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Spring 2024 Schedule

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The RACI Matrix and Communications Plan: Two Tools to Help Bring Clarity to Your Project Teams

February 20 | 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

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Presented by Theresa Lins, multisite project manager, Wisconsin Network for Health Research and the Midwest Area Research Consortium for Health

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Content level: introductory

Navigating complex projects with many different stakeholders requires a clear understanding of responsibilities and how project information will be communicated. RACI (responsible, accountable, consulted, and informed) matrices and communication plans are two tools that can help provide a structured approach to prevent duplication of effort and confusion. In this session, participants learned how to develop and use both these tools, ensuring that everyone involved in a project knows what’s expected of them, including how, when, and with whom to share project information.

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Measuring Change Readiness to Inform Impactful Action Planning

March 13 | 1:00–2:00 p.m.

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Presented by Crague Cook, service lead, Identity and Access Management, and Tomomi Imamura, enterprise cybersecurity architect, Division of Information Technology

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Content level: introductory

Drawing on insights from UW’s Active Directory consolidation project, this session addressed how to measure an organization’s readiness for change and facilitate smooth transitions during periods of change. The project team discussed how they used the ADKAR (Awareness, Desire, Knowledge, Ability, and Reinforcement) change management framework and listening sessions to improve change readiness. Participants gained a better (or new) understanding of the ADKAR framework and its application in measuring change readiness, as well as techniques for quantifying feedback from stakeholders to inform action planning.

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People Before Process: A Recipe for Success

April 9 | 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Online


Presented by Kaitlyn Bymers, manager, Information Services Project Management Office, UW Health

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Content level: introductory

While project management frameworks and processes are part of the “science” for achieving successful project outcomes, the true drivers of project success are the people and the “art” of working together. Striking the right balance of art and science in project management is vital for managing the triple constraints of cost, time, and scope, and realizing value in project deliverables. This session explored strategies to help participants prioritize people over process.

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The Crucial Role of Project Charters

April 30 | 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Online


Presented by Kevin Murtha, interim director, strategic initiatives, Office of Strategic Consulting

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Content level: introductory

The project charter is a project management tool that can be easy to dismiss “in the interest of time” and getting a project underway. However, neglecting this foundational step can have significant consequences to a project’s success. In this session, participants learned what those consequences are and why developing a project charter is so essential at a project’s inception. They gained an understanding of the different components of a charter and the purpose each serves. They left with tips on how to work with project sponsors and team members to develop a project charter and set their project off on the path to success.