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7:00 AM Doors Open  
7:00 - 7:30 AM Networking & Breakfast  
7:30 - 7:35 AM President's Welcome Message Rosemary Mills
7:35 - 7:45 AM Opening Keynote: The Future of Project Management through the Eyes of the Past Lee Lambert
8:45 - 9:45 AM  Streamline Productivity: AI & the Future of Task Management David Grimsley
10:00 - 10:55 AM AI Governance, Data Privacy & Ethics Tim Furry
11:00 - 12:15 PM Gen AI Masterclass - Part 1: 
Unlocking Productivity Secrets of Project Management
Mashhood Ahmed
12:15 - 1:00 PM Lunch
Panel: How PMs are using GenAI
Steve, Mei, Mary, David; facilitated by Jill Arehart
1:00 - 1:55 PM Embrace AI or Be Left Behind Mei Lin
2:00 - 3:45 PM Gen AI Masterclass - Part 2
Prompt Engineering for Project Managers
Mashhood Ahmed
4:00 - 5:00 PM Closing Keynote:
Solving Project Overruns with AI
Steve Pieczko
5:00 - 5:30 PM Closing Remarks:
2025 Sneak Peek Video
Marry Hladio
5:30 - 6:30 PM Happy Hour & Networking  



PDD 2024 Artificial Intelligence & Project Mangement Topics

Opening Keynote

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Session 5

Session 6

Session 7

Closing Keynote

Lee Lambert: The Future of Project Management through the Eyes of the Past

A Project Management career wasn’t always a career. It once was just a hobby that technical people did in their spare time. How did we get from hobby to career and what’s next? The theme for the West Michigan’s PMI is: Innovate, Adapt, Thrive - Embracing Artificial Intelligence in Modern Project Management. It is a perfect opportunity to examine what the role of the project manager is in achieving successful projects. Lee Lambert will illustrate how we got here and what comes next for the project manager of the future. This presentation shares the experiences of someone who has been there through it all. More than 46 years of involvement in PMI has exposed the good, the bad, and the ugly. The fact that PMI has grown from one single Chapter in the United States (Houston) to more than 300 chapters worldwide is a testament to the success of this “career” transition. The introduction of the PMP (1.5 million certifies) clearly demonstrates the path the profession is taking, why this has happened, and what should you do to prepare for what comes next. Following the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. Learning Objectives * Understand how the Project Management "Profession" began; * Recognize the importance of the Founder's Passion; * Understand the vital keys to the Profession's growth; * Identify the personal potential of being a Project Manager; * Know what they "don't know"; * Determine their Professional options; • Prepare for their place in the Profession's Future.

David Grimsley: Streamline Productivity - AI & the Future of Task Management

In the dynamic world of project management, staying ahead of the curve is crucial. Traditional task management approaches often need to catch up as project complexities grow and timelines tighten. Enter AI-powered task management – a game-changing solution revolutionizing how project managers work, think, and succeed. This insightful presentation explores how artificial intelligence transforms project management practices, offering project managers' powerful tools to overcome common challenges and drive unprecedented productivity. Discover how AI capabilities such as machine learning, predictive analytics, and natural language processing are being harnessed to create intelligent systems that can: • Prioritize tasks based on project goals, deadlines, and resource availability; • Optimize resource allocation and workload distribution across team members; • Provide real-time progress tracking and proactive risk management; • Offer data-driven insights for informed decision-making; We'll delve into practical applications of AI in project management, including: • Intelligent scheduling and timeline optimization; • Automated progress reports and stakeholder communications; • Predictive analytics for identifying potential bottlenecks and delays; • AI-assisted decision support for complex project scenarios. Learn how embracing AI-powered task management can elevate your role as a project manager. It allows you to focus on strategic thinking and visionary leadership while AI handles the tactical details. Gain valuable insights into the future of project management and discover how you can leverage AI to deliver projects more efficiently, reduce risks, and drive better outcomes for your organization.

Tim Furry: AI Governance, Data Privacy & Ethics

Mashhood Ahmed: Gen AI Masterclass Part 1 - Unlocking Productivity Secrets for Project Managers

• Impact of AI on business; • AI for Rudimentary Tasks; • Gen AI Tools available; • What is Prompting? • Prompt Categories

Lunch Panel Discussion - How PMs are using GenAI in Their Everyday Efforts, panelist: Steve Pieczko, Mei Lin, Mary Hladio, David Grmsley, facilitated by Jill Arehart

1. Can each of you share a specific example of how GenAI has transformed a routine task in your daily project management activities into something more efficient or exciting? 2. What has been the most unexpected benefit or 'aha' moment you've experienced while integrating GenAI into your project workflows? 3. In your opinion, how can PMs balance the use of GenAI with maintaining the human touch in their project teams and client interactions? 4. What are some creative ways you've used GenAI to solve problems or overcome challenges in your projects that you couldn't have imagined doing before? 5. Looking ahead, what futuristic GenAI capabilities or trends are you most excited about, and how do you envision them changing the landscape of project management? 6. Beyond project management, can you share an innovative or unconventional way you've utilized AI in your personal or professional life that has had a significant impact?

Mei Lin: Embrace AI or Be Left Behind

Mashhood Ahmed: Gen AI Masterclass Part 2 - Prompt Engineering for Project Managers

• Elements of Good Prompt; • Response Tone; • Prompting Techniques; • Hands on Exercises; • Custom GPTs

Steve Pieczko: Solving Project Overruns with AI

In the 1990s, autonomous driving symbolized our vision of AI, now realized with Tesla's Full Self-Driving v12 and upcoming Autonomous Taxi Cabs. This progress reshapes AI expectations, especially in project management, where AI augments Project Managers' decision-making while automating traditional roles. Reflecting on AI's role in Criminal Linguistic Analysis, concepts like Natural Language Processing have broadened, as seen in ChatGPT's industry impact. Future prospects include General AI and Hybrid Reasoning Models, potentially surpassing human cognition, with Explainer AI providing decision insights. My career from personal computing to AI highlights relentless innovation. Early marvels like text-to-speech have given way to today's AI workforce integration, evoking both anticipation and caution. Elon Musk's warnings about AI's risks underscore its vast potential. As we advance in AI, we must approach the future with curiosity and vigilance, responsibly harnessing AI's power for progress rather than peril.