for cities who want to build a maximum impact smart city. We will dissect each dynamic and showcase the role that next generation project management could play in addressing the challenges that exist today and becoming a key success factor in the future for smart city developments. 

Bio

Herb has inspired some of the world most progressive cities, companies and entrepreneurs to Think Big! As an accomplished entrepreneur, innovator, investor and catalyst for change, he has focused on tackling some of the world's biggest challenges and has become a trusted adviser and an internationally recognized expert in the "smart city" space. Drawing on his diverse background in finance, innovation and entrepreneurship, he has seen how technology can transform the world - when in the hands of the right people. Combined with his experience as a military pilot, he understands the "can-do" attitude that is required to overcome obstacles that you will meet along the way to success.

 

Jenny Tarwater

Agile Bag O’ Tricks

Refresh your tool set with the latest and greatest of agile practices and activitie from Liberating Structures, Training from the Back of the Room, and Patrick Lencioni (Speed of Trust / Five Dysfunctions of a Team).  

Bio

Jenny Tarwater is an International Speaker, Agile Coach, and Trainer local to the Kansas City, Missouri area. Jenny has over 23 years of corporate experience bringing business teams, technical teams, and sponsors together to reliably deliver large-scale development projects with her disciplined approach of cultivating success and growth in people, process, and products. Jenny has a passion for driving the adoption and understanding of Agile values, principles and practices, and her endless motivation drives her involvement in cultivating the “small company start-up culture” across organizations large and small. Jenny is a kinetic leader, partner, and consummate student who brings enthusiasm and awareness to projects and keeps teams focused and delivering success in rapidly evolving and dynamic environments.

 

John Iverson

Streaming to Success - Using Value Streams to Improve Your Organization

Value Streams have been around as long as the concept of "Lean." While early value stream efforts focused entirely on process streamlining, value streams today are being used more and more to break down functional silos and align organizations toward a common set of key business outcomes. The approach has also evolved to focus as much on the information flows between processes as the processes themselves. With best selling books on the topic, Value Streams have become the "it" thing in business.

Come learn the keys to effectively implementing Value Streams and how to use them to make your organization better.

Bio

John Iverson is a self-described Value Management Professional with over 25 years of making organizational improvements in manufacturing, services and info technology. His current role is managing the primary value stream for an organization of 30,000 employees. A frequent speaker at both local and national events, his sessions are always designed to make participants more effectively and consciously use concepts that are likely already a part of their intuition. You may also recognize him as a longtime instructor of PMP Exam Prep.

 

Kate Megaw

Different Ways to Be Engaged and Aware of What Is Going On, Without Micromanaging Your Team

Micromanagement vs Accountability. Practice at least one technique that enables a leader to be present, aware, and engaged, while avoiding over-influence and micromanagement. For example: Gemba Hawthorne effect — paying attention Engaging in the Agile delivery and feedback cycle Advice Process Etc.

Bio

Kate Megaw, is the president of the Braintrust Consulting, specializing in working with executives & C-level professionals in addition to serving as an Agile Coach/Trainer. Kate is a dynamic Project Management Professional with more than 15 years experience in planning, directing & managing complex projects. Before co-founding Braintrust, Kate worked as a project manager for the global leader in Corporate Actions automation. Now she uses her years of experience to guide clients through the transition from a waterfall to Agile delivery model. Kate is client-focused with finely honed communication & presentation abilities, complemented by strong organizational & people management skills.

 

Kerri Powell

Where Does My Role Belong In This Agile World?

Struggling with your current job responsibilities and how they fit into Agile development?  Have you been asking questions such as? Are there responsibilities that could be eliminated because they are solved for in a Scrum/SAFe event/ceremony? Do the responsibilities I own today move to a different role on a Scrum /SAFe team? 

Join this interactive workshop where the facilitator(s) will provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of a Scrum/SAFe team and walk you through an exercise that will provide you with a tool to help you and your team determine if those current responsibilities are “Fine in Scrum/SAFe."

Bio

Kerri Powell, an Agile Coach, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (FRBKC). She enjoys leading the Agile mindset adoption across the organization while coaching, mentoring & training teams, ScrumMasters, Product Owners, organizational leaders and key stakeholders. She focuses on the value-added by adopting the Agile mindset and frameworks. She serves on the FRBKC’s Agile Community of Practice which has provided her the opportunity to speak at several events bringing awareness of the Agile Manifesto and the supporting frameworks (Scrum, Safe and Kanban) to the Federal Reserve Bank system’s Agile practitioners. In her previous role, she served as a ScrumMaster for three Agile teams.

 

Luke Desmond

Is the Waterfall Safe to Drink?

One dominating transformation trend in project and program management is the hybrid approach of integrating waterfall methodology with agile. This presentation discusses the relationship between PMI’s program management methodology (PgM) and Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). We will examine the correlating drivers such as program charter vs SAFe theme and vision, and correlating roles such as PgM vs RTE/STE. We will present a case study to demonstrate how a hybrid approach may be applied to deliver a solution with significant waterfall and agile components. 

