February 2018 Chapter Meeting

February 27, 2018
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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Norris Meetings and Events Center
2525 West Anderson Lane, #365
Austin, TX 78757

New Location:

Norris Centers

Norris Centers
2525 West Anderson Lane, #365 
Austin, TX 78757 

Our dinner events have been selling out, so please register early! Dinner order closes on Thursday, February 22 at 8:00 PM. No dinner tickets will be sold after early bird registration closes. Session(s) online registration closes on February 26 at 5:30 PM. Please note: If you have paid for your PMI Austin Chapter Membership within the past 48 hours, register as a guest and self-report the PDUs.


Sirloin meatloaf with Chipotle glaze
Garlic mashed potatoes
Garden salad
Assorted desserts

Vegetarian/gluten free:
Grilled Cauliflower steaks with mushrooms & Chimichurri sauce

5:30 – 7:00 pm
(.5 Leadership PDU) 
Networking Meeting and Dinner (Cash Bar)


7:00  8:00 pm
(1 Leadership PDU)
New Members Orientation

Session Abstract: 

Need to know all the ways to earn PDUs? Join us for the first of our quarterly quarterly networking and knowledge sharing session. Yes, you do get 1 PDU for attending this session. 

In addition to going over the various opportunities that PMI and this chapter can offer, this is your chance to tell us what you are looking for to advance in your career.  Share your goals and knowledge with the chapter leaders and fellow professionals. 


7:00 – 9:00 pm 
(2 Strategic and Business Management PDUs)

Agile Hybrid Project Management Transformation and Leadership: the journey of a government PMO from conventional Project Management to Agile Hybrid adoption

Speakers: Ram Dokka and James Gray

Session Abstract: 

The City of Austin's Communications and Technology Management (CTM)'s Project Management Office (PMO) has embarked on an Agile Hybrid Project Management Transformation and Leadership journey with an innovative framework, tools and templates, collaborative teams, customer focused programs and projects, and value assured quality deliverables and practices. The process advisory, portfolio governance and strategic partnership model of the IT PMO promotes successful implementation and delivery of multiple programs and projects in the portfolio. It requires an effective organizational adaptation of Agile principles and a Hybrid blended approach of multiple Agile practices. In this session, Ram Dokka and James Gray share the story, the challenges and the successes, and the lessons learned from their ongoing Agile Hybrid Project Management Transformation and Leadership journey.

Brief Bios:

Ram DokkaRam Dokka is a Senior IT Project Manager (PM) in the PMO division of City off Austin’s Communications Technology Management (CTM) department. Ram has played several IT Project, Program, and Portfolio leadership and Agile transformation, implementation and coaching roles in the city’s PMOs for over 12 years. Ram successfully led multiple IT project portfolios, PMO methodologies and frameworks, and process improvement, governance, strategy, and roadmap development initiatives. He uses a successful blend of the conventional project management principles and the Agile Hybrid Project Management adaptation for achieving organizational benefits, while ensuring incremental value delivery, team work and stakeholder satisfaction. Prior to joining the City of Austin, Ram led several IT initiatives in the private and non-profit sectors. Ram holds multiple professional certifications including PMP, PgMP, PMI-ACP, Certified Business Intelligence Professional and Six Sigma Black Belt.

As the President of PMI Austin chapter in 2013 and 2014, Ram led the creation and implementation of the chapter strategy. Ram currently serves as Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair of the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) Board. Ram developed and taught Agile Project and Program leadership courses as part of the Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Master's and Professional Certification (CPBI) program for Villanova University.

James GrayJames Gray is an IT Corporate Manager in the City of Austin Communications Technology Management department, heading up the PMO division. His responsibility spans managing the work performance and deliverables of the city's IT Project Manager Seniors, Project Managers, and Senior Business System Analysts. James has responsibility for PMO process improvements, project delivery methodologies, and keeping city PMs apprised of and trained on relevant project management industry trends. He has led PMOs where Agile development was the primary project delivery methodology as well as traditional waterfall methodology shops. James is PMP certified and is currently working to obtain the PfMP certification. He is a recent graduate of the City of Austin Executive Academy.



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Thanks to our Chapter Meeting Sponsors:

 Norris Centers

Banyan Group Project Management Solutions


$25.00 Non-Member: Presentations Only
$20.00 Earlybird rate before February 22

$35.00 Non-Member: Dinner & Presentations
$30.00 Earlybird rate before February 22

$15.00 PMI Austin Chapter Member: Presentations Only
$10.00 Earlybird rate before February 22

$25.00 PMI Austin Chapter Member: Dinner & Presentations
$20.00 Earlybird rate before February 22

$25.00 Late Registration