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03Oct/17

PMI La Crosse Event – Culture: The Key to Organizational Agility

Introduction/Description:

In the language of sociotechnical organization design, every organization is a composite of the technical system by which it does its work, and the social system by which it governs the conduct of its work. In other words, every organization is the product of its processes and its culture. The degree of an organization’s agility, then, is the product of the agility of its processes and the agility of its culture. In fact, experience teaches us that it is the organization’s culture that is the key to its agility. Yet, while designing and maintaining agile processes is an engineering discipline that is well understood, designing and maintaining an agile culture is a leadership discipline that is not well understood.

This presentation will introduce field-tested models to better understand:

  • What an organizational culture is.
  • How it fits into the organizational ecosystem, diagnose its current state and design a desired state.
  • The forces that, by design or by default, influence the reinforcement of its current state or its movement toward some future state.

About the Speaker:

Jim is Co-Founder & Principal Consultant at agilityIRL where he educates, coaches and consults to motivated leaders at all levels in matters of organizational leadership and leading cultural change in order to achieve organizational agility.

Based on his experience creating 9 new organizations, renovating 4 under-performing ones, and re-designing 2 that were not well positioned for the future, Jim shares the pragmatic lessons he has learned for leading cultural change on local, national and international teams. He has also curated those lessons in his book, Windward Leadership: Taking Your Organization into the Prevailing Winds on Political Seas.

An accomplished leader in real life, Jim has previously held positions ranging from VP of IT, then a VP in Product Development, at a global, $5 billion business unit of a Fortune 250 medical device manufacturer; to COO of a small, second stage, biopolymer engineering firm; to “chief digital officer” at a privately held aircraft manufacturer; to the startup of several “boutique” consulting firms. He has also served on several boards for non-profit and for-profit organizations.

Where:

People’s Food Coop Community Room

315 5th Street South

La Crosse, WI 54601

 

Registration Details:

11:00am – Sign in, Network

11:15am – Lunch and President Announcements

11:45am– 1:00pm Presentation

 

Menu List:

TBD

03Oct/17

PMI Rochester Event – Virtual Team Management: Creating a Culture of Success with Those You Can’t See

Introduction/Description:

Managing project teams is a challenge. Managing teams across geographical locations, time zones and globally can be difficult for even the best managers.  Factor in cultural differences and country-specific lingo, and it’s a miracle some projects are ever successful.  In his 10 years managing virtual teams, Jason has learned how to create a culture of success with and amongst stakeholders and project team members.  He will share his tips and lessons learned, some of them the hard way, including sponsor and stakeholder management, building a cohesive team, developing “right-sized” processes, and effectively communicating with those you can’t see.

About the Speaker:

Jason Orloske has been in project, program and portfolio management for over 17 years in the Healthcare, Retail, and Legal & Regulatory sectors. Jason is currently the Manager of Project Management at Aldevron, a Biologics manufacturer headquartered in Fargo, ND. Before that, Jason worked as a Program Portfolio Manager for WEX in Portland, ME, leading the delivery of global strategic initiatives. Jason has his PMP, Masters of Project Management (MPM), and Scrum certified. He has presented at a number of PMI-MN events, written articles for the Institute of Certified Professional Managers (ICPM) and is an avid blogger.

Where:

Charter House

Northview

211 2nd Street NW

Rochester, MN 55901

Registration Details:

5:15pm – Sign in, Network

5:15pm – Dinner and President Announcements

5:45pm– 7:00pm Presentation

 

Menu List:

TBD

08Aug/17

PMI Rochester Event – CONFLICT: Making It Easier

Title: CONFLICT: Making It Easier

 

Time:  5:15pm-7:00pm

Introduction/Description:

How do get along with a person who drives us crazy or gets on our last nerve? It can be so hard to do. This month, learn to maintain your power when in conflict and get to a solution that works for everyone.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To understand what drives difficult behavior.
  2. To define the four intents (or desires) of people.
  3. To define the type of difficult person we are.
  4. To manage conflict more easily.

 

About the Speaker:

Jeannette Grace, owner of Expressive! Communication Consulting & Training, is a communication consultant and training and development expert who has been helping organizations and their employees exceed expectations since 1995. She specializes in removing communication roadblocks for her clients so they can enjoy the benefits of satisfied customers, engaged employees, and strong teams. Jeannette’s work spans corporate training, teaching college level business courses, keynote speaking, professional coaching, and training in business organizations, higher education, and government entities.

