Dr. Edmund H. Conrow, CMC, CPCM, PMP
CAIV and Risk Management Background

 


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Outline of Services

Some Client Profiles

Synopsis of Experience (Partial List)

Some Recent CAIV and Risk Management Publications and Presentations

Vita


Outline of Services

Cost as an Independent Variable (CAIV) and Design To Cost

Project Risk Management

Please visit http://www.risk-services.com for an extensive listing of available risk management services.

Proposal Strategy and Writing

Implementation, Training and Documentation (Through the Corporate Level)

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Some Client Profiles

Here are some examples of how weíve helped businesses and government organizations like yours to efficiently solve difficult problems.

Cost as an Independent Variable Client Profile (Large Industrial Company)

Issue: The contractor and government were at odds over the amount of attention paid to Cost as an Independent Variable (CAIV) and its effectiveness on a multi-billion dollar program with very high DoD CAIV visibility.

Solution: Performed an independent assessment of the programís CAIV activity. Identified and documented contractual CAIV requirements, t he contractor's CAIV approach and progress made to date in implementing CAIV, and areas of miscommunication between the contractor and government. Developed recommendations for the contractor and government which could lead to improved CAIV effectiveness.

Project Risk Management Client Profile (Large Industrial Company)

Issue: A business was using a flawed risk management process on a multi-billion dollar high visibility program, which prevented it from accurately prioritizing risk issues and allocating funds to handle risks.

Solution: Performed an independent assessment of the risk management process. Identified and documented flaws in the risk analysis methodology and provided solutions that permitted an accurate prioritization of risk issues and development of suitable risk handling options.

Please visit http://www.risk-services.com for additional examples of risk management client profiles.

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Synopsis of Experience (Partial List)

Cost As an Independent Variable (CAIV) and Design To Cost (DTC)

Project Risk Management

Risk Management Process Implementation

Program Risk Assessments

Development of Enhanced Risk Assessment Methodologies

Government Policy Support

Project Management Policy Support

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Some Recent CAIV and Risk Management Publications and Presentations

Project Risk Management Book

"Effective Risk Management: Some Keys to Success," American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), ISBN 1-56347-383-6, is now available. The book illustrates attributes and practices of sound risk management that can readily be used by both project management and technical practitioners, as well as others that are less familiar with the subject. More than 250 lessons learned and clearly stated tips are provided that will help you successfully implement risk management, including things to do and traps to avoid, taken from extensive experience working on a wide variety of projects. Numerous examples are provided to help the reader evaluate the "health" of an existing risk management process and develop and implement improvements as warranted.

For additional information please visit the following link (by clicking on the link) to www.risk-services.com.

http://www.risk-services.com/aiaabok1.htm

Complete, unabridged reviews to the book are contained at this URL.

To order the book directly, please visit the following link (by clicking on the link) to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics:

http://store.aiaa.org/moreinfo.cfm?productid=740&FirstRow=1&LastRow=15&Keyword=effective%20risk%20management&Category=

Note: if this link no longer works, go directly to the AIAA on-line store, (http://store.aiaa.org), enter Effective Risk Management in the title search box near the top of the page (do not use quotes around the words), click FIND, then click on the returned title (which is a hyperlink to the book page). This will allow you to directly browse a summary of the book and place an on-line order.


Additional Risk Management Book-Related Publications

Updated the risk management chapter (17) in Harold Kerzner's book "Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling." This is perhaps the best known and most comprehensive book on project management that exists. The updated chapter is included in the Seventh Edition (September, 2000).

Award Winning Papers

  1. Edmund H. Conrow, "Some Long-Term Issues and Impediments Affecting Systems Acquisition Reform," presented at the 1995 (bi-annual) Acquisition Research Symposium, and published in the "1995 Acquisition Research Symposium Proceedings," Defense Systems Management College (DSMC), June 1995. This paper was co-winner of the David D. Acker award for "Skill in Communications" (best paper of the symposium). (The focus of this paper is acquisition strategy, Cost as an Independent Variable, risk management (identifying sources of risk), and engineering design analysis.)
  2. Edmund H. Conrow, "Some Inherent Limitations of Quantitative Cost Risk Assessment Methodologies," presented at the 29th Annual DoD Cost Analysis Symposium, 21-23 February 1996. This paper was winner of the best contractor paper of the symposium award.

