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  • May Presentation: Communicating Efficiently

    Online event

    The Brazos Valley Project Managers are pleased to announce our May meeting featuring a very special and timely web-presentation by Scott Shippy, PMP (Sr. Dir. PMO - Broadband Services Segment Technology at Viasat, Inc.) Scott will share his extensive insights on leading successful meetings and communicating efficiently. Speaker Bio: Scott Shippy, PMP is the Sr. Director Global Billing & Voice Solutions at Viasat, Inc. Born in Ojai, California, he earned his MBA from the University of Colorado where he currently resides, He is the author of "The Last 20%: Perfecting Project Management in an Imperfect World" and contributor to "Done Right by Alex Shootman (CEO of WorkFront)" and "Work Management Blog:" https://www.workfront.com/blog/advice-from-work-management-expert-scott-shippy Favorite Quote: “No matter how far you have gone down the wrong road, it is never too late to turn back.” Meeting Details: For the safety of our members and our communities, this presentation will take place via video teleconference. The Brazos Valley Project Managers (BVPM) group is a venue of PMI Houston. Our meetings are free & open to everyone and cover a wide range of topics such as leadership, communications, and organization techniques; beneficial across all industries. You do not need to be a member or a project manager.

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  • February Meeting

    Improving Enterprises

    Synopsis: Title: How Long Will It Take to Complete My Project? A Study in Probabilistics Using Monte Carlo Analysis Even with our growing knowledge base of project management, delay and cost overrun continue to plague projects of all sizes, across multiple industries. Cost and Schedule Risk Assessment (CSRA), when completed at key times in the project lifecycle, improve the potential for project success and predictability by helping stakeholders identify and quantify the risks and opportunities. By applying Monte Carlo analysis to the project cost and schedule, project managers can provide investment decision makers with a realistic and quantified range of uncertainty around the budget estimates and completion dates. This can also provide the project team with a holistic view of the project’s risk profile for effective risk mitigation. This presentation will provide an introduction to probabilistic risk analysis, share techniques that can be used in any project, in any industry, and share some examples of how this technique has been used to improve project decision making. Speaker Bio: Chris DelGardo, PMP has over 25 years in management, including 19 years of project management experience and business process development. He has a BS in Management Information Systems from Park University, and an MBA with Project Management Concentration from LSU Shreveport. Chris is currently an IT Project Manager for Weatherford International. Chris’ project experience started small – managing a few internal software projects within Dell Computer. Later, he moved on to Waste Management, as the PM for WM’s North American logistics optimization project in Canada and the Midwest. When that project completed, he transitioned to the energy sector, where he consulted for major capital projects ranging from $10 million to $40+ billion across six continents. Chris has conducted training and seminars for PMI chapters in Western Australia, Singapore, and Houston, and has conducted PMP Boot Camp courses for PMI Houston Chapter. Meeting Details: The Brazos Valley Project Managers (BVPM) group is a venue of PMI Houston. Our meetings are free & open to everyone and cover a wide range of topics such as leadership, communications, and organization techniques; beneficial across all industries. You do not need to be a member or a project manager. Pizza, refreshments, and networking begin at 5:30PM. The presentation will begin at 6:00PM

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  • Brazos Valley Project Managers - Holiday Mixer & Celebration

    Grand Stafford Theater

    The Brazos Valley Project Managers are pleased to announce our December meetup featuring a very special holiday mixer with the Software Developers Cartel. Join us at the Grand Stafford Theater on Tuesday, December 17th at 6PM for a wonderful evening of socializing and networking. There will be live music, hors d'oeuvres, and lots more! So put on your most festive attire and come out for a great time! The Brazos Valley Project Managers (BVPM) group is a venue of PMI Houston. Our meetings are free & open to everyone and cover a wide range of topics such as leadership, communications, and organization techniques; beneficial across all industries. You do not need to be a member or a project manager.

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  • November Presentation: Group Panel discussion on Non-Traditional Projects

    Viasat College Station Campus

    We are pleased to announce our November meeting featuring a group panel discussion led by distinguished speakers, from across several industries, who will be sharing their experiences and insights in leading successful non-traditional projects. Speaker Panel: * Rodney Boehm - Director of Engineering Entrepreneurship at the Texas A&M University College of Engineering * Jeremy Kenny - Program Manager for Veterinary Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences * Rashid Kapadia - Professional speaker, project manager, engineer, consultant, and author of “ Necessary Bridges: Public Speaking & Storytelling for Project Managers & Engineers” * Caleb Holt - Experienced Product Development Manager Founder & Chairman at SAFE TECH Panel Moderator: * Kyle Closner - Head of Project Management at CAPSHER Technology Meeting Details: The Brazos Valley Project Managers (BVPM) group is a venue of PMI Houston. Our meetings are free & open to everyone and cover a wide range of topics such as leadership, communications, and organization techniques; beneficial across all industries. You do not need to be a member or a project manager. hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, and networking begin at 5:30PM. The presentation will begin at 6:00PM

