Making Project, Portfolio and Program Management Practices Stick in a Skeptical Organization

Making Project, Portfolio and Program Management Practices Stick in a Skeptical Organization


Douglas M. Brown, Ph.D., PgMP

Managing Member
Decision Integration LLC

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Event Location

GW Ashburn Campus
44983 Knoll Sq
Enterprise Hall Room 176 Ashburn, VA, 20147

Agenda and Cost:

Networking begins at 11:30 AM
Presentation begins at 12:00 PM
1 PDU Credit can be earned
Attendance is free

About the Presentation

Are you struggling to implement project or portfolio management practices in your organization? Do people seem to be avoiding things that aren't much more than common sense ... and perhaps it even feels as though they're starting to avoid you, too?

Are you starting to doubt whether the best practices you were trained on don't really work? (Spoiler alert: the problem's not the medicine. It's the dosage and the treatment).

In this 45-minute session, Dr. Brown will discuss the key principles behind his Simmer SystemSM and how they can help project or program managers - or line executives - bring the needed discipline into their organizations without tearing them apart. Based on the audience's interests, we'll spend the majority of the time in an interactive discussion of one of the System's key components:

  • Four Principles (the Pasta Principle, Zero-Sum, Integrity, and Purposeful Humility)
  • Seven Critical Datasets
  • Eight Collaborative Agreements
  • Governance Arrangements

The discussion will be based on Dr. Brown's book, "Let It Simmer: Making Project, Portfolio and Program Management Practices Stick in a Skeptical Organization", and one attendee will win a free copy.

PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category: 
Strategic and Business Management

About the Speaker

Douglas M. Brown, Ph.D., PgMP

Decision Integration LLC
Managing Member

Dr. Douglas Brown helps organizations kick the culture of accepting failure.  He is the Managing Member of Decision Integration LLC (, offering short, intense workshops to move organizations towards their goals.  He explains his method in "Let It Simmer: Making Project, Portfolio and Program Management Stick in a Skeptical Organization" (; his forthcoming book (Simmer Until Done) applies the Simmer System concept to wider organizational and community settings.  In an Army career and 20+ years managing and consulting, he has saved tens of millions of dollars bringing programs under control and hundreds of millions through new program concepts. He has been a speaker at PMI Regional Conferences, several of the locations in the Washington DC chapter of PMI, ProjectWorld, and PM Summit. Residents of Alexandria, Virginia; he and his wife enjoy live arts, their dogs, eating well and sailing their boat.

About the Ashburn Local Community

The Ashburn Local Community is sponsored by George Washington University. Join us at the George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus to network and earn a free PDU!

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