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Voices on Project Management offers insights, tips, advice and personal stories from project managers in different regions and industries. The goal is to get you thinking, and spark a discussion. So, if you read something that you agree with--or even disagree with--leave a comment.

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Cameron McGaughy
Lynda Bourne
Kevin Korterud
Conrado Morlan
Peter Tarhanidis
Mario Trentim
Jen Skrabak
David Wakeman
Christian Bisson
Yasmina Khelifi
Sree Rao
Lenka Pincot
Soma Bhattacharya
Emily Luijbregts
cyndee miller
Jorge Martin Valdes Garciatorres
Marat Oyvetsky
Ramiro Rodrigues
Wanda Curlee

Past Contributors:

Rex Holmlin
Vivek Prakash
Dan Goldfischer
Linda Agyapong
Jim De Piante
Siti Hajar Abdul Hamid
Bernadine Douglas
Michael Hatfield
Deanna Landers
Kelley Hunsberger
Taralyn Frasqueri-Molina
Alfonso Bucero Torres
Marian Haus
Shobhna Raghupathy
Peter Taylor
Joanna Newman
Saira Karim
Jess Tayel
Lung-Hung Chou
Rebecca Braglio
Roberto Toledo
Geoff Mattie

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About this Blog

Lynda[1][1].jpgLynda Bourne
Lynda Bourne, DPM, PMP, is an active PMI member focused on key aspects of organizational management including Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3)® and stakeholder management. Professionally, she has authored books on stakeholder management and is a PMI SeminarsWorld® presenter. Read Lynda's posts.

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Roger Chou, PgMP, is director of Advanced Business Consulting and President of the Institute of Taiwan Project Management (ITPM). Roger has provided project management training and consulting for companies throughout Taiwan, such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc., China Steel Corporation and Chunghwa Telecom Co. Ltd. He is the author of Be a PMP Gold Medal Winner and a recipient of the PMI Distinguished Contribution Award. He is now promoting the passing of a Project Management Act in Taiwan's Legislative Yuan, which will deeply root the language of Project Management Professional (PMP)® in the business practices of Taiwan. Read Roger's posts.

De Piante.jpgJim De Piante
Jim De Piante, PMP, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida in Computer Information Systems. He joined IBM in 1984 as a software engineer and has since received the organization's highest certification level--Executive Level Project Manager. He has managed projects for IBM Brands, IBM Global Services, IBM Engineering Services, and IBM Research. He often speaks at project management events around the world, including PMI global congresses. He is currently living outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Read Jim's posts.

Bernadine.jpgBernadine Douglas
Bernadine Douglas, MS, PMP, is a certified project manager, coach, and mentor, with experience in program and portfolio management. She has made significant process improvement, change management and career development achievements for companies.  She has worked in many industries, including broadcasting, manufacturing, education and law. With an international focus, she has held a high-profile in Fortune 500 corporations, small companies, private industry, and church organizations. She earned her MS degree in Computer Systems Management from University of Maryland University College. Read Bernadine's posts.

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Hajar Hamid, PMP, has industrial background in software development, banking, logistics, biometric security and R&D, serving clients from government agencies and private sectors. For the last 6 years, she has been more involved in project implementation and coaching. Read Hajar's posts.

marian.haus_PMIVoices.jpgMarian Haus
Marian Haus, PMP, has a technical background in software engineering, with focus on web technologies. His technical background is complemented with project management expertise and project leadership experience.
He started managing agile teams and projects in small European software-development companies and continued managing large enterprise projects, with cross-functional project teams, for an iconic Silicon Valley company. He lives in Germany. You can follow Marian on Twitter: @marianhaus. Read Marian's posts.

Dmitri_2x2.jpgDmitri Ivanenko
Dmitri Ivanenko, CAPM, PMP, is a project management consultant and founder of PM in Practice.Net, an online portal for practical tools and ideas for project management. His research focuses on practical side of project management, organizational behavior and the design of process driven structured approaches to project management within organizations. Dmitri hosts workshops and webinars that focus on sharing of practical ideas on project management among participants from various fields and experience levels. Read Dmitri's posts.

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Saira Karim, PMP, is a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® and Project Management Professional (PMP)® trainer, course developer and a management development and soft skills trainer. She is the founder of Project Arab Gulf, a web site focusing on Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) region projects and project management. She has 10 years of public and private sector work experience from the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Read Saira's posts.

Kevin Korterud
KK Pic.jpgKevin Korterud is a senior manager in a global consulting firm and currently serves as a subject matter expert in the area of Project and Program Management. He has more than two decades of experience leading global projects and programs in the energy, telecommunications and software industries. In his firm, Kevin is a leader in developing high performance practices and tools for project management. He also specializes in PMO, risk management and governance disciplines working with executives in Fortune 500 firms. Kevin has spoken at industry conferences regarding innovations in project management and technology.
Kevin holds a BS in Computer Science from the Ohio State University and a MBA from Central Michigan University. He and his family live in the Midwest United States. Read Kevin's posts.
Bill Krebs
In 1983, Bill Krebs began his career working as a developer, performance engineer and consultant at IBM. Since 2001, he's used and taught Agile software development methods such as scrum and lean to more than 1,000 engineers and managers worldwide. He's presented at Agile conferences, IBM Research and served as the co-chair for the IBM Academy of Technology Conference on Agile.

