Northeast Branch: April 2018 Meeting

When:  Thursday April 19, 2018

Where:  Marzoni's Brick Oven Pizza and Brewing, 26 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic, PA 18507

Speaker:  Thomas McNellis  PMP, FMP, CQM, ISMP, CSSMBB, CRM, PhD

Presentation:  BigData+Agile Tools = Efficient+Sustainable+Successful Projects


5:45 p.m.:  Doors open, networking start

6:00 p.m.:  Pizza & soft drinks are served, compliments of the Chapter.  Participants may order from the menu at their own cost.

6:15 p.m.:  Presentation start.

Thomas McNellis Researcher and Presenter:
PMP since 1998.  A Founding Father of the e-business SIG, and only Vice Chair (At-Large) of the e-business SIG, 2000.  Degrees from: Temple University (undergraduate and graduate schools); Penn State University (graduate school); University of Pennsylvania (graduate school and after graduation a one year researcher on SAP with Dr.Gale).  Tom also attended the Air Force Institute of Technology for certification in Procurement, and currently attends executive classes at MIT.
Tom was a former Professor at: Drexel University, Temple University, and The University of Bradford in the UK.  While spending 28 years with the General Electric and Lockheed Martin Companies: Tom graduated from the GE Co. Corporate Financial Management Program, the GE Co. Corporate Information Systems Management Program, and achieved the certification level of Six Sigma Master Black Belt after attending three years of corporate training.  He left Lockheed Martin after heading-up a global Engineering Control Board, and created the company AFEBResearch, where he: (1) Taught Process Improvement Tools and Techniques courses for the American Society for Quality;  (2) Created a Lean Six Sigma training program for MITRE = The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Digital Research Laboratory; (3) Created a Lean Six Sigma Program for The Harrington Institute of Quality, and later co-authored two books and 4 journal articles with Dr. H.J.Harrington (only two term President of the American Society for Quality and recipient of numerous international awards in quality); (4) Mentored a Project for Major Richard Faucher (Marine Corps. - Retired) to secure pure water sources in Fallujah, Middle East (which was recognized in the Stars & Stripes);  (5) Presented a Supercharge Kaizen method of process improvement to the Obama Transition Team in Washington DC (March 2009) with Sergeant Esua Borja (Marine Corps - Retired).  The presentation regarded methods to improve the level of quality in Veterans Hospitals; (6) As a consultant for Motorola Company, Tom was given an overview on a new program to replace Six Sigma.  The company had a statistically perfect analog phone but were concerned about losing market share to digital phone companies.  (7) Had a position of Chief Technology Officer with Major Cox (Army – Retired) where he was responsible for innovation and training the trainers in new techniques. Thomas has more recently held the position of Secretary and Chair for the American Mathematics Society and worked on a survey with STEM to improve methods of learning mathematics and the sciences.  Tom is currently a neuro-researcher on memory, where he is writing about the topic of Accelerated Learning for organizations. .
Dealing with the growth of data will be the #1 challenge to Project Managers within the next 5 years.  The analysis of data toward making processes more reliable, deliverables more efficient, and customer satisfaction more realistic has become increasingly critical for organizational success.  Yet the barriers that might diminish the value of data utilization are shorter project timelines, leaner budgets and higher expectations for scope perfection and customer satisfaction.  This presentation will provide a structured approach and Agile Tools for Project Managers to use toward optimizing project data for decision making purposes.
PDU Categories:  Strategic (0.5) and Technical (0.5)


Event Properties

Event Date 04-19-2018 5:45 pm
Event End Date 04-19-2018 7:30 pm
Registration Start Date 03-16-2018
Capacity Unlimited
Cut off date 04-19-2018 4:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Location Marzoni's Brick Oven & Brewing
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