Michael Nir, President Sapir Consulting US, is an enterprise lean-agile expert; known for his passion, creativity, and innovation. His Masters in Engineering, certification in Project Management and training in Gestalt balance his technical know-how with emotional intelligence. He inspires people and teams to change, experientially and emotionally, while climbing the hill AND reaching the summit.
The author of ten books on influence, consumer experience, and Lean-Agile management, Michael delivers practical skills gained from eighteen years of experience leading change at global organizations in diverse industries such as Intel, Philips Healthcare, United Healthcare, DnB, Volvo, JPMorgan Chase, Citi, Unilever, and many others. He is masterful at connecting the dots between human behavior, business systems and work environment to drive highly productive teams and lead individuals to communicate effectively. Michael draws on unique personal experiences that provide him with valuable insight.
During college in Israel, he led groups of adolescents on excursions through the desert, observing natural leadership behaviors in team settings. Later, on a hike to Alaska, he had to face down a 250 lb Grizzly Bear – giving him a dramatic taste of what it’s like to influence a powerful and threatening personality using wits alone. Michael was born in Los Angeles and resides in Boston. He travels extensively to Europe and East Asia providing consulting and facilitating training. He understands people, organizations, and cultures and is comfortable leading cross-functional and cross-cultural workshops. A passionate guide and mentor for organizations undergoing change, he has developed lean agile DevOps focused training and delivery programs as well as gestalt team-building and conflict management workshops.
About the training
“The average lifespan of a company listed in the S&P 500 has shrunk by more than 50 years in the last century, from 67 years in the 1920s to 15 years today”… (Yale professor Richard Foster). Conclusive research findings show that approximately 50 percent of Project Management Offices (PMO) are disbanded in two years. Yet, we repeat the same mistakes in our PMO implementations – wasting money, resources and moreover – wasting time! We use a cookie cutter, traditional PMO control processes to stifle our project management efforts; focusing on time, cost, and scope, rather than leading our projects to deliver value successfully! In this practical workshop, we focus on the value-driven PMO as an integrator, enabler, differentiator, and change agent in business, development and the organization in general. We analyze the essential model for PMO value enablement which answers: • What does it mean to be an Agile PMO – see more below; • How to ensure effective streamlined delivery – hint: abolish waste; • How to effectively select and prioritize opportunities; • How to manage resource allocation from a top-down approach in an effective manner – hint: target critical resources We discuss theory, learn in teams and pairs, explore a case study, and work through a challenging hands-on simulation to understand resource complexities. Key take away – a PMO must deliver value constantly. Value isn't templated, tools and processes rather it is the ability to finish the right projects faster.
to learn how to avoid common pitfalls of PMO implementations
to explain key points of increasing value delivery through a lean value driven PMO
To detail the Agile PMO selection and prioritization process;
to describe a hybrid resource allocation approach
to present the Agile PMO leadership requirements
What does it mean to be an Agile PMO
How to ensure effective streamlined delivery – hint: abolish waste
How to effectively select and prioritize opportunities
How to manage resource allocation from a top down approach in an effective manner – hint: target critical resources
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