PMI Toronto Greater Toronto Information Systems Branch, April 16, 2019

UPCOMING EVENTS

No PMI- GTIS events in May 2019

 

DID YOU KNOW…

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering with PMI is not only an effective way to enrich your personal membership experience and give back to the community; it also expands your professional network, improves your knowledge base and helps to hone your leadership skills!

The benefits of volunteering with PMI TORONTO GTIS Branch include:

  • Acquire leadership skills and competencies necessary for career advancement but not always available in the workplace
  • Improve networking skills and network with leaders in IS/IT project management
  • Profit from knowledge sharing with IS/IT Project Management professionals on the Board and in the group at large
  • Expand contact network to include industry experts and subject matter experts
  • Assume leadership roles and give back to the organization and the profession
  • Have fun and earn some PDUs while at it!

We welcome volunteers in all of our portfolios:  Administration, Communications & Marketing, e-Services, Finance, Operations, and Programs.  For more information on current or future volunteer opportunities please email us.

About the PMI TORONTO GTIS Branch

For more information on other GTIS events please click  Here.

Our LinkedIn group is growing! Join us on LinkedIn.

Stay informed! Follow us on Twitter.

Be a Leader! Volunteer!  We have several areas where we could use your help.    

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GTIS and SWOC Branch Event Thursday,​ April 4, 2019

PMI Toronto GTIS Branch and South Western Ontario Chapter (SWOC) Event
Thursday, April 4th, 2019 (05:30 PM – 8:45 PM 2.0 PDUs)
Title: From PM Methodologies to Impact of AI: How Project Managers can thrive in the age of disruption
Presenters: Christine Aykac and Dr. David McKenna

For more details about this event and to register, please click  PMI Toronto Calendar of Events

Synopsis:

Toronto Speaker: Christine Aykac

Title: Waterfall, PRINCE2, SCRUM, Lean, Kanban & more… How to achieve maximum benefits of the blended/hybrid approaches?

Subtitle: There is evidence in history that project management has been practiced for thousands of years, dating back to the Egyptian epoch. In today’s world, the surge of disruptive technologies and vast globalization requires a re-thinking of how we run projects.

Adaptive Life Cycles – also known as change-driven or Agile methods, are intended to respond to high levels of change; when requirements and scope are challenging to define in advance and when it is possible to establish small incremental improvements that will deliver value to stakeholders.

During this session, we will introduce the concept of Adaptive Life Cycles and the importance of focusing on the long term and short-term benefits of different project methodologies and discuss the ideas of many various aspects of these methodologies and how you can find your style and enhance your role by embracing these new methods in the future.

London Speaker: Dr. David McKenna

Title: AI (Artificial Intelligence) How project managers can thrive in the age of disruption

Subtitle: Are you prepared to work in a world with artificial intelligence all around us? Self-driving cars, planes and trains. Chefs, morticians, labours can all be replaced by a machine. Are you ready?

Many existing jobs will be replaced by AI. Are you ready to work in a new world? What skills will be replaced by AI and what competencies will humans need to work with AI. You will be surprised.

Learning Objectives (Toronto Speaker):

Project Management strategies will be discussed that allow for:

Learning Objectives:

This presentation gives participants something to reflect on concerning the ever-changing world we live in and work on. What skills are needed and what jobs will require them to overcome the challenges the future works will bring on.

  • Introduction to Adaptive life cycles
  • Change-driven approaches
  • Knowledge and skills needed to adapt to future challenges

Learning Objectives (London Speaker):

This presentation gives participants something to reflect on with respect to the ever-changing world we live and work in. What skills are needed and what jobs will move into the AI domain.

  • A brief introduction to AI
  • Latest innovations with machine intelligence
  • Impacts on humans due to the evolution of AI
  • What are you going to do about it, what skill sets will be needed?

In today’s fast-paced work environment, Project managers face a number of familiar challenges: meeting project milestones and deadlines, managing changes, staying on budget, ethics, managing different project stakeholder expectations among many others.

In addition, technology is having an increasing impact on the way projects are managed. Consider for example the impact of smartphones, tablets and text messaging (SMS), making it easier to keep track of project metrics at any point of a project and product lifecycle. The technology makes it even easier and seamless for different project stakeholders to communicate and share information in new and creative ways that were simply not possible before.

