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A Brilliant Idea Every 60 Seconds: Attaining Agility with Speed

Those concerned with Organizational Transformations, Project Sponsors, Project Leaders, and PM’s who want to reinvent and renew themselves will explore perceptions about creativity in the workplace, how to activate project and team agility through the methodology in Michael Kryton’s book, “A Brilliant Idea Every 60 Seconds”, which offers 3 basic steps and 9 Inherent Values (idea triggers) leading to the quick generation and identification of actionable ideas (big ideas). The process fosters creative agility in teams, people and organizations.

At the “Big Ideas” Conference in Red Deer, hosted by the Alberta Council of Technologies, it was representatives from the management sector who, in their presentation, identified a weakness many organizations have in recognizing big or actionable ideas.

The tangible creative process offered in this session will lead to shifts in thinking around individual and group creativity. It reveals how the Brilliant methodology helps to create a highly productive, results oriented, group creative process. It will also show how this process galvanizes creative leadership within the organization rather than from the top down. In a world experiencing an accelerated pace of change, a culture of change needs to be as highly creative and as agile as it can be. “A Brilliant Idea” is the first step.

A Self Defence Class for Companies

When it comes to occupational health and safety, we all know that the best defence is a good offence. After all, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. But what happens when prevention efforts aren’t successful, and your company is under attack? Can you successfully defend it against OH&S charges?

Over the course of the hour, we’ll answer those questions and more as examine one regulatory charge in detail, and engage in a dynamic discussion about what works, what doesn’t work, and what you can do to better your chances.

Alberta First Responders Radio Communications System

Alberta First Responders Radio Communications System (AFRRCS) is a province-wide radio network for first responders in municipal, provincial and First Nations agencies. AFRRCS went live on July 1, 2016, and is the largest system of its type in North America if not the world, providing coverage through a system of hundreds of radio towers spread across the province. Prior to AFRRCS, law enforcement, emergency medical and fire services in Alberta generally used their own radio systems that made communication between agencies a major challenge. The new radio system enables interoperability between all groups of emergency personal through improved communication and co-ordination in response to critical or crisis situations.



Construction of all 332 sites, together with the purchase of end-user equipment for the RCMP and Government of Alberta first responder agencies will be completed within a total project cost of $438M.   The system was successfully used during the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire crisis. AFRRCS radios were issued to fire departments from across the province, enabling firefighters to communicate with each other and the operations centre.



Join Stephen Bull as he shares details regarding AFRRCS construction challenges and project management lessons learned in the implementation of a large program of work while managing a diverse group of stakeholders with varying needs and expectations.

Analytics Strategy: The Power and Risk of Embracing an Evidence-Based Culture

In this talk, we will explore the benefits and risks of incorporating evidence-based techniques into an organization’s decision-making. We’ll discuss an ecosystem approach to analytics adoption, different methods to transition an organization, and where to find and how to maintain an analytics team. We’ll look at specific examples in healthcare, transportation, and professional sports. We’ll go into detail about our experience in professional hockey with the Edmonton Oilers and the lessons learned there. The talk ends with an interactive exercise where the audience participates in the creation of an analytical program for a fictitious professional hockey team.

Building High Performance Teams

Survival in today’s competitive marketplace requires organizations to be more productive. In other words they must practice principle-centered leadership, develop interdependent teams and adopt innovative technology both within their organizations and when managing projects.

This presentation will help attendees understand how to develop high-performance teams, an essential ingredient to be globally competitive.

Changing Minds and Paradigms

Changing Minds and Paradigms is a case study of Advanced Work Packaging applied to a Houston Area refinery project in 2016. The study demonstrates the results that can be achieved by combining the field level processes of Advanced Work Packaging with the application of information management through 3D Workface Planning software (ConstructSim and the Work Package Server). The case study was presented to a global audience in London, UK in November 2016 and was awarded the prestigious ‘Be Inspired” award for the world’s best application of construction software in 2016.

Along with the map of AWP processes and the strategies used to set up the information streams and construction software, the presentation also addresses some of the challenges that applicators face when bringing change to an organization.

