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2017 Annual Professional Development Day

October 20, 2017
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Detroit Marriott Troy
200 W. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48084
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Session Speakers 

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John Bowen
Managing International Projects: Lessons from the Front Line 

Presentation Abstract
Many projects are challenging; international projects, however, involving multiple cultures, multiple languages, widely different time zones, communication technologies, legal restrictions, ethical differences, cross-cultural teaming challenges, and more, are fraught with potential pitfalls.  In this presentation, John Bowen will share lessons learned from more than 25 years of managing global projects in more than 25 countries. 

John Bowen is Senior Director of Global Partnerships for Computer Aid, Inc., responsible for expanding CAI's international business presence. In this role, he has led CAI’s international growth in Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.  John has more than 35 years of IT management experience including executive leadership, technology management, IT integration, IT due diligence, strategic planning and large scale system implementation. 

John is also president of Management Envision LLC, a research and consulting company focused on innovative presentation of complex issues in process, portfolio, project and program management.  He provides management consulting services to IT organizations in global expansion and manages projects in the US, Latin America and Europe. 

Before joining CAI, John served for ten years as CIO of PPL Global, the international division of PPL Corporation.  In that role, he was responsible for IT management and operations in Latin America and lived for several years in Argentina and Chile.   He has managed multi-national projects involving teams in more than 25 countries.  He authored an acclaimed project management methodology and established project management offices (PMOs) in multiple companies in the US and Latin America. 

John is a magna cum laude graduate of DePauw University with degrees in mathematics, computer science and symbolic logic.  He has taught international business, information engineering and project management for MBA programs at eight universities and is currently visiting instructor of international business and project management at Lehigh University’s Iacocca Institute.  John has taught international business and project leadership to more than 700 professionals from more than 100 countries at the Iacocca Institute´s Global Village program. 

John's industry knowledge spans power generation, energy distribution, telecommunications, higher education, software development and healthcare. 

Victor Allen
Advanced Project Management Processes and Tools 

Presentation Abstract
The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate how advanced project management processes and tools can lead to success for individual projects, portfolios and PMOs. The focus will be project scalability, advanced risk management techniques and estimating project manager bandwidth.  The presentation will help the audience understand the need for these processes and tools, how to apply them, and where they can get them.

Victor Allen specializes in large ERP implementations including both SAP and Oracle/PeopleSoft.  He began his career in 1985 as an Information Technology professional and has extensive experience leading, managing, and designing large-scale mission-critical information systems.  

For the past decade, however, Victor has been managing and directing the activities within a project management office responsible for large-scale and strategic projects.  Projects included: nuclear development licensing and construction, renewable energy engineering and construction (wind/solar), environmental coal plant upgrades, natural gas transmission and distribution, information technology and other large capital projects. 

Victor holds an undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems and an MBA from Lawrence Technological University, teaches graduate level courses at Lawrence Technological University and is has been an instructor for the Project Management Institute since 2005.  Victor is a published author, is certified in lean six sigma black belt and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).  

David B. Kandt
Executive’s Role in Program Management Excellence 

Presentation Abstract
Executive’s Role In Program Management Excellence
o  Executive Causes of Failed Programs.
o  Accepting insufficient lead time projects.
o  Accepting projects with Innovation In Cycle.
o  Hiring people without the required knowledge to save $.
o  Selection of high risk suppliers because of low cost quotes.
o  Accepting programs with no program team available.
o  Assigning new programs to struggling plants.
o  Deferring or skipping critical program events to meet short term financial goals.
o  More...

Executive’s Best Practices for Corporate PM Excellence
o  Hiring and promoting high quality people regardless of cost.
o  Team collocation.
o  PMs reporting to a VP of PM instead of Sales, Eng or Mfg.
o  Start On Time – Use future program targeting to determine the right time to start a program.
o  Staff On Time – Use future program targeting and PM standard planning tools to determine the right time to staff a program.
o  Merit and bonus awards based on successful program execution for all team members – common goals and metrics.
o  Launch Managers and Plant Staff with best skills for current and future plant workload including launch complexity. 

Executives play the most significant role in PM excellence and program success or failure. However, their role is rarely challenged and the expectations for their support is rarely stated. This presentation will address the Executive’s unique responsibility in PM. 

David held the position of the Group Vice President of Global Program Management, Quality and Continuous Improvement for Johnson Controls Automotive until my retirement in 2012, and continue to consult. I have worked in the automotive industry for 44 years and have filled a variety of leadership positions, including:

  •          Sales
  •          Business Unit Management
  •          Cost Estimating
  •          Engineering
  •          Engineering Operations
  •          Total Quality Control
  •          Global Quality
  •          Global Continuous Improvement
  •          Global Program Management

Program Management systems and processes included:

  •    The Project Management System (PLUS), CLAUS (Cooper Standard) TenPLUS (Tenneco)
  •    The Project Management Academy (JCI).
  •    Program Management hiring and career pathing (JCI).
  •    The PMLDP (Program Management Leadership Development Program) (JCI).
  •    Guidelines and procedures for management of global projects (JCI, Cooper Standard, Tenneco).
  •    Project Management Skills Assessment (JCI, Cooper Standard, Tenneco).