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  • October Presentation: Banishing the Hater in your Head

    Improving Enterprises

    Synopsis: Have you been second-guessing your goals, because you're unsure of how to make them happen and worried that you might fail? As a high achiever, you have goals you want to accomplish, but self-doubt, fear of failure, and concerns of making the wrong move can paralyze you. In this powerful talk, career psychologist, Dr. Lizette Ojeda, will teach you how to manage the hater in your head so you can reach your next level career goals. You'll learn how to: * Determine the best path forward when you're faced with too many possibilities * Recognize and banish limiting thoughts and beliefs that threaten your progress * Leverage your professional networks to help you succeed You'll walk away with actionable insights to help you go for exactly what you want and the confidence to know you deserve it. Meeting Details: The Brazos Valley Project Managers (BVPM) group is a venue of PMI Houston. Our meetings are free & open to everyone and cover a wide range of topics such as leadership, communications, and organization techniques; beneficial across all industries. You do not need to be a member or a project manager. Pizza, refreshments, and networking begin at 5:30PM. The presentation will begin at 6:00PM Speaker Bio: Dr. Lizette is a nationally recognized Career Psychologist and Tenured Associate Professor at Texas A&M University. She helps high achievers unlock their true potential, have more career success and less stress, and step up with confidence in their zone of brilliance. She is a licensed psychologist, is on the editorial board of the Journal of Career Assessment and has published in Journal of Career Development, The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology, and The Handbook of Career Counseling for Women.

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  • September Presentation: Leveraging the Power of Conflict

    Improving Enterprises

    Synopsis: Leveraging the Power of Conflict Project Managers spend between 15 and 25% of their time managing conflicts. Leveraging the power of conflict is a critical skill for Project Managers. Conflict by itself is neither good nor bad. How the Project Managers deals with these opposing ideas or interests can determine the success of the project and the relationships of the team members. After completing this session, you will: * Understand how conflict can have either a positive or negative impact on peak organizational effectiveness depending upon how it is managed. * Develop a deeper understanding of your hot buttons and natural response to conflict and stress. * Learn five conflict management strategies and when each should be used. * Learn the seven best principles for conflict leadership. * Demonstrate conflict resolution skills Meeting Details: The Brazos Valley Project Managers (BVPM) group is a venue of PMI Houston. Our meetings are free & open to everyone and cover a wide range of topics such as leadership, communications, and organization techniques; beneficial across all industries. You do not need to be a member or a project manager. Pizza, refreshments, and networking begin at 5:30PM. The presentation will begin at 6:00PM Speaker Bio: Ken Smith is a distinguished graduate from the United States Military Academy class of 1996, where he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He left the Army as a Major after 12 years as an Infantry officer, including two combat tours. Ken earned the Bronze Star Medal during his service in Iraq and is a Ranger School graduate. He holds a Master's Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. Ken lives his passion transforming good managers into inspirational leaders. He merges theoretical knowledge with real world experiences to deliver a unique leadership development experience. He is especially skilled at developing introverts and technical individuals after spending 9 years leading engineering teams in the oil and gas industry. Academy Leadership, a Registered Education Provider for the Project Management Institute, is a veteran owned leadership development team that works with leaders who experience frustration with aspects of their team’s performance. This could be communication challenges, low motivation, or lack of accountability or difficulty resolving conflict. We develop leaders who deliver results.

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  • July Presentation: Elements of Risk Management

    Improving Enterprises

    Synopsis: Elements of Risk Management Insights and Ideas from Prospect Theory and Psychology In this talk Rashid will look at some significant failures in business, international affairs, industry, and finance (Enron, 2008 Financial Crisis, Eisenhower U-2 crisis, Plane Crashes, Cuban Missile Crisis) and argue that these were also failures of risk management. Meeting Details: The Brazos Valley Project Managers (BVPM) group is a venue of PMI Houston. Our meetings are free & open to everyone and cover a wide range of topics such as leadership, communications, and organization techniques; beneficial across all industries. You do not need to be a member or a project manager. Pizza, refreshments, and networking begin at 5:30PM. The presentation will begin at 6:00PM Speaker Bio: Rashid N. Kapadia, PMP, is a speaker, project manager, engineer, consultant, and author of “Necessary Bridges: Public Speaking & Storytelling for Project Managers & Engineers”. Born & raised in India, he started his career in the merchant navy, where over 17 years he progressed from marine engineering apprentice to chief engineer. Rashid moved to the US in 1995 pursuing a Masters degree in Marine Management and other advanced marine commercial certification in Chartering and Agency. In the US, over 14 years, he worked for 3 organizations providing leadership in commercial merchant shipping, chartering & operations, marine and offshore engineering and repair operations, project management, and business development. In 2014 he took a career sabbatical to write a book and polish his public speaking skills. In 2015, along with his wife Anahita, he co-founded Necessary Bridges, Inc. He is an evangelist for “Public Speaking, & Storytelling” and for “Regular & Disciplined Reading”. Rashid is a lifelong student and an avid reader—committed to reading 50 non-fiction books every year—and is constantly on the lookout for new knowledge that can be applied to uplift professionals and solve problems.

