November Chapter Meeting - Unconference

November 12, 2015
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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Pre Dinner Presentations (1 PDU):

Poker and the Art of Project Management

Texas Hold'em poker and the five key project management skills that may be practiced at the poker table.  Reinforcing key project management skills & increased understanding of a novel way to practice those skills. 


Julie Willis came to project management by way of systems and electronics engineering, first for the US Army and then for Lockheed Martin, including a long stint in Cheyenne Mountain AFS. Julie then led proposal teams and systems/software development project teams for Braxton Technologies, and now consults. Julie has a BSEE from San Jose State University and an MSEE from University of Arizona.



Changing Tide of the PMO: Project Execution and Status and the need for Passion Driven Project Organizations

Project Management is shifting from waterfall to SCRUM.  As a leader of project managers: How do you help your teams manage through organizational and job changes while maintaining passion for their careers and the mission that they support?


Kim McFadden-Effinger is a Colorado native by birth Kim grew up in southern Indiana and spent many vacations playing in the Colorado mountains.  Her love of travel and other cultures, specifically in the Spanish speaking world led her to El Salvador as a Peace Corp Volunteer and as a consultant for the Research Triangle Institute supporting a Municipal Development project under the U.S. Government’s initiative to foster democracy and civic participation in the country.  Kim has lived in Spain, Mexico, and Guatemala, and holds a B.S and MBA in International Business and Spanish. Overseas she has helped design and implement sustainable municipal water systems and pioneering government web-sites for a consortium of El Salvador Mayors.  Domestically, Kim has worked with several DotComs and has spearheaded international FedEx technology solution growth as business analyst, project manager, program manager, software development manager, and IT PMO manager. Kim is currently transforming a PMO office committed to excellence, continuous learning and improvement, utilizing both Scrum and Waterfall methodologies.  Her family and two small boys, the family ranch in Wyoming, close friends, and photography provide continuous balance and perspective in her life.


Tilikum Crossing: Bridge of the People – A Design Build Project

America’s largest bridge designed exclusively for light rail, buses, streetcar cyclists, and pedestrians (no private cars allowed). In the city of bridges this is the first bridge to be constructed over the Willamette River in over 40 years.


Aaron Beier graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management at Brigham Young University – Idaho where he then hired on with Kiewit; ENR Top 5 rated, Aon Hewitt Top Companies for leaders 2014, Fortune 100 Best companies to work for, and Fortune Worlds Most Admired Companies 2014. Holding roles in Quality Control, Safety, Environmental, Compliance, Estimating, Design Coordination, Field Engineer/ Superintendent, Schedule Engineer, and Contract Administration. Aaron worked on the Tilikum Crossing project in the SOQ, RFP, Estimating phase to Design, Construction, and through project closeout.


Post Dinner Presentations (1 PDU):

Recipe for Leadership

As a Project Manager, your team looks to you for leadership, even if you are not their supervisor. Leadership is a key ingredient to successful Project Management. We have all known people who have been thrown into a Management, Lead Engineer or Project Management role with little or no training in the soft skills needed to be an effective leader. By following this simple recipe, you will use positive leadership strategies to instill pride in your team and increase your potential for success on your projects.


Linda Logan is a Senior Engineer/Project Manager who has worked in the DOD industry supporting the US Air Force for most of her career. She is passionate about process improvement and leadership. Linda is one of those people who are ambidextrous in the brain. In her spare time, she explores the right side of her brain through various creative mediums and mixed media art. She currently works as a Senior Logistics Engineer for Jacobs Technology on the Engineering and Technology Acquisition Support Services (ETASS) contract supporting Air Force Materiel Command on Peterson AFB. In addition, she is the owner of "Linda's Art and Soul" and plans to publish her first book and begin selling her artwork publicly in 2016.


Which scares you more—zombies or webcams? Bridge the distance gap with your webcam.

Why is it that most people would rather meet a zombie face-to-face than turn on their webcams for a meeting face-to-face?


Lori Faron graduated from Bellevue University - Omaha Ne - with a Masters in Information Technology Management. Obtaining her PMI certificate in 2009, she has been a Program/Project Manager for over 25 years working for First Data, Nelnet, CGI & PGI. Lori has been a featured speaker and trainer for InfoTech, a popular Mid-West Conference. For the last 9 years, she has managed large telecommunications projects at PGI (Premiere Global Resources) here in Colorado Springs. PGI gives people the tools to meet, collaborate and innovate. PGI serves over 30,000 enterprise customers worldwide including 75% of the Fortune 100 companies.


MITSS - The Perils, Pitfalls, and Jubilation of Program Management

A discussion of managing a large program for the Federal Government. The perils, pitfalls, and jubilation of leading a team working on a fast paced dynamic ever changing Program directly involved in the War on Terrorism.  Lesson learned from executing program management on a large program providing a wide range of support to multiple customers in the environment post 9/11.


Mark Kaulius served in the United States Army for twenty four years retiring in 1991 from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Directorate of Operations, Space Operations Division to join a large defense contractor. Starting as an engineer, he became a task lead, project manager, program manager for small/medium programs before becoming Program Manager for a large Program on 12 September 2001. Mr. Kaulius stood up a line division during the execution of this program eventually becoming a VP for Operations. In 2010, he left to join another defense contractor as the Director for Enterprise of IT Services. In 2013, joining a small company of dwares tunneling under the Potomac river, he escaped from Mordor on the Potomac and joined his wife in Colorado Springs. Mr. Kaulius became a PMP in 2005 and holds a BA with three Master's Degrees in Management, Legislative Affairs, and Systems Engineering. He currently resides in Colorado Springs and has spent the past two years building a retirement home and working to stand up a small family farm.


A minimum of 10 participants must be signed up 2 weeks prior for the class to proceed. Registered attendee cancellation: Individual registered attendees must cancel their paid registration by 12:00 am three business days prior to an event to qualify for refund. Cancellations received without sufficient notice or those who are a no-show are not entitled to a refund. Any exceptions to this policy will be at the sole discretion of the VP of Finance and requests for refund must be received prior to the event.


$35.00 Non-Members/Guest

$30.00 Member
$25.00 Earlybird rate before November 10