ITS Project Management Forum
The Project Management Forum is a series dedicated to sharing and growing project management knowledge across ITS and the university. Everyone interested in improving their project management, leadership, and strategic management skills is invited to attend. Apply what you learn to better manage small and medium sized projects and initiatives. View the topics and full schedule below.
There are three locations where you can gather and participate from noon-1pm:
- Arbor Lakes Building 1, room 1900
- Administrative Services Building, room 2015
- Solution Zone, room 1240
If you can't make it in person, you can participate from your desk using Blue Jeans videoconferencing (Meeting ID: 397537296). Each session will also be recorded.
Professional Development Credit
You can take an optional assessment survey at the end of each session for a certificate that you can use to claim professional development credits. Certificates will be sent at the end of the calendar year to those who pass the assessments.
Project Definition: Best Practices for Estimation
If we can estimate effort, schedule and cost fairly precisely, we effectively reduce our risk of running out of resources, time, or money during a project. We all understand the importance of accurate estimates, but often seem to struggle with developing realistic projections of time and effort. Learn how to overcome these challenges and what you can do to prepare more accurate estimates. Hosted by Jen Swaney.
Scoring a Touchdown with Your Project Kick-off
Why do you need to kick off your project? When? How? Learn how to plan and run a kick-off meeting that will set your project up for success. Hosted by Cristine Little.
Project Governance: Keys to Effective Decision Making
Project governance provides the structure and rules under which projects operate. If designed correctly, it supports decision-making, information flow, and stakeholder relationships. Learn how to select and staff the most appropriate governance model for your project. Hosted by Kat Thomas and Paul Marker.
What if? The Science and Art of Risk Management
There are a lot of unknowns that come with projects. We will discuss how to identify threats and opportunities that could affect your outcome. Learning how to manage risks based on their type, probability and impact will help you focus your efforts and improve your project's risk profile. Hosted by Jen Burch.
Brainstorming Techniques for Project Teams
Important design meeting coming up? Let us help you with techniques, tips and tools for managing the big, unstructured, creative events we call "brainstorming sessions." Hosted by Brian Palmby and Kimberly Jacobson.
Benefits Identification and Realization
"Nowadays people know the price of everything, and the value of nothing." Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Most people are not interested in how cars work, but they are interested in getting to their destination safely and comfortably. The same goes for information technology. People are not interested in how computers, software and networks work. Rather, in how they can use these tools to do new and interesting things or make their lives easier. It is up to the technology providers to help people understand, in terms that matter to them, the value of the technology they use. Hosted by Rob Thomas.
Project Management Forum to Make a Fresh Start in 2017
In January, the Project Management Practice team kicked off the PM Forum, a series of monthly events aiming to improve project management skills for ITS staff. The first six events attracted more than 150 attendees with topics ranging from Project Estimation to Brainstorming Techniques.
The PM Forum also received interest from individuals and groups outside of ITS. With a growing Project Management Community of Practice across the university, we have decided to pause the current PM Forum schedule and re-plan topics and events for next calendar year.
We would like to thank all the supporters and attendees of the PM Forum and we look forward to seeing you at future events hosted through the university’s Project Management Community of Practice. Visit or join the community.