June Tyson's Corner Luncheon - Wally Johnson - "Walking Away Gracefully - A Tale of Three Projects"

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Event Date

"Walking Away Gracefully — A Tale of Three Projects"


Wally Johnson

Deputy Program Manager
SAIC, supporting DISA

View the presentation slides (1.55 MB PDF)

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Time and Location:

Tysons Corner monthly Luncheon Meeting at
Tower III Conference Facility
Curie & Drew Conference Rooms
1710 SAIC Drive

McLean, VA 22102
1 PDU will be available for PMPs.  

Tuesday, 23 June 2009


  • 11:30 am: Networking begins
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm: 
  • Keynote Speaker: Wally Johnson


None. This Session is free of charge.
Preregistration is required.

About the Program:

Walking Away Gracefully — A Tale of Three Projects

During my twenty years in project management, not all projects have been executed as planned or ended as desired. This presentation will contain some excerpts / lessons learned from my project experiences. Only three projects were selected for this verbal journey. Since "hindsight is 20/20", you'll get the benefit of my time spent and you'll "walk away gracefully" in less than an hour. During this presentation you may learn or gain insights into:

  • PM in a stressful project environment
  • Trusting your instincts and naming names
  • What to do when the project is good but the economy is bad
  • How to coordinate the next project while in the first project
  • Things to avoid when your client is on the one coast and your team is on the other coast
  • Lessons learned from political project environment

About the Speaker:

Wally Johnson

Wally is new to the SAIC family but not new to Program Management. He has over 18 years of experience and has held his PMP credential for over nine years. His current engagement has him functioning as the Deputy Program Manager supporting DISA in Falls Church, VA. He is providing management guidance for a large Joint DOD software development. His experience in many facets of project management has prepared him for this new phase of his career with SAIC.

Wally spoke to the PMI community in October 2008 on "Creating & Managing Virtual Teams" and he has completed his first year with SAIC. He has over 20 years of PM experience and has held his PMP credential for 10 years. His current engagement has him busy with three DISA projects here in North Virginia.

Wally graduated with a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. His project management career began in Huntsville at a small consulting firm. His pursuit of excellence has sent him coast-to-coast, Europe, Scandinavia, and to the Middle East. So far he has been employed by eight different companies and provided his expertise to a multitude of projects ranging from weapon systems to satellite systems to telecommunications. Recruited by SAIC in the winter of 2007, he started with the company in March 2008. He is a graduate (1998) of the Defense Systems Management College with an advance Program Management certificate and then acquired his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 1999 with the Project Management Institute (PMI). In 2002, he qualified for the Certified Business Manager (CBM) credential with the Association of Professionals in Business Management. He also stays professionally active speaking at and attending various project management conferences and venues.


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