Downtown Venue May 25th, 2017 Meeting

    By Jim Benvie, VP Programs, PMI® Houston Chapter

    Roland Cuellar, from the Chapter’s Platinum Sponsor LitheSpeed, was the speaker for the Downtown Venue’s May 25th Meeting. Roland, a native of Austin, has focused exclusively on agile software development and lean business process improvement for the past twelve years.

    Especially for those who missed the Keep Houston Agile Conference, tonight was an opportunity to hear his presentation on, “Portfolio Management and its Impact on Project Delivery”. The presentation was sub-titled “Managers Behaving Badly”, and Roland reviewed some of the crazy behaviors he has witnessed over his career, and suggested several ways organizations can overcome these problems and improve project delivery. The key takeaway for me was the fact that these issues are not technical but behavioral.

    It was also Tim Powell’s last meeting as Venue Director. Tim is currently looking for work as an Engineering Project Manager in the Energy sector. He is stepping down after 5 years with the Downtown Venue; two as the Deputy, and three as the Venue Director. I would like to give a big thank you to Tim for his years of service and wish him well in his job search!

    Finally thank you to our host Experis IT, especially Cristal Smith and Lauren Chatfield, for their help and support!