Project Management

Achieving 2020 Vision

Following 20 years at a large Canadian telecommunications firm, Bruce established the project management consulting firm Solutions Management Inc (SMI). Since 1999, he has provided contract project/program management services, been a source for project management support personnel and created/delivered courses to over 7,000 participants in Canada, the United States and England.

We have arrived at a new decade. In the hectic world in which we live, each decade seems to end quicker than the one before. As 2020 kicks off, there is a unique opportunity to learn from the past and look excitedly toward a New Year and a new decade.

Reflection is something we know we should do, but never seem to find the time to actually do. Now feels like the perfect moment to pause, reflect, prepare and take a confident step forward. Stop and think: “What was I doing as 2019 kicked off?”

Or, if you are really brave (and have a good memory or filing system), think back to when the decade kicked off 10 years ago. For a real leap back in time, think about those anxious moments as the clock clicked past the final seconds of the previous millennia!

Taking a Look Back (on the year or decade)

1. What went well? We do lessons learned on our projects. We meet to not only think about what could have been done better, but to recognize and celebrate what went well. Why not do that for ourselves?

  • Perhaps you finished the final course in a program and are now thinking about PMI certification. Or, better still, you did all that hard work and studying paid off and the certification is now complete.
  • From a project perspective, did you take on a project that seemed almost impossible but have since discovered that, thanks to your leadership, significant …

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