Breakout Presentations - General

Navigating the Political Climate

Speaker: Jill Redinger, PMP CSM PSM1

Have you ever encountered a situation where you were caught completely off guard on your project? Has a key stakeholder ever surprised you with unfortunate news at the most inopportune time? Do you sometimes wonder if a key stakeholder might have motives that are not conducive to the successful completion of the project? Have you ever said to yourself “Wow, I didn’t see that coming… Now what?” If so, then this presentation is for you! Come and learn the tips and tricks to identify, monitor and resolve political situations on your projects creatively and effectively. During this session, we will explore a fun and challenging case study based on a complex real world situation that developed on a multi-million dollar project. See if you can crack the mystery of the cause and develop a plan to resolve this highly politically charged situation. If you seek a fun, challenging thought provoking session that will leave you with specific tips and tricks to immediately apply to political situations on your real world projects, then this session is for you!


Risk-Based Thinking Using Automotive SPICE

Speaker: Subathra Ravi

In the 21st century, products are getting complex with fast moving technological changes and fast changing customer expectations. There should be proper checks & balances done during product development process which may reduce fatal and catastrophic events.

This presentation is on: Focusing on risk management, i.e.. focus on the discovering of risk rather than fixing the defects. In this presentation, "How the interface of Risk Management with Project Management and Quality Assurance of Automotive SPICE leads to program WIN WIN situations" will be explained.


Enhanced Professional Presence: Core Tools to Help You Become a More Effective Leader

Speaker: Matthew McCarty

A frequent topic in leadership development revolves around establishing “professional presence.” But what does that even mean. Often, leadership books and training focus on the external and visible attributes: professional wardrobe, proper grooming, body language, and vocal skills. While those attributes are important, they are window dressing to the core mindset and skills that make up professional presence. These include the ability to know and articulate your true purpose, keeping yourself and your team focused on desired outcomes, and engaging your team to maximize their performance.

In this presentation, leaders and project managers will pick up specific tools they can use to increase the core skills that will help them build and maintain professional presence.

Breakout Presentations - Construction

Unlimited Potential for Construction Managers and the Green Energy Challenge

Speaker: Joe Vaglica

The continuous increase in the cost of energy is driving the construction industry to pursue new alternatives in design and technologies. To reduce environmental impacts there are two ways to manage power in a building – one is adopting and integrating alternative energy sources in the current power grid and the other is the replacement of electrical devices by enabling energy saving counterparts as well as improving the overhaul of the building’s efficiency.

A thorough understanding of the science of building performance and efficient design is required to achieve maximum energy efficiency and best cost-performance ratio. Therefore, a paradigm shift is needed in a university’s curriculum by adding new courses and endeavors to train the future workforce facing the challenges of green energy construction

As a result, students whom are enrolled in the construction management program at Wayne State University Engineering Technology Division; are encouraged to participate in the annual ELECTRI International/NECA Student Chapter Competition on electrical construction managing projects.

The main component of the competition for the students is the challenge to design an energy upgrade for a facility that provides community services and prepare a proposal showing how their chosen facility can decrease its energy consumption to a net zero facility. By incorporating energy saving measures and distributed energy resources.

The proposed systems for upgrading facilities include lighting and integrated window treatments/controls, and the re-design of an energy efficiency program that responds to the unique needs of the building and climate. Students work as a team, study floor plans and visit the facility several times to verify the existing structure setup.

The team ought to provide detailed technical solutions in the proposal by examining the past year utility costs, planning the renovation design, estimating new system costs, and demonstrating how the new systems are more energy efficient. In addition, students are required to seek possible funding sources, State grants, tax benefits etc.

In this presentation, we represent students’ projects proposed in the past years, discuss the project assessments, and demonstrate new approach and new tools such as software introduced in the projects. In addition, we introduce the potential integration of DC power and smart building to this year’s (2019) competition proposal for further improvement of energy efficiency.


Project Management Maturity Model – New Approach

Speaker: Basel Djazmati

Project execution excellence depends on the organization's maturity in project management, which requires having a reliable method and a tool to measure the maturity and identify areas for improvement. This presentation describes how the DTE Project Management Maturity Model (PMMM) was simplified and updated into a new approach to better fit this need.


What’s the Next Step when all your Project Management Skills Lead to Conflict – Win-Win Strategies through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

Speaker: Jerome F. Rock

On occasion, outside forces challenge the most effective Project Management efforts, and the project will face a conflict that threatens the success of the endeavor. The presentation will discuss the application of Alternative Dispute Resolution strategies that are focused on resolving the conflits at the early stage of the dispute with the objective of keeping projects on track and avoiding the perils of litigation. The role of the Neutral, or Mediator as a Dispute Resolution Adviser will be explained, with suggestions and instruction on how project management personnel can be active in designing the framework of the dispute resolution process to best address the complexity of the dispute.

