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Risk Up Front: Managing Projects in a Complex World
The ability to relentlessly identify and mitigate risk—that is the key to high-performance project teams. Abstract: Successful projects depend more on your team’s behavior than on their project tools. This talk will explore the relationship of team commitment and risk identification as well as the use of language to create committed teams. We will discuss how to take the ideals “Transparency, Accountability, Integrity and Commitment” off the posters on the wall and build them into the day-to-day operation of your project teams and organizations; simply and rigorously and courageously. We can no longer afford to treat these concepts as noble ideals, worthy of our aspiration but too impractical to realize in day-to-day business. You can order Adam’s new book Risk Up Front: Managing Projects in a Complex World on Amazon. SPEAKER: Adam Josephs is a founding partner at Celerity Consulting Group LLC. Celerity trains and coaches organizations all over the world on applying Risk Up Front to accelerate product development and organizational change. Before Celerity, he managed engineering projects and product organizations at Apple Computer, Microsoft and a variety of startups. Adam is an adjunct faculty member in entrepreneurship and strategy at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, and has taught these subjects at New York University, U.C. Berkeley, Singularity University, and many industry conferences. He is a graduate of Stanford University and Oxford University. Adam makes his home in New York City, where he plays rugby and board games. He is a passionate advocate for local animal rescues. AGENDA: 6:15 - 7:00 Early arrival recommended! Arrive as early as 6 and help John van Heteren set up the room 6:20 - 7:00 Registration / Checkin / Networking, along with wine, beer, soda, cheese, fruit, cold cuts, courtesy of tonight's sponsor 7:00 - 7:10 Introduction and opening announcements 7:10 - 8:30 Keynote & Q&A 8:30 - 8:45 Closing announcements / Jobs / Job Seeking 8:45 - 9:00 Informal networking and followup Q&A 8:45 - 8:55 Clean up - please leave the room beautiful 8:55 - 9:00 Clear the room & have a safe trip home! LOCATION: The Varian Cafeteria, 3130 Hansen Way, Palo Alto, has plentiful parking. If you map it on Google Maps, the pointer to 3130 Hansen Way, about at the kink in Hansen Way, is actually where the closest parking lot is. The cafeteria building is the buff curvy-winged building due south of the kink in Hansen Way. If you prefer public transportation, it's just a 22-minute walk from CalTrain's California Avenue station. TONIGHT'S SPONSOR: Varian Medical Systems: Our mission is to focus energy on saving lives. To meet this challenge, we equip the world with new tools for fighting cancer.


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