I love to share the lessons I’ve learned over the years of creating high IMPACT in organizations and remain active in the Project Management community through live speaking engagements and training events.

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Laura Barnard Project Management Training

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UPCOMING EVENTS

September 13, 2017

  • How To Train Your Sponsor
  • IMPACT Engine: The Proven Six-Step System to Transform Your Organization into an ROI Generator

PMI Central Virginia Chapter

September 22, 2017

From Project Manager to IMPACT Driver: The proven system of immediately applicable techniques and resources to become an invaluable strategic asset in your organization.

PMI Metrolina Chapter
UNC Charlotte Center City
320 E. 9th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

September 23, 2017

IMPACT Engine: The Proven Six-Step System for Transforming Your Organization into an ROI Generator

PMI Metrolina Chapter
UNC Charlotte Center City
320 E. 9th Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

March 6, 2018

IMPACT Engine: The Proven Six-Step System for Transforming Your Organization into an ROI Generator

PMI Palmetto Chapter

We had the pleasure of seeing Laura, the keynote speaker, and really enjoyed her message about PMOs and the organization and building those out and the value they bring to companies. We will take that back and implement it.

Trevor KookerSenior Project Manager

We had the privilege of having Laura Barnard as one of our keynote speakers. She did an amazing job and what she brought to us was very enlightening. The tools she is making available to our members will be invaluable and we really appreciate her contribution to the PMI Professional Development Day.

Candi BanghartVP Programs

One thing that stuck with me is a statement she made that as PMs we have a fiduciary responsibility to deliver. We are the owners of delivery.

Pavan GotetiSenior Project Manager

I had the opportunity, at our Professional Development Day, to listen to Laura Barnard both as a breakout session speaker and a keynote speaker. I really enjoyed both sessions. She did a great job of providing a lot of info that I’m anxious to go back and use at work!

Attendee of PMI Central Iowa Professional Development Day

Recently attended the PMI Symposium at UMD and heard your great presentation. Looking forward to more “sage wisdom” and hearing you at future PMI events.

Mack James

What Do Our Clients Say?

PMO Strategies Founder, Laura Barnard, is a regular keynote speaker and workshop provider at PMI professional development symposiums, global education provider webinars, and corporate functions.

Laura Barnard Talks About PMOs and Project Management

SPEAKING TOPICS ABSTRACTS

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Impact Engine™: The proven six step system to turn your organization into an ROI generator

Audience: Anyone in leadership from the C-suite to project managers
PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership

Short

This inspiring, insightful yet practical presentation explores what’s working and what’s not with project organizations. We explore the proven system for a successful project-driven organization, the pitfalls to avoid if you are trying to create change, and what the superstars are doing right. This presentation applies to everyone in a position of leadership whose objective is to lead a team to create change, from project managers to the C-suite. It’s all about instilling the right focus, getting very clear on measurable outcomes, driving for results, knowing what and how to communicate, being flexible, and transforming the mindset and culture to be ROI-driven. Join us as we explore the Impact Engine™ techniques to turn your organization or team into an ROI generator for the company.

Long

Is your organization having the positive impact necessary for you and your entire team to thrive, not just survive? Is your team on the verge of extinction because you just aren’t quite delivering the high-impact results necessary for the organization?

Why is your organization or team just struggling to get by while you watch other leaders and teams around you effortlessly meeting their commitments, driving to results, with a team that seems like they wouldn’t rather be anywhere else? What are the secrets they have figured out? What are they doing differently?

This inspiring, insightful yet practical presentation explores what’s working and what’s not with project organizations. We explore the proven system for a successful project-driven organization, the pitfalls to avoid if you are trying to create change, and what the superstars are doing right. This presentation applies to everyone in a position of leadership whose objective is to lead a team to create change, from project managers to the C-suite. It’s all about instilling the right focus, getting very clear on measurable outcomes, driving for results, knowing what and how to communicate, being flexible, and transforming the mindset and culture to be ROI-driven. Join us as we explore the Impact Engine™ techniques to turn your organization or team into an ROI generator for the company.

Impact Engine™: The proven six step system to turn your PMO into an ROI generator

Audience: PMO leaders and project managers
PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership and Technical Project Management

Short

This inspiring, insightful yet practical presentation explores what’s working and what’s not with PMOs. We explore the proven system for a successful project-driven organization, the pitfalls to avoid if you are trying to create change, and what the superstars are doing right. This presentation applies to everyone in a position of leadership whose objective is to lead a team to create change, from project managers to the C-suite. It’s all about instilling the right focus, getting very clear on measurable outcomes, driving for results, knowing what and how to communicate, being flexible, and transforming the mindset and culture to be ROI-driven. Join us as we explore the Impact Engine™ techniques to turn your PMO into an ROI generator for the company.

