April Chapter Meeting - How to Run Successful AI Projects and Avoid Failure / Ronald Schmelzer and Kathleen Walch

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PMINYC April Chapter Meeting - Live Webinar 



Many organizations are struggling to implement AI with success. Despite the buzz around AI and its potential to revolutionize industries, a surprising 70-80% of AI projects fail.
Why do so many AI initiatives, brimming with promise and potential, end up falling short?

In this talk we explore the top reasons for these AI project failures, through real-world experiences and “ripped from the headlines” examples. We’ll share why these AI projects failed, and the practical ways to navigate these challenges for AI project success. Furthermore, we’ll explain how emerging approaches to Trustworthy AI are helping to address a wide range of ethical and responsible AI challenges. As a way to avoid these common AI project failures, we’ll present the emerging best practice for AI projects leveraged by successful organizations, the Cognitive Project Management for AI (CPMAI) approach. Attendees will learn how to do AI right by applying a step-wise approach/methodology for AI projects, including an AI project template that gives you a straightforward way to adapt CPMAI methodology to your AI projects.

Here's what's in store for you:

Understanding the Common Pitfalls of AI Projects

Real-World Case Studies of AI Failures

Approaches for successfully managing AI projects

Trustworthy AI considerations 

To gain an understanding of common reasons why AI projects fail and how you can apply successful proven methodologies such as the Cognitive Project Management for AI (CPMAI) approach to applying a step-wise approach/methodology for AI projects.

Pre-Webinar Training:

Attendees can access a FREE Intro to CPMAI course before the webinar. This course covers essential insights for managing AI projects, including the Seven Patterns of AI. Link provided upon registration.

Secure your spot by April 15


About Our speakers:

Ronald Schmelzer is the Managing Partner and CPMAI Certified Lead Instructor at Cognilytica. He co-developed the Cognitive Project Management for AI (CPMAI) methodology, widely adopted by Fortune 1000 firms and government agencies globally for AI and advanced data project management. A sought-after expert, Ron chairs various industry groups focused on AI adoption and best practices. He co-hosts the AI Today podcast, contributes to Forbes, serves as a TechTarget SearchAI columnist, and judges at SXSW Innovation Awards. Previously, Ron founded ZapThink, an industry analyst firm focusing on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Cloud Computing, acquired by Dovel Technologies. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

Kathleen Walch, also Managing Partner and CPMAI Certified Lead Instructor at Cognilytica, co-developed the CPMAI methodology. With a background in marketing and project management, Kathleen is a dynamic presenter and thought leader on emerging technology best practices. She chairs the AI-focused working group at ATARC and was selected for OECD's ONE AI and Expert Group on AI risk and accountability. Kathleen co-hosts the AI Today podcast, contributes to Forbes, writes for TechTarget SearchAI, and judges at SXSW Innovation Awards. Prior to Cognilytica, she founded HourlyBee, a tech startup, and contributed to direct marketing operations at Harte Hanks. Kathleen graduated from Loyola University with a degree in Marketing.

Meeting Agenda

Zoom Doors open at 5:30 PM ET.

The program begins at 5:45 PM ET and ends promptly at 07:00 PM.

5:45 PM -6:00 PM Chapter Notes

6.00 PM -7:00 PM Presentation - Ronald Schmelzer/Kathleen Walch


Zoom Virtual Meeting information will be sent via email. 


Credentialed members can earn 1.0 PDU under the 0.50 WAYS OF WORKING, 0.50 BUSINESS ACUMEN category.


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Type of category: Chapter Meetings

Type of activity: Ways of Working

Date: April 17th, 2024

Hour: 5:45PM to 7:00PM

Registration close date: April 17th, 2024 at 11:45AM

# of PDUs: 1


Members: USD$10.00

Non members and Guests: USD$15.00

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