February 2019 Lunch N Learn

February 13, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Meals on Wheels Central Texas
3227 E. 5th St., 2nd Floor, Board Room 232
Austin, TX 78702

When:   Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Time: Noon – 1:00 PM (1 Strategic and Business Management PDU)
Location: Meals on Wheels Central Texas Boardroom, 3227 East 5th Street, Austin, Texas 78702
The Boardroom is located in the West building on the second floor in room #232.

Parking: Parking is available underneath the building facing 5th Street.  Additional parking is available in the Volunteer parking lot, which is located right off 5th Street and before the exit drive on Allen Street. Additional street parking is available past the exit drive on Allen Street on both sides of the street and on Tillery north of 5th Street are also marked for parking on both sides of the street.

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, Linda Kohout, 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: Managing Troubled Projects

The management of Troubled Projects represents a unique opportunity for improving PM/CM performance as leaders and opportunities to overcome obstacles facing the industry.  Experience has shown that Troubled Projects require unique and specialized managerial techniques. Fundamental causes include managerial mistakes, planning mistakes and external factors. Troubles can take many forms including: inadequate planning and baselines, missed deadlines, human resource management issues, poor cost control and/or poor time management. Early warning signs included: poor change management and control, delayed decisions, high-tension meetings, poor project reporting, frequent crises, unrealistic forecasts and high personnel turnover.

This presentation offers techniques to develop leadership skills.  With an emphasis on collaboration, the content offers proven successful managerial techniques for recognition, recovery and resolution of these Troubled Projects. Recognition is crucial and earlier is better.  Recognition techniques and related project KPI’s are discussed. Recovery techniques vary, depending of certain key factors. The factors are presented, and the most effective recovery approaches are coupled with the Troubled Project key factors. Since people and process are interconnected, selection of recovery techniques and / or recovery support team are addressed.  Finally, resolution can take many forms and paths.  Choosing the best resolution technique is essential.  Resolution techniques as well as selection and implementation criteria will be presented. Case studies of successful management of Troubled Projects will be highlighted.

Key Learning Points. Troubled Projects can be successfully managed when the optimal managerial approaches are used. Troubles can be converted to success using techniques that are offered in this presentation.

About the Speaker: George McLaughlin, CCM, PMP

George McLaughlinDuring his career, Mr. McLaughlin has managed / assisted in management of over 20 complex Troubled Projects.  In this managerial capacity, he has developed recognition, recovery and resolution strategies and execution skills that have resulted in successful project outcomes.  These Troubled Projects range from commercial buildings to industrial facilities such as power plants, cross-country pipelines, manufacturing plants, off-sites and utilities plants, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plants, chemical plants, pharmaceutical manufacturing plants, Hot Briquetting Iron plant and others.  Some Troubled Project assignments extended over one year in duration.  In all cases, Mr. McLaughlin worked as a project team member (on location) using collaboration and team building to achieve major improvements in performance.

Mr. McLaughlin is a principal in McLaughlin and McLaughlin, an international project planning and management consulting firm.  He provides Program and Project Management as well as Dispute Resolution (Claim Preparation, Litigation Support and Expert Witness Testimony) and other similar services.  He provides domestic and international clients with project planning and management services and advice.  He provides training and workshops on a worldwide basis on topics that include planning and management of large and complex projects.

On multiple occasions, Mr. McLaughlin has spoken before PMI (Austin and Houston), AACE International, College of Performance Management (EVM), Project Management College of Scheduling, and other international organizations.  He is a certified CCM, certified PMP and licensed General Contractor.  Mr. McLaughlin is a member of CMAA, AACE, PMI, Society of Construction Law, American Bar Association, and The State Bar of Texas (Construction Law Section).  Mr. McLaughlin holds a BS (US Naval Academy), MS (Catholic University of America) and MBA (The Wharton School).  His profile is on LinkedIn.

About the Charity: Meals on Wheels Central Texas

Meals on Wheels Central TexasMeals on Wheels Central Texas’ (MOWCTX) mission is to nourish and enrich the lives of older adults and people with disabilities. We accomplish that by offering the 5,000 people we serve annually a holistic range of person and home-centered services that allow them to age in place with dignity and respect. 

As a valued community-based health care provider, MOWCTX offers an array of programs—focusing on social determinants of health—that work in concert to help the people we serve maintain their independence. Our signature Meals on Wheels program provides daily nutritious lunches hand-delivered by caring volunteers who also perform safety checks. But our deep service platform provides other vital services such as home repair; in-home assistance with the activities of daily living; monthly supplies of shelf-stable groceries; food and veterinary care for our clients’ pets; and connecting seniors with technology, just to name a few. These programs improve health, as well as reducing falls, trips to the hospital, and early institutionalization.

MOWCTX programs also save taxpayer dollars. Most of our clients live on less than $19,000 per year; when one of them moves into assisted living, it costs taxpayers more than $40,000 annually. For a small fraction of that, our programs enable clients to remain healthy and safe in their own homes.

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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