FNL Project Management Training

Delivering Bad News in a Good Way

with Lee R. Lambert
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
8:30am - 4:30pm
ATRF Auditorium
8 PDUs

Join Lee to begin to understand the tools and techniques we use to convert mountains of project management data into useful information. This program emphasizes the preparation and delivery of the vital decision support information. Methods for developing and presenting the KEY outputs generated by using sound project management concepts to the organizational decision maker will be focus. Attendees will learn approaches and techniques for developing and presenting information in a way that the decision maker thoroughly understands what is being communicated and comprehends why it is important that the decisions are based upon the truth being provided by the PM process and the PM professional. After all, it is what it is!

The information coming out of the PM process is clearly valuable. The ability to determine what it says and to communicate it in an easy to understand, yet comprehensive, way to the decision maker is PRICELESS!

- Introduction
- Reviewing Data Types
- Converting PM Data to Information
- Identifying the most Vital Information
- Creating Graphical Story Boards
- Predicting the Future—Based on the Past
- Preparing a Useful Variance Analysis Report
- Incorporating the Dashboard Concept
- Recognizing that NO decision is a decision
- Conclusion/Review

At the conclusion of this session you will be able to:
- Cut through the “crap” and get to the facts
- Separate Data from Decision Support Information
- Create Graphical and Column Reports that are easy to use
- Extrapolate history to articulate the reality of the future—EARLY
- Deliver All News (Good or Bad) in a Good Way
- Have a positive influence on decisions/ outcomes
- Enhance your value to the organization

Lee R. Lambert, PMP, CEO
Lee Lambert takes the saying; "been there, done that, got the T-shirt" to new heights in project management training, by incorporating a pragmatic perspective and a unique use of personal analogies to help bring the subject matter to life. No other Project Management educator can contend with his uncanny technical knowledge, material content and refreshing delivery - not to mention his humorous, engaging, CommonSense™ style that has mesmerized more than 40,000 students in 21 countries. Lee has been an honored and distinguished member of the project management community since 1968 and was part of the original team that formulated and implemented the PMP Certification Program. He is recognized as one of the most effective project management educators in the world.

Lunchtime Seminar Series Sponsored by the CPAD PMO

The Contract Planning and Administration Directorate PMO is pleased to continue the Lunchtime Seminars. The one-hour seminars are scheduled at Noon in Building 549. Please note seminar locations. Seminar descriptions and dates are provided below.

Project Management Mechanics - The Work Breakdown Structure

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, Noon – 1PM
Building 549, Conference Room B (note location)
This session will focus on building the “perfect” work package and ensuring that it minimizes rework and confusion when delegated to other parties. The session will highlight the need for consistency and the direct control that individuals have in creating a “bulletproof” WBS. For those who don’t do conventional project management, the session also focuses on how to delegate work effectively by creating discrete, achievable, goals through superior definition techniques.

Negotiation Skills and Engagement Practices

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Noon – 1PM
Building 549, Café
This session is designed to address basic negotiation skills and provide attendees with tips and techniques for effective communication during the negotiation process.

Communications Tool – The Meeting

Monday, November 3, 2014, Noon – 1PM
Building 549, Executive Board Room (note location)
This hour draws on Carl Pritchard’s road show presentation “Making Meetings Magic”, which has been presented across the country with Lee Lambert. Carl hones in on the structures of effective meetings, keeping participants on the other end of the conference call engaged, and tools for quick, efficient information-gathering. He also hammers on the need for consistency from meeting to meeting to create a meeting culture…even if it’s just a one-manager culture!

What do YOU want for the Holidays?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, Noon – 1PM
Building 549, Café
This is an “open forum” session, where participants will ask management questions, facilitation questions, project management questions, and “how-would-you” questions in a give-and-take among professionals. Carl will come with five “pre-loaded” questions in case there are not enough from the participants, but those will be held in abeyance and used only if other questions from participants don’t fill the hour.

The Fine Art of Story-Telling

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, NOON – 1PM
Building 549, Café
This hour looks at why story telling is among the most effective means to communicate messages and the tricks and techniques associated with sharing a good story. The emphasis is on how to use stories to get across complex concepts and share detailed information in ways that others can remember and in ways that open the door for greater understanding. Carl will also examine the “echo effect” associated with effective story sharing.


