Project Management

What I Wish I Knew 20 Years Ago

Mark Mullaly is president of Interthink Consulting Incorporated, an organizational development and change firm specializing in the creation of effective organizational project management solutions. Since 1990, it has worked with companies throughout North America to develop, enhance and implement effective project management tools, processes, structures and capabilities. Mark was most recently co-lead investigator of the Value of Project Management research project sponsored by PMI. You can read more of his writing at

It seems incredible that it has been 20 years since (or gantthead, as it was known back then) began. It seems more incredible that I’ve been writing for the site for two decades as well.

In that time, I have apparently contributed 287 articles and 106 Project Headway webinars. It seems astonishing in that time that I haven’t run out of things to say. But every month, some other important point comes to mind and out comes another column, another webinar and another axe to grind.

Figuring out how to commemorate 20 years of this site is apparently a slightly harder thing to sort out. The body of work is so large, the presence is so big that simple perspectives and simplistic observations don’t do it justice. This site started out as—and continues to be—the virtual home of those that care a lot about the craft of project management and how it actually gets done.

I’m one of those people, which is how I got asked to contribute to the site in the first place. I contributed a small handful of articles, and that evolved into the presence that I enjoy today. I had no idea I would still be doing this. I had no appreciation that there would still be demand for it. I’m elated that both of those statements are true.

In an effort to address a few other things I had little (or at least less) idea about 20 years ago, …

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