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SharePoint Project Management Symposium

Audience Business Users
Duration 1 Day

Monday, June 15, 2015   •   Reston, Virginia

As a Registered Education Provider with the Project Management Institute (PMI), Protiviti is proud to present the SharePoint Project Management Symposium, a full day of education for project managers and members of project teams. This event provides the opportunity for PMI certified professionals to earn 7 professional development units (PDUs) while engaging with peers and thought leaders in project management. We will bring together PMPs as well Microsoft certified MVPs to provide an immersive learning experience to enable attendees to effectively manage collaborative projects using SharePoint. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions beforehand, using hashtag #SPPMS, that will be discussed by our panel of experts to close the event.

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8:00 am - 9:00 am: Registration & Breakfast

9:00 am - 10:15 am: "The Building Blocks of an Effective & Sustainable PMO"

Laura Barnard, VP, Project Management Institute (DC Chapter), Founder & CEO, PMO Strategies, PMP

Great!  So, you have been charged with building and running a PMO for your organization.  You've got tools, you know about best practices, and you have templates coming out of your ears.  Now what?  What are the things that you must do to help your PMO become a change management powerhouse for your company?  

Our journey begins with the science side of PMO development by exploring the foundational building blocks necessary for your PMO and how to avoid the common pitfalls that lead to PMO disaster.  Next, we will transition to the art of a great PMO.  This is where organizational savvy, strong talent management and strategic change leadership come into play.  You will walk away from this presentation understanding what the key building blocks are that will make your PMO an effective and sustainable change management solution for your company. 

Join us as we explore both the art and science of what makes PMOs an invaluable resource for strategy realization.



10:30 am - 11:45 am: "Project Management: Where the Magic Happens!"

Brittany Kwait, PMP & Nora Ten Broeck, PMP

Presto – instant projects! Come and experience the magic of project management using the amazing powers of SharePoint! Your PMPs Nora & Brittany will whisk away your project management woes with daring feats of communication and collaboration.

  • Watch as they dissolve the smoke and mirrors of traditional project management and demonstrate transparency!
  • Marvel as they cut your time managing projects in half right before your very eyes!
  • Gasp as they expose industry secrets that will make your tangle of communication channels vanish into thin air!

All this— and so much more—the magic of SharePoint has in store!

11:45 am - 1:00 pm: Networking & Lunch

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm: "Project Management Solutions for SharePoint"

Angela Dillon, Bamboo Solutions & Steve Witt, Nintex

While the SharePoint platform provides excellent tools for Project Management teams and tasks, several add on products enhance the out of the box functionality for specific needs. Before considering custom development, take a look at the best Project Management products available in the market. 

PDCA with PMC:  How Bamboo’s PM Central supports the Deming Cycle through continual process improvement

Not everyone may be familiar with the ‘Deming Cycle’ term… but, if you have ever worked on a project, you have no doubt encountered its concept.  Learn about the sequence of repetitive steps needed in any continuous improvement process, and how Bamboo Solutions incorporates and supports the learning cycle within its premier product, Project Management Central

Take Your Project to the Next Level - Workflow Automation in SharePoint

With Team Sites, Task Lists, Calendars, Document Libraries, etc. SharePoint provides PMs with a way to keep their teams informed and their projects running smoothly. The challenge that many PMs face when using SharePoint is there is no easy way to automate the key processes. This session will cover how PMs can leverage Nintex Workflow and Forms to easily automate their processes to make projects more efficient and projects more successful.


2:30 pm - 3:45 pm: "A System for All: Managing Your Projects with SharePoint and MS Project"

Prasanna Adavi, PMP & MVP

So, you are a Project Manager who uses Microsoft Project. However, your organization has implemented SharePoint, and wants you to use SharePoint for your project collaboration, tracking and management.
You do not have to give up using Microsoft Project. You can still use your favorite schedule management tool, and in addition take advantages of the collaborative features of SharePoint.

What’s the benefit, you say? Well, did you know that you can sync all your tasks in MS Project with a SharePoint Task list? Did you know that you can ask your team members to submit updates in SharePoint (eliminating the need for manual updates/excel sheets/meetings) that you can import directly into MS Project schedule and track it from there? Did you know that you could set up status indicators etc., and generate additional reporting very easily?

Regardless of whether your answer was a yes or no to the above questions, you will find this session useful.  This session will cover the process, tips, tricks and best practices for using Microsoft Project and SharePoint together, filled with real-world examples.