The presentation concludes with a summary of the positive benefits recorded against cost, schedule and safety and leaves the audience with a tangible take away that shows how process, tools and strategies are all tools in the change agent’s tool box.

Creating a Climate for CHANGE Using a COACH APPROACH

In a continuing uncertain economy, with the pressures of delivering results as Project Managers/Leaders, it is crucial to have the leadership tools to manage change and work effectively with all impacted stakeholders. Coaching has become the recognized and preferred way for mentoring and engagement. Attend this session to discover how the coach approach is critical in creating a climate for change. We will use the ADKAR change model, used by 80% of the fortune 500 companies, as the starting point for the awareness of a change while getting engagement, and buy-in from a coaching perspective. Be prepared for a hands-on, interactive workshop. Walk away with the knowledge and skills to coach/mentor, influence change, and much more as part of your leadership tool kit.

Delivering During Disasters: Fort McMurray Lessons Learned

Brian reflects on the key lessons he and the TELUS team learned during the Fort McMurray wildfire; sharing battle-tested methods to supporting team members, looking after customers, and working closely with municipalities and external emergency and utility stakeholders. Whether supporting a critical utility infrastructure during the largest natural disaster in Canadian history, or working cross functionally on project implementation, Brian will go behind the curtain to share successful strategies and tactics to corral large scale initiatives where time is of the essence.

Developing an Analytics Centre of Excellence: Lessons Learned from the Field

The Chief Analytics Officer of the City of Edmonton will provide an overview of Edmonton’s Analytics Centre of Excellence (ACE).

Stephane Contre will review the creation of the ACE Strategy, successful projects in which data-driven decisions changed business outcomes and lessons learned from challenges addressed while implementing projects in a diverse organization. Case studies will be reviewed discussing business problems and solutions such as route optimization, corporate security alarm monitoring and needle disposal analytics.

Stephane will also review the “ACE in a Box” with participants. The “ACE in a Box” is a resource tool developed by the Data Scientists and Data Visualization Specialists at the City of Edmonton to allow organizations the starting framework to implement their analytics programs. Following this presentation, Stephane will provide participants an opportunity to discuss their challenges and opportunities for growth in the analytics field.

Disciplined Agile Delivery: Going Beyond Scrum

Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) is the solution development portion of the Disciplined Agile (DA) process decision framework.  DAD is a hybrid which adopts proven strategies from Scrum, XP, Agile Modeling, Outside In Development, Lean/Kanban, DevOps, and others in a disciplined manner.  DAD provides goal-driven, tailorable advice for the full solution delivery life-cycle that goes beyond the software-construction focus of other agile methods.  Because delivery teams do not work in a vacuum DAD is enterprise aware, showing how agile teams can leverage and enhance their existing IT ecosystem in a governable manner.  DAD is at the forefront of modern agile/lean methods for the enterprise.

During this presentation you will learn:

  • What the Disciplined Agile (DA) framework is
  • Why a hybrid approach is necessary for enterprise development
  • How to take a goal-driven, instead of prescriptive, approach
  • Why a full delivery lifecycle is required and what your options actually are
  • What complexity factors you need to consider when tactically scaling agile
  • What it means to be enterprise aware

  • Don’t Adopt the Monkey: Leadership Secrets

    How do you develop an ability to lead from any position in an organization? How can you be more adept in influencing those over whom you have little or no authority?  What are the key skills that are needed for a successful leader?  How do you stand out as a successful leader? Knowing how to influence and lead others—often without direct authority—is critical in successfully managing projects. Most of us aren’t natural leaders, the good news is that leadership skills can be learnt. The best make the journey from manager to leader using their innate talents, and through continuous learning and improvement. Don’t rely on the school of hard knocks, discover the secrets to exceptional leadership and the mistakes to avoid on your own road to success.

    Keynote Presentation

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    KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Be Comfortable with Uncomfortable

    Michael Hyatt is a mentor and investor in many start-ups, including the Rotman School of Management Creative Destruction Lab and The Founders Institute.

