SCHEDULE

8:00-9:15
Registration

Pick up your badge and program at the registration table. Sign up for Birds-of-a-Feather sessions and the Dine Around.

Also, stop by our build-a-bag table, and pick up freebies and materials from the conference sponsors.

9:15-10:30
Keynote Address

Today's Leadership is Tomorrow's Organization

Merna Jacobsen

Everyday you help shape the future of your organization. That makes you a leader. Regardless of your position, title, or salary, you are a leader. In this session, we will explore three pillars of leadership and test your commitment to each. Most of what we do is over managed and under led. After exploring the three pillars of leadership we will understand why this is so and what we need to do about it.

10:40-11:30
Breakout Sessions

Human Factor

Team Re-Building: Positive Shifts for Broken or Uninspired Teams

Michael Aucoin

Does your project team exhibit unhealthy conflict? Or, does everyone accept merely lackluster performance? These symptoms are evidence that individuals lack the power that comes from knowing how to collaborate well. Team re-building uses a dynamic systems approach to make sense of how teams get derailed, and how to return them to vigorous health. Work in teams is energizing when the following four elements are present: Meaningfulness, choice, competence and progress. Team self-leadership achieves these collaborative elements through best practices in personal and organizational maturation, with recent findings from neuroscience, and guided by understanding the team as a vibrant system.

Project Management Applied

How the Texas Department of Public Safety Effectively Applies Project Management Principles to State Government and Administrative Processes

Amanda Arriaga and Jessica Iselt

At the 2013 Project Management Exchange, Ms. Arriaga and Ms. Iselt discussed the factors that led to establishing the Enterprise Project Management Office at the Texas Department of Public Safety. Since then, the presenters have applied the principles of project management to other key administrative processes such as contracting, the legislative process and strategic planning. The presenters will share lessons learned on how they translated basic project management processes like planning, scheduling and cost analysis throughout the Texas Department of Public Safety. They will also share techniques the audience can turn into actionable items within their organizations.

Higher Education Showcase

Achieving Successful PMO Outcomes in Higher Education

Brad Robbins

During this presentation, we will present our survey findings on how Education Institutions are currently running their project management offices and identify industry trends. Gain insight into getting education leaders involved in the PMO. Discover the organizational maturity necessary to support a PMO and the added complexity in Higher Education. Learn how to mitigate the difficulty and how Virtual PMO/multiple PMOs can have a role to play.

11:30-1:00
Lunch on Your Own

Make this a networking opportunity. Find someone you don't know and invite them to lunch.

1:00-1:45
Exhibitor Session with Dessert

Enjoy dessert and networking. Visit with sponsors and your fellow attendees. Exhibitors include:

  • Deloitte
  • Upland Project Portfolio and Work Management Applications
  • Project Management Institute, Houston Chapter
  • Texas A&M IT Project Management Office

1:45-2:35
Breakout Sessions

Human Factor

The Next Generation PMO Mandate

Kane Wei

PMO. Over the years, this three-letter acronym has seen much damage to its reputation. While it is a widely attempted "organizational strategy," we see PMOs drift to the bottom of the organizational abyss and get ignored like an unmatched gym sock sitting in the corner of the locker room. The next generation PMO must be more than a governance institution, support organization or a method repository. In this session, discover how a PMO in the modern business organization can fulfill its mandate, and how one services organization transformed its PMO by leveraging some simple marketing ideas with the business results to show for it.

Project Management Applied

How Organizational Project Management Maturity and the Texas Project Delivery Framework Can Help You Deliver Successful Projects

Leah Folgate and P.J. Vilanilam

The State of Texas' Quality Assurance Team (QAT) is currently monitoring and analyzing 67 major information resource development projects, worth nearly $1 billion spread across 20 state agencies. In this session, discover how these projects are doing and the critical success factors driving them. Get an overview of organization Project Management Maturity and DIR’s PM Lite project management practices. Learn the benefits of a mature organization, and how this can help improve performance across an organization.

