Applied Information Management

AIM Program Hosts New Alumni Series

The University of Oregon Applied Information Management Master's Degree Program will host the AIM Alumni Speaker Series starting June 17, 2011 with "Improving Project Inception," an interactive presentation by Todd C. Williams, president of eCameron, Inc.

In addition to the presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to network prior to the presentation.

When: Friday, June 17, 2011; 5:30-6:15 p.m.—Networking; 6:15-7:15 p.m.—Presentation; 7:15-8:15 p.m.—Q & A/Discussion

Where: University of Oregon, White Stag Block, 70 N.W. Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209. Enter on Couch Street. Room 152 is on the first floor.

Parking: Available on the street, or at the SMART PARK on Davis and Naito. UO White Stag Block does not validate parking.

Cost: Free, but please RSVP so that we can provide light refreshments for everyone.


Experience with red projects has more value than recovering them—avoiding them is the real objective. This presentation focuses on a number of techniques learned while recovering projects that greatly improve the chances for success. It introduces the concept of a Guidance Team that gets involved with the project at the customer inception stage and follows the project and team through to the project completion.

The presentation covers:

  • The definition and responsibilities of a Guidance Team;
  • Involvement at the customer's inception of the project;
  • Setting customer expectations early;
  • Ensuring the right team is involved to meet expectations;
  • Methods to ensure a smooth transition as change occurs;
  • Areas that cause projects problems.

It focuses on the customer interaction. This method is very effective in controlling expectations and making sure the project does not wander.

At the end of the presentation, the attendee will understand steps they can take, as well as processes to implement in their organization, to avert project failure.

This one-hour presentation is part of the "Back From Red" lecture series through eCameron, Inc. on project recovery.

Todd C. Williams, PMP, president, eCameron, Inc.

Todd Williams is considered an expert in rescuing projects and preventing their failure. He maintains a blog that has been quoted in numerous online and print magazines including CIO Update, ZDNet, The Center for CIO Leadership, CIO Essentials, IT Business Edge, and Project Managers Planet. He is also the author of Rescue the Problem Project: A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure (2011).

eCameron is a consulting firm comprised of senior-level project professionals providing company, departmental and project set-up, turn-around, and project recovery services. They look at the clients' goals and determine and implement a methodology that will assist them in achieving those goals. eCameron's clients are in the IT and manufacturing sectors and accomplish a majority of their work through projects. They enlist eCameron's services to:

  • Implement new delivery processes and methodologies;
  • Perform audits of projects to determine what would make them more efficient and profitable;
  • Manage projects that require domain experience lacking in their organization; and
  • Mentor and train their staff in new or different methodologies

PUBLISHED: June 3, 2011