Event Date:October 19, 2011

Almost all project managers, at one time or another, get a new project and have to start with initiation activities.  James just changed jobs to be a new project manager with “Peeples Make It (PMI) Chocolate Company”.  He has been given an assignment to get a new chocolate through development and into people’s mouths. What steps will the new Project Manager have to go through to complete this job?

In this interactive session, a project will be reviewed from initiation to closure. Although the process will be simplified to allow for a one-hour session, topics on Initiation, Planning, Executing and Monitoring stages of a project will be covered.  Though the example case study is within a chocolate company, the issues presented are applicable in Information Technology, Engineering, Construction and other fields.

Details of the case study will be reviewed and participants will be separated into small groups to discuss the case and look for positive and negative steps that James, the Project Manager, has executed.  The groups will then have the opportunity to practice scope analysis and management, scheduling, crisis management and issue resolution techniques to recover from a disastrous situation brought about by a “meltdown”.

Mr. Possick
 has over 20 years experience in Project Management and Program Management.  His experience covers many fields, including; software development in the Financial, Biotech and Bio-Medical sectors, IT infrastructure; IT and medical hardware logistics and deployment; process management and business development.

As Director of Project Management for Fidelity Investments, e-Business Group, he managed multi-million dollar (USD) IT Web and infrastructure projects.  He led a Business to Business (B2B) consolidation project estimated to have saved the company approximately 15 million (USD) annually.  He has also spent time training and mentoring new hires.  At Fresenius Medical Care, NA, and Sigma Chemical Company he was known for his strong belief in team work.

Mr. Possick holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Marketing from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.  In July of 2005, he received his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and is an active member of the Bangkok Chapter.  He is also a member of the Bangkok Community Theatre, where you may encounter him performing in or directing a play.