Higher Education Showcase

The State of IT in Higher Education

CIO Panel, Moderated by Tim Chester, CIO University of Georgia

Information Technology has always been a rapidly changing field, and now is no exception. For higher education to thrive in this digital age, IT must play a critical role in institutional planning and ensure that key stakeholders are consulted on IT initiatives. In this panel discussion, hear CIOs from large public universities discuss shared services, cloud computing, and the shift from service delivery to service facilitation. Discover how project management can support this shift and the value CIOs seek from project managers.

2:45-3:35
Breakout Sessions:

Human Factor

When Women Lead

Merna Jacobsen

Do men and women lead differently? This session will answer this question by exploring the leadership patterns of men and women in the workplace. The five most important things women can do to increase their leadership influence will be provided.

Project Management Applied

Finish Strong, Transition Better

Josh Kissee

The success of a project is defined by a wide-variety of criteria. Normally, success criteria do not consider the long-term success of the project within the organization once it has been delivered to the customer. The ITIL framework has extensive considerations for transitioning services into operations. This session will review best-practices for including successful transition to operations within the project scope against the backdrop of a higher education-based IT project. The presentation will consider the use of ITIL-based processes including: Change Management, Release and Deployment, Transition Planning, Incident Management, Problem Management, Request Fulfillment, and Knowledge Management.

Higher Education Showcase

Sharing a Project Management Vision at Sam Houston State University

Rico Lalli

Join us for a discussion about the status of project management at Sam Houston State University. The SHSU IT PMO is responsible for the intake, evaluation, execution, management, and closeout of projects with an IT component. We will discuss an overview of the inception of the PMO, the development of a project framework, and the current maturity path we are pursuing. Along the way, we will share what has worked for us and what hasn’t as we’ve shared and institutionalized the vision for project management at SHSU.

3:45-4:35
Breakout Sessions

Human Factor

Stakeholders: Can't Live with Them, Can't Live without Them

Stephanie Coomes

Stakeholders are vital to project success and instrumental in project failure. Project managers are often tasked with navigating through complex stakeholder dynamics to enable project success. This session will discuss challenging stakeholder behavior, methods for managing stakeholder communication, and tools for project planning and execution to maximize positive stakeholder impact.

Project Management Applied

PMI Houston Chapter Presentation - Managing and Transferring Organizational Knowledge on Projects

Walter Viali

Gathering lessons learned from every completed project within the organization creates the opportunity to continuously improve project management and application area methodologies, tools, and techniques. The key role of the PMO in this Knowledge Management context is examined in detail, along with the role of the quality assurance and internal (and external) communities of practice.  Discover pragmatic and effective approaches for planning and controlling projects in the context of organizational knowledge management and learning.

 

Higher Education Showcase

Strategy First: A Case Study on an Enterprise Application

David Sweeney

Several years ago, the Texas A&M Division of Student Affairs began a project to replace their digital signage solution, thinking strategy first. See the difference in the selection process for the old and new systems, and the value that was gained by thinking strategy first. Learn how to build a strategy first project and discover the business value created by approaching new solutions from a customer (not IT) perspective.

4:35-5:30
Birds of a Feather Discussions

Sign up for a round-table discussion with peers who share your interests or concerns. Sign-up sheets with pre-selected topics and blanks for your topic will be available next to the registration table. Sign up for the topic that sounds best to you or pick a topic and see if anyone else wants to discuss it.

6:00
Dine Around

Sign up to join other conference attendees for dinner at one of our locally-owned restaurants. Look for sign-up sheets next to the registration table. Restaurants will represent a range of prices and cuisines. Don't miss out on a relaxing evening with peers from other institutions.

8:00-9:15
Registration

8:00-9:15
Registration

Pick up your badge and program at the registration table. Sign up for Birds-of-a-Feather sessions and the Dine Around.

Also, stop by our build-a-bag table, and pick up freebies and materials from the conference sponsors.

9:15-10:30
Keynote Address

9:15-10:30
Keynote Address

Today's Leadership is Tomorrow's Organization

Merna Jacobsen

Everyday you help shape the future of your organization. That makes you a leader. Regardless of your position, title, or salary, you are a leader. In this session, we will explore three pillars of leadership and test your commitment to each. Most of what we do is over managed and under led. After exploring the three pillars of leadership we will understand why this is so and what we need to do about it.

