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10:30-10:45: Announcements + Introductions
10:45-11:45: Lightning Talks + Q&A
        Each lightning talk is 5 minutes in length. 
        Each lightning talk will be followed by 5 minutes for questions and discussion.
        If there is extra time, we will take volunteers to give lightning talks.
11:45-12:00 +/Δ

What is a Lightning Talk?

A Lightning Talk is a very short presentation, usually no more than 5 (sometimes 10) minutes.

It is informal. You may or may not have slides; it's up to you.

It may or may not be rehearsed. Some interesting ones are off the cuff. However, if you prepare and rehearse with a timer, it's a good bet that your talk will have more impact.

It is timed. You will get the bell if you go over 5 minutes, and you must end your talk then so the next person can take the stage.

It can be creative. Some of the best Lightning Talks tell a story, use pictures, convey passion for the subject. 

Presenters, Topics, and Materials 

 PresenterPresenter's E-mailPresentation TitlePresentation Description

Links to Slides and Other Materials

1.Ashley Stauffer 

Communications Strategy


2.Madelyn Wagner and Heather Dawson,

The relationship between PMOs and Portfolio Management


2 PMO and Portfolio.pdf
3.Lori Cottrill

Requirements Gathering


3 Requirements Gathering Tools.pdf

Galen Lentzgal112@psu.eduNo Watermelons! 

4 No Watermelons!.pdf

5.Matt Socciomps10@psu.eduThinking about the wallpaper 

5 Thinking about the wallpaper.pdf

6.Lisa Komidarlmd5@psu.eduMy road to CAPM 6 My Road to CAPM.pdf
7.Mike Brooksmlb354@psu.eduResource Management  

Attendees Signed In.pdf

More Resources

Lightning Talks and How to Give Them

Lightning Talks About Project and Team Management

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