September 10th, 2020 Online meeting
Program: Collaboration Tools for Remote Project Management
Description: Karen will present on Trello, a tool that organizes projects in boards, similar to a Kanban board. Karen also uses Trello for meeting agendas, project updates, and other project management functionality.
Behram and UFG team will present Microsoft Team.
Among the things that the current global crisis has proven is that:
- Humans are resilient and we adapt to survive
- Our creativity has no boundaries
- Everything can be expedited (even vaccine development), and
- Through the good application of technology, much of business can continue as normal
Perhaps there is some subjectivity to what ‘normal’ really means under the circumstances, but let's face the facts. Remote work has been on the increase, and it’s expected to become the “new normal”. Companies are rapidly re-tooling their software and services to empower remote workers to stay productive. Advances in cloud hosted phone systems make it possible for every employee to stay connected irrespective of where they are located.
However, remote work isn’t all that groundbreaking. According to Global Workplace Analytics, in the US, until recently, five million employees — or 3.6% of the workforce — already work from home some of the time. But, the current crisis has forced employers to reevaluate fast. Four out of ten American businesses already offer remote work arrangements, with more than 50% believing that such arrangements can lead to lower operating costs. One way to achieve higher performance from employees is to create a fusion of good tools with effective team management capabilities that can lead to productivity and profitability. If remote work hasn’t already redefined our businesses and careers, it will soon. Products like MS Teams will play an important role in this transition.
Talent Triangle: Technical
Presenter: Karen Lewis, PMP, Behram Kasad, PMP and UFG Team
Karen Lewis is a Product Manager with Convention Data Services (CDS). Convention Data Services, a Freeman Company, is the trusted event registration, business intelligence, and lead management partner servicing top show organizers worldwide. Working with CDS since 2004, Karen has led both customer facing and software development projects. In her role with Product Development she leads two Agile Teams in providing software solutions to improve client events and company initiatives.
Karen holds a Bachelor of History from Siena College and Master’s Degrees in Museum Studies and American History from SUNY at Albany. She received her PMP in 2015, Meeting Facilitation certificate in 2017 and in 2018 Certified Scrum Project Owner certification. She has been an active member of PMI Eastern Iowa since moving to Cedar Rapids in 2014 and began serving on the Leadership Team in 2016.
Beheram Kasad is a certified Project Management Professional and Consultant with MODIS currently on assignment with United Fire Group.
In a long Project Management career, he has managed complex programs and projects in Aerospace, Defense, Education, Financial Services, Utilities and Insurance industries in the Corporate, Public, Fraternal and Non-profit sectors. It is this wide range of experience that allows him to be familiar with multiple Project Management methodologies, process development and practices to align business and technology roadmaps.
A member of the PMI and the Eastern Iowa Chapter since 2006, he held multiple leadership roles in the Chapter including Chapter President from 2013-2015.
Transplanted from the bright lights of London to the green fields of Iowa, he has lived here in the corridor for nearly 20 years. When not under lock-down, he enjoys travel. His last trip just before the global pandemic was to Australia. High on his bucket list is to visit as many countries as possible and every continent on the planet. At this point only Antarctica remains!
Supporting Beheram in this presentation to demonstrate MS Teams features will be a few UFG team members. Their support is greatly appreciated.
Location: Online link to the conference will be given to registrants after 9/8/2020
Chapter Members: Free!
Check in 11:45 AM
Program begins 12:00 PM
Program ends 1:00 PM
Pre-registration Expires: 11:59 p.m. CT on Monday, September 7th
Please note that since September 2018, due to PMI process change in reporting PDUs, we will not be reporting PDUs on behalf of members for Chapter Meetings. The members will have to claim on their own manually. We still plan to do for Yearly Professional Development Day (PDD). Please refer to the link for more info.