Project Management Institute

Ride the project management wave into Long Beach

by Natalie Chalfin

LONG BEACH, California's fifth largest city, home of the Queen Mary, the IHL Long Beach Ice Dogs hockey team, and the Aquarium of the Pacific, is the ideal place to hold the PMI ’98 “Tides of Change” Seminars & Symposium. With these attractions, central location and easy access (less than an hour) to Catalina Island, Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, and Universal Studios, Long Beach—like PMI ’98—offers something for everyone. With sessions on new technology, global issues and management trends, this year's Seminars & Symposium will be the most innovative and informative yet. Attendees are sure to be inspired and refreshed by the incredible opportunities to network, participate in seminars and symposium sessions, and enjoy the beautiful Southern California scenery.

New Features, Old Favorites

You asked for it, you got it! Back by popular demand, first-time attendees/new members can test their sea legs and adjust to the PMI ’98 climate by attending the Sunday, 11 October 1998, pre-Seminars & Symposium orientation. Get a better understanding of the inner workings of this major project management event and the association behind it. Those who seek tips on making the most of the event and networking with peers and experts from around the world should take advantage of the opportunity to meet other first-time attendees/new members before the Seminars & Symposium get under way.

Standards Committee Working Session. A working session sponsored by PMI's Standards Committee will also take place on Sunday, 11 October. The session will consist of a briefing on current Standards Committee projects and activities followed by breakout groups where participants will be directly involved in standards development work. Breakouts include project manager competencies, project management maturity models, the PMBOKGuide update, practice standards, project taxonomy, global standards, and project management principles.

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Special Services. An added feature to this year's event is the PMI member services area. Located near the registration area, PMI members and nonmembers will have the opportunity to meet with PMI Headquarters staff, ask questions and receive information about PMI programs and services; including information on chapters, specific interest groups, PMP certification, educational opportunities, career headquarters, and corporate membership, and get a sneak preview of the newly redesigned PMI website.

PMI ’98 Exhibitors Preview: New Products, Demos, Prizes, Contests

ABT Corp. (www.abtcorp.com) will announce the interface between Oracle Projects and the Results Management Suite. They will also raffle off two digital cameras at their booth.

Advanced Management Solutions (www.amsusa.com) will demonstrate a series of new technologies, which enables their AMS REALTIME project management, resource management and timesheet software to be integrated with other systems including Oracle and the Internet. The AMS REALTIME Oracle object repository and HTTP services provide capabilities to manage distributed project organizations.

American Management Association, a provider of management and technical training, offers comprehensive seminars in project management. Visit their booth and enter a raffle to win a free seminar or CD-ROM program.

Angel Group (www.angelgroup.com), a consulting firm specializing in project and risk management, will offer information on their services.

Bedouin Inc. (www.bedouin.com) will demonstrate their latest release of Bedouin Time, the company's Web-based project financials and time tracking system.

Boston University Corp. Education Center (www.butrain.bu.edu) will offer information on their Project Management Certificate Program and other courses. Stop by their booth and sign up for numerous giveaways.

CADENCE Management Corp. (www.cadence-mgmt.com) will hold drawings for executive leather portfolios and other gifts for the successful project manager and team member. Also, visit their booth and check out their translated materials in both Japanese and Spanish, and meet John Patton, president of CADENCE, a PMI ’98 speaker and panelist.

Cap Gemini (www.usa.capgemini.com) invites you to stop by their booth for a quick presentation of the program management services they offer, take-home materials and a free gift.

Commint Technical Services Inc. (www.home.earthlink.net/-daliasofc) will demonstrate their scheduling, implementation, coaching, rollout, consulting and training methods. CoVi Systems Inc. will demonstrate CoViLink software, a possible solution to data collection problems with a hand-held CE by modem, wireless communications and bar coding. Enter CoVi's drawing for Cerissi leather goods.

Deltek Systems Inc. (www.deltek.com) will present ET Enterprise, Allegro, Costpoint, Advantage, and the Project Management Solutions Group.