Long

PMOs have been tried multiple times, in many different ways. Sometimes they work, but much of the time they don’t. First it was all about tools and process, and then it was all about being “business driven.” A huge shift was made toward business focus, but did anything change? We still see organizational change failing sometimes as high as 70% and projects seem to have about a 50% success rate! These are not passing grades!

This inspiring, insightful yet practical presentation explores what’s working and what’s not with PMOs. We explore the proven system for a successful project-driven organization, the pitfalls to avoid if you are trying to create change, and what the superstars are doing right. This presentation applies to everyone in a position of leadership whose objective is to lead a team to create change, from project managers to the C-suite. It’s all about instilling the right focus, getting very clear on measurable outcomes, driving for results, knowing what and how to communicate, being flexible, and transforming the mindset and culture to be ROI-driven. Join us as we explore the Impact Engine™ techniques to turn your PMO into an ROI generator for the company.

The Executive Dashboard: Tell them what they need to know…then STOP!

Audience: Anyone in leadership from the C-suite to project managers
PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership and Technical Project Management

Short

Frustrated because your stakeholders aren’t focused on the right information? Are their decisions taking forever? This session shows you a very practical tool and set of techniques for focusing your team (and sponsor) on the information they need to make educated and informed decisions so you can ALL get back to what you do best, which is to Get. It. Done. It IS possible to get that project done right, the first time … and fast!

Each participant leaves with access to the popular one-page tool to Get. It. Done. on their projects the next day!

Long

How many times have you facilitated a meeting and watched executives spend too much time on irrelevant details? Your meeting is over and no decisions were made to keep your project moving! Ugh. Bad news … we do it to ourselves! You gave them MORE information than needed and distracted them from the actions and decisions vital to move the project forward.

Reporting should be simple and information sharing straightforward. This one-page executive dashboard can be used for a single project for an entire portfolio of projects. The key to an effective report is to give executives the information they need to make educated and informed decisions … then STOP! Don’t provide too much information and ensure the information you do share leads to necessary decisions and actions. Tell them what they need to know and do, enabling you and your project to move toward completion. Then you can get back to what you do best, which is to Get. It. Done.

Each participant leaves with access to the popular one-page tool to Get. It. Done. on their projects the next day!

Change Management Simplified: Combining Project Management and Change Management to Get. It. Done.

Audience: Anyone responsible for project delivery
PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership and Technical Project Management
Project managers know a thing or two about managing projects, but why is it that we are still seeing only about 64% of projects meet their original goals and 52% of strategic initiatives reach their strategic goals, according to the recent PMI Pulse of the Profession survey? We are using the tools, going through the process, yet we just can’t seem to get to the outcomes we planned for or expected. And it’s even worse if you put the word strategy in front of it! Then, you may as well flip a coin! What gives?

You might be missing the right level of change management on your project! We are not talking about the “let HR come in and fix you” kind of change management. No, we mean the kind that brings people with you through the change DURING the project to get to the best outcomes possible kind of change enablement. Yes, you can be successful in meeting your project constraints all while having happy project resources AND happy end users when the work is complete (on time and on budget, by the way).

The good news is that there are some simple steps that you can take to give yourself and your change initiative the best possible opportunity for success! You will walk away from this presentation with specific techniques you can apply immediately to make your change stick and even get your sponsor engaged in the process (willingly)!

How to Train Your Sponsor

Audience: Project managers
PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership and Technical Project Management

Short

Having trouble getting your sponsor to engage? Learn how to leverage the best tools and techniques to turn your sponsor into a rock star champion for your project!

Long

Having trouble getting your sponsor to focus on your project? Did their engagement end when the charter was signed? What!? They didn’t even read the charter?

If you want to improve your sponsor relationship and get exactly what you need from them to keep you project moving forward, this webinar was built for you. Unfortunately, most sponsors don’t understand what is expected of them. Why would they? We haven’t told them, yet!

We start with a sponsor assessment to help you evaluate the kind of sponsor you have for your project. That is key to understanding what comes next. Then, we apply a sponsor management process and various techniques and tools to help you focus your sponsor on precisely what they need to know, help them understand what is expected of them throughout the project lifecycle, and how they can support you through the process of managing a project. Happy and engaged sponsor = happy project manager! Join us if you want to learn the secrets to sponsor engagement and how to master the most critical component of any change success.

