Challenges in "Hi-Tech Project Management"
This event is produced in collaboration with
OCRI, NCIT and University Quebec at Outaouais and pre- registration
Date: 12 December 2003
Time: 7:30 am to 8 am continental breakfast,
presentations 8 am until 12 noon.
Location : Sheraton Hotel, Ottawa
Bio A former Navy
Commander, specializing in combat systems engineering, Imran held
various shipboard positions. He was a chief instructor at
Halifax’s Canadian Forces Naval School, and performed key systems
management roles during the Gulf conflict, the Canadian Patrol
Frigate program, in the Defence Information services organization
and during joint USA, NATO, and Pacific Rim Allies exercises. After
23 years in the Navy, he has spent several years in industry,
managing commercial and
government projects. He is currently the Project Executive for
Secure Channel as the Director General for E-Government
Infrastructure Development with Telecommunication Informatics
Program TIP/PWGSC Imran holds degrees from Carleton (Mathematics and
Psychology), the Technical University of Nova Scotia (Electrical
Engineering Naval Combat Systems) and Boston University (Masters in
Software Systems Engineering).
Abstract: This presentation will provide a unique perspective on project
management and the intricacies of managing software projects with
multiple stakeholders. Experiences from the Canadian Patrol Frigate
(CPF) project and lessons learned on the Secure Channel Project (SCP)
will provide context for a review of the significant issues
surrounding the delivery of a horizontal managed project in a
vertically managed accountability structure. Specific issues will
include the challenges of Governance, performance measurements, and
the impact of organizational culture. A continuous improvement model
to actively manage such projects and risk will be suggested.
Secure Channel is a critical infrastructure component of the
Government On-Line (GOL) initiative to provide Canadians with secure
electronic access to federal government departments.
Bio Michael Appleton,
BEng, MBA, is the Managing Director of DAMA Consulting, a
professional services firm specializing in project management
consulting services. DAMA Consulting has assisted client
organizations in a wide variety of areas, from establishing and
operating central project management offices to assistance with the
management of individual projects to the provision of project
management training, among others.
Clients have included Nortel Networks, Mitel Networks,
Spectracom Technologies, and Sybron Corporation, as well as several
federal government departments.Michael is a Project Management
Professional (PMP) and also holds a Master Certificate in Project
Management (The George Washington University).
He also chairs the High Technology Committee of the Eastern
Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Association of Management
Consultants and is a member of the Program/Portfolio Management team
with the Project Management Institute. Michael also teaches the
Project Management course in the University of Ottawa’s Executive
Abstract This presentation will outline some of the recent and emerging
project management industry best practices.In many areas during the
past decade, there have been significant strides made in improving
project operations. Many organizations have embraced leading project
management best practices, while others have struggled to meet
customer demands in a competitive time-to-market environment. As the
‘profession’ of project management matures both in industry and
in academia, thought leaders have addressed innovation in several
areas, such as forecasting techniques, organizational project
management maturity and program/portfolio management.
Bio: Mr. Douglas Lloyd is
an experienced IT professional with over 25 years in the industry.
He specializes in program management and management consulting, and
is presently the senior director of Service Delivery and Client
Engagement at the Chief Information Officer Branch of Treasury Board
Secretariat. He has a keen interest in shared accountability project
management, and has successfully completed a number of these new and
challenging projects with the Federal Government.Mr. Lloyd is a PMP,
a member of the Institute on Public Administration, and holds an MBA
from the University of Ottawa. He is presently working towards a PhD
in Business Administration, and is a frequent presenter at public
and academic forums.
Abstract: The presentation will focus on issues relating to the role of
standards in Project Management. His review will cover the differing
opinions about what the advantages and disadvantages of such
standards are. He will then discuss the application of these
standards to the new project types and classification now emerging
in the public sector. In his concluding remarks he will present real
life examples of how standards can assist with the success these new
types of projects.
