TulsaTechFest 2009

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 Featured Speakers

Chuck Tryon, Tryon and Associates

Chuck Tryon, Tryon and Associates

Chuck Tryon is a nationally respected educator and popular symposium speaker. He founded Tryon and Associates in 1986 to provide seminar training and consulting that helps organizations and individuals develop predictable and repeatable approaches to modern project management, knowledge management and business requirements. The strategies presented in Mr. Tryon’s seminars are used by thousands of professionals in hundreds of organizations across the United States, Europe and Canada. His client list includes many top 100 companies.

Chuck has authored 10 multi-day seminars and is working on several new writing projects.

Chuck is a frequent keynote speaker at Project Management Institute meetings and symposiums across the country. A current list of these sessions is available on the home page of the Tryon and Associates website (www.TryonAssoc.com).

Starting in 2006, Chuck launched an effort with Dr. Suliman Hawamdeh to integrate the natural by-products of projects with the organizational needs represented in the emerging discipline of Knowledge Management. Chuck and Suliman have co-authored several papers and are planning new books on the topic. They are creating a one-day seminar titled Project-Based Knowledge Management. Dr. Hawamdeh is the coordinator of the Masters of Science in Knowledge Management at the University of Oklahoma.

As an extension to his work with Dr. Hawamdeh, Chuck is currently participating in the Master of Science in Knowledge Management graduate program at the University of Oklahoma. He also serves as the co-chair and moderator for the regional Knowledge and Project Management Symposium.

Since his instructional career began in 1981, Mr. Tryon has taught at or consulted with American Airlines, The SABRE Group, UPS, Ryder Systems, TV Guide, Ruppman Marketing, BMC Software, Airline Tariff Publishing Company, St. John Medical Center, Conoco, Texaco, Amerada Hess Corporation, Cities Services, Phillips Petroleum, T.D. Williamson, Helmerich & Payne, Williams Companies, Gulf Oil Company, I.B.M., Hewlett Packard, Honeywell, A.C. Nielsen, Computer Science Corporation, Boehringer Mannheim Diagnostics, Ashland Chemical, Dupont, Mead Paper, Alcoa, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Insurance, Hughes Aircraft, United States Air Force, United States Navy, United States Marine Corp, United States Strategic Air Command, Social Security Administration, The University of Oklahoma, The University of Tulsa, Jacksonville University, University of Colorado Medical School, State of Texas, Oklahoma Securities Exchange Commission, State of Colorado, State of California, City of Tulsa, Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of America and California Federal Savings and Loan.

Prior to launching Tryon and Associates, Mr. Tryon spent five years as a senior staff consultant and instructor with Yourdon, Inc. of New York. Mr. Tryon also worked for Sun Oil Company as a Project Manager, Systems Analyst and Software Designer.

Chuck and his wife, Tresa, reside in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. They have two grown daughters, Amanda and Casey. When not teaching, writing or attending classes at OU, Chuck tries to find time for his favorite things in life, spoiling his grandchildren playing golf and SCUBA diving … but not usually at the same time.

Nov 6th - Project Management

MORE BRICKS, LESS STRAW - Improving Productivity of Knowledge Workers on Single-Time Efforts

As organizations become more dependent on single-time efforts to generate new value, great pressure is applied to the people resources who will do the work. Management often responds to the demands for rapid delivery by applying industrial era practices that worked well when operating factories and general staff. These measures, however, do not fit the realities of modern knowledge workers.

The result on projects is a limited number of people are commonly assigned to far too many projects. While this may "look" productive to high-level observers, it is failing miserably. Projects are taking far too long to complete, project planning is largely ignored and knowledge professionals are being blamed and compromised in the process. As a result, morale is low in many project organizations.

This presentation examines the reasons for these problems and identifies behaviors that are creating the loss of productivity. A series of specific strategies are then provided that should be implemented by modern project-dependent organizations to more fully utilize knowledge professionals on their projects.

As Peter Drucker noted, "…making knowledge workers more productive requires changes in the attitude not only on the part of the individual knowledge worker, but on the part of the whole organization."

The concepts presented in this paper are the result of a six month research project conducted by Chuck Tryon. Over 30 senior project professions ranging from CEOs to experienced project team members, participated in this research. This research is an outgrowth of Chuck’s work with the University of Oklahoma on Knowledge Management.

Nov 6th - 2:30 PM
Nov 6th

Nov 6th - Project Management

CHASING THE RIGHT RABBITS - Creating Userful Project Goals and Objectives

Ancient wisdom tells us that "where there is no vision, the people will perish." Today, it is our projects at risk. While scope and outcomes may be fuzzy, a strong project vision must be established and shared by all members of the project organization, from the owners to every project team member.

Based on research and over 25 years of application, this session can help you understand the core components of defining clear goals and objectives for your project. The presentation provides you with the five questions that must be answered for each goal and provides tips on how to establish measurable, provable objectives for each goal.

"Goals" have been used to define many aspects of personal and business life. This presentation, however, focuses on your project and how to bring your organization to a common set of expectations. It is funny, thought-provoking and, most important, very practical.

Nov 6th - 4:00 PM
Nov 6th

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