Process Creep

As a Project Manager, it’s not uncommon to find yourself questioning the very nature of existence from time to time. Anyone who’s ever managed a project has probably had a client interaction that made them feel like the spacetime continuum...

Doubt and the Project Manager

Impostor syndrome is pretty common in the workplace. Maybe more common than you think. Project Managers might be particularly susceptible to feeling like an impostor because we don’t really produce anything. At the end of a project there’s no widget...

Just Because You Can, It Doesn’t Mean You Should

Several years ago I was working on a project that involved coordinating the fieldwork activities of different universities from across North America. During my second year on the project my boss asked me to start documenting how much of my...

The Gut Check, the Rundown, and the Pitch

When I come up with an idea I think is going to help the team, it’s easy for me to get caught up in solving the problem and overlook how that idea might actually be received. As I wrote here,...

First Post

I was tricked into becoming a project manager about 14 years ago. I had just graduated from the mechanical engineering program at UBC when I got a job at a company that made products for containing industrial oil spills at...