The Best Laid Plans: Ideas to Help Improve Initial Planning of Federal Programs

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Event Date
Start At : Monday, July 19, 2010 - 11:30am
End At : Monday, July 19, 2010 - 1:00pm

The Best Laid Plans: Ideas to Help Improve Initial Planning of Federal Programs


Joe McElhaney. PMP

Registration and Cost

The M2D2 Event is free of charge and open to all interested PMs. Preregistration is not required.


Monday, June 21, 2010, 11:30am to 1:00pm


Department of Agriculture
12th and Independence Ave, S.W.
Cafeteria Conference Room
Washington, DC
(Driving Directions)

Metro Accessible via Smithsonian Station

Photo ID is required to enter the facility

About the Program

The Best Laid Plans: Ideas to Help Improve Initial Planning of Federal Programs

The better your plan, the better your chances of success – we all know it is true. Yet, it isn’t easy to devise a plan at the outset of a program or project that anticipates enough (let alone “all”) of the requirements, tasks, and risks a manager will face. Mr. McElhaney will share ideas to help federal program and project managers create the best initial plans possible, from the practical application of Useful Components; to using the Federal Acquisition Process during initial planning; to effectively using Integrated Baseline Reviews.

About the Speaker

Joe McElhaney, PMP

Joe McElhaney is a Managing Director at Chevo Consulting, LLC (Chevo) responsible for delivery of services and thought leadership in program and project management. Mr. McElhaney provides thought leadership to Chevo staff and clients on all aspects of managing federal programs, from program and project management best practices; to federal acquisitions; to uniquely federal requirements (e.g., Information Security, Privacy, Enterprise Architecture, and Capital Planning and Investment Control). He has 15 years of experience and leadership in management consulting, program/project management, engineering, and Information Technology services for government, private equity, and commercial clients. Mr. McElhaney’s career has taken him to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; into the bowels of Mississippi River steamboats; and even to the summit of Mt. Fuji, Japan. During his tenure with Chevo, he has served a diverse cross-section of federal clients, including the Department of Labor, Internal Revenue Service, and the Department of Defense. Mr. McElhaney earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) through the Project Management Institute (PMI®).


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