Thursday, February 12, 2015, NOON – 1PM
Building 549, Café
All too often, even before requirements are developed, project deadlines are cast in stone. These immovable deadlines create an environment where only the constraints of cost/resources and scope are malleable. In this hour, Carl looks at how to examine, early, where those adjustments may be made to greatest effect and how early communication of the options can drive a far more readily accepted solution than last-minute tweaking to come in “under the gun.”

Lessons Learned at Leidos (NCI at Frederick)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, NOON – 1PM
Building 549, Café
The person in the next cube knows something you don’t. Really. In this session, you get a chance to find out what it is. This hour focuses on the keys in capturing and sharing lessons learned through real-world rehearsal. Participants will share their best insights on surviving and thriving in the Leidos environment and will examine ways to get their messages out across the Leidos community.

10 Questions to Risk Appetite and Attitude

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, NOON – 1PM
Building 549, Café
The risk community is awash in conversations about the distinctions between risk appetite (what we can “stomach”) and risk attitude (how we act on it). It’s not a big problem when we’re the only people in the room. But in managing others, it’s a good idea to find out just how far they’re willing to go with risk and what the implications are for our projects and the organization as a whole.

We the Willing… I am Down to My Last Nerve… Today is Not Your Day… Cubicle Wisdom—An Oxymoron?

Thursday, May 7, 2015, NOON – 1PM
Building 549, Café
In this hour, Carl Pritchard argues that cubicle wisdom and the land of Dilbert® provide powerful insight into how we, as managers should (or in most cases, should not) be behaving. Carl looks at one organization that forbids negative talk on the cubicle wall and why that may not be the best solution.

Futures Thinking

TWednesday, June 10, 2015, NOON – 1PM
Building 549, Café
Taking a look into the crystal ball. One of the steps forward in risk management in the past few years has been a focus on futures thinking. That’s the concept that if we can identify the range of possible futures, we can better shape the world to create a higher probability that the most desired future will become reality. In this session, participants will look at their own futures, identify impediments to the desired future and examine what it will take to get to that optimal outcome.

HEY! I Have an Idea!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015, NOON – 1PM
Building 549, Café
One of the great challenges in any environment is coming up with new ideas. The wonderful aspect of this is that they are all around you. In this one-hour session, Carl offers dozens of resources for building the body of ideas and points to the possibilities that abound in the world around us. (Bonus points for coming to the session having watched at least one episode of Cosmos or Connections.

Positive Intent

Thursday, August 13, 2015, NOON – 1PM
Building 549, Café
You’re not paranoid if they are out to get you. But most of the time, they’re not. And investing time in that “they’re-out-to-get-me” place is self-defeating and depressing. This end-of-summer session takes a look at the practice of assuming positive intent and how it is becoming progressively more prevalent in global society. The implications in project management are legion, as we rely largely on the support of others to make our projects succeed…and consistently hope that they’re working in our best interests. We’ll look at how assuming positive intent actually feeds on itself and makes the entire environment more positive, leading to better and more consistent outcomes.

Leidos Project Management Training and Professional Development Opportunities (for Leidos employees)

The Leidos Project Management Professional Credential Training Program is designed for qualified Leidos project managers to prepare them for the Project Management Institute (PMI®) Project Management Professional Credential Examination (www.pmi.org). Other project team members or functional staff should typically consider the PMI Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) credential.

Leidos is a Registered Education Provider (REP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI). You can visit SAIC (ISSAIC) resources to earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) used by PMI's Project Management Professionals (PMP®) to maintain their credential.

HHS University Training Opportunities

HHS University through the HHS Learning Portal offers a variety of project management courses at no cost to you as a government employee or contractor. Log on to the HHS Learning Portal (https://lms.learning.hhs.gov/ to view all training opportunities available. Instructions on how to logon to the learning portal can be found at https://hhsu.learning.hhs.gov/lms/logon.asp .

Other Training Opportunities

For those of you who are PMPs interested in earning PDUs, or interested in sitting for the PMI PMP exam, or simply attending PM courses, click here for classes offered by Carl Pritchard, PMP, EVP, RMP.