Cost as an Independent Variable

  1. Edmund H. Conrow, "Some Potential Benefits Of Using Cost As An Independent Variable In Defense Programs," Program Manager, DSMC, November/December 1996.
  2. Edmund H. Conrow and David Graham, "Cost as an Independent Variable," Co-developer and co-presenter of this invited briefing presented twice at the Air Force AFSMC Acquisition Reform Week, 17-18 March 1997.
  3. Edmund H. Conrow, "Some Considerations For Improving The Program Design Process With CAIV." Invited briefing at CAIV Workshop presented at AFSMC Acquisition Reform Week, 20 March 1997.
  4. Edmund H. Conrow, "CAIV and Risk Management." Invited presentation at the Society of Cost Estimation and Analysis (SCEA) CAIV Workshop, 18-19 March 1998. Also, served as workshop chairman for the two day CAIV and Risk Management tract at this conference.
  5. Edmund H. Conrow, "Some CAIV Implementation Considerations." Invited presentation given twice at AFSMC Acquisition Reform Week, 4 May 1998. Also co-facilitator of workshop.
  6. Edmund H. Conrow, "CAIV and Risk Management: Some Issues and Solutions." Invited presentation at AFSMC Acquisition Reform Week, 6 May 1998. Also helped plan workshop.
  7. Edmund H. Conrow, "CAIV Process Integration and Implementation." Conference overview presentation at the SCEA CAIV Workshop, 28 October 1998. Also, served as Conference deputy chairman and co-chairman of the two day CAIV Process Integration and Implementation Working Group at this conference.
  8. Edmund H. Conrow, "CAIV Process Integration and Implementation." Invited presentation at the SCEA CAIV Workshop, 29 October 1998. Also, served as Conference Deputy Chairman and co-chairman of the two day CAIV Process Integration and Implementation Working Group at this conference.
  9. Edmund H. Conrow and Lt. Col. Dorsey Higdon, "CAIV and IPTs." Invited presentation at the SCEA CAIV Workshop, 29 October 1998.
  10. Edmund H. Conrow, "Some CAIV Engineering, Integration, and Implementation Considerations." Invited presentation at AFSMC Acquisition Reform Week, 9 June 1999. Also facilitator of workshop.
  11. Edmund H. Conrow, "Some CAIV Integration and Implementation Considerations." Invited presentation at AFSMC Acquisition Reform Week, 9 June 1999. Also facilitator of CAIV Panel.
  12. Edmund H. Conrow, "Some CAIV Engineering, Integration, and Implementation Considerations." Invited presentation at AFSMC Acquisition Reform Week, 23 May 2000. Also facilitator of workshop.
  13. Edmund H. Conrow, "Some CAIV Integration and Implementation Considerations." Invited presentation at AFSMC Acquisition Reform Week, 24 May 2000.

