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PMI Austin Chapter is always looking for new local charities to host our Lunch & Learn sessions. If you know of any charities to highlight, please email our Lunch & Learn Committee Chair at LunchNLearn@pmiaustin.org

Online Meeting: The link will be sent out the night before.

Presentation Title: Say What? Improving Cross-Functional Team Communication

All projects involve teams. As project managers, we know that successful outcomes rely on effective collaboration and communication among key stakeholders, especially our team members. Productive teams are cross-functional representing all the required skills to accomplish the work of the project.

Innovation project teams face special challenges as they navigate inherent risk and customer relationships. Members of multi-disciplinary innovation teams typically use different jargon and measure success with widely varied metrics. Yet, product development and innovation teams can be successful by bridging communication gaps and understanding project workflows. Communication starts with our own emotional intelligence and self-awareness.

In this presentation, you will learn how to improve communication on your cross-functional teams. You will be able to describe a model of risk for innovation projects that guides decisions for team structure. We will also share a case study using the Team Dimensions profile illustrates the benefits of matching work styles with the project workflow. The outcome? With effective team communications and clear workflows, innovation projects are advanced with more energy and clarity!

About the Speaker: Teresa Jurgens-Kowal, PhD, NPDP, PMP


Teresa Jurgens-Kowal is passionate about innovation. She founded Global NP Solutions in 2009 to help individuals and organizations learn, adopt, transform, and sustain innovation. Teresa facilitates best practices training for executives, managers, and teams to improve innovation performance using a variety of hands-on work style assessments and customized tools. Teresa frequently presents keynotes and breakouts locally and nationally on her favorite topics of innovation, design thinking, and product development. She recently published a chapter on leading virtual teams for innovation projects with the Virtual Team Model (VTM) (October 2018, Leveraging Constraints for Innovation) and just released The Innovation ANSWER Book, a comprehensive guide to building innovation leadership (October 2019).

Teresa has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA) and an MBA from West Texas A&M University. In addition to New Product Development Professional (NPDP) certification with the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA), she is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) with the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and a licensed Professional Engineer (State of Louisiana).


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Type of activity: Lunch N Learn

Date: October 22nd, 2020

Hour: 12:00 to 13:00

Number of PDUs: 1.0


Members: $5.00