Work Force Planning process for Simultaneous Development Teams (JCI). 

Marcelino Sanchez
Demistifying ‘Resistance to Change’: What’s Wrong with the Current Paradigm and What to Do About it?

Presentation Abstract
‘People resist change’ is a common but inaccurate axiom in project implementation that often results in responses that elicit the very resistance we try to minimize. This presentation will help participants better understand what Resistance really is and learn new ways and tools to improve implementation and sustainable change. 

Marcelino Sanchez, Executive Director at SmartChange™, is an Organizational Change practitioner, trainer, speaker, and coach. He advises large organizations in how to lead and implement change that lasts. Experience includes M&A, Lean transformations, restructuring, Lean/Six Sigma deployments, IT systems implementations, Union/Management partnerships, and employee engagement efforts, among others. He has coached change agents and leaders at all levels and trained hundreds of change practitioners in a variety of industries throughout in the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East. Clients include global organizations such as Superior Essex, Meggitt, Union Pacific, Hasbro, Delphi, Fidelity Investments, Safety-Kleen, Textron, Kawasaki, Flowserve, and Lafarge, among others. He resides in Rochester Hills with his wife Kelly and five children. 

Areas of Expertise: Change Implementation, Cultural Transformation, Training Design & Delivery, Product Design & Introduction, Marketing & Business Development, Operational Excellence (Lean/Six Sigma), Project Management, Group Dynamics and Facilitation, Organizational Design, Organizational Development and Effectiveness. 

Professional Experience: Founder & Executive Director, SmartChange™, Global Manager, Change Management, Textron, Manager, Six sigma, Textron, Six Sigma Black Belt, Bell Helicopter, Senior Consultant, HR, Bell Helicopter, Trainer, Brigham Young University. 

Education & Certifications: MS, Org. Behavior, Brigham Young University, Executive Leadership Program, Thunderbird, Certified Change Management Professional, Certified MBTI Facilitator, Certified Langevin Trainer, Certified Power & Systems Facilitator, Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (DFSS/DMAIC) & Lean practitioner. 

Rich Weller
Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) – What is SAFe and does it really work?

Presentation Abstract
What is SAFe and does it really work?
Provide a fundamental understanding of SAFe as well as the concept that all levels of an organization should be agile, not just at the project level.
Fundamental understanding of SAFe
Better understanding of how Agile can be applied to all levels of an organization
How applying SAFe principles helped revive a struggling program 

Rich is a Project and Portfolio Management Solution Specialist.  He has nearly 30 years’ experience in planning and delivering successful project, program and portfolio management initiatives.  He is a college instructor and frequent speaker at PMI, MPUG and other industry events.  He holds a number of certifications like MBA, PMP, Microsoft Project (MCTS), Project Server (MCITP), Managing Successful Programs (MSP) and Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe – SP4).

Matthew McCarty
Tools of Engagement 

Presentation Abstract
The research is overwhelming that engaged employees have a positive impact on productivity.  Quite simply, higher engagement means higher productivity.  The same is true for projects. As a project leader it is up to you to create an environment that encourages team member engagement.  How exactly do you do that?   In this breakout session you will pick up specific tools that will enable you to build trust, encourage creativity and provide supportive feedback so that you can build a fully engaged team that will help to ensure project success.   

Matt McCarty (PMP) has over 30 years of experience in technology leadership, project management and customer service.   Matt served as technology and project leader for companies such as Dana Corporation, Comerica Bank and Kelly Services, Inc.   Matt also served 15 years as Executive Director of Technology and Information Services for the Clarkston Community School District and led the district through two major technology initiatives and several construction projects.   Matt is currently at Kelly Services, Inc. where he serves as a Senior Business Process Consultant.    

Matt is very active in Toastmasters International and has served as president of Kelly Toastmasters at Kelly Services, Inc.  He is also a Certified World Class Speaking Coach and coaches entrepreneurs, project managers, educators and non-profit administrators in public speaking, presentation and leadership skills.

Michael Milutis
Mastering the Complexity of your Personal PM Brand 

Presentation Abstract
In this session, Michael Milutis will explain why personal branding success has as much to do with self-knowledge as social media.  To that end, we will explore the key personal questions that every project manager must find the answers to.  Michael will walk you through these questions, and then demonstrate how one’s personal branding strategy flowing logically from the answers. 

The second takeaway will revolve around LinkedIn tips, tricks, and advice on how to integrate your new branding strategy into LinkedIn and actively leverage it for career success.  All attendees will receive a free personal LinkedIn consultation and makeover.

