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Friday, September 19, 2003

Live and in Person -- I've been invited to present at the Annual Professional Development Day of the Keystone Chapter of the Project Management Institute, based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The date is October 18th, and I'll be doing two presentations.
Project Management Math Myths - 1+1 Doesn't Necessarily Equal 2 - This highly interactive presentation reviews the impact of natural variation associated with estimates, the schedules derived from them, what happens when they hit reality, and why many projects start out "in a statistical hole" if the scheduling and promising process does not take it into consideration. The presentation walks through the statistical help that a singe chain of tasks can benefit from but often doesn't, the statistical hell of integration points and resource dependencies, and the exacerbating impact of task due dates and Parkinson's Law on the ability to make reasonable project schedule promises.

Enterprise Project Management - Links and Loops from Strategic Planning to Project Management and Back - This presentation discusses the three “meta-processes” that are required for Enterprise Project Management: strategic planning, resource management and project management. It discusses how the development of strategy and determination of priorities are crucial for successful implementation of Enterprise Project Management. It also demonstrates how project management is required to successfully support the organization’s strategies. (If you'd like to see a "graphical outline" of this presentation, you can find it in this post.)
Check out the PMI Keystone site for more information. (And by the way, these presentations are available for other venues as well. Let me know if you're interested.)

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