In Celebration of Project Management

Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting S.A., a Roatan, Honduras-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.

November 4th, 2004. A day with special meaning for us all, right? No? Why do I see so many furrowed brows? Many people may not realize that that day was the first annual International Project Management Day. November 3rd, 2011 will be the eighth, and in true project management tradition the website lists dates up to (and including) 2024--there’s a solid plan!

The stated goal of the day:

“Worldwide recognition of the many project managers and project teams in every industry including non-profit organizations and health care who contribute their time, energy, creativity, innovation and countless hours to deliver products, services, facilities and provide emergency and disaster recovery services in every city and community around the world.

The International Project Management Day is intended to encourage project-based organizations worldwide or organizations who utilize project management methodologies to schedule some type of recognition event within their organizations or coordinated locally with others to truly demonstrate appreciation for the achievements of project managers and their teams.”

After eight years, I thought that it was about time that I acknowledged the day--but I wanted it to be meaningful to me. I could write about the countless global projects that have been successful in large part due to the efforts of PMs. I could offer…

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