William Stewart, Canada
William Stewart, Canada
Believing you can find success before you know how
Saturday, May 29 at 4:10 pm – 4:40 pm CEST
Sure, the Project Manager should implement the professional PM process. And you should T3, tell the truth, at all times, especially about problems early. And you should have a risk register, and think through the risks in advance, and proactively manage them as they go. And ask for assistance from the stakeholders as soon as you think they can help. All true. But it isn’t enough.
The Project Manager also has an important responsibility to be a good leader for your team. And one of your most important responsibilities is to broadcast an optimistic and success oriented attitude. You need to believe you can find success before you know how.
This talk tells a kind of famous story about the importance of focusing on the success path first. And then gives an example of how this attitude once helped me and a team find a solution to what at first seemed like an insurmountable problem.
William Stewart is a PMI® certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), and has delivered more than 200 project management courses to more than 2,000 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.