PM Insights - Foster City Sep 26: Project and Program Turnaround

PM Insights Foster City

Project and Program Turnaround


When:   Tue Sep 26 2017 6:00pm-8:00pm
Where:  Foster City Community Center - Sail Room, 1000 E. Hillsdale Boulevard, Foster City, CA 94404 - MAP
Last Date for On-line Registration is 9/21

The US economy thrives on the development of new products, systems and processes. Usually one or more creative individuals create these.

However, there is a discrete change in leadership emphasis when the decision is made to implement an invention. The culture must realign. 

Unfortunately, about one out of every four development programs fail. Sixty-five percent of those that survive do not achieve all their goals.  

I spent many years at a major aerospace company leading the successful recovery of important development programs in trouble. I experienced firsthand what causes programs to stop achieving performance, cost, schedule, and quality commitments. I refined ways to evaluate these programs, reorganize them to achieve their commitments and resurrect the morale of the team. I led these teams to enter a heightened state of productivity I refer to as being “on step”.

My presentation reveals the human needs and abilities that need be addressed to bring a program or project team to their maximum performance. It highlights how to plan and execute the effort to capitalize on these traits.

This presentation is a highly valuable source of insight and guidance for a wide audience, from students of business to the top executives of corporations. Every member of a development team or project will find its recommendations to be of high value regardless of their age or seniority. The guidance I provide is applicable to all program or project genres, including nonprofit work.



  • Understand most frequent reasons programs or projects fall into trouble
  • Learn how to capitalize on human needs and abilities (developed over 200,000 years) to save a failing program or project and make a good one the best it can be.
  • Learn how to most benefit the program or project team members
  • Learn the benefits to the sponsoring enterprise.
About the Instructor:

SP TomPavelko

Thomas Pavelko worked 37 years for Lockheed Aircraft and Lockheed Martin. He started as an engineer organizing and leading teams to develop embedded computer systems that performed critical flight controls and data reduction functions. He was promoted to the levels of System Engineering Manager and Program Director. He reported to a wide variety of divisions including, Satellites, Missile, R&D, Electronics, Propulsion, Advanced Astronautics, Commercial Space, Human Spaceflight and Skunk Works. During his career, he was assigned to assist large commercial and government programs in trouble. For some he became the new Program Manager. All the programs he led were completed successfully.

Author of “Project and Program Turnaround”, Taylor & Francis, 2017. PMI February 2017 Book of the Month. Presented numerous webinars for PMI and ITMPI.


Meeting Leader:  Eugene Chen 

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PDU Info:     1.5 - Category A

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Program Agenda:

6:00 PM - Sign In and Networking

6:30-7:45 PM - Featured Speaker

7:45-8:00 PM: Q&A and Raffle

8:00 PM - Meeting Adjourn


Food: Complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages


Online Registration

PMI Silicon Valley Members: $10

Non-Members: $20

Full-time Student: $5 (online only; contact Meeting Leader for the discount code. Please bring Student ID card to the event)


At-the-Door Registration

A limited number of registrations can be accepted at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Once this limit has been reached, the event will be closed to additional attendees.

PMI Silicon Valley Members: $20

Non-Members: $30

(Only Check or Cash accepted; make checks payable to "PMI Silicon Valley")

Cancellation Policy

This event is a professional society meeting, held for the benefit of its members. The Plan Ahead registration fee paid is based on the registrant's ability to commit to attendance, ahead of time. The Plan Ahead registration fee will not be refunded for any reason, other than event cancellation, after normal business hours (5:00 PM, Pacific) on the registration deadline day. The PMI - Silicon Valley Chapter reserves the right to make last minute changes to program content and speakers, as circumstances dictate.

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