Michael Militis is a marketing strategist, entrepreneur, public speaker, and creator of The Great IT Professional – the world 1st mobile app to offer unlimited PDU approved learning.  Michael also offers brand consulting and career coaching to individuals and businesses of all sizes.  Since 1997, Michael has worked for CAI, an international IT consulting and services firm with over 4000 associates worldwide.  You can connect with him on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/michaelmilutis

Paul Singh
Project Management in the age of Digital Transformation 

Presentation Abstract
Digital transformation, is the integration of digital technology into all areas of a business resulting in fundamental changes to how businesses operate and how they deliver value to customers. The proliferation of technology means there’s more complexity to manage, and the elevated role of technology in businesses mean the impact and outcome of the services IT provides have never been more visible or more valued. 

Digital Transformation is not only changing our lives, jobs and disrupting businesses but also reshaping and exerting enormous demands on project delivery models. While these Digital transformations are enabling many things, they are adding complexity as well.  Staying at the forefront of these disruptions is key.  The planning and execution of innovative projects in today’s digital era can no longer be done at the same pace, with the same methodologies and tools. In order to achieve increased time-to-market results, speed and flexibility, even in the face of digital complexity, project managers must consider innovative techniques such as Adaptive Execution.  

Paul has over 20 years of experience in project and program management, leading change in the areas of customer experience design, technology lifecycle management, innovation and creativity, new product creation & launch, process re-engineering and building high performance teams.  

Paul is an experienced systems thinker, focused on solving pressing issues at the intersection of business and technology. He has a proven track record of creating solutions that harness power of technology to create sustainable competitive advantage for Fortune 100 clients. 

Paul has worked for various automotive firms.  In addition he has worked in various management consulting roles for Diamond Management and Technology Consulting and PWC.  In his current role Paul is one of the co-founders of CERTUS Management Consulting LLC (CERTUS+), a firm focusing on Strategy & Strategy Execution of Digital Transformations for organizations, with a focus on readiness assessment, Project Management, building High Performance Teams & organizations, leadership development & continuous improvement.  

Paul has an MBA degree from University of Michigan, and MS in Design Optimization, from New Jersey Institute of Technology. 

Raj Kattil
Learning from Air Crashes: Insights to help manage complex, cross-cultural working relationships 

Presentation Abstract
Do you know your probability of dying from a commercial plane crash is directly related to which country the CO-PILOT is from? And what does this interesting trivia have to do with Project Management?

This presentation, in addition to explaining the above, will seek to equip you with some practical pointers to reduce frustration when dealing with Global project teams, especially team members from countries with organizational cultures quite different from that of the United States. Face it, in today’s changing world, every one of us will, at some point in our career, will have to manage or deal with a team from another country; this will help retool the skills needed for such an engagement.

The presentation will draw upon the results of the pioneering work by ex-IBM scientist Geert Hofstede from the Netherlands, and the American Professor Erin Meyer who married a Frenchman and now teaches in France. The motivation for this presentation is the speaker’s own experience and challenges encountered while managing multiple Global teams for the past 8+ years. 

Raj Kattil (PMP) is a seasoned IT Delivery Manager with over 25+ years of experience and is currently a Program Manager at T-Systems North America.

Raj has been managing Global Teams to deliver projects and programs since 2010. Currently, he manages New Service Development initiatives for a large Global client (Top-3 Oil Company), choreographing the transition from Idea to Implemented Service using Global Delivery teams.

Raj holds a B.S. degree in Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, and an M.B.A. from Carlson School of Business, University of Minnesota. He has also completed the coursework for M.S. in Computer Science from University of Minnesota, and has been a P.M.P. since 2002. 

Atul Peres-da-Silva
Managing Effective Change 

Presentation Abstract
People don’t resist change, they resist being changed! Change is all around us and happens without any advance warning. Change events impact our professional lives at an ever-increasing pace, and yet we are still surprised when they happen. While change is inevitable, and may differ from one individual to another, it is imperative that change be managed so as not to demotivate the individual. 

The presentation begins by explaining the meaning of change and the three phases of transition. It explains why people react to change in different ways and their corresponding response. The presentation then allows each individual to reflect on one major change that is impacting their life and guides them through a simple process to deal with the change and manage it accordingly. Each individual is presented a sheet of paper that allows them to deal with the change regardless of whether it is physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and/or a combination of the above. 

Atul Peres-da-Silva is a certified Senior Project Management Professional (PMP, PgMP, PMI-ACP) with over 25 years of experience in leading technical and IT-oriented project teams. Atul has extensive training and facilitation experience to complement his hands-on project leadership endeavors.  In addition to being a learning facilitator for many commercial and educational institution clients, Atul is a Senior Instructor for the North Carolina Project Management Institute’s PMP® Certification course. He is also the President of Advanced Project Design; a consulting company providing training to Fortune 500 companies all over the US.

