The event has completely transformed into an online format and is ready to douse you with new knowledge on June 12-13! The topic of PMCon#7 this year is “Leading the uncertain future”. More than 10 experts from all over the world will tell you how adaptation to new realities happens, what opportunities are opening up for us and new ones that lie ahead.
We also divided the information in such a way so that the participants can attend as many talks as possible: the first day of the conference will be fully dedicated to speeches, and the second one will be filled with workshops only. Looking forward to you!
David has 25 years of business-to-business services, consulting, coaching, and training industry experience in roles from operations, service delivery, marketing, product management and executive management. Just recently, he successfully sold his business-to-business training firm having taken it from $1.2m to $13m in seven years all done organically. Currently David is the VP and General Manager for SoftEd US, a leading provider of transformational training services, working to support companies that embrace agile methods for achieving business results. Along with his work at SoftEd, David provides business owner coaching services to several companies. He also provides pro bono career coaching services and presentations to individuals and organizations throughout the US.
Topic: Leadership for a Changing World: Adaptive Leadership
Leadership is no longer about having a positional powerbase. We must start thinking in terms of self-leadership and utilizing the referent powerbase, aka making leadership into a verb not a noun. This program will dig into the details of what Adaptive Leadership is and how to build the skills to utilize its techniques.
Adaptive Leadership was developed out of Harvard University, explaining how human psychology, evolutionary biology, and behavioral economics impact leadership in the fast of fast-paced and ever-present change.
Adaptive leaders must change their approach to problem solving, testing, communicating, and executing. They must understand the implications of their work on the overall system and must constantly filter their work based on the value of the outcome it produces. These skills are critical for the future of innovation professionals who are being increasingly asked to support the development of the “future state” and be the trusted advisor to ensure the value of that “future state” is properly defined.
Topics we will cover:
– The critical elements of defining value
– Systems thinking and dealing with adaptive challenges over technical issues
– The mind set required for adaptive leaders
– The work approach and critical concepts
– Bridging adaptive leadership to your analysis work2
Maxim has 25 years of experience in sales and commercial negotiations and 18 years of experience in conducting training programs. Now, he is a Head of the Maxtraining training center, a business trainer, and a coach. He’s an author and a speaker of training programs on negotiations, team interaction, defining personal and team goals. Maxim is a moderator of strategic sessions in the format of “expert facilitation “. Being a Leadership coach and Scrum-master, Maxim managed to organise trainings that gathered 70,000 managers and specialists from Ukraine, the USA, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain and a number of other countries. He is the author of the book “Negotiations with Dolphins” (Fabula, 2020) that talks about negotiation technologies in IT-environment.
Topic: Leadership in remote distributed teams
The old principles of management cease to work in the new world. Along with the change of power, the approaches to management and interaction in the team change. To quickly adapt to the new reality, we will discuss the problems that arise in the course of remote work and discover how to prepare for “coaching” management.
Topics we will cover:
– Crisis of trust and burnout
– Increased catastrophization
– Conflicts in remote environment
– What can we do right now: vectors for thought and action
Leveraging a deep understanding of the roles communication and information technology play in business, from prior careers as a media producer/director and bespoke application developer, Cris has delivered over $1B in value to clients around the world as a contract consultant and initiative manager. Over 40 years he was developing a library of methods, strategies and tools based on the unique holistic and agile perspective only he can provide. For the 1first time, this proprietary content is available to anyone through his portal at criscasey.com. In his free time, you’ll find Cris flying quad-line stunt kites, cooking gourmet meals with his wife, researching natural language and neuroscience areas, and writing about things that have a direct impact on how people work and play together.
Speech Topic: AI:BA Threats and Opportunities
The world is at a tipping point with Artificial Intelligence; you are encountering AI in some form, every waking day. And it is poised to rapidly replace not just traditional roles like call center representatives, but medical specialists, software developers and yes, analysts. Virtually every profession is susceptible to this ongoing disruption.
Topics we will cover:
– An understanding of the fundamental building blocks of Artificial Intelligence
– Real examples of how cheap and easy it is to use AI
– How Analyst roles are being negatively impacted, now and tomorrow
– Options for what Analysts can do to protect and enhance their careers Long-time independent trusted advisor
Cris Casey shares his recent research focused on the potential and real impacts, along with strategies and tactics to prosper in an age of AI.
Topic: Leveraging Neuroscience to Reduce Stress
We’ve started 2021 and the turbulence of 2020 is slowing diminishing. Yet, professional and personal stressors continue to mount as job losses continue, stay-at-home orders whipsaw daily, and major social, public health, and political events happen on a scale and pace far from anything experienced in current memory. Is there anything more we can do to control the stress?