HMS Software (www.hmssoftware.ca) will present TimeControl for Windows, a project-oriented timesheet system. Stop by their booth to see their new browser-based Java interface and enter their drawing for a free copy of TimeControl.

Information Management Services Inc. (www.imscorp.com) will demonstrate ProjectExchange, a three-tier client/server, component-based, integrated, enterprisewide, work management solution. The enterprise toolkit provides decision support information, allocations, scheduling, and ways to track time, expenses and activity information.

Integrated Project Systems (www.ips.com) will present the IPS Project Management Overview Assessment. Visit IPS' booth to benchmark yourself with their Project Management Overview Assessment test by spending 15 minutes completing the online survey. Two computers will be available for attendees to complete the survey and results will be tabulated after the event. Participants will be notified of the results and followup discussion arranged. IPS will have a giveaway for all attendees who take the survey and a promotional item for those who visit the booth.

Keller Graduate School of Management (www.keller.edu) will provide information on their master's degree programs in project management and other business disciplines.

Lucent Technologies (www.wcc.lucent.com) will have members of their team at the booth. Stop by and learn more about what they do, and explore opportunities for project managers with the Lucent program management team.

Management Worlds Inc. will provide information on their management training, business seminars and consulting services to international business and government organizations.

Marotz Inc., a provider of software costing tools and Delphi consulting services, will demonstrate FIXED-PRICE N-tier, DCOM and CORBA enterprise development.

MartinTate (www.projectresults.com) will discuss their range of project management training services programs. Visitors will receive a free preview copy of the Project Management Memory Jogger just for stopping by!

Maxwell Business Systems (www.jamis.com) will demonstrate their project management and time collection tool for government and commercial contractors.

Momentum Consulting Inc. (www.momentum.com) will demonstrate their ProjectLEAD software that prompts project managers with practical tools and advisors to guide their teams through planning and implementing challenges.

Origin Technology in Business Inc. (www.origintib.com) will provide information on their management consulting services.

Palisade Corp. (www.palisade.com) will announce their new professional version of @RISK for Project, software that simulates the outcome of projects and finds critical factors with Monte Carlo simulation. They will give full software demonstrations and give away software prizes.

PlanView Inc. (www.planview.com) will provide information on their resource-based, multiproject management software.

PM Advisors (www.pmadvisors.com) specializes in providing clients with education services, process/procedure development, on-site mentoring services, and implementation support. Stop by their booth to learn how they successfully transfer project management technology.

PM Solutions (www.pmsolutions.com) will honor Project Management Professionals (PMPs) by providing a special gift for all PMPs who visit their booth.

PracticeFields (www.practicefields.com) will debut their hands-on, system dynamics-based simulation for project management, a product targeted at improving organizational performance.

Primavera Systems Inc. (www.primavera.com) will unveil its project portfolio management suite of products and feature a live presentation of the new suite and demonstrations of Primavera ProjectPlanner (P3), SureTrak Project Manager, Webster for Primavera and Expedition.

Program Management Associates Inc. (www.pma-inc.com) will give away a pen and pencil set as well as an electronic organizer. As a grand prize on the last day of the show, a $250 gift certificate from Marriott Hotels and Resorts will also be awarded, so stop by and leave your business card at their booth.

Project Assistants Inc. invites you to stop by to learn about their training, consulting and add-on companion products for Microsoft Project 98 and meet Gus Cicala and Ira Brown, authors of Special Edition: Using Project 98. Sign up to win a free training class (a $1,150 value) or an autographed Que book.

Project Control (www.projcontrol.com), providers of Project Office Framework, Project Control software, project management training, Microsoft Project training, and consulting, invites you to stop by their booth to learn more about their software.

Project Planning Inc. (www.projectplanning.com), a project management and consulting firm focusing on project management and Microsoft Project, will provide information on their training and consulting services in project management. Sample training manuals and brochures will be available at their booth.

