Good, Fast, or Cheap

Good, Fast, or Cheap


Michael Dobson, PMP

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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Event Location

Leidos at Reston Town Center
11951 Freedom Dr
Reston, VA, 20190

Agenda and Cost:

11:00 am: Networking
12:00 pm: Program

PMIWDC Members $15
Non-Members: $15
*Lunch will be served 

About the Event

Everyone knows the old joke, “Did you want it good, fast, or cheap? Pick two.” What most people don't know is that it isn’t a joke. It’s actually one of the most central and most profound ideas in project management.

The Triple Constraint (time/cost/scope) defines the outer borders of acceptable project performance, but what most project managers don’t realize is that the constraints form a hierarchy: Driver, Middle, and Weak. You have to achieve the driver, or else you don’t have a successful project. The middle and weak constraints, however, have flexibility. How you recognize and how you exploit the Hierarchy of Constraints is the most central management decision you’ll ever make on any project.

In this seminar by Michael Dobson, author of The Triple Constraints in Project Management and The Six Dimensions of Project Management: Turning Constraints Into Resources, you’ll discover how to look at your projects from a powerful new perspective — and dramatically improve your project results!

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs

Event Keywords

Soft Skills


Effective communication, in general: audience, media / message, attention vs. "noise", etc.

About the Speaker

Michael Dobson, PMP

Michael Dobson, PMP, is an internationally known project management consultant, author, and lecturer. He’s the author of 24 books on various aspects of project management, office politics, organizational dynamics, and personal growth.  He is the author of Project: Impossible,Creative Project Management from McGraw-Hill, and six other books on project management.  His book Practical Project Management has sold well over 60,000 copies, making him one of the best selling authors in the project management field. His novels Fox on the Rhine and MacArthur’s War were selections of the Military Book Club, and his simulation game AD&D Battlesystem won the H. G. Wells Award. He contributed the decision theory section for a NASA/USAF Academy encyclopedia of space systems engineering and operations.

As a project manager, Michael helped build the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum and led creative and marketing operations for one of the world’s most famous hobby game companies. He is the world’s only private owner of an Apollo spacesuit.

Michael has given well over 1,000 project management seminars on three continents, with a distinguished client list including Naval Reactors, Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Union Carbide, NASA, GSA, the Weather Channel, and Australian State Rail, along with numerous PMI-sponsored events.

He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, and is a member of the Montgomery County chapter of PMI.

Michael Dobson, PMP

All wars are projects, but not all projects are wars. Your project goes to war when it has enemies — or, in project management terms, "negative stakeholders with an interest in your project's failure," whether they're external or internal. Your risk environment changes, usually for the worse. Your planning must take the opposition into account, and the definition of success often depends on what the competition does.

About the Reston Local Community

Each month, PMIWDC Reston Local Community volunteers strive to bring you interesting and informative speakers from a wide range of professions. They present these speakers to you at the Leidos building or other organization located at Reston Town center. This is an opportunity to network with other professionals of the PMI. The conference center at Leidos offers a maximum seating of approximately 30 guests. Pre-registration is required. Luncheons are held every third Wednesday of the month. If you are interested in presenting please contact the PMIWDC Staff who can put you in touch with the Luncheon Committee Volunteers. List of past events can be viewed below. Please follow PM Reston on facebook.

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