What is Verification and Validation, and Why its Important
George Hoff, PMP, SSMBB and Charles A. McLaughlin, MSPM, PMP, CRISC present
Why Chapters Need a Signature Event to Remain Relevant
This brief presentation will provide a glimpse of a topic being presented at the 2018 LIM in Los Angeles. The presentation will touch on the importance of chapters hosting signature events and the organizational changed needed within chapters to be successful with those events to drive membership, increase sponsorship and provide value to its members.
What is Verification and Validation, and Why is it Important?
This discussion is intended to provide a baseline understanding of Independent Validation and Verification (IV&V) and Quality Assurance (QA) as methods for improving the quality of delivered systems and to identify and mitigate risks. Also highlighted will be where and when IV&V and QA initiatives can bring the most value and benefit to project processes, as well as how to establish governance structures and project oversight during the Monitor and Control process group.
IV&V evaluation of the project management practices on complex projects is key to examining and determining the overall health of the project as it focuses on three key aspects:
- Product – Is the right product being built?
- Process – Are the proper processes and methods being used consistently?
- Progress – Is the forward motion of the effort moving as expected and appropriate, given the complexity of the project?
It is challenging for a Project Manager to always remain focused on the entire project scope when certain components warrant extra attention. Incorporating an IV&V component into a project can keep that focus as well as provide recommendations for project success.
About the Speakers
George Hoff, PMP, SSMBB, is currently the Lead Project Manager for ReEmployUSA, a consortium which is a joint effort funded by the US Department of Labor between the states of Mississippi, Rhode Island, Maine and Connecticut to modernize their UI and Benefits application. Previously he was a Senior Project Manager within IBM's Corporate Headquarters Business Transformation group. Prior to IBM, he had experience as an Auditor, Business Consultant and Project Manager focused on organizational change management, process improvement, ISO quality system certifications, technology introduction, business intelligence, as well as supply-chain and lean manufacturing for foreign and domestic public and private entities.
In addition to his PMP, Mr. Hoff has certifications as a Six Sigma Black Belt/Lean Manufacturing. He has an MBA in International Finance and is a graduate of Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, with studies at the London School of Economics in England. Mr. Hoff is also the Past President of the Central Mississippi Chapter of PMI and in 2016, a PMI Leadership Institute Master Class (LIMC) graduate, and will be presenting at the 2018 Leadership Institute meeting in Los Angeles.
Charles McLaughlin, MSPM, PMP, CRISC, has over 30 years of experience in multiple aspects of Project Management, IV&V, QA, and Information Technology. He has a Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM), is certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as a Project Management Professional (PMP), and is certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) by ISACA.
He has been involved in program and project management, QA and IV&V reviews of: risk and issue management; project standards; requirements management; testing oversight and testing management; and report generation. His experience also includes project oversight and technical assistance of contract management, resource management, configuration management, mainframe operation, programming, enterprise network design, implementation and quality assurance processes of deliverables.
During his 30 years of Information Technology related experience, Charles has held numerous technical, program, and project management positions. He has also worked in environments where multiple vendors were working on parallel initiatives and has successfully worked to build approaches where IV&V findings and recommendations were presented in welcome and constructive ways.
Chapter meeting logistics
5:30pm - Social Hour and Networking
6:00pm - Dinner and Chapter Business
6:30pm – Program
Great Southern Club
Hancock Whitney Building
2510 14th St, 15th floor
Gulfport, MS 39501
Phone: (228) 865-0200
Parking is free after 5:00pm around the building.