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Project team member engagement and utilization is cited as one of the top reasons for project failure, however there are few tangible recommendations available to alleviate this in project teams.

This presentation explores how overutilization of resources (team members) can contribute to decreased project effectiveness by using a thought exercise. We will start the webinar with an exercise that will increase participant awareness of overutilization and the organizational impacts. The exercise will be replicable for practitioners to use with their stakeholders to illustrate the importance of balancing workloads for project team members.

Once the exercise is complete, we will discuss key considerations for team member workload balancing. The final portion of this webinar will be a discussion of two tools for project managers to leverage when creating project teams.

Why you should Attend

It's a commonly cited statistic that 70% of company project fail resulting in damages to revenue, capacity and bottom lines for organizations. Project team member burnout compounds these failures by exhausting your employees. Exhausted and burned out employees result in decreased engagement and productivity, which cycles back to projects failing. This webinar will equip you the project manager with paradigms and tools to minimize team member burnout.

Areas Covered in the Session

  • Understand resource over exploitation and the impact on projects
  • Facilitate the resource management exercise with their stakeholders
  • Construct a resource management matrix
  • Construct a Kanban-style tool to prevent over utilizing team members

Who Will Benefit

  • Project Managers
  • Team Managers
  • Project Sponsors
  • Owners

Speaker Profile

Kathryn D. McIver is a doctoral candidate in business administration with the University of Maryland and a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. She holds an MBA from Syracuse University and is the Lead Instructor for the Evidence Based Management Association. During her time with EBMA, she has been integral in developing the Certified Evidence Based Manager program.

Before focusing on professional development and training, McIver held executive-level operations and consulting roles where she led and advised department leaders on topics such as strategic planning, Lean Six Sigma implementation, key performance indicator development, operational excellence, and operations management. She also serves as a Lean Six Sigma curriculum developer creating online training for Yellow, Green, and Black Belt students, in addition to teaching Black Belt courses. McIver is a past Chair of the Denver section of the ASQ and has published on the topics of applying game theory to organizations, selecting the appropriate methodology and tools for project success, and case studies on Lean Six Sigma implementation.

She has spoken at ASQ, PMI and trade organizations to contribute to increasing the caliber of professionals in the workplace. Her professional areas of interest include organizational success factors, mitigating chaos and complexity in organizations, and bridging the scholar-practitioner gap in evidence-based management applications.