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4/29 Morning Meeting

TLA Friday April 29th Meeting
Technology Leaders Association (TLA) was established in 2002 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 strategy, information technology, and career management fields. 
Our speaker for April is Steve Pieczko who will present, "Project Failures, Project Rescue and Project Resilience; is it possible to predict failures?"

It's 2016 and the statistics on failed projects is still very high.  With all of the advancements in technology, training, education and certifications, why haven't we significantly decreased the percentage of projects that are failing? 

What are we missing?

In this two part presentation, Steve Pieczko will take an interesting look at project failures using case studies from his consulting experience where he performed project rescue for multiple corporations in Chicago.  Steve will share his personal passion and research on mapping project failures to understand team dynamics.  

Attendees will learn how to build resilient project teams and how to assess if your project is headed for failure.  Steve will also discuss how to determine if you have the right heads in the right hats via a R.O.P.E. assessment which is a technique that Steve developed to assess individuals on a troubled project. 
Key Learning Points from this session will include:
• What defines a failing project
• How to measure project resilience
• How to tell when a project manager needs help
• How to determine if projects are worthy of being fixed
• The importance of assessing all team members, not just the noisy ones
• The importance of observing and assessing your situation before fixing the problem
Date:  Friday, April 29th
Where:  Ensono (formerly Acxiom), located at 3333 Finley Road in Downers Grove (8 story building)
Cost:  No charge
SPECIAL NOTE: Ensono has closed their cafe - This is therefore a "BRING YOUR OWN COFFEE" Event!!!!
Special thanks to Ensono employee Deb Holt for hosting us this month.
For security reasons, all TLA members must be escorted throughout the Ensono facility.  Please do not leave the conference room without an escort.
For reservations, (1) Please sign up online on the TLA website ( under 'Events' - or, if you don't have access to the website, (2) Please reply to with your name and telephone number.
For location information:  Contact Jim Anfield at
Reservations must be made before noon on Thursday, April 28th with the first 80 reservations accepted.  No walk-ins please.
If you have reserved and are unable to attend, as a courtesy to our host Ensono, please send a note to Pat Moroney
Ensono is located near the intersection of I-355 and I-88 in Downers Grove.  Get off the Butterfield Road exit of I-355 and go east to Finley Road.  Go south on Finley Road for about a half-mile and Ensono is located on the east side of Finley.  Go to the main entrance of the eight-story building for check-in.  Do not go to the other four-story Ensono building.  Parking is available just west of the eight-story building in the parking lot.

7:00am - 7:15am                    Check-in and coffee
7:15am - 8:30am                    Structured networking - 2 table rounds
8:30am - 8:40am                    Announcements
8:40am - 9:30am                    Steve Pieczko
9:30am                                   Adjourn
Structured Networking
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 8 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.  Spend no more than 1/3 summarizing your past (this is not the time to rehash your resume), then spend about 1/3 on what you are looking for and 1/3 on what we can do to help (such as target contacts) or ask for advice on an issue.
Speaker Bio
Steve Pieczko is a management consultant, software developer, published author and speaker on management consulting topics.  Steve has consulted at several Chicago-land companies in Healthcare, Finance, Banking, Telecommunications, Transportation and Supply Chain.
Steve's published articles include:
• The 3 Minute Mile, why is my project team killing itself?
• Waterfall? Agile? How About WetAgile?
• Who Lowered this Bar and Why Can't I Raise It?
Links to these articles can be found on his blogs and

Steve is the founder of RelMap™ Software and RelMap™ Consulting.  RelMap™ Software is a data analytics start-up specializing in mapping internal and external relationships to help organizations grow.  RelMap™ Consulting is a Management Consulting company and Becoming Resilient is a service of RelMap™ Consulting.  For more information,

Date of Event: 
04/29/2016 - 7:00am - 9:30am