4 Speakers – 20 Minutes Each

Delivering Unique, Cutting-Edge Ideas and Thoughts to Project Managers of All Levels From All Industries

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 – 10:00am – 12:00 noon EST OR access anytime May 1-30.

$20.00 per person
$15.00 – all PMI members

Corporate Discounts Available

We started in 2016 – delivering unique project management education in a unique format.  Now, 25 ProjectTalks events later with 100+ speakers for over 1500 attendees this would seem to be good time to launch ProjectTalks Virtual – the first of a series of events featuring the best of our past 5 years.  I hope you can join us.

David Barrett, Director, ProjectTalks

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  This event qualifies for 2 PDUs: 1 Leadership and Business/Strategy – claimed under Category B – self-directed learning. 



‘Doors’ open at 9:30am EST – Virtual coffee and Snacks
10:00am – start
10:10am – first speaker
noon – all done

Emergence leadership during & after COVID-19
Dr. Jill Birch, BirchGrove Inc.

Dancing Inside the Waterfall – Borrowing Agile Concepts to Benefit Your Waterfall Environment
Ryland Leyton, CBAP, CSM

Artificial Intelligence for Project Management: Hero or Villain?
Paul Boudreau

Strategic Thinking – Everything Has Changed
David Barrett, Solutions Network

Jill Birch

Richard Leyton

Paul Boudreau

David Barrett

Program Details

Emergence Leadership During & After COVID-19
Dr. Jill Birch, BirchGrove Inc.

Remember the “good old” days of January 2020? Concerns you had at the beginning of the year likely pale in comparison to what you now face. As we pivot between “what was”, “what is” and “what will be”, leadership is being recast. This keynote will begin by preparing you to assess where your biggest gaps and vulnerabilities exist.

Participants will identify their biggest leadership challenges and explore the 5 stages of crisis and competencies required to confidently navigate them. We’ll assess our readiness to lead and coach in four critical capabilities including communications, culture, management and leadership.

As we work to close these gaps, we’ll explore the different kinds of behaviour that will be needed during all phases of the pandemic.

Dancing Inside the Waterfall – Borrowing Agile Concepts to Benefit Your Waterfall Environment
Ryland Leyton, CBAP, CSM

Agile has presented our project management world with a strong, viable option to managing our work. But it does not have to be an all or nothing approach. All project managers should be looking at Agile with an eye to improve your approach to project work, regardless of the environment you are working in or the methodology your organization has adapted. This session will show you the concepts, ideas and tools from Agile that are open to any project manager.

Artificial Intelligence for Project Management: Hero or Villain?
Paul Boudreau

AI will disrupt our project management methodology and no one really understands if this wave of new technology will be beneficial or detrimental. This presentation starts with a brief review of the current myths and misconceptions about using artificial intelligence for project management. Next, is a thought-provoking preview of the machine learning tools being developed by my research team. These new tools will either scare you or excite you (or perhaps both). Regardless, being knowledgeable about AI is the only option for successful implementation.

The Strategic Mindset – For Your Organization, Your Career and Your Life
David Barrett, Solutions Network Ltd. / ProjectTalks

Strategic thinking used to be difficult. Now it’s really tough. How can we think and plan for tomorrow when we don’t even know what tomorrow is going to look like? This session will focus on the new tools we need to use to plan for tomorrow: for our organizations, our careers and our lives.

Speaker Details

Dr. Jill Birch, BirchGrove Inc.

Jill Birch is a leadership advisor, keynote speaker, author and researcher. She is Founder & CEO of BirchGrove Inc., where she helps organizations develop leadership capacity and build competitive strategies. She has been a CEO and C-Suite executive as well leadership consultant with Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions and the Schulich School of Business.

Jill has spoken to 1000s of leaders around the world. Her presentations embody the leadership concerns we all have today – achieving organizational goals by engaging teams, developing innovative strategies, and measuring success.

Jill was awarded a Ph.D. in relational leadership from Griffith University in Australia and an M.A. from OISE/UT. She is also a Certified Association Executive.

Ryland Leyton

Ryland Leyton is a business analyst, author, speaker, educator, Agile coach, and technology translator. He has worked in the technology sector since 1998, starting off with database and web programming, gradually moving through project management and finding his passion in the BA field.
Ryland is passionate about strong analysis practice and prefers Agile environments where possible. He has built both Agile and waterfall SDLC processes for development teams, customizing each one to the challenges facing that particular client group. Ryland is part of the core team that wrote the Second Edition of the Agile Extension to the BABOK, and the Agile Analysis Certification exam. He is a Senior Business Analyst at New Signature Consulting. Ryland is the author of “The Agile BA: Moving from Waterfall to Agile” and “It’s About Your Career: Skills for a Lifetime of Loving your Work!”, both available on Amazon.com.

Paul Boudreau

Paul Boudreau, MBA, PMP, is a highly respected and influential project management professional with over thirty-five years experience in the technology industry.  His extensive project management work includes successful project implementations in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.  In addition to developing and teaching over 80 project management in class courses, his public online courses have been taken by students in over 100 countries.  Paul currently uses his in-depth knowledge of project management to research and develop AI concepts. His first book, Applying Artificial Intelligence to Project Management, was well received for both professional and practical insights into a complex new technology. Boudreau is a dynamic and motivational speaker as he presents visual images and compelling arguments for using AI to change the project methodology.

David Barrett, Solutions Network Ltd. / ProjectTalks

David Barrett is a professional speaker, regular blogger, podcast host, author of 6 books and education advisor.  He specializes in helping people and organizations Execute to the Plan by creating healthy projects and strategies.  David’s career includes the creation and directing of a conference business, training company, software development firm, speaker bureau, and most recently a TED-style event series for project professionals across North America. His latest book is called The 7 Elements of Strategy Execution – written in partnership with Mona Mitchell.  

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