    He has built two highly successful tech firms, valued at hundreds of millions of dollars. So, what’s his secret to start-up success?

    The first thing Michael tells a budding entrepreneur or start-up is to focus. Do one thing and one thing well. Just because you can make money at something doesn’t mean you should do it.

    At the same time, you need to embrace discomfort, pain and sacrifice. If you become comfortable as an entrepreneur, you might as well be dead.

    In this presentation, Michael shows that to achieve success you need to prepare for a marathon, not a sprint.

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    KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Courage Inside the Fire

    The 2016 Albertan wildfire was the costliest disaster in Canadian history—destroying 2,400 buildings and homes and displacing the entire community of Fort McMurray. And through it all, from beginning to end, was Fire Chief Darby Allen. A figure of stability to his community, a reliable source of information to the press, and a humble leader, Allen became the human face of both incredible tragedy and courage. With Allen’s leadership, Fort McMurray was successful evacuated—and the fire claimed zero lives.

    Today, Allen is bringing the riveting inside story of the rescue operations to audiences everywhere. Framed as a personal narrative, his keynotes take you through his day-to-day struggles against the fire. How did the teams make their countless, critical decisions? How did they maintain composure in life-or-death conditions? Simply—what was it like to endure, and overcome, a disaster of such magnitude in one’s own backyard? Beyond the personal, Allen also offers actionable takeaways for leaders in any field: lessons on encouraging and trusting your teammates wholeheartedly; never losing focus on the moment by worrying about the larger story; and establishing unbreakable relationships—before it’s too late.

    KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: If You Don’t Have a Story, You Don’t Have a Business

    Storytelling is a powerful way to sell ideas. We are all hardwired to love stories and to respond to storytelling. There is a way to use storytelling in a business context and a way to gather and build persuasive business stories. Compelling storytelling can help you pitch projects and a persuasive story can help you get buy-in from clients. Storytelling can also communicate intangible benefits like confidence and trust. Join Terry O’Reilly as he takes you through the business of storytelling and gives you remarkable examples of storytelling from businesses around the world.

    KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Practical Prescriptions to Explore, Evolve, and Elevate

    We are living in the Conceptual Era – the era of concepts and ideas. Unlike the agricultural, manufacturing, or information exchange eras, in today’s world anything that can be automated or outsourced will be. That leaves leaders with the unprecedented need to develop our most valuable resource – the human resource.

    Five identified 21st century skills have been well researched and broadly accepted as key skills needed to compete and thrive in our modern world. They are communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking and when we add the timeless competency of contribution, we now have a new dimension of intelligence – Consciousness Quotient (CQ). Unlike IQ (Intellectual Quotient) which represents general “left brain” skills of logic and technical skill or EQ (Emotional Quotient) which represents general “right brain” skills of empathy and self-awareness, CQ requires the integration of all brain areas, IQ and EQ, to provide the key skills needed in our rapidly changing, ultra-competitive, and globally connected modern world. In this talk, Dr. Shimi Kang will provide this background and discuss practical prescriptions for exploring, evolving, and elevating. She will prescribe specific tools and activities that are proven to develop these core skills.

    Leadership and Agile Management Utilized in Homicide Investigations

    Mike and Colum are senior homicide detectives working for the Calgary Police Service. Although they do not hold the official title of “Project Manager”, project management is exactly what they do day in and day out. This presentation will walk you through a real life case starting with the 9-1-1 call, all the way through to the closure of the case. Mike and Colum will compare their tasks and duties to that of a Project Manager. Topics that will be covered are Change Management, Agile Methodologies, Resource Management, PGM Roles, Documentation, Processes, Training, and Trust.

    Leadership Bootcamp (Part 1)

    **This in-depth session consists of two parts and is held over the course of 2 hours.**

    As a project manager you have a lot of responsibility, but very little authority. Leadership and supervision are not the same, and in order to be effective, you must have leadership qualities (or you won’t get anything done!). By learning to be a leader, you will find you’ll get things done easily, the frustration level is lower, and you’ll enjoy what you are doing.

