May 20, 2009

Overheard at the Summit

Posted by Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin in Culture & Change Management, Governance, Performance Measurement, Project Management Office (PMO), Site News | 3 Comments

Eavesdropping on the attendees at the CBP Summit here in sunny Cambridge, Mass yielded the following gems:

"Project management is like a 'black art' to the executives ... no one understands how it works. They kind of want it but are scared of it at the same time."

"This merger is a little different, because they are keeping the team intact..."

"I worked in the space program, but never built a rocket; worked in the computer industry but never designed a chip ... project management is transferable. It's like Jack Welch said: he never made a lightbulb at GE but he was a great CEO."

"If I were naming PMI today, I think I'd name it something different. The People Management Institute. The Process Management Institute. The Performance Management Institute. The focus on the project makes us blind to the larger issues."

"We're looking for predictable outcomes ... instead of the 'project black hole'."

"My company is back in the 80s. How do you fast-forward through project management into strategic management-by-projects?"

... It's exciting - but also daunting - to hear the recipients of the PMO of the Year awards describe what they've done - and the speed with which some of the improvements were implemented. Stay tuned for some brief interviews with the Award winner and the finalists later today and tomorrow.

Meanwhile, if you have an answer for that last question: we are all ears.


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3 Comments on Overheard at the Summit

Rich Maltzman, PMP says:

I’m really enjoying the Summit - nice mix of attendees from a wide variety of industries, and bringing a wealth of ideas and discussion.

I would really like to have the attendees visit my wiki - on which a co-author and I are collecting opinions and contributions for our updcoming collaboratively-written PM book, “The Fiddler on the Project”.

I’d be honored if you’d visit http”//

and my blog…



Posted on May 20, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Rich Maltzman, PMP says:

of course, that’s

Posted on May 20, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Bill Bartmann says:

Excellent site, keep up the good work

Posted on September 2, 2009 at 9:31 am

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