PMI Portland Chapter

Chapter Meeting 2016-04

Chapter Meeting

April 19, 2016

Registration Opens March 20

Keynote Presentation

Bullying in Project Management – The Canary in the Coal Mine, with Paul Pelletier

Educational Presentation

Building a Better Brain: Improving Your Project Decision-Making, with Brad Hermanson

Keynote Presentation

Bullying in Project Management – The Canary in the Coal Mine

Bullying in project management is a global reality. It is also becoming recognized as a workplace hazard and many countries have passed legislation making it illegal. As of April 21, 2015, 31 US legislatures have introduced the Healthy Workplace Bill. The purpose of this Act is to provide legal redress for employees who have been harmed psychologically, physically or economically by deliberate exposure to abusive work environments and to provide legal incentives for employers to prevent and respond to abusive treatment of employees at work. The Act includes employer liability provisions for enabling a health-harming abusive work environment. Consequently, every organization and project manager should have the information necessary to identify bullying and the capacity to effectively address it.

This presentation introduces the issue of disrespectful workplace behavior (DWB) and workplace bullying and its impact on projects, project management professionals, and organizations. DWB can be as harmful at work and on our projects as it is in schools and other areas of society. Paul knows this from personal experience and will share his story and how it led to the work he does today.

Research shows more than 70% of workers in the US have been impacted by DWB. Employers around the world are becoming more informed of the many negative impacts and costs associated with DWB and reviewing their policies and responses to DWB. Until recently, such behavior and organizational responses were an internal matter. However, in alignment with other western countries, the US is rapidly moving to make such behavior illegal, identifying it as a health-hazard to workers. In preparation for HWB becoming law, there are many proactive, preventative measures that employers can take to mitigate the legal, reputational, financial and operational risks and improve the workplace environment.

About the Speaker

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Paul is a corporate lawyer, project manager, international public speaker, author, and business executive with over twenty-five years experience in senior roles in government and industry. A pioneer in the legal profession, Paul fused his law career with project management and has over fifteen years in senior management, leading business units, transformational projects and teams.

He is an advocate, consultant and expert in diversity/inclusion, workplace respect, workplace bullying and training. Paul Pelletier Consulting (PPC) is his management consulting firm specializing in real solutions for workplace diversity and respect offering a full spectrum of public speaking, training, consulting and coaching to address workplace inclusion and disharmony. With practice areas in awareness, prevention strategies, education, investigation, resolution, counseling and support, his firm can assist with any issue related to workplace diversity and respect.
A recognized global leader in the project management profession, Paul serves on the Project Management Institute’s Ethics Member Advisory Group. Paul is also a published author and blogger on the topics of workplace respect, diversity in the workplace, business ethics and workplace bullying. His book - Workplace Bullying - Prevention, Management and Elimination Strategies for Organizations and Everyone Else will be available in January 2016.

In 2015, Paul presented at the following international PM events:
PMI Leadership Institute Meeting – Orlando 2015
PMI Global Congress – Orlando 2015
PMI EMEA Congress - London UK 2015
Dubai International Project Management Forum – Dubai 2015 webinars – 2015
West Coast PMI Chapter Event – Vancouver 2015

Educational Presentation

Building a Better Brain: Improving Your Project Decision-Making

How often do you make decisions when you are managing a project? More than likely, if you consider every type and size decision you make, they are very frequent. In fact, making decisions is the activity project managers and project teams do most. Not every decision we make matters equally though. Some decisions are relatively inconsequential. On the other hand,
many decisions have high consequence to the results we want to achieve on our projects. Behavioral decision scientists have shown us that our brains are primed to make decision errors. Human decision frailties and decision errors are prevalent on projects. Despite the importance of decision-making to project success, there has been very little information available regarding decision-making specific to project management. In this presentation you'll learn how our brains make decisions and the problems that are created by our normal
decision processes and a step-by-step process to correct decision problems.

About the Speaker

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Brad Hermanson, PE, PE is a senior consultant and project manager in Portland, Oregon.  He is certified by the Project Management Institute as a PMP, has an MBA from the University of Oregon, and an MS in Civil Engineering and BS in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University.  Brad was Company Director of Project Delivery and Quality for a 550-person consulting engineering firm with a combined total active project revenue of over $1/3 billion.  He has managed or provided project management support on some of the most complex environmental projects in the Pacific Northwest, and has managed programs with 30 project managers and consulting fees of over $5 million a year. 

Brad is experienced in organizational design and improvement and is a frequent speaker on project management implementation, and has developed and delivered half- to multi-day project management training programs. He has spoken on various aspects of project management at meetings and to global audiences with audiences of up to 700.  Brad is an enthusiastic and entertaining speaker and where there are multiple speakers, he has consistently been rated at or near the top in speaker evaluations.

April Menu

Hickory Roasted Chicken, Roasted Garlic, Wild Mushrooms,
Harvest Rice, Chicken Demi Glaze,Roasted Vegetables
Quinoa Stuffed Eggplant,Soy Cheese, Herb Roasted Vegetables,
Fire Roasted Red Pepper Coulis
Crème Brulee Cheesecake for dessert


Doubletree Lloyd Center, 1000 NE Multnomah, Portland, Oregon

Pick up your parking voucher at the registration table–Parking is FREE!

4:00  Registration table opens
4:30  Educational presentation
5:30  Networking
5:35  New member welcome meeting
6:00  Dinner & announcements
7:00  Keynote presentation


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