Establishing the Correct Foundation for Change

Establishing the Correct Foundation for Change


Jason Dunn, PMP, CSM, CSPO

Program Director

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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About the Presentation

Do you have these questions:

  • Why is it so difficult to get my organization ready for change?
  • Why did my improvement programs not reach the level of success that I expected?
  • Why have other groups been more successful at making necessary changes than my group?


If so, this session will provide insights that will help you assess your organizations readiness for change. The session draws on a recent industry-sponsored study of the factors that drive success of change programs for project organizations. The study provides unique insights into why certain organizations improve at a much faster rate than other organizations. By assessing those factors that inhibit change readiness, you can address them prior to launching improvement initiatives, thus improving the success of your initiatives.

Over the course of 15 years, multiple large project organizations conducted identical benchmarking efforts to quantitatively assess the performance of their project systems. While the outcomes of these benchmarking efforts found variations in system performance, the recommendations for improvement were similar across the various companies. Nearly all of the companies subsequently launched improvement programs to address identified opportunities for improvement. Interestingly, some companies were able to quickly move from 3rd or 4th quartile performance to 1st and 2nd quartile performance. Some companies, however, were not able to move the needle on performance, even five years later. We discuss what distinguished the “winners” from the “losers” in this examination of the drivers of success for improvement programs, from a readiness perspective.

So, whether you are a leader looking to continuously improve your group’s performance or you are an individual contributor that is looking to provide insight for teams and leaders that want to drive excellence in your organization, you will learn valuable tips for making those efforts more successful. Regardless of where you are in your organization, change will come to your team and this session will help your team accept and drive that change more effectively.

Event Location

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

Agenda and Cost:
Chapter Members: $35
Non-members: $45
Walkins: $50
5:00 PM - Registration Opens
5:00 PM - Fairview Park Book Club
5:30 PM - PM Tools
6:00 PM - Networking Reception & Cash Bar
6:00 PM - New Member Meet & Greet
6:45 PM - PM Talks
7:45 PM - Presentation Concludes, Stay for Continued Networking!
PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category: 

About the Speakers

Jason Dunn, PMP, CSM, CSPO

Program Director

Jason Dunn has spent over 25 years improving project organizations, of which 20 years are in the Information Technology area. He has served many different roles on projects from Portfolio Manager, Program Manager, Project Manager, Change Manager, Business Analyst, Researcher and Tester. Jason has worked for many Fortune 100 companies to improve their overall organizational effectiveness.  As part of this work, he has stood-up PMOs as well as assessed and improved existing PMOs. Currently, he is the P3M Community Program Director at Freddie Mac in the Enterprise Program Management Office and is focused on improving Portfolio, Program and Project Management Maturity and Governance. He is a PMP, Six Sigma Black Belt, CSM, CSPO, and Certified ProSci Change Management Trainer.

About the Monthly Dinner Meetings

The PMIWDC Monthly Dinner Meetings are held at the Sheraton Tysons (8661 Leesburg Pike, Tysons, VA 22182), typically on the second Tuesday of each month (subject to change due to holidays and venue/speaker availability). Members and non-members are welcome to join us for the best speakers and networking the Washington, DC area has to offer.

The presentations are educational and informative to those professionals operating in the field of project management and functioning in leadership roles in industry and government. It is also of great value to those looking to step into the field of Project Management and begin their certification process. Each event will present specific learning points focusing on building a talent triangle of technical, leadership, and strategic and business management skills, unique to the presenter's area of expertise and the subject matter discussed while directly relating to improving the practice of managing projects and leading others. At each Monthly Chapter Event certified PMPs can earn 1 Professional Development Unit (PDU).


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