Delivered in two parts, the first segment explores how recent neuroscience findings have uncovered evolutionary processes directly affecting how we perform under and react to stress. Light on scientific jargon, this segment describes what biological components are at play in our brains and their impact on day-to-day life. The second segment is heavy on practical implications. We will come away with a new appreciation for how our brain and the brains of customers, colleagues, families and friends, help and hinder living and working in today’s world. We will also learn useful tactics and methods to counter or amplify the ways that our brains work, to reduce stress and achieve consistently better outcomes for you and others.
Topics we will cover:
– An understanding of the evolutionary biology driving human behavior
– Common events trigger and the brain’s pre-wired responses
– Techniques to mitigate stress, increase productivity, and leverage one’s neurobiology
Olga Lanskykh has been in IT market for over 14 years as a PM and BA, dealing with customers in numerous areas, including Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Telco and E-commerce, managing distributed teams located in up to 9 countries. Olga lived and worked in the UK for 5 years and returned back to Ukraine in early 2018.
Speech topic: Integrated Сonsulting and Engineering
We need to make quick business decisions to survive through pandemic. Many businesses are going through digital transformation, which is mostly done with consultative help. Can consultants be based offshore, 8 hours away from the client? Working from home is now new normal and the difference between onsite and offshore becomes a blur. So now we finally have demand for consultants offshore, but how to become one? Top-down command and control is being replaced by self-organized teams and collective intelligence. This is where consulting and engineering blend in and soon won’t be able to exist without each other.
Andy is a Lead BA in EPAM and has a reach background in numerous areas, from 5 years’ experience in Healthcare and Life sciences project to the expertise in Gametech domain on a QA and QA Lead positions. He’s been involved in various onsite discoveries around the globe and even worked as an experimental nuclear physicist for a while (like Leonard, NOT like Sheldon). Andy also has an experience in establishing a non-IT company, which gave him lots of knowledge and experience — part of it he will share with us.
Speech topic: Holistic Business Analysis at Scale
We will talk about scaling the business analysis process and applying the holistic business analysis approach. A case-based story would cover the 1-year journey of building, adapting, and scaling the BA process alongside the delivery updates and limitations. The topics we will cover:
– Building Transparency at scale
– Eliminating the bus factor
– Promoting the culture of delivery ownership
And of course, the story is never over!
Workshop topic: User focus workshop
Once you go beyond design and start wearing the product manager’s hat, your whole world changes and you should quickly get up to speed with the user’s context, their specific needs, and more importantly — tie this to the long-term product strategy. We’ll spice it up with techniques to target really specific users and will share real-life applications for these techniques!
Denis Gobov has 14 years’ experience in system and business analysis. In 2013, he was named Best Business Analyst in the Ukrainian IT Awards. A holder of the certificates CBAP® & IREB®CPRE-FL® & ICP-BVA® & BCS®BAF, he is a co-sponsor of the IIBA certification program. In addition, he has a PhD and is the creator of business analysis courses approved by IIBA. He is constantly working on the development of business analysis in Ukraine.
Speech topic: Working in distributed teams – Challenges and Opportunities for Business Analyst
A little over a year ago, the trend of working in distributed teams became a forced standard. Now, everything indicates that we are not coming back to the previous format of work. How has this affected the work of business analysts? Any crisis is a combination of dangers and opportunities. I want to tell you what difficulties my colleagues and I faced with distributed work, how we rebuilt processes on the fly, and what remained unchanged. And, most importantly, what benefits have we already received and still plan to get from working in the new conditions.
Eva is a former Business Analyst in enterprise projects for the B2B market. She’s now building processes for the future enterprise company. Besides, Eva is a coach at the educational center SkillsUp, leading “Diving into Business Analysis’ and ‘Diving into Quality Assurance” courses.
Workshop speech: Critical business analysis: How to sell an idea
Business analyst can and should influence the product development even in outsource. Soft skills is all about people and humanity. We’ll talk how inability to see eye to eye with people turns interesting tasks into monkey job, discuss why clients resist and how you can use it to the benefit of the product and project. What do product owners really want and how to deliver it to them?
Colleen is the CEO and co-founder of ScatterSpoke, a space that offers flexible and effective retro tools, and CEO of ProKanban.org, an inclusive Kanban learning community. As a coach, she helps organizations to apply a system thinking approach to align agile methodologies across the enterprise. She works with clients to find the right cultural and context-driven practices and to create sustainable agility. Colleen has served as a board member for Agile Denver, the Agile Uprising, and as chair of Mile High Agile Conferences. She feels happiest in the woods, camping with her three kids and very patient husband.
