Project Management

Project Management in 2000: Lessons From a Seasoned PM's Journal Entries

Joe Wynne is a versatile Project Manager experienced in delivering medium-scope projects in large organizations that improve workforce performance and business processes. He has a proven track record of delivering effective, technology-savvy solutions in a variety of industries and a unique combination of strengths in both process management and workforce management.

As ProjectManagement.com celebrates its 20th anniversary, Joe Wynne—a contributor since our very first year—shares a sampling of his PM journal entries from two decades ago!

Year: 2000

I can't believe what just happened! A disembodied head appeared near my desk saying that it was me from 20 years in the future. (It looked like my face, just with a lot more gray hair and wrinkles…but was still very good looking, so could be me). It said it could appear several more times due to an experimental technology being tested in Sub-Basement 7 of the Project Management Institute.

Should I believe this entity? It seems like it means well, telling me how to avoid moments of embarrassment in the future. But this disembodied head seems a little crazy. It tells me I will write a blog, and I don't believe those are going to last very much longer.

And it talks about technologies called "Facebook" and "Instagram” that make no sense. I'm writing my first article soon for a new website for project managers. Maybe my future self will be able to help me write these articles. I wonder what it knows about teams…

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The disembodied head of my future self appeared again. It warned me today that there will be many times that I will be embarrassed or stressed out in a project because of things that I didn't do correctly. …


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