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Evaluating Products and Projects to Meet Corporate Objectives

Do you feel confident that you have done the right analysis in evaluating your products and projects?

On Oct. 27-28, Frank A. Tillman and Deandra T. Cassone are presenting a professional development short course for engineers and scientists who are working as technical experts and in management functions within their company. They will discuss a step-by-step process to ensure that you are confident that the products you are launching and projects that you are funding best support the goals and objectives of your organization.

The authors of A Professional's Guide to Decision-Science and Problem Solving: An Integrated Approach for Assessing Issues, Finding Solutions and Reaching Corporate Objectives and The Science of Common Sense: Best Practical Decision Science Methods have used this approach in numerous consulting engagements with Fortune 500 companies, the military and government agencies, and have provided those organizations with a sound, decision science-based approach to evaluating projects and products in their company.

About the short course

"Evaluating Products and Projects to Meet Corporate Objectives" is 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 27-28 at K-State Olathe, 22201 W. Innovation Dr., Olathe, Kansas. 

The short course will teach participants a logical, structured way to evaluate products and projects at their company. These techniques will help you make better use of company resources. You'll learn:

• How to establish goals and objectives so that your products and projects meet corporate objectives.

• How to develop a framework for evaluation, including decision criteria and metrics.

• How to use decision-making methods to develop product and project evaluations. 

• How to rank and analyze projects and products in relationship to corporate objectives. 

Real-world applications will be discussed. Participants will be engaged in the process and have the opportunity to apply these skills to their own professional setting.

Deandra Cassone

Deandra T. Cassone, Ph.D., PMP

Deandra T. Cassone serves as an associate professor in the industrial and manufacturing systems engineering program at Kansas State University and has been in management at a Fortune 100 company. Her more than 25-year career includes consulting, technical and management roles, and she has published three books. With an interest in building structured decision making models, she has been awarded numerous business process patents.

Frank Tillman

Frank A. Tillman, Ph.D.PE

Frank A. Tillman has a varied career of more than 30 years in academia, consulting and real estate development. He ran government and private consulting companies, in which he applied and developed structured approaches to solving complex problems. He also served as professor and department head at Kansas State University for more than 20 years, wherein he published more than 50 professional articles and five books. He also has authored several books for professionals identifying the best decision science approaches that work for solving problems in a practical way.


Registration includes continuing education credits, a booklet and lunch, plus morning and afternoon refreshments. Please bring a laptop. 

Registration rates are as follows:

Pricing for individuals
• $750 through Oct. 15
• $795 after Oct. 15

Groups of five or more
• 10% discount, or $675 per person through Oct. 15
• 10% discount, or $715.50 per person after Oct. 15


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The short course is made possible by K-State Olathe and the K-State College of Engineering.

Mark your calendar

Oct. 27-28
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

K-State Olathe
22201 W. Innovation Dr.
Olathe, KS 66061

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Registration will be announced closer to the date.