Navigating An Increasingly Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous Environment With Cynefin

Projects, programs and portfolios exist in an environment of increasing complexity. Organizations need to avoid decision paralysis whilst at the same time making appropriate decisions. The Cynefin framework is an intellectually robust method for sensing the operational environment and supporting practitioners in recommending appropriate management strategies. The techniques are applicable in a wide range of business applications but are especially suited to portfolio and program management.

Bio

Luke has over 20 years of portfolio, program and project leadership across Australia, Asia, the Middle East and the United States in technology sectors. Luke has directed a number of multi-billion dollar programs, established project offices in new countries, consulted for government organizations and recovered troubled projects. Luke is studying for a Doctorate in Business Administration and holds Masters degrees in Project Management, System Engineering, Cyber-Security and Decision Analytics. Luke is particularly interested in emerging technologies such as data science, block-chain and Artificial Intelligence. Luke’s certifications include the PfMP, PgMP, PMP, PMI-ACP and he is a SAFe Program Consultant.

 

Mike Roberts

The Impact of DevOps on the Project Manager

In this talk, we will discuss how project managers are impacted by the implementation of the DevOps methodology. Specifically, we will discuss the history and rise of continuous integration and continuous delivery in SDLC and how it impacts the teams that project managers work with. Items of consideration include accelerating delivery/shipment of code, working with IT operations teams, new tools, automation, and DevOps Culture. We will challenge common misconceptions on DevOps and focus on the ultimate outcome of an Agile and DevOps implementation.

Bio

Michael Roberts is an IT industry professional with more than 20 years of experience in project management, application management, software development, business analysis, operations management, and more. His industry certifications include those from Cisco, CompTIA, Microsoft, ICAgile, Atlassian and the Scaled Agile Framework.

With his experience as a technology project manager, and executive, he’s guided many companies to successful IT and software projects, and become a skilled strategist who transforms strategic plans into workable solutions and benchmarks performance against key operational targets/goals.

 

Paul Carter

Limit Work In Progress - A Paradox to Get More Done!

This workshop will give you a brief Agile overview and how Agile practices are utilized as a business strategy in many organizations to deliver results. The workshop will include hands on activities to learn how to increase team effectiveness and productivity – without working extra hours. Deliver customer solutions early and often. Create a culture of continuous learning and continuous improvement.

The majority of the workshop will focus on Limiting Work In Progress – The paradox to get more done!  And how to apply within your projects for success.

  • Recognize the power of Limiting WIP to improve efficiency, flow of work, time to market, employee effectiveness, and customer satisfaction.
  • Change your thought patterns and identify tactics to begin Limiting WIP.
  • Get Limiting WIP tips and techniques that apply to individuals, project teams and for portfolio management

Bio

Paul Carter is an Enterprise Agile Coach and Trainer with Commerce Bank. He is actively involved in multiple Agile user groups at work and in the Kansas City community. Paul is an Agile enthusiast with a passion for transforming teams and growing agility as a business strategy within the enterprise.

He has coached and trained attorneys, schools, marketing teams, sales, operations, auditors, lenders and executives as well as technology teams enabling success and productivity gains. He has trained 3000+ across a wide variety of disciplines, industry and organizations.

Paul is married with 6 children and enjoys roller coasters and water parks. You can follow him on Twitter @AgileFamilyGuy.

 

Raj Bhatia

Disciplined Agile (DA) For Enterprise Agility at Scale

DA is a toolkit that integrates methodologies and local optimizations of the delivery process. It is hyper aware of the enterprise environmental factors and the empirical organizational process assets, the EEF & OPA.

We will present the toolkit and review some use cases of applying the process integration techniques for successful implementation of Agile/ Lean methods to product development at scale.

Bio

Raj Bhatia is a senior leader with over three decades of experience leading initiatives and teams, creating technology asset value in private and public sector organizations. He has witnessed and participated in the development and evolution of the science and art of bringing concepts to reality. He has been advancing his practical knowledge of project and change management across a variety of industries and disciplines. Currently, he is the PMI Kansas City Chapter Champion for Disciplined Agile.

 

Scott Weaver

Leading Teams to Deliver Results

Delivering results requires uniting your team through purpose, commitment and direction. You as the leader must clearly instill the purpose of the endeavor in the team, inspire your teammates to share your commitment to success, and continually point to and lead them forward in reaching your goals.

Communication is the key to superior team performance in execution. Sure. So how do we do it? This presentation explores three key elements of effective communication with and within your team.

Bio

Scott is an accomplished leader and educator with over 15 years of success in organizational leadership, global program and project management, strategic analysis and operational planning in organizations ranging up to 125K employees and $12B in budget.

He is a retired Army combat veteran who served as an infantry officer, scholar and strategist. His strategic-level assignments focused on Southwest Asia and Europe. He served nine years on the faculties of the Army's three degree-granting institutions: the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.

