In Honor of IPM Day

Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting Inc., an Ontario, Canada-based management consulting firm with a comprehensive project management practice. Andy always appreciates feedback and discussion on the issues raised in his articles and can be reached at andy.jordan@roffensian.com. Andy's new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

The first Thursday in November is here again. That means that I am another year older, another year balder and another year, um, chubbier. It also means that it’s International Project Management Day (IPM Day) again. It seems appropriate that I am writing this article for ProjectManagement.com this year--can there be any better place to champion the profession?

Last year in this article I celebrated the project team, the various people who helped those of us who are project managers to achieve our success. Let’s recognize those teams again--they make us what we are, and we couldn’t deliver anything without them. However, this year I want to focus on project managers, because they are a huge part of what project management is about.

In celebration of PMs
Many, many years ago when I was working for a large organization, I had a performance review with my manager. I was actually quite looking forward to it because I thought that I had had a pretty good year. The projects that I had managed had been successful, I had a good relationship with my teams and the sponsors seemed happy. Surely a positive review, a substantial raise and massive bonus was in my near future!

The first words uttered by my manager still haunt me to this day: “Andy, I think that you think that I don’t appreciate you. I do, but I don’t know why.”

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"Nearly every great advance in science arises from a crisis in the old theory, through an endeavor to find a way out of the difficulties created. We must examine old ideas, old theories, although they belong to the past, for this is the only way to understand the importance of the new ones and the extent of their validity."

- Albert Einstein

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