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I’m delighted to be speaking once again at the Project Summit / Business Analyst World event! The event September 8-10, 2021. It had been intended to be held in person but events being what they are, the conference is now virtual. I’ll be speaking at 2:30pm on Wednesday, September 8th about project manager personality types and how the can affect how you manage. The talk is called: Collaborate, Co-operate or “Adversarialize”. Does a Project Manager…

I have a mobile phone from Verizon. One day, soon after I’d upgraded my phone, it chirped in the car. “Your Verizon team is ready for you,” it said. I was unnerved. What did they mean? Why are they saying that? Then, I looked up and saw that I was stopped at a red light outside a Verizon store. I was somewhat stunned for a few minutes as I took in this new level of…

I’m delighted to have accepted an invitation to my old alma mater, McGill University where many, many moons ago I received a degree in Economics. The McGill School of Continuing Studies has asked me to be on a panel with other industry experts to discuss the Future of Project Management. The virtual session is on June 8th at 6pm Eastern time. It is free and lasts an hour. I’m looking forward to it. For more…

I was delighted to be interviewed by David Ledge of the popular, Leaders of B2B Podcast.  David and I discussed some of the business challenges that my own firm, HMS has been able to overcome and how flexibility of our TimeControl timesheet system has been critical to not only survive but excel over more than 30 years of business. You can enjoy the podcast in its entirety from: iTunes SpotifyDirectly on the Leaders of B2B Blog

Many years ago, I was in New York City presenting our TimeControl timesheet product to the IT department of a large multi-national bank.  There were easily 20 attendees if not more all sitting around a very long cherry-wood conference table that stretched to my left and right.  I was in the middle and across from me were the CIO and the VP of Finance.  That they were in this meeting was a measure of how…

The Thanksgiving Day holiday is coming up this week in the United States.  In other countries, holidays are coming over the coming weeks when families have traditionally gathered.  When people describe the expectations for a holiday gathering, the Norman Rockwell Painting “Freedom from Want” is the most common expression.  We have some standard that this painting calls from us.  The painting was done in 1942 in the US during the height of the Second World…

It’s not new.  Ever since I’ve been in the IT industry, there has been a hunger from management to see all the information they need at a glance.  This used to be a request for the elusive “one-page-report” which was asked of us over and over to show executives all about projects that were underway.  In that day and age, data moved slower.  It was common for people in the project management business to deliver…