Alan Mallory

    Alan Mallory

    April 19, 2017
    Keynote - Leadership

    TITLE
    : Project Everest: Essential Steps for Successful Projects

    Climbing Mount Everest is considered one of mankind’s greatest feats of human endurance. The grueling expedition to the top of the world’s highest peak is a journey filled with unparalleled challenges and some of the roughest, most extreme conditions imaginable. In 2008, Alan Mallory and his family took on the challenge and set a world record after an incredible self-guided expedition that challenged the mental, emotional and physical limits of their entire beings.

    Alan’s dynamic keynote highlights the essential processes that are involved in the planning and executing of difficult projects by using the challenge of Everest as a metaphor and example of such a project. The underlying message is about how we as project managers can reach new heights in the way we think and the actions we take.

    Alan creates a powerful and unforgettable journey for his audience by integrating captivating mountaineering material with his innovative leadership and project management experience. The powerful lessons learned during the intense and often critical situations encountered during the expedition can be applied to all walks of life.

    April 19, 2017
    Workshop -  Traditional PM

    TITLE: Age of Agile: A Hybrid Approach to Agile Project Management

    Throughout this interactive workshop, participants will explore various elements of agility and related agile methodologies from a unique perspective that encourages innovative thinking and application of agile techniques. It is based on a hybrid approach to agile project management which combines agile practices with traditional waterfall methodologies. The material builds on the Project Everest framework presented during Alan’s keynote and is a more in-depth analysis of the fundamentals of agile project management and following an iterative and adaptive approach.

    Through short group discussions and hands-on exercises, participants will explore elements from agile leadership and agile project management practices, gaining a better understanding of the governing principals and knowledge that support an agile approach. Some of the areas that will be covered include:

    • Empowering team members to make critical decisions
    • Responding quickly and efficiently to issues that arise
    • Making prompt project decisions and taking appropriate action
    • Adopting an iterative approach to project processes
    • The importance of team interaction and effective collaboration
    • Adapting to the environment and revised customer requirements
    • Continuous identification and evaluation of risks
    • Adaptive planning based on current knowledge and goals

    TITLE: Managing Risk in the Face of Uncertainty

    Risk management on projects is unfortunately an area where due-diligence is often sacrificed to some extent in an effort to satisfy tight schedule or budgetary requirements. The impact of overlooking or not properly understanding risks can be severe and can often inhibit or put an end to projects. In harsh and uncertain environments, risk events become that much more important to identify and understand so that effective response strategies can be implemented when needed.

    By exploring how these processes apply to a project like climbing Everest and using mountaineering as a metaphor in many cases for risk management challenges we encounter on all projects, participants will be able to expand their knowledge of this critical part of leadership and project management. It was difficult to anticipate all the various risks that were encountered during the expedition but by having a plan in place and various contingency options, risks are greatly reduced and can be controlled.

    Throughout this interactive workshop, participants will explore various elements of risk management from a unique perspective that encourages innovative thinking and application of project management tools. The material builds on the Project Everest framework presented during Alan’s keynote and is a more in-depth analysis of the technical, internal, external and strategic risks that affect decisions. Some of the areas covered in the context of risk management include:

    • Identifying risks early (both positive and negative risks)
    • Incorporating lessons learned and historical information
    • Extensive research and knowledge transfer
    • Risk categorization, likelihood and impact
    • Understanding the impact and likelihood of risk events
    • Developing risk response strategies
    • Controlling risks through monitoring and tracking measures
    • Updating the risk register and incorporating new risks that arise

    BIO
    Alan is an international speaker, author and professional development coach who is passionate about leadership and living life to the absolute fullest! He graduated from Queen’s University and has worked all over the world as a mechanical engineer and project manager in the field of custom machine design. His love for innovation is complimented by his true passion: Working with people to reach new heights in the way we think and the actions we take. Alan has always had a keen interest in discovering what drives us to do what we do and how we can use this knowledge to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.

    Alan is also an avid adventurer and outdoor enthusiast who enjoys many different activities but his favorite are those spent out in the wilderness and those that involve strategy and problem solving. In the spring of 2008, he and his family set a world record after an incredible self-guided expedition on Mount Everest. From staggering across ladders spanning bottomless crevasses and fighting the many altitude-related sicknesses to climbing through a blizzard in the dead of night and almost losing two team members forever, every segment of the climb was an exhilarating adventure.

    Alan delivers a number of exciting presentations and training programs that are all about embracing and working through challenges as well as exploring the skills and mindsets that allow great leaders and committed teams to achieve breakthrough performance.

    Alan’s presentation style is up-beat, engaging and he interacts with my audience as much as possible. Alan has a good understanding of what is expected and what is most effective, having previously worked with many other PMI audiences. He is a PMP himself and has a project management background so is able to relate well to the challenges and interest areas of fellow project managers. Due to the nature of the material, it encourages a lot of innovative thinking from participants. The techniques and activities that Alan uses are both beneficial and exciting for participants, which encourages full participation and also ensures a greater knowledge retention. A projector and screen is used for displaying information which is beneficial for visual learners and for reinforcing the points that Alan makes. He also has a number of interactive discussion questions throughout as well as short exercises and hands-on activities to increase the level of engagement.

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