Is That What You Call It? Finding Commonality for Strategic Allocation of Resources

Is That What You Call It? Finding Commonality for Strategic Allocation of Resources


Charles Lunati

President and Senior Economist

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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Event Location

Greensboro Conference Center Facility - Curie and Drew Conference Rooms
1785 Greensboro Station Place
McLean, VA, 22102

Agenda and Cost:

This session is free of charge. Pre-registration is required. Bring your own (BYO) lunch, or, take advantage of the Greensboro Station's building' Cafeteria! And parking tickets from the in-ground parking lots will be validated - Just announce your attendance of the PMI luncheon meeting!

About the Presentation

Ultimately the allocation of scarce resources should be tied to the Strategic goals and objectives of an organization. In large organizations, such as the Department of Defense (DoD) or Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), there are substantial management and business processes in place in an effort to get the most bang for the buck. These processes include Planning, Programing, Budgeting, Execution, Policy, Acquisition, and many more. The implementation of all of these processes ultimately rests on the shoulders of a Program Manager and skills in managing his or her program. But let’s back up a minute. What is a Program? Across the Federal Government, is there a common definition of what one is? How does a program get started? How does it tie into the “big picture”? Is there a portfolio of programs built upon a portfolio owner’s strategy? Most importantly, is everyone that thinks they support the portfolio in sync? Do they all have a common set of definitions? Or when they finally get together, they ask each other “Is that What You Call it?”

The questions are valid. This presentation is about the journey to establish a common definitional framework for program terms among stakeholders; mapping programs to the overall strategy, and providing leadership a bird’s eye view of strategic gaps and overlaps. During the presentation, we will touch upon how this methodology assists the portfolio manager and overall stakeholder in considering resource allocation options to better allocate resources. But it all starts with common understanding and terms. You don’t want to enter a meeting and be asked, “Is that What You Call it?”.

Special Instructions: 


In Tysons Corner, entries into parking from Hwy 7, near intersections of Westpark Drive or Greensboro Drive. Photo ID is required.

Conference center can be directly and quickly accessed from the Metro's (Silver Line) Greensboro Station stop.

For those attendees who are not tenants to the building, parking will be validated for you following the presentation. Bring your issued parking ticket with you to the conference room. Open lot parking no longer available due to nearby construction work. Please consider using parking garage, and park in assigned visitor parking spaces.

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category: 

Event Keywords

Soft Skills


Managing diverse teams: effects of culture, generation, gender, etc., on management / communication needs

Team Building

Techniques for building trust, team identification, common purpose, etc.

Hard Skills

Resource Problem Solving

"War stories" in successfully working through severe resource constraints

About the Speaker

Charles Lunati

President and Senior Economist

About the Tyson's Corner Luncheons

PMIWDC holds free monthly luncheon meetings in Tyson's Corner, hosted by SAIC Corporation.

Bring your lunch, or visit the onsite cafeteria. PDU credits are be available for Project Management Professionals (PMPs).

Membership in PMI is not required, but all guests should pre-register to attend. 

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