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Chapter Breakfast: Simplistic Methods and Mixed Acquisition
Event : 
Chapter Breakfast
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 (All day)
PMI Talent Triangle: 
Strategic and Business Management
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Program Description: 

Some acquisition processes are simple and others are simplistic. Project success requires knowing the difference. This presentation lays out a range from simple things (triangles) to complex things (theory of general relativity). We look at the human bias to oversimplify and its dangers. To illustrate these dangers, we examine the requirements and verification strategies of Agile development.

We claim that many complex problems require mixed acquisition methodologies that create heterogeneous solutions to heterogeneous problems. This implies that a project manager must know a range of tactics for major acquisition tasks and match an effective set of solution tactics to each facet of the problem. We illustrate this strategy by describing mixed requirements development (MRD). When a solution is created from multiple sources (COTS components and custom components), MRD matches the information needs of each source and creates multiple requirements specs, one for each source.

Special Instructions: 

A hot buffet breakfast will be served.

7:00 a.m. - Register, Breakfast, Networking
7:30 a.m. - Webstream broadcast begins
7:40 a.m. - PMI-MN Chapter Business / Intros
7:50 a.m. - Speaker Presentation
8:40 a.m. - Questions & Answers

Reservations by 05/30/2017
PMI-MN members $24, non-members 
$34 Partners PMI members $22, non-members $32

Reservations from 5/31/2017-06/12/2017: 
PMI-MN members $29, non-members $39 
Partners PMI members $27, non-members $37

Event Day Walk-ins: $39

LIVE Webstream - Register by 06/13/2017 (6:30 am):
PMI-MN members $20, non-members $30 
Partner discount does not apply

Full Refund less vendor cancelation fee through: Sun, 2017-06-07
Refunds up to 48 hours prior to the start of the event: Yes

Speaker(s) Bios: 

David Gelperin has more than 50 years experience in software development with an emphasis on requirements, requirements risk management and software quality, verification, and test. 

During the last 15 years, David has been focused on requirements specification, requirements management, and requirements risk management. He has consulted for both commercial and in-house software development organizations.

In 1986, Dave cofounded Software Quality Engineering (, -- the leading provider of software quality information, worldwide -- and catalyzed the launch of Better Software magazine. 
Dave has written many articles on software engineering, software testing, and software requirements. His articles can be found on