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Patrick Henry Library, Vienna; FDA Silver Spring; MITRE Bedford MA; MITRE Eatontow; MITRE Aberdeen,
Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180
FDA, Bld 66, room G512, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
Various, Maryland

May 25, 2010    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Today's Risks Facing Software Development

Efforts in Your Company

by: Mark Witczak

Tuesday, May25, 2010 

Approximately 70% of IT projects fail. This statistic has not changed in the 20 years since such project metrics have been captured. Today’s software development efforts are more critical to company success and therefore pose a much larger risk of business failure. Now that developers presumably have more sophisticated and robust tools for development, testing, and infrastructure, this should not be the case.

Mark Witczak, an expert in Information Technology risk analysis and mitigation, will discuss several specific reasons large projects encounter difficulty during implementation, why senior management does not recognize these risks, and what you can do to bring these risks to light

Mark Witczak earned an MBA from George Washington University and a BS degree in Computer Science from the Michigan State University College of Engineering. He is a senior member of IEEE, past member of the IEEE Committee on Communication and Information Policy (CCIP) and the IEEE Global Communications Conference 2008 (Globecom 2008) Organizing Committee. He has been working in the IT/software development industry for 20 years, the last 15 years in various management roles leading large development efforts for Fortune 500 companies and federal agencies. He is currently the founder of Out of Nowhere, an information technology risk analysis and mitigation firm based in Fairfax, Virginia.

See the Today’s Risks Facing Software Development Efforts in Your Company for details and driving directions.

6:30 PM – Networking and Pizza(*)

7:00 - 8:00 PM – Program

(*) There is no cost to attend at McLean and Silver Spring.


The presentation will originate at the McLean facility, with video tele-conferencing (VTC) between the below locations. 

MITRE, room 1N100

7515 Colshire Drive

McLean, VA 22102

host: Scott Ankrum

cell: 240-731-7581

FDA, Bld 66, room G512

This location is

unavailable this month



MITRE, room 1002

260 Industrial Way West

Eatontown, NJ 07724

host: Richard Eng

cell: 703-201-9112


MITRE, room 1M306

202 Burlington Rd (Rt. 62)

Bedford, MA 01730

host: Tim Rice

cell: 978-758-2704


If you can host another location via VTC, please contact Scott Ankrum (below)


Registration: To attend this event, please register here.


You must register by noon on Monday, May 24.


If you cannot attend at any location, select telephone dial-in when you register.


To RSVP for FDA (Silver Spring), please indicate citizenship.  If not a US citizen, please provide your title, employer, and address.  Allow two business days for registration before the meeting.