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GTIS Branch - Challenges faced by a PM for "cutting-edge" IT projects



In today’s fast paced work environment, project managers face a number of familiar challenges: meeting project milestones and deadlines, managing changes, staying on budget, ethics, managing different project stakeholder expectations among many others.

In addition, technology is having an increasing impact on the way projects are managed. Consider for example the impact of smartphones, tablets and text messaging (SMS), making it easier to keep track of project metrics at any point of a project and product lifecycle. The technology makes it even easier and seamless for different project stakeholders to communicate and share information in new and creative ways that were simply not possible before.

Sharing key metrics on demand, such as is the project schedule variance (SV) and/or cost variance (CV), are critical to making different stakeholders intimately aware of the progress of the project, whether their expectations are being met, and enabling decisions on which project should get the go ahead.

Mobile technology, Internet of Things (IoT), and now Artificial Intelligence (AI) are making it easier than ever to share information, expectations, assist the project manager in making key decisions and track project metrics such as quality standards.

Project Managers have to keep up with trends and adapt their management styles to incorporate new trends and new ways of doing their work in the most effective way possible.

Learning Objectives:

Project Management strategies will be discussed that allow for:

• more effective communication

• taking the pulse of the project at any given time

• managing different stakeholder and client expectations

• keeping up to date on the latest project management trends and how they can be incorporated in their practice.


Paolo Treves is a Professional Engineer holding a Masters in Engineering Sciences Telecommunications as well a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (honors) from McGill University. He has extensiveptreves.png work experience in the field of IT Consulting and Software Development and over the past 8 years has been working partial-load as professor for various schools and faculties in the GTA including Sheridan College, Seneca @ York, Humber, Ryerson University as well as Microskills and the YWCA. In addition, he has been involved with different Applied Research Projects.

Prior to starting his teaching career, he worked as a consultant for GE Digital Energy in Markham and Famic Technologies in Saint-Laurent, Quebec. He has been teaching a variety of technical subjects including Mobile Application Development in Android, iOS, Project Management, Java Standard Edition as well a Java Web Application Development, Telecommunications and Database concepts.

He has been an active volunteer with the PMI Toronto chapter for the past 10 years and worked on the training material transitions from PMBOK v3 to v4, v4 to v5 and v5 to v6. He also was instrumental in making the PMP Prep program an official partner of RMC and has been Chair of the PMP Prep program from PMI Toronto for the last 4 years.

Project management certifications include the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation as well as a JAVA Software Developer Certification. He holds a Diploma from U of T DEEDS Project and a J2EE Solution Developer Diploma from Ryerson University.


5:30 PM – Registration, Light snacks & refreshments, Networking

6:20 PM – Announcements & Introductions

6:30 PM – Speaker’s Presentation

7:55 PM – Wrap up, Networking

8:15 PM – Event ends

Fees: (subject to HST)

PMI Toronto Members - $25.00

Non-Members and Guests - $30.00

PDUs: 1.5 (Technical 1.0, Strategic 0.5)


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Type of activity: PMI Toronto GTIS Branch

Date: 17 January 2019

Hour: 17:30 to 20:15

# of PDUs: 1.5


Members: $25.00

Non members and Guests: $30.00