January Monthly Chapter Event

January Monthly Chapter Event


Alan Zucker, PMP, ACP

Founding Principal
Project Management Essentials

Jennifer Havens

Stone Mountain Advisors

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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About the Presentations

PM Tools Workshop: Successful Projects: What We Really Know
Presented By: Alan Zucker

The Standish Group has published its annual CHAOS Report on the state of software development since 1994. The Report is often cited as a key metric for the industry's performance and progress and draws much attention.

Analyzing the long-term trends provides an interesting perspective. On average only 29% of projects “succeed” and 23% “failed”. Over the past two decades, there has been little change in these headline results.

However, when you dive into the data there are some bright spots and markers for the future improvement:

  • Smaller is better
  • People are the primary driver of project success or failure
  • Agile projects are far more likely to succeed

In his presentation “Successful Projects: What We Really Know” Alan Zucker shares his analysis of the Standish results and opportunities to deliver more successful projects.

PM Talks: Managing the Ox
Presented By: Jennifer Havens

Ox: An employee extremely gifted at their craft or technical area who pulls hard but leaves a mess to clean up. Said employee is extremely difficult to manage and work with, however adds incredible value.

In this interactive discussion, we will explore identifying your oxen and figuring out how to engage and motivate them without driving the rest of your colleagues insane.

You will learn:

  • How to identify the Ox
  • Determine when to keep and when to let go
  • Create alignment with others
  • How to engage the Ox
Event Location

Le Méridien
1121 19th St N
Arlington, VA, 22209

Agenda and Cost:

Chapter Members: $55
Non-members: $65

5:00PM - Registration Opens
5:30 PM - PMIWDC Members Only Book Club Meeting
5:30 PM - PM Tools
6:30 PM - Networking Reception & Cash Bar
7:00 PM – PM Talks
8:15 PM - Presentation Concludes

Parking garage located 1 block from Le Méridien at 19th Street and N Kent Street, look for the "Blue Parking Sign"
Parking is $5 after 5:00 PM
After parking, take the elevator up to the top floor of the parking garage and follow signs for Le Méridien

PDUs Available: 
2.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category: 
Leadership and Technical

About the Speakers

Alan Zucker, PMP, ACP

Project Management Essentials
Founding Principal

Alan Zucker was practicing Agile techniques well before the term was coined. In the early 1990s he employed the agile principles of collaboration, minimal documentation, to deliver a mission critical, mainframe application for the US Treasury. His agile skills were further honed during his years in the fast paced and dynamic telecommunications industry. He also played a leadership role in the Agile transformation of a major financial institution; during this period, the number of annual production releases increased 4-fold, average release durations declined by two-thirds, and project management execution costs were cut in half.

In 2016, he founded Project Management Essentials to provide training and advisory services. He provides Agile, DevOps, and traditional project management training. He also works closely with his clients as they transform their practices.

Alan received his undergraduate degree from The George Washington University and a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Maryland. He holds a Masters Certificate in IT Project Management from the George Washington University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Agile Professional (ACP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI). He also holds Agile certifications as a Scrum Master (CSM) and Scale Agilist (SAFe 4.0 SA).

Jennifer Havens

Stone Mountain Advisors

Jennifer Havens is an Indiana Jones of sorts. As a college professor, she enlightens minds with tales of business theory in practice. As a business and executive coach, she explores the wild world of human capital complexities, helping clients accelerate business growth and manage their inner game. Jennifer’s background in global technology marketing leadership led to this passion for helping leaders navigate the jungles of leading technical teams and taming the cynical to be engaged, influenced, and inspired.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing Management and Masters in Business Administration. She is a Certified Professional Behaviors Analyst, Six Sigma Green Belt, and Certified Executive Coach. She works with project managers, PMOs, and program managers on building influence, managing stakeholders, and creating a culture of accountability. Her unique blend of marketing leadership, process improvement, and human capital expertise are well suited for positioning the PMO as a strategic force in an organization.

Personally, Jennifer knows a thing or two about project management; in addition to running a successful firm, she manages a household of 9.75: two dogs, two cats, 3.75 kids, and a Senior IT Project Manager husband. As a 24/7 PMP coach and Queen of Plate Spinning, she couldn’t be happier!

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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