Sharing key metrics on demand, such as is the project schedule variance (SV) and/or cost variance (CV), are critical to making different stakeholders intimately aware of the progress of the project, whether their expectations are being met, and enabling decisions on which project should get the go ahead.

Mobile technology, Internet of Things (IoT), and now Artificial Intelligence (AI) are making it easier than ever to share information, expectations, assist the project manager in making key decisions and track project metrics such as quality standards.

Project Managers have to keep up with trends and adapt their management styles to incorporate new trends and new ways of doing their work in the most effective way possible.

Learning Objectives:

Project Management strategies will be discussed that allow for:

  • more effective communication
  • taking the pulse of the project at any given time
  • managing different stakeholder and client expectations
  • keeping up to date on the latest project management trends and how they can be incorporated in their practice.

For more details about this event, our speakers’ biographies, and to register, please click here.

DID YOU KNOW…

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering with PMI is not only an effective way to enrich your personal membership experience and give back to the community; it also expands your professional network, improves your knowledge base and helps to hone your leadership skills!

The benefits of volunteering with PMI TORONTO GTIS Branch include:

  • Acquire leadership skills and competencies necessary for career advancement but not always available in the workplace
  • Improve networking skills and network with leaders in IS/IT project management
  • Profit from knowledge sharing with IS/IT Project Management professionals on the Board and in the group at large
  • Expand contact network to include industry experts and subject matter experts
  • Assume leadership roles and give back to the organization and the profession
  • Have fun and earn some PDUs while at it!

We welcome volunteers in all of our portfolios:  Administration, Communications & Marketing, e-Services, Finance, Operations, and Programs.  For more information on current or future volunteer opportunities please email us.

About the PMI TORONTO GTIS Branch

For more information on other GTIS events please click  Here.

Our LinkedIn group is growing! Join us on LinkedIn.

Stay informed! Follow us on Twitter.

Be a Leader! Volunteer!  We have several areas where we could use your help.    

NOTE: You are receiving this PMI TORONTO GTIS Branch email newsletter because you subscribed to receive it. If you no longer want to receive this email newsletter, please unsubscribe using the unsubscribe link in the footer. This newsletter is intended to communicate upcoming PMI TORONTO GTIS Branch professional development events and to inform you of other local professional development opportunities, networking opportunities or relevant information related to project management and/or the Project Management Professional Certificate (PMP) and/or other professional certificates offered by PMI. You do not need to be a member of PMI, PMI TORONTOor PMI TORONTO GTIS Branch  to subscribe to this email newsletter. PMI TORONTO GTIS Branch or PMI TORONTO may send future emails regarding the new July 1 2014 Canadian Anti-Spam Law (CASL).

GTIS Branch Quarterly Event Saturday,​ March 2nd, 2019

PMI Toronto GTIS Quarterly Branch Event
Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 (08:30 AM – 12:30 PM – 4 PDUs)
Title: An introduction to Project Management for Next Generation Technology Initiatives
Presenters: Jerry Gaertner

Synopsis:

Big Data and predictive analytics have become important parts of the business strategy and operational capabilities for a growing number of organizations. Neural networks and artificial intelligence are currently deployed by a number of governments, financial institutions, insurance companies and manufacturers and more general adoption appear inevitable. However, effectively realizing the potential of these extremely powerful technologies in individual projects is often problematical. Moreover, leveraging them more broadly in domains such as strategy, logistics, financial planning, organizational structure and corporate culture is woefully lacking in general.

In part, this arises because of a fundamental misunderstanding about the nature of these technologies. Some organizations cannot readily adapt to their “fuzzy” aspects or recursive nature or research (rather than end product) orientation. In part, difficulties arise due to management’s unrealistic expectations, or the use of inappropriate or outmoded metrics to measure success. Mostly, management sees these technologies as “solutions”, rather than sophisticated support tools intended to enable better and faster decision making.

For the Project Manager, these areas represent both a significant challenge as well as a ground floor opportunity!

