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PMO Branch - PMO - Help! I Think I’m in Trouble: The Art & Science of Project Audits
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When: Wednesday, June 7, 2017
6:00 PM PDUs: 1.5 (1.0 Leadership/ 0.5 Strategic)
Where: Twenty Toronto Street - Conference C & D
20 Toronto Street
Toronto, Ontario  M5C 2B8
Presenter: Michael Stanleigh

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Event Type: PMO Branch Event

Topic: PMO - Help! I Think I’m in Trouble: The Art & Science of Project Audits

Project Audits fall outside the traditional role of the Project Management Office yet projects contribute significantly to the financial performance of an organization. There is plenty of research indicating the high incidence of project failure and the billions of dollars such failure costs corporations and investors each year. The benefit of project audits is that they can very quickly identify the root causes of problems on projects, making it possible to get projects back on track and avoid project failure.

Project Management has become embedded in complex processes and methodologies. This can make it difficult to quickly identify the root causes of problems on projects. PMOs must understand how to identify the core reasons for project challenges. This will help identify the opportunities to improve the management of these projects and increase their performance. Developing a consistent process of auditing projects can have a tremendously positive impact on an organization’s productivity and profitability.

There is an art to project audits that differs from generally accepted PMO functions. During this event, you will learn how organizations have used Project Auditing to improve their ROI and customer satisfaction. We’ll review the process of auditing projects and how an interim Project Health Check can identify potential problems before they become a crisis. You will leave energized and equipped with the tools, techniques and knowledge necessary to go back and start conducting Project Audits.

Key Learning Objectives: 
• Learn how project auditing will increase project success. 
• Determine what you can do to help get projects out of crisis management and firefighting.  
• Identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in all projects. 
• Understand how to complete a project health check or audit from beginning to end.

Speaker Bio:
Michael Stanleigh has a reputation for helping organizations define their strategic direction, manage change, become more innovative, improve the performance of their leadership and successfully execute their projects. He has been fortunate to consult and advise some of the most admired organizations in the world. As a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and CEO of Business Improvement Architects, Michael shares his consulting wisdom and secrets for operational success with organizations around the world to help them succeed.

One of Michael’s core competencies is project management. As a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) Michael provides consulting, coaching and customized training for Project Management Offices, Project Leaders and Project Teams on managing projects, creating project plans, conducting project audits and undertaking project risk assessments. As a Scrum Master he uses his expertise to create Hybrid processes to create unique approaches to continued project success.

As a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) Michael loves to share his business secrets for operational success with business audiences around the world. Michael involves audiences in understanding and managing change and business leaders in getting to the root cause of their business problems and generating effective solutions. He has a tremendous way, during corporate events, of engaging leaders and employees in a creative process of idea generation for the front-end of innovation. His content rich presentations are delivered with the same passion, spark, energy and creativity that he gives to his business clients.

6:00pm - 6:30pm = Event Registration, Networking and Light Meal
6:30pm - 8:00pm = Presentation with Q & A
8:00pm - 8:30pm = Wrap up and Networking

Fees: (subject to HST)
PMI Toronto Members (login prior to registering) = $25.00
Non-Members and Guests = $35.00

PDUs: 1.5 (1.0 Leadership/ 0.5 Strategic)

Cancellations must be received by 5:00 pm, 5 business days before the event and must be sent in writing by email to There will be a 20% administration fee charged for cancellations, subtracted from the refund. Cancellation/refund requests will not be accepted less than 5 business days before the event. However, substitutions are welcome. Please let us know by 12:00 noon the day before the event of the person you wish to substitute by emailing

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