folder 2012 Chapter Meeting Presentation Archive

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Monthly Chapter Meetings – 3rd Thursday of each month September thorough May (no chapter meetings in June, July, August, and December)
These meetings provide professional development opportunities and great food.  During the two hour meeting, you will receive a full-course meal and one hour of professional development training, resulting in 1.5 PDUs.  Chapter meetings also provide great networking opportunities.

Monthly Breakfast Meetings - We will meet every 2nd Tuesday of the Month, and currently are meeting at The Egg & I on Menaul and Louisiana. We now have a standing agenda, which includes –

  • Introductions
  • Chapter update
  • Community update and issues discussion (closed door)
  • Topic presentation and discussion


pdf 2012-01 January Chapter Meeting Presentation-Agile QA's Rev Impact on PM Popular

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Agile QA's Revolutionary Impact on Project ManagementMark_C_Layton

Speaker:  Mark C. Layton

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Agile quality assurance (QA) techniques are having a dramatic impact on project management. With an Agile approach, QA is no longer the last, highest-risk phase in software projects before launch. In this discussion, you will learn how agile QA practices are changing project management and allowing teams to deliver high-quality products faster. You will find out how to successfully harness best practices of agile QA, including automated testing, test-driven development and continuous integration.

Speaker Bio: Mark C. Layton is an organizational strategist and PMI certification instructor with over 20 years in the project/program management field. He is the Los Angeles chair for the Agile Project Leadership Network and is the founder of Platinum Edge, Inc.- an organizational improvement company that supports businesses making the Waterfall-to-Agile transition. Prior to founding Platinum Edge in 2001, Mark developed his expertise as a consulting firm executive, program management coach, and in-the-trenches project leader. He also spent 11 years as a Cryptographic Specialist for the US Air Force, where he earned both Commendation and Achievement medals for his accomplishments. Mark holds MBAs from the University of California, Los Angeles, and the National University of Singapore; a B.Sc. (summa cum laude) in Behavioral Science from Pitzer College/University of La Verne; and an A.S. in Electronic Systems from the Air Force's Air College. He is also a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force's Leadership School, a Certified ScrumMaster, a Certified Scrum Professional, and a certified SCPM (Stanford University Advanced Project Management). When he isn't partnering with businesses to improve ROI, Mark enjoys scuba diving, international travel and endurance cycling. He is the author of Wiley & Sons "Agile Project Management for Dummies" series (March 2011) and is a frequent speaker on Lean, Scrum and other agile solutions.

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Topic:  Program Management/Project Controls on SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source II Project

Presenter: David Sala

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2012

SLAC's two-mile-long linear accelerator (or linac) has begun a new phase of its career, with the creation of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS). The Linac Coherent Light Source is the world's most powerful X-ray laser, creating blasts of light bright enough to make images of single molecules and fast enough to capture their motion. These unique capabilities will allow the laser to work much like a high-speed camera, taking stop-motion pictures of atoms and molecules in motion and shedding light on the fundamental processes of life. The LCLS advances scientific frontiers in materials science, biology and medicine, physics, electronics and energy research.

SLAC is now in the process of building LCLS II to increase the nation's research capability in this critical scientific arena. LCLS II will be managed in a certified EVMS system using creative tools and systems to build the cost estimate and move to execution of the project in accordance with all applicable ANSI standards and DOE Order 413.3. This presentation will cover these tools and systems and take an in-depth look at project data reporting techniques.

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Biography:  David Sala

President - Sala & Associates Inc.

Mr. Sala has over 27 years of experience in management and team leadership involving program management, project controls, and long-range strategic planning. His experience includes providing support to all levels of DOE, DoD, NASA, and private sector programs. He has extensive experience in directing the development and integration of project schedules including resource loading and leveling, cost estimating, budget analysis, variance reporting and at-completion forecasting. Programs that he has supported include environmental management and restoration, complex-wide nuclear material disposition, technology development, advanced weapons systems, nuclear energy, and advanced space flight. He is specialized in program-wide system implementation for cost-effective management and control for successful project realization. He is currently the program lead for project controls at SLAC's $405M Linac Coherent Light Source II project.

Co-presenter:  Geoffrey Zehnder

Project Controls Engineer

Mr. Zehnder is a Senior Project Controls Engineer working on the LCLS II project at Stanford National Linear Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC). He has a strong background in Earned Value Management Systems (EVMS) practices and the requirements of DOE Order 413.3 and all applicable ANSI standards. He has a decade of project experience as a Project Controls Engineer and Project Management. His industry experience includes project management process design and support to Sandia National Laboratory for the GPSP, ARRA, and LTS programs; Army Corps of Engineers, San Antonio Water Systems, and other Municipal Governments.

