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Surviving Project Change Orders
Project Management Workgroup gets interactive

The rescheduled event from the January 27th snowstorm went off successfully with a presentation by a number of Project Management leaders as well as an interactive session that provided great insight on managing change orders. The February 12th event at the Albany Marriott hosted by the Project Management Workgroup was titled Surviving Project Change Orders: How to Prepare, Estimate, and Implement Change Orders.

The event began with a brief introduction by Kim Vining, Project Manager at NYS ITS. Presenters Jeff Nuding, NTT Data; Brad Horner, Dell Services; and Alison Pingelski, NYS OITS, provided an overview of the NYS change management process. They discussed different challenges faced with change orders as well as strategies on how to overcome/handle said issues and the lessons learned.

Following the presentations the audience was broken into small work groups for a more in depth discussion of issues related to managing project change orders. Each group was given a certain topic/question to become a lively and interactive discussion about how to adapt a project when there are changes in budget, requirements, infrastructure or other factors.

The audience then came back together to share the results of the smaller group discussions. Led by Doug Lapham, the objectives included discussing developing change management skills and making specific recommendations to mitigate any impediments in the State's current project management change order process.

The event concluded with an active and dynamic Q & A session where the entire panel of presenters joined in to provide answers and more information.

The presentation and reference materials may be viewed at:

Thanks to all of those who attended and presented.

Surviving Project Change Orders