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9/10 Evening Meeting

Thurs, Sep 10th, 6:30 - 09:00pm
Estimation: Precision, Accuracy or Folly?

College of DuPage - 425 Fawell Blvd.
Student Resource Center (SRC) Rm# 1144, Glen Ellyn, IL

Reservations must be made before Noon on Thurs, Sep 10th
First 40 – 50 reservations accepted. No walk-ins please.

Please sign up online on the TLA website (
under ‘Events’ or, if you don’t have access to the website,
Please reply to with your name and phone number.

Cost: Free | Attire: Business Casual

6:30pm – 7:00pm Casual networking
7:00pm – 8:00pm Structured Networking
8:00pm – 8:10pm Announcements
8:10pm – 8:55pm Presentation
8:55pm – 9:00pm Adjourn

Speaker: Brad Malone, MA, PMP, is President of Twin Star Consulting Company, and has managed numerous large hardware, systems, product development, software integration, and organizational change projects in his 25+ year career. He develops and instructs training courses in basic and advanced portfolio and project management skills, requirements, risk, estimation, team development, and leadership, and has trained over 22,000 course participants globally.

Resource estimation in a multiple-project, shared-resource matrix environment must be a collaborative effort between Resource Managers, Project Managers, and Portfolio Managers. This workshop will discuss the knowledge which can and must be shared in order for estimation to become more accurate and for critical resources to be used more effectively.

Items for Discussion
• The types of estimates and estimating processes
• Definitions of precision, accuracy, assumptions, constraints, uncertainty and risk
• The use of a phased or gated project life cycle in the continual refinement of estimates
• How to collaboratively share estimating information within the organization and
continually update the resource and project forecasts

College of DuPage for hosting the TLA, CoD CIO and TLA member Chuck Currier.
TLA Member & Leader/Facilitator David Krull for Organizing the TLA evening events.

When: 2nd Thursday of the month (unless otherwise noted) except: (off for Jun, Jul, Aug & Dec)

Local and Campus Maps:

College of DuPage 425 Fawell Blvd. Glen Ellyn IL 60137 (630) 942-2800)
Is located approx 1 mile West of the intersection of I-355 and 56(Butterfield Rd.) in Downers Grove.

Meetings will be held in the Student Resource Center (SRC) Rm# 1144
-TLA attendees should park in College Lot 3 off of the NE Corner of College Road and Lambert.
-Enter through the south (rear) entrance of the SRC building go through the main doors and turn left.
-Then veer to the right (along side of the cafeteria) and Rm# 1144 is at the end on the right side.

Technology Leaders Association (TLA) was established to help senior level IT executives develop and manage their careers. As part of this effort, we hold monthly meetings to network, share ideas, and learn from featured guest speakers in the career management field.

Structured networking is a technique used at most major executive transition groups. It is meant to be a powerful method of generating ideas that might help each of our searches. During this process, we will quickly brainstorm potential job lead ideas, gain networking contacts at desired companies, and generate advice from the members by sharing our backgrounds as well as our career objectives.

It is designed to generate ideas, but given the time constraints, not get into immediate detailed discussions. You should plan on following up with anybody who may have had an interesting idea or a good contact.

Please bring business cards, handbills (career overview) or resumes (plain paper is fine) to pass around if you have them. Figure on about 20 copies of the resumes/handbills and 50 business cards. We will run our networking, dividing the room into small tables of a maximum of 6 people and doing 2 table rotations before our speaker begins. At each rotation, you will have 90 seconds for your pitch and about 90 seconds for Q&A.

-summarizing your past (this is not the time to rehash your resume),
-what you are looking for, and
-what we can do to help (such as target contacts) or ask for advice on an issue.

Date of Event: 
09/10/2015 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm