Friday, May 7, 2010

Rick Morris Presentations

Rick Morris Presentations

Please vote for your favorite presentation to be presented on June 17, 2010. You may vote until June 7, 2010 at our yahoo group:

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The topics available area listed here with details below (followed by his biography).
  • Topic: Stop Playing Games - details below
  • Topic: Turning Around Failing Project - details below
  • Topic: A Real Risk Assessment - details below
  • Topic: Making Emotional Conversations Unemotional - details below
  • Rick Morris' Bio and speaking engagements

Topic: Stop Playing Games

Rick identifies and discusses the day to day world of a Project Manager. PM's have the unique ability to find shortcuts or work arounds in dealing with projects, sponsors, etc… Rick, in his humorous way, will try to help PM's avoid the playing of games through his years of experience
and help them with getting stronger, more process oriented, and more respect for the work they do. Rick will offer real world advice, you’ll gain proper techniques that you can immediately use to impact your projects, learn how to influence without authority, stop end rounding projects
and get back to the basics that will help create a Project Manager that will do the right things the right way.

Topic: Turning Around Failing Project
One of the most sought after topics for project managers is how to deal with failing projects or even how to turn them around.
When industry figures show a variation of 60-82% of projects failing, it is easy to see why so many seek this information.
In typical Rick Morris style, this session will not be full of theories or textbook options. Instead, it will be an introspective look into actual
experiences and a telling of true lessons learned. Rick made a name for himself at Fortune 100 companies for his ability to quickly analyze, understand, and put plans in motion to turn around failing projects. Some of the stories will include:
  • Dealing with difficult Sponsors
  • Dealing with an unresponsive and unsupportive direct manager
  • Turning around software development as well as IT Services projects
  • Dealing with ethical/moral issues
Rick will also discuss some of his personal failures in trying to bring a project back to life. As in every situation, there are times when a project will simply fail. Rick will discuss some of the difficult lessons that he learned in some of the most trying times of his career.

Topic: A Real Risk Assessment
Risk Management is one of the most misunderstood and underutilized tools in project management. Furthermore, many of the tools either add to the confusion or provide little actionable detail to assist in the management of the project. In this session, Rick will teach how to create a real, relevant, and actionable risk assessment that will provide solid data to support contingencies to ensure project success. Rick will provide an easy to follow road map to building a real risk assessment.

Topic: Making Emotional Conversations Unemotional
Project managers are routinely faced with dilemmas. Dilemmas such as sponsors mandating unreachable dates, teams unable to give reliable estimates, changing priorities and scope, and a myriad of other issues. The reactions to these issues generally range from utter frustration to
apathy. The reactions then lead to emotional conversations such as “We can’t possibly do this by then!” or “The Sponsor doesn’t understand!”

Rick will teach from his personal experience how to take these emotionally charged situations and turn them into unemotional conversations.

This will not be the latest fad or psychology, but a simple, time-tested, experience based method to communicate with the entire project team from stakeholders to team members. Rick will share techniques on how to deal with mandated dates to the extremely tense post negotiation
of a project gone very wrong. The techniques will be applicable for internal project managers to consultants, and everywhere in between. How to turn emotional conversations into unemotional conversations has been what Rick feels as his personal key to his success.

Rick Morris Bio:

Rick A. Morris, OPM3, PMP, ITIL Practitioner

Rick A. Morris, PMP, OPM3 certified, an ITIL Practitioner, consultant, author, mentor, and creator of a non-profit foundation to promote Project Management in charities and other non-profits.

Rick is currently the Owner/President of R2 Consulting, LLC. Rick is an accomplished project manager and public speaker. His appetite for knowledge and passion for the profession makes him a sought after speaker at PMI chapters, various civic organizations, and a frequent guest lecturer at local universities.

He holds the PMP (Project Management Professional), MPM (Masters of Project Management), OPM3 (Organization Project Management Maturity Model), Six Sigma Green Belt, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, TQM, ATM-S, ITIL, and ISO certifications. Rick has worked for organizations such as GE, Xerox, and CA and has consulted to numerous clients in a wide variety of industries including financial services, entertainment, construction, non-profit, hospitality, pharmaceutical, retail, and manufacturing. Rick has two books (“The Everything Project Management Book”, 2nd Edition published by Adams Media and “Project Management That Works!” published by AMACOM) that were released in 2008.

An active member of the Project Management Institute and currently the Past President of the Birmingham Chapter, Rick is no stranger to being center stage in front of large groups of people.

At the early age of 11, Rick was a Walt Disney World Performer in their seasonal shows. In high school, he worked at MGM Studios on various projects including the New Mickey Mouse Club.

Taking the experience of his youth and blending it with the knowledge he attained throughout his career, Rick has been able to inspire and mentor many project managers. His blend of real world experience and down to earth delivery style makes his passion for the profession contagious.

Contact: Greg Huffman, VP Sales/Marketing to book Rick at phone (678) 480-9958 or email ghuffman . at. rsquaredconsulting -dot - com

Upcoming engagements:

May 13, 2010 PMI Conference San Diego CA booked
May 14, 2010 PMI PDD Ft. Worth TX booked
May 16-19, 2010 CA World Las Vegas NV booked
May 20, 2010 PMI Des Moines Iowa booked
May 21, 2010 PMI (full day seminar) Des Moines Iowa booked
June 10-12, 2010 Brazil 8th PMI Conference Rio Brazil booked
June 19, 2010 PMI Dallas PDD Dallas TX booked
June 24, 2010 PMI WDC webinar Washington DC booked
July 9, 2010 ASP Strategic Planning Atlanta GA booked
July 14, 2010 PMI (full day seminar) Suncoast FL booked
September 1-2 PMI Central Illinois Symposium Bloomington IL booked
September 9, 2010 PMI (full day seminar) Montgomery AL booked