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PDD 2020 - Navigating Uncertainty - Featured Speaker: Sinikka Waugh


Sinikka Waugh is a longtime member and supporter of this Chapter. Sinikka is a known “people-ist” who likes to describe herself as part trainer, part motivational speaker! See her short video HERE.


Sinikka Waugh is a recognized leader in understanding people and in adapting tools, techniques, and processes to meet the demands of the situation at hand. As a popular presenter and trainer, her energetic and engaging style drives home the art and science of making business better for individuals, teams, and organizations.

As a project manager, business analyst, facilitator, and coach, Sinikka is known for consistently helping teams find innovative ways to solve problems and get things done, and her results-driven professionalism blends seamlessly with her down-to-earth, “try this now” approach.   Sinikka holds a BA from Central College, an MA from the University of Iowa, and is a certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute and has been a longtime supporter of the PMI Central Iowa Chapter.  President and Founder of the Central Iowa training and coaching company Your Clear Next Step, Sinikka works every day to help people have better work days so they can have better evenings and better weekends, and so they can contribute their discretionary time to helping build better communities and a better tomorrow.

About the Session: 

Don’t just manage projects, manage them as an emotionally intelligent project manager. Join engaging presenter Sinikka Waugh as she packs an hour full of tips and relatable stories and lessons learned on how to make sure that as a Project Manager, you’re maximizing your emotional intelligence throughout the project lifecycle.  Each phase in the project lifecycle offers its own unique challenges to those who are working on it, and a one-size-fits-all approach simply won’t work for all your stakeholders throughout the lifecycle.  Learn not only how to adjust your leadership approach and messaging for the people, but more compellingly, what’s top of mind and top of moods for them at the specific moments of the project lifecycle.  Whether you’re following a traditional waterfall approach, a highly iterative agile approach, or anything in between, these tips help you leverage the best of emotional intelligence and lifecycle management to move yourself, every member of your project team, and your key stakeholders forward in a powerfully positive way.

From the first stages of ideation and initiation, when the glimmer of an idea is started, these proven tips help you understand where:

  • others are coming from and how to help the project start off on the right foot.
  • During planning, whether for the product roadmap or the project or the sprint, these techniques help you bring out the best in everyone involved in the planning effort, and set the stage for those who will consume the plan.
  • During the ongoing monitoring and controlling of the execution, whether waterfall or iterative, these approaches help you keep the work moving forward effectively and with a spirit of continuous improvement.
  • During the often-unfairly-minimized moments of closing, these insights in will help you and the project participants finish strong.

By attending this session, participants will gain practical, applicable ways to connect with stakeholders throughout the project lifecycle in a way that applies effective emotional intelligence and increases the success of the project.

Session Category: Technical

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