Sep

12-14

Project Management (Sep 12-14)

WEI’s Project Management Forum brings together gas and electric utility project, program and portfolio management leadership and practitioners to discuss the latest industry trends and best practices. The diverse mix of presentations, Q&A panels, roundtable discussions and networking allow attendees to share their experiences and develop contacts in the similar roles throughout the utility industry. Expect to gain applicable insights on methodologies, techniques, tools, and change and risk management best practices related to project management. This program is an excellent professional development and organizational team-building opportunity.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Andy Leija, IT PMO Manager, Avista Utilities; Suzanne Tamayo, Director, IT Shared Services, Puget Sound Energy

    • Program Location
    • The Davenport Hotel
    • 10 South Post Street
      Spokane, WA 99201
    • Who Should Attend
      • Project Office / Enterprise Project Office Leadership
      • Project and Program Managers
      • Portfolio Directors and Managers
      • Service Company Project Management Leaders
  • Registration Options
  • Member: $399 USD
    Regular: $799 USD

    Registration prices increase $100 after August 20, 2018. Registration includes all meeting materials, opening reception on Wednesday, breakfast and lunch Thursday and Friday, and networking dinner Thursday night. Guest tickets are available for $100 and allow a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event. Guest registration includes all meals and receptions, and all program materials.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public.
  • For more information contact Joshua Baker, Program Manager at (971) 255-4970.

Agenda

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Walking Tour of Avista's Downtown Spokane Network

Arrive early to join us for a walking tour of Avista's downtown Spokane network including: hydropower plant, substation, and network vault, ending in the midst of local brewpubs and wine tasting rooms.

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Pre-Conference Workshop

Topic TBD

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Welcome Reception (Hosted)

Join participants for a hosted networking reception in the heart of downtown Spokane.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:10 AM

Conference Welcome
Speaker(s): Andy Leija, IT PMO Manager, Avista Utilities

Andy Leija welcomes the group to Spokane and 2018 Project Managment Forum.

8:10 AM - 9:30 AM

Working with Project Sponsors + Executives

Hear directly from a panel of utility executives on their experiences working with project managers and best practices for building strong partnerships and strong projects.

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Break

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Breakout Sessions Introductions and Opening Roundtable

We will break out into three separate groups throughout the forum. We begin with introductions and open the dialogue with your input of what has worked well for you and what challenges you face. Be prepared to share!

  • PMO Leadership Track
  • Practitioners – IT Focus Track
  • Practitioners – Construction Focus Track

Additional details coming soon for the topics specific sessions!

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Breakout Sessions #1

  • PMO Leadership Track: Contractor Approach – What is your overall staffing strategy related to contractor or vendor utilization
  • Practitioners – IT Focus Track: Planning + Forecasting Challenges of Agile Projects
  • Practitioners – Construction Focus Track: Role of Project Controls

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Catered Lunch

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Breakout Sessions #2

  • PMO Leadership Track: Portfolio Management Approaches + Methods
  • Practitioners – IT Focus Track: TBD
  • Practitioners – Construction Focus Track: Construction PM 101 – What is unique to managing construction projects in the utility world?

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Break

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Breakout Sessions #3

  • PMO Leadership Track: Demonstrating PMO Value
  • Practitioners – IT Focus Track: TBD
  • Practitioners – Construction Focus Track: Resource Planning in a Weak Matrix Organization

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Break

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Breakout Sessions #4

  • PMO Leadership Track: Program Management – We'll share examples of large programs underway and discuss utility approaches, successes, and challenges in formalizing program management practices.
  • Practitioners – IT Focus Track: TBD
  • Practitioners – Construction Focus Track: Estimating + Forecasting 

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

WEI Hosted Networking Dinner

Friday, September 14, 2018

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

General Session #2

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Break

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Breakout Sessions #5

  • PMO Leadership Track: Soft Skills for PMO Roles – What soft skills are needed to support the future needs of PMOs and how are utilities developing or hiring these skills?
  • Practitioners – IT Focus Track: TBD
  • Practitioners – Construction Focus Track: Risk Management + Contingency Planning

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Breakout Sessions #6

  • PMO Leadership Track: EPMO Developments + Trends
  • Practitioners – IT Focus Track: TBD
  • Practitioners – Construction Focus Track: Tools + Processes

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Wrap Up Meeting and Planning for Next Year

Open to all attendees, especially those interested in helping to plan next year's Forum.

1:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Adjourn

Hotel + Travel

  • The Davenport Hotel
  • 10 South Post Street
  • Spokane, Washington 99201
  • Phone: 509 455-8888

  • Click here to make your reservation now.
  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (800) 228-9290 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $149 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until August 20, 2018 or until the WEI room block is full.

Meet The Speakers

Andy Leija

Avista Utilities

IT PMO Manager