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  • BVPM May Presentation: An intro to Agile with Scrum

    Grand Stafford Theater

    The Brazos Valley Project Managers (BVPM) are please to announce our May meetup featuring a special presentation by Ed Grannan from Improving Enterprises. Ed's topic will be "An Introduction to Agile with Scrum." Abstract: The introduction to Agile with scrum is a high-level overview of the Agile manifesto and guiding principles. The overview also dives a little deeper into the Scrum methodology with guidance on format, implementation, and deliverables. The target audience for this presentation is anyone whom would like to learn how to manage a project of any type utilizing the Agile with Scrum methodology. There are no prerequisites however, some experience with project management is a plus. Meeting Details: The Brazos Valley Project Managers (BVPM) group is a venue of PMI Houston. Our meetings are free & open to everyone and cover a wide range of topics such as leadership, communications, and organization techniques; beneficial across all industries. You do not need to be a member or a project manager. refreshments, and networking begin at 5:30PM. The presentation will begin at 6:00PM Presenter Bio: Ed is an experienced Project Mentor specializing in the Software Development Life Cycle process. Ed has assisted multiple organizations develop repeatable, sustainable and time/cost effective SDLC, QA, and delivery processes. Ed has over 30 years experience in Hardware/Software Test and Quality Assurance. He has supported projects in a variety of industries to include Department of Defense, travel, automotive, insurance and financial. Ed has several years of experience in setup up Software Quality Assurance and Test groups, practices and processes from the ground up for both start up and established companies. He has is a CSP with the Agile Alliance and a PSM with Scrum.org.

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  • Managing Urban Planning Projects in the Era of Autonomous Vehicles

    Improving Enterprises

    Synopsis: Dr. Wei Li will discuss his methodology and techniques for managing Urban Planning and Development Projects in the era of autonomous vehicles. He will discuss the implications of autonomous vehicles for urban planning, development, and community resilience. This includes a "Parking to Park" concept about how autonomous vehicles would contribute to community resilience. When autonomous vehicles reach a considerable market share, targeted parking spaces may be converted into parks which provide ecological services and thus reduce physical vulnerabilities. They can also be converted into housing and other amenities and reduce social vulnerabilities. Meeting Details: The Brazos Valley Project Managers (BVPM) group is a venue of PMI Houston. Our meetings are free & open to everyone and cover a wide range of topics such as leadership, communications, and organization techniques; beneficial across all industries. You do not need to be a member or a project manager. Pizza, refreshments, and networking begin at 5:30PM. The presentation will begin at 6:00PM Speaker Bio: Dr. Wei Li is Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Coordinator of the Master of Urban Planning Program at Texas A&M University. He is committed to the promotion of sustainability and health through smart investments on urban infrastructure. He has published numerous high-impact journal articles that assess economic and health impacts of various environmental attributes, such as green space, urban forestry, public transit, walkability, and bikeability. His research contributes insights for better investment decisions on sustainable transportation and green infrastructure. Dr. Li has successfully obtained funding support from various agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Google Inc., W.M. Keck Foundation and state departments of transportation. Presently, he is Principal Investigator of an NSF-funded project to explore the behavioral impact of public transit. This is the first time that planners use confidential census microdata to examine behavioral changes caused by new transportation infrastructure. Dr. Li’s team has developed innovative methods to analyze this data and evaluate the impact of public transit on individuals’ travel and firms’ locational behavior. In March 2018, he received an NIH R01 grant (as one of three Principal Investigators) to evaluate the health and behavior impact of bus rapid transit. Dr. Li teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning. He has designed and implemented several service-learning projects and has made significant curriculum changes to transportation planning courses (e.g., creating online courses) at Texas A&M. In 2017, he received the Outstanding Instructor Award from Texas A&M University. In 2018, he received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University. Dr. Li has served as a reviewer for NSF and more than 20 reputable journals. He was Associate Editor for Environmental Science and Policy from 2013 to 2016. Dr. Li received his PhD-Planning, Policy and Design degree from the University of California, Irvine, MA-Planning degree from the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada), and Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Renmin University of China (Beijing, China).

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