PMCon#4 was held on June 2017, and we were proud to welcome almost 400 guests to a full day event held at the Kharkiv Palace hotel. We received very positive feedback both from speakers and guests. Check more details on how the event went below.
Torsten Koerting is at the core of project management, specializing in projects that are in crisis, and is an expert on challenging “turnaround” projects.
He is the author of several books and an active speaker at many conferences. As a strategic thinker, visionary and management advisor, he also follows his personal pathways, like his family, paragliding, trail-running, and long distance hiking. He is a well-known thought leader and a lecturer in MBA classes for global business schools.
His passion is to facilitate strategic and innovative processes to help people develop and recognize their sustainable personal brand, and stand out in today’s noisy world. His core mission is to help people achieve the objectives and results relevant to them, and offer support in taking the next step and reaching the next level.
Topic at PMCon#4: The Secrets to find your inner purpose and fulfillment in your professional life.
We do live in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world, the VUCA world. Often we are confronted with changing environments, challenging clients, and hungry peers; we are struggling and wondering whether we are on the right path. In this speech, Torsten will talk about the strategies and tactics that can help you find and validate your passion, your talents, your successes, your strength and opportunities, your weaknesses and threats, to verify your current situation and to guide you into the future.
Torsten will discuss how to define your goals and then how to grow and achieve even the highest ones you set. He will take you outside your comfort zone … there is no finish line. Go further and change your life and your personal brand.
Topic at PMCon#4: How to understand business models and define the perfect product & service (workshop).
Customers are demanding, and the world is changing constantly; there is nothing more certain than uncertainty. As project managers and business analysts we are faced with many challenges: business models to be developed, products to be ideated, concepts that should lead to great services, terminology and customer situations that are hard to understand, and outcomes expected from us that go beyond our possibilities.
This workshop will provide you with hands-on tools, methods and techniques to understand business models. It will help you to step into the client’s perspective and to understand their needs that can and should be addressed with great products and services. You will learn how to document hypotheses and test them to optimise your concepts. You will learn these concepts and use them hands-on in the workshop. This experience will make you more effective in many ways and will help you to understand your customers and stakeholders and communicate your concepts and approaches in a much better way. Go further and change your project.
Sergey has 20 years’ experience in the field of IT. His professional experience includes:
His professional achievements include: leading participation in the implementation of CMMI L3; development and implementation of a quality management system and process approach; employee training; and evaluation procedures. Certifications: Project Management Professional (PMP), ISO 27001 ISMS
Topic at PMCon#4: A3 retrospective - applying lean thinking (workshop)
We will start a master class with a warm-up, discussing who uses metrics and which ones, and which of them were useful or useless. Then we’ll consider the fundamental question: why do we need metrics, and what is their role in IT? Then, in a wider, practical lesson, we'll learn how to properly link the processes and problems of the real world with metrics, and, accordingly, how a reasonable selection of metrics can help to solve them. We'll finish the master class by discussing the conditions in which the use of metrics makes sense.
Peter Aveyard is the Director/Owner of LeadBA Ltd., a UK-based Business Analysis Practice. He has over 15 years’ experience in IT, working mainly as a Business Analyst. Peter’s experience spans various industries that include: customer management, aviation, finance, utilities, rail, manufacturing and UK government. He is a qualified coach and lecturer in Business Analysis at Bradford IT College and the founder of www.BACommunity.org.uk. He also has several works in publication on the subject of business analysis.
Topic at PMCon#4: What are the opportunities for Business Analysts?
The role of a Business Analyst varies from organization to organization. Also, the way in which IT builds and delivers software, in the form of Waterfall or Agile, has had an impact on what the BA does. But with so much diversity and change with the role, it has left many BAs asking − what is the nature of Business Analysis, and what does the future hold for us? In this discussion, we will look at why an organization needs a Business Analysis practice, what value it adds to an organization, what skills we may need in the future, and what opportunities it presents to the Business Analyst.
