Ability is Agility: How to Achieve Excellence in Project Decision-Making


We are living in a world with increasingly complex issues that require changes in how the projects are managed. As identified in the Pulse of the Profession 2020, organizational agility and securing relevant skills are 2 of the top 3 factors to future success. Effective and efficient decision-making is identified as one of the power skills influencing all aspects of a project. Decisions serve to move forward to the project's objectives by removing challenges and impediments. Without a decision, change is not possible. Data from the 2020 Pulse of the Profession reveal that 11.4 percent of investment is wasted due to poor project performance. Effectiveness of project management skills cannot be validated during the "good times," instead it is validated time of crisis when the schedule slips, overspending begins to compound, team members are leaving the project, and sponsors are pressuring the project. During these times, the decision-making skill of a project practitioner is at a pivotal point. When project leaders are faced with a decision, they naturally start thinking about the alternative courses of action to keep the project moving forward. This "bias for alternatives" is the kiss of death to effective decision-making. Moving too quickly to alternatives before understanding the intent and purpose behind the decision guarantees a failure. On the other hand, it is not easy to make a decision to "fail," especially when you don't have an effective method to make a "fail fast" or "continue" decision. We will establish a middle ground outlining practical methods and tactics to improve your decision-making during this session. We will provide a solution to six common pitfalls to prevent poor decision making, heightening your leadership and interpersonal skills, and strengthening project results.


About the Speaker

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Christine Aykac

Christine Aykac is a dynamic, engaging problem solver and change agent who brings realism, openness, and enthusiasm to project
practitioners globally. Christine’s experience enables her to provide ideal solutions to complex business and technical challenges the
organization encounters during their digital transformation journey. Christine’s objective is to spark positive change in the business world
with thought-provoking dialog and interaction.

Christine helps project teams as a coach, facilitator and very involved in developing training materials, customized awareness programs, and
workshops on Project Management, Agile & DevOps, Risk Management, and Problem Solving & Decision Analysis.


About The Chantilly Local Community

Each month the PMIWDC Chantilly Committee volunteers bring you interesting and informative speakers from a wide range of professions. Meetings are held at the Sully District McDonnell Community room at 4900 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly VA 20151.

Registration is free to PMI-WDC members and friends. Pre-registration is highly encouraged. Registration and networking begins at 11:30 and presentations begin at noon, lasting 45-50 minutes, allowing 10 -15 minutes for Q&A. Each PMI member receives 1 PDU for attending.

This is an opportunity to network with other professionals. Pre-registration is recommended. Presentations are usually scheduled the second Thursday of the month. If you are interested in presenting or volunteering with the Chantilly committee, please contact the PMIWDC Staff, at [email protected], who can put you in touch with the Chantilly Committee Volunteers.

Event Details

Date & Time

8 April 2021

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST-05:00)


Virtual Meeting


0.5 Leadership, 0.5 Strategic