PMCon#3 was held on June 2016, and we were proud to welcome almost 300 guests to a full day two streams 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.
Sunny's mission is to inspire others to live BIG by being true to themselves and following their purpose. She is passionate about realizing this through positive work cultures.
She held key developmental roles in several business start-ups before becoming a founding member of the Delivering Happiness (DH) consulting team, co-founded by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com.
As the Culture Chief at DH, Sunny co-built the model, developed the approach and led the services team. She is one of the few Core Coaches and is personally responsible for improving the culture at hundreds of organizations around the world.
Internally at DH, Sunny is known as the Culture Godmother, applying the science of happiness with real-time guidance to continually evolve their culture. This has been an especially key role since DH shifted to an innovative structure based on Holacracy where the team is self-managed and purpose driven.
A global speaker, ORSC (Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching) and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) trained coach with a BA in psychology, Sunny’s got the credentials.
But her street cred comes from her role as one of the world’s first happiness consultants and a Zappos culture expert. She has been an impassioned thought leader in the culture movement and featured in books such as The Decoded Company and publications like Fast Company.
Today Sunny is a sought-after speaker appearing at events such as Good to Great where she inspires groups around the world with her bright and unique brand of coach-sulting [coaching + consulting]. As one client noted: Sunny is more than a name, it’s how she lives.
You’ll see when you meet her :)
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.
Frank has experienced software and hardware product development from many different angles. Starting in electronics manufacturing, moving on to computer science and hands on software development, technical lead, project lead, team lead, head of department, release management, project and contract management, lead scrum master, CTO, management consultant and trainer for agile transitions in multiple industries from consumer electronics, automotive, transport, real estate, search engine marketing, insurance, travel to medical devices, he is now leading the product development practices for HERE’s end user products.
Frank is not religious about agile and lean, and does not believe in simple, by the book answers to the complex challenges of every individual project, product and company. Knowing the pain-points of many of the involved roles and perspectives in projects from firsthand experience, he has learned to listen to the matter experts in the trenches and combine their knowledge and experience with his own to help improve the work environment for the teams at the heart of product delivery.
«Best Professional in Project Management», Ukrainian IT Awards 2015
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After more than ten years of being a part of the IT industry, Jovan can say that he has always loved his job and that it has always kept him going. He values cooperation and readiness to contribute, and he is convinced that knowledge is there to be shared and available to everyone.
His first experience in a leadership position on a team was at the age of 24. Since then, one of his guiding principles in both life and business has been enhancing learning. The other has been working together with his team and supporting them to grow and continuously improve.
Giving everyone an equal chance to excel is one of the things Jovan is strongly passionate about, as he is a hopeless believer in humankind and a better tomorrow. He founded the “Agile Coaching Serbia” group because he believes that everyone should have a chance to share ideas, experiences and knowledge.
CSP, CSM, CSPO, PMI-ACP, PMP
Vera has 12+ years of experience in business training and consulting. She has given soft skills development trainings for Project Managers, Team Leads, and Scrum Masters since 2009. She specialized in leadership development, competence and change management, effective communication and negotiation skills trainings."As a pragmatic trainer it’s important for me that as a result of training, every participant can broaden his or her knowledge of necessary tools and technologies and apply them at their work stations. I watch my training participants’ development with pleasure and I’m always glad of their career and professional development. I’ve conducted more than 40 worthwhile training programs in IT companies over the last 1.5 years. I love people, adore reading and development and enjoy active discussions with interesting people".
Topic at PMCon#4: "Emotional intelligence in business"
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.
Tanya has almost 10 years of experience managing IT projects in various business domains: e-commerce, communication & social networks, CRM, ERP systems, GIS & Navigation, Media & Entertainment, IoT, mobile apps for e-commerce and gaming. She has worked in B2B and B2C projects, has SaaS experience, and has managed the full cycle of product development. She has a good grasp of defining project requirements and working through the planning and implementation phases with expertise in managing teams to deliver the best quality output.
Tanya is well-versed with the latest software and hardware technologies, and she excels in thinking strategically and performing proactively. She has worked in heavily-regulated corporate environments and in leaner programmer anarchy, with teams distributed to several locations across 3 time zones and with big friendly swarms sitting together.
Establishing a working process has always been Tanya’s favorite part of project management. In recent years she has focused on helping and coaching teams to set up effective processes and training teams in good practices, mainly using Scrum, XP and Kanban.
Tanya has been a CSM since 2013 and PMP since 2016.
Eugene has been working in IT-outsourcing since 2004 and during this time he rose from the ranks of programmer to project manager. Since 2009 he has worked as CTO in Forma-Pro, a company specializing in web development of complex systems.
The company’s main area of interest is the management of projects with a focus on people management and technology infrastructure. During the years Eugene has been in the executive position, he has launched dozens of large projects, developed the product development teams (including those which are distributed), and enhanced Scrum methodology and processes.
One of the goals Eugene recently set for himself is to actively share his experience. In that role he comes out on PMCon #3.
Polina has more than 6 years of experience in project management. She started her career in IT as a business analyst, a position she held for 4 years. She is a Certified Scrum Master and Product Owner and teaches Agile fundamentals courses in a private institution (ITEA).
