Project Manager Salary Canada

Project Manager Salary Canada: Guide, Trend and Analysis Are you being paid what you are worth? In this guide, I will dive into the Project Manager Salary Canada numbers published by the Project Management Institute (PMI), provide some analysis and trend information. PMI categorizes Project Manager jobs into three levels. To find out which level … Read more

Project Manager Salary United States

Project Manager Salary United States: Guide, Trend and Analysis Are you being paid what you are worth? In this guide, I will dive into project manager salary United States numbers published by the Project Management Institute (PMI), provide some analysis and trend information. PMI categorizes Project Manager jobs into three levels. To find out which … Read more

Career Planning using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Dissatisfaction Powers You Up Maslow's Hierarchy

All I need is a good job then a better job. Why bother with career planning? Isn’t it just a waste of time given that the world is volatile, uncertain, and always changing? The simple answer is without a goal, your career could meander along and opportunities could pass you by. Having a career goal … Read more

Leadership for Project Management

It was November. I was pulled into a meeting with twenty or so managers and directors. They were stuck. A last-minute project was needed to meet a regulatory deadline by the end of the year. Resources were already stretched thin and committed to top priority enterprise projects. The lead department needed the support of all … Read more

5 Project Management Skills for the Future

Metamorphosis is a metaphor for transformational change

It’s 2020 and the world is changing. The post COVID19 world is going to be different from the pre-COVID world. The only question is, “how different?” With this volatile change, one thing is certain: the project management skills that got you here are not going to be enough for the future. Entire economies have been … Read more

Return to the Office or Quit

Last week, Elon Musk mandated a return to the office policy for Tesla workers, “Anyone who wishes to do remote work must be in the office for a minimum (and I mean *minimum*) of 40 hours per week or depart Tesla.” What problem is Elon trying to solve? Those who refuse, “should pretend to work … Read more

Don’t Have Time? Delete One App

Apps eat your time! How many notifications do you receive about offers and deals you don’t need? Each time you receive one of these, you expend mental energy to digest that offer and make a decision. Then you may delete that offer. Over time, I have added many apps to my phone which I no … Read more

PMI’s Talent Triangle is Evolving

PMI’s Talent Triangle is Evolving: Technical Project Management is now Ways of Working; Leadership is now Power Skills; Strategic and Business Management is now Business Acumen. Is this merely a change in nomenclature or is there more to it? In my humble opinion, this transition reflects the takeaways from PMI’s Pulse of the Profession 2021. … Read more

Driving Your Project With the Brakes On?

Are you Driving Your Project with the Brakes On? “Driving with the brakes on … swimming with your boots on,” these lyrics from Del Amitri’s song remind me of some projects I worked on. Getting work done was like stepping on the accelerator. Decision-making, on the other foot, felt like stepping on the brakes. The … Read more

The Pain of Project Managers

As a project manager, you scan the future for problems. You foresee the pitfalls, You warn your stakeholders about them, And you give them options to avoid the risks. But they don’t decide early.They take a wait and see approach.They want to keep their options open.The longer they wait, the fewer the optionsAnd the more … Read more

Gymnastic Project Management

Last month, I published a post emphasizing that project managers should focus on delivering the project goal instead of the project plan. PMI’s 2021 Pulse of the Profession calls this the gymnastic approach: where all available PM methodologies were used to deliver the outcome. Traditional corporations only rely on proven methods, retaining process rigidity and … Read more