PDC 2014 Whitepaper List


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PDC 2014 Whitepapers


This years Whitepaper list.

The A Team myth: obtaining exceptional results from team members nobody wants

  Author: Chris Taschuk  Presentation

Starting in February of 2012, Chris Taschuk has worked in practice support, offering development, innovation enablement, operations management, delivery management and sales support for Fujitsu, one of the world's leading ICT firms. For over 18 years prior as one of the founding partners, Chris owned and grew TMC, an IT and management consulting firm of approximately 80 people, Mr. Chris Taschuk has worked since 1987 in the Information Technology and Engineering Consulting Industry, both in Canada and overseas. He is currently a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and retains his designation as a Professional Engineer. He has also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management(SHRM). Chris combines a driven, business focused personality and a desire to support people's career goals. He also has a strong technical background, having achieved a variety of technical designations in his career (MCSD, SSE). His ability to lead teams and organizations through periods of extreme change to a successful outcome is one of his best qualities.

Mr. Taschuk has extensive experience in all aspects of business management, business process transformation and change management as well as many years of experience managing projects and programs in all IT disciplines. By combining a strong technical background with superior business knowledge, he is able to quickly understand client business requirements, allowing him to ensure outcomes satisfy all critical success factors.

Executing Strategy - the Role of the PMO and Project Portfolio Management

  Author: Jacob van der Merwe  

Jacob is a senior consultant with over 20 years of experience in private and public sector organizations. His forté is strategy implementation and he is an expert at leading business transformation initiatives. He has successfully guided clients through business and technology projects for over 17 years. He holds a degree in business administration and is a certified PRINCE2, MSP, MoP and PMP Practitioner. He is known for his expertise in project, program and portfolio management.

During the past two years Jacob managed the Results Based Regulatory Program at the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, a complex, ministry-wide transformation towards a results-based regulatory model. This large, multi-year initiative combined the delivery of software elements, new and changed business models, and overall changes to organizational structure and capabilities. Jacob was a trusted advisor to the ministry on all program-related and many organizational issues. Prior to that he was engaged as Project Portfolio Manager at Farm Credit Canada.

Jacob has presented at PDC twice in the past: Benefits Realization at FCC in 2011 and Program Management at Ministry of Environment in 2013.


"Time Hacking: Build Your Own Time Machine and Take Control of Your Most Vital Resource".

  Author: Scott Anderson  
“The next best thing to having a time machine!”

At both work and at home expectations are to do more with less, be faster, and squeeze every minute out of every day. It is crucial to be in control of your time to achieve optimal results. This presentation highlights the benefits of effective time management, common misconceptions and pitfalls, and actionable tactics that will result in excellence in both your professional and personal life.

There’s No ‘Easy’ Button – Approaches for Managing Exciting (and Complex!) Projects

  Author: Kim Sare  Presentation

Kim Sare, a provisional member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, graduated from the University of Waterloo’s Environment and Resource Studies program. After receiving her degree, she returned to Regina to work with the Water Survey group at Environment Canada before moving to municipal government. She accepted a role at the City of Regina in 1999 that has resulted in a host of opportunities to take on a variety of interesting projects.

One of her first was initiating and leading one of Canada’s first community climate change programs before her role broadened to include the spectrum of sustainability and coordination of an initiative involving the private sector as well as the municipal, provincial and federal governments. For the last four years, she has been the project manager for Design Regina, the process to develop the City of Regina’s official community plan. With the plan’s approval coming earlier this year, her focus has now turned to its implementation. Description

In 2009, the City of Regina initiated the development of its official community plan (OCP), Design Regina, a broad, overarching document that provides direction to the City and broader community. This project was identified as a priority for the organization and was focused on not only developing the plan, but using the plan-making process itself to build ownership with staff, Council, and members of the community to foster its successful implementation. The presentation will include an overview of the process, the strategies that supported it, and some lessons learned along the way.


leadership as an essential skill for managing projects

  Author: Brenda Comfort  

Successful project managers and sponsors have something in common; they possess the leadership skills to maximize team performance thereby delivering successful projects and successful business results. Leadership styles are not a one size fits all and project situations require flexibility. This interactive session will enable participants to explore, stretch and apply their leadership style(s). For those interested in effectively delivering business results through projects, this session is for you!


