Projects Articles

Alex S. Brown, PMP IPMA-C

“The Twelve Meetings of Christmas” Song

Tuesday, 1 November 2011 by Alex Brown

The holiday season is approaching, and Christmas is a popular holiday here in the US. In honor of the season, here is a project-management version of the classic song “The Twelve Days of Christmas”:

“A Brand” Not “THE Brand”

Wednesday, 28 April 2010 by Alex Brown

My brand is about “a”, not “THE”. A good brand can be about “a” not “THE”. My brand is better with “a”, not “THE”.

Project Communication and Your Emotions

Tuesday, 16 March 2010 by Alex Brown

Communication is widely recognized as a critical skill for project managers. Our work depends on accurate, clear communication.

Project managers tend to be practical, fact-oriented people. When we speak, write, read, and listen, we focus on facts.

Every communication has an emotional context, though. Are you aware of that context? Are you intentionally using that context to create an emotional response in your audience?

A Sad, Sad Day for Project Managers – PM SPAM

Thursday, 26 March 2009 by Alex Brown

The story of the first project management spam campaign.

“So You Want to Be an Independent Consultant” Speech Recording

Thursday, 22 January 2009 by Alex Brown

It is hard to get an independent consultant to be frank and forthcoming about their business. During this one-hour recording, you will get an insider’s view of what it is like to go from being an employee to an independent consultant. The audience had hard-hitting, personal questions, and they got full, open answers.

“Introducing Project Management In Your Organization” Recorded Speech

Tuesday, 30 December 2008 by Alex Brown

Introducing project management to an organization is hard work. By appealing to the strategists and the senior executives in your organization, it is possible to make project management grow and flourish.

“Strategic Project Management” Speech Recording

Wednesday, 24 December 2008 by Alex Brown

Hear one of my first speeches to put together strategic planning and project management. Hear the story of how a real company was able to implement its strategy through projects, and the unexpected benefits the company gained.

“A Kinder, Gentler, Project Manager Joke” Recording

Tuesday, 23 December 2008 by Alex Brown

A two-minute joke about a project manager and his team. The classic joke is not very nice to project managers, so this joke has a different ending.

“The Charter: Selling Your Project” Speech Recording

Monday, 22 December 2008 by Alex Brown

This speech was delivered and recorded live for the PMI North America Congress on September 12, 2005. The entire 54-minute speech will play below, with slides synchronized to the audio, and it is also available as an audio or video podcast from this site. Available as a four-contact hour, four PDU on-line class through Real-Life [...]

“Project Charters Bridge Cultures” Speech Recording

Wednesday, 17 December 2008 by Alex Brown

Learn how project charters successfully bridged cultural gaps when making decisions among a community of Japanese and U.S. executives. Establishing a clear chartering process was the key to project management’s success at the company. The presentation will include templates and overviews of the processes established. This speech was delivered and recorded live for the PMI [...]