Our presentation will provide participants with:

  • introduction to the relevant technologies and underlying math (a little 😊);
  • exploration of the special skills needed to build truly smart and sophisticated, data-driven systems and models;
  • examples of successful incremental and transformational projects actually deployed today;
  • overview of evolving project management best practices in the area (standards, methodologies, resources);
  • tips and suggestions about putting together an effective big data/analytics/neural network/AI team;
  • guidance in developing a “high tech” business case with the proposed end user or business owner; and
  • a look into the future at the changing role of the PM and new opportunities arising.

The presentation will also include an in class, group case study

Learning Objectives:

Project Management strategies will be discussed that allow for:

  • Identify and better understand the critical success factors underlying high tech projects
  • Recognize potential issues and problems (risks) with high tech projects at an early stage of development and formulate corrective action
  • Improve team building, management, oversight and evaluation skills
  • Identify third-party standards and best practices and adapt to the project at hand
  • Articulate key differences between data warehousing, business intelligence and high technology projects in so far as best project management techniques
  • Better understand the underlying value proposition in high tech projects
  • Learn a few useful rules-of-thumb to perform a high-level review of statistical modelling without getting lost in statistics
  • Update your understanding of big data, analytics, neural networks and artificial intelligence, including capabilities, limitations, costs & benefits, risks & opportunities
  • Communicate more effectively with senior management, IT, data scientists and business sponsors in matters of Big Data and predictive analytics, including through the project planning/business case development process

 

 

 

  • more effective communication
  • taking the pulse of the project at any given time
  • managing different stakeholder and client expectations
  • keeping up to date on the latest project management trends and how they can be incorporated in their practice.

 

For more details about this event, our speaker’s bio, and to register, please click here.

 

DID YOU KNOW…

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering with PMI is not only an effective way to enrich your personal membership experience and give back to the community; it also expands your professional network, improves your knowledge base and helps to hone your leadership skills!

The benefits of volunteering with PMI TORONTO GTIS Branch include:

  • Acquire leadership skills and competencies necessary for career advancement but not always available in the workplace
  • Improve networking skills and network with leaders in IS/IT project management
  • Profit from knowledge sharing with IS/IT Project Management professionals on the Board and in the group at large
  • Expand contact network to include industry experts and subject matter experts
  • Assume leadership roles and give back to the organization and the profession
  • Have fun and earn some PDUs while at it!

We welcome volunteers in all of our portfolios:  Administration, Communications & Marketing, e-Services, Finance, Operations, and Programs.  For more information on current or future volunteer opportunities please email us.

 

About the PMI TORONTO GTIS Branch

 

For more information on other GTIS events please Click Here.

 

Our LinkedIn group is growing! Join us on LinkedIn.

 

Stay informed! Follow us on Twitter.

 

Be a Leader! Volunteer!  We have several areas where we could use your help.    

 

NOTE: You are receiving this PMI TORONTO GTIS Branch email newsletter because you subscribed to receive it. If you no longer want to receive this email newsletter, please unsubscribe using the unsubscribe link in the footer. This newsletter is intended to communicate upcoming PMI TORONTO GTIS Branch professional development events and to inform you of other local professional development opportunities, networking opportunities or relevant information related to project management and/or the Project Management Professional Certificate (PMP) and/or other professional certificates offered by PMI. You do not need to be a member of PMI, PMI TORONTOor PMI TORONTO GTIS Branch  to subscribe to this email newsletter. PMI TORONTO GTIS Branch or PMI TORONTO may send future emails regarding the new July 1 2014 Canadian Anti-Spam Law (CASL).

 

 

GTIS Branch Event Thursday January 17, 2019

PMI Toronto GTIS Branch Event
Thursday, January 17th, 2018 (05:30 PM – 8:15 PM 1.5 PDUs)
Title: Challenges faced by a PM for “cutting-edge” IT projects
Presenters: Paolo Treves

For more details about the event and to register, please click  PMI Toronto Calendar of Events

Synopsis:

In today’s fast paced work environment, Project managers face a number of familiar challenges: meeting project milestones and deadlines, managing changes, staying on budget, ethics, managing different project stakeholder expectations among many others.

In addition, technology is having an increasing impact on the way projects are managed. Consider for example the impact of smartphones, tablets and text messaging (SMS), making it easier to keep track of project metrics at any point of a project and product lifecycle. The technology makes it even easier and seamless for different project stakeholders to communicate and share information in new and creative ways that were simply not possible before.