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Topic:  Spaceport America
Speaker: Christine Anderson

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012

Spaceport America is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world.christine anderson

The commercial space industry is rapidly emerging.  Virgin Galactic is Spaceport America's anchor tenant and is on track to be the first commercial passenger spaceline.
This exciting project presents many opportunities and some challenges.  The Executive Director of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority will discuss these opportunities and also some of the management challenges in being the "first" in many areas.

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Speaker Bio:  Christine Anderson is the Executive Director of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority. She is responsible for the development and operation of the first purpose-built commercial spaceport-- Spaceport America.  She is a recently retired Air Force civilian with 30 years service.  She was a member of the Senior Executive Service, the civilian equivalent of the military rank of General officer.  Anderson was the founding Director of the Space Vehicles Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.  She also served as the Director of the Space Technology Directorate at the Air Force Phillips Laboratory at Kirtland, and as the Director of the Military Satellite Communications Joint Program Office at the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles where she directed the development, acquisition and execution of a $50 billion portfolio. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.  Anderson earned a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Maryland, and completed the National Security Leadership Program at Johns Hopkins University and the Senior Management in Government Program at Harvard University.

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Topic:  Lean Project Delivery Systems
Presenter: Morgan Kramm

Date: Thursday, April 19, 2012morgan kramm

Lean Project Delivery Systems (LPDS) Presentation by Morgan Kramm, VP of Project Delivery for WH Pacific.  The presentation focuses on implementing LPDS in the Construction Industry.  The presentation will include:
  • -An introduction to Lean Project Delivery Systems as developed by the Lean Construction Institute.
  • -An introduction to the newly forming Lean Construction Institute NM Community of Practice
  • -An example how BIM, scanning, IPD and LPDS contributes to the success of a project.
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Speaker Bio:  Morgan Kramm has been practicing Lean Project Delivery Systems for more than a decade.  He has over 35 years of experience in the Construction Industry.  He has worked in Design firms, Construction firms and Owner organizations.  He is a Registered Architect, Registered Structural Engineer, and Project Management Professional.  He has managed operational business units, programs and projects.  He attended the University of New Mexico where he earned a BFA in Architecture and an MS in Structural Engineering.  He is currently VP Project Delivery for WHPacific.  He is a Past President of PMIRGC.

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Topic: Creating a PMO Out of Thin Air

Presenters: Sally Trigg and Leon Spackman

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Sally Trigg, PMO Owner, and Leon Spackman will be presenting on starting a PMO. 

sallytriggSally Trigg is a multi-faceted professional who loves to build systems. Her experience includes work as an attorney, writing / literature instructor, retail manager, technical writer, high school English teacher, marketer, fund-raising executive, project manager, and corporate manager. Although she earned her PMP in 2011, Sally’s project management experience stretches back over a decade. A native New Mexican, Sally came to Lovelace Health Plan in March 2011 as contracted project manager for a huge company project. In late 2011 she and two colleagues persuaded Lovelace leadership to create a PMO. Since then she has served as PMO Manager and most recently as Manager of the newly created Strategic Planning Office.
spackmanLeon Spackman is currently the Director of Vendor Relations for Lovelace Health Plan.  He works with all vendors, suppliers and partners to ensure accountability and positive relationships.  He has also served as the Lean Project Manager responsible for implementing and managing the Lean process improvement methodology across the organization.  Leon is a certified PMP and an experienced project manager leading projects for the Department of Defense and Lean Six Sigma process improvement.  He graduated from the National Graduate School with a Masters degree in Quality Systems Management in 2002 and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
Leon served over 20 years in the United States Air Force leading and directing diverse organizations around the world.  While serving as a squadron commander, he significantly improved support to his customers going from the worst to the best aircraft in-commission rates in the Air Force in less than two years.  While in the Air Force, he earned his first master’s degree in Logistics Management and served most of his military career as a logistics officer developing expertise in supply chain, petroleum, and overall logistics management.  Since retiring from the Air Force, Leon has served as a quality manager, a project manager, and Lean Six Sigma process improvement specialist.

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Topic:  Agile Estimation: Faster, Easier and More Accurate

Presenter:  Mark C. Layton

Date:  Thursday, September 20, 2012 05:30 - 08:00 PM

Traditional requirement estimation techniques are a frustrating combination of wild guesses and false precision.  While estimates are given down to the exact hour of effort, the accuracy of those predictions vary wildly and provide no opportunity to self-correct based on actual performance.  This inaccuracy problem is then intentionally masked by an even more inefficient tool—contingency reserve.  In this presentation, the speaker will show how using agile estimation techniques are faster, easier, more informed, more honest, and ultimately, more accurate than guessing to the hour how long tasks months in the future will take to complete.

 Attendees will leave this presentation with a concrete model for using actual team performance to predict future team performance in way that allows informed decisions to be made at the beginning, not the end, of the project.”


