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Presentation Panel: Planning IT

Monday, May 31 at 03:30 PM - Room 1150, Desmarais Hall

Project Management in the Ivory Tower

Project management in higher education presents challenges unique to academia. Rarely do we implement and leave a project; often, the same group that develops a product or service also implements and supports it long term. How do we incorporate sound project management principles in an environment that is not project focused? At Queen’s University, the Information Services group has developed a project management solution based on a blend of project management principles from a broad spectrum of philosophies, from standard waterfall to the newer Agile methodologies, incorporating tenets of XP programming techniques and PMP recommended practices along the way. At this session, Queen’s will review its history of project management solutions, what we kept/discarded, the reasons why, and our continued investigation into the best ways to track and report on our project activities. The topics covered will cover the project phases from initiation to closure.

Presented by: Ruth Smith, Queen's University


Starting a PPM initiative - Where to begin: process or technology?

Project Portfolio Management (PPM) is a strategic method of maximizing the value of an organization’s project investments. There are many reasons for implementing PPM, but how do you go about getting started?

Should you begin with establishing process or implementing technology?

This presentation illustrates the pitfalls of either a pure process or a pure technology approach, and provides you with a proven approach and case study with lessons learned for successfully implementing Project Portfolio Management. There is an important balance between people, process, and technology that needs to be established and you will be provided with a roadmap to achieve PPM success.

Presented by: Sandro Gentile, Carleton University


Academic Resource Management System: Introducing centralized strategic resource planning 

York University is a large comprehensive university with over 50,000 students located in northwest Toronto. Each of York’s ten Faculties is steeped in rich individual tradition and enjoys a high degree of autonomy. However, the financial pressures of recent economic turmoil have forced the University to dramatically step up its efforts to control costs while still providing a high-quality education and these efforts have involved harmonizing processes between Faculties. Learn how a combination of organizational realignment, process changes, and custom software integrated with enterprise systems radically improved the University’s planning, budgeting, and resource cost tracking capabilities.

Presented by: Rose Orlando and Rob Finlayson, York University


Panel discussion