Risk Services & Technology (www.risktrak.com) will demonstrate RiskTrak, software for enterprisewide risk management, which implements a system of Interview Experts that turns qualitative input into quantitative data and Year 2000 Program Expert.

SAS Institute Inc. (www.sas.com) will demonstrate their new graphical user interface, project management software essential to Lockheed Martin's WOW Web-enabled project data software.

Spectrum Technology Group Inc. (www.constell.com) will demonstrate their project management software, PROJEX. Stop by and complete a brief survey to enter their drawing for a portable personal CD player with car kit.

Strategic Management Group Inc. (www.smginc.com) will provide information on how they improve their clients' business performance through technology-based solutions including Internet/intranet-delivered learning, simulation and interactive learning events.

Stream Technology Group Inc. (www.streamgroup.com) will launch the world's first collaborative knowledge management system, StreamNET, a comprehensive, expandable Web-based project management system that enables effective communication for the virtual project team.

SystemCorp will give out a complimentary CD sampler of PMOffice, their project management support system developed through the new PMI/SystemCorp strategic alliance, and its companion tool, Managing Projects Step-By-Step. PMOffice is a real-time enterprisewide Internet/intranet solution that is 100 percent PMBOKGuide compliant.

Technology Builders Inc. (www.tbi.com) will demonstrate Caliber-RM, an Internet-enabled, collaborative requirements management tool that allows project teams to deliver higher-quality applications and meet end-user specifications by managing the entire requirements process.

University of Calgary's booth will showcase the teaching and research activities of their Project Management Specialization Program.

University of Management and Technology (www.umtweb.edu), a provider of project management education, will offer information on their on-campus and distance learning master's degree programs in project management. Visitors can receive a 50 percent tuition award for the first semester if they register at the booth. Stop by and meet UMT's Academic Dean, J. Davidson Frame.

Westney Consultants (www.westney.com) will hold a drawing to win a free place in their next profit-driven project management training course. Ask about their consulting and training methods that enhance the effectiveness of new and experienced project professionals.

WSG Project Accounting (www.wsg.com) will demonstrate their project accounting software, Empire TIME, a high-performance client/server time tracking and project accounting solution with leading project management software, financial capabilities for internal corporate IT and external professional services organizations.

The PMI Bookstore will be back, with the latest and greatest PMI books on-hand and the opportunity to order other books featured in the PMI Bookstore catalog. The Bookstore will also carry several books authored by PMI ’98 presenters. Bookstore hours will be Sunday, 11 October, 4:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.; Monday–Tuesday, 12–13 October, 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, 14 October, 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Long Beach Convention Center (at the Hyatt Regency entrance into the Convention Center lobby). Books available for sale will include Leadership Skills for Project Managers; Achieving the Promise of Information Technology: Introducing the Transformational Project Paradigm;The Virtual Edge; Embracing Technology for Distributed Project Team Success; and Project Leadership: From Theory to Practice. Be sure to check out special clearance prices on selected books and promotional items and drop your business card off to win free PMI merchandise.

1998 Global Project Management Forum. Project management leaders from around the world will gather on 11 October for an all-day meeting and discussion on issues of common global interest. The forum is an opportunity for these leaders to meet one another, discuss issues and concerns in various geographic areas, and reach consensus in cooperation and steps forward on a global course.

Discussions and presentations will include the status of the project management profession around the world; international project management standards; project management certifications; international project management research projects; worldwide project management education needs; and globalization of the project management profession.

Evening Networking Events. Use the PMI ’98 evening events to network with colleagues in an informal atmosphere. There will be receptions on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evenings, giving participants an opportunity to meet industry peers; view the latest project management products and services; meet representatives from various specific interest groups; and enjoy a Pacific sunset at a California-inspired beach party in the lagoon area of the convention center.

