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Breakfast Meeting

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Typical Agenda:

  • 7:15 AM: Webex Open for Discussion and Networking
  • 7:30 AM: Welcome/introductions/announcements
  • 7:35 AM  Featured Presentation
  • 8:30 AM: Adjourn

Topic:  Managing Test Automation from a Project Manager's Perspective

Presenters: Kadji Tanyi / Carter Cross / Todd Sturner (Team from Grant Thornton LLP)

Brief Synopsis of the presentation

As automated testing becomes more critical to project success, what practices should project managers consider when adopting automated testing into their projects?  In this discussion we’ll explore topics regarding project metrics, managing testing scope and expectations, insuring business buy in, mitigating security risks, and coordinating data needs. Our main goal of this presentation is to ensure that participants come out well informed and armed to manage Automated testing throughout their project lifecycle regardless of the SDLC methodology. To underscore the vitality of this topic, it is worthy to note that Grant Thornton did a similar presentation for the PMI Sacramento chapter and was called again by the chapter to do the same presentation for a larger audience.

Speaker Bios:


Carter Cross has twenty years combined experience in IT. His special expertise in the areas of data analysis, system integration, and data migration. He has a broad IT background having held positions in development and operations management.  His experience includes system selection, implementation, compliance reporting, and operational oversight. He is also an experienced development leader with experience in SaaS application implementations and integrations, data warehousing, application development, and operations management, 14 years of database development experience, 8 years of web development experience.


Todd Sturner is a seasoned IT industry practitioner focused on serving Public Sector clients within the firm’s Digital Transformation and Management practice.  He has participated in the design and implementation of IT Service Management and ERP systems. Todd has more than twenty years of IT experience and has been with Grant Thornton for almost seven years. His client work spans various IT technologies and processes. Todd has worked on several engagements in the public sector, including implementation and replacement projects. He has extensive experience with complex system integration engagements and is considered a technology industry specialist within the firm.


Kadji Tanyi is a Senior Associate Consultant with Grant Thornton Public Sector -  Operational and Organization Transformation and currently supports federal, state, and local government engagements. Kadji has over eight years of experience collaborating with cross-functional internal and external clients to drive innovative solutions for effective and efficient system implementation, business process analysis, system testing, and user acceptance test execution and management.

PDU: 1.0

Any questions, contact: Paul Bartel, PMP 

All meeting attendees will receive one (1) PDU for attending the meeting

REMINDER: We are always looking for volunteers to present at future breakfast meetings.

  • Your topic can be anything related to project management.
  • The presentation should last for approximately 45-50 minutes and you will receive 5 PDU’s for your time and effort.


Registration Information:

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Conference Bridge Information:

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Event Questions:

Please send all questions for the event via email.

PMI PDU Reporting:

PMI Phoenix Chapter Members will have their PDU's reported automatically for PMI Phoenix Chapter hosted events with the exception of breakfast meetings, partner events or noted otherwise.  All others will need to self-report.

Non-Member Registration:

Anyone who is not a PMI Phoenix Chapter member will need to register as a non-chapter member and self-report.

Attendance by Phone:

If you dial into a meeting by phone then your name will not show up on Webex registrant list.  You will need to email events@pmiphx.org to let us know you attended to get your PDU.


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Type of category: Breakfast Meetings

Type of activity:

Date: February 26th, 2021

Hours: 7:15AM to 8:30AM

Number of PDUs: 0


Members: Free

Non members: Free


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