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Monday, November 10, 2014 - 8:30am - 12:00pm
Half-day Tutorials

The Secrets of Estimating—ANYTHING NEW

Given the choice between providing an estimate or getting a root canal, most people would choose the dentist―not because they enjoy pain, but because the pain of the drill is short lived and the pain of a poor estimate may last for months. Payson Hall believes there is a science to estimation that is learnable and that much of the pain can be avoided with a repeatable process. In this experiential workshop, Payson shares a way to estimate just about ANYTHING and demonstrates it with numerous examples. He introduces an estimation model that can be applied to any task and shows how to harness the dangerous power of assumptions as a force for reason. When well-estimated tasks are collected into dependency networks, projects often overrun their dates. Payson shows you why this happens and what you can do to better defend your schedules from common sources of delay. Come and estimate.

Payson Hall, Catalysis Group, Inc.

A systems engineer and project management consultant, Payson Hall is a founding member of Catalysis Group, Inc. Formally trained as a software engineer and computer scientist, Payson has performed and consulted on a variety of hardware and software systems integration projects in both the public and private sectors throughout North America and Europe during his thirty-year professional career. He has been a writer and featured speaker on topics of systems integration, project management, and risk management.

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