Rochester Lunch Event: Program Management Initiation – Lessons Learned

Session Description:
Have you noticed some projects that appear to be bigger than just a project? Is it a program? What is the difference? How do you set one up? This presentation will share the experiences from one program manager’s perspective on what appeared to work well to get the programs set up for success.

Learning objectives:

•Differences between a project and a program
•Processes / focus areas necessary to establish a program for success
•Challenges you will likely face and ways to address
•Tools & techniques that can be helpful in program management

About the Speaker:
Andrew C. Galbus, PMP has twenty-seven years of experience in healthcare and information technology. His recent sixteen years have been leading programs, projects, and a portfolio for Nursing Informatics. He managed complex multi-million dollar diverse projects and programs with teams ranging from 8 to over 100 working with budgets across multiple cost centers, complex scope, schedule, risks, issues, organizational change management, and multiple stakeholders (including vendors and external partners). Eleven years prior to the sixteen were in IT systems analysis, design, development, and support. Education highlights include a B.S. in Computer Science and Business Administration-Marketing, an MBA and certifications in project management, ITIL, and ISO20000.

Schedule of Events:
•11:00 a.m – 11:15 a.m – Networking
•11:15 a.m – 11:45 p.m – Lunch
•11:45 a.m – 12:00 p.m – Announcements from PMI Chapter President
•12:00 p.m – 1:00 p.m – Presentation

Menu List: Soup and Sandwich


Agile Games – Want to come play?

Session Description:

As children, we learn via “play”, whether pushing trucks along the pavement or dressing up stuffed animals as imaginary dinner guests, each of these experiences allows us to develop and grow.   However, as we mature, we migrate away from these informal learning experiences in favor of the formal arenas of the classroom and books.   During this interactive session, attendees will have an opportunity to return to the informal learning methods of youth by exploring a number of Agile principles and concepts through a variety of games.  Through “play”, attendees will leave with a greater understanding of how the concepts that underlie Agile method can help them improve their performance and help their organizations not just survive, but thrive.

About the Speaker: 

Mike Stuedemann, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSP is a founding member and Agile Coach and Instructor with Collaborative Leadership Team.   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 software that people want to use.

Prior to Collaborative Leadership Team, Mike 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.

Mike 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.

Schedule of Events:

  • 5:30 p.m – 5:45 p.m – Networking
  • 5:45 p.m – 6:15 p.m – Dinner
  • 6:00 p.m – 6:15 p.m – Announcements from PMI Chapter President
  • 6:15 p.m – 7:30 p.m – Presentation

Menu List: Minnesota Favorites!  Start with romaine and tomato Salad with a variety of toppings and dressings, pea and cheese salad and seasonal fresh fruit, and then enjoy a buffet!

Dress Code:  The PMI La Crosse – Rochester Chapter does not have a policy for dress code and trusts its attendees to dress appropriately.  Business casual dress is certainly acceptable attire at events and workshops. 

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