Distinguishing Features of a Distinguished Project: Winning Your Own Distinguished Project Award

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Event Date
Start At : Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 7:00pm
End At : Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 9:00pm

Distinguishing Features of a Distinguished Project:
Winning Your Own Distinguished Project Award

Featured Presenter:

Marc Zocher

Location and Cost

New Location!

Fairview Park Marriott
3111 Fairview Park Drive
Falls Church, Virginia 22042

Metro Accessible via Dunn Loring & 1B Bus


Corporate table for 10: $500
Chapter Members: $45
Non-members: $55
Walkins: $60


5:00 PM - Registration Opens
5:30 PM - PM Tools
5:30 PM - Networking Reception & Cash Bar
6:15 PM - New Member Meet Greet
7:00 PM - Dinner Cash Bar
8:00 PM - Guest Speaker
9:00 PM - Adjourn

About the Presentation:

Distinguishing Features of a Distinguished Project: Winning Your Own Distinguished Project Award

What are the characteristics of a winning project? What happens when people, technology, and project processes actually work? Don’t be surprised – your projects all have some of these “Distinguishing Features”.  The talk will be on how you can create a confluence on your own projects to aim for an award-winning endeavor.

The presentation will include an overview of the recent Distinguished Project Award (DPA) given to the Global Threat Reduction Initiative’s G2 Project.  This was the first time the DPA was granted to a Federal Agency (the National Nuclear Security Administration).  The key points will be:

  • What were the ingredients that worked?
  • How can a virtual team with Federal Employees, National Laboratories, and private industry work together this well?
  • What qualities do you need to look for in an executive sponsor?
  • What were the problems and how did we overcome those?

I’ll attempt to convey how you can make your project DPA-worthy, and why that’s an important goal for ALL projects for the future.

About the Speaker:

Marc Zocher

Marc Zocher

Marc began his career in heavy/highway construction projects and worked through the ranks of estimator, scheduler, project controls specialist, project manager, and program manager in his 26 year career. The common thread was project management – he obtained his PMP in 1994 in his early thirties and has a lot of good and bad project experiences under his belt to bookend his project management career. Since obtaining his Geology degree from New Mexico State University, Marc has worked globally on dams, subdivisions, roads, environmental cleanups, nuclear waste removals, IT developments, new product releases, high technology projects, and Global Threat Reduction efforts.

In 2010, PMI awarded the Distinguished Project Award to the National Nuclear Administration’s G2 software development project. Marc was the project manager in 2007 -2009 that assisted a virtual team in delivering Phase I of this successful project. View the project

He teaches PMP preparation courses and works in the DC area, contracted to the NNSA and has a home base on Bainbridge Island, WA.

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