Written by Nevella Paul, PMP

PMI Atlanta Healthcare March forum attendees enjoyed a highly interactive and informative presentation on how to overcome obstacles a project manager may face on a daily basis. Our speaker Maxim Nazaire created an energetic atmosphere through reciprocal conversation and practical exercises.

NazaireMaxMaxim “Max” Nazaire is a Wellness Expert who specializes in double digit weight loss, injury rehabilitation and athletic/human performance. He has been featured on CNN Headline News as their go to health contributor where he shares his easy to use workout programs with television viewers all over the world. Max is an author of two critically-acclaimed books including his latest book Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wellness.

Max opened his presentation by sharing a few challenges project managers may face on a daily basis such as, juggling multiple projects, the struggle to meet impossible deadline, budget restraints and communication barriers. Many of the attendees related to these challenges and openly shared their desire to overcome them.

Max presented the “2 millimeter difference concept” where he illustrated how this small shift can lead a project to success or failure. He emphasized the need to be precise versus accurate. Being precise displays consistent execution and a level of understanding of the task. He stressed the importance to adapt and adjust to changes. This is needed to remain competitive and pivot to the demands of an ever-changing environment.

Next, he led the attendees in role play exercise to improve alertness, energy levels and communication to create a positive first impression. These exercises allow one to experience two types of interactions (1) with an energetic, enthused, confident individual and (2) with a dull, shy and distant individual. The practical exercise gave a good visual understanding on the type of communication and traits one should display to captive others to gain buy-in or interest in one’s cause.

The next technique Max shared was the Fit2DMax baton method which emphasizes the need to take full responsibility and ownership of the communication process. Max states “it is your responsibility to pass the baton (deliver) your message effectively by seeing it all the way through. Doing this will create action and the interest of others to help you achieve the desired results.

Lastly, the focus was shifted from self-development to helping others maximize their effectiveness through positioning questions such as:

  • Do you know what the person needs are?
  • Do you know what they want?
  • Do you care about their wants and needs?
  • Do you know what their strengths or weakness really are?
  • Have you positioned them in a situation to maximize their strengths and minimized their weaknesses?

Max ended the presentation with powerful leadership statements and Fitness and Wellness Tips that will move the needle in your life.

Overall, the presentation was packed with great information on verbal and non-verbal communication techniques, quality and strategies to manage the unexpected while staying physically, mentally and psychological fit.

Please join us Wednesday, April 18th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Healthcare Forum for the: Keynote Presentation: “Agile Transformation – The Challenges beyond Adoption presented by Michael Smith, Intellinet Consulting LLC / Principle Consultant

Location: Philips Healthcare
PHA Academy
One Deerfield Centre
13560 Morris Road
Alpharetta, GA 30004


Written by Neal Tomasin

Reo Oravec, Adjunct Professor for the Global Executive Academy of the Internazionale Instituto di Decisioni Scienze, AKA The "Ninja Negotiator" and Norm Brodeur, RapidIT, Master Negotiation Practitioner, AKA The "Arranger Negotiator" joined our January Technology Forum to discuss "Best Practices for Project Negotiations."

Nancy Berlin & Steve Kruger started the meeting at 5:45 PM and introduced the speakers. Reo identified three for the evening - Educate, Develop Condition Response, and Introduce Negotiation Skills. Why Learn to Negotiate? Negotiating will: a) improve life, personally & Professionally; b) improve relationships and communication (ie: married couples negotiating over garbage takeout?); c) conversations will have more control; d) agreements more durable; e) express Creativity by producing Win-Win situations; f) build Confidence and Relationships; and g) ability to handle Conflict Resolution.

In negotiations, a term we learned is BANTA (Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement). Nancy and Norm then acted out a skit where several classic negotiating "Gambits" were used. These were the Nibble, Higher Authority, Takeaway Clause or Clawback, Counter Concession, & Condition.

Reo then discussed Intelligence Gathering of your adversary, and stressed the importance of matching personality grids (similar to Myers-Briggs charts of Amiable, Analytical, Driver, Expressive). Individual power (Physiognomy) plays an important role in negotiation, you are judged by people in these areas, based totally on your appearance: Social Position, Income Level, Education Level, Trustworthiness, Reliability, Credit Worthiness, Level of Detail.

We then did a mini Negotiation workshop, where 2 teams of 4, attempted to negotiate a contract for services and gain agreements. This was a valuable exercise in the 3 stages of a negotiation, maintaining the "no" posture, providing concessions, comparison to your SLA & BANTA, and finally an outcome.

Overall, an excellent presentation and thought provoking session, especially the live negotiation exercise.

Written by Nevella Paul, MBA, PMP

PMI Atlanta’s Healthcare October forum attendees enjoyed an informative presentation about breast cancer and BRCA1 by Dr. Veena Rao, Morehouse School of Medicine / Professor and Director Cancer Biology Program, Department of OB/GYN and a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar. Her long years as a researcher led to breakthrough findings in breast cancer research where she documented and replicated the BRCA1 isoforms.

Dr. Rao has been working in the BRCA1 field since the cloning of the gene in 1994 and has spearheaded numerous breakthroughs in breast and ovarian cancer research. Her work has recently led to discovering a BRCA1 function-based assay, which she patented. The assay is the only one in the world that can stratify risk for Triple Negative Breast Cancer development and develop drugs for targeted therapy for the disease which currently has no targeted treatments available.

Dr. Rao’s presentation began by sharing the 2017 cancer cases and deaths estimates in male and females. The astonishing estimates show breast cancer in females had a rate of 30% new cases and 14% deaths. This lead Dr. Rao to expound on the high mortality rates of breast cancer among African American women. Breast cancer risk factors such as breast density, obesity and type II diabetes were shared. To reduce the risk of developing these risk factors, Dr. Rao stated an adequate diet and exercise regimen should be followed.

