Why Don’t Teams Work As Teams?

Elaine Law will discuss Agile methodology and successful collaboration techniques March 26. Courtesy photo

PMI OTOWI BRIDGE News:

Last year the US economy lost more than $50 billion because teams didn’t know how to collaborate effectively. In fact, TeamGant reports that 57 percent of projects fail as the result of breakdowns in communication.

“That is a huge opportunity cost!,” said Michael Adams, president elect of the local “Otowi Bridge” chapter of the nonprofit Project Management Institute (PMI).

Chapter President Laura Gonzales said, “we could learn a lot about success in business by listening to project leaders, who have successfully led diverse teams, located in different places around the world. That is why we’re hosting Elaine Law from San Francisco to speak at our March dinner meeting.”

The local chapter hosts monthly speakers, with quarterly dinner meetings at Buffalo Thunder.

Law will discuss Agile methodology and successful collaboration techniques that she employed while leading three culturally and geographically distinct teams as they worked together to introduce new products and open new markets in Japan and China for a San Francisco retailer.

“I hope we get a large turnout for this event, I think it will be of real benefit for anyone who works as part of a team,” Adams said. “I especially hope to see local businesses and nonprofits benefit from our programs.”

The March meeting is 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26 at Buffalo Thunder. Chicken or vegetarian dinner will be provided, with a cost of $20 for chapter members or $40 for non-members and walk-ins.

Registration is available at the PMI Otowi Bridge Site: http://tinyurl.com/AgileGuru

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