PMI Founder Jim Snyder to address UT Dallas Conference



PMI Founder to discuss history and future of project management institute at 10th UT Dallas Project Management Symposium on August 12

26 July 2016 – Richardson, TX, USA – Organizers of the 10th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium have announced the keynote speakers and presentation topics for their big August event.  The 2016 symposium will be held during 11-12 August 2016 in the Naveen Jindal School of Management on The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) campus in Richardson, Texas, USA.

The theme of the 2016 conference is ‘Project Management: A Key to Business Success’  The two-day symposium is organized by the Graduate Program in Project Management at UT Dallas, in cooperation with the PMI Dallas Chapter and the PM World JournalTo access conference website, click here.

160726-pmwj49-james-SNYDERThe first keynote speaker on Friday, 12 August, will be James Snyder, Founder and Fellow of the Project Management Institute (PMI®), speaking on the topic of Reflections on the History of Project Management and the Project Management Institute.

Jim Snyder is a Founder of PMI, Fellow of the Institute, former Volunteer Executive Director (1971 ‐ 1984), President and Chair of the Board, and continues to be an active participant in the activities of the Institute. He has been awarded the PMI Man of the Year Award and is an Honorary Life Member of the Institute. The James R. Snyder Knowledge and Wisdom Center at PMI Headquarters is named in his honor. He has served as a member of the PMI Education Foundation Board of Directors and in January of 2006 he was recognized as Chairman Emeritus of the Educational Foundation. The PMIEF Student Paper Award is also named in his honor.

Jim served as project manager for the construction of the PMI World Headquarters in

Newtown Square, PA. The building was completed and occupied on schedule and on budget. He headed the PMI ‐ DVC education project to teach project management to selected Philadelphia and other area high school students. He has developed, and is leading, programs to implement project management programs in K ‐ 12 using project learning techniques to teach 21st Century Skills and Project Management.

Mr. James Snyder retired from SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, now GlaxoSmithKline, in 1997 where his last assignment was Associate Director of Planning & Business Management, Strategic Product Development. Jim has 38 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical Industry in computer sciences, operations research, international marketing, marketing administration and international finance. He has been involved in developing and implementing business systems as well as using project management skill in a wide variety of international projects since 1964. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from Drexel University. He served as an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers from 1961 ‐ 1963 in the US and Germany.

Jim’s presentation aims to put you back to the 1960’s, to help you understand the motivation for the founding of PMI and to give you a look at the time and people. With this bit of history as a backdrop, he will then take a look at what the future may hold for the project management profession and PMI. To understand the project management professional of 2016 and beyond requires an understanding of how we have matured and changed from the project schedulers and planners of the 1960’s. Where did we come from and how did PMI play a role in building a new profession? A look back at the people, places, and environment will not only tell us about our history but will help us to understand where project management may be headed and how you can influence that direction.

Other keynote speakers announced for the 10th UT Dallas PM Symposium include Karen Nocket, Toyota Motors North America – Practical Basics for Standing up A Project; Nellson Burns, HollyFrontier and Eric Stettler, A.T. Kearney – Building a Strategic PMO:  How HollyFrontier Accelerated Their Corporate Growth Strategy Using Industry Best Practices;  Eric Bennett, Brain Performance Institute – Your Brain Performance; and Joel Carboni, IPMA USA – What do the Sustainable Development Goals Have to do with Project Management?

Group discounts are available: Register here now

The annual UT Dallas PM symposium is a traditional two-day conference, with keynote speakers each morning and to conclude the event, multiple tracks of professional presentations by both experts and practicing professionals whose abstracts and papers were accepted (through a blind peer-review process), a Thursday evening reception, networking lunches and multiple opportunities to listen to experts, meet new people and increase knowledge.

This year, all conference abstracts, papers and presentations are being aligned with PMI’s Talent Triangle and PMBOK knowledge areas (topics) to ensure that attendees can receive professional development units (PDUs) for PMP recertification.  Attendees can receive up to 16 PDUs by attending the full two-day symposium. To see full program, read abstracts and speaker bios, or to register, click here.

The Project Management Program at The UT Dallas provides application-oriented education for professionals with significant project, program or general management responsibilities. Established in the Executive Education Center in UT Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management, students can earn a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Science degree with an emphasis in project management, or a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with project management emphasis.  UT Dallas PM program, originally developed in 1997, is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and is registered with the PMI Registered Education Provider Program (PMI R.E.P.). 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 400,000 members in over 200 countries, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world’s largest membership association for project management. Founded in 1984 and with over 4,000 members, the PMI Dallas Chapter is one of PMI’s largest components.  To learn more, visit www.pmidallas.org

The PM World Journal (PMWJ) is a web-based monthly publication featuring dozens of articles, papers and stories about programs, projects and project management around the world. The PMWJ is registered with the US Library of Congress (ISSN 2330-4480) and is indexed by EBSCO, the world’s largest provider of databases for corporations, libraries and schools. To read the latest edition, go to www.pmworldjournal.net.

The PMWJ is produced by PM World, which also maintains the PM World Library (PMWL), a global resource for continuous learning in portfolio, program and project management (P/PM).  To learn more, visit www.pmworldlibrary.net.