Atul has a MS in Business Management from North Carolina State University and is an active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) where he has served on the Executive Board in many roles including Chapter President.  In his spare time, Atul speaks at PMI chapters on various Project Management topics both in Europe and in the United States. 

Mike Callahan
Tiger in the Office – Capitalizing on Opportunities in the field of Project Management 

Presentation Abstract
Don’t let an unfulfilling career be the elephant in the room; take control – become the Tiger in the office.  Learn to help yourself be better able to rediscover buried career goals and take positive action in the pursuit of your career.  

Summary of information to be presented:
Employers want to know if you can do the work, will you do it if you come work for them and will you fit into their environment.   Current employers want to know the same thing when they are considering you f a promotion.  It only makes sense to help people develop a career plan that will help answer those three questions. 

We use a triangle to capture these concepts that are represented by the three sides of the triangle.  One side represents the Skills and Knowledge dimension which represents our ability to do the job.  The second side, which is the Track Record, represents our level of experience in that job.  Lastly, there is the Relationship side of the triangle which gets at the kind of values they share with other people in the organization.

In order to help an individual build their personal triangle, we employ a process that helps the individual build competence in three major sections.  They are:

1. Assessing your Current Condition,

2. Your Career Quest and

3. Make it Personal and Compelling.

These three sections are then broken down further into the following 9 focus areas:

1. Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset,

2. Developing Career Survival Strategies,

3. Conducting a Personal Self-Assessment,

4. Identifying your Personal Brand,

5. Learning how to uncover the Underserved Need for your career quest.

6. Learning how to better articulate your Personal Value Proposition,

7. Telling your story in Written Form

8. Telling your story in Oral Form

9 Telling your story in Social Media.

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” Henry David Thoreau

Mike Callahan is Director for the College of Business’ Internship and Career Management Center at The University of Michigan – Dearborn.  

In this role he works with employers and students to develop challenging internship and job placement opportunities for Graduate and Undergraduate students in the College of Business.   Mike has been in this position since July of 2005.  He currently teaches career planning courses and has taught project management and human resources courses in the past.   

His first book with Cognella is titled I Inc. Career Planning and Personal Entrepreneurship.  He uses that book, along with two of his colleagues, to teach the Career Planning and Development course that is required for all BBA students. 

His second book with Cognella is titled Tiger in the Office and builds on many of the same concepts as I Inc. but with a focus toward middle career individuals.  

In addition to his teaching responsibilities at the U of M – Dearborn, he has presented his work at the National Career Development Association conferences and is scheduled to conduct a webinar for the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) this year on the Tiger book.  He also runs a MOOC on I Inc., predominately for students in the AKPsi fraternity, graduate students and others outside of the University of Michigan-Dearborn.   

Daniel Cohen
Assessing Project Management Maturity to Achieve Project Excellence 

Presentation Abstract
It is well known that an organization cannot improve what it does not measure.  Assessing an organization processes and practices is common and wide-spread across all industries and organization sizes.  Project Management is a set of standards and practices that is a strong candidate for applying an assessment methodology.    Organizational maturity is a result of consistent assessments and taking actions to continuously improve processes.  Project Management maturity has a direct correlation with project success.  DTE developed their Project Management Maturity Model (PMMM) based on the standard PMI knowledge areas with extensions from PM Solutions conceptual framework.  DTE business units are assessed annually and have demonstrated that increased project maturity results in increased project success and customer satisfaction. 

Dan is a professional Project Manager (since 2001) with 20+ years in Project and Program Management.  He has worked in clientfacing consulting for 12+ years in various industries, including Automotive, Insurance, Pharmaceutical, Financial, Manufacturing, Publishing, Information Technology and Utilities. 

Dan currently works for DTE Energy as the Manager, Project Management Foundational Capability, responsible for maturing Project Management practices across the enterprise.  His previous employers, included Cisco, HP, IBM, Ernst & Whinney, and AAA Michigan.  Dan has worked in several global PMOs and is leveraging that broad experience to enhance project management maturity at DTE Energy. 

Dan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Michigan State University and a Master’s in Administration from Central Michigan University.  Dan also served as an adjunct faculty at University of Phoenix, Information Technology and Business School for 12 years teaching Project Management, Business Communications, Critical Thinking, IT Planning (Bachelors and Masters level). 

Dan lives with his wife Cyndi in West Bloomfield, Michigan.  Dan was born and raised in Southeastern Michigan with a 5-year adventure in Phoenix, Arizona.  Dan has 3 children (2 sons and 1 daughter) and 5 grandchildren. 

Dan enjoys racquetball/golf/softball and being outdoors. Dan and Cyndi enjoy playing cards and board games with family and friends.