Topic at PMCon#4: Business Activity Modelling (workshop).
In this workshop, we will examine the use of BAMs, what they are, why they are fundamental to BA activities, and how to use them. This workshop will include a practical demonstration of how to put together a BAM, and what to look out for in terms of pitfalls and what good practice looks like. You‘ll also be invited to create your own BAM, so you’ll get a real hands-on activity, enabling you to take away a valuable skill to use in your own practice.
Mila has more than 6 years’ experience in product management and development. She is a certified Scrum Master and a certified Product Owner. She gained her certification in Amsterdam, NL. Her background is in account management, marketing and sales, and she has project management experience with international IT companies who work with multinational teams.
After 2 years with Dev.Pro.net in Ukraine and 3 years with Team International, she moved to Amsterdam 5 years ago. As a Product Owner, she has experience working for a start-up company and building products from scratch, as well as for established businesses with existing and running products. She is an advocate of the customer discovery and validation approach in product development.
Topic at PMCon#4: How to listen to your customers to build the right products.
For more than 25 years, Birgit has been in senior leadership positions. She lives and implements her two core beliefs: leadership is only effective when it leads to lasting change in organizations; and mixed leadership is a major prerequisite for overall success. She supports companies through organizational change, as well as Innovation and Transformation initiatives. Her passion is to help women in leadership roles to elevate their impact, increase their visibility and make a lasting change. Birgit lives with her beautiful family in Germany, and collaborate with international partners and network organizations as an expert and an ambassador for her mission.
Topic at PMCon#4: Women Leadership.
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.
Topic at PMCon#4: Business analyst in а distributed team.
Nowadays, geographically distributed teams have become the rule, rather than an exception. Progress in communications (ip-telephony, skype, webex) allows companies to save and provide greater flexibility by forming "virtual" teams. Business Analysts, customers, managers, and members of the development team can be in different offices, countries − even continents. All this leads to the emergence of specific communication and organizational problems. In the report, I want to share my experience of building an effective team of Business Analysts as part of a large, distributed team.
In the report, you’ll receive answers to the following questions:
Victor is a management consultant, delivery manager, Agile coach, ICAgile certified trainer, and mentor of Agile Business Transformations. He has experience in software engineering portfolio/project management, product management and continuous improvement. Victor has successfully guided various small-to-medium and enterprise level organizations in adoption of Lean and Agile practices, with the aim of improving such critical business properties as time to market, IT department productivity, product quality and employee engagement.
Topic at PMCon#4: A3 retrospective - applying lean thinking (workshop).
There are many different formats for holding retrospectives. It is not necessary to get a heart to a specific format. It is better to learn different tools and use them as needed. The A3 retrospective format is great for collaborative solutions to one particular important problem.
As a program manager at Google, Marianna facilitates project-related communications to team members, leaders and other stakeholders. She balances multiple objectives and collaborates with product managers, designers and engineering teams to plan projects, define milestones, assess risks, and help projects meet deadlines. Before joining Google, Marianna held a COO position at Dev-Pro.net Ukraine, and was in charge of operations management, responsible for development, implementation, maintenance and improvement of the processes to ensure effective and smooth company operations. Marianna earned a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and a master's degree in Intellectual Property from the National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute” in Kharkiv.
Topic at PMCon#4: How Google sets goals with OKRs.
Her talk is about OKRs - Objectives and Key Results - as a goal setting and tracking approach which helps to connect company, team, and personal objectives to measurable results, making people move together in the right direction. OKR methodology allows you to make sure that everyone knows what they are doing and why which leads to better results and more successful business, teams, employees. Everyone wins! She will talk about benefits of OKRs, how to get started with OKRs, how to structure OKRs to make them achievable and will give some useful tips and advice. OKRs suit everyone and each team can find an optimal way for implementation. Marianna will share experience how this tool is being used in Google and will show you how to achieve better results and become more successful by introducing OKRs in your company or a team.