 

Where:

Charter House

Northview

211 2nd Street NW

Rochester, MN  55901

 

Registration Details:

 

Dinner

5:15pm – Sign in, Network

5:30pm – Dinner and President Announcements

5:45pm– 7:00pm Presentation

 

Menu List:

TBD

08Aug/17

PMI La Crosse Event – CONFLICT: Making It Easier

Introduction/Description:

How do get along with a person who drives us crazy or gets on our last nerve? It can be so hard to do. This month, learn to maintain your power when in conflict and get to a solution that works for everyone.

About the Speaker:

Jeannette Grace, owner of Expressive! Communication Consulting & Training, is a communication consultant and training and development expert who has been helping organizations and their employees exceed expectations since 1995. She specializes in removing communication roadblocks for her clients so they can enjoy the benefits of satisfied customers, engaged employees, and strong teams. Jeannette’s work spans corporate training, teaching college level business courses, keynote speaking, professional coaching, and training in business organizations, higher education, and government entities.

 

Where:

Lunda Center – Western Technical College Campus

319 7th St. N.

La Crosse, WI 54601

 

Registration Details:

11:00am – Sign in, Network

11:15am – Lunch and President Announcements

11:45am– 1:00pm Presentation

 

Menu List:

TBD

15May/17

“Are You Ready to be a Project Leader” PMI’s Talent Triangle®

Introduction/Description:

“Are You Ready to be a Project Leader?” identifies the skills that CEOs and organizations are seeking in project managers. During this presentation, you will learn how these skills—problem solving, adaptability, leadership, creativity and innovation, and emotional intelligence align to the PMI Talent Triangle®.  PMI research shows that as the job market becomes more competitive, achieving the skills identified by the Talent Triangle increases your value and decreases your risk of being left behind. The presenter will provide case studies and personal experiences, as well as PMI resources that can help you advance your career.

Registration Details

11:00 am – Sign in, Network
11:15 am – Lunch and President Announcements
11:45 am– 1:00 pm Presentation

Where: West Peace Plaza

At intersection:  1st Ave SW and 1st Street SW

Rochester

Inclement Weather: Victoria’s Restaurant Private Room

About the Speaker:

knudson-terri-mayo-clinic

Teresa (Terri) Knudson, MBA, PMP, PgMP, PfMP, is director of the Enterprise Portfolio Management Office (EPMO) at Mayo Clinic, the largest integrated nonprofit medical center in the world. She established the EPMO in 2008, providing methodologies and standards, education, resources, consulting, systems and reporting.  Ms. Knudson leads the development of enterprise-wide advancements in project, program, and portfolio management (PPM).

Ms. Knudson has served Mayo Clinic for over 30 years in various business areas, including strategic planning, finance, information technology, audit, business management, and operations administration.  During these assignments she led some of the largest initiatives at Mayo Clinic, many earning Excellence in Teamwork Awards.  Prior to joining Mayo Clinic, Ms. Knudson held positions at Deloitte and Cenex.

Ms. Knudson has been an active member of the PMI® Global Executive Council since 2011, has a quarterly column in PM Network® magazine, served on a global congress keynote panel, is a regular presenter at the PMO SymposiumSM, has written for multiple magazines and books, teaches and speaks nationally and internationally, and consults with organizations worldwide to share knowledge to enhance PPM maturity and value.

Ms. Knudson holds an MBA and Bachelor’s Degrees in accounting and computer science.  Since 2009, she has obtained her Project Management Professional (PMP)®, Program Management Professional (PgMP)®, and Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)®.  Ms. Knudson is also a certified public accountant (currently inactive), is certified in change management, and has bronze and silver quality awards.

Ms. Knudson has led community volunteer efforts with the United Way and created the Ways of Caring initiative, sponsoring various events. She grew up in a military family, at times living abroad, and has a deep appreciation for the armed services.  She enjoys traveling, especially internationally, while exploring new places and meeting people from all countries and cultures.

22Mar/17

La Crosse Morning Event: 5 Shifts that Project Managers Must Make in an Agile World

Agile, as a philosophy, is no longer on the fringe of product development.  It has become mainstream and Agile methods, like Scrum, are being applied by a diverse number of organizations across multiple domains. Many traditional project managers are threatened by the wide-spread adoption of Agile methods as a number of these methods don’t formally identify the role of “Project Manager”.

In order to be successful in an Agile world, project managers must make five fundamental shifts.  In this presentation, each of these five shifts will be explored, the driving factor behind each one identified and its impact on the traditional project management role discussed.  Attendees will leave a set of recommendations that they can follow to adapt to these shifts so that not only will they survive, they will prosper in this Agile world.

