2017 November Unconference Chapter Meeting

November 09, 2017
5:00 PM MST to 8:00 PM MST
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Hotel Eleganté Conference & Event Center
2886 S Circle Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
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PPRC is currently accepting applications for presenters to participate in the annual Unconference. The Unconference is a session where mutliple speakers present on a topic for 15 minutes in duration, sharing lessons learned from their life, family, or work experience. Please contact Cheryl Beier, VP Education for additional information on presenting. 

 ROOM CHANGE: Summit Room, 4th Floor of Hotel Elegante

5:00-6:00pm: Presentations
6:00-6:30pm: Dinner
6:30-7:00pm: Business Meeting/Chapter Announcements
7:00-8:00pm: Presentations
8:00-8:10pm: Closing/Drawings


Presentations (Listed Alphabetically by Speaker Last Name):


Topic: Repair Inconsistency Project

Speaker: Randy Chronister

With a nationwide portfolio of homes, how can you ensure that all Sales Reps/Asset Managers are looking at the same factors when making decisions? This presentation examines a project that unified and re-educated employees on executing the best marketing strategies for the company’s assets. 


Topic: All Hands On Deck to PCI Compliance

Speaker: Renee Parks

The importance of engaged program management and project management best practices in achieving a very challenging program to implement PCI compliance across 10 cloud data centers worldwide within an impossible timeframe.


Topic: Completion of the $1.4B Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC) Surge Barrier Project in New Orleans

Speaker: Chuck Sammon

In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina created a 24 foot high wall of water on Lake Borgne, which devastated New Orleans.  In August 2007, the USACE issued a RFP for construction of a 2 mile long, 26 foot high surge barrier to prevent future flooding from Lake Borgne. In April 2008, the USACE awarded the $700M contract to Shaw Group Inc., which was the largest design-build civil works project in USACE history. Through computer video, pictures, and first hand knowledge, see the start and finish of this amazing "one of a kind" project.


Topic: Agile's Inverted Triangle - Turning the Iron Triangle Upside Down

Speaker: Aaron Sever

Introducing the Agile Inverted Triangle.  This Agile concept will help you:

  • Determine which projects are best suited for Agile.
  • Better communicate project status with Agile project stakeholders.


Speaker Bios:

Randy Chronister is a Project Manager working in the Real Estate Sales sector. He joined the PPRC this year and was recently elected as your Director of Governance. In his spare time, Randy likes to hike, try new restaurants, and occasionally, can be seen on stage at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. 


Renee Parks is a Virtual Private Cloud Global Deployment Manager for DXC Technology, a global IT services company with world-class strength in customer service and IT operations (formed in April, 2017 by a merger of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services and CSC).  She leads a team of senior IT project managers deploying Cloud data center infrastructure globally.

She was a Software Support Consultant who added a PMP certification to her portfolio in 2009.  Being an MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer), and former Master Accredited Systems Engineer, she found that a hands-on technical background, combined with a PMP certification, makes for a very effective IT Project and Program Manager.  She feels this is such a strong combination of expertise that she has staffed her team with PMs that have this background.

Chuck Sammon works for Harris Corporation on the SENSOR Contract as an Enterprise Program Manager and Trainer. Chuck is also an Adjunct Professor at Colorado Technical University teaching Project Management. He served on the PMI PPRC Board of Directors for 12 years as the VP of Programs, President, and Trustee. Chuck has over 30-years of experience managing complex programs and projects for the Federal government and many corporations.  Chuck worked on the $1.4B Inner Harbor Navigational Canal (IHNC) Surge Barrier project in New Orleans. He retired as an officer from the United States Air Force in 1997. Chuck holds two graduate degrees and earned his PMP in 2005.

Aaron Sever is an IT Project Manager for Progressive Insurance who specializes in leading geographically distributed project teams for his organization.  He has over 24 years of experience in Software Development and holds PMP, PMI-ACP, Certified Scrum Master, and ITIL v3 Foundation certifications.  Aaronearned his MBA and Master of Science in Management from Colorado Technical University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN.  Aaron is a member of the PMI Pikes Peak Regional Chapter, having attended his first chapter meeting in April 2010.  Aaron lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and two daughters.  He is an avid runner that enjoys participating in races along the Front Range.


10 Person/Seat Table Purchase Option: 

PPRC is providing, to it's members, the option to purchase a 10-person/seat table at Chapter Meetings. For more information on the option and guidelines around a purchase, please visit the Multi-Seat Table Registration informational page.


Refund and Cancellation Policy:

The PMI Pikes Peak Regional Chapter Refund and Cancellation Policy is currently under revision. As per the approved revisions, cancellation of registrations for Chapter Meetings will be honored and refunds granted when the cancellation is completed/received by 11:59 PM seven business days before the event. 

You will be required to review and accept the current PMI Pikes Peak Regional Chapter Refund and Cancellation Policy as part of your registration.  Please review it here.


Registration Questions:

Please contact the VP Communications for any registration questions or problems that you may have.


$40.00 Non-Members/Guest

$300.00 10 Person Coupon Purchase. If the table has fewer than 10 people attending then no refunds or reassign to future meetings for the empty seats. A coupon code will be sent to you for distribution to all to use for individual registration.

$35.00 Member
$30.00 Earlybird rate before November 4