Project Planning Horizon – Do you have One?

Every organization should establish a target project planning horizon based on the kinds of projects, customers, deliverables and services they provide. It is essential to minimize time planning schedule details when there is a high degree of uncertainty.            – Dr. James T. Brown (On Project Managers)

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Catch Dr. James Brown at Nexus

Dr. James Brown, PhD

Just a quick note for PM’s in the Pacific Northwest.  Dr. James Brown is conducting a class on conflict management at the Nexus conference in Seattle (Bellevue, WA) on Wednesday, November 2nd.  I’ve been doing project and program management all over the world for the better part of 15 years and this guy is worth checking out.  Yes he has a PhD, is a published author, and worked for NASA, but more importantly, he knows his subject matter as good or better than anyone in the business.

His teaching methodology and project management philosophy achieve the right balance between ‘the book’, best practices and common sense.  He also has a strong focus on human behavior and what that means in the context of project management. There are teachers and speakers, and then there are the people that you make sure to see every time they are in town.  Dr. Brown is one of the latter.  I encourage you to take the opportunity to go see him and take his class at the Nexus conference.

Gene Echkart
Program Manager
ImageSource Inc.

Exciting BPM Workflow Discovery Workshop

If you have a Business Process Management (BPM) workflow project coming up soon, don’t miss the Nexus 2011 conference in Bellevue, Washington on November 3rd and 4th.  One of our teams is conducting a BPM workflow discovery workshop that is built entirely on audience participation.

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Work-Life Balance

I read an article today written by Dr. James T. Brown, SEBA® Solutions. I subscribe to his newsletter. It really made me reflect on some things in my career.

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Imation Acquires the Assets of ProStor Systems

Imation acquired the InfiniVault technology & product line because we recognize the need to add a compelling tiered storage architecture to our existing portfolio of backup & archiving products.
— Mark Lucas, Imation CEO

For those of you who have been working with ProStor and the InfiniVauilt technology… on August 29, 2011, Imation Corp. announced that it has acquired the multi-tiered storage system assets of Boulder, Colo.-based ProStor Systems. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Many of you were able to meet with Richard Coons from ProStor at recent ImageSource Nexus events held in Bellevue, Washington. Richard Coons has extensive knowledge on the InfiniVault products and  is now Sales Western at Imation. ProStor’s InfiniVault technology allows companies to manage fixed digital assets, including videos, images, documents and other types of large, static data files.
To see the full acquisition announcement go to

Al Senzamici, PMP
Program Manager
ImageSource, Inc.

Oh No, My Dad’s a Project Manager

I’ve used skills developed as a project manager to deliver multimillion dollar projects, develop an award winning airport management team, and even organize household tasks. One of my friends, nicknamed “Bubba,” also uses what he’s learned as a project manager–to raise his children.

Allowance Compliance Matrix

Allowance Compliance Matrix

Every day he and his wife evaluate their nine year old daughter and twelve year old son using an Allowance Compliance Matrix. The matrix covers whether or not they’ve cleaned the kitchen,  living room, and their own bedrooms; completed their homework, and are ready on time for school. Full completion of tasks results in a full allowance. Failure to complete one or more items means their pay is docked.

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