Feb 11, 2020 Dinner Meeting - Mike Wakshull

Feb 11, 2020 Dinner Meeting - Mike Wakshull

Mike Wakshull: How you can apply the skills of a forensic examiner to your projects.

Mike Wakshull has been a member of PMI since 1996. He earned his PMP in 1997. He was VP of education for the Los Angeles Chapter and president of the Los Padres Chapter (now called the California Central Coast Chapter) of PMI. Mike was an author of the risk management chapter of the 2000 PMBoK Guide and contributed to the 2004 and 2008 editions.

As a senior project manager at Amgen, he managed a global team and lead information systems governance. He then managed corporate quality risk management at Amgen and development and implementation of quality systems risk management procedures at Abbott Vascular in Temecula. He taught project risk and quality management at University of Redlands. He also taught project management at UCSD and Bellevue University.

Mike earned a graduate school certificate in forensic document examination from East Tennessee State University. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics.

After completing graduate school for forensic document examination, he started a practice as a forensic document examiner based in Temecula, CA.

Mike is author of Forensic Document Examination for Legal Professionals and The End of the Zodiac Mystery, both books about forensic document examination techniques and methodology. The books are listed with the Library of Congress.


As a project manager you must plan, execute, and control the work and deliverables for your assignment. These are the same requirements for a forensic examiner. Think of yourself as a detective. You must discover all the intricacies of the project. You interview stakeholders to discover previously unknown details that may change the course of the project.

According to project Management Institute, a project is defined a, “a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique project service or result.” Project management is defined as, “The application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to project activities to meet project requirements.”

When a forensic examiner is engaged to determine the truth about the case, the examiner must complete the case examination within a specific timeframe. Initial deliverable is a report to the requesting party describing the results of the examination. The initial deliverable will be a verbal report. Depending upon the results of the examination, the final deliverable may be a written report.

If the case is going to deposition or trial, there may be additional deliverables required from the examiner.

In California, the work of a forensic examiner requires adherence to generally accepted practices in the industry or discipline.

In this presentation you will learn:

· How project management skills enhance forensic science.

· How you can apply the skills of a forensic examiner to your project

· Where to look to turn unknowns into knowns

· Risk management techniques applied to forensic work


Location: Magic Lamp Inn
8189 Foothill Blvd, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 981-8659


  • 5:30-6:00 Check-In
  • 5:30-6:15 Upcoming Event Loop
  • 6:00-6:45 Dinner
  • 6:15-6:45 Dinner Meeting Deck
  • 6:45-7:00 Break & Speaker Presentation Setup
  • 7:00-7:50 Speaker Presentation (Part 1)
  • 7:50-8:00 Break
  • 8:00-8:50 Speaker Presentation (Part 2)
  • 8:50-9:00 Wrap-Up
  • 9:00-9:30 Networking

Event Properties

Event Date 02-11-2020 5:30 pm
Event End Date 02-11-2020 9:30 pm
Individual Price See registration to select ticket price
No. of Power Skills PDUs 2.0
Location The Magic Lamp Inn

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