The Project Lifecycle of Why and Visual Tools for Complexity

Organizer: Professional Development Committee Improved project management by asking “why” to develop a deeper understanding and applying visual tools and methods to complex systems and stakeholder communication.



In this two-part seminar we begin by examining the use of the question “why” and how answers to these questions can lead to a better understanding of the project, the root cause of the challenges the team faces, and the sources of project failures and successes. By seeking answers to the question of “why” we can increase project success and help the organization improve its project management practices and maturity. In the second part of this seminar, we look at a collection analytical tools and methods to study complex systems and communicate complex ideas. These visual tools further our project understanding and improve our effectiveness in communicating to all project stakeholders.


PDU: 4 (1.5 Way of Working, 1 Business Acumen, 1.5 Power Skills) 


About the speaker:


Dr. Brandon Olson holds a PhD in Information Technology with a specialization in Project Management and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Dr. Olson is a Professor and director of the Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics and Master of Science in Project Management programs at the College of St. Scholastica. In his role at St. Scholastica, he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Data Analytics, Computer Information Systems, IT Leadership, and Project Management. Dr. Olson has several published works and presents on topics in data analytics, project management, portfolio management, and knowledge management. In addition to his scholarship and work at the college, Dr. Olson serves as a consultant in the areas of data analytics, project management, and project governance.


Cancellation Policy
This event is hosted by the Professional Development Committee, held for the benefit of its members. The registration fee paid is based on the registrant's ability to commit to attendance, ahead of time. The registration fee will not be refunded for any reason, other than event cancellation, after normal business hours (5:00 PM, Central) on the registration deadline day. The PMI - Minnesota Chapter Professional Development Committee reserves the right to make last-minute changes to program content and speakers, as circumstances dictate.

6/10/2023 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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