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Project DRIFT: Predicting the possibility of issues and their impact on deadline


Challenges faced by project managers today are the same faced by project managers hundreds of years ago:

  • Budget Issues
  • Lack of Necessary Resources
  • Not Enough Time to Complete the Work

When combined, all of these challenges can lead to a much bigger problem...Project Drift (Delivery Risk Indicators & Factors)

What is Project Drift?

Project Drift exists when a project moves off course to the point of delivering late and/or delivering over budget. It can be caused by a single over-due task or by a series of major challenges. The most important thing to understand about Project Drift is that it is predictable and avoidable.

This presentation looks at how team members can identify, assess, and communicate risks.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what risk is and how to identify and evaluate it
  • Discover ways to reduce the fear of communicating risk
  • Learn about tools that help manage and mitigate risk


Deena Chadwick is a Manager of Technology at Organic, Inc. She is responsible for managing a group of the Interactive Business Analysts. Through more than 15 years of diverse experience in the complex and ever-changing digital marketing arena, Deena has built a solid reputation for delivering award-winning work. She has lead teams in scope definition, requirements management, architecture, design, build, deployment, and optimization. She is known for her ability to infuse innovative processes and techniques that facilitate strong collaboration.



We suggest parking in the Compuware parking structure, located on Farmer and Monroe streets. Parking is $5 and is a short 5 minute walk to The Qube (see map below). The address for the Compuware building is 1 Campus Martius Detroit, MI 48226‎


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  • A former member
    A former member

    For those of you who were interested in a copy of the PowerPoint, I posted it on SlideShare.

    2 · June 26, 2013

  • Emily B.

    Awesome presentation by Deena Chadwick. I learned so much!

    June 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for inviting me to speak. I had a great time. The members of Refresh Detroit are wonderful and I look forward to learning from each and everyone of you.

    3 · June 26, 2013

    • Jeff M.

      Thanks again, Deena, for your talk -- you did a great job!!

      June 26, 2013

  • cliff n.

    Great time and a great presentation!

    1 · June 26, 2013

  • Cam C.

    Very insightful. Opened the door up to an entirely different side of project mgmt.

    1 · June 25, 2013

  • Jeff M.

    Excellent presentation!!!!!

    2 · June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I won't be able to make it tonight after all, but plan to catch the next one!

    June 25, 2013

  • Jeff M.

    For those planning on attending the event tomorrow night, I have updated the event post with Parking info.

    1 · June 24, 2013

  • Emily B.

    Can't wait for this one... Deena has brains for days! We should all be glad she's sharing some of them with us.

    2 · May 1, 2013

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