10:40-11:30
Breakout Sessions

10:40-11:30
Breakout Sessions

Human Factor

Team Re-Building: Positive Shifts for Broken or Uninspired Teams

Michael Aucoin

Does your project team exhibit unhealthy conflict? Or, does everyone accept merely lackluster performance? These symptoms are evidence that individuals lack the power that comes from knowing how to collaborate well. Team re-building uses a dynamic systems approach to make sense of how teams get derailed, and how to return them to vigorous health. Work in teams is energizing when the following four elements are present: meaningfulness, choice, competence and progress. Team self-leadership achieves these collaborative elements through best practices in personal and organizational maturation, with recent findings from neuroscience, and guided by understanding the team as a vibrant system.

Project Management Applied

How the Texas Department of Public Safety Effectively Applies Project Management Principles to State Government and Administrative Processes

Amanda Arriaga and Jessica Iselt

At the 2013 Project Management Exchange, Ms. Arriaga and Ms. Iselt discussed the factors that led to establishing the Enterprise Project Management Office at the Texas Department of Public Safety. Since then, the presenters have applied the principles of project management to other key administrative processes such as contracting, the legislative process and strategic planning. The presenters will share lessons learned on how they translated basic project management processes like planning, scheduling and cost analysis throughout the Texas Department of Public Safety. They will also share techniques the audience can turn into actionable items within their organizations.

Higher Education Showcase

Achieving Successful PMO Outcomes in Higher Education

Brad Robbins

During this presentation, we will present our survey findings on how Education Institutions are currently running their project management offices and identify industry trends. Gain insight into getting education leaders involved in the PMO. Discover the organizational maturity necessary to support a PMO and the added complexity in Higher Education. Learn how to mitigate the difficulty and how Virtual PMO/multiple PMOs can have a role to play.

11:30-1:00
Lunch on Your Own

11:30-1:00
Lunch on Your Own

Make this a networking opportunity. Find someone you don't know and invite them to lunch.

1:00-1:45
Exhibitor Session with Dessert

1:00-1:45
Exhibitor Session with Dessert

Enjoy dessert and networking. Visit with sponsors and your fellow attendees. Exhibitors include:

  • Deloitte
  • Upland Project Portfolio and Work Management Applications
  • Project Management Institute, Houston Chapter
  • Texas A&M IT Project Management Office
1:45-2:35
Breakout Sessions

1:45-2:35
Breakout Sessions

Human Factor

The Next Generation PMO Mandate

Kane Wei

PMO. Over the years, this three-letter acronym has seen much damage to its reputation. While it is a widely attempted "organizational strategy," we see PMOs drift to the bottom of the organizational abyss and get ignored like an unmatched gym sock sitting in the corner of the locker room. The next generation PMO must be more than a governance institution, support organization or a method repository. In this session, discover how a PMO in the modern business organization can fulfill its mandate, and how one services organization transformed its PMO by leveraging some simple marketing ideas with the business results to show for it.

Project Management Applied

How Organizational Project Management Maturity and the Texas Project Delivery Framework Can Help You Deliver Successful Projects

Leah Folgate and P.J. Vilanilam

The State of Texas' Quality Assurance Team (QAT) is currently monitoring and analyzing 67 major information resource development projects, worth nearly $1 billion spread across 20 state agencies. In this session, discover how these projects are doing and the critical success factors driving them. Get an overview of organization Project Management Maturity and DIR’s PM Lite project management practices. Learn the benefits of a mature organization, and how this can help improve performance across an organization.

Higher Education Showcase

The State of IT in Higher Education

CIO Panel, Moderated by Tim Chester, CIO University of Georgia

Information Technology has always been a rapidly changing field, and now is no exception. For higher education to thrive in this digital age, IT must play a critical role in institutional planning and ensure that key stakeholders are consulted on IT initiatives. In this panel discussion, hear CIOs from large public universities discuss shared services, cloud computing, and the shift from service delivery to service facilitation. Discover how project management can support this shift and the value CIOs seek from project managers.

2:45-3:35
Breakout Sessions

2:45-3:35
Breakout Sessions

Human Factor

When Women Lead

Merna Jacobsen

Do men and women lead differently? This session will answer this question by exploring the leadership patterns of men and women in the workplace. The five most important things women can do to increase their leadership influence will be provided.

