Potholes on the Critical Path
Lessons Learned in 25 Project Management Years
Maine Chapter, Project Management Institute
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Registration/Networking 5:30 p.m.; Presentation 6:15-7:30 p.m.
Portland Country Club
Route 88, Falmouth, Maine
“Can there be more than one critical path?” That question floored Jim Milliken, newly minted Project Management consultant, in 1986. It was among the first of many mysteries, minor and major, that Jim would encounter over the next quarter-century in this fascinating field.
Jim will explore the learnings of those years in an interactive presentation to PMI Maine on Thursday, February 17. Jim has read countless books, listened to dozens of experts, wrestled with project realities at many worksites and consulted for hundreds of project managers.
He has concluded that nothing he has seen, heard or read about Project Management is really wrong . . . and very little of it is completely right. In this program, Jim Milliken organizes the conventional myths and essential questions of Project Management into 10 lessons learned.
For example: What makes good Project Managers good? Why do most projects fail or fall short? Why is project communication so inadequate? What’s all this we hear about impossible workloads? Is motivation possible? Worth the effort? Necessary? What’s the most critical project success factor?
Jim’s presentations are not intended to be provocative, but they do seem to incite disagreement on occasion. He specializes in poking into the unmentioned realities that underlie team behavior, stakeholder relationships and expectations of project leaders. Some favorite convictions and establishment orthodoxies don’t always come off well.
Attendees are urged to bring their own experiences, questions and convictions, and be prepared to engage Jim and each other for the benefit of all.