Change Management Simplified

Audience: Anyone in leadership from the C-suite to project managers trying to deliver results
PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership and Technical Project Management

Having trouble getting changes done in your organization? Struggling to get the team to understand the value or properly motivating those that should already care?

How can you bring people along with this change and arm them with the skills they need to help you along this change journey? Is it really possible to make the change happen even in difficult and change resistant cultures? These questions plague all of us as we begin to take on the daunting challenge of driving real change in an organization. The good news is that there are some simple steps that you can take to give yourself and your change initiative the best possible opportunity for success! You will walk away from this presentation with specific techniques you can apply immediately to make your change stick!

Risk Management and the PMO

Audience: Anyone responsible for project delivery
PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership and Technical Project Management

Most project managers understand the basics of managing project-level risks, using the tried-and-true risk matrix that prioritizes risks according to probability and impact, so that we can then work risk management strategies. If this is done well on each project, it might be tempting to conclude that our risk management job is done. But is it? Are we leaving ourselves open to broader risk exposure by looking at each project on its own?

Applying Laura’s no nonsense approach to risk management, we will traverse the key portfolio- and enterprise-level risk categories that are rarely the responsibility of a single project manager, but which have the potential to cause major failures across projects, programs, portfolios, and the enterprise. You will walk away with some easy to implement ideas on risk management across your projects that won’t have you bogged down in heavy process, while creating a more mature risk culture.

Lessons Learned from Running the Impossible PMO®

Audience: Anyone responsible for project delivery or setting up a PMO
PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership and Technical Project Management

The Project Management Day of Service® took on the monumental task of changing the perception of the Project Management profession by asking “What’s next for Project Managers?” Wanting more for the profession, this group believed that Project Management deserved to sit among the industries called upon to provide pro bono services to the community.

How do you build an organization and create endless enthusiasm with a group of volunteers trying to do something that has never been done before? Internationally recognized as an unprecedented event to bring together hundreds of nonprofits and project managers from the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area, the PMDoS® was an idea aimed at raising the profile of the project management profession, while serving those organizations that work tirelessly

Our speaker, Laura Barnard, PMP, a long time veteran in the PMI community, with a long track record of building PMO’s in this region was faced with a challenge she had never seen. How do you take an idea, no…a dream, and make it a reality with no initial budget, no resources, but a lot of passion?

Our journey begins with a simple conversation and ends with a record-setting event that changed the project management profession. We will explore the challenges, tribulations and energy building excitement created in the region and what it took to build and run an all-volunteer PMO of over 40 passionate individuals that believed we could do more.

Project Management Day of Service®: Making Project Management the Intentional Profession!

Audience: PMI Chapters or other Volunteer-Led Organizations
PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership and Technical Project Management

Are you looking for ways to engage your volunteers in a meaningful way? Grow your membership? Provide professional development opportunities? Grow interest in the Project Management profession? Give back to your local community? The Project Management Day of Service® gives you all of this with one event!

In this session, you will hear about a record-setting event that has gotten the attention of PMI Global and many other PMI chapters across the world. Come learn how your chapter can join the many chapters that are saying, “Accidental Profession no longer!” while addressing many strategic objectives for growth of their chapters and providing value to their membership.

What does it take to pull off a record setting event with no budget, no resources, and not much more than a vision to change the landscape of the Project Management profession? The Project Management Day of Service® was the first of its kind to bring together 300 project managers with 100 nonprofits in the region to do an all-day scoping and planning session. This was the first time that project managers were able to come together in such high numbers and use their unique and hard-earned skills as project managers to make a direct impact on the communities they live and work in every day.

Veterans in the PMI community (with two decades of PMI board service between them) and both CEOs of their respective companies, the Co-Founders of this event were quite familiar with taking the road less traveled, but this event took that experience to a new level. How do you motivate people that you cannot pay when all you have is a strategic vision of what could be? How do you raise money for an organization that doesn’t even exist? How do you conquer concerns from stakeholders that it just can’t be done? How do you find sponsors willing to donate their time, resources and money when there is no historical data to prove return on investment?

The Impossible PMO®: Lessons Learned from Running an All-Volunteer PMO

Audience: Anyone responsible for project delivery or setting up a PMO
PMI Talent Triangle: Strategic & Business Management, Leadership and Technical Project Management

The Project Management Day of Service® took on the monumental task of changing the perception of the Project Management profession by asking “What’s next for Project Managers?” Wanting more for the profession, this group believed that Project Management deserved to sit among the industries called upon to provide pro bono services to the community.