Project Management Applied

Finish Strong, Transition Better

Josh Kissee

The success of a project is defined by a wide-variety of criteria. Normally, success criteria do not consider the long-term success of the project within the organization once it has been delivered to the customer. The ITIL framework has extensive considerations for transitioning services into operations. This session will review best-practices for including successful transition to operations within the project scope against the backdrop of a higher education-based IT project. The presentation will consider the use of ITIL-based processes including: Change Management, Release and Deployment, Transition Planning, Incident Management, Problem Management, Request Fulfillment, and Knowledge Management.

Higher Education Showcase

Sharing a Project Management Vision at Sam Houston State University

Rico Lalli

Join us for a discussion about the status of project management at Sam Houston State University. The SHSU IT PMO is responsible for the intake, evaluation, execution, management, and closeout of projects with an IT component. We will discuss an overview of the inception of the PMO, the development of a project framework, and the current maturity path we are pursuing. Along the way, we will share what has worked for us and what hasn’t as we’ve shared and institutionalized the vision for project management at SHSU.

3:45-4:35
Breakout Sessions

3:45-4:35
Breakout Sessions

Human Factor

Stakeholders: Can't Live with Them, Can't Live without Them

Stephanie Coomes

Stakeholders are vital to project success and instrumental in project failure. Project managers are often tasked with navigating through complex stakeholder dynamics to enable project success. This session will discuss challenging stakeholder behavior, methods for managing stakeholder communication, and tools for project planning and execution to maximize positive stakeholder impact.

Project Management Applied

PMI Houston Chapter Presentation - Managing and Transferring Organizational Knowledge on Projects

Walter Viali

Gathering lessons learned from every completed project within the organization creates the opportunity to continuously improve project management and application area methodologies, tools, and techniques. The key role of the PMO in this Knowledge Management context is examined in detail, along with the role of the quality assurance and internal (and external) communities of practice.  Discover pragmatic and effective approaches for planning and controlling projects in the context of organizational knowledge management and learning.

Higher Education Showcase

Strategy First: A Case Study on an Enterprise Application

David Sweeney

Several years ago, the Texas A&M Division of Student Affairs began a project to replace their digital signage solution, thinking strategy first. See the difference in the selection process for the old and new systems, and the value that was gained by thinking strategy first. Learn how to build a strategy first project and discover the business value created by approaching new solutions from a customer (not IT) perspective.

4:35-5:30
Birds of a Feather Discussions

4:35-5:30
Birds of a Feather Discussions

Sign up for a round-table discussion with peers who share your interests or concerns. Sign-up sheets with pre-selected topics and blanks for your topic will be available next to the registration table. Sign up for the topic that sounds best to you or pick a topic and see if anyone else wants to discuss it.

6:00
Dine Around

6:00
Dine Around

Sign up to join other conference attendees for dinner at one of our locally-owned restaurants. Look for sign-up sheets next to registration. Restaurants will represent a range of prices and cuisines. Don’t miss out on a relaxing evening with peers from other institutions.

8:00-9:00
Breakfast and Birds of a Feather Sessions

Enjoy a hot breakfast of oatmeal with all the fixin’s, eggs, sausage and fruit. Then, join a second round of birds-of-a-feather round table sessions with peers who share your interests or concerns. Sign-up sheets with pre-selected topics and blanks for your topic will be available next to the registration table. Sign up for the topic that sounds best to you or pick a topic and see if anyone else wants to discuss it.

9:00-10:15
Keynote Address

Next Generation Leadership: Become Tomorrow's Leader Today.

Ryan Jenkins

Times are changing. Can you say the same about your leadership? Today's multi-generational, digital age is putting new demands on leaders. Leaders must become aware of today's leadership shifts, understand the next generation's leadership expectations, and learn what it takes to become a strong digital leader. Change is inevitable, but the development of next generation leadership skills must be intentional.

