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05Aug/19

La Crosse October Event: Shifting to Innovation Centered Project Management

Introduction/Description:

Project managers face two competing imperatives, 1) to be as fast and efficient as possible, and 2) to improve what you do and how you do it. The first one is about being on budget, on time and on target. The second one is about doing that better than you did it last time, perhaps radically better. In other words, innovating the products you develop and the processes you use to do that.

You will learn a simple intuitive framework—a mindset—for thinking about your work, that enables that innovation. A “switch” that will make you and your team more adaptive, resilient and resourceful, as you enhance rather than compromise your efficiency.

You will:

  • Learn to recognize patterns of thinking and behavior that promote innovation, as well as the patterns that undermine it
  • Learn how to shift your mindset to become a more effective innovator and optimize the way you and your team think about the challenges you face
  • Gain actionable research-based insights into how to maximize the value you create
  • Discover strategies you can apply throughout your professional and personal life, to handle any challenge more effectively

This approach has been demonstrated to radically improve the probability of achieving exceptional business outcomes.

About the Speaker:

Dennis Stauffer is a former Emmy award winning journalist and business editor, who has spent more than a decade studying what distinguishes successful innovators and entrepreneurs. He has done work under a grant from the National Science Foundation, authored two books, and was named one of the top 10 innovation bloggers in the world. His work recently culminated in the publication of a series of scientific papers on innovation, innovativeness and entrepreneurship in the International Journal of Innovation Science. Information on his work and the technology he has developed can be found at InnovatorMindset.com

Where:

The Charmant Hotel, Serenada Room

101 State Street

La Crosse, WI 54601

Registration Details:

11:00am – Sign in, Networking
11:30am – Lunch and President Announcements
11:45pm – Speaker Introduction and Presentation
12:45pm – Q&A

Menu List:

Build your own sandwich: turkey, chicken, smoked ham; white or wheat bread, Colby or Swiss cheese; lettuce, tomato, onion; field greens with sherry vinaigrette, potato salad.

02Aug/19

Rochester September Event: 1-2-3 Steps to Story-Based Leadership

Introduction/Description:

Maggie kept saying that she was not any good at telling stories.  Meanwhile, she told a vivid tale about her career turning point.  Like Maggie, many people dismiss their storytelling skills and leave this powerful communication tool out of their leadership toolbox.  Business storytelling unifies teams by building trust and credibility.  During innovation, stories help to deepen insights, spark the flow of ideas, illuminate solutions, and pitch new ideas.  When coaching, mentoring, and networking, well-told stories can convey your leadership values and demonstrate who you are and what you stand for.

This session will help PMI members find and polish story gems that will enhance their leadership impact.  Whether you are a natural or wannabe storyteller, this workshop can help you create business-relevant stories that leave your listeners pondering new truths.  You will learn a three-step process for business storytelling:  1) find story gems, 2) develop plot and meaning, and 3) polish with salient details.

Speaker Biography

As President/Owner of Storlietelling LLC (www.storlietelling.com), Jean Storlie uses story-based techniques to design and facilitate highly engaging strategic planning, innovation, and team-building sessions.   She also runs training programs in business storytelling skills for clients that span boutique consulting firms to Fortune 500 companies across a range of industries.  Jean has facilitated innovation in consumer packaged goods, supplier, and direct marketing companies, focusing on building their innovation pipelines.  She worked at General Mills for over a decade, where her knack for distilling complex content into compelling communications helped business teams drive business growth for consumer brands like Cheerios and Yoplait.  Jean is publishing a book, Once Upon an Innovation: A Business Storytelling Guidebook for Creative Problem Solving (www.onceuponinnovation.com), which will be released at the end of 2019.   Jean grew up in La Crosse and is an alumnus of Viterbo University and UW-La Crosse.

