Warren Fitch, MBA, PMP

Title: My end milestone does not make sense; how to assess and repair an unhealthy IMS.

The Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) provides the framework for planning, time-phasing, and coordinating all project efforts into a program master plan. A well-developed IMS will ensure that objectives are accomplished within project or program commitments. With the IMS playing such a critical role in achieving project success, it is crucial for project schedules to provide accurate and meaningful planning data.  Schedule integrity is determined by monitoring key indicators within an IMS that reflect both good and poor characteristics of schedule structure and maintenance. The purpose of a health check is to provide the user a very quick assessment of schedule soundness and credibility. This presentation will discuss several factors that lead to a false representation of milestone completion and prevent the schedule from being a valuable management tool.

Warren Fitch Bio

Warren started his career working for HP/Agilent in Global Sales Accounting.  When the finance department was moved to India, Warren started his own Internet Marketing firm in addition to working part-time for a Public accounting firm to pursue CPA certification.  After 5 years, Warren sold the businesses to work for Northrop Grumman as a Program Control Sr. Analyst. Warren worked several jobs of increasing responsibility ending his time as a Business Manager in charge of the program planning team with a $1.9B IMS and 30+ contract changes to integrate each month.  He has worked extensively with DCMA on program audits, attended DAU EV courses, wrote several Program Planning documents, taught and trained 100’s of program personnel on Program Management / scheduling / EV techniques. Warren has an undergraduate degree in Finance and Business degree from Brigham Young University and an MBA and a Masters in Accounting from Arizona State University. Warren is a certified 6-sigma Green Belt and he has a Program Management Degree from University of Phoenix and a PMP certification.  Warren just started a new job working for B/E Aerospace to set up a new Business Unit’s PMO. He currently lives with his family 20 miles north of Seattle Washington.

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