William Stewart

William Stewart, Canada
President of DeeplyPracticalPM.com

Managing Projects Means Managing People
Sunday, October 30 at 2:30 pm UTC / 3:30 pm CET

Project management requires two sets of skills. The first is management of scope, schedule, budget, and risks. The processes for these are very well known, and can be learned without too much difficulty. But the second set of skills is just as important: people management skills. All the work done on the project will be done by people. And that means that project managers need excellent people management skills, just as much as they need technical project management skills.

People management skills can be a make or break issue for the success of the project. Without them, many a project has taken longer, cost more, delivered poor quality, or completely crashed and burned. With them, even the most challenging projects can be successful, an enjoyable and rewarding experience, and enhance everyone’s capabilities and career.

This talk will discuss some of the essential people management skills every project manager should have, in the areas of communication, team formation, team dynamics, and a couple of easy, fast, very effective team building exercises that can help your team understand each other and build relationships in just a few minutes.

William Stewart is a PMI® certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), and has delivered more than 330 live project management courses to more than 3,300 people. He has more than 25 years of hands-on experience with project management, risk management, contract management, and negotiating.

He has worked for government, business, academia, and founded a software startup. He is author of the book and online course “Deeply Practical Project Management”, and has managed projects in the domains of organizational improvement, business process, system integration, software, construction, real estate, research, training, and others.

William is currently a management consultant helping clients work better and get more done. Previously, he founded and ran the cloud computing company Cirrus Computing for ten years. Before that he spent 14 years in aerospace where he served as company System Engineering Manager and Software Manager, Project Manager for projects from $250K to $55M, and in a range of senior management roles on other projects up to $3B.

His first real job was with the Canadian Public Service from 1982 to 1987, where he established and managed a computing centre supporting 4,500 personnel, and developed and deployed software to manage enterprise-wide course scheduling, resource management, personnel management, and payroll. He also developed and taught two programming courses accredited by Seneca College.

His professional training includes Executive Leadership, Project Management, Risk Management, System Engineering, System Architecture, and Requirements Engineering. He has taught courses in Program Management, Project Management, Risk Management, Cost & Schedule Control, and Negotiating.

William received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of New Brunswick in 1992 for discovery of an algorithm that builds multi-dimensional geodesic domes in optimum space and time. While in graduate school he also taught eleven computer science courses.

William is author of the first web-published book “The Living Internet”, with contributions from many of the creators of the Internet. He is also author of the best practices document “The Fun Standard” at FunStandard.org. His paper on public financing of political parties was published in Policy Options in 1990, and credited in the Canadian House of Commons when the federal party financing bill passed in 2003. He lives in Ottawa, Canada.

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