About the Speaker:

Mike Stuedemann, PMP, PMI-ACP, CST is Founder/Principal Consultant at agilityIRL.  In this role, he is responsible for educating his clients in Agile methods and working with all levels of an organization to help them produce products that people want to use.

He has presented on Agile at numerous industry events including PMI-Minnesota’s Professional Development Days, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of IIBA, and Agile Development West.

Prior to founding agilityIRL, Mike co-founded other Agile consultancies including 3 Plus 1 Consulting and Collaborative Leadership Team.  Mike has also worked for Savigent Software as an Engagement Manager, Medtronic in a number of IT Leadership roles, Data Recognition Corporation as a Business Analyst and for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) as a Staff Consultant.

He has undergraduate degrees in International Management and Japanese from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

Mike lives in Andover, MN with his wife, Erin, and his sons, Joe, Ray and Will.  When not spending time with his family, Mike enjoys watching sports and reading

 

Where:

Cabin Coffee

401 Jay St. Ste. 1

La Crosse, WI 54601

 

Registration Details:

Lunch

11:00am – Sign in, Network

11:15am – Lunch and President Announcements

11:45am– 1:00pm Presentation

22Mar/17

Rochester Evening Event: 5 Shifts that Project Managers Must Make in an Agile World

Agile, as a philosophy, is no longer on the fringe of product development.  It has become mainstream and Agile methods, like Scrum, are being applied by a diverse number of organizations across multiple domains. Many traditional project managers are threatened by the wide-spread adoption of Agile methods as a number of these methods don’t formally identify the role of “Project Manager”.

In order to be successful in an Agile world, project managers must make five fundamental shifts.  In this presentation, each of these five shifts will be explored, the driving factor behind each one identified and its impact on the traditional project management role discussed.  Attendees will leave a set of recommendations that they can follow to adapt to these shifts so that not only will they survive, they will prosper in this Agile world.

About the Speaker:

Mike Stuedemann, PMP, PMI-ACP, CST is Founder/Principal Consultant at agilityIRL.  In this role, he is responsible for educating his clients in Agile methods and working with all levels of an organization to help them produce products that people want to use.

He has presented on Agile at numerous industry events including PMI-Minnesota’s Professional Development Days, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of IIBA, and Agile Development West.

Prior to founding agilityIRL, Mike co-founded other Agile consultancies including 3 Plus 1 Consulting and Collaborative Leadership Team.  Mike has also worked for Savigent Software as an Engagement Manager, Medtronic in a number of IT Leadership roles, Data Recognition Corporation as a Business Analyst and for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) as a Staff Consultant.

He has undergraduate degrees in International Management and Japanese from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

Mike lives in Andover, MN with his wife, Erin, and his sons, Joe, Ray and Will.  When not spending time with his family, Mike enjoys watching sports and reading

Where:

Charter House

Northview

211 2nd Street NW

Rochester, MN  55901

 

Registration Details:

 

Dinner

5:15pm – Sign in, Network

5:30pm – Dinner and President Announcements

5:45pm– 7:00pm Presentation

 

 

22Mar/17

Rochester Morning Event – Culture: The Key to Organizational Agility

Introduction/Description:

In the language of sociotechnical organization design, every organization is a composite of the technical system by which it does its work, and the social system by which it governs the conduct of its work. In other words, every organization is the product of its processes and its culture. The degree of an organization’s agility, then, is the product of the agility of its processes and the agility of its culture. In fact, experience teaches us that it is the organization’s culture that is the key to its agility. Yet, while designing and maintaining agile processes is an engineering discipline that is well understood, designing and maintaining an agile culture is a leadership discipline that is not well understood.

This presentation will introduce field-tested models to better understand:

  • What an organizational culture is.
  • How it fits into the organizational ecosystem, diagnose its current state and design a desired state.
  • The forces that, by design or by default, influence the reinforcement of its current state or its movement toward some future state.

About the Speaker:

SPEAKER BIO: Jim Ruprecht

 

Jim is Co-Founder & Principal Consultant at agilityIRL where he educates, coaches and consults to motivated leaders at all levels in matters of organizational leadership and leading cultural change in order to achieve organizational agility.

Based on his experience creating 9 new organizations, renovating 4 under-performing ones, and re-designing 2 that were not well positioned for the future, Jim shares the pragmatic lessons he has learned for leading cultural change on local, national and international teams.  He has also curated those lessons in his book, Windward Leadership: Taking Your Organization into the Prevailing Winds on Political Seas.

