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PM Talk with Dr. Kenneth Smith: Introducing Just-in-Time/Line of Balance Technique for Optimizing Scheduling & Monitoring of Repetitive-Type Projects, and Repetitive Processes in 'One-off' Projects


PM Talk with Dr. Kenneth Smith

Topic: Introducing Just-in-Time/Line of Balance Technique for Optimizing Scheduling & Monitoring of Repetitive-Type Projects, and Repetitive Processes in 'One-off' Projects


Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Smith

Topic Description: In this PM Talk, you will learn more about the Critical Path Method (CPM) workflow process for planning, scheduling and monitoring complex “one-off” projects.  We will also cover projects that are repetitive or contain iterative processes that resemble a production-line setup, rather than a “once-through” model.  We will cover examples on how you can improve schedule productivity and save project costs.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Kenneth Smith is a PMP and a member of PMI Honolulu Hawaii Chapter, as well as the International Project Management Association (IPMA-USA).  He was a career senior foreign service officer - management and evaluation specialist, project manager, and in-house facilitator/trainer - with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Ken assisted host country governments in many countries to plan, monitor and evaluate projects in various technical sectors; working ‘hands-on’ with their officers as well as other USAID personnel, contractors and NGOs.  Intermittently, he was also a team leader and/or team member to conduct project, program and country-level portfolio analyses and evaluations. 

Concurrently, Ken had an active dual career as Air Force ready-reservist in Asia (Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines) as well as the Washington D.C. area; was Chairman of a Congressional Services Academy Advisory Board (SAAB); and had additional duties as an Air Force Academy Liaison Officer.  He retired as a ‘bird’ colonel. 

Ken earned his Doctorate from the George Mason University (GMU), Virginia, in Public Administration (Monitoring and Evaluation); a Master of Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Diploma in Systematic Policy Analysis from MIT’s Center for Advanced Engineering Study (CAES); and BA & MA degrees from the University of Connecticut in Government & International Relations. 

He is the author of Project Management PRAXIS: A Treasure Trove of Practical Innovations to Classic Tools and Techniques for Planning, Monitoring & Evaluating Projects, Programs and Portfolios for “Quick and Easy” application by Project Management Practitioners.  (Available from Amazon.) 

Ken first learned about Line of Balance as a Management Intern with the US Navy Department’s Bureau of Weapons (BUWEPS) in 1961, and advocated and applied it intermittently at every opportunity since then – worldwide – in both civil and military operations.

Event Information:  Zoom information will be provided with your registration confirmation.

PMI Talent Triangle: This free webinar qualifies for 1 Technical PDU to be reported by PMIHNL for chapter members (no self-reporting needed).

Event Agenda:

  • 12:02 p.m. Welcome & Updates from the PMI Honolulu Hawaii Chapter Board
  • 12:10 p.m. Introduce Dr. Kenneth Smith
  • 12:50 p.m. Q&A
  • 1:00 p.m. Pau


PMI Honolulu Hawaii Chapter hosts a free virtual roundtable PM talk bimonthly. New topics will be offered each month and registered attendees will receive 1 PDU.  Participants are welcome suggest topics to introduce. 

Questions? Contact communications@pmihnl.org 

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Type of activity: Webinar

Date: August 6th, 2020

Hour: 12:00PM to 1:00PM

Number of PDUs: 1.0


Members: Free

Non members: Free

Students: Free


Webinar via Zoom