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From Task Manager to People Manager – The Next Generation of Project Managers

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Event Description:

“Project managers” really are “people managers”. However, project managers too often forget the definition of “management”, which is “getting things done through others”. Project managers see their long list of tasks and tend to become very task-oriented. They become like goose farmers stuffing their geese with special foods to fatten their livers as quickly as possible which gives them “foie gras”. Project Managers stuff their team members with as many tasks as they can which gives them a project that finishes on time, they hope. They often lose their people-orientation in this race to the finish. The Critical Path in their schedule only tells them which tasks are driving their schedule and when, whereas the Resource-Critical Path in a project schedule shows WHO is driving the schedule and when. Come and see how you can become a people-manager!

Speaker Info:

Eric Uyttewaal is one of the foremost trainers, consultants and authors on portfolio and project management software from Microsoft. He authored the books Forecast Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2010/2013. He founded ProjectPro that specializes in Microsoft Project and Project Server. Eric has been involved in large programs at the Canadian Forces, IBM Cognos, Northrop Grumman, SanDisk and Investors Group. He was President of the PMI Ottawa Chapter in 1997. Eric received awards from MPUG in 2012 (Community leader), from Microsoft since 2010 (MVP) and from PMI in 2009 (“Significant Contributions to the Scheduling Profession”).


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Eric Uyttewaal
Written by Eric Uyttewaal

Eric is a thought leader on project, program, and portfolio management. He spends most of his time using software from Microsoft. He has authored seven well-known textbooks including ‘Forecasting Programs,’ ‘Forecast Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2010/2013/Online,’ and ‘Dynamic Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2000/2002/2003.’ He founded ProjectPro, which specializes in Microsoft Project, Project Server and Project Online. Eric developed several Add-ins with his team that enhance the capabilities of Microsoft Project in creating better schedules (Forecast Scheduling App), managing cross-project dependencies (CrossLinksPro), identifying and documenting the Critical Path (PathsPro) and creating S-curve reports (CurvesPro). He was president of PMI-Ottawa in 1997. Eric has received awards from PMI in 2009, from MPUG in 2012, and from Microsoft from 2010 until 2017 (MVP).

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  1. Thanks for the insight!!

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  2. John Williamson

    Eric: we do not “feed tasks to the teams”, rather the teams identify the tasks and feed them to the Scheduler. What am I missing here?

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  3. John, that is great; you use collaboration to create the WBS and identify activities. The next step is for the Project Manager to assign each activity to a person/team (“feeding tasks to the teams”); this is what I am talking about in this presentation. Hope this helps …
    Eric

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