Where:

Pasquale’s Pizza
The Boroughs Room
130 5th Street SW
Rochester, MN  55901

Registration Details:

11:00am – Sign in, Networking
11:30am – Lunch and President Announcements
11:45pm – Speaker Introduction and Presentation
12:45pm – Q&A

Menu List:

Pizza Buffet

02Aug/19

Rochester October Event: Shifting to Innovation Centered Project Management

Introduction/Description:

Project managers face two competing imperatives, 1) to be as fast and efficient as possible, and 2) to improve what you do and how you do it. The first one is about being on budget, on time and on target. The second one is about doing that better than you did it last time, perhaps radically better. In other words, innovating the products you develop and the processes you use to do that.

You will learn a simple intuitive framework—a mindset—for thinking about your work, that enables that innovation. A “switch” that will make you and your team more adaptive, resilient and resourceful, as you enhance rather than compromise your efficiency.

You will:

  • Learn to recognize patterns of thinking and behavior that promote innovation, as well as the patterns that undermine it
  • Learn how to shift your mindset to become a more effective innovator and optimize the way you and your team think about the challenges you face
  • Gain actionable research-based insights into how to maximize the value you create
  • Discover strategies you can apply throughout your professional and personal life, to handle any challenge more effectively

This approach has been demonstrated to radically improve the probability of achieving exceptional business outcomes.

About the Speaker:

Dennis Stauffer is a former Emmy award winning journalist and business editor, who has spent more than a decade studying what distinguishes successful innovators and entrepreneurs. He has done work under a grant from the National Science Foundation, authored two books, and was named one of the top 10 innovation bloggers in the world. His work recently culminated in the publication of a series of scientific papers on innovation, innovativeness and entrepreneurship in the International Journal of Innovation Science. Information on his work and the technology he has developed can be found at InnovatorMindset.com

Where:

Charter House, Edwards Hall
211 2nd St NW
Rochester, MN  55901

Registration Details:

5:00 pm – Sign in, Networking
5:30 pm – Dinner and President Announcements
5:45 pm – Speaker Introduction and Presentation
6:45 pm – Q&A

Menu List:

TBD

02Aug/19

La Crosse September Event: 1-2-3 Steps to Story-Based Leadership

Introduction/Description:

Maggie kept saying that she was not any good at telling stories.  Meanwhile, she told a vivid tale about her career turning point.  Like Maggie, many people dismiss their storytelling skills and leave this powerful communication tool out of their leadership toolbox.  Business storytelling unifies teams by building trust and credibility.  During innovation, stories help to deepen insights, spark the flow of ideas, illuminate solutions, and pitch new ideas.  When coaching, mentoring, and networking, well-told stories can convey your leadership values and demonstrate who you are and what you stand for.

This session will help PMI members find and polish story gems that will enhance their leadership impact.  Whether you are a natural or wannabe storyteller, this workshop can help you create business-relevant stories that leave your listeners pondering new truths.  You will learn a three-step process for business storytelling:  1) find story gems, 2) develop plot and meaning, and 3) polish with salient details.

Speaker Biography

As President/Owner of Storlietelling LLC (www.storlietelling.com), Jean Storlie uses story-based techniques to design and facilitate highly engaging strategic planning, innovation, and team-building sessions.   She also runs training programs in business storytelling skills for clients that span boutique consulting firms to Fortune 500 companies across a range of industries.  Jean has facilitated innovation in consumer packaged goods, supplier, and direct marketing companies, focusing on building their innovation pipelines.  She worked at General Mills for over a decade, where her knack for distilling complex content into compelling communications helped business teams drive business growth for consumer brands like Cheerios and Yoplait.  Jean is publishing a book, Once Upon an Innovation: A Business Storytelling Guidebook for Creative Problem Solving (www.onceuponinnovation.com), which will be released at the end of 2019.   Jean grew up in La Crosse and is an alumnus of Viterbo University and UW-La Crosse.

Where:

Western Technical College
The Lunda Center (Logistics Health Room)
319 7th Street North
La Crosse, WI 54601

Registration Details:

11:00am – Sign in, Networking
11:30am – Lunch and President Announcements
11:45pm – Speaker Introduction and Presentation
12:45pm – Q&A

Menu List:

Italian Lunch Buffet-includes classic marinara and alfredo sauce, crumbled Italian sausage and grilled chicken breast, and more.