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm: "Project Management Roundtable"

Led by all Speakers

This is your opportunity to directly interact with all of the expert speakers including 4 PMPs and a Microsoft MVP! You’ll gain insight from the perspective of small business owners as well as project managers with years of experience in managing both large scale internal projects and Client projects. Learn Project Management tips and best practices on the topics most important to you! Submit your questions in advance by using the hashtag #SPPMS.


Laura Barnard, PMP

Laura is the Founder and CEO of PMO Strategies, a management consulting firm specializing in creating effective and sustainable change for organizations with an appetite for success.  She brings 20 years of change management experience implementing change for a broad range of organizations, from non-profits to large financial institutions.

In 1999, Laura built her first PMO for a large management consulting firm. It was that experience that showed her that she could combine her passion for helping people and her strength in creating impactful change into a service that could transform how organizations realize business strategy. For the last 15 years, Laura has been building Portfolio/Program/Project Management (PMO) and Transformation Organizations that quickly become an invaluable management resource by enabling strong performance of strategic investments and driving transformative change.

Her no nonsense approach to program and portfolio management positions organizations to fully leverage their assets in a way that maximizes quality throughput while driving real strategic change, both at a local and enterprise level.  She combines a broad range of personal experience with the latest thinking in the industry to create a personalized profile and road map for each PMO she builds or transforms.  The key to her success in helping organizations best leverage PMO capabilities is understanding what she refers to as the art and the science sides of PMO performance. For more information on this PMO dynamic, please refer to her blog or educational resources.

Prasanna Adavi, MVP, PMP, MCTS, MCITP, MCT

Prasanna Adavi (Project MVP, PMP, MCTS, MCITP, MCT) is a Senior Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Consultant. He specializes in helping organizations meet their business needs in the areas of Project Management and Portfolio Management. His main focus is on building “business driven solutions” using, MS Project, Project Server and SharePoint Platforms. 

He is a regular presenter at various Project Server, EPM and SharePoint events across the country, and blogs regularly at He also runs a podcast dedicated to MS Project, Project Server at

He was presented the Project MVP (Most Valuable Professional) award by Microsoft in July 2014, for his continued contributions to Microsoft Project Community.

Brittany Kwait, PMP

Brittany Kwait, PMP, is a project manager, solution architect, and trainer within Protiviti’s Enterprise Content Management Consulting practice with a focus on making SharePoint accessible and enjoyable for Information Workers and constantly delivering business process improvement initiatives for managing client engagements internally.

She has been managing projects nearly 10 years and, like you, has struggled through all phases of the SDLC at some point. Her global consulting experience has been extremely diverse; from organizations large and small, public and private, and across a wide range of industries.

Brittany brings a passion for SharePoint, a command of technology solutions, and distinguished communication skills to every client and is a regular presenter at community events and webinars.

Nora Ten Broeck, PMP

Nora is a PMP and holds a Master of Business Administration in Technology & Operations Management from Aurora University.   Her consulting experience spans the fields of banking, education, healthcare, manufacturing and non-profit organizations.  Her client work includes improving web or Intranet presence, defining business processes and creating cohesive project management strategies to meet an organization’s level of maturity.

Nora is a Manager with Protiviti’s Chicago Enterprise Content Management Team. Follow Nora @NoraTenBroeck.

Angela Dillon, MCSE MCTS, MCT

As Technical Services Manager, Angela helps customers maximize their SharePoint investment with the deployment of Bamboo products, tailoring solutions to meet individual customer requirements.  Prior to joining Bamboo, Angela provided training and consulting services in Microsoft technologies to government and private sector clients in the Washington, D.C. area.  Angela’s background provides her with a clear understanding of the challenges clients face when adopting new technologies which, in turn, enables her to impart the value of adopting new capabilities to administrators and end users.

Steve Witt, PMP

Steve has nearly 20 years of experience as Project Manager and Consultant building solutions on Microsoft technologies from ecommerce enabled websites using Microsoft Commerce Server to Web Sites using Microsoft Content Management Server and all versions of SharePoint. As SharePoint Consultant, Trainer and Speaker for the last 8 years Steve has worked with clients across a number of verticals including Associations and Non-Profits, Financial Services and Banking, Media and Entertainment, Commercial and Government. Steve has a passion for leveraging SharePoint to rapidly solve real world business problems with a focus on 'no code' or 'composite' solutions.