  • Grasp how leadership has fundamentally shifted
  • Learn what it takes to be a strong digital leader and harness the four key leadership trends
  • Learn how to effectively lead across generations (especially the 80 million Millennials)

10:25-11:15
Breakout Sessions

Human Factor

Delivering Effective Presentations

Igor Roshchin

Project managers must be effective speakers. A good status update will give project sponsors and stakeholders confidence in your project. Speakers who don't seem confident, do not generate confidence in others. In this sessions, pick up some great tools for increasing the effectiveness of your presentations.

Project Management Applied

Agile and Lean: What Went Wrong and How Can We Fix It?

Bradly Gibson

At the outset of the movement in 2001, Agile and Lean development seemed to be a way back to the purity of software development with deeply-technical, ultra-performing software engineers using new methods to self-organize, self-manage, and produce high quality work in iterations of working products. This seemed a godsend to the development world that had become hidebound and dogmatic in requiring deeply detailed requirements and technical approach documentation as well as non-negotiable release dates for software. However, somewhere down the line the dream of autonomous super-productivity has not delivered as expected. What is causing this trend, and what can be done to address it?

Higher Education Showcase

Saving ConnectUGA

Patrick Wagman

Patrick joined the ConnectUGA (Banner implementation) eighteen months into the multi-year project. It was troubled, behind schedule and suffering from poor teamwork, collaboration and faulty processes. The team was severely in need of change. They turned the project around, developed a plan to complete the initial project on time, complete the remaining scope and stay under budget. In this session, Patrick will share lessons learned about pulling together a project team and dealing with a large troubled project. Patrick will also share ideas about setting up the next project: a new Finance and HR system.

11:25-12:15
Breakout Sessions

Human Factor

Next Generation Communication: Transcend Generations with Advanced Communication Skills

Ryan Jenkins

For the first time in history there are four generations in the workplace. Each has a preferred way of communicating. With the rise of the Millennials, technology and social media, it has become increasingly difficult to communicate in our noisy, 24/7 connected culture. You call, they email and others text (while sitting right next to you)! Change is inevitable, but the development of next generation communication skills must be intentional.

Learn the true context of each generation and their varying communication preferences. Discover four key areas to effective next generation communication and the tactics to empower meaningful communication across generations.

Project Management Applied

Back to Basics: Finding the Core Project Management Principles that Work in Any Field

John T. Cole

You've heard it said that project management is the accidental profession. Most project managers fell into the role, without setting out to do this type of work. As such, we often find ourselves using tools and techniques that were designed for a specific company or type of project. In this session, get back to the basics and discover the principles needed to deliver any project in any field. Strip away the mandated tools and processes and discover the keys to delivering successful projects.

Higher Education Showcase

Upland Software Presentation

A representative from Upland Software will give a presentation. 

12:15-1:30
Lunch

Enjoy a Texas-style buffet of barbeque and sides. Vegetarian options are available upon request.

1:30-2:20
Breakout Sessions

Human Factor

Deloitte Presentation - The Path Forward: Lessons Learned from Implementing a State-Wide Program

Mike Wyatt

After a cyber security attack that affected 80% of the State's population, South Carolina implemented a state-wide information security program to restore citizen trust and protect sensitive data. Traditionally, South Carolina governance had been highly autonomous and independent. Implementing a collaborative program involved bringing together 73 executive branch agencies with vastly different missions. This presented unique governance and project management challenges. This session will provide insights and lessons learned during the first 18 months of the program development and rollout.

Project Management Applied

Baptism by Fire: Welcome to Project Management

Lacey Baze

This session details a new project manager's experience leading a large, technical project with a team not used to project management. Hear what the project manager learned along the way and some tips for introducing project management to your team or organization.

Higher Education Showcase

New to Higher Education: Confessions of a Project Manager

Patricia Anderson

In this session, Patricia will discuss her recent move to higher education. See what's working and what isn't. Learn how a project manager can adapt to a new environment. 

2:30-3:20
Breakout Sessions

Human Factor

Killing a Project: The Psychology of Letting Go

Stephen Balfour

Do you have a project using up time and money and going nowhere? In this session, Stephen Balfour describes putting projects out of your misery. Learn how to truly end a project and, most importantly, use applied psychology to help the key stakeholders let go and move on.

