2017 Professional Development Day

3rd Annual Professional Development Day 
"Agile for Practitioners and Agile PMO"

Friday, October 20, 2017 ⋅ 8 AM – 5 PM

PMI® Certification Holders earn 8 Technical PDUs! 


Michael Nir - Transformation Inspiration Expert, Lean Agile Coach; empowers organizations to deliver results 

With over sixteen years of experience Michael has been leading change at global organizations in diverse industries: Intel Corp, Philips Healthcare, United Healthcare, Volvo, JPMorgan Chase, Citi and others. Committed to sustained results as well as the journey, Michael balances a passion for creativity and innovation alongside tested proven approaches for solution delivery. Michael inspires people and teams to change, cognitively and emotionally, building on enthusiasm from climbing the hill AND reaching the top. 


Key Learning  

  • Morning Session: Best Practices and Agile Scrum "Tools of the Trade"
  • Afternoon Session: PMO Value Enabling - Effective, Streamlined Delivery and Selection and Prioritization

Agile Project Management with Scrum – Morning 

This exciting and practical workshop will provide you an understanding of Agile and Scrum alongside individual and team exercises. It is designed for those who will be involved in the Scrum process, including Project Managers, Product Owners, Program Managers, PMO Directors, Software developers, executives and QA.

We discuss practical, tested, Agile and Scrum: how do we make it work, what are the ‘from-the-trenches’ best practices, what are anti-patterns and a coach's view of Agile and teams.

We use an online real time polling tool to gather expectations and feedback from the participants, to better target the delivery to the expectations.

Key take away – have your backlog ready to make agile work, focus on time boxed delivery!

Who Should Attend
Among those who would benefit from this workshop are:

  • Individuals wishing to learn more about the latest in project management and how to apply it to their work environments;
  • Project Managers, Product Owners, Program Managers, PMO Directors and staff who manage projects and processes;
  • Software development, QA, and Product Management personnel who will do the hands-on work in a Scrum process;
  • Executives interested in integrating Scrum processes with the business to improve product development.

What You Will Learn? 

  • Define the Scrum process
  • Detail the Scrum roles, ceremonies and artifacts
  • Identify the requirements for making Scrum work
  • Best practices and Agile Scrum ‘tools of the trade’


  • Agile project management history, Agile overview and benefits of Agile
  • Introduction to Scrum roles, ceremonies and artifacts
  • User stories, estimating and task decomposition
  • Sprints planning, forecasting and scoping
  • Getting your backlog ready for Scrum – hands on exercise with ‘real’ backlogs
  • User story workshop, forecasting and breaking user stories

The Agile PMO  - Afternoon

Leading the Effective, Value Driven, Project Management Office 

Conclusive research findings inform us that many PMOs are disbanded in two years. Yet; we repeat the same mistakes in our PMO implementations – wasting money, resources and time. In this practical workshop we focus on the value driven PMO as an integrator, enabler, differentiator, and change agent in business, development and the organization in general.

We analyze the essential model for PMO value enablement which answers:

  • What does it mean to be an Agile PMO;
  • How to ensure effective streamlined delivery;
  • How to effectively select and prioritize opportunities;

We discuss theory, learn in teams and pairs, identify best practices and tasks an Agile PMO can undertake.

Key take away – a PMO must deliver value constantly. Value isn’t template, tools and processes rather it is the ability to finish the right projects faster 

Who Should Attend

  • PMO leaders, VPs, Directors and senior management, managers and leaders wishing to increase their effectiveness, embarking on the value driven journey as well as learning how to become more Agile;
  • Project management community stakeholders interested in learning how a PMO contributes value to an organization and how to integrate between Linear and Agile project management approaches;

What You Will Learn?

  • Explain key points of increasing value delivery through a lean value driven PMO;
  • Detail the Agile PMO selection and prioritization process;


  1. PMO value enablement – effective, streamlined delivery
  2. PMO value enablement – selection and prioritization
  3. Summary and takeaway
  • Introducing Agility in PMOs
  • Reduce waste in process
  • Reduce waste in product
  • Hands on exercise - ‘Kanban’ the Waterfall
  • Portfolio challenges revisited
  • Understanding cost of delay
  • Hands on exercise – ‘select your projects’
  • My organization – key changes
  • Team commitments


Hands on workshop, learning by doing, including:

  • Pair activities
  • Team exercises

Here are videos of Michael presenting:

Early Bird Rates
PMI-GLC Members: $180
Members of Other Chapters/National PMI: $180 (member ID required)
Non-Members: $225 

Group Discounts
Group discounts are available for groups of 6 or more employees from the same company.  A group registration must be submitted via email and paid with one payment (credit card or check).  For more information, please email Meeting Coordinators.
6-10 attendees = 5% discount
11-20 attendees = 10% discount
21+ attendees = 15% discount 

Detroit Marriott Troy
200 W. Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48084

Questions? We will happily provide email answers at director.seminars@pmiglc.net.

Are you interested in sponsoring the event? If so, please contact Anthony Amalraj, Director, Sponsorship at director.sponsorship@pmiglc.net.

PMI-GLC Cancellation Policy
ALL CANCELLATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO A 10% ADMINISTRATIVE FEE WITH A $5 MINIMUM FEE. Cancellations MUST be received no later than 12:00pm on Friday, October 13th. Refunds are not available after the cancellation date and time; however, attendee substitutions will be gladly accepted.  Please contact Meeting Coordinators for additional information or to submit a cancellation/substitution. 

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