Presentation - 2013 PMI Mass Bay Chapter


Presented "The Changing Nature of Project Management" at the 2013 PMI Mass Bay Chapter, Project Management Professional Development Day, UMass Lowell, Waltham, MA

Agile - The Changing Nature of Project Management

Session Description:
Project Managers and Project Management Offices (PMOs) are dynamic and organic parts of the environment, with interdependent
Adaptive Project Management practices are not a new phenomenon. However, the recent global crises have created a sense of urgency in
which there’s little room for error.
This presentation suggests that a successful PMO is one that adapts and aligns quickly to changing factors. While there is no single recipe
that provides ultimate success; there is a clear need for value driven fast, agile transformations. PMOs are moving from being a body of
oversight to one of strategic business partners ensuring right projects are delivered to provide value and one whose success can be
measured by their alignment to the business.
A successful Project Manager is an adaptive leader that can read and predict changing environments and strategically align with the
company’s vision with agility.
About the Speaker:
Deniz Johnson, MBA, PMP -- is a Senior Vice President and Director of Shared Services at Acadian Asset Management, where she
oversees key strategic IT initiatives.
At Acadian, Ms. Johnson directs the planning and implementation arm of the IT group. She is responsible for consolidated IT functions that
are common to the entire firm.
Prior to joining Acadian, Ms. Johnson implemented her adaptive delivery approach for a number of companies in the healthcare, software
and financial industries.
Among other industry contributions, she presented “Avoiding Accidental Success – Why Alignment Between Delivery and Strategy is
Critical” at the 2011 PMO Symposium, “Effectively Market Your PMO Internally and Achieve Organizational Buy-In” at the 2011 Strategic
PMO Summit and “The Changing Nature of PMO – From Value to Valuable” at the 2010 PMO Symposium. In 2009 she was interviewed by
PMI on her thoughts on “The Changing PMO” published in the Voices on Project Management blog.