 

Spencer Horn (Featured Speaker)

Staying Relevant in the Age of Big Data & AI

Technology and computing power is advancing at mind boggling speed. What are the implications of this phenomenon on your future employment? Companies are investing in technology at an ever-greater rate, to fill their skills gaps and labor shortage. Technology advances until 5 years ago meant an increase in employment and the standard of living. That is no longer true. The current economic data suggests that the evolution of technology is contributing to slower labor and wage growth. For the first time in history, people are starting to lose jobs to machines. This is a trend that is expected to accelerate.

Technology is replacing left brain functions like accounting, research, analysis, hiring, dangerous work, and highly cognitive brain work. As computing power expands, there is no job that is safe from technology replacing humans. What will happen to many of the high paying jobs of the past in science, technology, engineering, and math?

Those who will succeed at the highest level in these and other careers will need to learn additional skill such as building relationships, brainstorming, collaborating, and leading. In the future, technology will be capable of doing most jobs. However, some qualities, skills, and abilities will never be replaced. You can increase your value to current and future employers by improving these.

Develop the Skills You Need to Stay Relevant

A deeper dive into the skills you need to stay relevant in The Age of Big Data & AI.

Bio

Spencer is the President of Altium Leadership. He was previously the CEO of a leadership development company and Vice President of a NASDAQ company, which developed IMAX theaters. There he worked with major organizations such as IMAX Corp., National Geographic Television, Radio City Productions, Disney Films and more. He has been speaking professionally since 2009 and presenting at PMI chapter development conferences since 2010 and has been a regular speaker at the PMI Leadership Institute Meeting (LIM) North America Conference, since 2014. He is consistently one of the highest rated speakers for the yearlong, PMI Leadership Institute Master Class (LIMC) since 2015.

 

Todd Hunt (Featured Speaker)

Communication Bleeps and Blunders In Business

A major challenge in project management today is communication. You said one thing; your sponsor, stakeholder or vendor heard something else. Nobody was wrong, but now everyone’s confused...and you have to deal with it!

This informative and entertaining keynote shares funny, true examples from the business world to illustrate how we all miscommunicate...and how we can improve.

Effective Communication For Leaders

In this follow-up to Todd’s opening keynote, we’ll dive deeper into business communication misfires, analyze what went wrong and brainstorm how to improve. Explore verbal tics and redundancies that hinder communication. Then put pen to paper to polish our business writing skills. We can always improve!

Bio

Funnier than a business speaker; more informative than a comedian, Todd Hunt speaks to organizations that want to add fun to their events and send members back to work smiling—with tips to improve communication and success.

His keynotes have inspired project managers at PMI Chicagoland, Pittsburgh, New Jersey and Hampton Roads, plus Resource Planning Summit, American Payroll Association, Fujitsu and other conferences.

As an executive at Ogilvy & Mather, one of the world’s largest advertising agencies, Todd learned the inner workings of communication. Additional positions with an insurance administrator, retailer and his own marketing company enabled him to validate his communication concepts.

 

Tom Mulligan (Featured Speaker)

Resistance to Change

You will come away with ways to deal with resistance to change and the conflict that it causes. We will discuss where it comes from and how to manage through the process by understanding what is really happening and how to gain the help of all stakeholders in finding solutions.

Let's Not Argue About Dreams and Nightmares

Two robust exercises on conflict resolution based on satisfying anticipated needs.

Bio

Tom Mulligan is a veteran training consultant and coach. He has been a top performer in sales and leadership in very large organizations and small business as well. For forty years, he has helped build businesses and organizations, large and small by building the performance of their people. He is sought after by organizations needing immediate improvement in customer relations, sales and Internal communication efficiency. He brings real solutions to real problems.

 

Zac Jarrard

Using Games to Engage, Motivate, and Train Project Teams

Modern organizations operate during a time of great innovation and technological disruption. Organizations need to be able to effectively form project teams and teach people new skills. Games are one tool for engaging and motivating employees to work as a team and learn a broad range of skills in a short period of time. This session will introduce participants to game mechanics, provide examples of how games can be used for team building and skill development, and challenge participants to discuss how game mechanics can help project teams and organizations thrive. Participants will engage in a group activity where they apply basic game mechanics to solve real problems.

How Millennials Are Using Project Management In An Age of Technology and Innovation

Millennials are an emerging generation who are taking on leadership roles. They are finding their way into management roles. One of these roles is project management where they are helping lead innovation and change in organizations. The focus of this session is to discuss how participants can learn from a Millennial how to leverage emerging technology to be more efficient and effective at work.

Bio

Zac Jarrard is a Project Manager in Information Technology Services and a Professional Tutor for the Academic Success Center. He is pursuing a Master of Information Systems in Business Analytics, while also holding an MPA and MBA from Park University. His research interests include gamification, innovation, and project management. Outside of Park University, Zac is heavily involved in the community. Recently, Zac created Jarrard Consulting, LLC where he does project management and game consulting. He is also an Eagle Scout who aspires to make the world a better place for everyone.