Cover Oregon:

What Would You Do?

Presented by: Todd Williams

Nothing makes your day worse than a CNN News crew on your front step when you wake up. That is what happened with Cover Oregon. History shows it was a massive failure, but what would you have done differently?

Explore five critical decision points in the project and discuss in a round table format how you would have done it differently. In this presentation the Cover Oregon project will be replayed and the audience will be given between five and ten minutes to discuss each point and come to a conclusion on what

you would have done differently to change the outcome of the project. By the end you will not only have a good understanding of the key failure points in the project, but will also be able to use this failure to make you a better leader and project manager.

The Key Learning Objectives That Will Most Benefit The Participants:

  • The key functions to have in place to detect and prevent project failures.
  • Key warning signs that a project is in trouble.
  • What you need from your leaders to maximize your chances for success.

Of benifit to anyone with authority, responsibility, or accountability on a project:

  • Project Managers
  • PMO Managers
  • IT directors
  • V-Level and C-Level Staff

About the Presenter: 

Todd was the keynote speaker for our Chapter's Professional Development Day, and he was great!

In his book, Rescue the Problem Project: A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure, published by the American Management Association (AMACOM Books), he defines a project audit and recovery process for rescuing red projects that focuses on root cause correction and prevention.

As President of eCameron, Inc. he is recognized an expert in rescuing projects and failure prevention around the globe.  He maintains a blog at that has been quoted on CIO Update, ZDNet, IT Business Edge, Center for CIO Leadership, CIO Essentials, among others. His diverse set of clients include Applied Materials (formerly Brooks Automation), BEA Systems, Bonneville Power Administration, Daimler Trucks NA (formerly Freightliner),  Hewlett Packard (formerly Digital Equipment Corp.), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, NASA, Portland General Electric, Providence Healthcare Systems, Standard Insurance, and Tower Semiconductor.

Many professional organizations have called on him to educate their members. These include Project Management Institute (PMI) and many of their chapters, American Management Association (AMA), American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), Financial Executives Networking Group (FENG), Institute of Management Accounts (IMA), American Society of Quality (ASQ), Society for Information Management (SIM) and numerous others.