When Projects Go Wrong: Healthcare.gov


October 22, 2020 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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This series takes an inside view of infamously failed projects and how they broke down from a project management perspective. This month, we will be dissecting Healthcare.gov and reviewing some of the major themes which caused project failure for the website launch.  Come ready to listen, learn and provide input to effective countermeasures to avoid future failures in your project.

This month, Nate Amidon & Dean Smith will be guiding us through this infamous project and along the way will be breaking down what went wrong:

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Nate spent 15 years leading people and programs for the US Air Force, Microsoft, and Boeing.  He has flown over 3,000 hours as an Air Force pilot in the C-17 where he led a crew of Airmen on global combat and humanitarian Air Force missions.  As a C-17 Instructor Pilot, Nate has over 1,500 hours teaching young pilots how to fly, make decisions, and manage a team.  After leaving the Active Duty Air Force, Nate consulted on Software Development teams as a Project Manager, Scrum Master, and a SAFe coach on large-scale development programs.  He started Form100 Consulting to help clients in the technology sector by applying military leadership best practices to software development programs.  Nate holds a BS in Management from the United States Air Force Academy, an MBA from the University of Nebraska, an SPC, PMP, CSM, and is still an active C-17 pilot in the Air Force Reserve 313th Airlift Squadron.

  • Air Force C-17 evaluator pilot – 3,200 flight hours, 800 combat flight hours
  • Owner of From100 Consulting – Software development Agile coaching, Scrum Master, ITPM
  • Consulting Experience: Microsoft, Boeing, and Alaska Airlines
  • 6 years of Agile and SAFe coaching, Scrum Master and ITPM experience.  Worked with teams and large enterprise development programs
  • Certifications: PMP, CSM (Certified Scrum Master), SPC (SAFe Program Consultant), Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, DevOps practitioner


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Dean Smith is a former Air Force officer and C-17 pilot.  He has been a member of Form100 Consulting for the last 3 years as a scrum master, Technical PM, and SAFe Release Train Engineer.  He holds a bachloers degree from the United States Air Force Academy, a Master's degree from the University of Washington, and is certified with a PMP, CSM, and Scaled Agile Framework Program Consultant. 

Some key takeaways from this session include:

  • Gaining an inside look at the phases and processes of a real-life project
  • Examing common weak points in a project's overall processes via post mortem and lessons learned
  • Through hands-on interaction and collaborative disccusion, you will learn effective countermeasures to avoid future failures in your project.


PDUs: 1.25 PDUs earned for Business / Strategy

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