08May/19

PMI La Crosse Event – Annual Business Meeting, Project Management and Business Analysis Panel

Introduction/Description:

Agile, like any movement, has its own lexicon – a set of words that are used within the community and help define it.  Unfortunately, as the Agile movement has grown, these words have been distorted, changed and lost their original meaning.

During this session, these words and their original meaning will be examined from a business perspective.  Participants leave with the ability to accurately define and use these terms in way that engages the business in its search for value.

To explore and develop real-life application of project management and business analysis, the PMI La Crosse Rochester Chapter will host a panel discussion for individuals to present their views on topics of common interest. These panelists represent different companies and levels Project Management and Business Analysis.

Various topics will be introduced by the panel moderator and presented to panelists for his or her views. Additional questions are welcome by the audience during the discussion.

Panel Speakers:

Mark Thole, Project Manager – Gensler

Brennan Murphy, Business Analyst Manager, Logistic Health

Shawn Budden, Continuous Improvement Specialist, Dynamic Lifecycle Innovations

Teddi-Ann Carini – Digital Product Manager Supervisor

Where:

Lunda Center – Western Technical College Campus

319 7th Street North

La Crosse, WI 54601

 Registration Details:

11:15am – Sign in, Networking

11:30am – Lunch and President Announcements

11:45am – Speaker Introduction and Presentation

12:45pm – Questions

Menu List:

Create your own sandwich buffet

08May/19

PMI Rochester Event – Annual Business Meeting and Project Management and Business Analysis Panel

Introduction/Description:

To explore and develop real-life application of project management and business analysis, the PMI La Crosse Rochester Chapter will host a panel discussion for individuals to present their views on topics of common interest. These panelists represent different companies and levels of management.

Various topics will be introduced by the panel moderator and presented to panelists for his or her views. Additional questions are welcome by the audience during the discussion.

 

Where:

Charter House – Northview Room

211 2nd Street NW

Rochester MN 55901 United States

Registration Details:

11:00am – Sign in, Networking

11:30am – Lunch and President Announcements

11:45pm – Speaker Introduction and Presentation

12:45pm – Questions

Menu List:

TBD

03Apr/19

PMI La Crosse Event – Total Workday Control and OneNote

Introduction/Description:

Agile, like any movement, has its own lexicon – a set of words that are used within the community and help define it.  Unfortunately, as the Agile movement has grown, these words have been distorted, changed and lost their original meaning.

During this session, these words and their original meaning will be examined from a business perspective.  Participants leave with the ability to accurately define and use these terms in way that engages the business in its search for value.

Total Workday Control is a book written by Michael Linenberger that discusses how work can be accomplished much more effectively by reconfiguring Microsoft Outlook. It is not a book about tips and tricks but is instead a complete re-think of how Outlook can work for you. When combined with Microsoft OneNote, it revolutionizes how project meeting notes and to-dos can be managed. These same techniques can also be used for a wide range of situations such as with professional organizations, going on trips, or as simple as house maintenance activities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Brainstorm the problem with using pen and paper to take meeting notes and to-dos.
  • Become familiar with how Total Workday Control changes the functionality of Outlook.
  • Learn about the chapter in Total Workday Control that reconfigures the To Do Bar into a powerhouse for managing to dos.
  • Explore using the To Do Bar in Outlook to manage to-dos stemming from project meetings or other repeating project related activities.
  • Be shown how to utilize Outlook and OneNote together to prep for meetings, take meeting notes and track to-dos that are synced together.
  • Become familiar with maximizing these tools across various computer platforms.

About the Speaker:

Todd Aldrich

Todd Aldrich has spent his 28-year career with two goals in mind: helping people and businesses solve problems, and utilizing technology to improve our lives. He started his career training adults in how to use applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Todd joined the IT department at Allina Health in 1997, writing training curriculum for a new product to merge the hospital and clinic patient registration processes. In 2002, Todd moved into the role of a Team Lead helping with the implementation of Epic at Allina. By the end of the project, Todd was the Director of Epic Support and Implementation.

