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Virtual Luncheon | Rob Hanna | When Good Projects Do Bad Things


PMI Honolulu Hawaii Chapter Virtual Meeting 

Title: When Good Projects Do Bad Things


Speaker: Robert Hanna

Date: Friday, October 22, 2021 | 12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM HST

Topic Description:  After becoming a successful software project manager, Robert became a turnaround specialist for troubled projects.  Join us as Robert shares common issues that arise on projects and, more importantly, techniques he has used to resolve them.  Whether you're just getting started with a project, currently in the middle of one, or recently completed one, you'll gain strategies to recognize and address issues that many projects face.  

Learning Objectives:  Share issues that arise on projects and techniques to resolve them.  Common issues include:

  • Poor requirements management
  • Unclear roles and responsibilities
  • Insufficient time for testing
  • Responsibility without authority
  • Scope creep
  • Lack of transparency
  • Unmanaged risk

Speaker Bio: Robert Hanna works at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), managed by the California Institute of Technology, as a Strategic Planner in the laboratory’s Project Support Office. He performs critical assignments, provides process improvements, and supplies strategic inputs across the laboratory’s spaceflight, technology and science missions.  In addition, Mr. Hanna teaches Project Management and Strategic Decision Making with Data Analytics to executive MBA students in the U.S. and Southeast Asia with the University of Hawaii Shidler School of Business.

At one point during his career Robert managed the $28 million dollar Mission Operations and Navigation Toolkit Environment (MONTE) software project.  MONTE was first used to successfully navigate the NASA Phoenix Lander to the planet Mars in 2009.  Since that time, MONTE has been used to fly spacecraft by space agencies around the globe and is considered to be the world’s gold standard for deep space navigation.  

Mr. Hanna received his MBA with honors from the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).  He has received numerous awards for his work, including NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal, one of the agency’s highest individual honors.

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).


Course Identifier:  C166-P2110220

PMI Assigned PDU Claim Code:  C166AE9R37

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Type of category: General Membership Meeting

Type of activity: Technical

Date: October 22nd, 2021

Hour: 12:00PM to 1:00PM

Number of PDUs: 1


Members: Free

Non members: $10.00

Students: Free


Virtual Meeting via Zoom