Where can I get an overview of the Seminar’s purpose and content?
There is a brief overview and video of the intent of the seminar located here: onTrack's Edge. This identifies the purpose and need that the seminar is filling, as well as the expected results and deliverables attendees can expect.
There is a 2-page summary of the topics addressed in the seminar, called Seminar #1 Topic Summaries.doc. This identifies the overall objective of the course and provides high-level summaries of each session encompassed by the seminar.
How often will seminars be held?
These seminars are held at least monthly. Typically, they are held on the last Friday of the given month. They can be held ad hoc by request.
What are the logistics of the seminar?
Seminars last a full day, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The day is broken into sessions covering a total of 13 topics. In addition to the presenter providing information, where appropriate there are mini-breakout sessions for group discussions and hands-on activities (particularly when a tool is presented).
Are there PDUs or PMP Certification involved?
Attendees who are PMP certified will earn 1 PDU for each hour they attend. At the end of the seminar, each attendee receives a certificate that lists the PDUs earned. Attendees who have not yet been PMP certified can count the training towards the pre-requisite hours needed to qualify to take the PMP exam.
What sort of practical experience does Doug Nufer, the Program Director, have?
Over the last quarter century, Doug has managed projects from both the development and marketing sides of the business (see his LinkedIn profile). These projects have ranged from small to large to corporate-wide initiatives with extremely high visibility (for example, he managed the Y2K certification for Novell's entire product catalog and reported directly to Novell’s then-CEO, Eric Schmidt). In addition to mentoring others on project management over the years, he has written numerous project management templates and tools, and internally-used books. To date, he has managed projects for WordPerfect Corp, Novell, Symantec, and eBay.
What are Doug’s PMI Credentials?
Doug has presented on project management best practices several times over the years, instigating "Lunch and Learns" wherever he’s worked, and has been a guest speaker for official PMI functions in both San Francisco and Salt Lake City. He served on the Board of Directors for PMI's Northern Utah Chapter. He is PMP and Scrum Master certified and has an MBA.
Who is this for?
Whether you manage a project, program, or even a product launch, or are following Agile, Scrum, Waterfall, or some other methodology, if you’re managing the efforts of people, the key principles discussed in these seminars are applicable to you.
Within the seminars, attendees are taught the soft skills related to enabling people to manage work teams. Those soft skills are then applied to training on a series of on concrete tools that attendees can use to manage the efforts they oversee. During the activity portions of the seminars, attendees are trained on how to apply the tools directly to their needs.
What Methodology is this geared toward?
The training is at either a higher or lower level than the methodologies (depending on how you view it). The tips and insights provided focus on how to work with and motivate people who have been pulled together on a team. Whether that team's effort follows a rapid methodology (Agile or Scrum based) or longer term one (Waterfall, etc.), they will still need to devise lists of requirements, schedules, and other plans, determine roles, lead and motivate the team members, manage crises, and so on. At this level, the training is applicable across methodologies.
How many attendees will be at each seminar?
Ideally, there should be at least 20 attendees per seminar, with a cap of about 30. This allows for mini-breakout sessions of smaller groups for discussions and activities. This will be particularly helpful during hands-on activities.
What is the Cost?
Seminars start out at $899. However, there is a $200 Early Bird discount for those who register early, which lowers the cost to $699. The Early Bird discount usually lasts up until the last week prior to the seminar.
Is there a Referral Rewards Program?
Yes, for each paid attendee a person refers, the referrer receives a $50 Amazon gift card. There is no limit to the number of attendees a person can refer and thus the number of gift cards that can be earned. However, there can be only referrer rewarded per attendee and the attendee must have paid.
Is there a discount for multiple attendees from the same company?
Yes, there is a Multi-Attendee Discount. If a company sends five or more attendees to the same session, or five attendees from various companies all sign up together, then each attendee receives a $75 discount. The Referral Reward Program does not apply to the Multi-Attendee Discount. It is an either/or situation between the Referral Reward Program and the Multi-Attendee Discount.
Can a company request to hold the seminar in-house?
Yes, in order to facilitate the mini-breakout sessions, there must be at least 12 attendees. Either the Multi-Attendee Discount or Referral Rewards Program can be used in conjunction with an in-house seminar.
If a company elects to hold an in-house seminar, can they invite attendees from other companies?
Absolutely! We recommend doing this where possible, for two reasons. First, the mini-breakout sessions are more effective when there are 20+ attendees, as more ideas can be shared. Second, bringing in input from other companies greatly facilitates the sharing of new ideas and perspectives, particularly during the mini-breakout sessions.