Become a Symposium Speaker
The PMI Silicon Valley Chapter is pleased to announce its 2022 Annual Symposium, which will again this year be conducted virtually. This year's theme is: “Project Management in a VUCA World: Overcoming Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity in Today’s Projects.”
“VUCA” is a now-common acronym in business and project management. The Harvard Business Review described VUCA as a “catchall for ‘Hey, it's crazy out there!’” The current 7th Edition PMI PMBOK Guide includes “Uncertainty” as its eighth Performance Domain—addressing “Uncertainty, Ambiguity, Complexity, Volatility, and Risk.” All project leaders face these factors every day in our current projects. There’s no question that it’s crazy out here, and it is only getting worse…
Do you have stories to share about using agile methods, risk management, systems engineering, or other techniques for leading successful projects in chaotic environments? Would you like to share your experiences with like-minded professionals dealing with unpredictable environments, and participate in an online event where you will learn from others who face the same challenges?
If so, please plan to join us as a virtual session speaker at our 2022 PMI Silicon Valley Annual Symposium.
- Deadline for submission: July 8, 2022
- Selected presenters notified by: August 8, 2022
- Sample dry run for presentations: Late August, 2022
- Final presentations due: September 12, 2022
- Symposium event dates: October 7-8, 2022
Things to Know
Proposed topics must align with the symposium theme of "Project Management in a VUCA World" and should be compelling to the attendees. Presentations should be practical and applicable to individuals and organizations from a wide spectrum of organizations and backgrounds. Interpretation of this theme is encouraged, and presenters from any industry, discipline, or project environment are welcome.
Possible topic categories include the following:
- Skills and techniques:
- What tips, tools, and practices have you used to minimize rapid and unpredictable project change?
- How do you effectively balance competing or inconsistent stakeholder expectations?
- Have you used systems techniques or other ideas for reducing complexity?
- How have you confidently chosen between multiple competing options or clarified ambiguous project information?
- Case studies:
- Do you have practices to share for dealing with influential stakeholders who frequently change their minds?
- Have you experienced situations where you have minimized uncertainty and effectively managed project risks?
- What can you share about leading project teams in chaotic environments (both good and bad)?
- Have you used Agile Methodologies to manage scoping volatility?
- What ideas and concepts have been found useful when dealing with excessive project risk or unclear guidance?
- What technologies and processes do you find helpful for understanding complicated problems?
- Success Stories or valuable lessons learned:
- What “war stories” can you share to help others achieve better outcomes?
- How have you used agile, iterative, or other incremental methods to lead and motivate contributors when factors become unstable?
Preference will be given to presentations that:
- Reflect leadership best practices in program and project management
Emphasize on case studies and concrete examples
- Are from speakers having extensive backgrounds and proven online presentation skills
- Illustrate effective, evolving project management techniques or developments
- Provide practical value for our audience of seasoned project leaders from the Silicon Valley industries here in the San Francisco Bay Area
- Breakout room, poll questions or other collaboration tools which can improve audience participation is recommended
- Have not previously been delivered at other conferences.
Accepted presenters will receive the following:
- One complimentary symposium registration
- Access to all conference presentations / keynotes and access to all other scheduled conference activities. (Any additional presenters may register and participate in the full symposium, or, at no cost, plan to attend only the portion of the symposium around their scheduled presentation.)
Each presenter will have a total of 55 minutes to present, with 40-45 minutes to deliver content and 10-15 minutes for Q&A with the audience.
- Submission Date: Submit your proposals by July 8, 2022.
- All proposals will be reviewed by a committee and the selected presenters will be notified by August 8, 2022.
- Sample dry run for presentations might be conducted between late August 2022 depending on speakers' experience.
- Final presentations are due on September 12, 2022.
- The symposium will be conducted over the Zoom platform.
- There will be Zoom experts present during each session to help the speaker and facilitate the webinar.