2019 Professional Development Day Symposium (PDD)

The PMI Central Arkansas Chapter proudly presents…

Leading Multiple Generations and Hybrid Agile,
featuring Julie Kowalski & Dr. David A. Bishop, MBA

Join us for a day of fun, interactive learning experiences and networking!

Friday, October 18  |  8:00 am to 4:30 pm  |  Check-in and breakfast begin at 7:30 am.
Hosted by Southwest Power Pool at 201 Worthen Drive, Little Rock, AR 72223.

Registration ends October 11. PMI Central Arkansas Chapter Member and military discount pricing is available.
Open group registration instructions.


Southwest Power Pool to Host the 2019 Symposium!

We are thankful to SPP for hosting our 2019 symposium at its state-of-the-art facility!



Check-in and breakfast begin at 7:30 am. Activities begin at 8:00 am and we’ll dismiss at 4:30 pm. Lunch and afternoon refreshments will be served. Plan to stay for the entire event or you will miss out on earning some of your PDUs.

  • Keynote: Building Your Reputation as a Successful 21st‑Century Project Manager
  • Workshop: Hybrid Agile Implementations and Tips for Gathering Agile Requirements
  • Workshop: How to Hold People Accountable, Whether They Report to You or Not



Register by October 11. To receive membership pricing, both your PMI and Chapter memberships must be current. Join or renew your dues at https://www.pmi.org/membership/join before registering.

Open Registration, September 1 to October 11:

  • Members $300
  • Non-Members $500



More Discounts:

  • A $25/person discount for groups of 5+ is available for PMI Central Arkansas Chapter Members. Everyone in the group must be a PMI and Chapter Member to receive this discount.
  • A $50/person discount is available for active and retired Military Personnel. Group discounts do not apply. Must pay online at time of registration.


Menu by Dinner's Ready Express Catering

Breakfast: Omelet Casserole – fresh eggs scrambled with peppers, tomatoes, spinach, and cheese, served with fresh-baked buttermilk biscuits, sausage gravy, fresh fruit and juice

Lunch: Chicken Fajitas or Grilled Vegetable Kebabs, served with cilantro lime rice, steamed broccoli, dinner salad, dinner rolls, and cookies/brownies. (When you register for the event, select your preferred lunch option. The veggie kebabs and broccoli are gluten-free and vegetarian. The cilantro lime rice and dinner salad are vegetarian.)

Afternoon Refreshments: Eight-Layer Mexican Dip, Creamy Ranch Crab Dip, Raspberry Chipotle Dip, Black Bean Salsa


Speakers and Topics

Workshop Leader Dr. David Bishop presents…

Hybrid Agile Implementations

Agile methodologies have become a popular and widely accepted method for managing software development. However, despite this success, managing agile methods has proven to be a real challenge for most companies, particularly those with complex products such as IoT devices and large development environments. As such, agile methods are changing. Many companies have been forced to adopt a hybrid version of agile and waterfall techniques, and this hybrid approach is fast becoming the norm rather than the exception in the industry.

Metagility is a comprehensive approach for managing this new and highly effective breed of agility from the executive level on down. Based on scientific theory and practitioner research, it is the definitive playbook for those seeking the optimal solution for adapting agile to more complex product development and organizational contexts.

This workshop will expose attendees to the basics of how to manage both agile and waterfall techniques to outperform their competition in industries with very high technological change, turbulent markets, and innovation.

  • Learn how to manage hybrid agile implementations in situations where traditional agile methods typically fall short.
  • Learn how to apply hybrid agility to difficult contexts such as embedded systems, large enterprises, and distributed teams.
  • Learn a new language for understanding agility, including concepts such as business momentum and agile vorticity that provide cutting-edge insights into a company’s position in its market.
  • Learn a method to determine what true agility means and how to achieve it for your company both within your internal organization and your position in the marketplace.
  • Learn how to determine the proper mix of agile and waterfall characteristics for your organization to help you get the most out of your agile strategy in today’s highly competitive and innovative markets.


Bonus Tips for Gathering Agile Requirements: Learn the difference between gathering waterfall requirements versus agile requirements. Learn to write effective agile user stories/requirements and avoid common pitfalls. These skills are especially useful for waterfall business analysts transitioning to product owner roles.

