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Lindsay Whitehead

Lindsay Whitehead has over thirty five years’ experience as an information technology program/project manager, working in the health, financial services and natural resources industries.

For the last nine years Lindsay Whitehead has been a Project Management Practice Lead for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), based in Melbourne, Australia, and is responsible for applications and transition programs/projects that are managed out of Australia or New Zealand.

Lindsay has academic qualifications in mathematics, project management, education, quality and business administration (from Australian Universities) and strategic planning (Cornell University, USA). He has been a PMI member since 2005, and is a Past President of the PMI Melbourne, Australia Chapter. Currently Lindsay is the Community Manager of the PMI Service and Outsourcing Community of Practice.

 

Presentation Outline

 

“The Value of Project Reviews”
There are many reasons why projects become troubled, some being outside control of the project manager. To mitigate the tendency of projects to veer off course, a proven technique is to hold project reviews. During reviews, mentors can provide advice, but additionally, the documented results can be used to provide status information to all stakeholders. Once established that it is a good idea to hold reviews, the next question is to determine an agenda. Qualitative information can be collected and documented by asking stakeholders’ opinions. Quantitative information can also be collected to provide a more precise status report. PMBOK discusses SPI, CPI and Earned Value as examples of quantitative information and this presentation will give some instances of where both qualitative information and quantitative data have been used, and discusses the usefulness of each type of information. By the end of the presentation, the attendees will have an appreciation of the information that may be collected for project reviews.

Attendees will
1. Gain an understanding of why project reviews help drive success.
2. Appreciate the difference between a qualitative and a quantitative review.
3. Become familiar with popular quantitative measures.
4. Consider how to apply these measures.