Running Successful AI Projects and Avoiding Failure (Virtual)-Monthly Meeting

Running Successful AI Projects and Avoiding Failure (Virtual)

Running Successful AI Projects and Avoiding Failure (Virtual)

Virtual Presentation: Running Successful AI Projects and Avoiding Failure

Ronald Schmelzer HeadshotRonald Schmelzer, Managing Partner and CPMAI Certified Lead Instructor
Ron, the Managing Partner and Founder of Cognilytica, collaborated with Kathleen Walch to develop the CPMAI methodology, a groundbreaking approach to AI and data project management. Widely adopted by multinational organizations, government agencies, and NGOs, CPMAI is emerging as the standard methodology for AI project management. Ron, a CPMAI Certified professional and Lead Instructor, is a highly sought-after expert in AI and data best practices and project management. He chairs various industry groups focused on AI adoption and helped launch the AI working group at ATARC. Ron is also the co-host of the AI Today podcast, a regular contributor to Forbes and TechTarget, and a judge for the SXSW Innovation Awards. Prior to Cognilytica, he founded and led Zap Think, an industry analyst firm acquired by Dovel Technologies. Ron holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

Ronald Schmelzer HeadshotKathleen Walch, Managing Partner and CPMAI Certified Lead Instructor

Kathleen, the Managing Partner and Founder of Cognilytica, co-developed the CPMAI methodology with Ron Schmelzer, revolutionizing AI and data project management. This methodology, now a standard in multinational organizations, government agencies, and NGOs, reflects Kathleen's expertise in organizational data adoption. A CPMAI Certified professional, she serves as a Lead Instructor for CPMAI courses. Kathleen is renowned for her dynamic presentations and is a thought leader in emerging technology best practices. She chairs the AI working group at ATARC, contributes to OECD's ONE AI, and is a respected judge at SXSW Innovation Awards. Additionally, Kathleen co-hosts the AI Today podcast, writes for Forbes and TechTarget, and has a background in grassroots marketing and data analytics. Her prior roles include founding tech startup HourlyBee and managing direct mail campaigns for Harte Hanks. Kathleen holds a degree in Marketing from Loyola University.

Topic Synopsis:

Many organizations are struggling to implement AI with success. Despite the buzz around AI and its potential to revolutionize industries, a surprising 70-80% of AI projects fail.

Why do so many AI initiatives, brimming with promise and potential, end up falling short? In this talk we explore the top reasons for these AI project failures, through real-world experiences and “ripped from the headlines” examples. We'll share why these AI projects failed, and the practical ways to navigate these challenges for AI project success. Furthermore, we'll explain how emerging approaches to Trustworthy AI are helping to address a wide range of ethical and responsible AI challenges.

As a way to avoid these common AI project failures, we'll present the emerging best practice for AI projects leveraged by successful organizations, the Cognitive Project Management for AI (CPMAI) approach. Attendees will learn how to do AI right by applying a stepwise approach/methodology for AI projects, including an AI project template that gives you a straightforward way to adapt CPMAI methodology to your AI projects.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understanding the Common Pitfalls of AI Projects.
2. Real-World Case Studies of AI Failures.
3. Approaches for successfully managing AI projects.
4. Trustworthy AI considerations.

PDU Triangle: 

Attendees will receive 1/2 Ways of Working and 1/2 Business Acumen PDUs

Ways of Working Technical

Registration: 

Registration will close at 3pm on March 7th.

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Event Information

Event Date 03-07-2024 5:30 pm
Event End Date 03-07-2024 6:30 pm
Cut Off Date 03-07-2024 3:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Registered 45
Individual Price $5 Members / $10 Guests

Speakers

Ronald Schmelzer, Managing Partner and CPMAI Certified Lead Instructor

Ron is Managing Partner and Founder of Cognilytica. In conjunction with Kathleen Walch, Ron developed the CPMAI methodology, iterating and evolving prior approaches to AI & data project management given the realities of the rapidly changing AI environment. Adopted by dozens of multinational organizations, dozens of government agencies, and NGOs, CPMAI is quickly becoming the standard methodology for AI project management best practices. Ronis CPMAI Certified and is a Lead Instructor on CPMAI courses and training. Ron is a sought-after expert on AI and data best practices and AI project management. He serves as chair for a number of industry groups focused on AI adoption and best practices, helping launch the AI working group at ATARC. Ronisco-host of the AI Today podcast, regular Forbes contributor, TechTarget Search AI columnist, and SXSW Innovation Awards Judge. Prior to founding Cognilytica, Ron founded and ran Zap Think, an industry analyst firm focused on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Cloud Computing, Web Services, XML, and Enterprise Architecture, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in August 2011, which was subsequently acquired by Guidehouse. Ron received a B.S. degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where his undergraduate advisor was well-known AI researcher Rodney Brooks. Ron also received an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

Kathleen Walch, Managing Partner and CPMAI Certified Lead Instructor

Kathleen is Managing Partner and Founder of Cognilytica. In conjunction with Ron Schmelzer, Kathleen developed the CPMAI methodology, iterating and evolving prior approaches to AI & data project management given the realities of the rapidly changing AI environment. Adopted by dozens of multinational organizations, dozens of government agencies, and NGOs, CPMAI is quickly becoming the standard methodology for AI0 project management best practices. Kathleen is CPMAI Certified and is a Lead Instructor on CPMAI courses and training. As an experienced data-focused analyst with a background in marketing, Kathleen's expertise and experience in project management issues around organizational adoption of data led to the development of the CPMAI methodology. Kathleen is a dynamic presenter, researcher and thought leader on emerging technology best practices. She helped launch the AI-focused working group at ATARC and is the AI working group chair bringing her knowledge, experience, and expertise to help organizations and government agencies apply AI best practices. Kathleen was selected to join OECD's ONE AI and Expert Groupon AI risk and accountability in 2019 at the OECD ONE group launch. She is often invited to present at and keynote industry events. Kathleen is also a co-host of the AI Today podcast, regular Forbes contributor, TechTarget Search AI columnist, and SXSW Innovation Awards Judge. Prior to her work at Cognilytica, Kathleen founded tech startup-up HourlyBee, an online scheduling system for home services where she quickly became an expert in grassroots marketing, networking, and employee management. Before that, Kathleen was a key part of the direct marketing operation for Harte Hanks managing large scale direct mail campaigns for clients including Bed Bath and Beyond and Buy Buy Baby. Managing big data analytics, she created efficiencies in the process saving thousands of dollars and days of processing time from each campaign. Kathleen graduated from Loyola University with a degree in Marketing.

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