Project Management

Back to PM Basics (Part 1): Introduction

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.

A new year is upon us, and most people are looking forward to a fresh start after a challenging year. Now is the optimal time to focus on career enhancement.

Whether it be as the result of a career choice or an unplanned change, many professionals recognize the value of project management skills. New graduates are also being asked to provide proof of exposure to project management skills. As the saying goes, “There will always be projects.”

In addition, demographics are in favor of aspiring project managers. Every day, 10,000 people turn 65 years old. By 2030, all baby boomers will be 65 or older. While it would be considered ageism to think all 65-year-old project managers will retire, it’s clear that decades of experience are heading toward the exit sign. As a result, the demand for project managers is likely to continue to grow.

Many readers of are either very experienced project managers or have begun their careers in project management and are considering pursuing PMI certification. It’s often these professionals who have the opportunity to guide up-and-coming professionals who simply state “I don’t know where to start.” That’s where this series of articles comes in.

Each month, at least one article will be published that will establish the fundamental foundation of project management …

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