Grzegorz Szalajko, Poland

Grzegorz Szalajko, Poland
Independent Strategic Advisor & Leading Editor of the IPMA Project Excellence Baseline

Grzegorz Szalajko is an internationally recognized expert in project management, specializing in developing sustainable project excellence culture in organizations.

Grzegorz is an independent strategic advisor, supporting managers in building strategies and environments for successful projects, effective changes and continuous improvement of management methods. He brings his experience and passion to global corporations and local market leaders in such industries as IT, telecommunications, automotive, BPO, banking, finance, education, energy, manufacturing and R&D.

Leading Editor of the IPMA Project Excellence Baseline global standard and one of the most experienced assessors the IPMA Global Project Excellence Award. Winner of the IPMA Otto Zieglmeier Award for outstanding contribution to project excellence. Core team member of the The Standard for Risk Management in Portfolios, Programs, and Projects published by PMI. Contributor to several other international standards. Author of several MBA and Executive MBA programs. Valued speaker at many international management events.

Heeelp! How to deal with external crisis influencing your project?

It can happen to all projects. Well, it actually happened (or will happen) to most of the projects in these challenging times. Be it pandemic, financial crisis, natural disaster, political or military conflict, all these situations are unavoidable from the project perspective and (at least in most cases) even difficult to define from the traditional risk management perspective as they catch us by surprise. As project managers we need to stay calm and navigate our project throughout these stormy times with confidence that will be anticipated by all key stakeholders.

This presentation is based on years of experience in managing projects throughout difficult times, including the early months of today’s pandemic. It shows a step by step process and many practical hints on getting the project in control to the extent possible given the situation. It’s a hopefully rarely needed knowledge that will probably save you a lot of trouble during your career as a project manager.