Polina regularly appears as a speaker at various conferences, clubs, and other events and has a deep understanding of the servant leadership philosophy. Her specialty is as a Master of telecommunications and a financier. Polina’s hobbies include causing joy :)
Evgeniy started his career as a developer 10 years ago, and now he leads enterprise-level software development at the Fortune 500 company RR Donnelley & Sons, Ciklum in in the position of Project Manager/Scrum Master. He has varied experience working with dedicated and distributed teams at outsourcing and product companies. Evgeniy’s main professional goal is to develop the skills that will bring him the basic understanding of human behaviour that will help him with leading development. He adores diving and driving, inspired by Asia.
All over the world, in almost every country, Project Management Methods are trained and certifications are granted. Project Management as a profession is being penetrated into almost every market. How ever, 60% of all projects do fail. Either because of severe budget overrun, far beyond their original timeframe, not in the required quality or they fail on their anticipated objectives and benefits and various studies have tried to identify the core reasons of project failure.
Torsten will dive into major project disasters and will unveil the myth behind project failure. Enriched with his own stories, insights, learnings and confessions, he will shed light in the dark. His learnings will be your secrets to success in your future projects.
You will get a better understanding how the world has changed and made projects far more complex, you will get inspired to do things differently in the future, you will have a laugh about many personal stories told but also get the meaning and message behind it.
In this report we will review current challenges and opportunities for M-level IT managers both in the present and in the near future; we will try to figure out how to make this future safe. M-level includes Project-, Product-, Delivery-, Account-, Operations-, Sales- managers, team leaders, and line managers,as well as CEOs, COOs and CTOs of small companies. We will consider this question from two points of view:
In the first one we will highlight the activities of companies which have from 20-30 to 200-300 employees. These conclusions are dedicated to typical issues that companies are facing nowadays. They are focused on the hidden potential of M-level in resolving such matters and also on new career opportunities.
During the second part we will discuss the trends of development in the Ukrainian IT industry, which create new challenges for M-level. These trends are concerned with the rapid development of various IT courses, startups, innovative areas, etc. The challenges themselves are about career prospects and professional integrity.
1. Where do we get information about company issues?
2. Typical issues
3. The role of M-level in issue resolution
4. IT industry development trends
5. IT courses, IT clusters
6. Startups, Hackatones, Crash-tests, incubators, investors
7. Forecasts and salaries
8. M-level challenges
9. Professional application and personal success
10. What to do?
This is a very hot topic for today, which opens up a new approach to a team’s motivation. The idea is based on this principle: "The question is not whether a person is motivated, but how (why) he is motivated." This approach is based on the “spectrum of motivation" and the fact that we are always motivated. It is only necessary to understand a person’s basic needs, which are the motives. For example, we all have an employee who frequently looks at his phone during meetings. Is he motivated to be at the meeting? Of course he is; he is attended it. The only question is what makes him look at his phone so often. This presentation is devoted to the understanding of underlying motives, basic needs and self-awareness, empathy, situational leadership, autonomy and increasing competence, Concepts like Mindfulness, Value and Purpose, and a process of personal appraisal will also be included.
The modern leader - who is he? A manager? A coach? Or your colleague?
Leadership and sports - what can an ordinary manager take from sports success stories?
How are my projects managed if I don’t handle them?
Only those who do nothing never make mistakes. My mistakes that I wish I had avoided.
We at HERE deliver the best choice of urban mobility to your smartphone and web, online, offline, and for free. Thriving for, and achieving best store ratings in our category and a continuously growing user base against strong competition had us rethink our product development practices and turn some approaches literally upside down. We believe to build great products, we need to
- Rely on user data and feedback
- Build Quality in
- Move fast
- Motivate and trust our teams
This talk explains how we combine classic agile and lean methodologies, like Scrum and Kanban, with an evolving framework for teams to move autonomous, independently and fast to deliver awesome product to an aligned vision and strategy – the HERE Magellan ways of working. I will share the journey of four iterations of Magellan, our failures, our successes, our learnings, our future plans.
What is in it for you? Not a recipe that you could apply as is in your work environment, but inspirations how to motivate and direct teams and how to learn and iterate to build great products.
Here we will go through some fun and easy motivation tips. You’ll get to know ‘Blondy Princess’ and ‘Churchkhela of the month’, and you will have a chance to create your own symbols. We’ll also discuss what software developers and military pilots have in common and how to have fun on projects while not forgetting the performance statistics being captured.
Many discoveries happen through interdisciplinary research.
We will touch upon the basics of neuropsychology in terms of behavior from the perspective of individuals.
We’ll also consider some examples of demotivation on a team when the PM neglects the team’s emotional state in order to achieve better results.
Based on C.A.R.E., a psychological practice of identifying disharmony, we will study practical tools for PMs to use in determining the level of harmony within a team.
A team without trust is not a team; it’s just a group of people. Manageability and self-organization of a team largely depends on the trust between its members.
But what is trust, which is mentioned so often?
Where does it come from and how can we develop it in a team?
What is the role of a leader in trust-building?
Is there a "reverse side" of trust which can harm the team? How you can manage this?
How can a team leader create a "culture of trust” in a team?
These are the main questions that we will discuss with you!
In January of 2000 famous scientist Stephen Hawking said: “I think the next century will be the century of complexity.” That sentence inspired many people around the world to talk and care more about the complexity. In this talk I will share my view on how to deal with uncertainty and complexity when developing complex solutions.
As our world grows increasingly more complex we can’t just find simple causal relationships. In that world it is not any more possible to apply old practices and ways of thinking to the new more complex challenges.
I will try to give answers on questions like:What is complexity thinking?
Key learnings and insights from working with over 250 companies in various stages of culture evolution, all towards creating a distinct culture of values that can be scaled and sustained for long-term growth.