Breakfast Roundtable | Dr. Ken Smith | Tools of the Trade: Estimating Realistic Activity Durations
PMI Honolulu Breakfast Roundtable
Topic: Tools of the Trade - Estimating Realistic Activity Durations
Speaker: Dr. Ken Smith
Date: Sept 22, 2021 @ 7:00 - 8:00am
Scheduling projects is a difficult process, as evidenced by the fact that many projects overrun their target deadlines. However, a contributing factor -- the ‘Classic’ PERT/CPM 3-time probability-based time estimating technique [advocated by PMI] which is often used to estimate activity durations when there is uncertainty about their time durations -- is fatally flawed!
This presentation reviews various activity estimating techniques, identifies common weaknesses in the process, and presents an improved technique for on-the-job application.
Learning objectives for this event include:
- Improved project scheduling.
Ken Smith is a semi-retired project management consultant and trainer. Formerly a senior foreign service officer -- management & evaluation specialist, project manager, and in-house facilitator/trainer -- with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), assisting host country governments in many countries plan, monitor and evaluate projects in various technical sectors. Intermittently, he was also a team leader &/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. He retired as a ‘bird’ colonel. After USAID retirement, Ken was a consultant for the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the World Bank Group, various UN Agencies and USAID, a course designer & facilitator for the Mekong Institute in Thailand, Ateneo de Manila in the Philippines as well as the PMI®-Philippines Chapter.
Ken earned his Doctorate from George Mason University (GMU), Virginia, in Public Administration (Monitoring & 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.
Ken 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.)
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