Project Risk Management

  1. Edmund H. Conrow, "The Use of Ordinal Risk Scales in Defense Systems Engineering," published in the "1995 Acquisition Research Symposium Proceedings," DSMC, June 1995.
  2. Edmund H. Conrow and Mark A. Fredrickson, "Some Considerations for Implementing Risk Management In Defense Programs," Program Manager, DSMC, January/February 1996.
  3. Edmund H. Conrow, "Some Common Sources of Risk in Military Development Programs." Invited presentation at the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)-Commercial Industry Meeting on Risk Management, 3 April 1996.
  4. Edmund H. Conrow, "Some Deficiencies and Lessons Learned for Incorporating Risk Management in Military Development Programs." Invited presentation at the OSD-Commercial Industry Meeting on Risk Management, 3 April 1996.
  5. Col. Dana Spears and Edmund H. Conrow, "The Application of Risk Management and Cost as an Independent Variable on Air Force Space Programs." Presented at the Air Force Space and Missiles System Center (AFSMC) Acquisition Reform Day, 31 May 1996.
  6. "Risk Management," Military Specifications and Standards Reform Program, Critical Process Assessment Tool, AFSMC/AXD (primary author, 1996 and subsequent editions, Air Force published document).
  7. Facilitator for Risk Management Workshop. AFSMC Acquisition Reform Week, 21 March 1997.
  8. Edmund H. Conrow, "Managing Risk In Aerospace Programs," Aerospace America, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, April 1997.
  9. Edmund H. Conrow, "Some Considerations for Implementing Risk Management In Development Projects." Invited paper and presentation for the 1997 Software Engineering Institute Conference on Risk Management, 7-9 April 1997.
  10. Edmund H. Conrow, "Some Considerations For Implementing Risk Management In Defense Space Projects." Invited presentation for the 1997 AFSMC/AX Industry Day, 23 April 1997.
  11. Edmund H. Conrow and Patty S. Shishido, "Implementing Risk Management on Software-Intensive Projects," IEEE Software, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, special issue on software risk management, May/June 1997 (refereed journal).
  12. Edmund H. Conrow, "Risk Management Lessons Learned." Invited presentation for the 1997 Aerospace Corporation Symposium on Risk Management, June 1997.
  13. Edmund H. Conrow, "Some Considerations for Implementing Risk Management in Commercial, Government and Defense Programs," published in the "1997 Acquisition Research Symposium Proceedings," DSMC, June 1997.
  14. Edmund H. Conrow, "Cost Risk Analysis in the Risk Management Process." Invited presentation for the 1997 Acquisition Reform Model Sharing Workshop, 10 June 1997.
  15. Edmund H. Conrow, "Some Limitations of Quantitative Risk Analysis Approaches Used in Project Management," Invited paper by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, April 1998.
  16. Edmund H. Conrow, "Risk Management Implementation: Some Lessons Learned." Invited presentation at AFSMC Acquisition Reform Week, 5 May 1998. Also co-facilitator of workshop.
  17. Edmund H. Conrow, "Inappropriate Use of Ordinal Risk Scales: A Pervasive Risk Analysis Issue." Invited presentation at AFSMC Acquisition Reform Week, 6 May 1998. Also helped plan workshop.
  18. Edmund H. Conrow, "Some Project Risk Management Lessons Learned." Invited presentation to the Project Management Institute (Los Angeles Chapter) and subsequent paper, 10 September 1998.
  19. Edmund H. Conrow, "Some Limitations and Recommendations for Using Ordinal Scales in Risk Analysis," Presentation and Paper to the Aerospace Corporation Symposium on Risk Management, 8-11 February 1999.
  20. Edmund H. Conrow and Stephen L. Carman, "Hyperion Project Risk Management Lessons Learned," Presentation to the Aerospace Corporation Symposium on Risk Management (Poster Session), 8-11 February 1999.
  21. Bryant Cramer and Edmund H. Conrow, "Risk Management in Technology Validation Missions," Presentation to the International Astronautical Federation Specialists Symposium, 21 April 1999. I also served as Session Co-Chairman ("Cost and Risk Management"), and a member of the Conference Panel Discussion Session.
  22. Edmund H. Conrow, "Risk Management Implementation: Some Lessons Learned." Invited presentation at AFSMC Acquisition Reform Week, 10 June 1999. Also facilitator of workshop.
  23. Edmund H. Conrow, "Risk Management Implementation Issues: Some Lessons Learned." Invited presentation at AFSMC Acquisition Reform Week, 10 June 1999. Also facilitator of Risk Management Panel.
  24. Edmund H. Conrow, "Risk Management Implementation: Some Lessons Learned." Invited presentation at AFSMC Acquisition Reform Week, 23 May 2000. Also facilitator of workshop.
  25. Edmund H. Conrow and Bryant Cramer, "Cultural Implementation Considerations to Foster Effective Risk Management," NASA Mini-Retreat on Risk Management, 24 May 2000.
  26. Edmund H. Conrow, "Some Keys to Improving Risk Management Effectiveness." Invited presentation at AFSMC Acquisition Reform Week, 25 May 2000. Also facilitator of Risk Management Panel.
  27. Edmund H. Conrow and Stephen L. Carman, "Hyperion--A Risk Management Success Story." Paper and presentation to the Project Management Institute 31st Annual Seminars & Technical Program, 11 September 2000.
  28. Edmund H. Conrow, "Lessons Learned from Implementing Risk Management on Real Programs." Invited and featured presentation at the Institute for International Research conference on Estimating and Managing Project Risks, 24 October 2000.
  29. Edmund H. Conrow, Stephen Carman, and Bryant Cramer, "Risk Management on Hyperion: Consultant, Industry, and NASA Perspectives." Invited paper and presentation to Risk Management 2000, The Aerospace Corporation and Air Force SMC, 30 November 2000.
  30. Edmund H. Conrow, "Making Risk Management Work on Your Project." Invited presentation to the Project Management Institute (Los Angeles Chapter), 8 February 2001.
  31. Edmund H. Conrow, "Some Keys to Making Risk Management Work on Your Project." International Council on Systems Engineering, "INSIGHT," Vol 4, Issue 1, April 2001.
  32. Edmund H. Conrow, "Some Risk Management Process and Implementation Lessons Learned." Invited presentation to the International Council on Systems Engineering and Project Management Institute Joint Conference on Risk Management, May 2001. Also Lessons Learned Track Chairman and member of the Conference panel discussion on risk management.

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Vita

Biographical Information

Edmund H. Conrow is the founder and owner of Management and Technology Associates. Dr. Conrow has a 25+ year proven track record in the application of project management and technical skills to moderate to high complexity programs. He has successfully served a broad range of clients, including: industry, federally funded research centers, national laboratories and government. He was a special government employee and consultant to the U.S. government for 10 years on technical and policy issues. His work has been recognized in several disciplines with letters of commendation from numerous government agencies and awards at national conferences, including: management strategy, CAIV, cost analysis, engineering design analysis, manufacturing, risk management and systems engineering. Dr. Conrow is highly published in national journals and conferences. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Certified Management Consultant (Institute of Management Consultants), a Certified Professional Consultant to Management (National Bureau of Certified Consultants), a Project Management Professional (Project Management Institute) and adheres to the IEEE, Institute of Management Consultants, National Bureau of Certified Consultants, and Project Management Institute Code of Ethics. Dr. Conrow holds a Ph.D. in general engineering, Ph.D. in public policy analysis, M. Phil. in public policy analysis, M.S. in nuclear engineering, and B.S.N.E. in nuclear engineering from accredited institutions and programs.

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Some Key Government CAIV Policy References

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