2017 Professional Development & Training Workshop

ICEAA’s annual Professional Development & Training Workshop brings together professionals from government, industry and academic cost communities for an intensive 3 1/2-day program dedicated to developing the understanding and appreciation of using data-driven estimating and analysis techniques.

“This is the one annual event that all professional cost estimators should attend. It provides sessions on the latest trends and techniques, and offers excellent networking opportunities.” -2016 Attendee Testimonial

Training Session Descriptions   Presentation Abstracts   Speaker Bios

Keynote Speakers Schedule Workshop Photos  Sponsors & Exhibitors

The ICEAA Professional Development & Training Workshop meets all requirements for sponsored training activity attendance as outlined in the USGPO Code of Federal Regulations.

2018 Speaker Deadlines & Info

Thanks to our Sponsors & Exhibitors:


Sponsoring & Exhibiting:

ICEAA’s 2017 Professional Development & Training Workshop exhibit hall will be open for over 30 hours, with 8 hours on the Workshop schedule dedicated for attendees to visit our exhibitors. The limited number of available booths allows for a focused, consultative environment in which you can meet with current and future clients. Tuesday and Wednesday’s evening receptions as well as food buffets and beverage breaks will be served in the exhibit hall among the booths, providing ample time to develop leads. The exhibit hall is centrally located to the breakout session rooms and adjacent to the general session ballroom.

All exhibiting packages include:

  • 8’ x 10‘ booth in exhibit hall with complimentary electrical
  • Pipe & drape, 6’ table, 2 chairs, wastebasket, janitorial services
  • Listing in conference program, website, mobile app, and onsite signage
  • Two complimentary full conference registrations

Download the 2017 Sponsoring & Exhibiting Prospectus for a preview of the types of sponsorship opportunities that will be available for 2018.  Contact Megan Jones for questions or and to receive the 2018 Sponsoring & Exhibiting Prospectus as soon as it becomes available.

Keynote Speakers:

Tuesday, June 6: Gordon M. Kranz
Office of Performance Assessments and Root Cause Analyses (Retired)
Enlightened Integrated Program Management, LLC

Cost estimating methods approaches have changed many times over the last thirty years.  Have these changes improved productivity and our ability to accurately estimate the cost?  Mr. Kranz will discuss current trends in Agile acquisition and how they have been influenced by those changes.

Prior to his retirement, Gordon M. Kranz served as Deputy Director PARCA for Earned Value Management. Mr. Kranz initiated the Government and industry collaboration on Agile – EVM implementation to form the basis for current emerging guidance and policy. Before his role at PARCA Mr. Kranz was the Executive Director, Engineering and Analysis, for the Defense Contract Management Agency.

With over 35 years of experience in the DoD and private sectors, Mr. Kranz currently serves as President of Enlightened IPM, a consulting firm providing Government agencies and contractors advice and guidance on integrated program management. Mr. Kranz received a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University and a master’s degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is a certified Program Management Professional, a Professional Scrum Master I (PSM1) and is DAWIA Engineering level 3 certified.


Wednesday, June 7: Dr. Mark Meckler
University of Portland

A discussion of how the intersection of values (in the leadership and culture sense) and adding value (in the marketing and business sense) plays out in the craft beer industry; and how craft beer industry members use their focus on values, and utilize four very different categories of adding value to increase revenue and keep costs down in order to gain healthy margins.

Dr. Mark R. Meckler, is Associate Professor of Strategy and Leadership at the University of Portland, and Co-Founder & Vice President of Strategy and Curriculum at CRAFTINGASTRATEGY.COM. He has lived, served and traveled all over the world. Dr. Meckler is a classically trained saucier, and a former chef and food & beverage manager. Dr. Meckler also worked in investment banking at Baring Securities in New York City as a closed-end fund analyst. He began his teaching career in New York State, and continued teaching throughout his doctoral program years, and for 16 years as an assistant and an associate professor. Dr. Meckler has published numerous journal articles related to strategic management, truth-telling, controlled innovation, human motivation, and cross-cultural management. He also writes extensively for Crafting A Strategy. Dr. Meckler now lives in Portland, Oregon metropolitan area with his wife and three children.


Thursday, June 8: Dr. David Raffo, Ph.D.
Portland State University

Process Simulation Modeling (PSIM) technology is a data-driven, model-based, bottoms-up approach to cost estimation that can be used to evaluate issues related to process strategy, process improvement, tool adoption, project management, and process design. Recent developments in process simulation tools have drastically cut the costs to develop models and new methods have been created to apply PSIM quickly, enabling PSIM to provide greater business value. This presentation shows examples of how process simulation has been implemented within industry and government organizations to improve performance results and improve key process areas.

Dr. Raffo is a Professor at Portland State University with joint appointments in Business, Engineering, and Computer Science. He has been a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and a member of the International Process Research Consortium (IPRC). Dr. Raffo’s research interests include Strategic Systems Engineering, Economic Analysis of Design Decisions, Process Improvement, Quality Assurance Planning and Cost Estimation. Dr. Raffo is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Software Evolution and Process – the leading academic journal in the field of software process. He has over seventy peer reviewed publications in the field of software engineering and three U.S. Patents.

Dr. Raffo has received research funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Software Engineering Research Center (SERC), NASA, IBM, Motorola, Robert Bosch, Northrop-Grumman and other organizations. Through his consulting practice, Dr. Raffo works with organizations to apply process simulation and modeling tools to support integrated systems development in commercial and government organizations. Dr. Raffo received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University and a BSE from the University of Michigan.


Download the latest draft schedule  featuring dates and times (subject to change).

Outline Schedule:

Tuesday, June 6

Breakfast buffet available • 7:00 – 8:00
General Session • 8:00 – 9:30
Papers • 9:45 – 11:45
Lunch • 11:45 – 12:45
Training/Papers • 12:45 – 4:45
Welcome Reception • 4:45 – 7:00

Wednesday, June 7

Breakfast buffet available • 7:00 – 8:00
General Session • 8:00 – 9:45
Training/Papers • 10:15 – 12:00
Lunch • 12:00 – 1:15
Training/Papers • 1:15 – 5:15
Attendee Reception • 5:15 – 7:00

Thursday, June 8

Breakfast buffet available • 7:00 – 8:00
General Session • 8:00 – 9:00
Training/Papers • 9:15 – 11:00
Best Paper General Session • 11:15 – 12:00
Lunch • 12:00 – 1:15
Training/Papers • 1:15 – 5:15
Free Evening – Enjoy Portland!

Friday, June 9

Breakfast buffet available • 7:00 – 8:00
Training • 8:00 – 11:30
Conference Ends 11:30 am Friday

Previous ICEAA Workshops & Events:

Most papers and presentations from 2013 and earlier are available. Email us to request a paper or presentation.

2014 Archive Link 062416
SD15 Archive Link 062416

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