About Dr. David Bishop, MBA

Dr. David A. Bishop is a technologist, consultant, researcher, entrepreneur, researcher, and instructor with over 25 years in telecommunications, transportation, airline, government, and utility industries. David is CEO and Founder of Agile Worx (http://www.agile-worx.com), a software development firm that provides program and project management tools based on research.

Dr. Bishop is the creator of agile vortex theory, which is the result of over five years of intensive practitioner research in some of the world’s most successful organizations. The theory focuses on how these organizations managed both agile and waterfall techniques to outperform their competition in industries with very high technological change, turbulent markets, and innovation.

Dr. Bishop holds a Bachelor of Computer Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, an MBA with a concentration in IT management, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Georgia State University. He is an inventor of several U.S. patents.

He is a member and committee chair for the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) based in Geneva Switzerland, a member of ANSI, and a Senior Member of the IEEE and the Association for Computing Machinery. David is also founding chair for the Atlanta chapter of the Technology and Engineering Management Society. He is Conference Chair for TEMSCON 2019: http://www.temscon.org.

Dr. David A. Bishop


Keynote and Workshop Leader Julie Kowalski presents…

Building Your Reputation as a Successful 21st‑Century Project Manager

For the first time in history, there are five generations in the workplace (Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z), and each generation is demonstrating vast differences in work behavior and expectations. This is a relatively new phenomenon that is adding more frustration and stress to our workdays – with the generations often colliding, more than collaborating.

When we understand how key historical events shaped each generation as well as generational preferences, we can learn to accommodate those preferences and business needs – thereby eliminating stress and frustration and creating supportive environments for everyone.

In this dynamic session we will learn about the key events of each generation, the four primary communications styles used in the U.S., how our reputation is determined, and the steps we can take to create a reputation as a successful 21st-century project manager.

  • Learn the key events that have shaped and impacted the five generations in today’s workplace.
  • Learn the values that span all generations.
  • Learn how communication creates supportive or defensive environments.
  • Learn actions that shift our behavior from trying and failing to “fix” the other generations, to working effectively with them.
  • Learn how to identify your own communications style preference.
  • Learn how to identify other people’s styles.
  • Learn how to adapt communications to ensure the message is received in the most favorable way possible.
  • Learn how your reputation is determined and how to create a successful reputation in order to achieve more in less time.


How to Hold People Accountable, Whether They Report to You or Not

In a world where you get results through teams and teamwork, holding people accountable is the key to driving success. In this workshop Julie Kowalski will share why people need to be held accountable, the main reasons people fail to deliver, and why we don’t hold people accountable even when we know we should. Learn proven tips, tools, and techniques for holding people accountable (including yourself and those who do not report to you) in a positive and effective manner. Learn new tools that you can immediately apply to see real results!

  • Learn exactly what accountability is and what it is not.
  • Learn why people fail to do what they said they would do.
  • Learn why people don’t hold others accountable and how to overcome this phenomenon.
  • Learn six proven and simple steps to effectively hold people accountable.


About Julie Kowalski

Julie Kowalski is a seasoned thought leader, consultant, executive coach and facilitator. She’s also an energetic and spirited professional trainer. Through her own working history, Julie has gained valuable insight and acumen into the science of what it takes to start and run successful businesses as well as the art of earning and retaining customer and employee loyalty.

Julie maintains working relationships with a wide variety of business owners and executives from small family-owned businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Julie was named one of the “World’s Most Creative Thinkers” by bestselling author Seth Godin (Purple Cow) and she possesses over 25 years of first-hand business experience. Her accomplishments include personally starting and successfully managing multi-million-dollar companies.

Julie Kowalski



Thank you, Sponsors, for contributing to professional development in 2019!

The 2019 PDD Planning Committee and our Chapter Board Members are grateful to our generous sponsors – Southwest Power Pool, Arkansas BlueCross BlueShield, GDH, and EDG, Inc. Thank you for supporting professional development within the Central Arkansas community!

While technical skills are core to project and program management, PMI research tells us they’re not enough in today’s increasingly complex and competitive global marketplace. Companies are seeking added skills in leadership and business intelligence – competencies that can support longer-range strategic objectives that contribute to the bottom line.

By focusing on developing the additional skills we need to meet the evolving demands on our profession, we enable new opportunities to elevate our value as strategic partners in business success.