July 2018 Lunch N Learn

July 17, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Refugees Services of Texas
500 East St. Johns Ave, Ste. 1.280
Austin, TX 78752

When:   July 17, 2018
Time: Noon – 1:00 PM (1 hour, 1 Technical PDU)
Location:  Refugees Services of Texas, 500 East St. Johns Ave. Suite 1.280, Austin, TX 78752

PMI Austin Chapter is always looking for new local charities to host our Lunch & Learn sessions. If you know of any charities to highlight, please email our Lunch & Learn Committee Chair, Renee Adair, at LunchNLearn@pmiaustin.org

Registration:  $15 (Price includes lunch and your PDU credit) 
Lunch will be provided. Online registration and payment only; no payments will be accepted at the event. 

Presentation Title: Project Methodologies and Their Impact on Success

A discrepancy exists between anecdotal evidence supporting one methodology in preference over another and the results of research studies investigating such claims. Despite a steadily increasing supply of resources available for and to project managers, project failure rates remain steady (Budzier & Flyvbjerg, 2013; Allen et al., 2014; Serrador & Pinto, 2015; Aga et al., 2016). Studies continue to show that on average, projects run over budget, over schedule, and that a majority of organizations have had at least one project failure in the previous year (Schachter, 2004; Gelbard & Carmeli, 2009; The Standish Group, 2013). Studies also have found that project failure can be so impactful that as many as 17% of projects can be so bad as to threaten the continued existence of the company (Bloch, Blumberg & Laartz, 2012). Such failure rates leave scholars and practitioners both in search of solutions to the challenge that is consistent project success. One such avenue to be explored is the selection of a project management methodology.

This action-packed and interactive presentation will be organized as follows:

1) Level set on the landscape of project management methodologies
2) Review and discuss anecdotal and scholarly evidence on the relationship between method and success
3) Conduct a semi-experimental exercise to support the assertion that customization is the best answer for methodology selection.


About the Speaker: Michael Pace

Michael PaceDr. Pace is a scholar-practitioner in project, program, and portfolio management. He has worked in a variety of roles and industries, from privately-owned biotech organizations through non-profit hospitals, for-profit telecom, and higher education information technology. He has served as project, program, and portfolio manager, implemented methodologies, built PMOs, and trained others to be (better) project managers. He now holds dual faculty appointments at Texas A&M University and Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi. He is actively researching project management methodology selection and implementation.




About the Charity: Refugee Services of Texas

Refugee Services of TexasMISSION STATEMENT

Guided by the principles of human compassion and dignity, Refugee Services of Texas welcomes refugees, immigrants, and other displaced peoples and supports them in integrating and thriving in their new communities.


Founded in 1978, Refugee Services of Texas (RST) is a social-service agency dedicated to providing assistance to refugees and other displaced persons fleeing persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group - as well as to the communities that welcome them. RST provides services to hundreds of refugees, asylees, survivors of human trafficking, and related vulnerable populations from over 30 different countries of origin each year. Originating in Dallas, RST now has service centers in Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston.


About the Food: Corner Bakery Cafe

Corner Bakery CafeFood is being provided by Corner Bakery Cafe in the Arboretum, 9761 Great Hills Trail, Austin, TX 78759, 512.777.4250. Learn more at: http://www.cornerbakerycafe.com/






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