Chapter Events

The San Diego Chapter holds regularly scheduled events. These events offer the opportunity for members and guests to learn about the latest in project management, share and exchange information, network, find job opportunities, and enjoy some refreshments.

PMI North County Roundtable Breakfast - 1 Leadership PDU

January 20, 2021
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Virtual Meeting Online

The Right Questions When Estimating Time
Group Participation and Discussion led by: Zach Bonaker  

Registration for this online event is limited to 100 attendees. Register for the event as usual.  We'll send you the meeting link and password after registration closes at 8 pm the evening before the event.

Abstract: “How am I supposed to make decisions in the presence of uncertainty?” exclaimed the manager. “Tell me when the project will be done!”

It’s a very reasonable desire to want to know when something will be done. After all, it would be irresponsible to make decisions without considering the trade-off of time and money. However, the urge to ask, “When will it be done?” is causing software projects to fail. To improve decision making, we need to stop asking the wrong questions when estimating time.

If you find yourself in these conversations, you might be wondering what the “right” questions are. In this interactive presentation for managers and team members alike, you’ll learn two simple ways to reframe estimation conversations which greatly improve decision making and forecasting. Further, you’ll see how reframing enables data-driven methods of probabilistic forecasting leading to better results. Best of all, reframing the conversation takes no permission, budget, or technology; you can start today! Come learn how!

Zach Bonaker is a "benevolent trouble maker" based in San Diego, California, USA and has more than 10 years of experience assisting organizations with achieving their goals through improved working conditions and team-centric systems of work. With experience guiding Fortune 500 companies to multi-million dollar startups, Zach draws upon agile principles, data and measurement, and systems thinking to redesign structures into safe, collaborative environments. Zach is an international conference speaker, frequent podcast guest, and contributor to the global agile community. When he isn’t thinking about next-generation agile ideas, Zach can be found enjoying the sunny California weather and connecting with people all over the world.

7:30 am Meet & Greet
7:45 am Introductions
8:00 am Announcements
8:05 am Roundtable Discussion
8:50 am Networking / Closing
9:00 am Adjourn

Please Note that PMI-SD has a no-refund policy for this event. All event registrations are final, non-refundable and non-exchangeable. 

Please contact [email protected] with any registration related questions.


$5.00 PMI Member & 1 PDU

$7.00 PMI Guest & 1 PDU