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Jigs Gaton

About: Jigs Gaton

Jigs Gaton is the CEO and founder of Phoenix Consulting and Training Worldwide, a company that helps developers design and implement better programs and build capacity with training and other resources. Jigs has over 30-plus years of experience in both the private and public sectors working as a project manager and PM consultant. He's currently based in Kathmandu, helping Nepal with post-earthquake reconstruction efforts.

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Lessons Learned from Pilots … for Safe and Successful Projects

Written on October 22, 2019, by

Wheels up! Even though I’ve logged many more hours in Microsoft’s flight simulator than on anything that flies, I have come to appreciate a pilot’s habits and routines in my own day-to-day project work. Flights in the air and projects on the ground both follow a similar regimen when examined side-by-side. From aviation protocols and…

All About…Project Manager Nomads

Written on August 20, 2019, by

  The Day I Knew I Was One… Ironically, it was while managing a program to provide upgraded yurts to nomadic people in Southwest China. I realized that after almost 40 years of doing this type of work, I’d become as nomadic as those on the Tibetan plateau that I was trying to help—only perhaps…

All About People … for Project Managers

Written on April 23, 2019, by

In parts 1 and 2 of my All About…for Project Managers series, we’ve explored novel relationships between time and work, in both a historical and a futuristic context. This article continues along those lines, but with a focus on the final point in the PM triad, people. People are arguably the least-defined variable within our…

All About Work…for Project Managers

Written on March 5, 2019, by

  The True Nature (and Math) of Work Sometime around the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, Nikola Tesla famously declared, “If you want to find the secrets of the Universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.” What if we just want to find the secrets of successful project work, and not necessarily uncover…

All About Time…for Project Managers

Written on February 19, 2019, by

  An even briefer history of time… After the turn of 20th century, Albert Einstein famously published his Theory of General Relativity, where the general notion of time became space-time! Before that, great minds from Newton on agreed that “time” was simply a measurement between two points on a clock. Imagine project managers of the…

Real Time Collaboration: A Better Seat at the Circus

Written on January 22, 2019, by

You can tell an aging project manager by the metaphors they use to explain things, and such is the case today, as I’ll be using the rather antique notion of a three-ring circus (once the greatest show on earth), to explain the newer concept within Project Management of “real-time” collaboration. I also plan to tell…

Saving the World Project Management (Part 3)

Written on December 26, 2018, by

In parts 1 and 2 of this series, we looked at differences between private-sector PM work and public-sector PM work. Basically, we explored some common issues and challenges that arise when such disparate teams work together to both make money and save the world – and the challenges that arise when groups are trying to…

Saving the World Project Management (Part 2)

Written on August 7, 2018, by

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at a few high-level differences between private sector and public sector project management work. Basically, we considered the differences between projects geared to make a buck vs. those that are trying to save the world! We also looked at the framework of various configurations of private-public partnerships…

Saving the World Project Management (Part 1)

Written on July 10, 2018, by

Project manager demographics are hard to come by, but we all know that project managers are as varied as species of bees found within the family of Apidae. We come in all shapes, sizes, and roles. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics does not even classify “project management” as an occupation! Instead, project…

Cloud Basics for PMs

Written on June 12, 2018, by

Over the past decade or so, the concept of ‘cloud’ has become synonymous with a place where we store all things work-related (such as documents and data). In many cases, a ‘cloud’ represents the place where we work (i.e. within a digital workspace like SharePoint or Wrike). For project managers, we often speak in fluffy…

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