How do you build an organization and create endless enthusiasm with a group of volunteers trying to do something that has never been done before? Internationally recognized as an unprecedented event to bring together hundreds of nonprofits and project managers from the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area, the PMDoS® was an idea aimed at raising the profile of the project management profession, while serving those organizations that work tirelessly to make a difference in our community.

Our speaker, Laura Barnard, PMP, a long time veteran in the PMI community, with a long track record of building PMOs in this region was faced with a challenge she had never seen. How do you take an idea, no…a dream, and make it a reality with no initial budget, no resources, but a lot of passion?

Our journey begins with a simple conversation and ends with series of record-setting events that changed the project management profession. We will explore the challenges, tribulations and energy building excitement created in the region and what it took to build and run an all-volunteer organization of passionate individuals that believed we could do more.

HIGHLY SATISFIED CLIENTS & SPEAKING TOPICS

November 17, 2015

The Building Blocks of an Effective and Sustainable PMO
PMI Baltimore, MD Chapter


November 2, 2015

Project Management Seminar Series
National Institute of Health, National Cancer Institute 


September 25, 2015

Making a Difference with Project Management
PM Symposium
Project Management Institute (PMI) Washington DC Chapter


October 19-21, 2015

Organizing your Organization
Lessons Learned from the Largest Volunteer ScopeAthon in History
Points of Light – Service Unites Conference on Volunteering and Service
The Impossible PMO
PDC 2015: Identify YOUR Path To Success!

Project Management Institute (PMI) Hampton Roads Chapter


September 15, 2015
Change Management Simplified

Navy Federal Credit Union – PMIWDC Local Community Meeting


September 15, 2015
The Executive Dashboard: Tell them what they need to know (then STOP)!

Project Management Institute (PMI) Washington DC Chapter


June 25, 2015

The Impossible PMO™

Lessons Learned from Running an All-Volunteer PMO

Tysons Corner Project Management Luncheon

Project Management Institute (PMI) Washington DC Chapter


June 25, 2015

Northrup Grumman / Virginia Tech

Global Externship Program


June 23, 2015

Change Management Simplified: Combining Project Management and Change Management to Get Things Done

Northern Virginia Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)


June 16, 2015

The Executive Dashboard: Tell Them What They Need to Know (Then Stop!)

Silver Spring PMI Symposium/2015 Professional Development


June 25, 2015

Project Management Institute (PMI) Washington DC Chapter

The Building Blocks of an Effective & Sustainable PMO


June 15, 2015

SharePoint Project Management Symposium

Protiviti Project Management Conference


June 8, 2015

The Making of PMDoS:

Lessons Learned from Running an All-Volunteer PMO

PMO Strategies and PM Day of Service

UMD 2015 Project Management Symposium

University of Maryland


May 14, 2015

Reduce Operating Costs with a Unified Enterprise Business Management

Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce


April 24, 2015

Free Webinar – Learn How to Build an Effective and Sustainable PMO


March 20, 2015

Baltimore PMI Symposium/2015 Professional Development Event

Project Management Institute (PMI)

Baltimore, MD Chapter

Project Management Day of Service (PMDOS):

We are Making Project Management the Intentional Profession


March 17, 2015

Region 5 Mid Atlantic PMI Leadership Conference

Responding to Labor Market Demand Shifts in the Northern Virginia Labor Market


February 24, 2015

Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce Workforce Panel

Change and the PMO


February 11, 2015

Acentia

Risk Management and the PMO

December 5, 2014

From Project Manager to Project Leader


December 4, 2014

How to Build an Effective and Sustainable PMO

Computer Aid, Inc.


November 11, 2014

7 Essential Techniques that all High-Performing PMOs Must Master (7 PDUs)

Universities at Shady Grove


October 15, 2014

Project Management Symposium

Project Management Institute (PMI)

Montgomery County, MD Chapter


September 23, 2014

The Building Blocks of an Effective and Sustainable PMO

IT Metrics and Productivity Institute (ITMPI)

Webinar Series 2014 Fall Catalog


July 22, 2014

Tysons Corner Luncheon

Project Management Institute (PMI)


June 9-10, 2014

Washington, D.C. Chapter

The Real Deal on PMO Success

Project Management Symposium

University of Maryland, College Park – Project Management Center of Excellence and

Project Management Institute (PMI)

Silver Spring, MD Chapter


September 16, 2014

PMI Local Communities: IRS Location

Project Management Institute (PMI)

Washington, D.C. Chapter


May 7, 2014

PM Tools Workshop

Project Management Institute (PMI)

Washington, D.C. Chapter

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