Speech topic: Forecasting Projects without Estimates
Let’s say goodbye to gantt charts and story points forever. You probably already have all the data you need to create a far more accurate forecast of when the work will be delivered that wont take hours to get. Join Colleen to learn more about how to provide realistic delivery dates that won’t require heroics to hit.
Workshop topic: Accurate Forecasting for High Uncertainty
We all know the question, “When will it be done?” Join Colleen as she introduces simple tools to leverage data to accurately predict the delivery of work without a lot of upfront definition or estimation. Learn how to set milestones, track progress, and balance scope to ensure you never miss another date.
Oleg is a club’s president of professional negotiators and the teacher of the course “Negotiations” in Edinburgh Business School (Heriot-Watt University, UK). He built a career from a software engineer to a Chief Digital Manager in international companies, such as Burda, Edipresse, and Atlantic Group. Facing typical communication mistakes between developers in the IT business and customers from other business areas, he created a club of professional negotiators in 2006 that helps teams effectively communicate using soft skills. Oleg’s corporate clients include Ciklum, Luxoft, Global Logic, EPAM Systems, Unicorn Systems, Miratech, Astound Commerce, Dev.Pro, QATestLab, Trinetix, Perfectial, Persha Studia Wargaming, and more.
Workshop topic: Change Management
When events of “black swan” type happen (*a term introduced by Nassim Taleb in his book “The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable”), managers are left to manage teams and projects in the high turbulence environment without any understanding of what happens and how to act.
Oleg managed IT teams during three crises of the “black swan” level: the bursting of the dot-com bubble in 2000, economic crisis in 2008, and the beginning of military actions in Ukraine in 2014. In this workshop, we will learn the sequence of actions managers should take to manage the team in times of crisis, and will have a bit of practice.
Yaroslava is a psychologist, group analyst, art therapist, and business coach. For the past six years, Yaroslava has been working as an analyst and facilitator with large IT teams and small creative businesses, helping them establish communication, resolve and prevent conflicts, build trust and culture.
During this time, she trained 500+ students and created 80+ corporate trainings, teaching people to talk about their emotions, desires and needs, trust the team, carefully give feedback, be tolerant and look at the organization as a living system in which everyone is important.
Yaroslava uses her non-standard approach to education and her ability to talk about complex things in a simple, ironic and understandable way in the “Team Intelligence” course for managers and leaders (“Baggage School”) and the “Soft Skills” course that she created. Also, she is the author of training programs and intensives in “My Room” and co-author of the self-identification course “Who am I?”
Workshop topic: Stop burning man!
Dealing with ongoing stress and constant change is difficult. That’s why it’s important to notice the stress and be able to help yourself and the team. We will talk about the factors influencing its prevention and professional identity, discuss how boundaries can be built in work, tools and practices we can use. Let’s try some exercises in pairs and triplets right away and discuss everything in mind about the topic.
Here’ what we’ll cover in the workshop:
– Causes and signs of burnout: how to identify them in yourself and your colleagues
– Personal, professional and systemic factors affecting the burnout rate
– What can be done? Why can’t you just “get up and go to work”?
– Techniques for dealing with anxiety and negative beliefs on your own
– Methods of rational thinking in stressful situations
– Tools to help the team in remote environment
– Supervision and feedback session — how to arrange a supportive environment in the team?
Marina is the founder and a leading consultant of the SkillsUp training and consulting center, whose clients include PrivatBank, VARUS, BaDM, and others. She is the founder of the production studio weem.pro. and co-founder of the run-it.com.ua IT conference, which is attended by over 450 people a year. Owning international certifications in Agile, Scrum, and Management, Marina coordinates Agile transformation projects at the team and company level in Sweden, Switzerland, and Poland. With over 15 years of experience in IT and over 12 years of experience in project and program management, she now leads programs in an international IT company, being an expert in process management, business analysis, quality management, supply, personnel, risk, and customer relationship management in IT outsourcing.
Maria is an expert and a speaker of the Luxoft training center (corporate programs for TOV RUSH, ATB, Luxoft), speaker of international conferences, author of professional articles, and she’s listed in the TOP 20 women entrepreneurs of Ukraine within the framework of SheExports programs in 2019.
Speech topic: Roles Business Analysts Play
We’ll talk about the different roles an analyst needs to play to bring maximum value to the customer’s business. Business or systems analyst’s role, functional analyst or requirements engineer, Product Manager and Product Owner roles. What is the difference between them? We will analyze why the product is being created, how to understand what problem it solves and how its effectiveness can be assessed. We’ll look at the business immersion techniques you need to use to get started. We will identify the top questions to ask at the kick-off meeting, learning to understand business through E2E-flow. Moreover, we will find the ideal template for the Vision document and set the right moment to start working on the system requirements. And the cherry on top: let’s talk about trends in analytics in the field of IT.
