Cost estimating and analysis is a profession that has proven its worth since its inception. After all, when smart analysts apply deep analytical rigor to estimate what a program will cost and, in doing so, identify actionable risks and opportunities, our value proposition is clear and compelling. Over time however, our profession seems to have lost some of its prestige. Perhaps it's because our stakeholders have become less demanding. Perhaps the people in our community are somehow now less capable. Perhaps there has been an over reliance on "black box" tools and an under reliance on the proven art and science of thinking and applications of analytical techniques. Whatever the cause(s) may be, one can't help but wonder what the future of our profession should be.
NextGen Cost Estimating and Analysis is a forum where current and next generation leaders of the cost estimating and analysis community can discuss issues and take steps to develop next generation analytical techniques to better serve current and next generation customers.
Initial topics of discussion include: -Next Generation Customers--An overwhelming majority of our people and work support the acquisition stage of a program life cycle. With sustainment consuming a majority of a program's life cycle costs, who should we seek to serve? -Next Generation Leaders--In a community dominated by tradition, how should a junior to mid level analyst take control of his/her career path? Where are the opportunities and how to obtain them? -Next Generation Techniques--Aren't you tired of people misusing terms like "big data" and "data science"? What techniques, tools, and technologies can advance our value-add?
All eager, ambitious professionals (industry or Government) with an interest in cost estimating and analysis and how it should to a greater extent inform critical decision-making are welcomed. Each Meetup will include a presentation or facilitated discussion, followed by a networking social with proper libation (beer, wine, or La Croix of choice).
**Due to the objective of this Meetup and to respect our invited speakers, most of whom are senior Government executives, active sales, marketing, and recruiting are strongly discouraged.**