February 2023 Chapter Meeting and Guest Speaker

Power Skills

February 23, 2023 Chapter Meeting & Presentation by Dave Davis

6:00 - 7:30 pm (EST)


"Telling the Project Story with Data"

Cognitive psychologist Jerome Bruner suggests we are twenty-two times more likely to remember a fact when it has been wrapped in a story. How can a project manager leverage this concept in order to facilitate communication about the project?

This presentation will focus on the project manager telling the project story backed by data.  It will go beyond status and burn down chart and look at ways to present the objective, the definition of done, a benefits roadmap and other critical artifacts that will facilitate understanding and communication.  A good story, backed with data, can hele reduce the “cone of uncertainty” and drive discussion among team members.  Additionally, this technique spans all methodologies.

We will explore how the project manager can maximize this approach and drive better understanding of the project objectives and the benefits the organization will realize on successful adoption.  We will present an example of telling the story with data from a customer persona through the final outcome for a project.  We will also have a brief discussion on what types of graphs should be used to present certain types of data.  After all, not only will you have to tell a story with data, but you may also have to explain the data to tell the story.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore various techniques to develop a data driven story to present information to stakeholders on a project including tools such as a Vision Box, a Roadmap, and a customer demographic.
  • Understand data literacy principles about the most appropriate presentation canvas to emphasize your main point. 
  • Incorporate the VARK Learning Styles (Visual, Auditory, Reading/Writing, and Kinesthetic) to ensure the story, and associated data, resonates with each type of learner.


This presentation will focus on providing a message about your project with supporting data.  It will be a pragmatic approach to better engage your audience and help them retain your message.  There will be examples of the stories and the appropriate means of communicating the message.

This content applies to all roles in the profession: a project manager, an Agile Coach, a Business Analysis, a Product Owner, and/or a Change manager.  Communication is more than what is said, it also involves how it is said.


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Dave is a recognized thought leader.  He is an experienced Program and Project Manager with over 20+ years of leading large scale projects focusing on implementing business change and improvement.

Dave has expertise in knowledge transfer and eBusiness programs as well as situational analysis and problem solving. He has successfully managed a wide range of projects including software implementation projects that combine business transformation, process engineering, customer care, and overall change management.

Dave also excels at building positive stakeholder relationships by establishing trust, setting expectations, listening to concerns, and taking action to resolve issues.
Dave's Specialties Include:

  • Cyber and Physical Security Projects
  • PCI Payment Validation
  • Disciplined Agile and other Project Delivery Methodologies
  • All aspects of PMO Training / Course Development / Curriculum Planning
  • University Advisor
  • Business Analyst
  • Operations Manager
  • Project InVision AdministrationEnterprise Coaching
  • Business Requirements Elicitation



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Type of category: Chapter Meeting

Type of activity: Power Skills

Date: 23 February 2023

Hour: 6:00PM to 7:30PM

# of PDUs: 1.5


Students: Free

PMI-HVCMembers: Free

Non members and Guests: Free


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