SMDS February 2018 meeting

February 15, 2018
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
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Bent Creek Golf Club
14490 Valley View Rd
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Joint meeting with CSCMP

Topic:   Leadership & Teambuilding

Speaker:   Jesse Freese, Fissure

About the Topic: 

Leadership and Teambuilding
The Five Key Leadership Practices

Projects and organizations demand more and more from team members and project managers today.  Project managers who have good leadership and teambuilding skills are more successful in developing high performance teams and meeting demanding project objectives.

James Kouzes and Barry Posner researched best examples of leadership, interviewing and surveying several thousand individuals for “keys” to each person’s “best” example of exemplary leadership.  From that research they identified five key leadership practices that they have validated and re-validated over the years through additional research and assessments.

Leadership is “common sense, but not common practice”.  In this presentation, we will examine what makes a great leader “great”, looking at a common sense approach as well as Kouzes and Posner’s five key leadership practices.  We will also look at what you can do to improve your leadership capability.

Whether you’re a project manager or project contributor, you will benefit from and enjoy this interactive presentation.


About the Speaker:
Jesse Freese is the President of Fissure Corporation.  He joined the company in 1989 with three partners and has been President and CEO since 1997.  Fissure helps organizations develop their project management, business analysis, Agile, and leadership capability through the use of simulation powered learning.  Fissure developed and has been perfecting its simulation technology and its use in various learning environments for the last 24 years.

Besides leading Fissure, Jesse develops and delivers simulation powered learning workshops and has successfully guided over 9,500 students through a variety of learning workshops, classes and seminars.

Jesse Freese is well known for his interactive presentations on the topics of project management, leadership and change management.  He has presented at the Project Management Institute (PMI) national symposium, PMI Chapter symposium, and PMI Chapter meeting levels.  Many of Jesse's presentations include audience participation and deal not only with the "hard" side of project management, but also with the "soft" side.  All of his presentations include "real-life" stories that are relevant and entertaining.

Prior to joining Fissure, Jesse spent 17 years in software development and management for a major computer and software development company.  Jesse began developing and using development, management and leadership skills early in his career, successfully managing three large software systems development projects over a ten year period.  Jesse became an expert in software estimation and in the use of models in estimating software cost, schedule, and quality as the responsible manager for all large software development proposals in his last three years with the company.

Jesse was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota in the Master of Science in Software Engineering Degree Program.  He co-designed and co-developed the course material for the Software Project Management course.

Jesse is a member of the Project Management Institute, International Institute of Business Analysis, the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a founder of the Twin Cities Software Process Improvement Network (TwinSPIN) organization.

Jesse graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BS degree in Computer Science and received an MBA from Monmouth College.




11:00 AM - 11:30 AM - Check-in /Lunch


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM – Presentation


12:30 PM - 1:00 PM - Q&A and Closing

 Deadline:  February 12, 2017


$0.00 Members Only

$35.00 Non-Members