Jan Willem Tromp is a Dutch researcher, consultant, and blogger in the domain of multi-project management. He is a managing partner at GLOW Management and a co-creator of Epicflow multi project management software together with Albert Ponsteen. Tromp is a partner of Goldratt Implementation Group Europe C.V. and a PhD candidate in Open University Netherlands, investigating what is happening to employees while implementing new software.
Jan Willem achieved his Masters of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering / Management Science in 1990 from the Technical University Eindhoven, the Netherlands. He also has a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering. He started his career in production and supply chain environments. Having worked as an internal and external consultant for several years at Fokker Aircraft, Beiersdorf, Van Meijel Automatisering, Lankhorst Taselaar, he changed his focus on project management.
In 2008, Tromp became a managing partner at GLOW Management, a company providing solutions to overcome PM challenges in multi-project environments. In 2011, he started his PhD program in Open University Netherlands, exploring what is happening to employees while implementing a new approach of software and what is the role of the consultant. Tromp’s main objective in his research is to find possible ways to bring simplicity and order to multi-project environments where employees can proper.
Jan Willem Tromp is the opponent of Gantt planning. He explains his position in various blog posts and articles, claiming that Gantt charts are one hundred years old and suitable anymore for nowadays problems.
The use of Gantt-charts is no longer the best choice for modern project managers. This is because it does not account for all of the unknown variables involved when a project plan is created. (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/current-way...an-willem-tromp )
Tromp co-owns Epicflow, previously known as Flow MPM, a project planning tool for managing multiple projects at the same time. The software is partly based on critical chain project management with extended resource capabilities. The novelty of Ponsteen and Tromp’s approach consists in the Flow method; Epicflow helps project management experts release bottlenecks as soon as they appear and simplifies multi-project planning.