Bill's is now the owner of Agile Dimensions LLC and is a trainer and consultant at Davisbase LLC. He is also a certified ScrumMaster, certified MBTI facilitator, and completed his Certificate in Virtual Worlds. He is a member of Agile RTP, Agile 3d, IEEE, ACM, Scrum Alliance, Agile Alliance and PMI. Read Bill's posts.
Picture 9.jpgGeoff Mattie
Geoff Mattie has more than 18 years experience providing innovative technology solutions, operations support, and consulting for clients ranging from Small and Medium Businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Read Geoff's posts

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Conrado Morlan, PMP, PgMP has more than 15 years of experience managing programs and projects in the Americas, Europe and Asia and leading multigenerational and multicultural project teams. Mr. Morlan is a frequent guest speaker at PMI congresses in North America and Latin America. He is an avid volunteer with several PMI chapters, is a contributor for PMI Community Post and INyES Latino and a blogger at Follow him on Twitter @thesmartpms. Read Conrado's posts.

Peter Tarhanidis
Peter Tarhanidis, PMP, is a strategic entrepreneurial executive with experience in several sectors, including healthcare, manufacturing, business software, regulated utility, education and government. He collaborates with leaders in organizations -- ranging from Fortune 100 multinational corporations to nonprofits -- to drive strategic planning while executing programs. 

Peter volunteers as a Quality Award Examiner with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and PMI. He holds an MBA and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, PMP and ITIL Intermediate in IT Service Management.

Mario Henrique TrentimMario Henrique Trentim
Mario Henrique Trentim, PMP, PMI-RMP, is an engineer with more than 10 years of experience in project management. He is author of three books, including "Managing Stakeholders as Clients," published by PMI in 2013. He is also professor, coach and consultant in project, program and portfolio management. Mário works at the Institute of Aeronautics and Space, Brazilian Air Force, as PMO manager, responsible for strategic planning, programs and projects in defense, aerospace and aeronautics. Read Mário's posts.


Ismael PeralIsmael Peral
Ismael Peral, PMP, has worked as a management consultant for the past eight years. Before that, he was an IT consultant, implementing SAP in companies across several industries, such as telecommunications, chemicals, oil and transports. He holds an industrial engineering degree from the Universidad de Comillas (ICAI) in Madrid and an MBA from HEC Business School in Paris.

Mario Henrique Trentim
See above. 

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Jie Wu
Jie Wu, PMP, is a senior new product introduction (NPI) manager for Dell. Her team manages the introduction of new products to both local and remote factories for multiple regions in China, Malaysia, India and Poland. As an NPI manager, she is a project lead to large team that ensures the building of new products and their timely launch. Ms. Wu has 14 years of experience in project management. She holds an MBA and a bachelor's degree in engineering, and once worked as an electrical engineer for a television company.

Guest Bloggers

Michelle Brown.jpgMichelle Brown
Michelle Brown a Communications Specialist at PMI. She has 20 years of communications experience, including having owned a communications consulting company. She has also worked in various communications roles for Sedona Corporation, the Institute for Scientific Information, Andrews Publications and The Times Herald in Norristown. She holds a Masters degree in Education from Cabrini College and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Millersville University. 

Cyndee Miller
Cyndee Miller has been an editor with PMI'PM Network for nearly eight years. Prior to that, she worked for several business magazines including Marketing News and Targeting Market News. Read Cyndee's posts.

V. Srinivasa Rao (VSR) 
V Srinivasa Rao (known as VSR) is the senior vice president and Global Head - Networks, Mobility, Analytics, Cloud, Security, Social, Sensors (NMACS) at Tech Mahindra and Mahindra Satyam. He is responsible for growing global Oracle business at Mahindra Satyam. VSR specializes in vision, strategy, leadership, organization's transformation programs management, advisory & decision support; partner relationship management; customer relationship management; thought leadership; new solution life cycle management; talent management and social entrepreneurship. Before joining Mahindra Satyam, VSR worked with Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys, and iGATE Global Solutions. He is the recipient of CEO Excellence Awards at iGATE & Infosys. VSR is the author of the book Ignite the Minds - Build a New IndiaRead VSR's post.

Past Voices Bloggers

BIO Bucero.gifAlfonso Bucero
Alfonso Bucero, PMP, is an independent consultant who manages and consults on projects throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. He is the author of Project Management--A New Vision, contributor to Creating the Project Office, and coauthor of Project Sponsorship -Achieving Management Commitment for Project Success. Read Alfonso's posts.

