This is the third part of my impressions of the 2011 PMI Global Congress North America in Dallas. Part 1 talks about the conference setup. Part 2 covers my lessons learned from sessions on sustainability, ethics, innovation, and Agile.
In this 3rd part I am talking about my takeaways from sessions about Leadership, Project Winners, the Learning Project Organization, and the future PMO. Happy reading!
Slides of my own session “SFT02 – The 5 Team Leadership Principles for Project Success – Part of Leadership Community Track” are available for download as well as on Slideshare. Both Links are available on my blog.
Michael O’Brochta’s session “PRJ09 – Leadership Essentials for Project Management Professionals – Part of Leadership Community Track“
What else can I say about any of Michael’s sessions? You have to attend them. They are and Michael is AWESOME.
Here are some of my tweets and insights I took away from this exceptional session:
- Servant leadership: how can I help? What can I do to help?
- Powerful leadership styles: collaboration, trust, empathy, ethical use of power
- Situational leadership: participating, selling, telling, delegating
- Transformational leadership behavior: inspiring change beyond self-interest
- PMP + Leadership = Success
Lazy Project Managers
Peter Taylor’s session “ISS09 – The Lazy Project Manager Salutes the Project Superstars”
Peter Taylor explains why we should think of us as superstars. Why? Because project management is – or shall we say, ought to be – more prevalent than most of think.
One of my tweets during this great session was:
- Famous historical project managers: Leonardo da Vinci, Henry Ford, Nelson Mandela
The Learning Project Organization
Slides of my second presentation “ISS13 – The Learning Project Organization – Part of Learning, Education & Development Community Track” can be downloaded from my blog at or viewed on Slideshare.
The Future PMO
What I have said about Michael O’Brochta applies to Jack Duggal, too. His sessions fall in the category “Must attend”. In Dallas Jack talked about “Reinventing the PMO for the Next Decade”.
My tweets during this session included:
- A high degree of compliance (80% and more) to project management processes did not correlate to project success, according to a recent study by Jack Duggal.
- Today’s project environment: Dynamic and changing, ambiguous and uncertain, non-linear, complex, emerging
- Bob Dylan: If you are not busy being born, you are busy dying.
- The focus of the future PMO will and has to change:
|From focus on …||to focus on …|
|Service & support||Ownership & accountability|
|Delivery||Adoption and usability|
|Delivery-oriented governance||Business-oriented governance|
|Delivery of projects & deliverables||Benefits revitalization and value|
|Configuration-oriented change management||Change leadership|
|Dealing with the pain of the day||Holistic, balanced and adaptive approach|
… what about the other sessions?
There were so many sessions I wanted to attend. Often it has been very difficult to make a choice. Luckily there are papers and presentations to download from the Congress’ websites.
Oh yes, there will be many Congresses to come. And I hope that I too can participate in them.
So, tell me and all other readers what you have experienced in Dallas. What were your highlights? What did you miss? And what did you take away from the Congress?