How to Manage an Impossible Project

How to Manage an Impossible Project

featuring

Michael Dobson, PMP

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Event Location

The George Washington University School of Business
2201 G St, NW, Duques Hall, Room 453
Washington, DC, 20052

Agenda and Cost:

11:30am - Networking
12:00 through 1:00pm - Presentation

This luncheon is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required to attend.

When we say “nothing’s impossible,” we usually mean that given unlimited time, unlimited resources, and really flexible performance standards, we can do anything. “Give me a lever long enough and a platform to rest it on, and I will move the world,” said Archimedes, but he was obviously not a project manager. Our projects are constrained: the iron triangle of resources, time, and mandatory scope are only three of the dimensions that restrict our options. In project management, the question is whether the project is operationally possible, able to be done within the envelope of our constraints. As project managers, we know the importance of realistic budgets, schedules, and performance criteria, but let’s face it — we don’t always get the final word. Sometimes we get what we get and have to make do…somehow. Worse, we don’t always know what we’re really going to need. You can’t always tell up front whether the project can actually be accomplished under the current circumstances. By the time we know, it may be too late. Managing impossible projects is something every project manager faces sooner or later, and in this presentation you’ll learn how to:
  • Spot “impossible” projects early
  • Find creative solutions to many “impossible” problems
  • Make the business case for change
  • Kill the truly impossible ones before they get out of hand
If it were easy, anybody could do it. If it’s impossible, they call in a project manager. Will you be ready?
Special Instructions: 
  • Closest metro stop: Foggy Bottom
  • Garage Parking at Marvin Center (H & 21st St, NW): $18.00
  • Metered parking is available
  • Photo ID is required
  • Use 22nd Street entrance
PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs

About the Speaker

Michael Dobson, PMP

Michael Dobson, PMP, is an internationally known project management consultant, author, and lecturer. He’s the author of 24 books on various aspects of project management, office politics, organizational dynamics, and personal growth.  He is the author of Project: Impossible,Creative Project Management from McGraw-Hill, and six other books on project management.  His book Practical Project Management has sold well over 60,000 copies, making him one of the best selling authors in the project management field. His novels Fox on the Rhine and MacArthur’s War were selections of the Military Book Club, and his simulation game AD&D Battlesystem won the H. G. Wells Award. He contributed the decision theory section for a NASA/USAF Academy encyclopedia of space systems engineering and operations.

As a project manager, Michael helped build the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum and led creative and marketing operations for one of the world’s most famous hobby game companies. He is the world’s only private owner of an Apollo spacesuit.

Michael has given well over 1,000 project management seminars on three continents, with a distinguished client list including Naval Reactors, Calvin Klein Cosmetics, Union Carbide, NASA, GSA, the Weather Channel, and Australian State Rail, along with numerous PMI-sponsored events.

He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, and is a member of the Montgomery County chapter of PMI.

Session: 
Michael Dobson, PMP
People

All wars are projects, but not all projects are wars. Your project goes to war when it has enemies — or, in project management terms, "negative stakeholders with an interest in your project's failure," whether they're external or internal. Your risk environment changes, usually for the worse. Your planning must take the opposition into account, and the definition of success often depends on what the competition does.

About the Washington Circle Luncheons

PMIWDC's Washington Circle luncheons are a series of free brownbag luncheons hosted at 2201 G St, NW in Downtown DC. There are luncheons every fourth Wednesday of the month, unless posted otherwise.

This program series is made possible by the generous support of George Washington University School of Business, which offers a Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) degree. The MSPM program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals who want to enhance their ability to integrate complex projects, motivate people, and achieve cost-effective results. With courses offered both on-campus and online, students have the flexibility to complete the degree from virtually anywhere.

Washington Circle luncheons are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis.

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