The role of all interested parties must be considered, including owners, senior managers and executives, guarantors and sureties and other affected third-parties. Interest based negotiation theories form the background with the objective of achieving a win-win situation within the practical boundaries. Case Studies will be presented that demonstrate the steps undertaken in a successful pre-litigation mediation of a construction dispute, and the role of the project management professionals in supporting the process.

Breakout Presentations - Healthcare

Need to Run a Productive Meeting with Various Stakeholders with Competiting Interests? Channel Your Inner Movie Director!

Speaker: Michelle Baker MBA, PMP

Do the duties of a project manager in the healthcare industry wih regulatory reqirements seem overwhelming, mundane or just too process-oriented? Without a skilled manager, a project can languish or even take a wrong turn or fail in compliance. A project manager has the responsibility of creating and keeping momentum, tracking critical tasks, monitoring progress and shepherding action items to their completion. One of the most important functions of a project manager is to conduct regular meetings that keep the project stakeholders – who may represent regulatory bodies, stakeholder client cross-functional areas, and even service provider firms – working together to achieve the project goals and objectives. These goals and objectives often benefit the down stream consumer—often subscribers and patients. The stakes are high!


Managing Change for Successful Outcomes

Speaker: Daniel Cohen

Project Managers are experts in the project management process. The project management process applies to all industries. An expert project manager can effectively manage projects in any industry without having technical industry knowledge. Two healthcare case studies are discussed proving this.


Healthcare Redesign Through Virtual Care Applications – People, Process, Technology

Speakers: Courtney Stevens, MsEM & Marie Lee, PMP, MEd

The future of healthcare includes faster and bigger changes ahead, redesigning the way we think about how care is delivered is critical for success. Henry Ford Health System has developed standards and operating procedures to make implementation of telehealth programs, engrained in our electronic medical record environment, seamless for stakeholders while challenging healthcare delivery norms and to create “Radical Convenience”.

With a virtual care department mission to evolve innovative care delivery to enhance health and wellness through accessible technology that drives connection and collaboration – when, where, and how it is needed most - programs include video visits, e-visits (patient to provider), and e-consults (provider to provider). Each of these virtual capabilities have been executed in multiple specialties and use cases.

There is no one “right way” to implement or operate a telehealth program. This presentation will focus on how programs were conceived and initiated, continuity is ensured to enable efficiency in program implementation, despite inevitable changes in staffing and technology, change management is fostered in a large integrated health system, and telehealth is used to redesign care delivery status quo.


Breakout Presentations - Military

A Simple, Visual, and Continuous Military Mindset for Peak Performers

Speaker: Patrick Adams

Do not forget these three important principles as you transition from the military to a project management career: Simple, Visual, and Continuous. Patrick will discuss, using examples from his experience in the military, where lean methodology has not been fully adopted at project manager ranks due to a complex delivery of the concepts. As a simple man himself, Patrick wants to bring project managers back to the basics. He believes these three words should describe every Project Managers lean journey. By breaking down these three elements and applying them to your projects, Patrick believes you can have sustained success in project management. With many examples of successful and sustained implementation, Patrick will deliver the key to successful project management in every organization.


Hike Your Own Path To Success

Speaker: Dr. Lucas Chesla

Program Managers have the difficult task of managing, leading and problem-solving at the same time. This requires a unique set of tools as they are required to be more innovative, creative and better-equipped than their predecessors. Think of PM’s as hikers. There are ultralight hikers, day-hikers, casual hikers, and through hikers (to name a few). Each requires unique gear based on the trail they set about to conquer. Though each have predilections and unique challenges that lie ahead, they all need the same basics for survival: water, food and safety gear. PM’s are no different. They have individual needs, yet the survival gear is the same.

Many organizations say they “empower” PM’s by providing food and water, but what happens when an unforeseen threat appears? They have no safety gear. They cannot repel a bear or even keep their GPS dry during the storm – either way they are doomed and may lose their way.

I propose the safety gear for PM’s is a culture where innovation and growth are nurtured and embraced, and failure is expected and accepted. PM’s are influencers who, with the right gear, are capable of leading their organizations on great expeditions up the mountain of success.


5 Steps to Mastering Your Time

Speaker: Robert Heath, Sr.

The average person in a managerial or supervisory role works approximately 72 hours per week. On a daily basis, these leadership employees are dealing with time and budgetary constraints that leave them feeling like their only hope is to simply manage the Chaos and survive another day. In fact, Gallup has found that over 50% of front line leaders are disengaged, every day moving closer to burnout. It’s not a question of “if”, but rather, “when” they burnout...and they know it. What many don’t fully appreciate is the effect that continuing this way has on their productivity; and the productivity and profitability of the teams they lead.

In this talk Robert teaches leaders how to master time management, get more done in less time, and be more engaged in and satisfied with their work; resulting in a win-win-win for the leader, their employer, and their team.