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Volume 3 | Issue 3 | March 2009

Daniel Vitek, MBA, PMP

The CDC Unified Process (UP) is excited to announce that on January 26, 2009 a newly enhanced and redesigned CDC UP website was released. This new website is the principal source for project teams to learn about the CDC UP, the tools it has to offer, and their application to successful project management.

The new CDC UP website structure, functionality, and presentation of content are a result of a detailed analysis of historical website traffic and usage. The site is designed to provide efficiency of function in an effort to best communicate with, and accommodate, all of its users.

Content is displayed and organized appropriately for the specific information being presented throughout each section of the CDC UP website. Newly added functionality allows for sorting much of this content by column header. Options include the ability to sort content by description, date, Project Management Institute (PMI) Knowledge Areas, and phases of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Enterprise Performance Life Cycle (EPLC).

In addition to functionality upgrades, the new website also greatly expands CDC UP content offerings. New content includes many additions of practices guides, templates, checklists, process guides, and other supporting materials and references to assist project managers and teams in successfully delivering CDC projects.

The CDC UP Project Management Guide (PMG) has been expanded to provide guidance and advice to CDC project managers, and teams throughout the entire life cycle of a project in the form of a step-by-step best practice approach to managing projects within CDC.

The PMG has also been dramatically upgraded to include all phases and deliverables associated with successful implementation of the HHS EPLC Framework. The PMG also incorporates CDC specific policies, standards, processes, and practices.

The PMG includes a newly redesigned interface and content that has been greatly expanded to include the background, overview, best practices, and practice activities necessary to support project managers and teams in executing best practice project management at CDC.


A New and Improved CDC Unified Process

The first annual CDC Project Management (PM) Summit was held on Friday, February 6, 2009 at the Global Communications Center on CDC's Roybal Campus. The PM Summit was a full-day event that provided all CDC employees and contractors an opportunity to come together as a community, learn about, and discuss important topics related to project management at the CDC.

Approximately 250 CDC employees and contractors attended one or more of the 19 presentations spread across any of 6 sessions throughout the day. Presentations focused on information specifically related to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Enterprise Performance Life Cycle (EPLC) Framework and covered topics such as:

  • EPLC Deliverables
  • Iterative Development
  • Stage Gate Reviews
  • Roles of Critical Partners
  • Operational Analysis

The PM Summit opened with Jim Seligman, John Teeter, and Sandra McGill addressing a packed auditorium during the opening plenary. Attendance throughout the day’s events was robust and comments received from those participating were excellent.

In an effort to share the management knowledge communicated during the day of the PM Summit, and to increase the success of projects at CDC, the CDC Unified Process (UP) has made PM Summit presentations available for viewing and download at:

For those who participated in the day’s events, certificates of participation can be requested from the CDC UP. Certificates can be used as documentation of Professional Development Units (PDUs) earned for speaking and/or attending any of the day’s events. They can be collected at any future Project Management Community of Practice (PMCoP) meeting or requested by emailing

For more information and tools related to the topic(s) covered in this newsletter, the CDC Unified Process, or the Project Management Community of Practice please visit the CDC Unified Process website at

Please also visit the CDC Unified Process Newsletter Archive located at for access to many additional newsletters, articles, and management related topics and information.


The CDC UP offers a short overview presentation to any CDC FTE or Non-FTE group. Presentations are often performed at your location, on a day of the week convenient for your group, and typically take place over lunch structured as one hour lunch-and-learn style meeting.

Contact the CDC Unified Process at or visit to arrange a short overview presentation for your group.


The CDC Unified Process Project Management Newsletter is authored by Daniel Vitek, MBA, PMP and published by the Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services.

For questions about the CDC Unified Process, comments regarding this newsletter, suggestions for future newsletter topics, or to subscribe to the CDC Unified Process Project Management Newsletter please contact the CDC Unified Process or visit



  • January 23, 2009
    Topic: Project Metrics - Which to Whom
  • February 06, 2009
    Topic: 2009 Project Management Summit
  • March 27, 2009
    Topic: Agile Development at CDC
  • April 24, 2009
    Topic: Integrating EA into your Project
  • May 15, 2009
    Topic: The C&A Process
  • June 19, 2009
    Topic: Program Management & PMOs
  • July 31, 2009
    Topic: Risk Management
  • August 28, 2009
    Topic: Managing Teams Across Generations
  • September 25, 2009
    Topic: More on Records Management
  • October 30, 2009
    Topic: Stage Gate Reviews - EPLC Lessons
  • December 04, 2009
    Topic: Authority, Power, & Influence


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