An accomplished leader in real life, Jim has previously held positions ranging from VP of IT, then a VP in Product Development, at a global, $5 billion business unit of a Fortune 250 medical device manufacturer; to COO of a small, second stage, biopolymer engineering firm; to “chief digital officer” at a privately held aircraft manufacturer; to the startup of several “boutique” consulting firms. He has also served on several boards for non-profit and for-profit organizations.

 

Where:

Charter House

Edwards Hall

211 2nd Street NW

Rochester, MN  55901

 

Registration Details:

 

Lunch

11:00am – Sign in, Network

11:15am – Lunch and President Announcements

11:45am– 1:00pm Presentation

 

22Mar/17

Event Cancelled! – La Crosse Evening Event – Culture: The Key to Organizational Agility

***Event Cancelled***

 

Due to unexpected low attendance in La Crosse, Wisconsin, tomorrow’s scheduled PMI La Crosse event (Culture: The Key to Organizational Agility) has been cancelled.

We will apologize for the inconvenience and will return all attendees their respective registration fees.

 

 

Introduction/Description:

In the language of sociotechnical organization design, every organization is a composite of the technical system by which it does its work, and the social system by which it governs the conduct of its work. In other words, every organization is the product of its processes and its culture. The degree of an organization’s agility, then, is the product of the agility of its processes and the agility of its culture. In fact, experience teaches us that it is the organization’s culture that is the key to its agility. Yet, while designing and maintaining agile processes is an engineering discipline that is well understood, designing and maintaining an agile culture is a leadership discipline that is not well understood.

This presentation will introduce field-tested models to better understand:

  • What an organizational culture is.
  • How it fits into the organizational ecosystem, diagnose its current state and design a desired state.
  • The forces that, by design or by default, influence the reinforcement of its current state or its movement toward some future state.

About the Speaker:

SPEAKER BIO: Jim Ruprecht

Jim is Co-Founder & Principal Consultant at agilityIRL where he educates, coaches and consults to motivated leaders at all levels in matters of organizational leadership and leading cultural change in order to achieve organizational agility.

Based on his experience creating 9 new organizations, renovating 4 under-performing ones, and re-designing 2 that were not well positioned for the future, Jim shares the pragmatic lessons he has learned for leading cultural change on local, national and international teams.  He has also curated those lessons in his book, Windward Leadership: Taking Your Organization into the Prevailing Winds on Political Seas.

An accomplished leader in real life, Jim has previously held positions ranging from VP of IT, then a VP in Product Development, at a global, $5 billion business unit of a Fortune 250 medical device manufacturer; to COO of a small, second stage, biopolymer engineering firm; to “chief digital officer” at a privately held aircraft manufacturer; to the startup of several “boutique” consulting firms. He has also served on several boards for non-profit and for-profit organizations.

Where:

University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

3200 Student Union (UW-La Crosse’s *NEW* student Union Center)

Student Union Room 3105

 

UW-La Crosse Parking information – https://www.uwlax.edu/parking/

 

Registration Details:

Dinner

5:15pm – Sign in, Network

5:30pm – Dinner and President Announcements

5:45pm– 7:00pm Presentation

 

Menu List:

Ciao, Roma!

 

  • Chicken a la Rosa
  • Baked Penne Alfredo with Roasted Red Pepper
  • Roasted Vegetable Medley
  • House Salad
  • Parmesan Garlic Bread
  • Cookies
  • Water and Iced Tea

 

31Jan/17

Can you Flip a House with SCRUM?

Session Description: 

When most people think about Agile, they equate it with Software Development and Manufacturing.  But what is a newly minted Certified Scrum Master to do when he doesn’t have a software project on the horizon?  Can he take this new Agile framework to something less traditional?   Come on the journey to see if Agile can flip a house.

About the Speakers:

Tom Auld, CSM, PMP

Collaborative Leadership Team

Tom Auld is an Agile Coach, Trainer and Product Owner with the Collaborative Leadership Team.  His Agile journey started in 2006.  Tom has been fortunate enough to work on Agile initiatives with world-class organizations such as Boston Scientific, Best Buy, Medtronic, Target, General Mills and TCF Bank.  Previously, Tom was a Principal and Engagement Manager for a National Consulting firm.  Most recently Tom was the Associate Chief Information Officer for the University of Minnesota.

Schedule of Events:

  • 11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m – Sign in and Networking
  • 11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m –  Lunch and President Announcements
  • 11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m – Presentation