December PM Tools - On The Job: Lessons Learned from PM of the Year Finalists

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Event Date

On The Job: Lessons Learned from PM of the Year Finalists


Dwight Evans

Mike Landry

Djindo Lee

Location and Cost


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Every third Tuesday of each month, at 5:30,
Immediately before the monthly chapter dinner.


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

About the Program

On The Job: Lessons Learned from PM of the Year Finalists

The PMI Washington, DC Chapter (PMIWDC) is proud to announce the presentation of the 2nd annual PM of the Year award.

This year, the top three finalists for the award will share with you their lessons learned; practitioner to practitioner. Come and hear how these extraordinary PMs applied methods and tools to overcome real life on-the-job challenges. You’ll also get to meet PM of the Year nominees whose outstanding work puts them in the top of the field.

Each finalist has gone through a rigorous scoring process which involved an initial nomination, high marks from five project stakeholders, and a final interview screening with the PM of the Year Selection Committee. Having passed these hurdles, these PMs will now impart their lessons learned to the PMI Washington, DC Chapter community. This is your chance to hear what worked from practitioners in a variety of situations and to join in the excitement as one of them will progress to 2009 Washington, DC Chapter PM of the Year to be awarded at the top of the Monthly Dinner Meeting.

About the Speakers

Dwight Evans

Dwight Evans

Mr. Dwight Evans, PMP, retired from the U. S. Navy after twenty years of service. After retirement, Dwight served as Newark District Site Manager for the INS Records Services Support (RSS) contract.

Dwight has been a Program Manager for CMI Management, Inc. since 2004 and currently serves as the Program Manager on a $400M RSS Contract with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Under this performance based contract, Dwight manages a 1,100+ employee workforce located at 71 geographically dispersed sites from the West Coast to the East Coast, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

He established the project Quality Program resulting in $1.6M worth of incentive awards for achieving accuracy rates as high as 99.68%, and has demonstrated continuous improvement success by increasing overall program accuracy rates from initial averages of 97.3% to the current average of 99.3%.

As the Program Manager of the company’s largest contract to date, Dwight’s management has been paramount in an effort that helped increase annual revenues from $3M to $62M+, resulting in tremendous growth that has brought CMI from a small 8(a) business to thriving large corporation.


Mike Landry

Mike Landry

Over the course of the past thirty-four years, Mr. Landry has progressively advanced his professional career through a series of transitions through several functional domains - operational support of call centers; product development and operational integration; process engineering and organizational change management; network development and implementation; and IT/IM software development and integration. Each transition has broadened and increased the depth of knowledge that enables his ability to facilitate strategic planning in support of project and program execution activities.

Mr. Landry has focused 17 years of his professional life toward the refinement of his comprehensive hands-on experience in project planning, execution, and delivery services in both private and government sectors. A seasoned Project Management Professional who has lead a multitude of teams with varying degrees of knowledge and experience, which necessitated the facilitation of evolving groups of individuals into high performance teams across functional, matrix, and project structured organizations.

He is an experienced advocate and implementer of PMBOK® best practices, team development concepts, and professional mentoring and coaching programs that are designed to drive organizational performance.

A firm believer in continual education, he augments his professional skills through a demonstrated commitment to academic achievement in parallel to his professional endeavors. He most recently earned an MBA from Kennesaw State University in Georgia in 2005 and was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma.

Mr. Landry has a Bachelor of Science in Management from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. He is PMP® and ITILv3 Certified.



Djindo Lee

Djindo Lee

Djindo Lee is a Senior Project Manager at Optimal Solutions & Technologies (OST, Inc.), focused on delivering innovative IT Solutions primarily to the federal and local government clients. He is currently managing 5 projects at the Federal Aviation Administration, including the modernization of the FAA IT Asset Management system, which oversees in excess of $9 billion assets and supports 5,000 users nationwide.

The external appraisals and audits for the projects he has led validate Djindo’s expertise in the implementation of industry best practices from the Project Management Institute (PMI), the Capability Maturity Integrated Model (CMMI), the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and ISO 9001:2008. His approach has had a transformational impact, not only in terms of client successes, but also internally for his organization, where he strives to continuously raising the bar for quality, productivity and innovation.

Djindo’s track record is proven by the delivery of over 22 successful IT projects for more than a dozen government agencies and non-profit organization. These include customized system development, infrastructure support, system security, service desk support, Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) product implementations, business process modernization and implementation of process improvement program support.

Djindo has a strong technical grasp of the entire software development lifecycle; this is the result of having spent the initial years of his career directly in development, in addition to his commitment to staying abreast of new technologies and innovations. For this reason, Djindo is able to relate particularly well to his team members and to take a truly consultative and hands on approach to project management.

Djindo is a Certified Project Management Professional and holds a Masters and Bachelors in Computer Science from The University of Science of Montpellier (France).



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