Mark C. Layton, recognized globally as Mr. Agile, is an organizational strategist and PMI certification instructor with over 20 years in the project/program management field. He is the Los Angeles chair for the Agile Leadership Network and is the founder of Platinum Edge, Inc.—an organizational improvement company that supports businesses making the Waterfall-to-Agile transition.

Prior to founding Platinum Edge in 2001, Mark developed his expertise as a consulting firm executive, program management coach, and in-the-

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trenches project leader. He also spent 11 years as a Cryptographic Specialist for the US Air Force, where he earned both Commendation and Achievement medals for his accomplishments.

Mark holds MBAs from the University of California, Los Angeles, and the National University of Singapore; a B.Sc. (summa cum laude) in Behavioral Science from University of La Verne; and an A.S. in Electronic Systems from the Air Force’s Air College. He is also a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force’s Leadership School, a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a Certified Scrum Trainer, and a recipient of Stanford University’s advanced project management certification (SCPM).

Mark is the author of Wiley & Sons “Agile Project Management for Dummies series and is a frequent speaker on Lean, Scrum and other agile solutions.

pdf 2012-10-Modern Risk Management and the Drake Equation: Why They are both Invalid Popular

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crop-michaelhatfieldPresenter:  Michael Hatfield

Date:  Thursday, October 18, 2012

In this presentation Michael discusses the similarities between the Drake Equation, which is used to approximate the number of planets that might support extra-terrestrial intelligence, and the formula for calculating project baseline contingency reserves. He also discusses Black Swan theory and Network theory as they pertain to and challenge Risk Management theory, and then wraps by discussing the areas of management science where Risk Management theory is appropriately applied.

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Michael Hatfield, MBA, PMP, CCC, EVP, belongs to an exclusive club: he is one of the few people who can legitimately claim to be an internationally-recognized expert in the field of Project Management, having received correspondence on his writings andpresentations from every continent in the world, save Antarctica. He is the author of the long-running  column in PMNetwork magazine, Variance Threshold, as well PMI® Publishing’s 2008 title, Things Your PMO Is Doing Wrong. While he was blogging for the Project Management Institute,  Nicole Adams named his one of the “Top 100 Project Management Blogs.”

Michael’s first book, Things Your PMO Is Doing Wrong, actually spent three months on PMI®’s Best Seller list, and his presentation will address a part of his recent  release, Game Theory in Management (Gower Publishing, 2012). Michael will have some copies of his new book for sale at this meeting.

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Chapter Meeting - 2012 - November 15 - 9/11 and the Pentagon Renovation Program Print

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Date:  Thursday, November 15, 2012

In 1997, the Pentagon Renovation Program faced a significant challenge. The world’s largest office building was a hastily constructed building which had not been properly maintained or updated during its sixty year life. Initial efforts to renovate the building and to bring it to modern standards had proved disappointing. It appeared inevitable that costs would dramatically escalate, schedules would slip and construction quality would suffer. Already building occupants were complaining about the disappointing quality of projects which were being completed.

Deputy Secretary of Defense, Dr. John Hamre, decided to bring the program under new management. He selected as Program Manager an individual with a unique background. Mr. Walker Lee Evey was a contracting and acquisition specialist, not a construction or design specialist, and he brought a unique perspective on how to achieve success in complex and highly challenging projects. Evey believed passionately in the power of leadership and in the promise of extraordinary capabilities that he believed lay dormant within organizations but which can be tapped by properly motivating the workforce. Evey developed a new way of doing business; an approach that challenged the traditional design and construction paradigm by placing the responsibility for success onto the workers and giving them the opportunity to make decisions, control their own work processes and receive rewards commensurate with the effectiveness of their performance.

This new way of doing business was challenged on September 11, 2001 when the Pentagon became the target of a terrorist attack. The workers at the Pentagon came to see the challenge to re-build the building as a “final exam” which tested their new ways of doing business and challenged them to be more efficient and more effective than anyone thought possible. The outcome is a tale of heroism and hard work that pitted the brains, the brawn, and sometimes the blood, of a highly motivated workforce of common individuals who overcame adversity and achieved a most uncommon success.


