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August Lunch & Learn w/ Dr. Kashiwagi

Ways of Working


Topic:  Project Management in the Age of AI and Automation

Date: August 13, 2021, 11:30 AM CST

Location:  Virtual, Join Zoom Meeting Here

Speaker Name:  Dean Kashiwagi, PhD, PE, IFMA Fellow



Artificial Intelligence drums up new conversations about the automation of work, or it could, if we taught it to.

The world is changing rapidly. Information systems, automation and robotics are infiltrating every sector of the supply chain. Project management models are focused on using technology to improve efficiency by forcing PMs to adapt to the new information age. Dr. Kashiwagi proposes that PMs can’t compete with computers when it comes to efficiency, instead they should focus on the one skill that cannot be automated: expertise. Experts think less and make fewer decisions. They can describe project outcomes before they happen. Experts understand unique and complex situations that computers can’t. In order to stay relevant, PMs must learn how to identify and utilize expertise. When PMs know how to utilize expertise, it’s easier to mitigate risk, cut costs, and improve project performance.

In addition to being our August speaker, he will also be presenting more in depth on this topic at our October 22nd Professional Development Day. This is a great opportunity to see a precursor to one of our 2021 PDD highlights!



Dr. Dean Kashiwagi is an innovator and a researcher of “cutting edge technology” in the areas of project management, risk management, procurement, and performance information. His research area is a technology made for the future. It replaces the human cognitive process (thinking and decision making) of project/facility/supply chain managers with a simple structure of alignment rules. The Best Value Approach (BVA) allows project/facility/supply chain managers to increase their responsibilities and create value, while reducing their workload and cost.


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Type of category: Lunch & Learn

Type of activity: Ways of Working

Date: August 13th, 2021

Hour: 11:30AM to 1:00PM

Number of PDUs: 1


Members: Free

Non members: Free


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