Pre- and Post-Symposium Seminars: Opportunities to Learn and Earn. Thirty-five seminars have been scheduled to provide attendees an opportunity to learn and earn CEU credits. PMI is an authorized CEU sponsor member of the International Association for Continuing Education and Training, and offers 0.7 continuing education credits for seven hours of seminar attendance. To receive a certificate and the CEUs, participants must attend the entire seminar. Participants of pre- (9–11 October) and post-symposium (14–15 October) seminars earn qualifying points in the “Area of Education” for PMP certification and recertification purposes.

PMI ’98's project management seminars offer variety and the opportunity to participate in sessions ranging from the fundamentals of information systems project management, an introduction to project management, to PMP exam study and review, to tools and techniques for “Ensuring Validity of Earned Value-Based Project Analysis,” as well as seminars on risk management and “The Art of Estimating.”

Participants can attend seminars on how to better manage a project team from a distance, adapt project management styles, and develop meeting skills. Other added features include computer-aided learning experience seminars on topics ranging from project leadership simulation to concurrent project planning to implementing strategic initiatives as projects.

Keynote Speakers. At each of the three morning general sessions, attendees can look forward to being swept away by the experience and expertise of three revolutionary keynote speakers.

James Taylor, Ph.D., brings both domestic and international experience to predict “tides of change” the millennium will bring to the corporate, political and cultural landscape. Head of global marketing for Gateway 2000 Inc., he is a futurist and trend expert for Fox TV and CNNfn and the co-author of The 500 Year Delta: What Happens After What Comes Next. Find out on Monday, 12 October, where the project management industry is headed and how these changes will affect the way you work, live and play.

Navigating the tides is what Sylvia Earle, Ph.D., does best. She has spent thousands of hours reaching project goals in the depths of the world's oceans. Her current goal is to dive over 36,000 feet in the Marianas Trench, the deepest point in the Pacific. Dr. Earle has authored over 100 publications on marine science and technology, received numerous awards, and is acclaimed for her science as much as for her “depth defying” feats. A former chief scientist at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, she has since founded the company Deep Ocean Engineering and is currently building a new submersible called Deep Flight, similar to an underwater airplane. Learn more about Dr. Earle's oceanic project challenges at the general session on Tuesday, October 13.

Janet Lapp, Ph.D., will explore the future of project management with an optimistic and humorous slant. Her message, “Change is not a force to be feared but an opportunity to be seized, and the choice is ours,” will speak to every project manager who has had to stop, drop, and roll with the tide. Dr. Lapp's book, Plant Your Feet Firmly in Mid-Air, offers insight on how to adapt to an information society and how to develop the skills to thrive with current and future change. Be sure to catch Dr. Lapp's talk at the general session on Wednesday, 14 October.

Symposium Tracks. Choose from almost 280 high-quality and innovative symposium sessions, with strong international presence in areas including aerospace and defense; financial services; the future of project management; new product development; pharmaceutical/healthcare; and global project management. This year, two of PMI's specific interest groups—Service and Outsourcing and Woman in Project Management—will sponsor tracks for the first time.

As published in the official Seminars & Symposium Brochure, some presentations have been tailored by the presenter to fit into one of the following categories: beginner (less than 5 years in the project management field), intermediate (6–10 years in the field), or advanced (over 10 years in the field). All other PMI ’98 sessions are considered applicable to all levels of project management experience.

Exhibits. PMI ’98 will feature almost 100 exhibitor booths filled with new products, demos, contests and giveaways, services and information. Be sure to look at the accompanying exhibitor preview so that you can plan your time and decide which booths you'd most like to visit.

NO MATTER WHICH events you plan to attend during PMI ’98, one thing is certain: the opportunity to learn and network cannot be beat. Be sure to take advantage of the great international presence, the various degrees of project management experience and expertise, and of course, the great potential for a little sun and fun in sunny Southern California. ■

Natalie Chalfin (newseditor@pmi.org) is news editor for PMI Publishing Division.

This material has been reproduced with the permission of the copyright owner. Unauthorized reproduction of this material is strictly prohibited. For permission to reproduce this material, please contact PMI.

PM Network • September 1998

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