Kateryna has been involved in project management for about 7 years, taking over PM position at Dev.Pro for over 4 years. Kateryna started her career coordinating projects in the FMCG industry and was leading educational projects.
Right now, Kate is managing an account at Dev.Pro and is involved in the customer relations, representing clients of the company to their vendors both online and at onsite meetings.
Speech topic: Facilitation. How to make a solo speaker listen, a quiet person speak up, and meetings bring value.
According to John White in his article for Inc.com, ineffective meetings cost companies up to $283 billion a year. Most people spend almost 12 hours of their 40-hour workweek preparing for and attending meetings.
In the article for Harvard Business Review Leslie A. Perlow, Constance Noonan Hadley, and Eunice Eun state that 65% of senior managers say that meetings keep them from completing their own work while 71% said meetings are unproductive and inefficient.
During this lecture, Kateryna will share techniques on how to facilitate meetings and will provide you with a toolbox to avoid the following most common issues:
1. Irrelevant audience and no decision making
2. Different goals and no proper agenda
3. Solo speaker
4. Meetings run over
5. People lose attention
6. No proper outcome and no clear action items
Mila has 15 years’ experience working in IT. She started working in Kharkiv as an IT recruiter and then moved to Product Management. She currently works and lives in Amsterdam. Along with her passion for ‘building products that users love’ (a topic she presented at PMCon back in 2017), she has a passion for yoga and mindfulness that she has started sharing with her colleagues during the last few years in her role of Mindfulness Ambassador. She has been organizing workshops, guided meditation sessions and yoga classes for colleagues worldwide. She’s a co-author and creator of «Insights Center», a project where Mila shares her mindfulness practices and online yoga classes, organizes mindful yoga days, master classes, and yoga retreats.
She completed a yoga teacher training in Amsterdam in 2017 that included modules on mindfulness. Since then she’s actively studying the topic deeper, currently following Advanced Teacher Training, online Mindfulness courses (e.g. MBSR – Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and others. Mila is also a mom of two small kids (3y.o. and 6y.o.) and by some magic she’s combining work, kids and her passion for mindfulness.
Speech topic: Mindfulness in the workplace
During the talk, we’ll answer the following questions:
What is mindfulness and how does it work? Why does it help us be more creative, focused and listen better to others? What is mindful leadership? Then, I’ll explain why I think anyone can benefit from simple mindfulness techniques.
Come and join us for a short mindfulness practice!
|Day 1 [JUNE 12] Speeches|
|Time||PM flow – Stage 1||BA flow – Stage 2|
|10:45-11:00||Opening – Stage 1|
|11:00-11:50||David Mantica (USA) ENG – Stage 1
Leadership for a Changing World: Adaptive Leadership
|11:50-12:40||Maxim Romensky (Ukraine) RUS
Leadership in remote distributed teams
|Denys Gobov (Ukraine) RUS
Working in distributed teams – Challenges and Opportunities for Business Analyst
|12:40-13:30||Kateryna Murnyk (Ukraine) RUS
Facilitation. How to make a solo speaker listen, a quiet person speak up, and meetings bring value
|Cris Casey (USA) ENG
AI: BA Threats and Opportunities
|14:30-15:20||Colleen Johnson (USA) ENG
Forecasting Projects without Estimates
|Olga Lanskykh (Ukraine) RUS
Integrated consulting and engineering
|15:20-16:10||Cris Casey (USA) ENG
Leveraging Neuroscience to Reduce Stress
|Andy Bondar (Ukraine) RUS
Holistic Business Analysis at Scale
|16:10 – 16:50||Mila Zova (Nederland) RUS – Stage 1
Mindfulness in the workplace
|Day 2 [JUNE 13] Workshops|
|Time||PM flow||BA flow|
|11:00-13:00||Oleg Demchik (Ukraine) RUS
Workshop: Change Management
|Andy Bondar (Ukraine) RUS
User focus workshop
|13:00-15:00||Yaroslava Matveichuk (Ukraine) RUS
Stop burning man!
|Eva Korniiuk (Ukraine) RUS
Critical business analysis: How to sell an idea
|15:00-17:30||Colleen Johnson (USA) ENG
Workshop: Accurate Forecasting for High Uncertainty
|Marina Melnick (Ukraine) RUS
Roles Business Analysts Play