The Virtual Regional Conference on Information Technology Services and Project Management Together to Excellence has ended.
In the extraordinary circumstances in which the coronavirus found itself in the world, they offered and provided opportunities and tools to continue their business operations. The third international conference was organized by the non-profit organizations IT Services Management Association ITSMF Slovenia and PMI Slovenia Project Management Association.
Occupation of six internationally recognized speakers focused on current topics such as the transformation of modern IT into practice, how ITIL4 responds to higher demands in IT, agility in organization and project management. project management) and the power of project management. project leadership).
»Digital disruption is a topic we have been talking about for some time, but the fact is that it is expanding into the business world and all organizations are facing the need for transformation. Our core mission is to help businesses stay afloat in today's fast-paced digital economy,“She said in a welcoming speech at a virtual conference that took place on March 17 Mateja Čampa from itSMF Slovenia. And she emphasized that it is not enough today that we are agile, innovative and digital. Most importantly, she adds, we can only fulfill our mission together.
Igor Mrzlikar, PMI Slovenia's outgoing president added that the epidemic is also testing the way in which it operates: »In project management, we are accustomed to working virtually with teams around the world. I wish that everyone with this opportunity could successfully adapt to the new working conditions as soon as possible. In fact, we have no choice, so it should not be too difficult. “
Agility is a mindset, not a toolbox
Paul Wilkinson, co-founder of GamingWorks highlighted, among other things, key areas that need to be transformed in organizations. Some need a digital life, others do not, he highlighted a thesis based on working with more than 400 organizations that have gone through various transformations. »One of the $ 300 million investments in the space campaign fell into the water because one team worked its calculations in miles, the other in miles. So what do we need to transform? All employees must first be confronted with the current transformation and share with each other the pain that results from it. And eliminate them with constant improvements. The key is for each individual to contribute. “
Grzegorz Szałajko, an internationally renowned project management expert, further outlined the concept of agility, highlighting how often organizations misunderstand agility: “It takes 21 days for an individual to accept or. internally a new habit. It can take weeks for a group of people to do this. It can take years to transform a company’s culture into an agile one. That's why I advise all leaders: be patient. Make changes step by step, otherwise they can suck the organization. The more you want to make changes quickly, the more likely your organization is to slow down“He added that the cost of agility is that you have to make ten times more decisions each day:”That's the price of flexibility. You have to be present. Attendance is a new strategy. In the organized world, everyone must do their part, in the agile, everyone must respond. “
Focusing on the urgent instead of the important
She has completed the all-day virtual conference Susanne Madsen, one of the top 10 influencers in the field of project management, who highlighted in her lecture the differences between management (l.eadership) and management. management). Initially, she highlighted the results of a Project Managament Institute survey that shows that 40% of strategic initiatives in companies fail and almost half of the projects are not delivered by the agreed deadline: “Three common mistakes that project managers make are: managing tasks (rather than managing people), focusing on the urgent (rather than important), and believing that they need to know and do everything. It is unrealistic to expect that one person will have all the answers. The world is changing too fast. Most questions can only be answered by a team. ”
The interlocutors remain available for e-conversation
They also participated in the conference Ingo Averdunk, a renowned engineer and IBM Cloud Garage member who spoke about change management, the transition from traditional roles and traditional IT to cloud (eng. cloud) environment; Anders Eklund, an experienced project and program management consultant who presented some approaches to creating trust between agile teams and management; ter Mark Smalley, one of the editors-in-chief of the new ITIL4 version who talked about how to approach management, digital organizations often work with complex, unpredictable systems, so they do not respond well to predefined project processes and plans.