How Technology Makes Your PM Job Harder...

How Technology Makes Your Project Management Job Harder: What to Watch Out For and What to Do About It

Delivered by Beth Spriggs  
  Dates: Friday, September 15, 2017; 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  Location: Silver Spring, MD
  PDUs: 7 PDUs
  Style: This is an experiential learning event. Facilitator Beth Spriggs will present select material followed by group discussions and hands on exercises.
  • Before August 15 -- $150 (members) / $195 (non-members)
  • After August 15 -- $195 (members) / $240 (non-members)

We live with technology surrounding us, so fully integrated into our lives that we can’t imagine how we survived before smartphones, tablets, gps, and dvrs.  In fact, it’s so fully integrated that it has fundamentally changed human expectations and behaviors.

In this workshop you will be challenged to think critically about technology trends as they relate to your project management work, and we will uncover ways we can change our project management practices to be more effective in light of changing behaviors brought on by life-integrated technology.  This workshop will particularly focus on technology impact on change management and communication management.

Change Management:

We know something new will emerge soon and we know that society expects us to adopt and adapt when the next new thing shows up.  Thanks to technology we are saturated with change. You’re now working on a project that will introduce more change.  In fact, your measure of success is user adoption and if your users don’t accept your change then your project will fail. Technology has shifted our change thresholds for better or worse.  As project managers we have to deal with that.  We’ll introduce a new change management practice that focuses on user adaptability vs user adoption, and examine the impact of technology in shifting change thresholds and how we can account for that in our project planning.

Communication Management:

Next we will explore how technology has changed communication behaviors and preferences, and how these changes create both opportunity and risk in your projects.  By knowing what to watch out for, we’ll then learn how to structure a more effective project communication plan. Finally, we’ll share some practical tips for making communication more effective.

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This one day workshop is meant to be hands-on and at its conclusion you will be able to:

1. Understand how current technology trends impact your projects, and which project management practices are most impacted.

2. Be able to adjust your current project management practices to factor in current tech trends and incorporate innovative change and communication management principles.

3. Know when to utilize user adaptability over user adoption.

4. Implement immediately applicable tactics to improve change and communication management.

Session Details

  1. Communication Game Changers
    1. Dissemination
    2. Assimilation
    3. Permeation
  2. Methods of Sending Information
  3. Redefining “Skilled”
  4. Virtual & Mobile Communication
  5. Change Management
    1. Expectation Inflation
    2. Technology Dichotomy
    3. User Adoption vs User Adaptability
  6. Requirements Gathering

Facilitator Bio

Beth Spriggs, PMP, is an experienced trainer, speaker, and author. She serves as the vice president of technology at Leadership for Educational Equity. She is also the president and founder of Vision Magnified, a non-profit with a mission to innovate and advocate for project and program managers to help them obtain executive level leadership roles. For 18 years she’s managed technology projects and portfolios. Some of Beth's contributions include delivering webinars for, speaking at PMI’s Information Systems and Technology Symposium, and PMI's Global Congress North America 2016. She is the author of The Project Manager’s Little Book of Cheats.


Event Properties

Event Date 09-15-2017 8:00 am
Event End Date 09-15-2017 5:00 pm
Registration Start Date 06-01-2017
Cut off date 09-13-2017
Individual Price Before August 15 -- $150 (members) / $195 (non-members) | After August 15 -- $195 (members) / $240 (non-members)
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