Taralyn R. Frasqueri-Molina
Taralyn R. Frasqueri-Molina
Taralyn R. Frasqueri-Molina, CAPM, PMP is a project manager in Media Engineering for Walt Disney Animation Studios. She is responsible for leading projects and project teams focused on developing new media technologies, and retrofitting existing media technologies. She is a member of PMI Los Angeles Chapter, the current virtual Headmaster of online resource Gantthead University, and was a speaker at NASA's Project Management Challenge 2011. She lives in Pasadena, California, USA. Read Taralyn's posts.

mah_glasses1.jpgMichael Hatfield
Michael Hatfield, MBA, PMP, CCC, EVP, has written over 130 articles on project and portfolio management, appearing in Project Management Journal, PM Network, Cost Engineering, People in Projects, Gantthead, and The Measurable News.  He is also the author of Things Your PMO Is Doing Wrong, available through the PMI bookstore on this site.  Michael lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his wife, sons, collie, barn cat, and goldfish, and can be reached at [email protected]. Read Michael's posts.

Kelley Hunsberger

Kelley Hunsberger was an editor for She has also served as a managing editor for PMI's PM Network magazine. Read Kelley's posts.

Abdiel Ledesma
Abdiel Ledesma, PMP, is a project management practitioner with more than 15 years of professional experience. Since 1994, he has occupied positions in organizations from a wide variety of industries including: education, the banking sector, information technology and telecommunications industry. He is an active member of PMI and a Panama Chapter charter member. Nowadays he is leading the local chapter as the President 2010-2012. Read Abdiel's posts.

Lambert Ofoegbu
Lambert Ofoegbu, PMI-RMP, PMP, OPM3 Professional, is the publisher and editor-in-chief of PMforesight. He has a wealth of experience in interfacing projects with business operations. With more than 20 years experience in project management, he proves a valuable professional resource in urban development projects. He is a founding member of PMI Lagos Nigeria Chapter and also the current vice president (Operations) of the chapter. He is currently in the OPM3 Professional Services Advisory Group of PMI and also a member of Core Team for OPM3 3rd Edition Standard Committee. Read Lambert's posts.

Sanjay Saini
Sanjay Saini, PMP, has nearly 13 years of project management experience. He recently earned his PMP® credential and plans to apply for the Program Management Professional (PgMP)® credential very soon. Read Sanjay's posts.

Neal.jpgNeal Shen
Neal Shen, CAPM, is a deputy manager at Raytheon. He is responsible for delivering and managing multiple IT projects in database driven enterprise applications. He received his Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification in September 2008 and has transitioned from the role of product development lead to project manager. Read Neal's posts.

Pete Taylor
Peter Taylor
Peter is currently the head of a PMO at Siemens Industry Software Limited, a supplier of global product lifecycle management solutions.
His background is in project management across three major business areas over the last 25 years, MRP/ERP systems with various software houses and culminating in a role with KPMG, Business Intelligence with Cognos, and now within product lifecycle management (PLM) with Siemens. He has spent the last 7 years leading PMOs and developing project managers. He is also the author of The Lazy Project Manager  - you can also hear his free podcasts on iTunes. Read posts by Peter Taylor

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Michel Thiry, MSC, PMP, MSP Advanced Practitioner, Fellow APM and PMI Fellow, is managing partner of Valense Ltd. an International Organizational Management Consultancy and PMI Global Registered Education Provider. He has more than 35 years experience in projects, programs and organizational change. In recent years he has started applying his expertise to project-based organizations, helping them set up the right systems and structures and integrate all their components: project, program, value and portfolio management and the PMO, to create value. Michel is also the author of a book on Value Management published by PMI. He regularly speaks in International events and is a Seminar Leader for PMI SeminarsWorld® since 2001. Read Michel's posts.

 Judy Umlas
Judith W. Umlas is senior vice president of Learning Innovations at International Institute for Learning, Inc. (IIL), a global corporate training company. She is the publisher of IIL Publishing, New York and the author of The Power of Acknowledgment. She has delivered keynotes at many PMI chapter meetings and Professional Development Days, and has done webinars for numerous PMI specific interest groups. She speaks on The Power of Acknowledgment all over the world, and leads webinars and virtual sessions on the topic. She has worked in television production, marketing and corporate business development for over 30 years--at CBS, PBS, cable television and IIL. Her writing credits include articles published in Working Woman magazine, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and many other newspapers and magazines. Read Judy's posts.

Jorge Valdes Garciatorres
Jorge Valdés Garciatorres
Jorge Valdés Garciatorres, PMP, has more than 24 years of business experience in charge of programs, projects and functions in several industries. Since 2001, he's been the managing director of TenStep Latinoamérica, a business and project management global professional services firm focused in education and project management. For five years, he was part of the PMI Chapter Mexico board, in charge of Professional Development and Public Relations vice presidencies. He has also participated as deputy project manager in the Spanish translation validation project of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)--4th edition. He previously volunteered with the PMI Educational Foundation. Read Jorge's posts.

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