Anne Johnson

Paper and Presentation: Capturing Costs and Value of Research Products

Abstract: The nature of research projects does not lend itself to project management. Requirements are rarely concrete, scope is evolving, and each project is an entirely new problem to find solutions for. With so much unpredictability, how can we possibly estimate research costs accurately? Is there a way to determine the value of research products?

This paper will discuss the project management methods developed to improve cost estimation and budget management of research initiatives, as well as, better determine the value of research products. The paper will also cover useful tips on how to effectively manage costs and budget from the planning phase through project closeout.

PMI Talent Triangle: Technical Project Management

Biography: Anne Johnson graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and Economics in 2012. Shortly after graduating, Anne began her career at the US Census Bureau working in the Economic Directorate as an analyst on the Service Annual Survey and the 2012 Economic Census.

Anne joined the Demographic Statistical Methods Division as a project manager in February of 2015. She has provided project management support to the American Housing Survey, National Survey of College Graduates, the Current Population Survey Supplements, and Survey Methodology research projects. In this role, Anne has developed and managed over 60 project schedules, produced cost estimates for survey work and research projects, monitored the budgets for reimbursable projects, created reports to assist management with resource allocation and budget management, developed training materials, and managed contracts as a COR.

Anne received a Master’s Certificate in Project Management and her PMP certification in 2016 and her COR certification in 2017.