August Dinner Meeting - Marybeth Wootton - "Real World Implementation of PM Best Practices"

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Real World Implementation of PM Best Practices


Marybeth Wootton

Vice President of Performance Excellence
BAE Systems Customer Solutions

A videocast of this event is available to PMIWDC members only.


About the Program


Project Management “Best Practices” abound.  There are hundreds of books, reference materials, academic resources, and consultancies available to help.  A simple search on the internet yields dozens of models and methods to improve your Project Management effectiveness. 

Given that, why do some organizations still struggle to apply the most effective Project Management techniques and practices consistently?  Many companies and government agencies spend millions of dollars in the development of project management processes, templates, and tools, based on industry “Best Practices.”  The challenge in gaining a return on those investments isn’t necessarily based on the quality of the methods themselves, but in the consistent and effective use of them across your organization. 

How do you drive high rates of adoption and real world application of best Project Management methods in your organization? In this presentation, Marybeth Wootton, Vice President of Performance Excellence at BAE Systems, will discuss how to:

  1. Promote adoption and proliferation of a Project Management Methodology across a large, global organization
  2. Overcome organizational (and human) obstacles, and to change behaviors among a large and very diverse community of Project Managers
  3. Get the value out of using industry Best Practice methods and tools

Ms. Wootton will address these ideas from the perspective of her current experience building and implementing a Project Management Methodology for services within an operating unit of a $31 billion  global company, and from her more than 15 years as a project manager and consultant at methodology-based consulting firms. 

About the Speaker:

Marybeth Wootton


Mary Beth WootenMarybeth Wootton is the Vice President, Performance Excellence for the BAE Systems Customer Solutions operating group.  Customer Solutions is the services business for BAE Systems Inc., with nearly 14,000 employees and more than 60 locations.  As VP, Performance Excellence, Marybeth has responsibility for Project Management, Process Improvement, Performance Measurement, Business Integration, Knowledge Management, and Quality across the business.  Marybeth and her team are focused on improving Project Management capability and maturity through the development and delivery of new processes, tools, and training.  The Performance Excellence team also drives Business Transformation for the operating group; including performance measurement, business intelligence, process integration and automation, and advancing process capability and maturity through model-based standards.  

Marybeth joined BAE Systems in 2005 after 14 years in management consulting at Price Waterhouse, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and IBM, with experience in both the public and commercial sectors.  Just prior to joining BAE Systems Marybeth had line management responsibility for a Special Program business unit in IBM’s Business Consulting Services group. She has managed large programs for commercial, Civilian, and Intelligence Community clients.

Marybeth is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Master. Marybeth holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Economics from Harvard University.  She and her husband Jeff live in Northern Virginia with their two sons.

Location and Cost


5:30 PM - PM Tools
6:00 PM - Cash Bar & Networking
7:00 PM - Dinner
8:00 PM - Guest Speaker
9:00 PM - Adjourn


Sheraton Premiere at
Tysons Corner
8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA


Corporate table for 10: $450
Chapter Members: $40
Non-members: $50
Walkins: $60


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