Sharing key metrics on demand, such as is the project schedule variance (SV) and/or cost variance (CV), are critical to making different stakeholders intimately aware of the progress of the project, whether their expectations are being met, and enabling decisions on which project should get the go ahead.

Mobile technology, Internet of Things (IoT), and now Artificial Intelligence (AI) are making it easier than ever to share information, expectations, assist the project manager in making key decisions and track project metrics such as quality standards.

Project Managers have to keep up with trends and adapt their management styles to incorporate new trends and new ways of doing their work in the most effective way possible.

Learning Objectives:

Project Management strategies will be discussed that allow for:

  • more effective communication
  • taking the pulse of the project at any given time
  • managing different stakeholder and client expectations
  • keeping up to date on the latest project management trends and how they can be incorporated in their practice.

For more details about this event, our speaker’s bio, and to register, please click here.

GTIS Quarterly Branch Event– Saturday, November 24, 2018

PMI TORONTO GTIS Branch Quarterly Event Saturday, 24th Nov, 2018 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

(4 PDUs: Leadership 2.0, Business Management 2.0)

GTIS Branch Presents: “Leadership in the 21st century – Pizza Leadership”

Location: Room #5170 – University of Toronto – OISE, 252 Bloor Street West, M5S 1V6

Presenter: Gale Blank

Strategic Business Management Skills:

We all lead, regardless of our titles. So what will it look and feel like in the next decade.  As our world changes and our ability to create value is less and less, simple leadership becomes even more critical. Join us to discuss what key forces that are driving this change, and explore the impacts and opportunities. Learn what 65,000 people around the world expect from our future leaders and what 1600 CEOs feel are critical for todays and tomorrows leaders. Dig into how organizations might be designed and what new fun this will serve up. This will all be discussed in the context of change management leadership.

Our workshop will focus on table discussions of real life challenges and how one might approach it. We might even have folks from the table present their approach. Looking forward to grow with you.

Learning Objectives:

– Learn a fool proof change management model

– Understand different models of leadership

– Understand what leadership looks like for program/project managers

Register at: https://www.pmitoronto.ca/calendar?eventId=371

GTIS Branch Event Sat. November 24, 2018

PMI Toronto GTIS Branch Event
Sat. November 24, 2018 (08:30 AM – 12:30 PM 4 PDUs)
Title: Leadership in the 21st century – Pizza Leadership
Presenters: Gale Blank

For more details about the event and to register, please click  PMI Toronto Calendar of Events

Synopsis:

We all lead, regardless of our titles. So, what will it look and feel like in the next decade. As our world changes and our ability to create value is less and less, simple leadership becomes even more critical. Join us to discuss what key forces that are driving this change, and explore the impacts and opportunities. Learn what 65,000 people around the world expect from our future leaders and what 1600 CEOs feel are critical for todays and tomorrows leaders. Dig into how organizations might be designed and what new fun this will serve up. This will all be discussed in the context of change management leadership.

Our workshop will focus on table discussions of real-life challenges and how one might approach it. We might even have folks from the table present their approach. Looking forward to grow with you.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn a fool proof change management model
  • Understand different models of leadership
  • Understand what leadership looks like for program/project managers

For more details, please click here.

GTIS Branch Event Thu. November 15, 2018

PMI Toronto GTIS Branch Event
Thu. November 15, 2018 (17:30 PM – 20:15 PM 1.5 PDUs)
Title: The Science and Art of Negotiation
Presenters: Roderick Chambers

For more details about the event and to register, please click  PMI Toronto Calendar of Events

Synopsis:

One’s voice is the most powerful tool a leader possesses. Think of the great leaders in history: Lincoln, Winston Churchill, FDR, JFK. The power in their voice moved entire nations. The power in a Project Manager’s voice leads to successful negotiations with team members, stakeholders, and executive sponsors.

Learning Objectives:

If you think you are a project manager and leader who could succeed more frequently in your interactions and negotiations with your stakeholders, then you must attend this event. After 40+ years dealing with stakeholders from US Presidential appointees, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and operations people, Rod will take you on a journey with his stories of working with people. For that is what we all are: just people.

For more details, please click here.