Project Management Is "Hot Topic" of Select Workshops at ISM 90th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit

FOR RELEASE: March 1, 2005

CONTACT: Jean McHale
  ISM Public Relations
  800/888-6276 ext. 3143

TEMPE, Ariz. — More than 2,000 supply management professionals will gather in San Antonio, May 8-11 for the 2005 Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) 90th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit. The Conference will feature general sessions on topics in the areas of financial analysis, supplier relationships, contract management, strategic leadership and business ethics.

"Start Your Legacy in 2005" Conference workshops are organized in five distinct learning tracks that represent main areas of supply management and general career development. A portion of the more than 100 workshops are identified as "Hot Topics" and cover Project Management, Risk, Social Responsibility and Outsourcing/Offshoring. "Hot Topics" workshops addressing Project Management include:

Integrating Procurement and Project Management
Robert J. Hairston, C.P.M., procurement manager, Corning Incorporated, reveals how to bring maximum value to an organization through several tools including understanding the project management process, as endorsed by the Project Management Institute (PMI), as well as use of specific procurement tools at specific steps during the project life cycle.

An Overview of Project Management for the Supply Professional
This extended session is presented by Rene G. Rendon, Ph.D., C.P.M., CPCM, PMP, faculty member, graduate school of business and public policy, United States Naval Postgraduate School. Gain an understanding of the project management environment, the advantages of using a project management methodology, the characteristics of a project, and the role of the project manager and project teams.

Evaluating and Understanding Contract Performance, Enforcement, Modification and Termination
Discover how to analyze the interplay between contract performance and the ongoing need to modify contractual obligations to reflect changing performance quality and performance obligations. Jeffrey J. Mayer, J.D., and Michael L. O'Shaughnessy, J.D., partners at Freeborn & Peters LLP, will use the Uniform Commercial Code, case studies and recent court decisions to examine side agreements, telephone calls, faxes, e-mails and other issues that, although common, can have extraordinary consequences.

Managing Difficult Teams
Understanding team dynamics and knowing how to identify and provide for a positive intervention enables the team leader to address the underlying causes of conflict and refocus the team for continued success. Ron Guertin and Vincent P. Scacchitti, MBA, partners at eXegy Partners, LLC, will discuss how the ability to effectively engage and manage teams plays a key role in the success of any project.

Practical Project Management Techniques for the Supply Management Professional
Author Lonnie P. Pacelli, CPIM, presents practical, time-tested project management techniques that address the supply manager's most common project management challenges. Practical tools and approaches to areas such as milestone management, issue management, risk mitigation and cross-functional teams will enable you to immediately apply the techniques to your daily job.

Impacting the Sourcing Process Through Collaborative Project Management
James Kiser, C.P.M., and Michael T. Yakos, C.P.M., senior consultants at ADR North America, LLC, will detail how a sound project management framework helps ensure success. A cross-functional team's working and performance process must be tied to the sourcing strategy goals.

Writing an Effective Scope of Work: The First Step to Supplier Performance
Developing a clear and effective scope of work is essential for supplier understanding resulting in superior supplier performance. Jim Haining, MBA, C.P.M., A.P.P., director of procurement, Insituform Technologies, Inc., reveals the keys to writing quality specifications that will lead to success.

Performance-Based Contracts: Maximizing Success, Sharing Risk
Lorrie K. Mitchell, C.P.M., A.P.P., partner, Mitchell Enterprises, will explain how to determine when a performance-based contract (PBC) is beneficial, how it can be successfully managed and techniques to achieve buy-in from suppliers and customers. How-to's include developing performance criteria and evaluating critical success factors.

Bringing Global Supply Management Under Control Using BPM and Project Management Practices
As one of the largest sources of aid to more than 100 developing countries, The World Bank has improved global sourcing and supplier management using Business Process Management (BPM) and proven project management practices. This workshop focuses on how The World Bank was able to more quickly and effectively manage project lifecycles using BPM for supply management. Presented by Francine Holloway, senior contracts officer, The World Bank, and Jason Klemow, CTP, AFP, project manager, The World Bank.

For complete Annual Conference information, visit Early registration ends March 3, 2005. Media credentials to attend the 90th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit may be obtained in advance by contacting ISM Public Relations. To obtain a complimentary media pass, contact Jean McHale at 800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276, extension 3143, or e-mail

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