Next Dr. Rao delved into the mutations of BRAC1 which are called BRAC1a and BRAC1b. BRCA1 mutations increase breast and ovarian cancer risks. African American women with BRCA 1 mutations and also have TNBC similarities to BRCA1-associated breast cancers. An illustration of the BRCA1 healthy cell and a BRCA1 cancer cell clearly showed the differences in non-tumor environment and a tumorous one. Dr. Rao also discussed tumor suppression and the role of stem cell activity to monitor how and where the BRCA has traveled.

Overall, the presentation was filled with excellent background information on breast cancer and breakthrough discoveries on the horizon to win the fight against breast cancer.

Please join us Wednesday, November 15 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Healthcare Forum for the: Keynote Presentation: “Patient Generated Health Data (PGHD) - The What, Why, and How’s” presented by Lucy Osuna, Healthcare IT professional.

Location: Philips Healthcare
PHA Academy
One Deerfield Centre
13560 Morris Road
Alpharetta, GA 30004

By Alex Blench, PMP

The PMI Atlanta Governance Forum hosted a discussion with Amanda Sheehan, the Portfolio Manager at OshKosh. Amanda was instrumental in the foundation of the Retail Division PMO. She delivered a thorough, operational level seminar on how to efficiently implement governance and build a PMO. Amanda stressed that disciplined governance is essential, and this fact is shared amongst many business leaders. Leaders recognize that change is required and yearn for improved visibility to costs, schedules, and deliverables. Amanda championed the need at OshKosh for Project Managers to lead that change and how to efficiently implement the governance of that team. Amanda emphasized that it was the backing from management that gave her the support she needed to build a PMO.

Sheehan-AmandaEstablishing governance is all about building standardized, repeatable processes. One of Amanda’s first tasks was to establish a common-core methodology for the organization to follow. This involved developing templates and other tools. These templates and tools served 2 purposes. First, they would allow her project managers to understand how the business operated and what was important to keep track of. Second, it provided leadership with visibility to costs, schedules, and deliverables because projects could be measured against a unique set of criteria.

Amanda clearly outlined the steps an organization should take when standing up a PMO:

  • Crawl:
    o Establish a PM team
    o Establish basic governance
    o Manage top tier projects
  • Walk
    o Create repeatable processes and templates
    o Map out how projects align with strategy
    o Partner with the business
    o Focus on business cases
  • Run
    o Align portfolios around corporate strategy
    o Lead vs. Manage

Special thanks to our presenter Amanda Sheehan for an engaging discussion and for sharing her experience building a PMO from the ground up.

If you would like to learn more about Governance and the value it brings to projects, please join us at a future forum. The calendar can be found on the PMI Atlanta web site at http://www.pmiatlanta.org

Thank you to our sponsors at Global Payments for making this event possible.

PMI Atlanta serves project managers in Metro Atlanta. Our Chapter is an active resource for corporations, community and government agencies throughout north Georgia. PMI Atlanta is the second largest chapter in the US and fifth largest in the world with over 4,000 members. Our professional expertise span across all industries. We’re the professionals building healthcare information technology systems, the engineers developing smarter public transportation, and the planners growing our communities more efficiently.

Written by Nevella Paul

PMI Atlanta’s Healthcare August forum attendees were highly engaged and intrigued with the informative presentation delivered by Laura Visconti, Business Analyst at Philips Health Systems.

Laura Visconti is a Business Analyst with over 17 years of experience. She is currently an active contributor to the Business Intelligence System team at Philips. Her area of focus is in Data Analytics and Reporting. She is trained in the industry’s best practices for data warehousing and business intelligence, Kimball Dimensional Modeling techniques, and reporting tools such as Business Objects and Tableau.

Visconti-Laura-squaredPrior to Philips, Laura has worked in the Financial and Healthcare Industries where she was heavily involved in fostering support and growing the Analytics department. She has B.A. from Dalhousie University and a Certificate in Applied Information Technology.

The presentation “Business Intelligence (BI): A Prescription for Success in the Healthcare Industry” focused on how BI can help various aspects of the industry drive tangible business results. Laura began with an introduction to Business Intelligence; discussing the history of reporting and the evolution of tools used to produce reports, from Excel to canned reporting tools, to more robust BI Tools such as Tableau and Qlik. The newer tools allow for self-service and advanced analytics to provide more actionable insight into the data.

The presentation focused on how Business Intelligence reporting can provide actionable insight to drive business in these challenging times using specific real-life examples. Industry challenges include how the Affordable Care Act (and potential repeal) impact other areas of healthcare such as Big Pharma, retail pharmacies and service/solutions providers, regulatory reporting, and the shift of the reimbursement model from fee-for-service to value-based care in the hospital/provider setting.

Laura concluded with her views on how to execute a successful BI project, touching on each of the critical steps within the lifecycle of a project: problem definition; scope & staffing; requirements gathering; data modeling; dashboard design; validation & deliver; and business acceptance. Laura states “by leveraging tools, best practices and the proper resources we can ensure positive project outcomes and enable the business to drive results.”

Please join us Wednesday, October 17 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Healthcare Forum for the: Keynote Presentation: “BRCA1 and Women’s Cancer: Discovery to Personalized Medicine” presented by Dr. Veena N. Rao, Morehouse School of Medicine / Professor and Director Cancer Biology Program, Department of OB/GYN.

Location: Philips Healthcare
PHA Academy One Deerfield Centre
13560 Morris Road
Alpharetta, GA 30004

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