Program Title: "Who Stole my Float?"
Activity Sponsor: PMINJ Chapter (C020)
meeting slides can be downloaded.
Microsoft Project templates from TWG are included in the download.
Project Management (PM) tools have improved dramatically in recent years
and are much more powerful than most people realize. Everyone can now do
what only NASA, Fluor-Daniel, GE, Boeing, et al. could do on the mainframe
thirty years ago. PMI, the new PM tools and litigation have changed the design
and contracting process dramatically. Owners and consultants can now use
such methods as fast track project management and multiple prime contractors
to maintain project control, and align contractor and owner goals to complete
projects much faster than ever before. It’s not all good. Resources are often
grossly overloaded and schedule impact claims based on “Who Stole the Float”
are moving from the Construction Industry to IT and other industries.
Now PMs are managing portfolios of projects rather than large single projects.
The most successful companies are sorting their projects into multiple Tiers
and using Total Float to borrow resources from Tier 3 projects to keep Tier
1 projects on schedule. Resource leveling at the Portfolio level, “managing
by exception” just the activities that are close to critical and behind
schedule, and new risk management techniques have raised the bar once again.
Sadly, the quality of planning and scheduling often seems to be regressing.
What can be done? Frank Walker advocates a return to the foundations of
Project Management. Properly used, the tools allow you to optimize multiple
constraints and can be used in offense, defense, leadership, communication,
and marketing. In his practical, timely presentation Frank demonstrates
how to use the tools more effectively and provides checklists to help you
do the same on your projects.
Frank Walker is president of TWG Project Management, LLC and was co-founder
of Gates, Taylor, Walker, Corp. (GTW), where he was president from 1988
to 1997. In 1993, at Microsoft’s request his company put their mainframe
PM Software into Windows as a companion product to Microsoft Project. TWG
supports clients through all the states of the program or project life cycle.
Frank received his Bachelor’s degree in Civil/Structural Engineering from
the University of Sydney, Australia, and has Professional Engineer certificates
in BC, Canada and Turkey. His Project Management Professional (PMP) certification
is #289. Frank has worked for forty years on many unique and challenging
projects worldwide for a variety of industries and public agencies. He is
adept in all the aspects of Project Management. Specialties include: team
planning, fast-track project management, management by exception using earned
value, litigation avoidance and mediation. He also helps implement PM Offices
(PMOs). He has given classes and seminars on PM, PMP certification and PM
software to more than 10,000 people, worldwide. Frank is past president of
the PMI Puget Sound (Seattle) and Delaware Valley (Philadelphia) Chapters.
He currently lives on the Delaware River between Philadelphia and NY City.
Topic: Speed Networking
Learn the nuts and
bolts of networking to grow your career and find an ideal position.
We hope this will be a different and fun way to play the Speed Networking
game. Practice your elevator speech (or refine a new one) on your peers,
maximizing the contacts who may just know a position that's perfect for you,
or a recruiter who has placed them, or a hiring manager who needs your skills.
Join us for a speed-dating-for-job-seekers session.
Topic: Panel Discussion - Facilitators: Fareed
Hosain & Tim Lee
will feature a panel of PMO Managers who will discuss PMO "hot topics" and
provide practical information, strategies and insights to challenges faced
by today's PMOs. If you are currently serving as part of a PMO, or will
be in the future or are just seeking this type of knowledge, you won't want
to miss this event. This interactive session will be both entertaining
and informative and is sure to be enjoyed by those who attend!