    But what is “Leadership” anyway? Leadership in 2017 is different than Leadership in 1987. It means you lead through your actions. Do you know how to lead through your actions? Do you know how to lead without authority?

    Through the use of a fully interactive, fun and applicable workshop activity, we’ll discuss what leadership means to everyone, and how they can apply the same leadership skills that are used to run organizations of thousands to their own roles back at work.

    Step into your potential – become a leader today!

    Leadership Bootcamp (Part 2)

    **This in-depth session consists of two parts and is held over the course of 2 hours.**

    As a project manager you have a lot of responsibility, but very little authority. Leadership and supervision are not the same, and in order to be effective, you must have leadership qualities (or you won’t get anything done!). By learning to be a leader, you will find you’ll get things done easily, the frustration level is lower, and you’ll enjoy what you are doing.

    But what is “Leadership” anyway? Leadership in 2017 is different than Leadership in 1987. It means you lead through your actions. Do you know how to lead through your actions? Do you know how to lead without authority?

    Through the use of a fully interactive, fun and applicable workshop activity, we’ll discuss what leadership means to everyone, and how they can apply the same leadership skills that are used to run organizations of thousands to their own roles back at work.

    Step into your potential – become a leader today!

    Leadership Session

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    Managing a Megaproject While Scope is Still Evolving: Edson Healthcare Centre Project

    Edson Healthcare Centre is one of the “Big Five” hospital projects announced by the Government of Alberta in 2010. Under this Project, a 21,800 SQM healthcare facility with a project budget of $200M has been built to replace the existing old hospital in the Town of Edson. The new facility will support the health needs of the Western part of the region and will serve as the primary care centre for the Town of Edson. The project was implemented through the Construction Management Project Delivery method. The construction was commenced in September 2011 and the Acute Care portion of the project was completed and turned over to Alberta Health Services in March 2016 and subsequently the Continuing care in September 2016. The final phase, a 1,100 SQM, Community and Health and Wellness Clinic is scheduled to complete in January 2018. In the design phase, over 15 tender packages were managed through over 100 weekly design meetings. During the construction, over 877 RFIs, 656 SIs were managed through over 88 bi-weekly construction meetings. Despite numerous challenges, the project team has been successful in delivering the project and meeting the stakeholders’ expectations. The project scope was changed from 16,500 SQM to 21,800 SQM during design stage that significantly impacted the project’s cost and schedule. The project team adopted several measures to mitigate the risks caused by the scope’s uncertainty. In this presentation, following two mitigation measures are explained.

    1. Project phasing: Prioritization and Resource allocation
    2. Project delivery methods: Used as a mitigation tool

    Operational Excellence: Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement Utilizing Project Management Methodologies

    Sherritt’s operations in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta and Moa Bay Cuba have undertaken a new Operational Excellence methodology. The OE methodology is based on the Lean principals used by Toyota in the manufacturing process that Sherritt is applying to mining and refining.

    The Lean principals utilize key management techniques around creating a culture of problem solvers and continuous improvement. Tools such as value stream mapping, 6S (work space organization) and the A3 process. The A3 process is a one page project plan that allows new ideas to be vetted, tracked and managed. It is used at all levels of the organization from the improvements on the floor to providing strategic guidance from senior management down.

    This presentation will provide:

    • An introduction to Lean
    • Operational Excellence management style
    • Overview of the A3 process
    • Examples of applying the A3 process at different levels within the organization

    PMI’s Agile Future

    Work is changing from more industrial, routine work to more knowledge-oriented work that requires more of an ongoing collaborative endeavour to manage change, complexity and uncertainty. Learn how the full project management body of knowledge is evolving to reflect these changes. Understand the implications of these changes for current and future project practitioners.


