Breakout 8
  • Tuesday 14:45pm

    Project Management for the Career Chief

    Dale Christenson

    Dale Christenson

    Dr. Christenson is the founder and president of the Project Management Centre of Excellence Inc. (2009). He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and Project Management Professional (PMP) specializing in project management, consulting and training. He combines an extensive academic background with real-world expertise in the areas of program and portfolio management, organizational development, change management and critical project success factors. He has held project management and Executive positions in the public and private sectors including Assistant Deputy Minister of the BC Leadership Center.
    Dale has a Doctorate in Project Management from Royal MIT University in Australia and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees, diplomas and certificates in Criminology, Counseling Psychology and Project Management. Dale has 14 peer reviewed journal articles to his credit and two book chapters.  He is a frequent seminar and keynote speaker at conferences. He is the winner of the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Government Project of the Year Award, a finalist in the Canadian Institute of Public Administration Leadership Award and received 5 university teaching awards.
    Dale has also been actively involved in giving back to his profession and has served as the President on his local PMI chapter in Victoria British Columbia, Knowledge Lead for PMI’s international Government Community of Practice and Chair of his local CMC Chapter.
    Dale has a wide breadth of consulting clients from the private, public and not for profit sectors.  A sample of his clients, Canadian Navy, Lockheed Martin International, Lockheed Martin F35 Program, Fortis Alberta, Canadian Natural Resource Ltd., San Diego Gas and Electric, Comptroller General of British Columbia, Metro Vancouver, United Way, Vancouver Island Health Authority, Western Forest Products, Ministry of Solicitor General of Canada, DOMTAR, Alberta Institute of Agrologists, Cenovus Energy and numerous public sector organizations.  

    Dale also teaches at a number of Universities including, Royal Roads University, University of Victoria, United States Air Force Academy, York University, University of Northern British Columbia, Capilano University, College of the Rockies and Shanghai Jaio Tong University (Antai School of Economics and Management).

    Session Description

    Project management has become the managerial approach of choice for most organizations, whether public, private or not for profit. Many organizations across North America are investing significant dollars to introduce and mature project management practices. 

    This one hour seminar will highlight the following topics that Executive Project Sponsors and Project Sponsors need to be aware of:
    •  The value proposition of project management — What it can and cannot offer.
    •   You only need as much project management as you need to complete the project, anything more is a waste of resources.
    •  There are certain critical success factors that need to be in place if projects are going to be successful.
    •  Project management and change management are inextricably linked.
    •  What project managers should and should not be doing.
    •   The project sponsor role of in the processes of Initiating, Planning, Executing, Closing and Monitoring/Controlling. (A checklist will be provided).
    •  What are the weakest links in project management?
    •  Current trending issues in project management :
      –  Stakeholder engagement
      –  Environmental concerns
      –  Health and safety
      –  Accountability