Dave Hatter

Dave Hatter

March 22, 2018 | Leadership

12:30 - 1:30p

PRESENTATION: Cynefin Framework for Decision Making

Dr. Stephen Hawking said "I think the 21st century will be the century of complexity" and most leaders see that coming to pass in today's increasingly complex projects. This trend shows no sign of slowing, according to the 2018 PMI Pulse of the Profession, "the percentage of projects with high complexity is on the rise - from 35% in 2013 to 41% in 2018." PMI has addressed project complexity in their "Project Complexity Model" where they define Complex Project Management (CPM) as the management of projects that have these characteristics:

  • Uncertainty, ambiguity, dynamic interfaces, and significant political or external influences; and/or

  • Usually run over a period which exceeds the technology cycle time of the technologies involved; and/or

  • Can be defined by effect, but not by solution.

PMI has noted that the average budget for highly complex projects is nearly twice as large and, therefore, more dollars are at risk. With complexity as the new normal, these projects defy simple solutions because we can't always determine causality, and overly-simplistic solutions may lead to failure. The Cynefin (Ku-nev-in) Framework helps leaders understand that all situations are not created equal and may require different responses to navigate them successfully. Join us to learn how the Cynefin Framework can help you make better decisions that lead to more successful projects.


Dave Hatter is a technology leader with 25+ years of software development, project management and consulting experience building custom software solutions for business. He has earned numerous industry certifications including PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA, PSM 1, PSD 1, ITIL Foundation, Security+, Network+ and Project+, and he has a BS in Information Systems from NKU. Dave is especially good at bridging the gap between business and technology and has delivered more than 200 successful software solutions that earned nearly 60 testimonial letters from his former clients. Additionally, he has written or contributed to 12 books and written more than 100 technology related articles for various publications including the Cincinnati Business Courier, the Boston Business Journal and the Kentucky Post.

Libertas Technologies, the company Dave founded in 2001, was honored with many small business awards, but he is especially proud of winning the Cincinnati Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics in 2007. Libertas Technologies was acquired in October of 2012 by Definity Partners. Dave is now Director, Illustrations Development at Ohio National Financial Services where he serves as a working manager coaching an agile team of software developers and writing software in C#, Pascal, JavaScript, VBA and T-SQL.

Dave has served as an adjunct instructor at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College for more than 13 years and has taught hundreds of students in a variety of software development related courses. He enjoys helping students prepare for successful careers in technology.

Dave is a regular contributor on WXIX (FOX19) as the station’s tech expert, and he can be heard every Friday morning at 6:30 AM on 55KRC’s “Tech Friday” segment with host Brian Thomas. He has appeared as a technology expert on many other TV and radio stations including WKRC, WCPO, WLWT, WLW, WVXU and WNKU. Additionally, Dave has delivered dozens of technology related seminars for local organizations including the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, Greater Cincinnati Better Business Bureau, and Goering Center.

Dave is actively involved in community service, serving 8 terms as a member of the Fort Wright Kentucky City Council, and he was elected Mayor of Fort Wright in 2014. Dave has also served on several boards including the NKY Chamber of Commerce, and the Cincinnati BBB, The Council of Better Business Bureaus and Parish Kitchen.

Dave is a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati, Leadership Kentucky, Leadership Northern Kentucky and is a member of the Cincinnati Business Courier’s “Forty Under 40”, Class of 2003. He was named the NKU Outstanding Alumnus, College of Informatics in 2006 and NKU Young Alumnus in 1997.