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April 2010
April 2010

Thu. 8 Apr, 2010

Portland FENG - Finding Gold in Red Projects (Thu. 8 Apr, 2010 5:30 pm - 7:35 pm)

Failing projects are prevalent in all industries and, although the actual failure rates are very subjective, the incidence of troubled projects is easily more than half of all projects. Finding the Gold in Red Projects looks at the value in performing a formal recovery on a red projects.  It uses current and historical data, case studies and the presenters twenty-five years experience of recovering projects to illustrate the process. Finding the Gold in Red Projects has four major goals:Define the state of today’s project management success/failure ratio;Show how a formal recovery process can help;Provide a process to objectively rank projects;Next steps to execute.At the end of the presentation, attendees will understand how they can reduce reoccurring failure in their organization and use incidents of failure to continually improve performance.

Fri. 23 Apr, 2010

PMI Vancouver Roundtable (Fri. 23 Apr, 2010 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 (http://pmi-portland.org/events/meetings/roundtables.htm) for last minute changes.

Vancouver, WA ASQ Section 0627 Conference (Fri. 23 Apr, 2010 9:00 am - 10:30 am)

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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