By Jim Conrad

Nearly everyone works in project groups – it is rare that a person works without interacting with anyone. Therefore, it is important to understand how a project plan is developed and executed by a project manager. Having that knowledge will help you perform better in a team and better react to risks and problems that may arise. This session will cover an introduction to the Project Management Institute’s PMBOK – Project Management Body of Knowledge, and how project participants fits into the entire structure of a project.

James M. Conrad received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and his master’s and doctorate degrees in computer engineering from North Carolina State University. He is currently a professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has served as an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas and as an instructor at North Carolina State University. He has also worked at IBM, Ericsson/Sony Ericsson, and BPM Technology. Dr. Conrad is a Professional Engineer, a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He is also a member of Eta Kappa Nu and the Project Management Institute. He served on the IEEE Board of Directors as Region 3 director for 2016-2017, and again as a director in 2020 when he also served as IEEE-USA President. He is the author of numerous books, book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers in the areas of embedded systems, robotics, parallel processing, and engineering education.

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