Project Management Applied

Culture Shift: How DevOps Changed the Way We Think about IT

Adam Mikeal

The IT team for the Texas A&M College of Architecture recently undertook an organizational change initiative to transition to the DevOps style of IT management. Learn about the team's approach to change and the challenges they faced. Discover valuable lessons in organizational change that can help you in your organization.

Higher Education Showcase

The Road to IT Governance at Utah State University

Paul Fleming McCullagh

Failures in decision making, whether through lack of information or being made by the wrong person, are key reasons for project failure. Applying project governance ensures competent decisions, appropriate responsibility, and is central to a successful project and an adroit organization. Sharing examples from Utah State University's (USU) implementation and application of a project governance framework, this presentation will show you what project governance is, who is involved, how it affects them, and the positive impact it has had on software development in central IT at USU.

3:30-4:45
Keynote Address

Achieving Transformation: A Fourteen-Year Study of High Performing IT Organizations

Gene Kim

In this presentation, Gene will draw upon fourteen years of research of high-performing IT organizations to show how IT organizations can use DevOps principles to simultaneously deliver stellar service levels and a fast flow of new features into the production environment. To successfully deliver against these seemingly conflicting objectives, requires creating a highly-coordinated collection of teams where Development, QA, IT Operations, as well as Product Management and Information Security genuinely work together to solve business objectives. Gene will describe what a successful transformation to DevOps looks like, and how those transformations were achieved from a software development and service operations perspective.

8:00-9:00
Breakfast and Birds of a Feather Sessions

8:00-9:00
Breakfast and Birds of a Feather Sessions

Enjoy a hot breakfast of oatmeal with all the fixin's, eggs, sausage and fruit. Then, join a second round of birds-of-a-feather round table sessions with peers who share your interests or concerns. Sign-up sheets with pre-selected topics and blanks for your topic will be available next to the registration table. Sign up for the topic that sounds best to you or pick a topic and see if anyone else wants to talk about it.

9:00-10:15
Keynote Address

9:00-10:15
Keynote Address

Next Generation Leadership: Become Tomorrow's Leader Today.

Ryan Jenkins

Times are changing. Can you say the same about your leadership? Today's multi-generational, digital age is putting new demands on leaders. Leaders must become aware of today's leadership shifts, understand the next generation's leadership expectations, and learn what it takes to become a strong digital leader. Change is inevitable, but the development of next generation leadership skills must be intentional.

  • Grasp how leadership has fundamentally shifted
  • Learn what it takes to be a strong digital leader and harness the four key leadership trends
  • Learn how to effectively lead across generations (especially the 80 million Millennials)
10:25-11:15
Breakout Sessions

10:25-11:15
Breakout Sessions

Human Factor

Delivering Effective Presentations

Igor Roshchin

Project managers must be effective speakers. A good status update will give project sponsors and stakeholders confidence in your project. Speakers who don't seem confident, do not generate confidence in others. In this sessions, pick up some great tools for increasing the effectiveness of your presentations.

Project Management Applied

Agile and Lean: What Went Wrong and How Can We Fix It?

Bradly Gibson

At the outset of the movement in 2001, Agile and Lean development seemed to be a way back to the purity of software development with deeply-technical, ultra-performing software engineers using new methods to self-organize, self-manage, and produce high quality work in iterations of working products. This seemed a godsend to the development world that had become hidebound and dogmatic in requiring deeply detailed requirements and technical approach documentation as well as non-negotiable release dates for software. However, somewhere down the line the dream of autonomous super-productivity has not delivered as expected. What is causing this trend, and what can be done to address it?

Higher Education Showcase

Saving ConnectUGA

Patrick Wagman

Patrick joined the ConnectUGA (Banner implementation) eighteen months into the multi-year project. It was troubled, behind schedule and suffering from poor teamwork, collaboration and faulty processes. The team was severely in need of change. They turned the project around, developed a plan to complete the initial project on time, complete the remaining scope and stay under budget. In this session, Patrick will share lessons learned about pulling together a project team and dealing with a large troubled project. Patrick will also share ideas about setting up the next project: a new Finance and HR system.

11:25-12:15
Breakout Sessions

11:25-12:15
Breakout Sessions

Human Factor

Next Generation Communication: Transcend Generations with Advanced Communication Skills.

