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Doug Boebinger

Doug Boebinger, MSCE, PMP (PMP #3504) has over 25 years of experience as a project manager in multiple industries as well as an internationally sought after keynote speaker and corporate instructor.

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Doug has been engaged to speak at professional development days and other meetings for numerous Project Management Institute (PMI)® chapters. He is the author of the books, The Building Blocks of Project Management, and The Ultimate PMP® Certification Manual.

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“We have had the pleasure of having Doug Boebinger present to our PMI® Michiana chapter on two occasions; first a monthly dinner program, and second an 8-hour PDD. Both events were well attended, due to the subject matter presented, and for the PDD based on his previous presentation and our Board of Director’s recommendation. We plan on having Doug back next year for our PDD. Thanks and Great Job Doug!”— Ken Riches, PMI® Michiana Chapter

“Doug has presented at the Michigan Thumb Chapter Professional Development Day this fall and most recently at our January chapter dinner meeting presenting Poor Man’s Monte Carlo.  He took a dry topic, made it interesting and, even more amazing, made it simple and applicable to our membership. I have been able to apply what he presented at work, providing great value to me.   We have received very favorable feedback and would like to have him back for our 2013 Professional Development Day.” — Rick Crawshaw, PMP, Director of Education

“Taking this opportunity to say ‘Thank You’ in a big way for accepting our invitation to be our guest speaker for the April, 2015 PMI® WLEC Chapter.  Your topic entitled ‘Black Swan (no, not the movie)’ was very appropriate for our audience.  Your presentation and knowledge transfer was a great fit for many of the project PMs’ work and in today’s environment.  Thank you again for the great presentation and knowledge share.”  – PMI® WLEC Board

“Doug was our principal speaker last year at our local PMI® chapter’s professional development day.  The feedback from our participants was so overwhelmingly positive that we retained Doug as the primary speaker again this year, and we are currently working with him to provide a Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification prep class to our group.  Doug’s mastery of all the aspects of Project Management are evident in his presentations and his responses to participants’ questions.  His unique delivery style keeps his audience engaged and fosters active participation from the attendees.  While we have had other speakers come to our group throughout the years, Doug’s enthusiasm and knowledge have made him a favorite.  We would highly recommend Doug, without reservation, as a presenter/instructor for your group.”  — Frank Lopes, PMP,  Vice President of Programs, PMI® Western Lake Erie Chapter


Presentation Topics Offered:

groupTrainingBelow are a few topics Mr. Boebinger has presented at various PMI® Chapter meetings and Professional Development Days (PDD’s).  Several of the topics are on IPDI’s “PM2: Poor Man’s Project Management” system approach to the numerous simpler projects that do not require the full suite of project management tools, but still need to be planned and executed to be a success in your workplace (and at home).

“Poor Man’s Approach to Monte Carlo”:  Monte Carlo answers one “simple” question – “what is the probability of success of your project plan meeting, its schedule and cost goals?”  To do full Monte Carlo on a project is time and cost prohibitive.  However, the “Poor Man’s Approach…” looks at a “Pareto” approach to the problem – get 80% of the benefit with 20% of the effort.  The presentation will walk through a simplified approach that yields results that can be used in your final project planning.  And there is a dice game pitting teams against each other to solidify the Poor Man’s Approach to Monte Carlo concepts.  Duration:  1 hour

“Poor Man’s Approach to Earned Value”:  Earned Value is a powerful tool that is not used to its full effectiveness due to the (perceived) complexity and amount of information needed.  The “Poor Man’s Approach…” looks at a “Pareto” approach to the problem – get 80% of the benefit with 20% of the effort.  If your audience isn’t familiar with Earned Value, not a problem, this presentation assumes no prior knowledge of Earned Value and presents it in an intuitive way with great success.  An MSExcel spreadsheet is demonstrated in the presentation which can be downloaded after the presentation.  Duration:  2 hours

“Poor Man’s Approach to Scheduling”:  Yes, it is blasphemy to say it, but you can develop a well planned schedule without Microsoft Project – and, dare I say, critical path technique (gasp).  There, I said it.  This presentation looks at a “Pareto” approach to the problem – get 80% of the benefit with 20% of the effort.  A simple, straight forward method to get the team to build a schedule for their project, while building the team and project understanding at the same time.  A MS Excel spreadsheet is demonstrated in the presentation which can be downloaded after the presentation.  Duration:  1 hour

“The Black Swan” (no, not the movie):  This presentation explores the concept of Risk Management dealing with very high impact, very low probability risks known as “Black Swans.”  These risk events, when they happen (not if they happen), change the world – and not always for the good.  The question is, do you know how to deal with the impact of the highly improbable risks known as “The Black Swan” (no, not the movie).  Duration: 1 hour

“Emotional Intelligence:  How well do you identify and control your emotions”:  This presentation explores the third part of a successful leader – Emotional Capability.  Technical skills and intellectual capability take you only so far to success.  People who master Emotional Intelligence tend to be more successful than those who don’t.  Duration:  2 hours

“Failure: An Essential Step to Success”:  Success is not a given, but failure is.  How we deal with failure will determine how successful we will ultimately be.  This presentation looks at the role that trying but not succeeding plays in our eventual success and how to overcome the failures to reach that success.  Duration:  1 hour

“Recovering Troubled Projects” (How to get out of your boss’s office – since you are already in it):  This presentation looks at the necessary steps to stop the hemorrhaging and get the project back onto the path to success.  The more time for the presentation, the more depth that can be explored. Duration:   2 hour or 4 hour

“Re-Draw The Map” (an exercise in understanding requirements, quality criteria and risk): A fun filled twist on the cause and effect of some of the most common problems on projects.  The presentation starts with an interactive game to demonstrate the basics needs when determining project requirements, quality criteria and risks.  This gets people out of their seats from the start.  Duration:  2 hours

“Effectively Managing Project Stakeholders (if that is even possible)”: People are the key to project success, but they can be the biggest variable as well.  The group is broken into eight teams to discuss the eight “types” of stakeholders (one per team), their effect on the project and how best to interact with them.  The presentation also looks at the five phases of team dynamics and how a project manager needs to act and react to them.  Duration:  1 hour

“Negotiation:  Nobody likes it, but we have to do it”:  Nobody likes to buy a car mainly due to the negotiation that is inevitable.  This presentation looks at the traditional methods used in negotiation – hard vs soft and then proposed a better way:  principled negotiation.  Principled negotiation looks at a way to negotiate to solve the problem as opposed to win the battle.  During the presentation, teams of two will get a chance to practice principled negotiation with an opposing team in a mock negotiation exercise.  Duration:  2 hours 

“Personal Time Management:  What you do with your time is your decision (believe it or not)”:  Everyone gets 24 hours per day – each and every day.  What you do with it is up to you.  Really, it is up to you.  This presentation looks at methods to determine, plan, prioritize and act to get the most out of your day – including the fun things like sleeping, eating and time with family.  The more time for the presentation, the more depth that can be explored and exercises performed.  Duration:  1 hour, 2 hour or 4 hour


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