October Meeting – Project Management Strategies
This program will highlight PM strategies that have proven to be effective on any project and examines project situations to evaluate effective methods to resolve daily project challenges.
Looking back on multiple successful and not so successful projects, it appears that all successful projects have the same basic ingredients:
• Well defined budget, scope, and schedule
• A common goal that provided all parties to be successful
• Effective communications
• Positive attitudes
• Shared sense of responsibility
• A sense of urgency to get the project complete
• No one caring who gets the credit
• Solving problems without assigning blame
Discussion topics include collaboration, communication, goal setting, and problem solving and the role they play in successful project execution.
Michael Venuto, DRPA
Chief Engineer for the Delaware River Port Authority, Michael oversees the approximately $750 Million Dollar five-year capital program ensuring that DRPA/PATCO’s assets are maintained, improved and protected for the benefit of the citizens we serve. These assets include the Betsy Ross Bridge, Benjamin Franklin Bridge, Walt Whitman Bridge, Commodore Barry Bridge and PATCO. Michael holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University, an MBA from Lehigh University and a B.S. in Surveying Engineering Technology from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Mr. Venuto is a licensed Professional Engineer and licensed Professional Land Surveyor in the State of New Jersey. He is also a member of the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia.
Date - 10/24/2016
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
November Meeting – Leadership Academy
The Project Leadership Academy is a series of interactive courses designed to teach more than essential project management skills. These courses also teach the more elusive soft skills that can cost your company hard dollars.
Join CSI Philadelphia for Project Leadership Academy’s “From Project Manager to Project Leader”. Topics include: Building Your Team, Dealing with Conflict, Guarding Against Scope Creep, Communicating Effectively, Making Up Lost Production, The Right Tolls for the Job, Cost/Schedule Integration, Controlling Your Budget.
Health Suddleson, PSP
Heath has over 25 years managing complex design and construction projects, managing over US$20 Billion worth of construction projects. He served on the Task Force to create the Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP) Certification and brings significant experience in the following industries: Vertical Buildings (Airports, hospitals, prisons, office buildings); Oil, Gas, and Chemical; Power generation and transmission; Mining and Metals; Heavy Highway and Heavy Civil; and Government Contracts Working for some great leaders, and some horrible managers, has helped Heath realize some of the subtle nuances in attitude that can make the difference in turning a manager into a leader. Having had the opportunity to be a manager and a leader himself, Heath had the opportunity to not only become a student of leadership, but a practitioner as well. He learned some of his most profound lessons by serving in volunteer leadership roles in organizations such as the American Legion, the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering, and Toastmasters International. In his work with Toastmasters International, Heath served roles from local clubs through many levels in the organization, even having served from 2009-2011 on the Toastmasters International Board of Directors. Most recently, Heath worked in a corporate role for one of the world’s largest Engineering and Construction Companies developing and conducting training programs to help the next generation of Project Managers become more successful in their roles. His bestselling book, The Attitude Check: Lessons In Leadership has become a practical field guide for leaders to harness their attitudes to increase productivity and reduce turnover in the work place. Some organizations have incorporated his book into their standard training programs. He has been featured in many publications on the topic of how to engage teams, including Engineering News Record, CFO Magazine, Bloomberg Business, and Fast Company. Heath has presented to audiences all over the world who have included Bechtel Corporation, AECOM, Skanska, The Project Management Institute, The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering, and the Construction Specifications Institute.
Date - 11/28/2016
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Monthly Meeting Cost, Schedule and Parking
Philadelphia Chapter Member with reservation: dinner included with dues.
There is no charge to attend just the program.
Please sign up by noon of the Wednesday before the meeting.
Our meetings are held at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District, 400 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.
5:30 p.m. Social Time (cash bar)
6:15 p.m. Dinner (full course buffet)
7:00 p.m. Business and Program
The hotel has a parking garage. The cost to park in the garage will be $7 with a discount pass you can obtain at the meeting.
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