PMCon is a high standard conference for IT Project Managers and Business Analysts. Combining education, inspiring ideas and fun, this is a great opportunity for professional development, networking and broadening the minds of people who love project management and business analysis.
We are inspired by people who are open to learning and sharing their ideas, so we want to bring them together at our event. We believe that great people generate great experiences.
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.
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.
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.