The 2011 Dekker Program and Project Management Summit took place in San Diego, California, from May 25-27, and was a tremendous success. Program and project professionals from all over the country turned out to participate in the Summit, enjoying a General Session that boasted speakers from government agencies, commercial contractors, standards and compliance bodies, and even a writer for multiple network and cable television series. The presentations touched on the business value of program and portfolio management, the importance of cultural buy-in when implementing any new system or management discipline, emerging trends in the marketplace, and the applicability of strong program and project management fundamentals in diverse professional settings.
Kicking off the Summit week at Humphreys was the Energy Facilities Contractors Group (EFCOG) Project Management Working Group Summer Meeting. Department of Energy contractors from sites throughout the country participated in two days of events that allowed DOE to interface with its key contractors and plan strategically for the coming year. This EFCOG event dovetailed with the Dekker Summit, with a considerable amount of attendance overlap.
The theme of this year's Summit was "Convergence," and the many ways in which that term has come to define our work environments. Keynote presenter John Cimral (Regence Group) discussed the ways in portfolio management allows executives a way to view all organizational programs and projects in a larger strategic context. Cathe Mohar (DOE/OECM) explored the functionality and early successes of the Department of Energy's new PARS II system, that allows contractors to upload project performance data to DOE headquarters via the web. Randy Terlecki (Abacus) spoke on the importance of cultural buy-in when embracing new technologies, and how the tools and the people using them must be moving in the same direction. In John Van Dinther's (DCMA) presentation about the UN/CEFACT project management data exchange standard, attendees saw how cost, schedule, and other data could be translated in a way that all computers and systems can understand. This topic seemed particularly resonant with attendees, many of whom have had to deal with trying to manage performance data generated by multiple systems. Network television writer Ryan Farley (Cold Case) explained how program and project management thinking are at work in the effort to bring a television show to millions of viewers at home.
As part of the General Session, attendees got a sneak peek at Dekker TRAKKER 8.0, which will be released later in 2011. TRAKKER 8.0 presents a newly revamped user interface and several key features that will streamline the user experience and result in greater efficiency in managing complex projects. This presentation and all of the others given during the General Session are available on the Dekker website here. The training offerings at the Summit covered not only detailed Dekker product training, including Dekker's new web-based iProgram tool, but also survey classes on topics such as Program Management, which was taught by Dekker President and CEO Simon Dekker. Networking events where Summit attendees could discuss each day's events and training sessions were also provided.
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