Innovate within the box

  Author: Darin Degenstein  

Darin Degenstein is a story teller. As the Innovative Solutions Manager at SaskPower, Darin draws upon his energy, passion and experience to surround himself with brilliant people who explore challenges, figure out new approaches and solutions, and make things better.

After all, doesn’t everyone want to make things better? But that’s not usually the job description, so how can you do it?

Darin has been fortunate through-out his 18-year career working with creative problem solvers at SaskTel, SaskEnergy, Farm Credit Canada, the Ministry of Education, SaskPower and other organizations. In his presentation, Darin will use a framework for innovation combined with real life examples to tell the stories of the great teams he’s worked with (and continues to work with) that have accomplished valuable new solutions within their conventional job descriptions. The stories will describe the building blocks of innovation, such as:

  • Exposing a great idea at the right time
  • Seeking the right level and amount of sponsorship
  • Finding funding
  • The right internal marketing
  • The right leadership approach

Prior to joining SaskPower, Darin fulfilled a variety of progressing roles with several organizations. One of Darin’s specialties was delivering IT Service Management (ITIL) training, and had the unique opportunity to deliver training through-out North America with a couple hops to Africa and the Middle East.

Darin holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from the Project Management Institute and certifications as a PRINCE2 practitioner, MSP (Managing Successful Programmes) practitioner, ITIL Expert in IT Service Management and Prosci Organizational Change Management.

Besides his community involvement with charities and volunteer groups, Darin is a father of three children, godfather to another four, and has recently taken up learning to play guitar.

Know Your Leadership Style

  Author: Nancy Habashi, Catherine Daw  Presentation

What makes some Project Managers stand out from others and has executives consistently asking for these individuals? What is their ‘secret sauce’ that if applied can make us as just as in demand and successful?

With increasing complexity, a virtual, over-allocated team and pressing needs from global competition, sophisticated organizations, clients and economic pressures to delivery effectively, the luxury of focusing solely on the technical and management aspects of a project are long gone. As you advance in your career and the complexity of projects increases the need for leadership capabilities climbs exponentially. This core element is a ‘secret sauce, X factor that allows the Project Manager to pull a team together, get them aligned in pursuit of a common objective and effectively work with executives and other organization leaders.

Strong leadership capability is an attribute that can be developed and applied with diligence and immediate tangible results. Today executives expect nothing less and when they find it in a project managers (read Leaders) they will always ask for those who can lead even more than manage.

The presentation will use the foundations of my chapter ‘Know Your Leadership Style’ in The Keys to Our Success book (published in 2013), as well as trends in leadership development and very specific project and program leadership skills. The presentation will be interactive leaving attendees with some immediate tools to apply as well as ideas as to how to continue their own leadership development.

Attendees will learn about various leadership styles, moving along a leadership continuum, understand the working environment that they create based on their style, how to adapt and adjust and enrich their style.

Improve Your Game! Lessons to Keep Your Projects on Par.

  Author: Susan Seida  Presentation

Susan Seida, PMP is an experienced Project Manager with a solid track record for performance. Her knowledge & experience, enthusiasm for a challenge and proven ability to effectively manage difficult projects has made her a resource often sought out within her current organization.

Susan’s training background includes Advanced Project Management from Stanford University, Business Administration and Microsoft Certified Trainer (specializing in Excel & Project). She has her CAPM & PMP from the PMI, as well she recently acquired her PRINCE2 Practitioner designation.

In addition to her role as a Project Manager, Susan has been an Instructor with the University of Regina within their Project Management Certificate Program for the past 6 years and also instructs with MicroAge for Microsoft Project Training. In 2013, Susan started her own company, The PM Connection – focussing on providing PMI certification prep classes in the Regina area and customized training for organizations needing to bring more Project Management knowledge into their environments. Susan has done work with many local companies – in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She continues to get rave reviews on her enthusiastic approach, level of knowledge and passion for the field of Project Management.

In this Whitepaper, Susan brings two of her passions together and draws a connection between Project Management and the game of Golf. This light-hearted presentation will look at how a “simple” game of Golf has so many parallels to the world of a Project Manager. Through this session, we will discover many lessons from the Golf Course that can be incorporated into our daily work. Sometimes, we as project managers, get so caught up in the processes of Project Management as they are defined within our organizations, that we forget to remember some of the fundamental “rules of the game” that can help us to improve our own performance. Whether you love the game of golf or not, this presentation will appeal to your need to “Drive” towards your own excellence and improve your game!

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