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Professional Development Day


October 23, 2020
9:30 AM - 3:45 PM
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Join us for our 2020 Virtual Professional Development Day



  • 9:30-10:00: Introductions and Administrative Details
  • 10:00-11:30: Session 1
    • Speaker: Steve Adolph
    • Topic: Look Behind the Curtain and Deliver Value Faster with Disciplined Agile
    • Talent Triangle: Technical Project Management
  • 11:30-11:45: Break/Reset
  • 11:45-noon: Mini-Session
  • Noon-13:30: Session 2
    • Speaker: Steven Granese
    • Topic: Goal Achievement in the Modern Enterprise: Embracing and Implementing OKRs
    • Talent Triangle: Strategic and Business Management
  • 13:30-13:45: Break/Reset
  • 13:45-14:00: Mini-Session
  • 14:00-15:30: Session 3
    • Speaker: Niel Magsombol
    • Topic: Becoming a Person of Influence
    • Talent Triangle: Leadership
  • 15:30-15:45: Wrap-Up


Topics and Speakers: 

Session 1: Look Behind the Curtain and Deliver Value Faster with Disciplined Agile (DA)

Speaker: Steve Adolph

Speaker Bio: Steve has been creating and managing software development projects long enough to remember Fortran, PDP-11s, and TTL. If you know what any of that means, you are probably in his age demographic.  His professional career includes designing call processing software for digital telephone exchanges, design and development of leading-edge network management systems, railway signaling, and telecom billing.  He has diverse experience performing many different job roles from developer to chief engineer, to CTO, across many different industries, from telecom, to graphic arts.

Steve is active in the agile software development community and is the co-founder of Agile Vancouver, has served as a stage producer and program chair for various agile conferences.  He has spoken at a variety of conferences and has authored numerous articles on the topic of software development. He recently served as the Agile Alliance representative for the Agile Revisions to the International Institute’s Book of Knowledge.

Academically, Steve has a doctorate in Electrical and Computer Engineer at the University of British Columbia. In his downtime, Steve enjoys the usual Canadian west coast lifestyle of skiing, cycling, kayaking, and hiking. There are rumors he has a secret passion for opera.

Session Abstract: “Pay no attention to the man behind the Curtain” pleads the mighty wizard in the movie classic “Wizard of Oz”. Yet everyday classical agile methods ask us to “pay no attention to anyone behind the Product Owner”. Unfortunately, real world value streams do not begin and end with the Product Owner and organizations usually look behind curtain with agile-waterfall hybrids. Unfortunately, these hybrid approaches are like trying to fix a city traffic jam by widening one city block. Traffic may flow better for the one block, but the upstream and downstream city blocks limit overall traffic flow. We need agility for the entire value stream and not just for the software implementation segment.

Learning Objectives:

Disciplined Agile (DA) provides guidance to help organizations streamline their entire value stream in a context-sensitive manner, providing a solid foundation for business agility. In this presentation you will:

  • Understand what business agility is and why it is a critically important success strategy.
  • Use systems thinking to understand why hybrid agile approaches limit business agility
  • Use 3 economic models of planning to discover the planning approach most appropriate in your context.
  • Learn how with Disciplined Agile you can “pull back the curtain” and bring agility to the entire value stream and enable the agile business.


Session 2: Goal Achievement in the Modern Enterprise: Embracing and Implementing OKRs

Speaker: Steven Granese

Speaker Bio: Steven Granese has been building innovative teams and solutions for his 20-year career in the technology industry. His expertise lies in transforming organizations to deliver their desired business outcomes by adopting an agile way of working. He holds multiple agile certifications (CSM, CSP, PMI-ACP) and is an avid speaker for companies, conferences, and user groups. Steven currently serves as the Managing Director of the Transform Practice at AgileThought, where he leads a team of the top Agile and DevOps consultants in the United States. He holds master's degrees from both Carnegie Mellon University and Georgetown University and a bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University.

Session Abstract: Many organizations set annual goals that are dead upon arrival. The goals do not tie to a compelling purpose, there is no obvious way to measure their success, and leaders fail to share results. Since today's world moves so fast, it is no longer feasible to set goals once per year. If organizations want to stay relevant, they must continuously adapt their strategy and their approach. Otherwise, they face extinction. Many organizations have realized the need to adapt their strategy and have adopted modern methods for setting and tracking goals. Companies like Google and LinkedIn have turned to the Objectives and Key Results framework - OKRs for short - to align the critical work of every person they employ.

In this talk, Steven will present an overview of the OKR framework and why it is so critical for the modern enterprise's survival. I will discuss how to craft an effective OKR, create aligned OKRs across a large organization, and adapt OKRs based on changing circumstances. Steven will also operate a brief workshop to practice writing OKRs so that participants can receive feedback from me. The session will wrap-up with Q&A, where Steven will provide practical tips on how to get started with your OKR journey.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how OKRs are Different than other Goal Setting Techniques 
  • Understand the Difference Between an Objective and a Key Result 
  • Write an Effective OKR that Resonates with Team Members 
  • Establish Scaled OKRs that Create Organizational Alignment  
  • Conduct a Weekly Check-in Meeting to Ensure OKR Success 


Session 3: Becoming a Person of Influence

Speaker: Niel Magsombol

Speaker Bio: Known for his infectious energy, knowledge, humor, and engaging style, Niel has inspired diverse audiences all over the U.S at Fortune 500 Companies, Professional Conferences, Small Businesses, Colleges, Non-Profits,& Sporting Events, speaking on a variety of topics such as Agile Transformation, Leadership, and Unlocking Human Potential.

Session Abstract: This session will cover how as a project leader, whether in agile or waterfall, you can increase your level of influence regardless of where you are in an org chart.  Whatever your vocation or aspiration, you can increase your impact on others by Becoming a Person of Influence. Learn simple, insightful ways to interact more positively with others, and watch your personal and organizational success go off the charts.  Based on the book written by the world’s foremost leadership expert, John Maxwell.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define and apply what leadership is: Influence
  • Participants will be able to analyze and apply the several components of influence:
    • Being a Good Listener
    • Being an Encourager
    • Being an Initiator
    • Being a T-Shaped, Lifelong Learner


Chapter Non-Members and Guests:

Guests are welcome at any meeting. You need not be a member of PMI to attend our monthly meetings, networking events, or professional development events. However, please be sure to register in advance. Virtual seating is limited.


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Continuing Education and PDU Information:

Attendance at all sessions will provide you 4.5 Total PDUs (made up of 1.5 PDUs per each arm of the Talent Triangle).

More Information on Continuing Certification Requirements:

Technical project management: Knowledge, skills and behaviors related to specific domains of Project, Program and Portfolio Management.

Leadership: Knowledge, skills and behaviors specific to leadership-oriented, cross-cutting activities that help an organization achieve its business goals.

Strategic and Business Management: Knowledge of and expertise in the industry or organization that enhances performance and better delivers business outcomes.


$40.00 Member Virtual Meeting Registration

$60.00 Guest Virtual Meeting Registration