Artem is a PM Jedi who has stood on the Light Side of the Force for more than decade, and is experienced in fighting Project-Empire troopers, destroying Program Siths, educating young PM padawans and distributing knowledge into the Galaxy. He is a Certified Death Star Destroyer, Force Implementation Professional, and Choke-Master.
Topic at PMCon#4: "PM light sight"
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... I will tell you what the Force and the power of Jedis was, why they led Galaxy forces for a long time, and why they finally failed. What were their pros in Project Management, and what were their cons?
Since 2007, Roman has performed the IT role of analyst and ACA in outsourcing projects. He is head of EPAM Systems’ Ukrainian Competence Center of business analysis and business analysts, actively developing competence in business intelligence and product management within EPAM and the Ukrainian market. He conducts training courses and meetings for community business analysis, Agile methodologies and project management, and advises projects on organization business process analysis, organization development and scaling Agile Scrum. Certified Scrum Master, Leading SAFe® certified, IT Awards 2014 winner in the category Business Analysis.
Topic at PMCon#4: Users and their Stories: or whether we can use stories.
In this report, he wants to talk about how to use one of the basic techniques of writing requirements in Agile - user story - and the main antipatterns when you write. We'll talk about:
Helen is a co-founder and trainer at E5, and a delivery manager at Ciklum. She is an IC Agile certified professional and a SAFe program consultant. She has been working in IT for more than 10 years, 9 years of them in management positions. She has progressed from the support department to being a project manager and the head of the office. In addition to project and people management, she has been busy with the development of training systems. She conducts training and coaching on flexible development, management, and motivation methodologies. Her most recent project was opening an outsourcing company in Kiev. She has been engaged in the creation of a community of managers in IT, organizing ITKaiZenClub meet-ups.
Co-founder & trainer at E5; Delivery manager at Ciklum; IC Agile certified professional; SAFe program consultant.
Topic at PMCon#4: A world without business analyisis.
In our IT world, there are still a lot of projects that work without management and business analysis. And, of course, those who have not worked with business analysis find it difficult to understand the impact it can make. Let's see what main questions can arise when there is no business analysis on your project, and how to determine when business analysis isn’t working properly. And, of course, we’ll tell you about how business analysis will help you significantly improve your life and improve your project.
In particular, we consider:
With 13 years in IT, Yuriy Gaiduchok brings passion and diverse experience in product management, business analysis, and general management. He builds company-wide competence, manages distributed global talent, defines company standards, conducts training courses, and develops value-added services. He has extensive hands-on practice in product ideation, design, construction, and deployment, and has worked with distributed and collocated multi-layered teams, product development and outsourcing, US and EU clients. He holds multiple certifications such as IIBA CBAP, Pragmatic Marketing PMC-VI, Zachman Architect; MSc in Technology Management from Lviv Business School (LvBS).
Topic at PMCon#4: The Quest for Quality Attributes (Non-Functional Requirements)
To build a successful solution, you have to be agile, and progress steadily. But are you asking the right questions on how well it is expected to work? Have you addressed the properties that may impede your further progress? This presentation focuses on the importance of designing solution quality attributes (also known as non-functional requirements) and QAW technique to defining them. The ultimate goal is to raise the odds of product success and reach higher satisfaction for both the users and the company behind the product.
Natalia is Acting Director of the Business Analytical Office (BAO), CCBA. She is a certified professional with more than 7 years of experience in IT. Natalia has worked on various projects (primarily in the US healthcare domain), including launching business analytical processes, creating automated systems for pharmacology, creating mobile applications for internet banking and insurance companies, improving the health records system for state certification, managing distributed teams, the implementation of lidogeneration, the formation of strategies for business development, and consulting. As Acting Director of BAO, Natalia runs the Business Analytical Office, which is the center of the current business analytical practices, technologies and new trends, and develops business analytical competencies and unites Business Analysts into a single organizational structure. Natalia has a Certificate of Competence in Business Analysis (CCBA) from the International Institute for Business Analysis (IIBA).
