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Thursday, October 26 • 08:15 - 09:15
Heroic Failure: When Metrics don't Tell the Whole Story

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In 2017 the University of Lethbridge replaced their Check-In application, a platform for new students to complete registration and pre-first day activities online. Despite a year in procurement to find the perfect solution, clear requirements, a rock solid project charter, and full governance support, the project was off the rails from the very first kick-off meeting. In the end, despite all project KPI's being healthy and the students getting through the system, the project has been painted as a significant failure for the institution and the stakeholders are unhappy with the results. Listen, discuss, and talk through a case study in pragmatic crisis decision making, and the "heroic failure" involved in undertaking a project that is expected to fail, when the alternatives are even worse. This talk will focus on politics, stakeholder management, and dig into Project Managers and Project Management Officers' higher duty to the institution than their individual stakeholders. Also, see some examples of the cutting-edge new platform that was developed through the failed project.

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Colin Moreland

Colin Moreland is the IT PMO Manager with the University of Lethbridge. He also owns a successful management consulting firm, Moreland Professional Projects, providing PMO development support to a variety of public and private organizations worldwide.  Within the role at UofL, Colin oversees an IT project portfolio that includes 60-70 projects per year, with a combined budget between $2MM-$3MM annually. He has been with the University for 2 years, and in that time has established the PMO team from the ground up. During that time, the... Read More →

Thursday October 26, 2017 08:15 - 09:15
Palomino A 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

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