In 2010, Todd left Allina to start a new career in healthcare consulting. Todd’s consulting projects have included leading the Epic implementation at Fairview, and implementing Epic optimization projects for many clients. He has also led IT restructuring efforts after a major hospital Epic go-live. Todd is currently consulting at Mayo Clinic’s Department of Radiology on the implementation of Epic Radiant.

Todd lives in Lakeville, Minnesota with his wife and four children. He is currently President-elect of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Minnesota Chapter which is dedicated to improving health care in quality, safety, cost-effectiveness, and access through the best use of information technology and management systems.

Where:

Lunda Center

319 7th Street North

La Crosse, WI 54601

 Registration Details:

7:00am – Sign in, Networking

7:30am – Breakfast and President Announcements

7:45am – Speaker introduction and Presentation

8:45am – Questions

Menu List:

TBD

20Dec/18

2018 February Virtual PMI Event – A Hybrid Approach to Project Management

Introduction/Description:

A Hybrid Approach to Project Management

With the growing interest in Agile approaches, how can we take a measured approach? Organizations can’t just simply drop everything to become 100% Agile. Not only are hybrid approaches acceptable, they are common in transitioning organizations. We need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of both the traditional and Agile methods to find the best combination that gives us the best of both worlds. This presentation will cover how to combine both approaches into a hybrid model, and help you understand the general criteria of how one approach would be chosen over another.

About the Speaker:

Susan Parente

Susan is a Project Management Professional, engineer, and consultant with over 18 years of experience managing software and hardware development projects and systems implementations, specializing in Agile project management and project recovery/ risk management. She is experienced in inter-organizational communication and collaboration to meet performance objectives with a true passion for using here knowledge and experience as a conduit to improve project management performance.

Where:

Virtual Meeting

Registration Details:

  1. Sign up like normal.
  2. Once registered and paid, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions the morning of February 6th.
Event Timing

11:45pm – Sign in

12:00pm – President Announcements

12:10pm – Presentation

1:00pm – Questions

19Dec/18

2018 January Virtual PMI Event – Genghis Khan Never Used WebEx- 3 Eternal Secrets of Great Remote Project Teams

Introduction/Description:

Genghis Khan Never Used WebEx – 3 Eternal Secrets of Great Remote Project Teams

It seems like leading projects is harder than ever, especially when the team is scattered across the country or even the globe. But history is full of people who got the job done from far away. Genghis Khan ruled half the world and never held a WebEx meeting? How did he do it?

Join internationally recognized author and speaker Wayne Turmel for this engaging and interactive web presentation. In our time together, you’ll learn:

  1. How leading teams remotely is –and isn’t—different
  2. The 3 eternal truths of leading teams
    • They need a common purpose
    • They need accountability
    • They need to use the technology available to them
  3. Best practices and tips for using technology to build great team relationships.

About the Speaker:

Wayne Turmel

Wayne Turmel is the author of several books including “The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership” and “Meet Like You Mean It- a Leader’s Guide to Painless and Productive Virtual Meetings.” He’s also co-founder of The Remote Leadership Institute. He’s spoken around the world about his passion for helping leaders work with people, projects and teams. You can learn more at www.RemoteLeadershipInstitute.com

Where:

Virtual Meeting

Registration Details:

  1. Sign up like normal.
  2. Once registered and paid, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions.
Event Timing

12:00pm – 12:15pm – Welcome/President Announcements

12:15pm – 1:15pm – Presentation

1:15pm – 1:30pm – Q&A

 

26Oct/18

Save the Date: 2018 Rochester Mix, Mingle, and Network

Rochester Event – The Tap House (Mix, Mingle, and Network)

Assortment of appetizers will be provided throughout the networking happy hour. The attendees will be responsible for their beverages.  Join us for games and networking!