Ryan Jenkins

For the first time in history there are four generations in the workplace. Each has a preferred way of communicating. With the rise of the Millennials, technology and social media, it has become increasingly difficult to communicate in our noisy, 24/7 connected culture. You call, they email and others text (while sitting right next to you)! Change is inevitable, but the development of next generation communication skills must be intentional.

Learn the true context of each generation and their varying communication preferences. Discover four key areas to effective next generation communication and the tactics to empower meaningful communication across generations.

Project Management Applied

Back to Basics: Finding the Core Project Management Principles that Work in Any Field

John T. Cole

You've heard it said that project management is the accidental profession. Most project managers fell into the role, without setting out to do this type of work. As such, we often find ourselves using tools and techniques that were designed for a specific company or type of project. In this session, get back to the basics and discover the principles needed to deliver any project in any field. Strip away the mandated tools and processes and discover the keys to delivering successful projects.

Higher Education Showcase

Upland Software Presentation

A representative from Upland Software will give a presentation.

12:15-1:30
Lunch

12:15-1:30
Lunch

Enjoy a Texas-style buffet of barbeque and sides. Vegetarian options are available upon request.

1:30-2:20
Breakout Sessions

1:30-2:20
Breakout Sessions

Human Factor

Deloitte Presentation - The Path Forward: Lessons Learned from Implementing a State-Wide Program

Mike Wyatt

After a cyber security attack that affected 80% of the State's population, South Carolina implemented a state-wide information security program to restore citizen trust and protect sensitive data. Traditionally, South Carolina governance had been highly autonomous and independent. Implementing a collaborative program involved bringing together 73 executive branch agencies with vastly different missions. This presented unique governance and project management challenges. This session will provide insights and lessons learned during the first 18 months of the program development and rollout.

Project Management Applied

Baptism by Fire: Welcome to Project Management

Lacey Baze

This session details a new project manager's experience leading a large, technical project with a team not used to project management. Hear what the project manager learned along the way and some tips for introducing project management to your team or organization.

Higher Education Showcase

New to Higher Education: Confessions of a Project Manager

Patricia Anderson

In this session, Patricia will discuss her recent move to higher education. See what's working and what isn't. Learn how a project manager can adapt to a new environment.

2:30-3:20
Breakout Sessions

2:30-3:20
Breakout Sessions

Human Factor

Killing a Project: The Psychology of Letting Go

Stephen Balfour

Do you have a project using up time and money and going nowhere? In this session, Stephen Balfour describes putting projects out of your misery. Learn how to truly end a project and, most importantly, use applied psychology to help the key stakeholders let go and move on.

Project Management Applied

Culture Shift: How DevOps Changed the Way We Think about IT

Adam Mikeal

The IT team for the Texas A&M College of Architecture recently undertook an organizational change initiative to transition to the DevOps style of IT management. Learn about the team's approach to change and the challenges they faced. Discover valuable lessons in organizational change that can help you in your organization.

Higher Education Showcase

The Road to IT Governance at Utah State University

Paul Fleming McCullagh

Failures in decision making, whether through lack of information or being made by the wrong person, are key reasons for project failure. Applying project governance ensures competent decisions, appropriate responsibility, and is central to a successful project and an adroit organization. Sharing examples from Utah State University's (USU) implementation and application of a project governance framework, this presentation will show you what project governance is, who is involved, how it affects them, and the positive impact it has had on software development in central IT at USU.

3:30-4:45
Keynote Address

3:30-4:45
Keynote Address

Achieving Transformation: A Fourteen-Year Study of High Performing IT Organizations

Gene Kim

In this presentation, Gene will draw upon fourteen years of research of high-performing IT organizations to show how IT organizations can use DevOps principles to simultaneously deliver stellar service levels and a fast flow of new features into the production environment. To successfully deliver against these seemingly conflicting objectives, requires creating a highly-coordinated collection of teams where Development, QA, IT Operations, as well as Product Management and Information Security genuinely work together to solve business objectives. Gene will describe what a successful transformation to DevOps looks like, and how those transformations were achieved from a software development and service operations perspective.