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October 2009

Wed. 21 Oct, 2009

Willamette Valley PMI: Back From Red (Wed. 21 Oct, 2009 11:30 am - 1:30 pm)

Bring it Back From Red – This presentation describes the key elements in recovering Red Projects. It is based on the process that Mr. Williams developed while recovering dozens of projects. It covers: The prerequisites for a recovery: The Steering Committee’s responsibilities in realizing there is a problem to be solved;The four-step process to recover a project: Audit: The unbiased acquisition of data about the people and the project;Analysis: Analyzing the data to determine root causes of problems and developing the new project plan; Negotiation: Arriving at an acceptable solution for both the supplier and the customer;Execute: Implementing the plan and corrective actions.The major ways to keep projects from failing.The recovery process focuses on the human factors for project failure. In other words, the work one must do in dealing with the Red Project, the dynamics of the team, stakeholders and executives. Management style and technique are very important in the recovery, therefore multiple tips will be provided on being a leader. It also discusses the role of technology and the methodology in the failure. There are numerous case studies drawn from a variety of projects to reinforce the concepts presented. At the end of the presentation the attendee will understand the steps of a recovery process, the responsibilities of the people involved and the requirement for realization that there is a problem.

Fri. 23 Oct, 2009

PMI Vancouver Roundtable (Fri. 23 Oct, 2009 7:15 am - 8:20 am)

PMI's Roundtable held for members and non-members at the Clark County PUD Community Room. Check the PMI Portland site ( for last minute changes.

Sat. 24 Oct, 2009

Southern California ASQ Conference, Methodology and Failure (Sat. 24 Oct, 2009 9:00 am - 5:00 pm)

The Second annual SoCal ASQ meeting at Cal Poly.Methodologies Role in Failure People or Process, as the name implies, looks directly at the role of people versus process in a project’s success or failure. The focus on process is a needed component, but does not obviate the need to manage people.  Unfortunately, the trend over the last fifteen years has been to focus on process and reduce the project to a checklist of tasks.  This has created a culture that neglects the value of a manager with people skills. This presentation uses case studies and class interaction to underscore the how people make or break the project. Attendees learn the importance of working closer with the people on the project by looking at four areas: The Project Manager; Project Inception; Project Methodology; Technical team members. By the end of the presentation, attendees will understand the importance of balancing people and process and where to focus their efforts. The benefit of being more involved with the inner workings of the project will be evident.

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