Bio: David Brown is Vice
President and General Manager of Terry Matthews’ MKC Networks
Corporation. During his 29 year R&D career in Ottawa’s
high-technology industry he has held increasingly senior positions
in the Silicon Technology division of Bell-Northern Research, with
Mitel Corporation’s in Integrated Circuit product development,
President and CEO with West End Systems, a Newbridge affiliate, and
managing the Canadian business of Cadence Design Services (a.k.a.
Tality).David holds an Electronic Engineering Technologist Diploma
from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Abstract: This presentation will explore the differences encountered while
managing successful projects in small companies vs. managing those
in a large company. It will also explore whether project management
is a requirement or only a necessary evil in such small companies.
Causes of project success and failure will be reviewed in the
context of successful and not-so-successful projects in companies of
6 to 100 people.
Bio: Christopher Hamad is the president of a network engineering
consulting firm called enTyre Networks. He has more than 11 years of
experience in Network Engineering, Network Security, System
Management, Electronic Commerce, and Capacity Planning. He is
currently on contract at a large federal department, and is an
adjunct professor at UQO.He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer
Systems Engineering from Carleton University and a Master’s degree
in Project Management from the Universite du Quebec en Outaouais (UQO).
Additionally, he has professional designations from Novell,
Microsoft, Cisco, Entrust, and ITIL.
Abstract: PMI and ITIL, interdependencies This presentation will highlight the
main characteristics of PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge
(PMBOK) methodology and the Information Technology Information
Library (ITIL) framework, and the potential interdependencies
between the two. It will also ask, “How could ITIL leverage
organizational project management to achieve its goals?”PMI’s
PMBOK methodology provides project managers with detailed outlines
of processes that guide them in their quest to manage successful
projects. This PMI methodology could be applied in small and large
projects and is not specific to any environment.
The ITIL framework is a collection of best practices observed
in the IT service industry. Even though the IT environments have
been undergoing continuous change over the years, the methods to
manage and deliver IT services have essentially remained constant.
ITIL offers organizations a framework that enables them to provide
and run effective and efficient IT services.
Bio Tom Hodge has over
twenty-five years of experience in business development, project
management, training and certification fields. He has worked in the
not for profit, private and public sectors both nationally and
internationally. Tom is
currently the Director, Certification & Training for the
Canadian Air Transportation Security Authority (CATSA) and has been
responsible for the development of their National Training and
Certification Program. He holds a Master’s of Project Management
and currently is an Adjunct Professor
at University of Quebec. In September of this year, he was a speaker
at the Ninth Global TRAINAIR Training Symposium and Conference in
Abstract Forging a High-Performance Training Program through Continuous
Improvement Process The presentation will offer an approach for
ensuring that an organization’s training program achieves high
quality results. He will suggest that the application of project
management methodologies is a simple and effective way to implement
continuous improvement processes. Incorporating these processes into
the development and delivery of training will ensure the discovery
and elimination of the root causes of problems while avoiding a
culture of individual blame. In so doing the resulting team approach
to problem solving encourages process improvement through reduced
variation, removal of valueless activities, and improved customer
satisfaction. After all is has often been said that process accounts
for 80% of all problems while people account for the remaining
Bio Guy Vézina is
Director, Science and Technology C4ISR (Command, Control,
Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and
Reconnaissance) at Defence R& D Canada where he manages and
coordinates the Joint C4ISR program. During his career he has
directed several projects in partnership with academia and industry.
He is a NATO Research and Technology Organization panel member,
President of the CRIM Scientific Review Board, CSA Technical
Advisory board member, and an Adjunct Professor in Electrical and
Computer Engineering at the University of Laval. Dr. Vézina holds a
Ph.D (Australian National University, Canberra Centre for
Information Science Research), an M.S.E.E. (University of
Massachussets, and degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Communications and Control Systems (Amherst), and a B.SC. in
Electrical Engineering (University of Laval).
Abstract Project Management in a Defence R&D EnvironmentThis presentation
will provide an overview of the Defence R&D Program and will
discuss the challenges associated with Integrated Project Teams
composed of multiple military clients, multiple DRDC centres,
international allies and industry. Case studies will be offered to
show how these challenges are being addressed.
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