Beth May

Presentation: Positivity as a Business Strategy

Abstract: People are at the heart of every project, so what if we put people in the center of the iron triangle? If we did that, then building healthy relationships with project stakeholders would be a priority, equal to technical, schedule, and cost performance. A healthy relationship allows us to share ideas, good and bad news, and disagreements with productive dialogue. Positivity – speaking and acting with a positive attitude – can go a long way toward establishing and maintaining the kind of relationships that make collaboration easier, problems less worrisome, and life more fun. In this session, we’ll consider the personal benefits of positivity and how to extend those concepts outward to the most important people on our projects – our stakeholders.

PMI Talent Triangle: Power Skills

Biography: Beth May is currently a Program Management Director at Robotic Research. She has degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science and more than 30 years of experience working as a government contractor on a variety of system development and IT services projects. She is also the Chief Operating Officer of a nonprofit called Project Management for Change, where she leads an all-volunteer team to provide pro bono project management support to other nonprofits around the world.