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Adoption of Design Thinking

In mid-April, I presented at the Design Thinking 2019 conference in Austin, Texas on “Translating Design Thinking into Effective Project Management”. My presentation was part of the “beginner track” and I shared the room with Andy Vitale (of Sun Trust) and Jason Gaikowski (of VMLY&R). The goal of my presentation was to help the audience … Continue reading Adoption of Design Thinking

50 for Fifty Charities – March’19 Update

Thank you everyone who has suggested charities to support for the “50 for Fifty Charities” project. Please keep sending me recommendations for donations! We had a family discussion today and decided on the first group of five non-profits/charities to donate $50 each. In no particular order, they are: Animal Friends – Project Managers without … Continue reading 50 for Fifty Charities – March’19 Update

Leadership Guidance from Jamaica

I recently attended LearnFest Caribbean 2019 in Kingston, Jamaica. It was a top-notch project management conference with a festive environment and an excellent line-up of inspirational speakers. The conference was held under the theme “Level up and Set Yourself Apart”. I want to highlight the leadership guidance from the opening keynote speaker, Hon. Floyd Green, … Continue reading Leadership Guidance from Jamaica

Project Manager as an Asset Not a Taskmaster

Several months ago I participated in a lecture panel discussion at the Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design. My role on the panel was to bring a project manager’s perspective on design projects, specifically for development of software applications in the healthcare sector. One of the key messages I shared with the graduate students was … Continue reading Project Manager as an Asset Not a Taskmaster

Tips for New Project Managers

Here are some tips and lessons learned that I would share with anyone starting off a career in project management: Spend time up front to identify your stakeholders. Understand who the project champion (or sponsor) is. Typically he/she is not the project requester, but someone whose business will benefit from or be impacted by the … Continue reading Tips for New Project Managers

Digital Disruption & Project Management

Some thoughts on the role of Project Managers in the age of “digital disruption”… New technologies allow us to innovate at record speed. From my vantage point, there are three themes that have manifested themselves from this economic disruption: Accelerating speed to market Personalization of products and services, and Increased access to data & Too much data. There … Continue reading Digital Disruption & Project Management

Design Thinking Resources

“Evolve or be Disrupted” The pace of change and disruption in the business environment demands that Project Managers acquire and grow new skills. Indeed, we need new tools and models to operate in a more flexible, discovery-driven world. To be successful, our profession needs to look past the rigor and discipline of managing projects and … Continue reading Design Thinking Resources

Effective Project Management

Earlier in  2018, I worked on a turnaround project that needed some additional project management discipline and rigor. One of my key responsibilities was to work with the existing project managers to help build up their skills, tools, and expertise with managing creative teams. After the initial discovery and mentoring sessions, I generated some guidance … Continue reading Effective Project Management