Optional pre-conference workshops offer an in depth look at System Development Life Cycle, Project Management Methodologies or Project Essentials (Additional fee required). See the Workshops page for more information.
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Using the story of a Sudanese refugee boy as the backdrop, this presentation will consider twelve overlooked (or dismissed) traits that are characteristic of truly successful project managers. These traits will be pointed out as the story of the refugee boy unfolds. In a completely unique (and non-technical) presentation, the audience will be both entertained and challenged to embrace these overlooked traits of a truly successful project manager.
Breakout Session 1
To increase the interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) among high school students, NASA created the "High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware" (HUNCH) program. In 2012-2013, NASA selected a total of eight high schools to develop modules for use on the International Space Station. These HUNCH projects were completed by high school students with guidance from their teachers. To enhance the experience of the students, NASA sponsored two additional projects that required universities to design and implement educational modules for the eight high schools in the area of project management. Texas A&M University was one of the universities selected for these tasks. These modules exposed the students to project management concepts and tools that were applied in their NASA HUNCH project. The benefits of the project management modules are: 1) the learning of knowledge in project management, 2) timely, cost-effective execution of the NASA HUNCH projects, and most importantly, 3) increasing students' interest in STEM. In this session, discover how Texas A&M designed and implemented the project management modules, implemented a mentoring program between undergraduates and high school students, and analyzed the effectiveness of student learning.
Auditors from The Texas A&M University System Internal Audit will give you an inside look at how auditors think. Hear it from the source as auditors tell you about their processes.
Using Microsoft Project to help you manage projects, keep track of deadlines, allocate resources, assign tasks, set date constraints and plan contingencies. Learn how to set up a Microsoft project and find out how the software can help you get things done in the most efficient manner.
Breakout Session 2
Constellation Project Management
The Constellation Program was created in 2007 to answer the President's Vision for Space Exploration Returning to the Moon by 2015. When the program was formed, a small group was put together to manage the requirements for Lunar Exploration while a larger group focused on developing the Space Transportation System that will deliver the Lunar Exploration assets for their mission. Mr. Leonard will discuss managing the Lunar Surface Systems Project Office within the Constellation Program Office, and the coordination challenges of managing the Primary Goal of the Constellation Program and a Secondary Objective.
Like a conductor directing the movements of a symphony, a project manager guides a team through its various transitions. The skills of a project leader can greatly influence whether the team - with its variety of players and multiple changes in tempo - creates harmony or discord. In this session, participants will learn the stages of the transition process, the effects of change on team productivity and morale, and tactics to navigate a team through the transition process.
The Texas A&M IT Product Strategy and Communication team has built a streamlined project management process using simple and effective tools. This session will introduce the tools and techniques they use every day to manage approximately 20 concurrent projects. Projects range from large-scale communication campaigns to web design, development and interface optimization. You can easily implement these tools to manage project requests, prioritize projects and manage schedules.
Unwind and enjoy drinks, hors d'oeuvres and great networking opportunities at the Symphony Gala.