Sponsored and Hosted by:

Please note: this event was originally scheduled for Dec, 2018.  Unfortunately, it has been postponed and we are working on a new date in 2019.  Please stay tuned. 

$45.00 per person (group rates available for 10 or more)
TELUS employees use code <Telus> for pre-arranged Discount

4 Speakers – 20 Minutes Each – Delivering Unique, Cutting-Edge Ideas and Thoughts

We are really excited to be hosting the first edition of ProjectTalks in Ottawa.  These are TedTalk-like sessions from local and international experts.
This is a fantastic opportunity to connect with others from different industries and project structures while hearing innovative ideas affecting your project environment today. Tell your colleagues, share with your local project teams… and don’t forget those PDUs.

See you there!
Russ McDowell
David Barrett, Director, ProjectTalks


Doors open at 7:30am – Registration and Networking
8:20am – Start
8:30am – first speaker
10:20am – close
10:30am – all done

Value Validation over Output Validation
Larry Cooper, AdaptiveOrg

Managing Projects Through Organizational Change
Nancy Haddad-Albina – Program Executive Director, Telus Corporation

Being Agile Even When Your Organization’s Not
Sharon Burke, Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology

Project Leadership and Organizational Leadership are NOT the Same Thing
David Barrett, Solutions Network Ltd.


Program Details

Value Validation over Output Validation
Larry Cooper, AdaptiveOrg
Would you like to get a Gold Star for your delivery efforts? We all would. To do that, we need a new agile Value – Value Validation over Output Validation. Focusing on outputs means you are stuck at the execution layer and never really connecting your efforts to Strategic Intent so you can deliver real business value. Focusing on business value first requires understanding how it is defined.
Larry will introduce you to the Business Value Equation, the basis for understanding, defining, and validating Value over Outputs and the stepping stone to getting lots of Gold Stars for you and your teams.



Managing Projects Through Organizational Change
Nancy Haddad-Albina – Program Executive Director
Organizational changes are becoming more frequent as organizations need to be more agile and they have a direct impact on projects in flight. Nancy will provide some of the key things PMs should do to minimize any risks to project success.


Being Agile Even When Your Organization’s Not
Sharon Burke, Algonquin College
How do you introduce agile into an environment for whom this is completely foreign?  How do you personally work in an agile methodology if the organization doesn’t have the tools and processes in place to support you?  During this talk, we’ll talk about how to introduce agile methodologies in baby steps to organizations that don’t even know they need it.


Project Leadership and Organizational Leadership are NOT the Same Thing
David Barrett, Solutions Network
All project managers are leaders, but our type of leadership is not easy.  We get thrown (or eased) into an environment that is fast moving, typically stressful, ever changing and continually challenging.  Oh, and we have no real authority!  Let’s talk about the ways we can better project leaders.

Speaker Details

Larry Cooper, AdaptiveOrg
Larry is a pioneer and leader in agile business value management. He has over 40 years of leadership, product development, business development, training development and delivery, technology, and operational experience in the public and private sectors in Canada and the US.

Larry published books on leadership agility and strategic agility in 2016. His 2015 book, Agile Value Delivery: Beyond the Numbers was endorsed by a co-author of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. He was the Author Mentor for PRINCE2 Agile (AXELOS), was published in PMI Pulse Practitioner Guidance, and was a recent contributor to #NoProjects: A Culture of Continuous Value (InfoQ) as well as  AgileSHIFT (AXELOS).

Nancy Haddad-Albina, M.Sc., MBA , MSC Information Systems, Program Executive Director, Telus Corporation

Nancy Haddad-Albina is a TELUS Program Executive supporting the Government of Canada technology evolution with 20 years’ of experience in large complex multi-million dollar Infrastructure and telecommunication service development and delivery. Nancy has strong marketing knowledge and experience in enterprise products and solutions development with deep knowledge of WAN/LAN Connectivity, VoIP, Call Center and Software Information services within the Government, Health, Education and the financial sector. Nancy successfully manages cross-functional teams in a matrix environment of over 120 members including 50 direct reports for service delivery and product development including introduction of new technology.

Nancy also enjoys supporting community programs with Junior Achievement Canada for 6 years and was the recent recipient of the 2013 TELUS Presidents Club Award for the successful delivery of the Converged Network contract to the Government of Canada.

Sharon Burke, Algonquin College

As a Senior IT Leader, Sharon has more than 20 years experience leading teams and initiatives in both software and infrastructure environments.  She has worked as lead consultant on numerous large engagements including system integrations for a variety of large clients, facilitating the re-engineering of business processes, and leading strategic planning exercises as well as creating work plans for the fulfillment of those strategic plans.

As a leader and mentor, she has managed teams of more than 25 direct reports, as well as global project teams in excess of 200 disbursed personnel.  Through her years of consulting, she has built a reputation for her ability to rescue failing initiatives.  As a result, she is frequently called upon to oversee initiatives and teams that are at risk of missing delivery targets. Through a combination of identification of waste, process improvement, and team motivation, she has redirected initiatives to successful completion or helped clients decide when priorities needed to change.

David Barrett David Barrett is a professional speaker, regular blogger, podcast host, author of 5 books and education advisor.   He specializes in helping people and organizations Manage the Uncertainty by creating healthy projects and strategies. David’s career includes the creation and directing of a conference business, training company, software development firm, speaker bureau, and most recently a TED-style event series for project professionals across North America.

ProjectTalks is owned and operated by Solutions Network Ltd.