NetPoint User Conference

2012 NetPoint User Conference – Agenda

Conference Agenda

Tracks & Sessions

Kickoff: Scheduling, Fast and Slow – Intuitions and Algorithms
Dr. Gui Ponce de Leon
When a schedule is clear and simple and salient features are obvious or readily apparent to a trained eye, decision making and what-if scenarios are less prone to error as the intuitive and deliberate thinking systems better harmonize. This presentation breaks new ground in planning and scheduling thought by applying the concepts of intuitive and deliberate thinking presented by Daniel Kahneman in Thinking, Fast and Slow. Kahneman’s work has reshaped social psychology, cognitive science, the study of reason and of happiness, and behavioral economics, and is sure to have a like impact on project management.

Application/Case Study Tracks

Changing the Landscape of Interactive Planning at Johnson & Johnson
Tom Kowalyk & Noel Alvarez
Tom Kowalyk of Johnson & Johnson’s Worldwide Engineering and Technical Operations and Noel Alvarez from PMA’s Orlando office will share their experience in arranging, conducting and actively participating in nearly a dozen Interactive NetPoint® Planning Sessions. In essence, at Johnson and Johnson, the use of NetPoint for interactively and collaboratively planning a project has become the norm rather than the exception on major projects at their onset stages. As part of a selected case study, the team of Tom and Noel will share the basic formula and components of pre-planning, early plan modeling, identifying informational gaps, and controlling the audience.

Using NetPoint for Presentation of Level 1 Schedules to Management
Heath Suddleson
One of the most important schedules on the project is the high level management schedule shared with the stakeholders. What is the right amount of information, and more importantly, what is the right format to convey the information to this particular audience? Please join Heath Suddleson, PSP in a discussion on how to use NetPoint to deliver the most effective Executive Summary Schedules.

Innovative Application of NetPoint Award Winning Case Studies
Case 1 – Project Planning at Greenville Intermodal Container Transfer Facility
Mitul Parikh
This case study describes how NetPoint, was used to communicate the project scope to various stakeholders at Greenville Intermodal Container Transfer Facility in Jersey City, New Jersey. With stakeholders input, NetPoint successfully helped identify project constraints, set realistic project milestones, and was used as an input for Risk Analysis.

Case 2 – Drive Decision Making for a Major Pharmaceutical Capital Project
Eduardo Nazario
This case study examines a complex pharmaceutical capital project during the pre-construction phase. NetPoint’s ability to show and develop the preliminary schedule so easily allowed the stakeholders to see the different aspects and scenarios side by side. The decision making process was greatly facilitated by presenting feasible options to the client in less time than with a normal Primavera schedule.

Novel Use of NetPoint for Presentations
Tim Mather & Brian Ford
Tim and Brian will describe Disney’s innovative approach to the application of NetPoint in planning. This will be a general discussion of approach rather than a detailed assessment of any specific Disney project or process. If you want to see how the Imagineers have imagined a new world of planning and scheduling using NetPoint, then don’t miss this presentation.

Educational Tracks

Facilitating an Interactive Planning Session
Tim Mather
Tim will lead a discussion of lessons learned from years of facilitating interactive planning sessions with NetPoint. This will be a practical primer with instructions on how to identify key elements of a successful NetPoint-driven interactive planning session. Tim will also highlight some of the approaches he has learned to avoid while facilitating.

CPM to GPM®, Easing the Transition
Francisco Cruz
While the Graphical Path Method™ (GPM) is similar to critical path method (CPM), it features several key differences. Francisco Cruz will share NetPoint plans to better explain the new network diagramming method favored by GPM; the concept of drift (preceding float) and how it’s preserved in paced schedules; the improved efficacy of resource leveling with GPM; how the critical path can be identified left of the data date; and, the notion of building a network or schedule backwards from the project completion.

NetPoint to P6 and Back
John Zann
This session will review, in detail, the steps necessary to export a schedule from NetPoint to P6 and to import a schedule from P6 to NetPoint. GPM and CPM have both significant and subtle differences. These differences, in the context of the import/export process, will be discussed and tips will be offered to minimize the impact of the differences if an import or export is planned. A round-trip live sample will be demonstrated. Lastly, NetPoint’s plan to further evolve the power of the import/export process will be discussed.

Preview of New Functionality and Open Q & A
NetPoint Team – Seve Ponce de Leon, Sergio Ponce de Leon, Renee Woolley
Join members of the NetPoint development team for a preview of the upcoming Global Edit Mode as well as explanations of resolution violation alert, excel reporting, and creating multi-level schedules. We’ll also cover some of our favorite tips and shortcuts and give you the opportunity to share yours. This session will be focused on interacting with our users by soliciting questions and comments and having the answers demonstrated live.

Conference Info

January 20, 2012

Disney’s Swan Hotel – Orlando, FL
Register by December 1, 2011
Contact Us: conference@pmatechnologies.com

Conference Times to Remember:

  • 8:30-9:00am Check-in, Lobby of Pelican 1
  • 9:00am Kickoff: Scheduling Fast & Slow by Dr. Gui
  • 12:00-1:30pm Lunch
  • 3:40pm Closing Panel Discussion
  • 4:15-5:30pm Cocktail & Appetizer Service

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Dr. Gui Ponce de Leon

“Scheduling, Fast and Slow – Intuitions and Algorithms”

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Timothy Deane Mather

“Facilitating an Interactive Planning Session”

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