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4.01 Developing Projects in a Vacuum Sucks

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
9:30 AM-10:30 AM
Track: Best Practices
Format: General Presentation
Knowledge Level: 200 level
Session Description: A number of forces impact a project's ability to meet objectives and goals.  Project managers must mitigate and minimize these forces to increase the likelihood of project success. Projects that lack accurate input from customers and subject matter experts are destined to disappoint. Explore the unrealistic expectations of projects that push them to failure; and learn how clearly defined project realities (cost, scope and schedule), open, honest dialogue, and end-user project ownership lead to success. Discuss the benefits of conducting a reality check to identify and plan for project risk.
Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss facility project management challenges, and understand triple constraints (Cost, Scope and Schedule).
  • Learn how to manage project expectations at all levels (end user, stake holders, sponsors and team members).
  • Identify the major factors that causes projects to go the wrong direction.
  • Discover ways of addressing these items and increasing the chance of project success.
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    Lemelle Johnson, MBA, P.E., PMP, CFM, FMP, LEED AP BD+C
    Senior Project Engineer
    Engineering Department

    Lemelle Johnson is an accomplished and sought-after project manager with 11 years of experience in a number of industries, specializing in facilities and construction. He has participated in writing certification exam questions for two internationally recognized organizations, the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), as a subject matter expert. Originally from Minneapolis, Minn, Lemelle received his bachelor's of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota, and is a licensed Professional Engineer. Lemelle began his career as a U.S. Navy Officer, gaining valuable leadership and project management experience. While on active duty, Lemelle was able to earn his MBA. He is currently working as a senior project engineer for a pharmaceutical company at a cutting-edge manufacturing plant in Arizona. Believing that learning and staying current in your profession is essential, Lemelle has obtained professional certifications as a LEED Accredited Professional from GBCI, Project Management Professional (PMP) from PMI, and a Certified Facility Manager (CFM) from IFMA. Lemelle is blessed with two children and his lovely wife, and enjoys hiking, athletics and vacationing with his family.

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