Event Summaries

December 2012 - Holiday Celebration

Traffic was a challenge in the rush hour rain, so at 5, festivities were off to a slow start. Gradually, more numbers arrived and the vibe picked up. By 7-8, the game tables were abuzz with throngs of gambling project managers. This is a different kind of risk management than at work, right?

A good variety of buffet-style edibles were quickly consumed while the music throbbed and the MC prodded for more dancing participation. PM Homeys don't play that game so much, but some did, and did it very well in contest form, winning gift cards, electronic devices, and more. 

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November 2012 - Delivering a Gold Medal Project: East London Regeneration and the London Olympic & Paralympic Games

On November 12, 2012 the PMI Atlanta Dunwoody Dinner meeting extended its practice of offering an engaging, lively networking event - followed by a stimulating presentation of a complex, multi-faceted project - to the local project management community.  The meeting kicked off with new member introductions followed by a quiet moment of thanks and remembrance to veterans who have provided valiant service to our country.  After receiving a brief review of Atlanta chapter business, dinner attendees were treated to an absorbing keynote presentation provided by Mr. Rick Hirsekorn.

Rick Hirsekorn, currently Manager of the CH2M HILL New York City office, served as Director of Site Operations and Security for the joint venture delivering the 2012 London Olympic Park Programme on behalf of the Olympic Delivery Authority.  CH2M HILL is a global leader in consulting, design, design-build, operations, and program management, and during his career with CH2M HILL, Mr. Hirsekorn has managed and directed major infrastructure projects for public and private clients, led public-private partnerships for outsourcing of general governmental services, and has served as the Environmental Advisor to several Olympic Organizing Committees (note: CH2M HILL has supported Olympic Games in Sydney, Salt Lake City, Beijing, Vancouver, and London).

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January 2013 - How To Unlock the Value in Your PMO

By: Kathi Middleton, MPM, PMP    

Amazingly, in today’s complex business environment many people still believe that there is a 3-letter word, known as PMO (Project Management Office) that will solve every organizational problem.  At the January Dunwoody Dinner Meeting, industry expert and trainer Dr. James Brown dispelled this myth and empowered the audience by sharing three commonly missed strategies and attributes to unleash a successful PMO. 

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Presentation: Scaled Agile From The Trenches by Mark Kilby of Rally Software

On March 19, 2013, the PMI Atlanta Agile Interest Group heard a presentation by Mark Kilby of Rally Software on "Agile in the Large” (also referred to as “scaled agile”).  With recent publications and websites about Dean Leffingwell’s Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), there is now a clear prescriptive path on how a 100-plus person program can launch simultaneously.


This talk looked back at some of the last few years of Rally’s large scale agile roll outs  what worked, what didn't and how to truly be SAFe in a large scale agile transition.

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