Chaos, Order, and Everything in Between – Leading Projects Silicon Valley-Style


Speaker: Moshe Gotesman, PhD, mosgot Consulting
Meeting Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm Networking; 6:30 pm Management Forum/Guided Networking; 7:00 pm sandwich dinner; 7:30 pm Presentation
Early-Bird: $12 IEEE members, $15 non-members; At the Door: $20
Location: National Instruments, 4600 Patrick Henry Drive, Santa Clara, CA
Directions: click map at right

Management Forum / Guided Networking: Bring Your Management Challenge; Arrive by 6:30 PM to join this exciting Management Forum. Following informal networking is a guided discussion typically related to the topic of the evening’s after dinner talk, or of general Technology Management interest.
Light Dinner: This month we’re continuing with our light dinner format
— typically sandwiches, salad, drinks, and cookie or similar light dinner.


Chaos, Order, and Everything in Between – Leading Projects Silicon Valley-Style

Project Management has been a well established profession for many years. Yet, the perception of what it means exactly, how to implement it, and what the project manager’s role is, are surprisingly varied. Even today, many professionals, executives, and organizations misunderstand this discipline and role.

In this presentation, we will review several typical company settings and how they implement project management. From chaotic still called “projects”, to “military-grade” process and discipline. From heavy Waterfall, to lightweight Agile. What does it mean to manage projects in these settings and what does it take to be successful? We will pay special attention to the human aspects of project management, as these are the actors that really make the difference. The speaker will provide examples from his many years of experience in a variety of companies, such as Sun Microsystems, Nokia, Walmart and, lately, Google.

Speaker Bio: Moshe Gotesman, PhD, ScrumMaster, PMP, LeSS, SAFe – mosgot Consulting

Moshe Gotesman, PhD, CSM, SAFe, LeSS, PMP, ITIL has an extensive project management background. He has worked in engineering management, process development and as a Director of project management. Among others, Moshe worked on software development, IT hardware, networking and security projects for many Fortune 500 organizations such as Visa Inc, Walmart, Sun Microsystems, Nokia and Google. Moshe specializes in Software Development Life Cycles (SDLCs), including Agile, Scrum, Kanban, as well as Waterfall. Moshe is also a respected educator. He has been teaching both at Google and outside (UC Berkeley Extension, College of San Mateo), mostly Project Management but also SW development and design and training skills.