Hyatt Regency Reston
1800 Presidents Street
Reston, Virginia, USA, 20190

Hotel Reservations:

We have secured a great group rate with the Hyatt Regency Reston. To take advantage of the group rate, reserve your rooms by May 25, 2015.

Reserve a Room Here! Or, call 703.709.1234.

Travel & Transportation Information:

Silver Line; Closest stop: Wiehle-Reston East (Silver Line)
Take the METRO Silver Line to and from DC!  Located 1.6 miles from the Reston Hotel, the station offers convenient parking (free on weekends/holidays) and an easy, hassle free ride. Guests needing transportation to the Metro Station may take the complimentary shuttle, or the Fairfax Connector Bus #505 which picks up and drops off behind the hotel for $1.75.

Dulles International Airport (IAD) (Located 6.7 miles from Hyatt Regency Reston)
The Hyatt Regency Reston hotel offers a complimentary shuttle that arrives at Dulles Airport at the top of each hour between 6am-10pm Monday through Friday and 7am-10pm on Saturday & Sunday. The pick-up and drop-off point will be at curbs 2A and 2H, adjacent to the lower level baggage claim level. Return shuttle transportation from the hotel departs on the :45 beginning at 5:45am Monday-Friday and 6:45am Saturday & Sunday.  For more information please call the concierge at 1 (703) 709-1234 x51

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Bamboo Solutions provides innovative products for the management of projects, processes, data, users, and more on SharePoint. The technologies we have developed enhance the SharePoint platform all while saving our customers significant time and money. Our always evolving portfolio of over 70 products—including components, applications, suites, and apps—provide a broad range of capabilities that enable organizations to maximize their investment in SharePoint.

As a Microsoft Gold-Certified Partner, Bamboo’s mission is to provide the cutting-edge, business critical technology organizations require to run as effectively and efficiently as possible. Helping organizations achieve their goals – that’s the Bamboo Way.

Since 2005, KWizCom has provided innovative solutions and services to make SharePoint even better for over 5,000 companies worldwide. KWizCom's solutions and services expand Microsoft SharePoint out-of-the-box capabilities, streamline workflow, maximize efficiency and enhance over-all productivity for hundreds of thousands of users. KWizCom, a Gold Certified Microsoft Partner, is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.  KWizCom’s mission is to provide clients with high quality products geared toward the perfect solution for their business goals, which is always bundled with great service and exceptional customer support.

Nintex is the world’s leading SharePoint workflow company, with over 3000 customers in 90 countries serviced by a global network of high quality partners and service providers. Nintex delivers innovative software and cloud services that empower organizations to automate business processes, quickly and easily.  Nintex is focused on delivering technology that is powerful, easy to use, and addresses the needs of business users, developers, and IT professionals alike. Products include Nintex Workflow, recognized by analysts as the most utilized third party tool for SharePoint, and Nintex Forms, the breakthrough technology that enables SharePoint forms to be designed and deployed quickly and easily to any mobile or PC device.


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Who should attend the SharePoint PM Symposium?

Any SharePoint Project Manager, Site Owner/Administrator and other stakeholders should attend the SharePoint Project Management Symposium. This one-day event is focused on providing an immersive learning experience dedicated to managing collaborative projects effectively in Microsoft SharePoint.

What is included in the registration?

Registration includes access to all sessions, the Project Management Roundtable as well as breakfast and lunch. 

Do I need to bring my laptop to the event?

Attendees do not need to bring a laptop to the Symposium.

Why should I attend the SharePoint PM Symposium?

For the past 8 years Protiviti SharePoint Solutions has provided an annual conference focused on SharePoint best practices. This year we are providing an immersive learning experience for SharePoint project managers and other project stakeholders. The SharePoint Project Management Symposium will provide attendees with real-world, relevant content that can be put to use right away.

Is there Metro Access to the Hyatt Regency Reston?

Yes. Take the METRO Silver Line to Wiehle-Reston East, which is located 1.6 miles from the Hyatt Regency Reston.  Guests needing transportation to and from the Metro Station may take the Fairfax Connector Bus #505 which picks up and drops off behind the hotel for $1.75. More travel and hotel information can be found under the "Information" tab above.

What is the closest airport and can I book a hotel room?

The closest airport is Dulles International Airport and the Hyatt Regency Reston provides a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport. We have a hotel room block reserved for our group, to make your reservation, click here. More travel and hotel information can be found under the "Information" tab above.

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