Topic at PMCon#4: Сhicken scratch - or how to visualize ideas (workshop).
Skechnoting is a very interesting technology in the hands of the analyst. It may be one of the best tools for gathering requirements, speeding up the discussion and gaining approval of the same requirements, interviewing people and, perhaps most important, helping to develop associative thinking to explain complex ideas in simple terms.
At the workshop we will try to show how you can apply this technique and learn how to create skechnotes.
Programmer, manager, consultant, columnist at DOU
The first program was written by Vladimir in 1991. After graduating from NURE in 1999, he started working in a start-up that developed games. In the beginning of 2001 he moved to the firm CoreLab (now DevArt) and began working on the components of data access from Delphi. In 2007 he moved to the Danish firm Mondo. A year later he became a team lead. As a team lead he began to understand that he was more interested in working with people than with code. At the same time he was fond of psychology. By combining the two spheres of interest, he has become a successful speaker. Over the past two years he has spoken at 10+ IT conferences, including SoftwarePeople and AgileDays.
Topic at PMCon#4:Difficult situations in IT and what to do with them? (workshop)
Having worked in IT for 18 years, Vladimir has faced many different complex situations. In this workshop he proposes to review and try some of them. Only practice, only hardcore, with the subsequent analysis of the results.
She has worked for 3 years as a TV journalist (TV channel "First Business"), as well as 4 years in PR and advertising for Mercedes-Benz . For 5 years she has been lead trainer at Aristotle School.
Topic at PMCon#4: Communication and public speaking in the profession (workshop).
This workshop will focus on the development of skills in rhetoric and why these skills are useful. We will also examine why it is not difficult to develop these skills and why the rhetoric coach is not needed.
Topic at PMCon#4: Shaken not stirred. Aligning client and business interests for the successful project completion (workshop).
LITS School Trainers:
Yevgenia has more than 10 years of experience in IT. She has worked in a variety of area, including testing, business analysis and project management. Yevgenia also has experience building a successful team at a small service company and on major outsourcing projects. She seeks to achieve business goals focused on constructing long-term relations with customers and the development of people.
With more than 9 years of experience in IT as a PM and Senior PM, Ksenia has experience in the construction and improvement of processes based on Agile practices. As a manager, she focuses on the process as a tool to achieve business goals, and people - your team.
Valery is a Senior PM at the company GlobalLogic, with over than 10 years of experience in IT. He has experience in building teams, departments and management areas, as well as in developing and optimizing processes. As a manager he always tries to be the cause rather than the consequence of what is happening.
Nataliia is working in IT for more than 8 years, co-founder of IT Raccoons and Managing Director of LITS Kharkiv. She has experience managing Company departments and building highly motivated cross-functional teams. As a manager she focuses on achieving Company business goals by building processes that reveal team potential and create favorable conditions for top performance.
Dmitry is a project manager at MobiDev. He has more than 3 years of experience as a project coordinator. After graduating from Kharkiv National Economic University with a degree in international economic relations, he completed training in the USA and India. He also has teaching experience. Dmitry believes that education can change people, industry and the world for the better. Dmitri loves to travel; he has visited more than 15 countries.
Mikhail is the co-founder and Business Development Executive at Pixons. With the focus on building Delivery and Business Operations, Mikhail has been developing his career up to the Chief positions in the IT industry for more than 10 years. Mikhail is an entrepreneur and communications expert.
Agile Coach with a broad background that includes hands-on software development experience, leadership and management. For over 10 years in the industry, Yury went all the way from a software engineering to executive positions, back and forth. As a partner at Scrumguides, he helps companies change and improve through implementing agile processes and adopting healthy engineering practices.
Topic at PMCon#4: (Don't) Use the Force, Luke - about the correct use of power in Agile organizations.