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DIARY: January 18, 1995 05:00 PM Wednesday;
PMI monthly meeting at Gabbiano's Restaurant
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PMI Monthly meetings
Sherrill McDonald, Kaiser
0807 - ..
0808 - Summary/Objective
080901 - Followed up work at ref SDS 4 line 48.
080903 - Gabbiano's Restaurant is at 1 Ferry Plaza.
080904 - ..
080905 - Bill DeHart received the Wally Kruse award for outstanding
080906 - contributions to the chapter of PMI. Pat attended with him, and
080907 - was introduced.
080909 - Wally did a good job explaining Bill's credits, but Bill was not
080910 - given an opportunity to speak to the group.
080913 - Visited with Sherrill McDonald, but Jake McMichael did not attend
080914 - this evening.
080917 - I sat with Bob Denmark. He seems to be doing well with his eye
080918 - problem. He has a session with the doctor tomorrow.
080919 - ..
080920 - Eugene (Gene) A. Bordegaray was the feature speaker. He heads
080921 - up the SFIA management team that is expanding faciliities at the
080922 - airport.
080924 - Gene reported that SFIA plans to hire another 10 or so PMs, and are
080925 - hiring CM firms to manage the construction contracts. This will be
080926 - about $2.3B over the next few years. He said it is a big challenge to
080927 - rapidly grow an organization.
080929 - [On 950119 submitted letter on helping SFIA. ref SDS 5 0000]
080931 - [On 950126 letter was lost. ref SDS 6 6615]
080933 - Bill plans to be in the City a few days next week, and will contact
080934 - me.
080936 - I mentioned in leaving this evening that we should try to get a
080937 - meeting with the feature speaker representing the SFO Project
080938 - Management team.
080941 - Said hellow to Dan Ono.
080944 - David McClure sat next to me. He is a project manager on his own. He
080945 - made an announcement about an internet connection for PMI Naitonal,
080946 - that will be on line next month. David asked for volunteers to help
080947 - launch this project. I gave him my card.
080949 - Also made contact with John I. Barsky, P.E. who is a resident
080950 - engineer with the City of SF, who has a project at the main sewage
080951 - treatment plant at Hunters Point.
080953 - I explained a little about SDS and POIMS, using ideas at ref SDS 1
080954 - 9482, and that it has been used by PG&E the past few months, per
080955 - evaluation ref DRP 2 0000, received on 950110. ref SDS 3 9482
080957 - ..
080958 - Sherrill McDonald
080960 - He sat across from me and said he is aware that Bill DeHart
080961 - believes SDS has done a good job at PG&E. I have the impression
080962 - that Sherrill, like Morris Jones, feels the results at PG&E with
080963 - SDS are due more to my expertise ref SDS 8 5932, than to the
080964 - wonders of SDS.
080966 - [On 980310 Marc Capik made similar point. ref SDS 10 2543]
080968 - We have to figure out a way to distinguish between the
080969 - benefits of having a good tool and a good implementer. There
080970 - seems to be a great willingness to dismiss the tools and the
080971 - system. Attributing good results to people is attractive
080972 - because it reduces the burden of investigation and learning
080973 - better methods.
080975 - To me this is like saying Bob is a good writer, without
080976 - acknowledging that his skill is in applying a powerful set of
080977 - tools: the alphabet and rules of grammar. I think this
080978 - occurs because writing is so ingrained in people (i.e., they
080979 - learn it at an early age, and then assume its existence) that
080980 - they overlook the possibility that it can be meaningfully
080981 - improved by modern man, or at least by anyone they know. If
080982 - the improvement is not announced by Harvard, MIT, the CIA or
080983 - Bill Gates, it is suspect.
080985 - [I addressed this point to Sherrill at ref SDS 9 line
080986 - 53.]
080988 - [Some of this was solved by developing the idea of a
080989 - "communication engineer" from Kerzner lecture, ref SDS 7
080990 - line 207.]
080993 - We considered the advantage to PMI of spokes-people and presentors
080994 - with some energy and personality to do things like announce the
080995 - award to Bill DeHart this evening.