The Woodlands Meeting: When a Project Issue Becomes Its Own Project

    October 20, 2015
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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    The Sam Houston State University Woodlands Center
    3380 College Park Drive, 4th Floor
    The Woodlands, TX 77384
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    This new venue is a collaboration between PMI Houston and The Sam Houston State University (SHSU) Woodlands Center.

    You can reach the SHSU Woodlands Center at phone number: 936-202-5000.

    Presentation: When a Project Issue Becomes Its Own Project 

    During your project execution, has there ever been an issue that became large enough in scope to become its own project? What happens when your project is over-shadowed by a major issue or crisis that seems unsolvable and puts the entire project at risk? This is a presentation showing one example of this type of project, where a major issue changed the entire project scope.

    Using the Apollo 13 Blockbuster movie, this case study will draw analogies from the movie and its characters – the managers, leaders, and subject matter experts of the Apollo 13 mission. The teams must resolve a crisis that changed the entire mission. A combination of slides and several short movie clips will be presented to spark discussion between the presenter and the audience, focusing on how major change is dealt with under time constraints and technical challenges. Characteristics of good leadership among the management and team leaders will be discussed, along with observing team member dynamics in a crisis environment.

    Apollo 13 is a great example of how a large program team works under extreme pressure to complete a very different mission than what was originally planned. From a project crisis, a new project & mission evolved with one deliverable: Get the Apollo 13 crew home safely.

     

    Speaker: Bruce Garrett

    Bruce Garrett completed a career in the technology industry in October 2012.  He has worked in both engineering and management positions for Texas Instruments, Schlumberger, and HP.   His latest project work was at HP as a Software PM in HP’s Enterprise Supply Chain, where he managed software development of test software used in production and field testing of enterprise servers.   Since leaving HP, Bruce has worked part time as a college instructor and PM consultant, along with volunteering with PMI Houston and Toastmasters International, a public speaking and leadership organization.  He enjoys public speaking on PM topics at PMI venues and in his PM Toastmasters clubs. 

    Directions to SHSU The Woodlands Center:

    3380 College Park Drive
    The Woodlands, TX 77384
    936-202-5000 (phone)
    936-202-5090 (fax)

    I-45 to exit 79 (242) and head West.

    Take a right on West Campus Dr. (4th traffic light)

    Take a right at first entrance, there will be a sign that says Sam Houston State University The Woodlands Center.

    Please park in the parking garage.

     

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