Lee is currently “retired” but still maintains an active schedule. With over 30 years of results-driven contracting, acquisition and program management experience, Lee has a well-earned reputation as a go-to person for the hardest challenges in program management, negotiation and project turn-around. He is widely recognized as a best practice leader in government and enterprise operations and, as a result, is a highly regarded international speaker and mentor for programs and organizations seeking to optimize performance. Most recently, Lee was honored by selection to the prestigious National Academy of Construction and was the recipient of the Design-Build Institute of America’s (DBIA) Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award based on the originality, vision, breadth and impact of his professional work

Best known as the innovative Program Manager from 1997 to 2002 of the Pentagon Renovation Program (PENREN), a 10 year, $5.5 billion, major design and construction program, he reported directly to the Deputy Secretary of Defense. Despite taking over the program with no previous experience in design or construction, Lee turned a program on the verge of cancellation into an internationally acclaimed award winner renowned for its technical innovation, management creativity and extraordinary project success. The program ultimately included the iconic Phoenix Project which reconstructed in only one year the damaged Pentagon after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. PENREN was completed in April 2011, 14 months ahead of schedule and $100 million dollars under budget. It was honored in 2011 as the DBIA Project of the Year and selected by McGraw-Hill’s Engineering News Record as the Best Southeast Project of the Year.

Lee served, from 2004 until 2009, as President and CEO of the DBIA. Under his leadership DBIA undertook extraordinary efforts to promote process improvement in the construction sector and launched an entire curriculum dedicated to training professionals in the effective implementation of the design-build process. As a result the design-build project delivery method in the United States rapidly grew in market share. Today design-build is responsible for more than 40 percent of non-residential construction projects in the United States and is the most popular delivery methodology used in the military sector, where it holds a commanding 80 percent of market share by dollar value.

As the top civilian Air Force contracting official at the Pentagon in the late 90’s, Lee provided oversight of all major Air Force contracting programs and policies including the Air Force Supplement to the Federal Acquisition Regulation. He spearheaded performance-based acquisition reform and represented the Air Force at top levels of policy development.

As the Director of Acquisition Program Operations at NASA Headquarters from 1986 to 2006, Lee personally led many critical negotiations and program activities. For example, he led negotiations in Moscow and Houston with the Russian government for acquisition of International Space Station elements, critical space data, and MIR Space Station activities, meeting a Congressional deadline (that many considered impossible to achieve) for the $400 million deal. He successfully led NASA negotiations with Boeing Corporation for the $5.4 billion International Space Station Contract – the largest sole source negotiation in NASA’s history at that time. He authored the NASA Source Selection Handbook which streamlined acquisition programs, along with the NASA Award Fee Handbook - the bible for award fee procedures in the Federal Government.

At the Department of Energy in 1980 through 1882, Lee served as Procurement Branch Chief over Renewable Energy Programs , Conservation Programs, University Programs, Solar Energy Programs and Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion.

Lee retired from federal service in 2002. In 2003 at the request of Department of Defense, Lee took a leave of absence as Senior Vice President of 3DI International, an international design and construction firm, and briefly returned to federal service as Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Construction for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad. He was known for his hands-on approach and for his visibility in helmet and body armor on project sites in the field across Iraq.

Lee earned degrees in Psychology and a Masters in Special Education from the University of South Florida, along with a Masters in Management Science from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Lee served as an Infantry Platoon Leader and Company Commander with the 1/26th Infantry Battalion, First Infantry Division, Quan Loi and Lai Khe, Vietnam. He served on many combat operations in III Corps area within Vietnam.

Lee is currently writing his first novel, “My Florida” scheduled for release in June of 2012.


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Facilitator: Tim Jerome, MBA, PMP, PMIRGC President-Elect

Topic: “ITIL - Overview and BKMs from the Trenches”    

What is ITIL?
ITIL is the most widely adopted approach for IT Service Management in the world. It provides a practical, no-nonsense framework for identifying, planning, delivering and supporting IT services to the business.


Tim Jerome, PMP is the PMI Rio Grande Chapter President-Elect. Tim has been a PMP since 2003, a member of PMI since 2001, has led and supported projects globally for over 10 years, most inside or on behalf of Intel Corporation. Areas of experience encompass Data Center design, implementation and transition, IT technology transformation, Enterprise PC Fleet management, and Business decision making. As an IT consultant on behalf of Intel, Tim enjoyed collaborating with and supporting decision makers of many Fortune 100s.
Tim has taught PM and PMP Certification Preparation courses for over 4 years, assisting in upgrading the Intel certification program for rev. 4. He remains committed to the discipline of project management, and uses any opportunity to extract value from all the knowledge areas of the PMBOK. Tim has enjoyed many volunteer activities in the Rio Grande Valley, and looks forward to participation in promoting and supporting the goals of Project Management and PMI in the local community.

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Justin Johnson, PMP (2011-2012 President of PMIRGC) presented this on January 5, 2012. It was co-authored with Tim Jerome and published here for your reference.

Justin Johnson has served on the PMIRGC board for 6 years. He has served as VP marketing, VP elect, President, and currently is serving as past president. He is employed by Sandia National Laboratories as a project manager and systems engineer. Starting in August of 2012, Justin will begin teaching the Intro to Project Management course in the MBA program at UNM. When Justin is not supporting PMIRGC, working, or teaching, he enjoys spending time with his 3 girls and wife enjoying the outdoors.

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