Moved by Hurricane Sandy – 24th Annual International Performance Management Conference rescheduled for December 10-12 in Maryland


Due to Hurricane Sandy hitting the east coast of the USA during late October, the 24th annual Integrated Program Management (IPM) Conference was rescheduled for December 10-12, 2012.  The conference will be held at the same location as previously planned, the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.  The event, annually the world’s largest gathering of earned value management (EVM) professionals,  is being co-sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), College of Performance Management (CPM) and the Society for Cost Estimating and Analysis (SCEA) in the United States.  To register or for more information, visit http://ipmconference.org/.

The conference will again feature training sessions, a practice symposia, workshops, and a Tools and Services track for those interested in technology solutions for EVM.

Keynote speakers will include David G. Ahern, Joseph W. Dyer and Paul Bosco, three very senior US government executives.

David G. Ahern, Under Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Portfolio Systems Acquisition, US Department of Defense – Mr. David Ahern is responsible for providing portfolio management, technical and programmatic evaluation and functional oversight. His office sustains Department of Defense (DoD) strategic and tactical programs in support of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics and the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition.  Mr. Ahern was previously Professor of Program Management and Director of the Center for Program Management at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) at Fort Belvoir, VA. While at DAU, Mr. Ahern also served as an Executive Course Learning Team Mentor and Instructor at the Defense System Management College School of Program Management. Mr. Ahern has also held business development, program management, and business unit positions in the development of tactical information systems with General Dynamics Information Systems Company and the Northrop Grumman Electronics System Sector.  A native of Connecticut, Mr. Ahern was a career Naval Officer and is a graduate of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He is also a graduate of the Navy Postgraduate School and Defense Systems Management College.

Vice Admiral Joesph W. Dyer (U.S. Navy Ret.), iRobot Corporation – Joe Dyer oversees strategic business development, mergers and acquisitions, research and advanced technology development at iRobot. Previously, he served as COO and president of the former Government & Industrial Robots division. Dyer came to iRobot in 2003 from a career in the U.S. Navy. He last served as the commander of the Naval Air Systems Command, where he was responsible for research, development, test and evaluation, engineering and logistics for naval aircraft, air launched weapons and sensors. Dyer’s naval career also included positions as naval aviation’s chief engineer, commander of the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division and F/A-18 program manager. Earlier in his career, he served as the Navy’s chief test pilot. Dyer holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in finance from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is an elected fellow in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the National Academy of Public Administration. Dyer chairs NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel.

Paul Bosco, Director, Office of Acquisition and Project Management (APM), US Department of Energy (DOE) – Paul Bosco served as the Director of the Office of Engineering and Construction Management (OECM) from November 2006 until the creation of the Office of Acquisition and Project Management in June 2012. The Office of Engineering and Construction Management was the Department of Energy’s central management organization providing leadership in such mission critical areas as project and real property management. In addition, OECM validates the project performance baselines, to include cost and schedule, of all of the Department’s largest construction and environmental clean-up projects prior to Budget Request to Congress; an active project portfolio totaling over $30 billion.

Previously, Mr. Bosco served in the United States Navy nearly 28 years, as a member of the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) and Seabee Community. In that capacity, he held a dozen different assignments in a dozen different locations, predominately involved in real property and project management, executing construction programs and projects worldwide. His last Navy assignment was as the Deputy Commander of Operations at the Headquarters of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) in Washington D.C. He also served as the Strategic Business Officer. He retired as a United States Navy Captain, Civil Engineer Corps, on November 1, 2006.

For those interested in certification testing, the following will be held during the event:

  • SCEA PCEA and CCEA Exams
  • EVM Certificate testing
  • AACE testing

The College of Performance Management is a PMI Registered Education Provider, so participants can get 18 PDU’s for attending the conference. If you are involved with or interested in learning more about earned value management or integrated program management, this conference is one of the most important.  For more information or to register, visit http://ipmconference.org/.