Back to the Basics

 Presented by Pat Garrett, PMP, MCTS

The phrase “back to the basics” can be defined as an adjective which means “stressing simplicity and adherence to fundamental principles”. What do Dancers, Project Managers, Musicians, Golfers, and Business Analysts have in common? They are all professions that have a basic skill foundation that should be periodically re-visited the more “advanced” the practitioner becomes. Oscar Wilde stated, “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes”. The more “experience” one gains, the more one recognizes the value and importance of the foundational skills. In “Back to the Basics” we will discuss the foundational skills of stakeholder analysis and communication of clear, concise requirements to both business stakeholders and product development stakeholders.

Pat Garrett PMP, MCTS has over 25 years of experience managing and consulting on Information Technology projects and programs. During her career she has worked primarily in the healthcare, manufacturing, retail sales, telephony, transportation, and law enforcement industries. For the last ten years she has also been developing and teaching project management, business analysis, and MS Project courses, plus volunteering her services as a speaker on project, program, and portfolio management and business/systems analysis topics. Pat has been a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) since 2000 and is the Director of the Enterprise Project Management Office for COMSYS, a Manpower Company. She was selected by PMI® to serve as Component Mentor for 2008-2010 for the 16 PMI® Chapters in the Pacific Northwest. During 2001- 2008 she served on the Puget Sound Chapter Board. She is currently a member of the ANSI Technical Advisory Group that is participating in the development of ISO 21500: Guide to Project Management and a member of the PMI Profession Award Program Member Advisory Group. 

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