IPMA Vice President Stacy Goff educates and entertains at UT Dallas PM Symposium, introduces Periodic Table for Project Management Competence

18 August 2012 – Richardson, Texas, USA – Stacy Goff, Vice President of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) and current president of the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (asapm), delivered one of two keynotes presentations on Friday morning, 17 August 2012, at the 6th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium in Richardson, Texas.  He delivered a powerful, educational and entertaining speech to around 300 attendees to kick off the second day of the UT Dallas symposium.

Stacy’s presentation was entitled “Tomorrow’s Five Greatest PM Challenges… That We Must Solve Today.”  According to Stacy, “Project, Program and Portfolio Managers are all too familiar with a wide range of challenges; they come with our business, and we live with them constantly.  But what are the greatest project challenges that face project managers, teams, our organizations, and nations? Are they the same at each of those levels, or do they vary? Are they similar across application areas, nations, regions, cultures? And, what are we doing about them?”

Stacy Goff during keynote presentation, photo courtesy of PM World.

“These challenges drastically affect project and enterprise success,” he added.  “They slow the rate at which developed countries recover from recession, and developing countries move their people forward. The challenges affect the credibility of our profession when we are slow to resolve them, and hinder our ability to do so. Finally, they amplify the acclaim when we are successful.”

In his keynote presentation, Stacy presented five key challenges, and discussed insights from IPMA, the International Project Management Association, in succeeding with them.  To see Stacy’s keynote presentation, go to http://jindal.utdallas.edu/som/files/Goff_Slides2.pdf.

Stacy also presented a paper entitled “Threats and Opportunities in Complex Projects.” Key topics included the following:

  1. Project management as a competitive advantage;
  2. The role of contextual competencies in complex projects;
  3. The role of interpersonal skills in risk management;
  4. Clarifying risk management roles in complex projects and programs; and
  5. Managing threats and maximizing opportunities: rising success rates

The room for Stacy’s Tuesday paper presentation was full, attesting to how well received his earlier keynote talk had been.

During his keynote presentation, Stacy introduced the audience to the Periodic Table of Project Management Competence Elements (see below).  The table was explained as he discussed the “Contextual Competence Elements” and the “Behavioral Competence Elements.”

According to one person overheard in the room, “this is pretty interesting stuff!”

(Editor’s note: Stacy Goff’s paper on “Threats and Opportunities in Complex Projects” will be republished in the October edition of the PM World Journal)

Stacy A. Goff is Vice President of Marketing and Events for IPMA, the International Project Management Association.  A Project Management practitioner since 1970 and consultant since 1982, he helps improve enterprise, department or project team PM competence, effectiveness and performance.

In addition to years of service to PMI, he is also co-founder and President of asapm, the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management, and President of ProjectExperts®, a Program and Project Management consulting, tools and training company based in Colorado. He presents at major industry congresses and conferences, and offers workshops to executives, managers, program and project managers and leaders, technical staff, and individual contributors worldwide. Mr. Goff brings many years of experience and a results-oriented approach to Project Management coaching, consulting, and training.

The second day of the conference kicked off with a keynote presentation by Lew Gedansky, vice president of the Project Management Institute (PMI®).  He was followed on the plenary stage by Stacy Goff, IPMA VP.  For the sixth year in a row, symposium attendees had the rare occasion to meet and listen to senior leaders from the world’s two largest project management professional organizations.

Other keynote presentations at the 2012 UT Dallas PM Symposium included: Dr. David Daniel, President, University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas); Robert Rausch, recent PMO Director, Dell Healthcare; and Mark Penny, Senior Vice President, Manhattan Construction Corporation.

The 6th UT Dallas Project Management Symposium –  Project Management in a Risky World – was held in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on the UT Dallas campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.  The symposium included five keynote speakers, 50 professional paper presentations, panel discussions, lunches, coffee breaks, a networking reception and a closing plenary session with door prizes.   Participants received up to 16 PDUs for attending.  Information about next year’s event will soon be at pmsymposium.utdallas.edu.  For more information, contact [email protected].

This annual project management conference is sponsored by the Graduate Program in Project Management at the University of Texas at Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and PM World Inc.  The 2-day UT Dallas PM Symposium focuses on topics relevant to organizations, industries and the economy in North Texas.

The Project Management Program at UT Dallas provides application-oriented education for professionals with significant project, program or general management responsibilities. Established in the Executive Education area of the AACSB-accredited Naveen Jindal School of Management, students have the option of earning a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in project management.

The UT Dallas Project Management Program, originally developed in 1997, is also accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) sponsored Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) and is registered with the PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.). The program is taught by world-class faculty with a blend of industrial project management, consulting and academic experience. The Program is delivered both on campus and online and attracts students from across the USA and worldwide. For more information, visit project.utdallas.edu.

The PMI Dallas Chapter is a volunteer-based professional association dedicated to supporting the growth and development of project management practitioners, as well as building awareness of the project management discipline and its critical role in business and organization success. With more than 350,000 members in over 180 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s leading membership association for project management. Founded in 1984 and with over 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of the world’s largest PMI components.  To learn more about the PMI Dallas Chapter and its service offerings, visit www.pmidallas.org

PM World Inc is an online publishing and information services organization focused on program and project management, with advisors, correspondents, readers and stakeholders worldwide.  Managed by a virtual team of editors and directors located in Australia, the UK and the United States, PM World publishes the online PM World Journal (PMWJ) and will launch a new PM World Library in coming months.  To see the latest edition of the PMWJ, visit www.pmworldjournal.net.