Getting Back to Our Roots

PMI Southern Ontario Chapter

Winnie Liem is a Project and Portfolio Manager with 15+ years experience in technology solutions delivery.

Retrospectives mark the end of projects. Ask any seasoned project manager and they will spout the importance of retrospectives or lessons learned in providing key themes and pitfalls to avoid next time around.

However, lessons learned in my experience do not capture fully the essence of “what should be done differently next time.” With the profession moving forward into new territory [e.g., A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)—Sixth Edition will have agile as a key theme], let us reflect and look back at our roots to ensure we are bringing forward those key lessons for continued success on our projects, programs and portfolios.

Learning from Our Founders
A search on the internet for “project management” will consistently point to the Project Management Institute as the world leader in support of 2.9 million project professions for global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. It was one fateful day in 1969 that two men met and decided to form PMI as a means for project managers to associate, share information and discuss common problems.

Similar to the dawn of the digital age for IT professionals, PMI defined the career paths for so many of us. What better way to extract vital project management lessons than to meet one of the founders—James Snyder1—and him the question: “What …

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