    By attending this session, attendees will learn: (1) how the nature of work is changing and its implications for roles, skills and capabilities; (2) how the “what” and “why” of project roles remain the same while the “when,” “how” and “with whom” change; (3) insights into tomorrow’s project environments to understand how to ensure you keep your skills and capabilities on the leading edge; and, (4) about the application “sweet spots” for agile and how to utilize agile outside of the “sweet spots.”

    Positioning your Organization for Success in Procurement and Delivery of a Large Program

    Construction of Alberta First Responders Radio Communications System (AFRRCS) began in 2008 and was substantially completed in July 2016 with 328 of 332 coverage sites going live. Stephen Bull was initially asked to perform a project management audit of the initiative in March 2013. Upon completion of the audit, in April 2013, Stephen was asked to take on the leadership role for delivery of AFRRCS. In this session Stephen examines the key discoveries from the audit process and provides strategies that can be applied to ensure your organization is positioned for success when undertaking a significant program of work from complex procurement through construction and system acceptance.

    Practical Prescriptions to Explore, Evolve, and Elevate

    In this interactive breakout session, Dr Kang will take us into a deeper dive of the concept of CQ, the 5 key 21st century skills, and how to utilize her practical prescriptions to evaluate, evolve, and elevate our day to day lives.

    Project Management Decision Making

    The Project Management culture has traditionally placed a high value on individuals who are capable of making quick decisions. In the fast paced world of projects, a delayed decision can cost time and money and create conflict. Resulting from these drivers, our industry has placed high value on individuals who are intuitive decision makers, who drive decisions based on their instinct and experience. The question is — do intuitive decision makers make the best decisions?

    The data would suggest no. The latest research in the field of decision theory suggests that overwhelmingly, data and fact based decision making — decisions made after a full review and absorption of the available information — lead to more optimal outcomes.  In addition, the research has noted a number of counterintuitive conclusions, such as when faced with decisions for which only negative outcomes are available, we tend to pick the riskier option, even while considering ourselves risk averse.

    So, how should we apply this to decision making in project teams? What does the data teach us, how do we avoid optimism bias, group think and other team dynamics that can lead to suboptimal decisions?  These are the questions that will be considered in this session.

    Resilient Role Model

    Being a great mentor requires a resilient character, especially when facing times of stress and pressure. Debra deWaal, Owner of Safe & Sound and a former Police Officer will cover everything you need to know to perform at the upper limits of your talent, enhance your confidence, overcome adversity and get inspired to take on new challenges. Transform yourself and your organization by learning three power steps to become a great mentor, leader, parent or coach. Make your imprint in the lives around you and discover the secrets to becoming someone’s hero.

    Royal Alberta Museum: A Study in Collaboration

    The new Royal Alberta Museum had been in the works since 2000. Due to various delays and a surprise relocation, incredibly tight time lines were imposed; and with substantial completion achieved in November of 2016, the methodology and collaboration engaged proved to have worked and achieved an incredible result.

    Snapping the Chalk Line: Estimating Tools and Techniques for any Problem or Project

    You can’t measure what you can’t plan. Planning involves estimating the effort, duration, or budget for your project. But how do you estimate a project when you’ve never done anything like this before?

    The benefits of good estimation tools and techniques go far beyond helping you build a better WBS and project schedule. They also earn stakeholder trust and support. They get buy-in from team members who understand the work to be done as well as their role in getting it done. Good estimating tools help business leaders plan capacity before taking on new initiatives. Estimating techniques can also model time-sensitive business processes and improve business efficiency.

    This presentation will present a variety of estimation techniques to show how easy it is to estimate almost anything. Using some example scenarios, we’ll apply our newfound techniques. We’ll discuss why people can be resistant to estimation and how to overcome that resistance. The presentation will use some math and Microsoft Excel, but a High School level of algebra will be enough to understand all the concepts.

    So Your Project Needs CPR?

    So you think your project might be in deep trouble. Using practical strategies and real world examples from past projects, Cheryl will help you navigate through the CPR of how to rescue your off track project. She’ll take you through diagnosing the type of first aid required, provide a framework to help you understand your key tasks and some best practices on project success.

