William R. Duncan, Malaysia

William R. Duncan, Malaysia

Using Stories to Build Teams

We’ve all been listening to many kinds of stories since our early childhood. Usually, we think of these stories as nothing more than entertainment. But even childhood stories from Aesop and the Brothers Grimm often have a moral.

The same is true for business stories. We tell business stories to communicate about both desirable and undesirable behavior. As well, our stories can help build a sense of community with a project team. In this presentation, you’ll learn about how to construct and deliver a good business story.

William R. Duncan is the President of Project Management Partners, a project management consulting and training firm with offices in the USA and Malaysia. He is currently Director of Certification for IPMA-USA, the USA member of the world’s oldest professional project management organization. In addition, he served the Project Management Institute (PMI) as Director of Standards for nearly 10 years.

Mr. Duncan has over forty years of management and consulting experience including five years with a major international consulting firm. He was the primary author of the original (1996) version of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK Guide). With over 3,000,000 copies distributed worldwide, this seminal work is the most widely used project management guide in the world today. In addition, his “process model” of project management was used to organize ISO 21500, Guidance on project management.

Mr. Duncan has authored over 40 articles for publications such as The Project Management Journal, PMNetwork, Projects@Work, and Chief Projects Officer. He has been chosen “Speaker of the Year” by three different project management professional associations. He has presented papers at conferences sponsored by IPMA-USA, PMI, AIPM, FOSTAS, and others.

In addition to his work for IPMA-USA and PMI, his extensive volunteer service includes many years supporting the Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards (GAPPS) and serving as chief writer for their global performance-based competency standards for project managers, program managers, and project sponsors.

Mr. Duncan has helped clients in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia improve their organizational competence in project management. Major clients include Camp Dresser & McKee, China National Communications, Codelco, EMC2, Entergy Corporation, First Data Resources, Golden Telecom, Investors Group, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Manitoba Telephone, One-S, Polaroid, Schlumberger, Sybase, and Texas Instruments.

He has also been called upon to provide expert testimony regarding proper project management processes for a major US law firm.

He is a 1970 graduate of Brown University in Providence, RI and has done post-graduate work at Boston University and Northeastern University.