John Johnson

Presentation 1 of 2: Transformed into What – Organizational Models of the Future

Abstract: The rapidly changing expectations of employment, move to remote work, competition for labor, and the gig economy are upending the typical organization. This is happening on a smaller, but more intimate level for every Project Manager. Our teams are defining new “ways of working” following the integration of essential lean and agile principles to meet the demands of great complexity in team functions and uncertainty in what and how to build our products.

There’s good news. The essential building blocks of how we work was, is, and will be ” the team.” And what drives performance on a team is still that which we know drives performance in projects – team communication. What might surprise you is just how much leverage the digital age gives future organizations to access networks of people and achieve the ideal form of teams with minimal investment.

In this presentation we’ll explore the essential drivers of team performance, team organizational theory, how that theory impacts engineering, the ideals of team design, and what the future holds for truly leveraged organizations.  These lessons will help you answer the question of what your team should do to transform into an organization of the future.

PMI Talent Triangle: Business Acumen

Presentation 2 of 2: The Happier, Healthier, and Wealthier PM: Just-In-Time Learning to Upskill for a Successful Project Career

Abstract: Project Managers are being asked to do more than manage delivery within constraints. The level of uncertainty due to rapid change means that short planning cycles are driving business-level concerns into the project and even subproject domain to rapidly sense and adapt to changing markets or customer demands. This means that project managers must learn new skills and PMI is already addressing that in its refresh of the PMBoK and its principles-based approach.  As challenging as this is, our delivery domains as project managers are also experiencing the same disruption and turbulence. Our functional experts must reskill and upskill to meet the demands of the digital age.

This presentation identifies which skill sets are essential to develop to become happier, healthier, and wealthier in your PM career. Continuous learning is the centerpoint of any career advancement, and its benefits are profound. This presentation helps you focus your learning. It’s loaded with synthesized research from McKinsey and Pearson, as we identify what skills are essential for Employment, Job Satisfaction, and High Income. We also look at how the learning landscape is changing, and the best opportunities for you to start improving right now using free and low-cost educational opportunities.

Join John Johnson on this journey to becoming a Happier, Healthier, and Wealthier PM and wrap up your PM Symposium with a step-by-step guide to a more successful project career.
PMI Talent Triangle: Power Skills

Biography: John Johnson serves as the President and CEO of PM Dynamics LLC, as well as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park, Project Management Center for Excellence. PM Dynamics is a small startup consultancy promotes online and in-person training for adult learners on project management. PM Dynamics also provides strategic consulting for federal acquisitions and procurement strategies; project management consulting; and systems engineering. Mr. Johnson teaches graduate courses on Agile and Predictive management at the University of Maryland’s Project Management Program. His recent Agile Project Management series on EdX was highlighted as the #1 Professional Certificate for massive online open courses (MOOCs) globally by the premier MOOC reviewer with over 40,000 enrollments in 8 months.  He has 10 years of project management, systems engineering, and advanced analytics experience leading large teams as an Agile PM at IBM and Booz Allen, as well as CTO of Softek Enterprises LLC.