March 2018 Chapter Meeting

March 27, 2018
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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Norris Meetings and Events Center
2525 West Anderson Lane, #365
Austin, TX 78757

New Location:

Norris Centers

  Norris Centers
  2525 West Anderson Lane, #365 
  Austin, TX 78757

Our dinner events have been selling out, so please register early! Dinner order closes on Thursday, March 22 at 8:00 PM. No dinner tickets will be sold after early bird registration closes.Session(s) online registration closes on March 26 at 5:30 PM. Please note: If you have paid for your PMI Austin Chapter Membership within the past 48 hours, register as a guest and self-report the PDUs.


5:30 – 7:00 pm
(.5 Leadership PDU) 
Networking Meeting and Dinner (Cash Bar)

7:00 – 9:00 pm 
(2 Technical PDUs)

Title: Project Fails Due to Ineffective Work Breakdown Structure

Speaker: Gholan Medalla, PMP

Session Abstract: 

This session takes a quick look on how the implementation of a Work Break Structure (WBS) can affect the project outcome in terms of scope, cost, and schedule based on real project examples and where project conceptualization and creation needs the participation of most key stakeholders.

We have heard repeatedly the popular saying in Project Management, “How do you eat a big elephant?” The answer, “one piece at a time”. This is the basic principle of applying what is called Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) that visually defines the scope into manageable chunks that a project team can understand. Each level of the WBS provides further definition and details. Seems basic? Not really! And believe it or not, a lot of projects that failed to correctly set up their WBS from the early stages of the work find difficulty in executing tasks. Reporting project status becomes problematic and managing interfaces becomes an uphill battle.

The WBS is not a mere scheduling principle but serves as the best platform to work through your overall Execution Plans and Strategies. Not only does it set the stage for better scope, schedule, and cost management, it also allows for an effective implementation of initiatives to improve reporting, progress metrics, integration, and continuous improvements. An adequately established WBS can help eliminate inter-discipline interfaces, promotes better accountability, and induce healthy competition amongst project engineers, leading to a significant improvement in project performance.

Participants will have a better appreciation of the importance of a properly implemented WBS system. More importantly, participants shall learn the major do’s and don’ts on the development of the WBS level and its resulting benefits and consequences respectively.

Brief Bio:

Gholan Medalla, BsCE, PMP

Gholan MedallaGholanMedalla has more than 20 years of hands-on Project Management and Project Controls experiencewith various overseas assignments such as Saudi Arabia, Canada, Iraq, Oman, UAE, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and the Philippines. He has worked with industry players such as Saudi Aramco (current), Exxon Mobil (IOL), Total, Siemens, Oracle, and Kiewit Energy, with programs ranging from US$ 1B to US$ 5B and Mega Projects costing US$ 9B to US$ 15B.

Gholan specializes in planning and project controls (claims and forensic analysis background) and has substantial experience in design, project execution, estimating, cost, contracting, and risk management. He has also implemented, maintained, and lead developments of robust Project Controls Systems, tools, KPIs, and processes. His background has a strong emphasis on “real project” – “hands on” experience.

Golan contributes articles to various Project Management blog sites. He has conducted multiple workshops and guest speaking engagement with various non-profit Project Management and Engineering Organizations in Canada, Asia, and the Middle East. He is currently working on completing his book entitled “Project Management Simplified – real project issues resolved”.

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