     

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    The Value in Project Portfolio Management (Part 1)

    **This in-depth session consists of two parts and is held over the course of 2 hours.**

    Overview of project portfolio management (PPM) solution utilizing the PMI framework. Project Portfolio Management offers leading-edge opportunities for management and control of projects.

    Attendees will gain insights into effective resource management, collaboration, and coordinating across projects while tracking portfolio performance internally and externally. This session will be useful to executives as it features enterprise project planning and management across multiple projects. PPM provides centralized governance, resourcing, capacity planning, portfolio management, automated approval processing, and enterprise dashboards and reporting. Participants will discover how to deliver, manage, and contribute to any type of enterprise project regardless of industry, scope, environment, complexity, culture or the project’s nature as a public or private initiative. Utilizing these learnings will improve visibility into project performance and reduce project overruns, increase project management performance and throughput, and improve project resource management.

    PPM has the ability to support a wide variety of users including Executives, Program & Project Managers, Resource Managers, and Knowledge Workers.

    The Value in Project Portfolio Management (Part 2)

    **This in-depth session consists of two parts and is held over the course of 2 hours.**

    Overview of project portfolio management (PPM) solution utilizing the PMI framework. Project Portfolio Management offers leading-edge opportunities for management and control of projects.

    Attendees will gain insights into effective resource management, collaboration, and coordinating across projects while tracking portfolio performance internally and externally. This session will be useful to executives as it features enterprise project planning and management across multiple projects. PPM provides centralized governance, resourcing, capacity planning, portfolio management, automated approval processing, and enterprise dashboards and reporting. Participants will discover how to deliver, manage, and contribute to any type of enterprise project regardless of industry, scope, environment, complexity, culture or the project’s nature as a public or private initiative. Utilizing these learnings will improve visibility into project performance and reduce project overruns, increase project management performance and throughput, and improve project resource management.

    PPM has the ability to support a wide variety of users including Executives, Program & Project Managers, Resource Managers, and Knowledge Workers.

    Transformation with Vision, Passion and Persistence

    What responsibility do business, entrepreneurs, and community leaders have in building communities? How do you foster a dream that was nearly a decade in the making and whose fruition would fuel optimism of what a community can do? Bob Black, Executive Vice President of Edmonton Arena Corp and Chief Development Officer for the Oilers Entertainment Group, Jack Ashton, City of Edmonton Program Manager, Integrated Infrastructure Services and Shaun Mason, Vice President for ICON Venue Group will discuss the vision, the leadership qualities, the sound judgment, the passion and the persistence in the face of challenges that it took to design and develop the $613 million Rogers Place. All three presenters played a pivotal role as members of the Project Leadership Team (PLT) that delivered Rogers Place on time and on budget, helping revitalize downtown and reignite the community spirit of one of Canada’s great cities.

    Tread Lightly: Rethinking The Value Of Process

    Process is an essential dimension of project management. Its the essence of our standards. It’s the basis of how we think about building organizational capabilities. An essential belief underlying project management maturity is that better process leads to better results.

    And yet, the way process is implemented is often… less than optimal. That’s why project management is at times seen as nothing more than bureaucracy, administration and filling out forms. In how project management is defined, that’s often what it looks like. Not that project management has to be formal or bureaucratic (or that there was an intention in developing project management that it should be that way). For a lot of organizations, however, this defines the reality of how process is perceived.

    Process doesn’t have to be hard. And project management doesn’t just have to be about process. We have a choice in how we look at—and think about—the way we get things done. This is true whether they are our own personal approaches, the practices adopted by our team or the processes and methodologies that are used within our organization. We can adopt a process-based approach and still be responsive, adaptable, flexible and—above all—relevant in what we do and how we do it.

    In this presentation, Mark Mullaly explores the world of process as it has been, and how it can be. He identifies what works—and doesn’t work—about process today. Most importantly, he identifies a roadmap and way of thinking about our processes and capabilities that can support the attainment of results without a lot of paperwork along the way. If you are responsible for—or have been victimized by—process, this will be a presentation you won’t want to miss.

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