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Software SIG: How Technical Leads Were Transformed into Effective Project Managers in 9 Months  

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

Sep 20, 2011    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (GMT -5:00) EST

How Technical Leads Were

Transformed into Effective

Project Managers in 9 Months

by: Rita Hadden

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM


The IT group grew from 30 to over 300 in 3 years.  Software development and maintenance projects multiplied tenfold in that timeframe.  A major change was necessary to turn technical leads into effective project managers.  How did this organization make this happen?  This presentation describes how explosive growth provided the impetus for positive change, increased consistency and predictability.  It discusses the resistance to change, and the business benefits that resulted from this change.


This presentation addresses WHY this major change took months instead of years and was sustainable.

Rita Hadden has led a dozen IT transformations in the private sector.  For over 30 years, Rita has worked with organizations and software professionals at all levels to achieve their business objectives through improved process capability and performance. 

Rita has been a software development director and executive, program/project manager, SEI lead assessor, change agent, SEPG leader, and software practitioner.  She has provided leadership, coaching, and management for more than 150 complex projects in the private & public sectors.  Rita will share her experience with ASQ attendees.

6:30 PM Networking and Pizza(*)

7:00 - 8:00 PM Program

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


Ms. Hadden will be presenting from McLean, with video tele-conferencing (VTC) between:

MITRE, room 1N100

7515 Colshire Drive

McLean, VA 22102

host: Scott Ankrum

cell: 240-731-7581

FDA, Bld 66, room G512

10903 New Hampshire Ave

Silver Spring, MD 20993
host: James Simpson

cell: 301-996-4976



MITRE, room 2503

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

For details and driving directions, see the

September 2011 Software SIG Announcement.

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

TO ATTEND THE MeetingPlace Collaboration CONFERENCE:

1. Go to: http://audioconference.mitre.org/  2. Click on Attend Meeting. If MeetingPlace Collaboration Window does not automatically open, press connect.  3. Dial your telephone to connect to the audio of the meeting.

        Dial 703-983-6338 (x36338) from the Washington DC region.

        Dial 781-271-6338 (x16338) from the Bedford, MA region.

Meeting ID: 509509, when prompted.   Meeting Password: 05090509, when prompted.

Visit http://audioconference.mitre.org to test your web browser for compatibility with the web conference. Follow this link to the browser test link on the page.


Registration Website: http://www.asq509.org/ht/d/DoSurvey/i/26913

You must register by noon on Monday, September 19. If you cannot attend at any location, select telephone dialin 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.