Artifact Based Project Management – using a Lean Notebook and PMI Standard for EVM – Driessnack

4:00 pm -4:35 pm

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Breakout Room 3


Professor John Driessnack (Lectures at UMD Project Management Center of Excellence, American University, and Def Acquisition Univ) using an excel based notebook that is artifact based along with a scheduling model (MS Project or ProjectLibre) to teach fundamentals of Project Management to a wide base of students and clients. The approach utilizes PMI’s Standard for Earned Value Management along with an expanded SMART Building example based on the standard’s example. Professor Driessnack has also used this approach with his clients in various venues outside the classroom.

The workshop approach can be used to jump start any type of team starting to plan a stand-alone project or one that is a part of a larger Program or Portfolio. Key to the approach is using a Lean Thinking with an artifact based structure, such as the Charter, WBS, RAM, milestone list, resource list, stakeholder analysis, etc. The approach also uses Professor Driessnack Challenge Management approach using his CAIRO (constraints, assumptions, issues, risk, opportunity) framework, which he has previously presented at PMI PMO Symposium in 2016.

Participants will learn how to get free access to the Lean Excel Notebook file and .mpp/.pod files, which Professor Driessnack has assigned a Creative Commons Licenses. The approach is simple and easy for teams of student or teams on the job to use to get started quickly on initiative and planning a project while starting execution very quickly.

Professor Driessnack will discuss his success in teaching at both the masters level at American Univ to Public Policy wonks, federal employees in th American Key Executive Leadership Program, or Junior Engineers at Univ of Maryland. He will share also how he has used this approach with his clients through his consulting firm for almost a decade.

PMI Talent Triangle: Technical Project Management (Ways of Working)


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