Northwest Roundtable Meeting (October 2018)

October 17, 2018
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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Webinar - Live, virtual


Total PDUs for this event: 1 (participants are responsible for inputting their PDUs)

PDU Category for this roundtable: Strategic (1.0)

On-Demand Webinar Presenter (through  Mark Mullaly


Title: Project HEADWAY: Yes, You Can Deviate from the Process

Synopsis: Processes emerge because there is a perception that they work. Sometimes this is shaped by expert opinion. Sometimes it is because of “best practices.” In many instances they respond to executive whims and desires.

In a perfect world, processes work reasonably well most of the time. Placing that statement in context, a process would ideally be relevant roughly 9 times out of 10. Pragmatically, most real-world processes are more frequently less relevant. In other words, there are a lot of times when the processes that we say we use don't actually support or apply to the challenges we are in reality facing.

There are also times when what is normally prescribed is not just inappropriate, but may actually undermine what needs to be accomplished. Knowing when to deviate from process—and how—is one of the most important skills for project managers to learn.

In this webinar, Mark Mullaly explores the value and relevance of process, as well as the circumstances where we need to adapt, evolve or deviate from the practices as they exist. He explores the basis for how processes are defined, how they evolved, and how we practically engage with them. Most importantly, he identifies the circumstances where established processes get in the way, and strategies and approaches by which to engage in responsible deviation.

If you live with process, if you occasionally question the relevance of process, and especially if you wonder why people sometimes don't follow the process, you'll want to tune in to this webinar.


Bio: Mark Mullaly's goal is to change the world--at least so far as project management is practiced. There is no denying that project management has positively influenced organizations today; now it is time to take it to the next level. The evolution until now has improved how individual projects are managed, but by approaching projects as an integrated whole, organizations stand to realize even greater gains. Projects are successful today despite the organization, not because of it. By integrating an understanding of projects into the management framework, companies can begin to realize quantum rather than incremental improvements. Since founding Interthink Consulting, Mark has focused on creating the tools that allow companies to realize their full potential. 

Mark started his career almost 20 years ago in professional theatre, working as a stage and production manager, later discovering that he was in fact a project manager by another name. Since making the transition from theatre to business, Mark has worked in a variety of industries, including information technology, communications, utilities, insurance, finance, engineering, construction and high tech. 

As president of Interthink Consulting Incorporated, a company based in Edmonton, Alberta, Mark has been a pioneer in the development of organizational project management capabilities. Interthink is renowned for its Organizational Project Management Baseline Study and PM:RoadMap organizational assessment tool, both of which are based on Interthink's project management maturity model. This model was developed in the early 1990s, and was one of the earliest in the marketplace. Most recently, Interthink introduced Focus: Project Manager, a project manager assessment tool that combines the dimensions of personality and skill to support the development of effective project managers. 

Mark is a popular and engaging speaker who has been invited to address conferences across North America. His widely read column, Project Management in Practice, appears monthly on gantthead, and he is a sessional instructor in project management with the Faculty of Business at the University of Alberta. Mark is the Past President of the Northern Alberta Chapter of the Project Management Institute.


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Webinar ID: 466-685-531

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